“Sounding off on an NFL Sunday”
Here-there-everywhere around the NFL.
CHARGERS….I thought it would end in typical fashion with former Chargers kicker Young Koo coming off the bench to kick a game winning field goal for the Atlanta Falcons. But thanks to Matt Ryan self-destructing at QB, throwing 3-picks as the Falcons were heading for scores, the Bolts got the ball back, and Michael Badgley hit a game winning field goal with (:03) left to give the Bolts the win. What an uncommon feeling, a last second win, despite alot of screwups.
CHARGERS II….Anthony Lynn took over operation of special teams this week,but not much progress. Some end to the first half…A 3rd down and 1-run call at the 8-yard line, with no timeout left. Run the ball-get the first down-hurry to the line of scrimmage to spike the ball..but instead, here came the field goal unit on after they wasted time at the line of scrimmage….got the kick off but flags everywhere. Illegal procedure and 14-players on the field when the ball was snapped. It’s the Chargers way. Luckily it was not fatal.
CHARGERS III….A win is in a win, but the four wins this year, all struggles, have come against the worst teams in the league. The victories over the Bengals, Jaguars, Jets and Falcons were against teams that are a combined (7-42-1).
CHIEFS..That was some start for Patrick Mahomes…two interceptions, a fumbled snap and then a 30-yard quarterback sack. KC actually trailed Miami, but then rallied in Mahomes fashion…393-yards passing and 2-TDs and an eventual blowout win…No one can cover TE-Travis Kelce-a tight end leading the league in yardage receiving.
RAIDERS…Bad losses and the most important time of the season…Now David Carr is throwing interceptions after a near perfect season…Just don’t understand the pass distribution and not getting the ball to rookie speed burner Henry Rugg and Nelson Agholor more…and the defense is awful…bunch of young athletes, with no pass rush and few turnovers..and a new Def Coord-coming on board after the Sunday night firing of Paul Guenther.
BRONCOS…Drew Lock throws 4-TDs against a bad Carolina team, but the talent level problems are really deep in Denver.
STEELERS…They look like a tired football team and Ben Roethlisberger isn’t as sharp as he has been in the past….you wonder if there are more problems with his surgically repaired elbow, or if the knee issue is a bigger concern.
BILLS…What a great season Josh Allen is having at quarterback, and he’s doing that without much of a run game….Can Buffalo go deep into postseason?
JETS…What a disaster the team has become…(0-13)…cannot get 200-yards a game on offense…Sam Darnold has no help…and Adam Gase will be out of a job soon…they are so talent deficient.
PACKERS…Everyone asked how Aaron Rodgers, so headstrong, would work with incoming head coach Matt LaFleur? A two year record (23-6)…that’s how.
SAINTS…They were (8-0) without Drew Brees over the last two seasons, but then Taysom Hill turned the ball over multiple times on Sunday, blemishing that record…Brees could be back in two weeks.
EAGLES…Some debut for rookie QB-Jalen Hurts… had a (167-passing-107-rushing day) in the Eagles first win in awhile….This team is plahing without 5-of its top 6-offensive lineman, and no DeSean Jackson, Alshon jeffries and often injured Zach Ertz.
TEXANS…Deshaun Watson against the world…how do you like those odds each Sunday. What a wretched team and if you follow the stories-what a wretched front office. Wasting that career.
MIAMI….Tua Tagovailoa an place. So very impressed with his accuaracy. Lost in all the conversation, how tough the Dolphins defense has become under second year coach Brian Flores. Real progress.
DETROIT…Wonder where the Lions are going to go to hire a quality GM and Coach. From Matt Millen thru Matt Patricia, what a mess.
CAROLINA…Just wondering how former Chargers exec Marty Hurney retains his GM job with the Panthers thru all this losing over the years.
CINCINNATI…That record is now (2-10-1). If Paul Brown were alive he’d fire Mike Brown, who runs the once proud team.
JACKSONVILLE…The GM is gone, coach Doug Marrone will be gone soon. Too bad they cannot fire the owner Shad Khan….so many good players they had stockpiled thru the draft and free agency, are playing for other teams this season, and doing well.
WASHINGTON…They are in lst place thanks to QB-Alex Smith’s comeback, but also because of a loaded defensive front. Chase Young, Josh Allen, Ryan Kerrigan, a real bunch of warriors.
ATLANTA…What a waste, the talent of veteran QB-Matt Ryan and virtually nothing else around him on offense and a very young defense. Career and roster going in the wrong direction.
PATRIOTS….They may be smart, this coaching staff, but the roster lacks game breakers…In this day and age of offense, their starting QB has 5-touchdown passes heading to weekend 15-of the schedule. He doesn’t have a heavy duty running back, no big time receivers, and each week is a struggle with an anemic offense.
BROWNS..A real deal. Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt have over 1500-yards combined rushing…then you let Baker Mayfield thrown. it took them a long time with all those losses…to put all the draft picks in place…they are dangerous now.
DALLAS…Wait till next year, that’s about all Jerry Jones can do. The injuries wrecked the offensive front, then Dak Prescott went down. What did you expect Mike McCarthy could do about that.