Gregg Rosenthal captures everything you need to know when we turn from week 11 to week 12. The offensive revolution…
Gregg Rosenthal captures everything you need to know when we turn from week 11 to week 12.
The offensive revolution that was televised throughout this wild 2018 season reached its top night night on a bleak Los Angeles night and showed some late arrivals to the party how much NFL has changed. Rams’ 54-51 victory over the managers was our state in the union.
This was the kind of night that the league could only dream of when introducing change of rule after the government change favored the crime. Andy Reid and Sean McVay continued to mix college concepts with NFL talent, throw away as many crusty coaching cliches as establishing the run in an ultra-aggressive view of fitting bravado.
It is not the case that the defense has no place in this new world order. Anyone complaining about the lack of defense Monday night must have missed the eight sacks, seven points, seven turnovers and three defensive points. It was the monster game of Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald, Chiefs defensive end Justin Houston and Rams surprise the star-star Samson Ebukam, who made more touchdowns than Todd Gurley and Kareem Hunt combined.
Expectations for the good defense look in this new era, however, should be adapted. The few tissues that stood out about how football used to be ignores the fact that football has always been about evolution and adjustment that the highest score game in the NFL story is still a 72-41
squad of Giants by Redskins 1966 .
The Rams narrow victory qualifies as the league’s third highest scoring game ever, a brand that may not be long for NFL owners who monitor defensive squads that run field position and possession time begins to look more intelligent for the next Sean McVay and Andy Reid. Meanwhile, I will enjoy this season with Patrick Mahomes, Drew Brees and Jared Goff who lead the way the sports metamorphosis is lively, because there is no where to say where it is from here.
Before we take an updated look at the MVP competition and a trip around the rest of the league below, we’ll hit six more takeaways from Monday’s immediate classics.
Jared Goff is incredible to shake off his bad plays: There were moments on Monday evening, despite the end result that Ram’s offensive appeared shaken. Sean McVay had burned all three timeouts by 4:56 in the game. Four of Rams six possessions in the fourth quarter (not counting their knees) received a total of 16 meters, including three points and a fumble. Chiefs Pass Rush actually did a good job that interferes with Goff’s rhythm by knocking him seven times and kicking him five times in total, leading to two fumbles and a handful of unkaracteristic misses.
But when Rams got the ball at 2: 47 left and no timeout, touchdown or bust, Goff did not make any trouble as if it were the first quarter of a previous season’s game if Goff bothered to play the jump. Goff’s 40-yards game winner to Gerald Everett was a beauty, but I was even more impressed that Goff gave a third and 9 strike earlier in the run just a snap after Goff almost threw the game away on a pass to Orlando Scandrick. Still just 24 years, Goff seems to have the short memory of a shutdownbackback.
Sean McVay would go down and turn: McVay has sometimes taken his footstep off this season and runs on some third and long-sized games. That was partly because I thought about McVay’s decision to throw the ball three straight times on Ram’s final possession before they pulled. McVay knew that he first reached the game so he tried to get it the same way he called playing all night. He will live or die with his appropriate game. One of the passages fell incompletely, the bosses saved a timeout and caused Twitter rebellion that Gurley was not involved, but driving the ball would have accepted a point. Talking about which …
In the new NFL, the running game is a complementary piece: It’s possible that both of the following things are true: Todd Gurley is an exceptional player and Todd Gurley is not an MVP -candidate. Monday night’s game illustrates how the gambling game is used to start driving in Rams and Chiefs crimes, not the contrary. Since no teams could control the game for too long, the running games were not used much.
The managers ran the ball with Kareem Hunt 14 times in 69 offensive games. Ramsna drove with Gurley on 12 plays of 75. It felt like Rams made the bosses a favor whenever they ran the ball Monday night, no matter how excellent Gurley is.
The bosses have enough defensive playmakers: It may be a difficult lesson for Chiefs fans to swell after raising 54 points, but the Kansas City defensive front had more gamers than their opponents on Monday night. Same will be true most weeks. With Justin Houston back in top shape – he made a number of gigs against Rams stalwart tackle Andrew Whitworth – the bosses have an incredibly disturbing trio in Houston, Chris Jones and Dee Ford.
In this new NFL, managers do not have to hold their opponents for 25 years. They only need to do a handful of game exchange games and they did it monday night. To force two rounds and four points against Rams should be enough to win. The numbers and the final result were skewed, as both defenders did and the judges hit the ball five times and led to 15 Ram’s possessions.
Patrick Mahomes is the new personified personification: Mahomes wants some throw back from Monday’s game and he needs to work on his ball security, but he was still the most electric player in a field full of them. Mahomes showed his entire skills, from his incredible touch and body control to his ability to see the field of his strike to Tyreek Hill who traveled 60 meters in the air. It’s scary to think about how much better Mahomes can get after just 12 starting because he’s already one of the most dynamic quarterbacks the league has ever seen.
The success of the homemade advantage in both conferences became just more complicated: Saints fans should be disappointed in Monday’s results. New Orleans has a loss like the frames, but the Saints have a trickier schedule down the stretch with three matches remaining against winning teams, including Steelers and two matches against the pawns. Ramsna only meets a team with a winning record the rest of the road, a Sunday night trip to Chicago.
New Orleans has the tie over Rams, but Monday’s victory gives Rams a fair shot on the advantage of the home field. It is worth noting that the players slide crazy in the Los Angeles evening doll at the Colosseum, just as they were during Ram’s final play for Falcon’s last season.
In the AFC, Kansas City loses much more hope for Steelers, Patriots, Chargers, and even Texans to pass the bosses in positions. These five teams are only one game at a time in the loss column. This result, in short, adds much more intrigue to the rest of the season in both conferences, especially AFC matches, including Steelers-Chargers, Steelers-Patriots and Chiefs-Chargers.
1. Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints: I thought Brees’s performance against the eagles was his best season and less football sense that the NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah agrees with.
2. Patrick Mahomes, QB, Kansas City Chiefs: Mahome’s performance on Monday night can be anxiously harming his chances in the MVP race just because of the end. It’s not fair, but nobody said trying to take down Drew Brees in a MVP race during Brees’s best season would be easy.
3. Aaron Donald, DT, Los Angeles Rams: Two strip bags at the largest possible stage should almost unlock the year’s Defensive Player of the Year award.
4. Jared Goff, QB, Los Angeles Rams: I’m not sure how a overall pick quarterback of a 10-1 team is undervalued, but it feels like Goff is undervalued.
5. Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints: 82 catches of 91 goals are one of the most scary statistics I have ever seen, especially if you look at the types of catches Thomas does every week .
Lamar Jackson is like no one ever seen: I do not know if Ravens can drive Jackson 27 times again, but watch them, try this setting on the quarterback has immediately become one of my favorite stories of the 2018 season. In a copycat league it’s refreshing to see another such crime, highlighting such a unique skill set.
Most of the discussion after Ravens gain over Bengal, including some crusty comments by Marvin Lewis, centered on Jackson’s retirement instead of amazement about what he and his teammates achieved. In an NFL where third and 1st has stupidly turned into a decline, Ravens repeatedly turned third and five in a round down with his quarterback. It worked.
Jackson’s outbreak is breathtaking and the offensive course clearly had a good time. Looking at Jackson’s high band tape, I thought he would be the best running quarterback to enter the league, as Michael Vick and Sunday’s game just supported that concept. It is worth noting that Jackson also throws an average of 7.9 meters per try on the ball, making important conversions on a second and 17 and two third and long strikes on the team’s forward-throwing drive.
The broad recipient crew must purchase this approach. Michael Crabtree and John Brown were combined for only two catches, while Willie Snead blew up on coaching staff after some called red zones. But there are problems for Ravens staff and fans to worry about. As a non-invested observer, I’m fascinated to see what Jackson is doing against an inviting slate of upcoming defense, starting with Raiders in week 12. All but Joe Flacco should only enjoy this ride.
The Falcons are a foul year from Matt Ryan and Julio Jones: Atlantas last heartbreaking loss at home was a reminder that football is not all about the quarterback. Ryan played one of his best games during one of his best seasons and gave the Falcons a crucial edge over the cowboys in place, but Dallass line play on both sides of the ball bears the day. Ryan and Julio have had to overcome a poor offensive line, a poorer cracked defense and a one-dimensional attack that does not depend on the running game in important situations.
In a typical Cowboys game, the limited belongings of Falcons had eight differences were the rookie Calvin Ridley’s case that became a whistle. It has been that year for Ryan, who has seen his defense giving up a last minute score to blow three different matches this year. It seems twice as awesome for all these games to happen in front of the tortured Atlanta believers who have to worry about a Thanksgiving trip to New Orleans and a potentially holy return visit to Atlanta for Super Bowl.
The Saints Do not Need Brandon Marshall: To kick the Dez Bryant tire was worth a shot, but it’s harder to see where Marshall is fit for this holy crime. Sunday’s explosion by rookie Three Quan Smith, who made some controversial prisoners reminiscent of Marques Colston, continues a growing trend to support Saints players to get into the mix. Fellow rookie Keith Kirkwood, a Drew Brees favorite, has five catches for 78 meters in the last two weeks. Strong end Dan Arnold has combined for four catches and 50 meters in that thrill.
To see Marshall finally look like a playoff team would be a good story to attract an underrated career, but I’m not completely convinced that he will still be around to be on Saints active playoff roster.
Viking victims are worse than a year ago: Minnesota had the fifth most effective offense in the NFL last season, according to Football Outsiders; They were 14th this season before Sunday evening’s exhibition in Chicago. I would argue that Kirk Cousins has given them the superior quarterback game to what Case Keenum gave last year, but almost everything else about the Vikings has committed a nosy: offensive lineup, ongoing games and game call.
Mike Zimmers formula only works if he has a real elite defense and this side of the ball has also taken one step back this season. Next Sunday night’s matchup between the vikings and the packs means that two teams are looking to find their way and expire to do that.
Alex Smith’s Future: I can not remember another No. 1 overall voter who felt like an underdog, but that was what Smith was after the ugly beginning of his Career in San Francisco. It all took a nasty rookie season for most analysts and fans to give up on him. He passed through five years later in San Francisco until Jim Harbaugh arrived and survived a devastating shoulder operation that forced him to miss 2008 and struggles to keep his job over guys like Trent Dilfer, Troy Smith and Shaun Hill .
This is not a death to Smith’s career, but it’s hard not to know him after the cruel leg injury he led to the Texans. Redskins owe Smith $ 15 million guaranteed next season, but his contract may force an unfortunate early decision on his future. Smith’s 2020 salary is guaranteed if he is on the fifth day of the league in March, so Washington may have to make a long-term decision about his future while still early in his recovery process.
Meanwhile, the team will try to make the final play under Colt McCoy, with newly signed Mark Sanchez supporting him. Jay Gruden has held McCoy on roster five straight seasons for a moment like this and there is every reason to believe McCoy will handle it well. He looked sharp and crucial after replacing Smith on Sunday. That’s the rest of Redskin’s offensive – from the slain offensive to the Ramshackle wideout group – it’s a major problem. (Although I still would not figure out Redskins in a deeply wrong division.)
If Bears Really Has NFL’s Best Defense: Smarter football writers than myself say that the bears have the best defense in the league and with a wide margin. Some analyzes like DVOA have them at number 1 as well. The bigger question is whether “the best defense in NFL” is a moniker that any law would like because, in principle, all “best defenses in NFL” have been exposed shortly after taking the tag in the last two years. (Remember the “No. 1 Answer” in Tennessee before it hit on Sunday?)
Bears has met one of the easiest slices of opposing crime and it will not change over the next two weeks against the lions and Giants. Chicago’s group was just solid, not spectacular when it faced a breakaway like the patriots. This group, from Akiem Hicks and Khalil Mack to an underrated group of linebackers to Eddie Jackson’s excellent work on safety, has game masters of all levels. But I’m keen to see how Bears’s defense handles Rams in week 14, because it’s the type of crime that the first team Chicago has to deal with to win a Super Bowl this year. The major crimes this season feels historic. The best defense, like Chicago, is still a few steps behind.
If Jason Garrett’s warning will cost the cowboys a playoff location: The cowboys looked a bit too happy for overtime in Atlanta before Falcons coach Dan Quinn saved the cowboys sometime using a timeout by 1:38 left and then rushed three defenders on one-third and 5 from Dallas’s 30-yard line as the Dak Prescott expert transformed. Garrett also looked a bit too happy to play for a field goal in the last seconds from over 40 yards out with a kicker who fought.
Brett Maher’s game-winning kick barely did it through the uprights, so no-one questions Garret’s process, which looks very like how the cowboys have lost close play in the last nine seasons.
If the Texans have enough crimes: The Texans have won seven straight games without having a better crime. The team’s 320 meters and an offensive touchdown Sunday in Washington were typical. This is a squad that has been opportunistic conversions to points, but not consistent to move the ball. The team’s blocking is undoubtedly better than its ability to protect Deshaun Watson.
Kevin Coutee, once again in the mix, was great against Redskins after missing out on the two previous gigs with a hamstring injury, but trade acquisition Demaryius Thomas had no catch and was directed at once. The Texans have met only two teams that currently have a winning record (New England and Washington) and will not meet anyone else this season so they can certainly continue winning. But Bill Brien really wants to see the growth from his crime and it has not happened to a team that has won two games in overtime and two other after the opponents missed a potential game-winning kick.
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