NFL Week 4 - Recap

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Week 4 of the NFL season is in the books. One quarter of the way through the season! Just like in an actual game, consider this the end of the first quarter. Some teams start fast out the gate and tear it up in the first quarter. Some teams need to find their footing and are still trying to figure things out. Some teams just got punched in the mouth and are quickly falling behind. Now with all of that, how is your favorite team looking? How is your least favorite team looking? How is your fantasy team? We are still a couple more weeks away from the NFL's trade deadline (after the completion of Week 8 games; this year it's October 29th) so there's no need to panic.... yet.

After 4 weeks of intense football, you can already start to see who the contenders are and who the pretenders are. I mean, there are now only 3 undefeated teams left, the New England Patriots (umm... duh, were you expecting anything different from them?), the Kansas City Chiefs (umm... duh, were you expecting anything different from them? well, maybe. I think they should have lost to the Lions, but still...), and then you have the San Francisco 49ers (umm... duh, were you expecting anything different from them?). Okay, so one of these things is unlike the other. I don't think anyone thought the 49ers would legitimately be 3-0 after week 4 (kinda hard to lose if you don't play; haha, just kidding... but they did have an early bye week). So far this season, they've played the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cincinnati Bengals, and Pittsburgh Steelers. Well.... now that I think of it, I could see why they're 3-0: Tampa is breaking in a new coaching staff, as is Cincinnati, and the Steelers lost Bell and Brown in the offseason and then lost Big Ben after week 2. But what I'm saying is, although San Francisco is 3-0, it could easily be 0-3 and people wouldn't be too surprised.

After 4 weeks, there are 6... yes, count them... 6 winless teams! You have the Arizona Cardinals (new coaching staff, basically a brand new roster, and rookie Heisman winning quarterback and 1st overall pick Kyler Murray), Washington Redskins (coach on the hot seat [whom I honestly don't know how or why he lasted 6 seasons], new quarterback [and a refusal to play their "future franchise" passer], and aging stars), Denver Broncos (new coaching staff, new quarterback, aging superstars with little depth behind them), Cincinnati Bengals, (new coaching staff, aging and oft-injured superstars), Miami Dolphins (new coaching staff, FitzMagic at quarterback, NO superstars and very little team depth), and the J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets, Jets (new coaching staff, new front office staff, and a franchise quarterback who is out due to the "kissing disease"). Hmmm... I'm sensing a trend here... Is it that they're all named after animals? Nope, Redskins and Jets aren't animals. Ooooh, is it because their team colors are the same? Nope, but they actually do span a wide range of the color spectrum. Is it that they all play in the same conference? Ugh... not that either [2 are from the NFC and 4 from the AFC].

New coaching staffs paired with new quarterbacks seem like the perfect recipe for early season failure. On the other hand, look at the undefeated teams right now: you have one GOAT coaching another GOAT in New England, the reigning MVP and the system he's been playing in for the last 2 years in K.C., and a QB and coach who have never been able to coach/play even half a season together, but have been together for about 3 years, in S.F. [okay, so Shanahan and Garoppolo are an anomaly in this case]. But you get the point: consistency plus continuity equals success [at all levels]. Now, some of these winless teams may be able to turn things around in the latter 3/4 of the season and end up with a respectable record (a 5 or 6 win season isn't completely out of the question), but unless something dramatic happens, I don't see any of these winless teams winning very much this year. The front offices did know that coming in to the season, right?


WEEK 4 RECAP

Thursday, September 26, 2019



Philadelphia Eagles at Green Bay Packers

Final Score: 34 – 27

Winner: PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

Leading Passer

(PHI) C. Wentz – 16/27, 160 yds, 3TD, 0INT

(GB) A. Rodgers – 34/53, 422 yds, 2TD, 1INT

Leading Rusher

(PHI) J. Howard – 15 att., 87 yds, 2TD

(GB) A. Rodgers – 5 att., 46 yds, 0TD; A. Jones – 13 att., 21 yds, 1TD

Leading Receiver

(PHI) Z. Ertz – 7 rec., 65 yds, 0TD

(GB) D. Adams – 10 rec., 180 yds, 0TD

Special Teams

(PHI) J. Elliott – 0/0 FG, 4/4 XP

(GB) M. Crosby – 2/2 FG, 3/3 XP

Defense

(PHI) 1INT, 1 fumble recovery, 1 sack

(GB) No significant stats



Jamaal Williams from the Packers and Avonte Adams both went down with head/neck injuries and left the field on stretchers. Word is they’re both doing fine, but still a scary scene if you saw the vicious hits each player took. Davante Adams for the Packers also left with what was diagnosed as a toe injury. The Green Bay defense recording no turnovers and sacks played a huge part in why they lost this game. They just couldn’t make a stop when they needed it. And I thought [just like everyone else] that their defense was the strength of the team... pshh....


Sunday, September 29, 2019

Carolina Panthers at Houston Texans

Final Score: 16 – 10

Winner: CAROLINA PANTHERS

Leading Passer

(CAR) K. Allen – 24/34, 232 yds, 0TD, 0INT

(HOU) D. Watson – 21/33, 160 yds, 0TD, 0INT

Leading Rusher

(CAR) C. McCaffrey – 27 att., 93 yds, 1TD

(HOU) C. Hyde – 12 att., 58 yds, 0TD

Leading Receiver

(CAR) C. McCaffrey – 10 rec, 86 yds, 0TD

(HOU) D. Hopkins – 5 rec, 41 yds, 0TD

Special Teams

(CAR) J. Slye – 3/3 FG, 1/1 XP

(HOU) K. Fairbairn – 1/2 FG, 1/1 XP

Defense

(CAR) 1 INT, 6 team sacks, 1 fumble recovery

(HOU) 3 sacks, 3 fumble recoveries

Cam who? Just kidding! Let’s get this straight now, once Cam Newton is healthy, he will be reinserted as the starting quarterback of the Carolina Panthers. Love him or hate him, it is what it is. Kyle Allen is making it easier for Cam to take his time “healing” from his foot injury. Plus, Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey will make any quarterback look good. Let’s face it, RUN CMC is the new face of the Panthers: as goes McCaffrey, so goes Carolina. Maybe Houston isn’t as good as advertised. They gave up a lot of precious draft capital and brought in an all-pro level left tackle, but also gave up an all-pro defensive end and traded him for peanuts. Their front office is a complete mess (no current general manager). I don’t think head coach Bill O’Brien is good as everyone says he is. But, JJ Watt is still a beast and DeAndre Hopkins is still DeAndre Hopkins.



Tennessee Titans at Atlanta Falcons

Final Score: 24 – 10

Winner: TENNESSEE TITANS

Leading Passer

(TEN) M. Mariota – 18/27, 227 yds, 3TD, 0INT

(ATL) M. Ryan – 35/53, 397 yds, 0TD, 0INT

Leading Rusher

(TEN) D. Henry – 27 att., 100 yds, 0TD

(ATL) D. Freeman – 12 att., 28 yds, 0TD

Leading Receiver

(TEN) A.J. Brown – 3 rec, 94 yds, 2TD; C. Davis – 5 rec, 91 yds, 1TD

(ATL) A. Hooper – 9 rec, 130 yds, 0TD; M. Sanu – 9 rec, 91 yds, 0TD

Special Teams

(TEN) C. Santos – 1/1 FG, 3/3 XP

(ATL) M. Bryant – 1/2 FG, 1/1 XP

Defense

(TEN) 2 fumble recoveries, 5 sacks

(ATL) No significant stats

So, how does one pass for nearly 400 yards but not a single touchdown? Matt Ryan’s stat line is inflated because I’m sure they were playing catch up for most of the game (you can also tell because the Falcons only had 58 yards rushing… as a team!). When you’re playing catch up but still can’t score, that usually doesn’t bode well for the offense. It’s not like they were completely blown out of the water either; they only lost by 2 scores. Well, if this keeps up, it’s going to be a looooong season in Atlanta (which is great for the Panthers!).

New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills

Final Score: 16 – 10

Winner: NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

Leading Passer

(NE) T. Brady – 18/39, 150 yds, 0TD, 1INT

(BUF) J. Allen – 13/28, 153 yds, 0TD, 3INT; M. Barkley – 9/16, 127 yds, 0TD, 1INT

Leading Rusher

(NE) S. Michel – 17 att., 63 yds, 0TD

(BUF) F. Gore – 17 att., 109 yds, 0TD

Leading Receiver

(NE) J. White – 8 rec, 57 yds, 0TD

(BUF) C. Beasley – 7 rec, 75 yds, 0TD

Special Teams

(NE) S. Gostkowski – 1/1 FG, 1/2 XP; 1 blocked punt (recovered in endzone for TD)

(BUF) S. Hauschka – 1/2 FG, 1/1 XP

Defense

(NE) 4 INT, 5 sacks

(BUF) 2 fumble recoveries, 1 INT

You never would have known it was a battle of the unbeatens in this AFC East match up. Both teams were 3-0 coming into the game and one of them had to lose. Both offenses were horrible (the stats don’t even begin to tell the whole story). This game definitely came down to Defense and Special Teams and the blocked punt recovered in the endzone by the Patriots’ Matthew Slater was the difference. Don’t look now, but if the Patriots can play like this and still win… look out Miami, Florida! Come February, the red, white, and blue will be in full force.

Kansas City Chiefs at Detroit Lions

Final Score: 34 – 30

Winner: KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

Leading Passer

(KC) P. Mahomes – 24/42, 315 yds, 0TD, 0INT

(DET) M. Stafford – 21/34, 291 yds, 3TD

Leading Rusher

(KC) L. McCoy – 11 att., 56 yds, 1TD; D. Williams – 8 att., 13 yds, 2TD

(DET) K. Johnson – 26 att., 125 yds, 0TD

Leading Receiver

(KC) T. Kelce – 7 rec, 85 yds, 0TD

(DET) M. Jones Jr. – 3 rec, 77 yds, 0TD; K. Golladay – 5 rec, 67 yds, 2TD

Special Teams

(KC) H. Butker – 2/3 FG, 4/4 XP

(DET) M. Prater 3/3 FG, 3/3 XP

Defense

(KC) 3 fumble recoveries (1 returned 100 yards for TD by B. Breeland), 4 sacks

(DET) 3 fumble recoveries

Another matchup of undefeated teams heading into the week. It was truly a back and forth affair between the two offenses; the best defense will always win in these situations. The Chiefs’ reigning MVP Patrick Mahomes didn’t play up to Patrick Mahomes standards; his streak of consecutive games with at least 2 passing touchdowns was snapped at 14 games (is tied with the great Peyton Manning for first all-time). Detroit had a great game plan for going up against the Chiefs, but plain and simple, Detroit’s defense was unable to stop the Kansas City offense at the end of the game. Was this the game the Lions proved to the rest of the NFL that they are legit playoff contenders and that the Chiefs are in fact vulnerable?

Oakland Raiders at Indianapolis Colts

Final Score: 31 – 24

Winner: OAKLAND RAIDERS

Leading Passer

(OAK) D. Carr – 21/31, 189 yds, 2TD, 0INT

(IND) J. Brissett – 24/46, 265 yds, 3TD, 1INT

Leading Rusher

(OAK) J. Jacobs – 17 att., 79 yds, 0TD; T. Davis – 2 att., 74 yds, 1TD

(IND) M. Mack – 11 att., 39 yds, 0TD

Leading Receiver

(OAK) D. Waller – 7 rec, 53 yds, 0TD

(IND) Z. Pascal – 4 rec, 72 yds, 0TD

Special Teams

(OAK) D. Carlson – 1/1 FG, 4/4 XP

(IND) A. Vinatieri – 1/2 FG, 3/3 XP

Defense

(OAK) 1 INT (returned for TD), 1 fumble recovery

(IND) 1 sack, 2 fumble recoveries

For as well as the Raiders played throughout this game, this will forever be known as the game where Vontaze Burfict finally gets kicked out of a game for an illegal hit and subsequently suspended for the rest of the season. He is a repeat offender; he’s been fined and suspended before for illegal hits. I don’t care what anyone says, this guy is a dirty player and the game has no room for truly dirty players. No remorse and no care in the world for the well being of the other player. It’s about time the NFL does something about it.

Los Angeles Chargers at Miami Dolphins

Final Score: 30 – 10

Winner: LOS ANGELES CHARGERS

Leading Passer

(LAC) Philip Rivers – 24/30, 310 yds, 2TD, 0INT

(MIA) J. Rosen – 17/24, 180 yds, 1TD, 1INT

Leading Rusher

(LAC) A. Ekeler – 18 att., 60 yds, 1TD

(MIA) K. Drake – 9 att., 44 yds, 0TD

Leading Receiver

(LAC) D. Inman – 5 rec, 76 yds, 0TD; A. Ekeler – 5 rec, 62 yds, 1TD

(MIA) D. Parker – 4 rec, 70 yds, 1TD

Special Teams

(LAC) T. Long – 3/3 FG, 3/3 XP

(MIA) J. Sanders – 1/3 FG, 1/1 XP

Defense

(LAC) 1 INT, 5 team sacks (D. King II with 2.5)

(MIA) 1 sack

Not to take anything away from a very good Chargers team, but the Miami Dolphins aren’t just bad, they are historically bad. Like, no team has been this bad since the middle of the 20th century. We’ve all heard the term “tanking” used in other sports where a team is purposely fielding a roster void of talent and depth in the hopes of increasing their chances at a high draft pick in the upcoming draft. Tanking teams also sell of all of their assets (players) and stockpile as many draft picks and/or cheap contracts, all the while saving as much money as possible. “Trust the process” is a term that has been thrown around lately (in all sports where tanking is noticeable). The Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA (a few years back). The Miami Marlins in MLB (last year and this year). The Miami Dolphins will never admit to it, but you can tell the owner and senior management aren’t putting too much effort into this season. Brian Flores had to have known about this before taking the job, right?

Washington Redskins at New York Giants

Final Score: 3 – 24

Winner: NEW YORK GIANTS

Leading Passer

(WAS) D. Haskins – 9/17, 107 yds, 0TD, 3INT; C. Keenum – 6/11, 37 yds, 0TD, 1INT

(NYG) D. Jones – 23/31, 225 yds, 1TD, 2INT

Leading Rusher

(WAS) A. Peterson – 11 att., 28 yds, 0TD

(NYG) W. Gallman – 18 att., 63 yds, 1TD

Leading Receiver

(WAS) C. Thompson – 4 rec, 56 yds, 0TD

(NYG) S. Shepard – 7 rec, 76 yds 0TD; W. Gallman – 6 rec, 55 yds, 1TD

Special Teams

(WAS) D. Hopkins – 1/1 FG, 0/0 XP

(NYG) A. Rosas – 1/1 FG, 3/3 XP

Defense

(WAS) Q. Dunbar – 2INT; 2 fumble recoveries

(NYG) 4 team INT (J. Peppers – 1 returned for TD)



I don’t think anyone will mistaken Wayne Gallman for Saquan Barkley, but he held his own. Plus, when you play the Washington Redskins, you’re bound to look like an everyday superstar. Nor will anyone mistaken Daniel Jones for Eli Manning…. Err… wait….. or…. Well… NAH!!! On the other side of the field, if this was Jay Gruden’s way of forcing his way out of Washington, what is management waiting for? You refuse to start your shiny, new, first-round QB because “he’s not ready.” Instead, you play a QB who had one real amazing year with the Minnesota Miracle (which now seems like a lifetime ago). I get it that you lost your all-star QB to a possible career-threatening broken leg, but come on man! You knew you weren’t going anywhere this year with or without Alex Smith at quarterback. And then when you finally do play your shiny new QB, he goes out and throws 3 picks, gets sacked twice, and doesn’t look very good… at all! Why invest so highly in the draft for this guy if you didn't think he was ready to play? Side note: Adrian Peterson is still in the NFL y’all! But he is being wasted on a terrible Redskins team. If Frank Gore can still tear it up, I think Adrian Peterson can too (just not with this team, they stink).

Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens

Final Score: 40 – 25

Winner: CLEVELAND BROWNS

Leading Passer

(CLE) B. Mayfield – 20/30, 342 yds, 1TD, 1INT

(BAL) L. Jackson – 24/34, 247 yds, 3TD, 2INT

Leading Rusher

(CLE) N. Chubb – 20 att., 165 yds, 3TD

(BAL) M. Ingram II – 12 att., 71 yds, 0TD

Leading Receiver

(CLE) J. Landry – 8 rec, 167 yds, 0TD

(BAL) W. Snead IV – 2 rec, 61 yds, 1TD

Special Teams

(CLE) A. Seibert – 2/2 FG, 4/4 XP

(BAL) J. Tucker – 1/1 FG, 2/2 XP

Defense

(CLE) 2 INT, 4 sacks, 1 fumble recovery

(BAL) 1 INT, 1 sack

For anyone who had Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb on their fantasy team, I hope you started him this week. He completely tore it up; his one single run of 88 yards was more than any Ravens running backs total yardage (Ravens leading rusher = RB Mark Ingram II with 71 total yards). The Browns seemed to be firing on all cylinders; we’ll see if they can keep the momentum. And of course, OBJ doing OBJ things *shoulder shrugs*… Baltimore is really letting Lamar Jackson throw it more than they did late last season. It’s almost as though the rest of the NFL has caught on and now knows how to defend the former Heisman trophy winner… Hmm!?

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Los Angeles Rams

Final Score: 55 – 40

Winner: TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

Leading Passer

(TB) J. Winston – 28/41, 385 yds, 4TD, 1INT

(LAR) J. Goff – 45/68, 517 yds, 2TD, 3INT

Leading Rusher

(TB) R. Jones II – 19 att., 70 yds, 1TD

(LAR) T. Gurley II – 5 att., 16 yds, 2TD

Leading Receiver

(TB) C. Godwin – 12 rec, 172 yds, 2TD

(LAR) R. Woods – 13 rec, 164 yds, 0TD; C. Kupp – 9 rec, 121 yds, 1 TD

Special Teams

(TB) M. Gay – 2/2 FG, 7/7 XP

(LAR) G. Zuerlein – 2/2 FG, 4/4 XP

Defense

(TB) 3 INT, 2 sacks, 1 fumble recovery (returned for TD)

(LAR) 1 INT (returned for TD), 2 sacks

We knew Bruce Arians would look good sooner rather than later, but the way they took it to the Rams shows that maybe Bruce Arians is looking good a lot sooner than anyone thought. The Rams were supposed to be unstoppable. I mean, they have Sean freakin’ McVay! It seemed like everyone and their mother hired a coach this past offseason that had even the slightest ties to McVay, “oh, this guy tweeted at McVay once, a couple of years ago… they must know each other, this guy must be an offensive genius too, let’s hire him!” “Oooh, this guy passed by Sean McVay and they accidentally brushed shoulders… McVay’s habits and game planning and offensive genius must have rubbed off on him, let’s make him our next head coach!” Well, you get the point. Personally, I don’t think the Rams are what their record says they are (they’re now 3-1), but they play the game just like every other team.

Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals

Final Score: 27 – 10

Winner: SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

Leading Passer

(SEA) R. Wilson – 22/28, 240 yds, 1TD, 0INT

(ARI) K. Murray – 22/32, 241 yds, 0TD, 1INT

Leading Rusher

(SEA) C. Carson – 22 att., 104 yds, 0TD

(ARI) D. Johnson – 11 att., 40 yds, 0TD

Leading Receiver

(SEA) W. Dissly – 7 rec, 57 yds, 1TD

(ARI) D. Johnson – 8 rec, 99 yds, 0TD

Special Teams

(SEA) J. Myers – 2/2 FG, 3/3 XP

(ARI) Z. Gonzalez – 1/3 FG, 1/1 XP

Defense

(SEA) J. Clowney – 1 INT (returned for TD); 4 sacks

(ARI) 4 sacks

Kyler Murray may show signs of being very good in the NFL, but he also shows that he is a long way off from being the next big thing to hit the NFL. The Arizona Cardinals brought in a college coach who could potentially maximize the talents of Heisman trophy winner QB Kyler Murray, but again, the NFL is a different beast, schematically and talent-wise, when being compared to college football. The Air Raid offense might work in the college ranks, but it’s practically non-existent in the NFL for a reason. By the way, Seattle’s steal of a trade to get Jadaveon Clowney from the Houston Texans is paying off big time. It’s good to see Clowney on a team that actually has a chance of being playoff bound year in and year out (although the window for another championship in Seattle may be closing sooner rather than later). But Seattle knows what it’s doing. Pete Carroll knows what he’s doing. And most importantly, John Schneider knows what he’s doing.

Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears

Final Score: 6 – 16

Winner: CHICAGO BEARS

Leading Passer

(MIN) K. Cousins – 27/36, 233 yds, 0TD, 0INT

(CHI) C. Daniel – 22/30, 195 yds, 1TD, 0INT; M. Trubisky – 2/3, 9 yds, 0TD, 0INT

Leading Rusher

(MIN) D. Cook – 14 att., 35 yds, 1TD

(CHI) D. Montgomery – 21 att., 53 yds, 0TD

Leading Receiver

(MIN) S. Diggs – 7 rec, 108 yds, 0TD

(CHI) A. Robinson II – 7 rec, 77 yds, 0TD

Special Teams

(MIN) No kicker scoring stats

(CHI) E. Pineiro – 3/3 FG, 1/1 XP

Defense

(MIN) 1 sack

(CHI) 2 fumble recoveries, 6 team sascks

This game was a real stinker! Talk about throwing shade at your quarterback (yeah, here’s looking at you Minnesota Vikings receiver Adam Thielen). I mean, Vikings QB Kirk Cousins said it himself last week that he won’t be in Minnesota long if he keeps playing like crap (so much for the self-motivation Kirk!). Even though the Chicago Bears lost their starting quarterback early in the game, journeyman backup Chase Daniel didn’t look too bad in his stead. This Chicago team still looks legit.

Jacksonville Jaguars at Denver Broncos

Final Score: 26 – 24

Winner: JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

Leading Passer

(JAX) G. Minshew II – 19/33, 213 yds, 2TD, 0INT

(DEN) J. Flacco – 22/38, 303 yds, 3TD, 1INT

Leading Rusher

(JAX) L. Fournette – 29 att., 225 yds, 0TD

(DEN) P. Lindsay – 9 att., 53 yds, 0TD

Leading Receiver

(JAX) D. Westbrook – 5 rec, 66 yds, 0TD

(DEN) E. Sanders – 5 rec, 104 yds, 0TD; C. Sutton – 6 rec, 62 yds, 2TD

Special Teams

(JAX) J. Lambo – 4/4 FG (including game winner), 2/2 XP

(DEN) B. McManus – 1/1 FG, 3/3 XP

Defense

(JAX) 1 INT, 0 sacks

(DEN) 5 team sacks

Although the Denver defense couldn’t stop Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette from having a career day for total rush yards, they were successful in not letting him score. Too bad they couldn’t stop Jaguars Kicker Josh Lambo from scoring the final points too. Broncos QB Joe Flacco is looking more and more comfortable with this team and coaching staff; maybe they’re on to something [even though they’re winless]. Broncos coach Vic Fangio should get his first win as head coach soon. Bad news though, Broncos LB Bradley Chubb tore his ACL and is now out for the rest of the season, which now means even more focus will be paid to stopping Von Miller. Better luck next season Denver!

Dallas Cowboys at New Orleans Saints

Final Score: 10 – 12

Winner: NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Leading Passer

(DAL) D. Prescott – 22/33, 223 yds, 0TD, 1INT

(NO) T. Bridgewater – 23/30, 193 yds, 0TD, 1INT

Leading Rusher

(DAL) E. Elliott – 18 att., 35 yds, 1TD

(NO) A. Kamara – 17 att., 69 yds, 0TD

Leading Receiver

(DAL) J. Witten – 4 rec, 50 yds, 0TD

(NO) M. Thomas – 9 rec, 95 yds, 0TD

Special Teams

(DAL) B. Maher – 1/1 FG, 1/1 XP

(NO) W. Lutz – 4/4 FG

Defense

(DAL) 1 INT, 5 team sacks

(NO) 1 INT, 1 team sack, 2 fumble recoveries

If I thought the MIN-CHI game was a stinker… this game was somehow worse! And this was the primetime Sunday Night Football game!! How much are they paying Zeke now? And how much is Dak asking for? You keep your opponent out of the endzone and still manage to lose? On field goals? No further questions, your honor. Saints QB Teddy Bridgewater is no Drew Brees. I mean, you average just over 8 yards per COMPLETION! Some NFL quarterbacks are averaging 8 yards per ATTEMPT! I don’t know, I think both teams are definitely overrated. I’ll give them each until Quarter 2/Week 8/half-way through the season to see who they really are. I'm hoping that by then we can all say, in the words of the late, great Dennis Green, “they were who we thought they were!”


Monday, September 30, 2019

Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers

Final Score: 3 – 27

Winner: PITTSBURGH STEELERS

Leading Passer

(CIN) A. Dalton – 21/37, 171 yds, 0TD, 1INT

(PIT) M. Rudolph – 24/28, 229 yds, 2TD, 0INT

Leading Rusher

(CIN) J. Mixon – 15 att., 62 yds, 0TD

(PIT) J. Conner – 10 att., 42 yds, 0TD

Leading Receiver

(CIN) A. Tate – 4 rec, 50 yds, 0TD

(PIT) J. Conner – 8 rec, 83 yds, 1 TD

Special Teams

(CIN) R. Bullock – 1/1 FG

(PIT) C. Boswell – 2/2 FG, 3/3 XP

Defense

(CIN) 1 fumble recovery

(PIT) 1 INT, 8 team sacks (led by C. Heyward with 2.5), 1 fumble recovery

Oh Monday Night Football. I don’t think the schedule makers thought this game was going to be a dud (much like the Sunday Night Football game). No one knew Big Ben was going to injure his elbow and be out the entire season. I think we did all think the Bengals weren’t going to be very good though. I saw the look in QB Andy Dalton’s eyes all night, that look of “why am I still playing in this game?” His offensive line couldn’t protect him and couldn’t give him any time to throw. Give credit to the Steelers for being as competitive as they are even after losing Le’veon Bell, Antonio Brown, and Ben Roethlisberger [the Killer B’s] but it’s also going to be a long season in Pittsburgh. At least the future looks bright… kinda… 😊





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Chue ThaoOct 02, 2019