“FOOTBALL-WHAT I SAW”
Thank goodness there is still another game on this NFL schedule. Hopefully Monday Night Football, Chargers-Cowboys will be better than anything we saw on Sunday.
Collectively this might have been the worst full schedule of games we have seen in 1-weekend in a long time. Dreadful matchups, teams playing poorly, injuries, tons of penalties. Kind of looked like my Dad’s old NFL dating back to the 60s.
RAMS-CARDINALS…Not much offense from either team. Rams struggled to keep people off QB-Matthew Stafford. Arizona’s 3rd string QB-Josh Dobbs, not offering much offense either. The Rams young skill players, led by Kyran Williams-the running back, are better than the Cardinals, but not much of a game to watch. Boring.
49ers-BROWNS…Upset alert. The SF winning streak over. Brock Purdy’s winning streak snapped. San Francisco’s unbeaten season over. The Browns won with a 3rd string QB, XFL-refugee PJ Walker in a game marred by 25-penalties…and a bunch of injuries to the Niners best players. It was not must watch TV.
RAVENS-TITANS..Yes Lamar Jackson can do it all and he has too, because there is not much healthy talent around him. But the highlite of the day, Justin Tucker’s 6-field goals in that Baltimore win. Awful to watch and Tennessee looks impotent on offense.
WASHINGTON-ATLANTA..Not much in the way of this QB battle, Sam Howell-vs-Desmond Ridder. The only thing watching, how many more times Howell gets sacked. Five yesterday, bringing his total to 34-on the season. Gruesome.
SAINTS-TEXANS..Supposed to be a walkover game. Derek Carr threw for (353) and lost. Rookie CJ Stroud continues to surprise with a solid (199P-2TD) day and another Texans win. This was a real surprise.
MIAMI-CAROLINA…We all know about Tua-and-Tyreek. You wonder if Carolina will win a game this year. Bryce Young is going thru a real shocker of a learning curve in his first NFL season…(0-6) and suffering.
BENGALS-SEATTLE..Joe Burrow doesn’t look right yet even if he says his calf is better. Geno Smith didn’t look that good and the Seahawks lost.
VIKINGS-BEARS…Justin Fields back to normal, poor passing day and a hand injury. Minnesota sure is not what it was last season. Not much around Kirk Cousins and maybe he’s not what he used to be.
PATRIOTS-RAIDERS…Jim Garoppolo is (42-19) as a starter and Jimmy G is hurt again. Hallelujah, the Patriots finally scored a TD with Mac Jones at QB. They had gone 47-possessions in a row without a TD before he got them into the end zone. Both these head coaches appear to be in trouble.
LIONS-BUCS…Nothing sexy about defense, sacks, pass breakups and penalties. Only cool thing was Tampa wearing their Orange Creamsicle uniforms from the Doug Williams-Steve Young days.
EAGLES-JETS…I cannot gauge how much progress is being made by young QB-Zach Wilson but at least the Jets were not getting blown out…and then they somehow picked off 3-passes from Jalen Hurts and pulled off an upset.
BILLS-GIANTS…Maybe it had something to do with the weekend eclipse…the Bills played so poorly against the injury ravaged Giants during a chunk of that game..What a nitemare downstate in New York. The battering QB-Daniel Jones is taking; the constant injuries to RB-Saquon Barkley and no one knows whether the Giants rebuild is working because they have so many hurt players… They had the quick start last fall and haven’t done anything since midseason last year then they show up and play Buffalo so tough.
So it felt like a lost weekend for sure.
Maybe the Chargers-Cowboys on Monday night will give us some sizzle because most of the Sunday games stunk to watch.