NFL Week Eight: Can we finally stop the Seahawks love?
by Matt Magill
All we’ve been hearing for the entire year is how great the Seahawks are. They had one loss going into last weekend, but hadn’t really played a good game all around. Their defense looks great most of the time, but their offense is not even close to on track. Do they miss Marshawn Lynch that much? Is it because Wilson is not running as much as he used to? Is it because the offensive line is nearly as patchwork and amateur as that of the Colts? I don’t have an answer, but it’s going to only get worse for the Seahawks unless they find a way to cover their offensive deficiencies. The Saints are not a great team, and the fact that Seattle’s second half woes continued against a poor Saints defense shows me that all the hype the Seahawks have received all year is unfounded bandwagon-ism.
The Titans beat the Jaguars on Thursday night, and amidst all the yawns, we may have finally heard the death-knell of the Jaguars careers for Blake Bortles and Gus Bradley.
In another London game, we got the awesomeness that was a tie between the Redskins and Bengals. In a semi-related question, what’s up with kickers this year?
If you don’t feel sorry for Andrew Luck, then you officially have no heart. That poor guy probably never realized that Indianapolis is football purgatory.
The Raiders went cross-country and won again, this time thanks to a herculean effort by Derek Carr. Who knew we’d be talking about the Raiders as a playoff contender?
The Texans held serve at home, and the Lions’ magic finally ran out as Matthew Stafford was terrorized by the Houston defense. Now if only the Texans had some money to spend on a new quarterback…
For awhile there, it looked like the Browns were going to get their first win, then they became the Browns again. At least you guys have Chief Wahoo, right Cleveland?
The Pats did what they have done all year and made the Bills look foolish. With or without LeSean MCoy, Rex’s boys weren’t going to touch the Patriots this week.
The Falcons finally got some of their mojo back with a late game touchdown drive. Not sure how concerning it is that Julio Jones was relatively quiet all game, but a win is a win.
The good feelings the Chargers had going into this game after a couple solid efforts didn’t last very long. The Broncos did what they do on defense and did just enough on offense. Here’s hoping Wade Phillips will make a full recovery.
Disappointment-Bowl 2016 between the Cardinals and Panthers went to Carolina. In typical Cam Newton fashion, even after a victory he was complaining about getting hit. Here’s the thing, Cam wasn’t complaining last year when he was running all over everyone and they were 15-1. Now, they have two wins all year and opposing defenses are teeing off on the guy that drives the bus, and he can’t handle a little adversity. Then, he uses the best line in football: “it’s not fun for me anymore”. Then go count your millions somewhere else and let the men play the game.
Are the Vikings having buyer’s remorse in regards to Sam Bradford yet? That offense looks putrid.
Rising like a Viagra binge:
Let’s give it to the Raiders this week. The Chiefs and Cowboys had good wins, and the Pats continued to impress, but for a team that was a dark horse playoff pick, the Raiders are really impressive.
Sinking faster than the Titanic:
Between last week’s tie, this week’s loss, and the fact they have not beat a good team all year, the Cardinals are in deep, deep trouble.
Coaches on the hot seat:
Bradley and Pagano are almost assuredly on their way out the door. I don’t think the tie helped move the needle one way or another in deciding Marvin Lewis’ fate. The usual suspects are just going to hang out here on this list all season.
A quick word on the Cowboys:
I’m an unabashed Cowboys fan, have been since my youth and the time of the “triplets”. So I would like to say something about the worst-run team in the NFL this side of Cleveland.
What can I say? That was probably the best game of the season so far (which isn’t hard, considering how bad the product on the field has been) and definitely the best game in the Dallas-Philadelphia rivalry in some time.
It was tough going for the Cowboys most of the night, and Jim Schwartz is a goddamn defensive genius, but when the chips were down, the Dallas offense, and defense made plays. The penalties were concerning, but the cajones on Garrett to call not only a fake punt, but a quarterback sneak on fourth and one in overtime is something every Cowboys fan has been waiting for. I’m not sure if it was because he trusted his defense as much as I did, or he just wanted to go home and watch Netflix, but his decisions paid off.
Dak looked like a rookie, Wentz looked like a rookie, and Zeke looked like a beast. They are going to ride those legs to the playoffs (don’t be surprised if this is the Elliott workload for his five year Dallas career and then they let him go, either).