Week 11: What Did We Learn?


Another week in the books! We are getting closer to that final playoff push. Carolina and New England remained undefeated, Thomas Rawls is making the best of his limited opportunities in Seattle, and Matt Hasselbeck is undefeated this season as the Indianapolis Colts starter. What else did we learn?

Cam Netwon and Tom Brady

MVP Race
Almost 3 quarters of the NFL regular season is completed, and the MVP race is basically coming down to two players: Tom Brady (the favorite) and Cam Newton (the underdog). Tom Brady’s main argument is his stats (3,320 passing yards, 25 TDs, 4 INTs, 28 rushing yards, 2 TDs) and their team’s record (10-0). Another claim is that their team has looked dominant for majority of the year. Over the past few weeks, New England has started to lose their weapons; first Dion Lewis, then Julian Edelman, and now Danny Amendola. If they were to finish the regular season undefeated, that will show how impressive Tom Brady and this well-oiled machine really is. On the other side, you have Cam Newton. His stats (2,283 passing yards, 20 TDs, 9 INTs, 382 rushing yards, 6 TDs) doesn’t tell the whole story. His best receiver, Kelvin Benjamin, hasn’t played a single snap this year due to a torn ACL. Besides Greg Olsen, I’m not sure anybody else on that offense that plays a skilled position would start on another team. He has done the most that he can with working with arguably the worst supporting cast on offense in the league…not mention that they are undefeated as well. Even though Tom Brady is still the favorite now, this race can get really close, really soon.

Brock Osweiler

The Brock Osweiler Era?
Brock Osweiler made his first start for the injured Peyton Manning this past Sunday against Chicago on the road. He didn’t look bad by any means. Actually, it was kind of impressive. He completed 20 out of 27 passes for 250 passing yards, 2 TDs, and 0 INTs. Osweiler is listed at 6 foot 7, with a cannon of an arm. Denver has announced they he will make his second consecutive start next Sunday against New England. Manning hasn’t looked like the Peyton Manning that we are accustomed to, and he hasn’t made the best decisions either. This may be the end of number 18 in the Mile High City.

Jameis Winston

Jameis Winston Ahead Of The Curve
For being the number 1 overall pick and being thrown into the fire, Jameis Winston has responded well based on the circumstances. Winston had his best game of his young career Sunday against Philadelphia (completed 19 of 29 pass attempts, 246 passing yards, 5 TDs, and 0 INTs). Over the past 4 games, he has 9 total TDs, 2 INTs, and most importantly 3 wins. Obviously, he still has PLENTY of room for improvement but compared to Luck’s Newton’s, and Manning’s rookies season (I won’t dare put JaMarcus Russell in that category), he’s in the mix, if not better. Fantasy football wise, he’s looked incredible during that span and moving forward.

Johnny Manziel

Notes
Baltimore has now without their top 4 players, with injuries to Justin Forsett (fractured arm) and Joe Flacco (torn ACL) this past Sunday against St. Louis. The other 2 players are Terrell Suggs and Steve Smith Sr.

Johnny Manziel allegedly partying over the bye week via video. His status on being the starter is now uncertain. UPDATE: Josh McCown is named the starter and Johnny Manziel is 3rd string.

Green Bay is now tied with Minnesota on top of the NFC North with Green Bay owning the tie breaker.

Tony Romo on Thanksgiving

Bonus: Thanksgiving Outlook
For the longest, Dallas and Detroit always host a team on Thanksgiving. Over the past few years, the NFL has added a 3rd game during the evening. First game is Philadelphia at Detroit. Sam Bradford has cleared the concussion protocol, but it has not been determined if he will start or not. Detroit hasn’t played up to expectations, but they have looked better the past couple of weeks.  Second game is Carolina and Dallas. Dallas is actually favored to win this game (and I don’t understand why). Having Tony Romo back under center has given “America’s Team” hope to make a final push for a playoff spot. Cam Newton and the Panthers are looking to continue their perfect season. If Dallas can’t run the ball, things can get rough in Dallas. Third game is Chicago at Green Bay. The NFL’s Oldest Rivalry will face off again Thanksgiving night. Jay Cutler hasn’t won a game at Lambeau Field in Chicago, and he may have to give it try without Alshon Jeffrey (hamstring). Green Bay is looking to get on a roll again after losing 3 straight prior to winning this past Sunday.

 

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What Did We Learn? NFL Week 2


Tom Brady

Another exciting week of the NFL has wrapped up. My several fantasy teams done fairly well this week (I’m either 2-0 or 1-1). I also made a profit on FanDuel for the second straight week. Besides all of that, they were some exciting moments like the Julio Jones catch, the Cam Newton touchdown flip, and the endings to the Raiders/Ravens and the Broncos/Chiefs games. But first, I have to give credit when credit is due:

Tom Brady On Another Level

New England took on a Buffalo Bills defense that stomped the elite offense of the Indianapolis Colts in week 1. Tom Brady simply didn’t care if they went against the 85′ Chicago Bears team. Brady passed for 466 yards and threw 3 touchdowns with 0 interceptions. New England was up 37 to 19 before Buffalo started to make a game out of. The Patriots defense actually looked incredible, forcing 3 turnovers. Brady has played like a man possessed this season (754 passing yards, 7 touchdowns, 0 interceptions, 119.9 passer rating). I made prediction on Twitter that Buffalo would win that game because of their elite defense. Brady shredded my thought along with Buffalo’s secondary. I’m going to go a limb and say he’s still angry over that suspension thing.

Darrelle Revis

The Jets Defense Is Legit

The New York Jets has been known for their defense when current Bills head coach Rex Ryan was their coach for the past several years. The Jets defense was elite a few years ago but was not as good the last 2. Bringing back Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie has complemented their aggressive pass rushing ability perfectly. They forced 5 turnovers against an Indianapolis Colts team that is known for having a top rated offense. The efficient play of Ryan Fitzpatrick has given the team a wonderful balance.

Johnny Manziel

Johnny Manziel Making Plays

Johnny Manziel, previous known as “Johnny Football” has made the most out of his recent opportunities. Manziel still has A LOT of room for improvement as far as his mechanics, decision-making, and ball security, but when the plays were breaking down, he has made the opposing teams pay, and pay dearly. He’s connected on big time bombs to Travis Benjamin for a couple of touchdowns. He’s been able to extend plays and find his wide open targets. I’m not sure if Cleveland will continue to start him when Josh McCown is fully healthy, but these are good signs from a quarterback that had a few red flags on him.

Tony Romo

The NFC East Is Up For Grabs

In my NFL Preview Post (Note: that post was made way before all the injuries and Tom Brady suspension was reversed), I have hinted that this particular division will be a 3 team race between Philadelphia, Dallas, and New York (Giants). Well… that is certainly true and you can throw Washington into that equation. Tony Romo and Dez Bryant are out for an extended period of time for the Cowboys. The high-flying offense of the Eagles has been a total disaster. Spending all that money on DeMarco Murray and almost half of the quarterbacks around the league, if not more, has more rushing yards on the season. The Giants simply cannot find a way to win close games. The Redskins came in as the weakest link to the division has been noticed as the most stable team. I’m not sure how long that’s going to happen, but with all these question marks will make the division race exciting.

Cam Newton

Cam Newton Is Superman

Did you all see that flip into the endzone!?!? (CLICK ME to check it out) Besides the acrobatics, Cam Newton has found ways to win games despite his lack of resources. Newton easily has the least amount of offensive fire power on offense, with a depleted wide receiver core (Ted Ginn Jr is starting… let that sink in), an underrated running back who is as fragile as a box of wine glasses, and an offensive line that can barely stop a running nose. His team is tied on top of the NFC South and will host and maybe Drew Brees-less New Orleans Saints team.

Derek Carr (right)

How About Them Raiders!?

The Oakland Raiders won a game that in the past decade that 10 times out of 10 that they would probably lose. Derek Carr torched the Baltimore Ravens secondary for yards, including the game winning touchdown to Seth Roberts with under 30 seconds left. Carr, who initially wasn’t supposed to play, looked comfortable the whole game. Amari Cooper showed why he was the first wide receiver off the draft board in May. Michael Crabtree looked like a reliable number one target, something the Raiders haven’t had in several years. Latavius Murray was relentless the whole game. Most importantly, Khalil Mack was constantly pressuring Joe Flacco the whole game. If this core can stay healthy, they can turn some heads.

JGood

NFL Sunday: What Did We Learn?


Finally… the NFL season has come back to a television set near you! There is nothing like the atmosphere of opening week in the NFL. I’m pretty sure Roger Goodell is the happiest person that the regular season has started (everybody’s attention is focused on football and not legal issues). We saw rookies making their NFL debuts. We witnessed incredible finishes. We even had a Johnny Manziel sighting! Even though we have a double-header for Monday Night Football tonight (I wished they did a couple more of those a year), we learned quite a bit on Sunday.

Romo Still Magical

If you watched the primetime Sunday Night Football game, you’ve witnessed something special. Everything (and I do mean EVERYTHING) was going the Giants way. How does Tony Romo and the Cowboys respond to unfortunate interceptions, unexplainable penalties, and their best player going down (Dez Bryant out 4 to 6 weeks, possibly longer, with broken bone in foot)? They took advantage of every opportunity in the final few minutes of the game. The Giants have played a great game until their final drive. Poor clock management was their downfall. Here’ a clip or the Cowboy’s Game Winning Drive.

Tyrod Taylor Might Be The Answer

Coming into this game we knew that Buffalo’s defense was borderline elite (Adding Rex Ryan to an already respectable defense just pushed them into that category), but there were still question marks on offense. Granted, they did trade for a top-tier RB in LeSean McCoy, there was uncertainty wish the quarterback position. Taylor completed 14 of 19 passes for 195 yards and a TD. He also ran for 41 yards on 9 carries. The most impressive play came at end of the first quarter; 51 yard TD bomb to Percy Harvin.

Tennessee’s Future Is Bright

The Number One and Two overall picks squared off yesterday featuring Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota. The Titans routed the Bucs 42-14, led by a 4 TD performance by Mariota. The Bucs defense was supposed to help out Winston, but… they were nonexistent. Winston struggled going 16 of 33 for 210 yards, including 2 TD’s and 2 interceptions. I believe Jameis Winston will be fine eventually (He was missing his number one target Mike Evans). Titans fans should be excited from what they saw from their newly franchise quarterback.

Chicago Looked Respectable

A lot of people expected Green Bay to run away with this game just like they have done in the past. Yeah… that didn’t happen. Chicago converted their 3rd downs, Matt Forte was an animal running the ball, and Jay Cutler actually played a decent game. Even though he threw one interception in a crucial point of the game, he made the right read (Clay Matthew’s defense was perfect on that play). Green Bay’s talent catapulted them ahead in the second half, and they never looked back. Bringing back James Jones was huge, but you did see moments where they missed Jordy Nelson and will continue to do so.

Baltimore Needs Help

It’s bad enough that I feel like Joe Flacco is the most inconsistent quarterback in the NFL, and the bad side showed yesterday (117 yards passing, 0 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions). Denver’s defense doesn’t get enough credit. They are a borderline, top-tier defense in league, in my opinion. Baltimore NEEDS a number 2 receiver in the most desperate way. Maybe their rookie Breshad Perriman will be the answer whenever he gets healthy. Until then, their offense is going to struggle. OH…. just one more important detail: Terrell Suggs was carted off the field in the 4th quarter with an Achilles injury (Out for season).

Seattle Misses Kam Chancellor

Seattle’s hardball approach of not paying Kam Chancellor is starting to backfire. The “Legion Of Boom” didn’t look spectacular by any means allowing 297 passing yards and 2 TD’s to a mediocre quarterback by league’s standards. The Rams defense looked more dominant throughout the game than the Chancellor-less secondary of the Seahawks. Most importantly, Seattle is currently last in their division after Sunday’s loss. If Chancellor doesn’t come back, this division could have a new champion in December. I know it’s only the first week of the season but divisional games matter the most in the regular season. Their next opponent is Green Bay.

JGood