“A FOOTBALL WEEKEND”
Random thoughts about interesting games this weekend.
CHARGERS-RAIDERS…So here’s the most interesting question as the Silver & Bleak invade So Fi Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The loser goes to (1-3), so this is a big game this early in the season.
The Chargers pass defense remains awful, as in ranked #32 in the NFL. The Chargers overall defense is ranked #31. So is this the weekend Josh Jacobs runs wild, after ending his holdout and having little impact on the Raiders offense since he returned? If there is no Jim Garoppolo at QB, does lifetime journeyman backup Brian Hoyer put up some big numbers with WR-Davante Adams? Is this a breakout weekend for the Raiders offense?
Or is it a blowout weekend for the Chargers offense, considering how bad the Raiders defense is. Raider fan can cheer all he wants, but his defense is giving up (347YPG)…quarterbacks are completing 74% of their passes and on 3rd down, teams are converting 46% of the time vs Las Vegas.
Interesting to see who survives Sunday. Somebody’s season could be over by end of the game.
RAMS-COLTS….Part of me expects LA-QB-Matthew Stafford to go crazy against the undermanned Colts. Part of me expects Anthony Richardson, back off concussion protocol, to have his hands full with Rams DT-Aaron Donald and an LA blitz package. But part of me also understands the Rams gave up a ton of sacks last week, they have injury issues already along the offensive front and the run game is negligible. Anything possible including an Indy upset
MIAMI-BUFFALO…Biggest game of the year and why not. Tua Tagovailoa-Tyreek Hill-Jaylen Waddle are torching everyone when the Dolphins have the ball. But this is Buffalo’s defense we are talking about-and they make it tough on everyone to move the ball.
So we have a real showdown here. Tua has a (122QBR), (1,024Y) passing and 8 TDs. The receivers are averaging 20-and-16 yards a catch
But the Bills are giving up just (253YPG)…and that gang already has 12-sacks and 9-takeaways, and they are allowing the other team just (31%) on 3rd down conversion rates. Oh by the way, Josh Allen and that offense are averaging (383YPG) when the Bills snap the ball.
JAGUARS-FALCONS…Hard to believe the Jags lost last weekend. They take it out on Atlanta
DENVER-CHICAGO…Can’t get any worse for the Broncos after last weekend’s (70-20) beating in Miami? Sure it could if you lose to the talentless Bears.
RAVENS-CLEVELAND…Jim Schwartz defense vs Lamar Jackson’s skills at quarterback.
BENGALS-TITANS..Joe Burrow looks limited with that calf injury. Ryan Tannehill looks old and no longer adequate at QB.
BUCS-SAINTS…No Derek Carr (shoulder)..that means Jameis Winston against his old Tampa team, which has a pretty good defense.
EAGLES-WASHINGTON..Sam Howell was sacked 9-times and threw 4-picks last weekend, and now he has to face the fierce Philadelphia defense
VIKINGS-CAROLINA…Young-vs-Old..Bryce Young-vs-Kirk Cousins. Both teams need a win badly
STEELERS-HOUSTON…CJ Stroud meet JJ Watt.
PATRIOTS-COWBOYS…Dallas comes off a bad loss. New England’s defense playing better than offense.
49ERS-ARIZONA..By any metric, offense-defense, the Niners look like the most complete team in the NFL. Pity Josh Dobbs-the Cardinals QB
CHIEFS-JETS…Cannot get much worse for struggling QB-Zach Wilson. Sure it can-here comes KC.
SEATTLE-GIANTS…Two teams that play like Jekyyl-Hyde. You never quite know which team shows up