It’s been a while. Let’s hug it out.
…..no? Fine. Straight into it. Let’s dance.
Take 1: Lamar Jackson looks the real deal
Many people doubted Lamar *cough*myself included*cough*, but there can be no denying that he is putting on a show. Sure he was up against a hopeless Bengals side but he tore them to shreds before flicking on the shades and sticking the feet up.
He’s been electric on the run but my word has his passing stats improved. Rightfully so he’s in the MVP talk and is on course to break records.
So at the moment he looks the real deal. Yes, it’s early on in his career, and we’ve seen QBs have one good season before faltering. But if he can keep this up we’re in for a treat for many years to come.
All hail our new sunglasses wearing overlord.
Take 2: It’s time for the Rams to start worrying
Well, well, well. Another one that I have to admit I was wrong on. Like many I had lumped confidence in the Rams. Thinking there wasn’t much to talk about and that a playoff was a formality. Boy I was wrong.
Their offence has looked far behind the swashbuckling one we witnessed during their Super Bowl run last year. To add to their misery an upset to the Steelers has left them now in a very bad spot.
At 5-4 things wouldn’t look too bad. However with the 49ers (8-1) and the Seahawks (8-2) ahead of you in the division, and looking very good, I think it’s time to admit it. Rams are dust for this year.
Super Bowl one year. Missing playoffs the next. A truly disappointing season.
Take 3: If you’re a betting man, just keep the money in your pocket.
Well it’s been an entertaining season so far! However also an unpredictable one. I know people have been enjoying their new found ability to bet on the NFL but for the love of God put your money away.
Who can predict anything this season? Would anyone have seen the likes of Tannehill, Ryan Finley, Kyle Allen, Daniel Jones, Mason Rudolph, Brian Hoyer, or Jeff Driskel all starting by Week 10? Hell no.
Then last weekend just cemented the unpredictability of the season with loads of favorites like the Bills, Rams, Colts, Chiefs, 49ers, Saints, and Lions losing.
Even Kirk Cousins led the Vikings to a win against an over .500 team! What in the world is going on. Give up guys. Spend the money on the family instead.
Take 4: Dolphins just don’t get it.
Boy it’s tough being a Dolphins fan. Not only because of Felipe hounding every NFL social media post, but also your bizarre football team. They started the season and looked hopeless. I called them one of the worse teams I’ve seen on the field.
Then just as fans are accepting the idea that the team is just tanking to get Tua as the top pick in the draft, and in doing so sealing their franchise QB, Dolphins start to win. And are on a 2 game streak! Come on. Like what are they doing?
Literally just as people started thinking “Okay, we tank now and then next year it’s on” Fitzmagic and boys decide it’s time to start winning. What is the point now? Fans aren’t even enjoying the wins!
I’ve bad news Dolphins fans. Your schedule looks like more wins are on the table. Enjoy a mid rounder and missing the playoffs again next year.
Take 5: Browns Red-Zone Offence is absolutely garbage.
After the Browns bet my Bills (how the hell did this happen), questions regarding their red-zone efficiency was brought up. Baker made a comment about the crowd being surprisingly loud when they were on the ball in the red-zone towards the end. Can you blame them? Pure frustration.
Something like 8 attempts from the goal line and nothing. It was aimless. They ran the same plays over and over hoping to just run it down the gut and push over. Where was the skill? The clever plays? Mindless. Eventually they turned to a player who otherwise was starved of the ball. Higgins.
In our podcast we mentioned their red-zone efficiency has plummeted this season compared to last. Who knows if it’s Baker, Freddie, the OC, or just the players, but if the Browns can’t sort out their red-zone woes somethings going to change. If you have players like Baker, Chubb, Hunt, Landry and OBJ, you shouldn’t be struggling to punch it in close to the line.