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Patriots out-run Bills in14-10 win in blustery conditions
"The the patriots patriots have have sole sole possession possession of of first first place place in in the the AFC AFC east east following following a a fourteen fourteen ten ten win win over over the the second second place place bills bills Damien Damien Harris Harris scored scored on on a a sixty sixty four four yard yard run run in in blustery blustery conditions conditions in in which which Mack Mack Jones Jones attempted attempted just just three three passes passes the the pats pats have have gained gained the the bills bills to to twenty twenty two two to to ninety ninety nine nine yards yards rushing rushing with with Harris Harris delivering delivering a a season season high high one one hundred hundred eleven eleven this this week week office office morphed morphed into into a a teen teen I I was was gonna gonna run run the the football football I'm I'm at at work work and and you you know know I I think think we we should should all all be be proud proud of of you you know know I I think think the the mental mental toughness toughness and and what what we're we're able able to to do do as as a a team team defensive defensive back back Myles Myles Bryant Bryant sealed sealed the the victory victory by by batting batting down down Josh Josh Allen's Allen's past past the the goal goal line line with with one one fifty fifty five five remaining remaining billing billing on on this this night night and and for for following following its its seventh seventh straight straight win win buffalo buffalo was was seven seven and and five five I'm I'm Dave Dave Ferrie Ferrie
Chiefs keep AFC West lead with 22-9 victory over Broncos
"The the Kansas Kansas City City Chiefs Chiefs never never trailed trailed in in their their twenty twenty two two to to nine nine win win over over the the Denver Denver Broncos Broncos chiefs chiefs quarterback quarterback Patrick Patrick Mahomes Mahomes scored scored on on a a ten ten yard yard run run to to open open with with the the TV TV on on their their first first possession possession but but that that was was Kansas Kansas city's city's only only offense offense of of touchdown touchdown G. G. safety safety Dan Dan Sorenson Sorenson returned returned an an interception interception for for seventy seventy five five yards yards in in the the fourth fourth quarter quarter to to cap cap the the chiefs chiefs scoring scoring that that was was one one of of two two interceptions interceptions thrown thrown by by Broncos Broncos quarterback quarterback teddy teddy Bridgewater Bridgewater Greg Greg Echlin Echlin Kansas Kansas city city
Washington rallies for 4th straight win, 17-15 over Raiders
"Washington Washington QB QB Taylor Taylor Heinicke Heinicke threw threw touchdown touchdown passes passes on on the the first first drive drive of of the the game game and and again again at at the the start start of of the the fourth fourth quarter quarter in in between between the the Washington Washington defense defense kept kept snuffing snuffing out out raiders raiders drives drives holding holding Las Las Vegas Vegas to to field field goals goals until until John John Jacobs Jacobs one one yard yard plunge plunge in in the the fourth fourth another another field field goal goal put put the the raiders raiders on on top top Q. Q. Heinecke Heinecke who who drove drove Washington Washington close close enough enough for for the the team's team's brand brand new new kicker kicker Brian Brian Johnson Johnson to to hit hit a a forty forty eight eight yard yard field field goal goal for for seventeen seventeen fifteen fifteen victory victory head head coach coach Ron Ron Rivera Rivera says says the the football football team team is is making making an an opportunity opportunity for for itself itself we we got got five five divisional divisional games games in in a a row row okay okay we'll we'll take take it it one one at at a a time time okay okay we're we're playing playing the the division division leader leader twice twice the the W. W. F. F. T. T. is is now now six six and and six six in in in in the the NFC NFC playoff playoff picture picture the the raiders raiders are are six six and and six six have have a a steeper steeper climb climb in in the the AFC AFC I'm I'm Ben Ben Thomas Thomas
LA Rams snap 3-game skid, roll over Jacksonville 37-7
"Matthew Matthew Stafford Stafford threw threw three three touchdown touchdown passes passes in in the the rams rams rolled rolled over over the the Jaguars Jaguars thirty thirty seven seven to to seven seven Stafford Stafford connected connected on on scoring scoring strikes strikes to to Cooper Cooper Kupp Kupp van van Jefferson Jefferson and and Odell Odell Beckham Beckham junior junior the the rams rams had had lost lost their their previous previous three three games games so so wide wide receiver receiver Cup Cup was was happy happy to to see see his his team team back back in in the the win win column column nothing nothing like like a a W. W. doesn't doesn't matter matter mmhm mmhm you you know know whether whether you're you're coming coming off off of of a a you you know know a a little little bit bit of of skill skill like like we we have have been been or or your your own own role role I I mean mean just just anytime anytime you you get get a a W. W. is is a a big big thing thing in in this this league league Sony Sony Michel Michel ran ran for for a a hundred hundred twenty twenty one one yards yards and and a a score score for for them them that that way way and and for for rams rams the the jags jags have have lost lost four four straight straight dropping dropping to to two two in in ten ten on on the the season season mark mark Myers Myers Inglewood Inglewood California California
Steelers turn away Ravens 20-19 after failed 2-point attempt
"Steelers Steelers quarterback quarterback Ben Ben Roethlisberger Roethlisberger pass pass for for two two hundred hundred thirty thirty six six yards yards and and two two touchdowns touchdowns in in orchestrated orchestrated but but held held up up to to be be a a late late game game winning winning drive drive and and then then dispersed dispersed defense defense fended fended off off a a go go ahead ahead two two point point conversion conversion attempt attempt with with sixteen sixteen seconds seconds to to go go to to beat beat rival rival Baltimore Baltimore twenty twenty to to nineteen nineteen the the win win was was a a needed needed one one for for the the six six five five and and one one Steelers Steelers and and Roethlisberger Roethlisberger who who lost lost to to Cincinnati Cincinnati by by thirty thirty one one points points a a week week ago ago Dante Dante Johnson Johnson caught caught eight eight passes passes for for one one hundred hundred five five yards yards and and two two touchdowns touchdowns for for Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Lamar Lamar Jackson Jackson passed passed for for two two hundred hundred fifty fifty three three yards yards a a touchdown touchdown and and a a pick pick but but was was sacked sacked seven seven times times the the ravens ravens are are now now even even for for Josh Josh Rowntree Rowntree Pittsburgh Pittsburgh
Up-and-down Chargers hold off Bengals for 41-22 victory
"Justin Justin Herbert Herbert passed passed for for three three first first quarter quarter touchdowns touchdowns as as the the Chargers Chargers jumped jumped out out to to a a twenty twenty four four nothing nothing lead lead Cincinnati Cincinnati stormed stormed back back narrowing narrowing the the margin margin to to twenty twenty four four twenty twenty two two midway midway through through the the third third quarter quarter and and Joe Joe mixin mixin seven seven yard yard TD TD run run but but cornerback cornerback Tavon Tavon Campbell Campbell returned returned a a fourth fourth quarter quarter mix mix and and fumble fumble sixty sixty one one yards yards for for a a score score tilting tilting things things back back LA's LA's way way final final score score Chargers Chargers forty forty one one Bengals Bengals twenty twenty two two how how I I improved improved to to seven seven and and five five on on the the season season the the same same record record as as Cincinnati Cincinnati I'm I'm Ben Ben Thomas Thomas
Murray throws for 2 TDs, runs for 2 as Cardinals beat Bears
"Kyler Kyler Murray Murray returning returning from from injury injury through through a a pair pair of of touchdown touchdown passes passes and and also also ran ran into into pairs pairs the the cardinals cardinals defeated defeated the the bears bears thirty thirty three three twenty twenty two two on on the the day day Marie Marie completed completed eleven eleven of of fifteen fifteen four four hundred hundred twenty twenty three three yards yards he he also also rushed rushed for for fifty fifty nine nine more more yards yards on on the the ground ground with with the the victory victory Arizona Arizona most most attended attended to to on on the the season season tops tops in in the the NFC NFC and and they're they're also also seven seven and and on on the the road road with with all all seven seven wins wins coming coming by by double double digits digits the the bears bears who who fell fell to to foreign foreign aid aid got got two two touchdown touchdown passes passes from from Andy Andy Dalton Dalton but but on on the the flip flip side side he he threw threw four four interceptions interceptions David David Shuster Shuster Chicago Chicago
Brady throws for 368 yards, 4 TDs; Bucs beat Falcons 30-17
"Tom Tom Brady Brady fired fired four four touchdown touchdown passes passes to to rob rob Gronkowski Gronkowski as as the the Tampa Tampa Bay Bay bucs bucs defeated defeated the the Atlanta Atlanta Falcons Falcons thirty thirty to to seventeen seventeen Brady Brady was was thirty thirty eight eight of of fifty fifty one one for for three three hundred hundred and and sixty sixty eight eight yards yards Gronkowski Gronkowski Stevie's Stevie's run run passes passes of of twenty twenty seven seven and and eleven eleven yards yards the the bucs bucs tight tight end end said said come come on on the the road road division division game game I I mean mean the the falcons falcons that that they're they're playing playing ball ball like like that's that's that that that that wasn't wasn't easy easy we we had had to to bring bring it it and and we we sure sure did did though though and and we we came came out out with with a a W. W. Chris Chris Godwin Godwin also also caught caught fifteen fifteen passes passes for for a a hundred hundred and and forty forty three three yards yards for for the the box box the the falcons falcons scored scored on on a a field field goal goal an an intercepted intercepted pass pass return return and and a a seventeen seventeen yard yard run run by by Mike Mike Davis Davis the the Bucks Bucks improved improved to to nine nine and and three three on on the the season season Gary Gary McPhillips McPhillips Atlanta Atlanta
Winless no more: Lions top Vikes 29-27 for 1st W in Week 13
"Jared Jared Goff Goff it's it's Amon Amon ra ra St St brown brown and and I'm I'm eleven eleven yard yard score score as as time time expires expires to to let let the the lions lions past past the the Vikings Vikings twenty twenty nine nine twenty twenty seven seven after after taking taking a a fourteen fourteen point point lead lead into into the the half half the the lions lions found found themselves themselves trailing trailing by by four four when when Kirk Kirk cousins cousins said said Justin Justin Jefferson Jefferson on on a a three three yard yard touchdown touchdown toss toss with with a a minute minute fifty fifty to to go go but but don't don't time time outs outs Goff Goff led led the the lines lines on on a a fourteen fourteen play play seventy seventy five five yard yard drive drive capped capped by by the the game game winning winning touchdown touchdown the the same same brown brown the the lions lions fourth fourth round round selection selection in in this this year's year's draft draft Goff Goff becomes becomes the the first first quarterback quarterback not not named named Matthew Matthew Stafford Stafford to to win win a a game game for for the the lions lions since since week week sixteen sixteen of of the the twenty twenty ten ten season season the the Vikings Vikings fall fall the the five five and and seven seven Denny Denny captain captain Troy Troy
Taylor's two-TD day helps Colts rout woeful Texans 31-0
"Jonathan Jonathan Taylor Taylor ran ran for for a a hundred hundred and and forty forty three three yards yards and and two two touchdowns touchdowns as as the the Indianapolis Indianapolis colts colts improved improved to to seven seven and and six six on on the the season season by by beating beating Houston Houston Texans Texans thirty thirty one one nothing nothing Taylor Taylor carried carried the the ball ball thirty thirty two two times times and and ran ran for for a a touchdown touchdown on on the the colts colts first first possession possession of of the the game game and and first first possession possession of of the the second second half half the the NFL's NFL's leading leading rusher rusher says says the the heavy heavy workload workload is is it it taking taking a a toll toll on on his his body body coach coach of of putting putting together together a a great great team team so so a a lot lot of of runs runs are are open open not not like like the the races races are are not not to to touch touch or or a a few few yards yards Carson Carson Wentz Wentz completed completed sixteen sixteen of of twenty twenty two two passes passes for for a a hundred hundred and and fifty fifty eight eight yards yards and and a a touchdown touchdown for for the the colts colts in in falling falling to to two two in in ten ten the the Texans Texans were were shut shut out out for for the the second second time time this this season season and and it it was was the the fifth fifth time time they they failed failed to to score score a a touchdown touchdown Adams Adams bowling bowling Houston Houston
Defense lifts Dallas to a 27-17 victory over sinking Saints
"The the Dallas Dallas Cowboys Cowboys solidified solidified their their grip grip on on first first place place in in the the NFC NFC east east by by handing handing the the failing failing New New Orleans Orleans Saints Saints their their fifth fifth street street the the P. P. twenty twenty seven seven seventeen seventeen Dallas Dallas lost lost three three of of its its previous previous four four games games was was playing playing without without head head coach coach Mike Mike McCarthy McCarthy was was out out under under covert covert protocol protocol but but dak dak Prescott Prescott and and company company still still prevailed prevailed the the adversity adversity we've we've we've we've had had we we faced faced on on coming coming off off the the the the last last two two weeks weeks and and then then coming coming in in this this week week and and just just being being hit hit with with the the cove cove it it losing losing losing losing the the head head coach coach this this week week and and just just made made so so many many people people stepped stepped up up press press coverage coverage touchdown touchdown pass pass the the Michael Michael Gallup Gallup and and Tony Tony Padron Padron fifty fifty yards yards for for another another TD TD Carlos Carlos Watkins Watkins scored scored on on a a twenty twenty nine nine yard yard interception interception return return one one of of four four picks picks for for the the cowboys cowboys defense defense off off taste taste in in hell hell making making his his first first start start of of the the year year for for the the saints saints I'm I'm John John Merriam Merriam
A highlight from Chris Long on Brian Kelly and the Super Bowl Favorite. Plus, Matt Leinart on Lincoln Riley to USC.
"Get a quote today. You could have probably guessed this open, but I want to talk about Brian Kelly, leaving Notre-Dame and going to LSU. Let's do a quick run through who Brian Kelly has been as a head coach. Central Michigan first year four and 7 in three years gets him to 9 and four. It goes to Cincinnati, goes 34 and 6. At Notre-Dame, he was a 113 and 40. He's the first coach, by the way, which is always weird for well it's not always weird. It is weird because it doesn't happen. He's the first coach, apparently in over a hundred years to leave Notre-Dame on his own. And he passed newt rockney and wins. But grant, he didn't have the titles. But in a decade span, we're talking about three chances of the title. I feel like sometimes I'm soft, because I think of programs and go, okay, you know, I know it sucks, you didn't win. I know it sucks. You get killed by Alabama and the BCS title game. I know the playoff games didn't work out for you. But the fact that you're in the mix three times in a decade, that tells me that you have the right guy and that your program is a really good program. But Notre-Dame is going to deal with an extra level of hate for a million different reasons, which I totally understood. But if you just look at your program and say we've had three chances at this, that's pretty good. Now granted he had one bad year we went four and 8. Fine bomb wanted him fired. I think every week. Tough week for fine bomb on the guys he's wanted fired, by the way. He went foreign a and then after people said, Kelly should be fired. He went 54 and 9. So he leaves for LSU. And he leaves because of money. I don't know what the full contract deals are. Some of these leak things early on have been a little out of control. Like even the Lincoln Riley won about how they were going to buy both of his houses in Norman for all this extra money. That's been shot down a little bit. I don't know. It looks like these guys are close to 9 figure deals on this. The base is apparently ten years and 95 million. There's this number floating around, where Kelly's going to make 15 million a year. That didn't make any sense to me whatsoever. If that being the case would like real obtainable incentives, then that's just dumb. I mean, we've been on this money thing that I'll mention in a second here about how much is an increase recently, but I don't know that we're quite there yet. So it looks like ten years 95 million with incentives. If this team wins the SEC, if it wins a playoff game, if it wins a national championship, I mean, these are hard things to do. Where the incentives can maybe get this up to like 11 million a year or something like that. All right, so we know this that he can coach. If I'm an LSU fan, I feel like, okay, so you run through all that. If it doesn't work out, like, what did we do wrong? I guess you could sit there and say, not everybody is built for the SEC recruiting cycle. You'd love somebody who has ties to that part of the country, but with everything happening in the NIL deal and the whole gray area of what a recruiting violation even is anymore. It's a different world. A world that definitely scared off some big names in the past. Like, I know for a fact, there are certain coaches that are just like, I just don't want to go down there. I don't want to go down there and deal with all that stuff. Some people think urban Meyer, after a while I was like, this is ridiculous. Like I'm outta here. I'm going to go to a House state. So we understand all those things. I think I feel a little bit better too if the coordinators are coming to Marcus Freeman defensive quarter Tommy Reese, both guys who are terrific, but we still looks like Freeman. I don't know what version of this. They're both young guys if he stays in the game. I don't know what's going to happen with Tommy. But all of these boxes as far as we want somebody that is run a top program who can coach his coach everywhere he's ever been. We want that kind of guy. And that's what LSU has and Brian Kelly. But really, this isn't what the topic is about, is it? It's about the exit. We hate the exits. We hate when these guys leave. We hate the way business is done, usually in businesses that we do not work in. I don't know what people want it to be. Is Brian Kelly bad guy? I mean it's some stories to flying around that he wasn't always the greatest to work with. I don't know if that's something he's gotten over. I don't know if it was a vendetta deal. I mean, pictures of him with his middle finger out from a guy who was like, hey, I finally feel comfortable releasing this. I don't know. I mean, I saw him lose his mind and turn purple multiple times on the sideline. And there was a time where they were like, Brian kettle what's wrong with this guy? Like something has to change here. They're football coaches. They're not like the rest of us. I'm not excusing the behavior, but that's the world that they live in. And the more important thing to understand in the world that they live in, this is the way business is done. Can you imagine, if any coach ever said, like let me give you an example here. I like, for whatever reason I watched Tennessee a bunch this year, I like Tennessee's team this year. I know they weren't great. Nothing to get really excited about. I just like watching them. I thought hypo did a good job. One of like three weeks together got a hypo and be like, hey would you ever leave here? I was like, yeah, definitely. I mean, tennesse is a good gig, but it's not the best. And you know, if I can have a nice two year run, I'm out of here. Yeah. I need a better recruiting base. And there's maybe 5 to ten destination jobs for me and I'd love to land on one day. Which is what all of us want for ourselves and certainly what college football coaches want because these guys are really, really competitive. But we would tell anyone who ever did that. We would. You can't have it both ways. You can't be honest, actually. And when you look at the path of information the way it travels when these major transactions are happening, there's no way you can ever address the team or address the fan base before they find out about it on the ticker or for some leak news. Think about it this way. The agent's probably going to want the information to get out just so the market understands that their client who may have been thought is as unavailable is actually available. The people, let's say in this case for Brian Kelly, you know, I'm sure Kelly probably tells a couple people. I don't know how many administrators at LSU want the information to get out, but I can tell you who does want to get the information out. Boosters. Because the boosters get a heads up and be like, hey, you guys ready to kick in on this? If we go to buy a guy out, here's the deals here. You've got to be on the same page with the boosters that basically run a lot of these college football programs. And guess what the boosters like to do? They like to fucking tell people. They like to be at the country club and tell somebody, hey, you know what, we're getting Ryan Kelly. I don't know what voice I just did. I just did one. All right.
A highlight from An Instructional Guide to Becoming an NFL Coach
"Getting your name out there. So hello, everybody. Jenny, I think it's interesting. We found that having covered the league for as long as we do, this seems to be the hardest step for a lot of coaches, right? Is to emerge as the buzzy candidate. And sometimes it happens due to happenstance. You happen to be the offensive coordinator of a really good football team. But there are all these extenuating circumstances. Do you get the time to talk to the media? Are you allowed to get out front? Do you have an agent who's working behind the scenes for you? So I feel like this is a really, this is a really interesting sort of step one. Yeah, and I think sometimes coaches who aren't the buzzy candidates have a lot of frustration because they're not doing anything wrong. They're just not the buzzy candidates. So it can be something that's entirely out of your control. Maybe you don't work in the belgic or Nick Saban tree. Maybe you are a black candidate, not a white candidate. Maybe you are not related to somebody who's in the NFL. None of those reasons should make you not a buzzy candidate, but this is unfortunately how the hiring cycle works. But I think Connor, one thing that you and I both know is the only time of year in which agents like to talk to reporters is coaching agents around this time of year because they all want their candidates to be on somebody's list. So it is the literally the only time of year when they are eager to call reporters back and start gushing about their various candidates. And sometimes they bring up a candidate and you're like, I've never actually heard anything good about this coach. But they're making them sound like they're the second coming of Lombardy. I'm not sure. So, you know, I could have gone a lot of directions there. And a lot of times it's just, that's how it works. You have an agent hyping a guy up, their name is spread around media reports. Team executives see the name in the media and think that they're the best guy. And it goes from there. It really is sort of the strangest inverse pyramid hiring process of all time, right? Like it's almost like it's the tail wagging the dog. And that's how it's been forever. I don't know how you reverse the process without removing owners from every NFL franchise. But I do find it interesting having talked to a lot of coaches who had the benefit of being the buzzy guy right and you have that sort of I'm not gonna call it an easy rise, but you have more of an escalator ride to the top. And then there are other coaches who are certainly talented, but for example, there are coaches who maybe at the positional level are prevented from speaking to the media. They don't even get to be out front and get their face on a camera. They don't get to talk to reporters and you know this could be for myriad reasons, right? One the coach wants to be the unilateral voice and face of the organization. And two, the coach really likes the assistant coach and doesn't want him to leave. And I do think that there is some there are some issues there, right? Where coaches struggle to get that publicity because there are times when somebody's extraordinarily valuable to you, you don't feel like promoting them, you can't promote them, but you would like them to stay exactly where they are. And you run into these situations that are really just like it's a coach at his own expense hampering somebody else's career. And we've seen that countless times, whether that's outright blocking someone from interviewing for a job or just taking away their chances to get out front of a camera. Yeah, I remember when I was reporting the story on Bill Belichick and Nick Saban's friendship a few years ago, one of the anecdotes that came up was Belichick respected Saban so much while they were working together for the browns four years together, he decided that his assistant coaches were no longer speak to the media. And the team's head of PR told the coaches that and saving laugh because he knew why it was. He knew he was a good coach and he didn't want to lose him. So Saban said and reply, I don't plan to be the defensive coordinator for the browns for the rest of my life. So I'll probably be talking to the media. And he sure enough was quoted in the Akron Beacon journal two days later. I mean, it's weird. Like, I feel I feel bad for a lot of coaches, right? And so for people to kind of understand the overarching process here. I mean, there are like four or 5 very major players in the coaching search business. And then if you're not represented by one of these people, your client becomes even steeper, you know, and then the access to these discussion points among reporters and the, you know, the ability to get in front of other people in the media, all that stuff. And so a lot of times you're left in this uncomfortable situation where some coaches don't have a lot of media finesse, right? They don't, they don't trust reporters or they don't know that they should trust reporters or they've been told their whole life that reporters will do something bad if you talk to them. And so they just kind of live in this little shoebox environment and I've had dinner with coaches through the whole time. They just spend looking around. Is anybody else here? Does anybody else going to see me doing this? And it's a weird thing, right? Because they have to take it upon themselves to get the publicity that they feel like, even their agents, even if you have an agent in a certain sense, it's not going to be able to get you above that certain level because the agents at the top are able to also not only promote their guys but tamp the other ones down by using sort of these anonymous sources and say, oh, well, you know, I heard that guy's got some problems or something like that. And you don't have to define it. You don't have to say anything, but all of a sudden, it makes all of a stop and be like, wow, is there anything wrong with this person? You know what? Maybe you shouldn't be on the list. Yeah, I think that's a great point, Connor. I remember talking to one coach several years ago who had one agent who wasn't one of the handful of most powerful agents in the coaching world and they switched agents and I remember this coach said, I feel like I'm getting into bed with the devil, but it's my only way to get a head coaching job. And that's the landscape, right, is that power is consolidated in a handful of power brokers and you have to work with these specific agents to even have a chance. And there's a lot of conflicts of interest at play. These agents because there's a few that are so powerful, they represent a ton of coaching candidates. And they don't necessarily care who gets which job. They just want the highest number of their clients to get jobs. So maybe that's one of your client is the head coach and they take another your clients as a coordinator. They basically are trying to align the pieces so that they get the most money out of any given coaching cycle, which therefore may not be the best for any individual client that they're representing. But if you don't go with this handful of power brokers, then you may not have a chance to get a job at all. Yeah, and we'll get more into that in step three, but another interesting thing there, full disclosure as the person who puts together SI's head coaching list. And it's sort of privy to these conversations. I find it interesting that there are agents who are quite powerful and there are agents who are trying to get their clients noticed in a good natured way and then their agents that I've called who represent a pretty sizable handful of people and say, I'll say, hey, do you think that anyone merits consideration to be on the list? And they'll say, not really. I said, really? And it's surprising. I mean, they're a bad agent. Just like there are bad coaches and bad football players. And so it really is a murky process and yeah it creates probably a lot of complex
A highlight from The Game Keeps Evolving
"Don't miss our in depth conversation that is nice. On the evolution of offenses in the NFL, while Bill Belichick saw it coming before anyone else, but we begin with the rams, you guys who have lost three straight games even after amassing all that talent this season, it's not sit well, by the way with cornerback Jalen Ramsey, here he is after Sunday's loss. We have guys that are way too good for us to be losing games like this. And losing games in a row, we have, I mean, we just got to get it right. We got to play better. We got to everything has to be better. Because we're too good to be losing games like this, but we're not playing. We're not playing like we're that good right now. So we gotta correct our stuff. Okay, so the three game losing streak comes after a 7 in one start to the season, while Matt Stafford has struggled at times the rams defense has not held up there into the bargain either. LA's defense, allowing ten more points a game during their losing streak and a QBR of 74 compared to 41 in the first stretch, but maybe worst of all over their last three games, they've allowed an 80% red zone efficiency not being able to stop teams when it mattered most. Marcus, what do you think's wrong with the rams defense right now? We get blinded by Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey and we don't look at the other 9 guys out there that are not performing at the level that they should be. The second thing is Aaron Donald is getting double teamed every single play. That's not anything that's out of the ordinary, but last year, other guys were there one on ones one a lot. IE Leonard Floyd. That's why he ended up with a bigger contract. We talked about this on this show a thousand times. Everybody should benefit from playing with Aaron Donald. Lauren gave me a stat. I'll research your Aaron Donald has the highest pass Russ win rate in the NFL against double teams. 36 of them, the next closest guy is 23. You know what that means? The dune is still being more productive than the guys that are getting one on ones on this old football team. That's the issue and we talked about this other day. Deal, I said, look, man, I firmly believe that the Los Angeles Rams miss Michael Brock. I think that's one of the most significant misses that they have because number one he had left. Number two, he was able to win a lot of those one on ones. And when you look at the rest of this roster, who do you gain playing for? Like, what other person on this defense do you say, we are worried about this guy raking our offense. No one. Right. And I don't know what has happened to Darius Williams. He played well last year, not showing up this year. They better get it fixed because Aaron Donald Jalen Ramsey is not going to win y'all at Super Bowl. Yeah. Yeah, my issue is they're dumb and they're soft. I think they're dumb with the way that they use Jalen Ramsey. Certainly situationally and showed up against the packers game and then soft and I'm not telling their manhood, but the style of play. Now Jalen Ramsey's up top. The tight end that he's across them is a tight end. What they do is they bring receivers on the inside, Jalen's wasted outside right now, 8 yards off. That's an easy completion on second 6. Here guys, have a first down, but even more situationally. Guys, it's third and two. Up top for tight end, Green Bay wise is Mercedes Lewis. 32 is a man down. Jalen Ramsey's covering Mercedes Lewis devonte Adams is inside on the slot against the linebacker here, have another first down Green Bay. That's 32. 33. Up top, Jalen Ramsey's gonna match the tight end again. Now I bring Devante on the inside. He's on a much lesser defender inside slot fade. Hey, Green Bay have another first down. And then I talk about them being soft and again, it's not their manhood, but they don't ever challenge people on the perimeter. They just give easy completions. Second, here's a 7 yard out to the field. Fourth and two, here's a short little stop route in between never contacting anybody off the line of scrim. Look at the cushion that they're giving these guys. These are catch and throws by the quarterback. Marcus, this one's starting three, bro. They're just giving you these completions. Now, you talked about the talent on the defensive line. What the rams are doing schematically when they play that software? Not helping them. Not taking the defense. That's fine. The football game. You're right. So situationally, I'm not pretending that you can call man every play in Jalen follows devonte every play. But 32 and third and three. Wrote SPV football. We can't put our best guy in your business. I need three yards, put your feet at three odds. Get back to getting the ball out so quickly against him. There's a bit of a blueprint there. You know, it was really interesting that particular contrast between the packers and the rams. Because Joe berry, whose backers defensive coordinator comes from the rams that we've talked about this before, kind of that tree. And a big part of the packers improvement on defense has been the play of their linebackers, not just a boundary Campbell, also Chris Barnes, I think has been really good. Contrast that with Los Angeles. You've talked about it. There are a couple targets in there where they went after Tory reader who plays linebacker for the rams, number 51. And occurred to me, that's been a problem in Green Bay for a while and it feels like they finally solved it. The rams haven't solved. Linebackers are in cover. And I think right now in the NFL, more than ever, you're seeing teams offenses exploit teams who lack that sideline to sideline linebacker play. And you've got a team like the rams where you've got to start defensive tackle in a star cornerback. But in the middle, they're getting attacked and it's happening. We get to see how important it is to have to lie about it. Right, exactly. And by the way, we are going to maybe see them right the ship because they play the Jaguars next at home. So that might be a way to get off the side. All right. That's on Monday night too. Okay, let's get back to last night. Washington football team posting the Seahawks. We're gonna pick this up in the fourth quarter guys. Watching it up by 8 going for it on fourth and goal here, Taylor heinecke with a big chance here throwing to Logan's time. Touchdown. All right, so we think it's a touchdown, but then the play would be reviewed and what did you see here, Dan? Well, I thought he crossed it, and then I thought that the ball hit the ground but didn't move the officiating crew. I actually thought they got this one right up. It was reverse, but 23 seconds to let Seahawks still have a chance to Wilson finds Freddie swain, 32 yards score their Seahawks. Now down by two, so the two point conversion attempt and doesn't go the way they planned it, Dan. Yeah, I think this is the right decision by Russell. It's just late, you know, that backside safety went with DK and if he threw it right, watch this, the backside safety 20. No, that's safety right now. It goes with DK making through it early. He had him, but he kind of like wanted to get DK as a decoy and he's just late in that forces to break up. So Washington wins. Yeah, 17 to 15. And Heineken realized a dream. He said he wanted to win on Monday night. He's a regular season ended right now. Look at that, guys. Washington, we own the final wildcard spot, but there's still plenty of football ahead. Washington's 22% chance to make the playoffs trails behind other non division leaders like the rams forty-niners Vikings saints and even the eagles. So Washington's playoff hopes alive and well, okay, but Seattle not so much, especially after last night we said it was must win. They didn't win. Dan, why hasn't the offense clicked since Russ returned from injury? Yeah, I mean, detail wise? The Seahawks offense is one of the worst units in all of football. You watch this team. They throw a screen to Gerald Everett last night. He catches it 5 yards behind the line of scrimmage. It's an inside screen. He turns outside and it's a 6 yard gain instead of a 25 yard game. The you don't fall to the level of your preparation. You don't rise to love your preparation. You fall to the level of expectations. And there's standards are just so low on offense right now. So, you know what changes need to happen in Seattle to fix this going forward before next season because there's a lot of pressure on this, especially from the standpoint of Rus Wilson. Yeah. I mean, it's kind of like what changes don't need to happen watching some of that tape. A lot of it is coaching and execution. But I think yes, yeah. The single biggest problem with this football team is the front office. How the football team is performing right now. It is the product of years of bad decisions at this point, frankly, dating back to right after Russell Wilson was
A highlight from Do the Patriots Have First World Problems or Legit Concerns?
"I think after a game, like this one against the Titans, a lot of people come after the game, our postgame show included and talk about the negatives, right? And talk about some of the issues in some of the holes in the performance for the Patriots. And that leads to a lot of fans and rightfully so sitting back and saying, wait a second, they won the game by 23 points. They beat the Titans pretty easily by the end of the game in the fourth quarter. Their rookie quarterback through for 310 yards. Their defense shut them out in the second half. Why does this show sound like the Patriots lost the game? So that's why we made the title here today. Are these first world problems or did the Patriots have legitimate concerns that people are bringing up? And I think when we look back at the dynasty years of Tom Brady and those patriots teams, we often had similar conversations where we know what championship caliber looks like. We know a team that has it operating at all cylinders at a high level. And the Patriots on Sunday didn't look like that. They did not look like a team that was operating on all cylinders and doing all those types of things. The question is, first world problems or are you legitimately concerned about some of the things that you saw on Sunday? I mean, you know, allowing 270 rushing yards isn't great, but I don't know that other teams can necessarily the Patriots. I don't know if they can massively replicate that. There's certainly some things put on tape that other teams can try to replicate. I don't know how they're replicated. I think what you saw is a lot of what I kind of talked about on Thursday when you were trying to struggle to hype up this game as it might variable was going to come ready. Mike vrabel was going to come ready. He was going to have a game plan. He was going to give the Patriots trouble. And he did it for about three quarters. But this is kind of what the Patriots have been this year when they get these close games and they pull ahead in the fourth quarter. So I you know, again, 270 rushing arches isn't good, but I don't know that you walk away from that game feeling worse about the team. It's not, you know, they didn't beat them at full strength. I wouldn't call it their best win of the year. I still think the Chargers win was probably better as a better team, given what they had given with the Titans had at their disposal on Sunday. You know, they were on the road for that chargers game. You know, better quarterback, but I'm not gonna sit here and tell you, I think any less of the Patriots after that game, I think anybody who tells you that is just looking for reasons to be negative. That was a good quality win. And it goes back to something else I've talked about quite a bit. Good teams win games their way. Great teams can win when they can't win their way. And I think a lot of with patriots want to do the Titans took away on Sunday and they still found a way to win the game. So that's an encouraging sign moving forward in terms of mental toughness
A highlight from Patriots outlast Titans as Jones struggles, Buffalo next
"This is the Greg the guard patriots podcast with Nick cabins. Okay, so maybe you know maybe you don't know, but I'm a Notre-Dame fan. So I'm trying to not think about Brian Kelly bouncing. But hey, college football is college football, the crazy college football coaching carousel is especially nuts this year, Lincoln, Riley, going to USC, Kelly going to LSU. I would guess fickle, maybe Matt Campbell, going to Notre-Dame, we'll see what happens. With Billy O'Brien going. Heck. Hopefully far away from Notre-Dame. No, between Virginia tech added the defensive coordinator for 8 I believe. Is going to be the guy at var tech. So let's talk about the NFL the game though. And let's talk especially about the Patriots improving to 8 and four after beating Tennessee on Sunday. I think the final score is not necessarily indicative of the play. We'll get to that. But overall, Greg, how important was this win? Aside from just the result, right? The win for jumping to the two seed on the field for this team, how important was this win? We'll get into some of the specifics on each side of the ball what the Titans were lacking weren't lacking stuff like that. But to me, Nick being in the stadium for that game, when I left the stadium, I thought it was an important victory because to me, it felt like a playoff atmosphere. Now, did Mike vrabel have a full complement of receivers or linebackers and things like that to combat against the Patriots? No, but what you got was a typical Mike vrabel ravens type team that's really tough that's fundamentally sound for the most part that's not gonna give you an inch that's gonna make you earn it and I thought that they did that for the Patriots for almost three quarters of that game. And I thought it was a good toughness check for this team. I thought, you know, before going into buffalo on Monday night, which is going to be a huge referendum. I think on this team and their playoff seating and things like that, I thought this was a really good toughness test for the Patriots. I mean, they had to make some key plays, especially on defense. There were certainly some issues, but they made big plays. I thought the crowd, especially I would say, you know, third late third quarter into the fourth quarter was really into it. It felt like a playoff game, vrabel tried to variable things in this to keep his team in the game and if it wasn't first kicker and some other things, they probably would have taken a lead at some point in the second half. It might have gone down to the wire, but I thought in general, I thought this was a really good sort of, I don't know, sort of primer trainer training wheels for some of these new patriots on this team from what it's going to be like in the postseason. So that they eventually distance themselves from the Titans. I thought that was very nice. But overall, I thought it was I thought it was an important victory that they needed. That's sort of a toughness check for a lot of these guys. And I thought, they all passed it with flying colors. Yeah, I think it was a lesson that, you know, not everything is going to go your way. When things that you depend on like the run game, in recently, the run defense when those things start to fall apart and you don't have those go tos, how do you react? And especially against a team that's very tough minded like you said, you know, Tennessee's physical, they're tough. They were without a number of guys. And I want to ask you about that quickly. You know, Tennessee being so undermanned on Sunday, how much of that
A highlight from Married to the Game
"We back like we forgot something swag who would hurt in the building. Hey, we smile in because we fool before we get into it before we get into it. Hey, look, look, bro, I didn't seen a lot of things, right? I didn't witness a lot of things, go viral, on Thanksgiving and usually some type of incident or somebody, you know, not using the friar write or whatever the house. But I've never witnessed somebody go viral for cooking or showing the world how they prep Cornish hands and chicken. And put and put all of them on the grill at one time. And look. When I saw the video, I said, one, I love it because you soak country. You didn't even have an apron on. Okay, that's the first thing we and we don't get to get dirty. And then too, I'm looking at those juices. And those seasonings on those birds. I just I look, man, I didn't have chicken. I wanted some after I saw your video with you. Look, I ate my fireplace or whatever I told you, I was going to be. You got to give us some insight on how those birds tasted, okay? I need to know. I need to know everything. First of all, detail. And do you still have something else? First of all, a little big, bro, we told these people what the hell we was gonna do on things. We told them that last week, okay? I told them I was gonna cook my face off, and that's what I did. So I marinated one for 13 hours. That was that jerk. It was a jerk chicken and a jerk Cornish in. I put that Tony, satcher and Louisiana best Creole seasoning on birds and Cornish is perk I kind of married them together. I put a little chicken with a big chicken. And I wanted them all to bathe in that traeger grill. Oh my God. Yeah, let me get to let me get to this 'cause I don't want to spend a lot of time. We got a lot to talk to. Park, I cook so much food, the jerk chicken was going in ten minutes. In ten minutes the whole chicken was going in the corner shin was gone. All right, the only leftover head was one I season with the seasoning called shots, which is really, really good. That my sister broke. We did the macaroni and she sweet potatoes have marshmallows on the top. My wife went postal. My wife went postal in the kitchen, bro no. No, it was cinnamon sprinkles in marshmallows on top of the damn sweet potatoes doll. She put the listen. Oh, she put the cinnamon the sentiments. She put the sentiments on now. And then we had to Mac and cheese. My mama made greens and red beans. If you don't know about the red beat them camellias, okay? the only red bean y'all should be eaten out there. She made them collard greens. Did you know what the hell I mean? She put ham hocks, so she put Turkey mix in them. Did she put she put them Turkey next in there? She put them smoked Turkey mix them up. So that's it to get it. Yeah, it is like I'm celebrating the big win. It's like I'm celebrating a big win talking about this right now. And then the last thing man, my mama made Turkey wings and gravy to go on the dressing that my wife made. I told you my wife make that dress and her grandmother taught her how to make. I ate everything, though. I ate everything. I literally ate it. I had to work out perk. That's how bad it got. No, I had to. You know, I don't like working out. Yeah. I don't like working out. You know you got people in a podcast, people on TV, they'd be like, oh, I love going to the gym and perk, I don't like it. I knew it 'cause I need to sign 500 pounds. That's why I do it. Yeah, and we don't magnificent. We don't work out. We go on walks. We don't know the world that we gonna walk. We call them the big fellow walks. And shit. But look, I'm glad everything food wise and family wise went well for you big bro really enjoy the man. Because you know what didn't go well for you was your cowboys. But we're not gonna we're not gonna talk about the cowboys today. I'm not gonna do that because we got because we got other things to talk about. Look, I'm driving the ship today because I'm hosting, right? You know what I mean? But for the Andrea and Parker, was like Perkin, you drive. I got my CDO license. I could drive it. I got my CEO. And you know we for transparency on this show.
Washington beats Wilson, Seahawks 17-15 for 3rd win in a row
"JD JD McKissic McKissic scored scored twice twice while while Taylor Taylor Heinicke Heinicke threw threw for for two two hundred hundred twenty twenty three three yards yards and and a a score score as as the the Washington Washington football football team team won won their their third third straight straight with with the the seventeen seventeen fifteen fifteen win win over over the the Seahawks Seahawks make make kids kids a a college college ten ten yard yard touchdown touchdown pass pass in in the the also also on on a a ten ten yard yard touchdown touchdown run run the the football football team team improved improved to to five five and and six six and and is is now now in in the the NFC NFC playoff playoff picture picture Heinecke Heinecke says says it's it's been been a a collective collective effort effort I I really really starts starts those those guys guys up up front front offensively offensively office office of of line line if if they they don't don't get get a a lot lot of of credit credit but but let's let's let let these these last last three three weeks weeks have have been been phenomenal phenomenal Russell Russell Wilson Wilson led led the the Seahawks Seahawks on on a a ninety ninety six six yard yard drive drive late late hitting hitting Freddie Freddie Swain Swain with with a a thirty thirty two two yard yard touchdown touchdown pass pass but but Wilson's Wilson's two two point point conversion conversion pass pass was was intercepted intercepted by by Kendall Kendall fuller fuller Greg Greg heist heist Landover Landover Maryland Maryland
A highlight from College Football Championship Week Picks and Predictions: Georgia vs Alabama, Iowa vs Michigan
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A highlight from Happy for Harbaugh, Lincoln Riley to USC, and Trent Dilfer on Whether the Pats Can Win the Super Bowl
"I have a lot of college football that I want to get to as I was kind of going over stuff from the weekend and writing out notes this morning. I go, you know, this could turn into one of the old dual threats where I would just go 40 something minutes of my own. And so we're not going to do that, but I may break it up into two open segments because we have Michigan beating Ohio State. We have projecting the rankings to get me riffing on a bunch of other different things. And then you have Lincoln Riley going to USC after there was a couple of people trying to say he was going to LSU. But, you know, we had Bruce Feldman on, and he was pretty clear about that, where Bruce is really plugged in, especially when it comes to the coach stuff, where he's like, yeah, if Lincoln goes somewhere, I don't think it's going to be LSU. So maybe we'll find out more about what that story is. Now, unless you still need a coach, Florida got their guy in Billy Napier, but let's focus on really what the headline was is Michigan finally beating Ohio State. It finally happened for Jim Harbaugh. 42 27, if you look at the yardage on this one, it's actually close, 47 to four 58, and a side, I came away really impressed with CJ Stroud quarterback for a House state. He was he was fantastic in the face of all day chaos, Aidan Hutchinson defensive end and now people are talking about him potentially being number one overall pick if it's not game on thibodeaux. Don't know if Hutch is in place chess. We'll see that could be a deciding factor. Hutchinson also had a bit of that. I've always said with Tim Tebow that he sounds like he just came back in from recess. The way he talks, I don't know what Hutchinson was doing. Maybe it was the hype. Maybe it was him being tired. But it looked like he was hyperventilating at some points out there. And then on the other side, David a jabo if you've watched the ravens at all, and we'll get to that with you on Dilfer after that debacle late on Sunday Night. Away the outside guy for the ravens whose incredible in New Jersey away in a Jabba were actually teammates. So jabo was was stuck overseas for a couple years. He said he didn't even know the rules. He said he was in a game at Michigan and he didn't know why they spiked the football. And these two guys were in the backfield. So this game was about Michigan winning the line of scrimmage the entire time. You want to stat that proves that? Michigan allowed zero tackles for loss in the entire game. It's the first time Ohio State hasn't had at least one tackle for loss in 16 years. So you storm the field, you should. You're playing for a Big Ten championship, something Michigan, you know, the last time machine won the big Dan was 2004. All right? And it gets back to kind of the horror ball point because leading up to a people were doubting, but that's fine, because if you're harbor saying, who's got it better than us and look at us, look at us and all the stuff we ask for attention and you get it and then you don't deliver based on those expectations because of all your attention, you're going to get trash. But as I've said throughout the entire time, I still feel like now for Michigan to be positioned for the third time in Harbaugh's run to at least be in the playoff mix, that's pretty good. It doesn't feel good enough, right? It doesn't feel good enough. You've been Michigan because if you're Michigan, you look in the mirror and you see somebody a little bit different than the rest of us see. But I'm happy for Harbaugh. It's not because I root for him. I've just refused to ever believe this guy's a bad coach. And so if you're gonna be a content person that's just like, hey, what's going on? I don't know, fire him. I could just, if Michigan was cool with harbor if Harbaugh was cool with Michigan, the guy takes a pay cut to almost half of his average salary on the previous deal where it's like 4 million plus incentives that are real incentives, win the Big Ten. Win a game in the playoff. Those are real things that are deserving of those bonuses and maybe he makes that money back if he lives up to the standard that he and everyone in Michigan had. That's why I just was like, hey, look, if they're cool with each other, why does this guy have to get fired? And as I've always said, nobody beats Ohio State at Michigan. They don't beat them. They don't go back and look at recent history here. It doesn't really happen to say, hey, Harbaugh, camping, well, the guys performed didn't do it either. So if you're just supposed to fire them and start all over again, I guess you could, but they're bringing in talent. The quarterback this year, McNamara is really good. They lost their best receiver. They've developed other weapons throughout all of this. So, you know, when I look at the whole Michigan thing, again, what I don't understand what people in my business is, hey, I'm gonna say that terrible things are terrible. Fucking sweet. Sweet lane to live in. Like, I guess there's, I guess there's money in it. Actually, I know there is. I know there is leaning all the way without any like, hey, you know what? I know that he hasn't lived up to expectations, but it doesn't mean that I think he should be fired. So anyway, Michigan gets this done. And they have a very good chance to beat Iowa. I would think. We'll get to Iowa a little bit later. In the second half of this because I'm going to do two college football opens here. And now, you know, who knows? You can be playing for a national championship, which seems kind of weird, but not really, because after Georgia, nobody else is in that group. And that's why after Ohio State beat up on Michigan state, which is a horrible horrible matchup with the defense of Baxter Michigan state, all the passing yards they'd allow the worst team defensively arguably in the country on that side of the football when it came to passing defense. And then it turns into, well, wait a minute. No problem with Ohio State of Alabama. Said it last week. No problem whatsoever. I've seen enough Alabama throughout this season, just go, hey, it's not really what you're supposed to be. Even with an 11 one record. All right, we'll get to them. But then to say that Ohio State in Georgia were in the same group, and then it was everybody else. It's like, no, George has been doing this all season long. In a weird way, I feel like Georgia is basically overlooked here. They're 12 and O, here's the amount of points that they've allowed three 7 13 zero zero ten 13 7 6 17 7 and zero against Georgia Tech to close out the regular season this past weekend. They've allowed 80 something points as a team defensively. The defense themselves have only allowed 69 points on the field. No one scored more than 17 against them. And that was Tennessee. And after that, it's 13 points. I'll admit I've said it all season long. I'm like, oh, I'm not sure is the offense really is good. And that comes down to stetson Bennett and not accepting that Bowers at tight end is basically a wide receiver. And that they don't have the traditional running back. You always think it's Georgia is going to light it up, but they've been pretty good. They're third in yards per play offensively in the country. You want to tell me the schedule isn't that great.
A highlight from The Many Regrets of Week 12
"Jenny brunch is out on assignment. I don't know. That sounds like something we should say right now, right? Yeah. And missed. Obviously, yes. We will give you no further details. Yeah. There's no mystery as to why Jenny isn't here. She simply isn't here. She'll be back next show. And mind your own business. We have a week 12 Sunday to run through so many mistakes this week. So much poor play. We're going to criticize our social betters whenever we can. And we're going to start with the Sunday Night game, which was close, people like when games are close. It was not very well played. And there were a lot of things to worry about on both sides of this. I don't know who do you want to start with Connor? Do you want to break down the ravens stuff for the Brown stuff? Let's start with the browns. And really, where do you start? I mean, I think the next gen stats number that they showed on the broadcast was a little bit misleading when they said that the ravens had gone only had gone 8 plus men in the box, 14% of the time. I think it was probably a little bit more than that. Depending on how you would count it or maybe they brought guys in right afterwards to sort of like disguise the looks or whatever. But the ravens basically played like an 8 man front the whole game and were like, hey, baker, beat us. And he couldn't do it. And I understand that their injury issues involved here. There are certainly maybe not as high wattage of a receiving core as you once had. Maybe you never really had a high wat receiving core and you were just under the impression that you did. But this was bad. You know, they couldn't move the ball. I mean, he had mistakes, but it should have been worse. As bad as this game was, it should have been worse. And so I think that was bad. And the other thing too that really gives sort of immediately struck me with the browns is like you can not with that defense get a critical stop. you picked off the more Jackson four times, but your offense gives you nothing to show for it. And then on the downs where you absolutely need to get off the field at the very end of the game, you can't get off the field. But then again, what would Baker Mayfield have done anyway anyway? I don't know. So I think you're in between a rock and a hard place here. Yeah, you had the ravens go 7 for 15 on third down. They also got the one for one on fourth down in what was. Kind of a mistake heavy first half for the defense. I thought they settled in pretty well and you saw some of the some of those mid blitzes that the dolphins kept on throwing at Lamar Jackson the last time we saw him. He saw that from the browns and quite frankly, just saw Lamar Jackson make a couple of superhuman throws. They got their touch on because he did that twice to Mark Andrews. And that's how you get points. There is an out when Lamar Jackson is your quarterback and you're being out schemed and out executed. There's not so much of an out for the browns on their side of the ball. And look, you're absolutely right, Connor. I mean, a Baker Mayfield didn't play well. I'm not sure anyone in his position would be terribly comfortable. They're seeing out on the field right now, though. He's receivers are just not open and part of that is a lack of explosiveness. Maybe they just need to build in some good old fashioned man beater concepts and try and create some separation for these guys on their behalf, but it was a little bit eye opening. I love tyus Bowser. Boy, Austin Hoover's got to be able to separate from Chris Bowser. David and joko has to be able to get away from ties bout. I mean, he's a he's a linebacker. Those are your most explosive weapons outside of his Jarvis Landry, who. He's pretty good sometimes when he's a complimentary piece, but yeah, it was it's just not good, what's going on with this offense right now? Yeah, and I don't know necessarily how you fix it. Like you said you could throw in some man beater concepts there. I mean, obviously, the run game is not working, but that is what it's almost a reverse reverse forty-niners scenario. Where every game for the rest of the season now, teams are just going to do that to you. They're going to line up 8 men in the box, and they're going to punch you in the mouth until you prove that you can handle it. Otherwise, and I don't know, you know, the whole thing was just crazy. If Baker Mayfield shoulder is a problem why you slamming him into the into the line on fourth and short sneaks, like, you know, nothing about this team makes sense right now like on the flip side if J okay is doing such a good job spying Lamar Jackson why isn't that something that you're doing consistently and why we only do this a couple times a game? I don't know. I mean, I don't get what's going on right now. It feels like functionally broken in a lot of different ways. They're searching for it. And look, they won the turnover battle on this one actually four to two. They also missed a field goal.
Ravens overcome Jackson's 4 INTs, beat Browns 16-10
"Mark mark Jackson Jackson threw threw four four interceptions interceptions but but made made the the plays plays down down the the stretch stretch when when he he needed needed to to as as the the ravens ravens beat beat the the Browns Browns sixteen sixteen to to ten ten Jackson Jackson threw threw a a thirteen thirteen yard yard touchdown touchdown pass pass to to tight tight end end mark mark Andrews Andrews in in the the third third quarter quarter and and then then led led an an eleven eleven play play drive drive in in the the fourth fourth quarter quarter which which led led to to Justin Justin Tucker's Tucker's third third field field goal goal of of the the game game it's it's hard hard to to visit visit you you know know we we really really want want to to talk talk business business but but we we just just know know we we fake fake fight fight overseas overseas we we do do it it all all you you know know it's it's been been a a lot lot going going on on throughout throughout the the whole whole season season and and tonight tonight was was another another part part of of it it he's he's got got to to keep keep doing doing we're we're doing doing bigger bigger Mayfield Mayfield threw threw for for two two hundred hundred forty forty seven seven yards yards and and a a touchdown touchdown but but the the Browns Browns who who came came in in leading leading the the league league in in rushing rushing managed managed just just forty forty yards yards Craig Craig heist heist Baltimore Baltimore
Surtain's pair of picks leads Broncos past Chargers 28-13
"The the Broncos Broncos used used two two quarterbacks quarterbacks and and got got two two interceptions interceptions from from a a rookie rookie corner corner to to defeat defeat the the Chargers Chargers twenty twenty eight eight thirteen thirteen both both teams teams are are tied tied for for second second place place in in the the AFC AFC west west with with Las Las Vegas Vegas all all at at six six and and five five teddy teddy Bridgewater Bridgewater ran ran eleven eleven yards yards for for one one touchdown touchdown in in the the first first quarter quarter and and drew drew lock lock threw threw a a one one yard yard for for another another in in the the fourth fourth that's that's our our ten ten picked picked off off Justin Justin Herbert Herbert in in the the end end zone zone then then grabbed grabbed a a tipped tipped ball ball and and ran ran seventy seventy yards yards to to the the house house just just sealed sealed the the deal deal Bruce Bruce Morton Morton Denver Denver
A highlight from Organized Chaos: Clearing Up the Picture
"Welcome to organized chaos. I'm Bart Scott the wet Israeli safe is the ravens rain in the AFC as they secure the top spot for a week. As they defeat Baker Mayfield in the Cleveland Browns in a snoozer, no, no, no, not at all. This is a good old AFC north matchup. I'll be joined by Rex Ryan a little bit later to go over all the games for this game did not disappoint as Baker Mayfield without do it once again when he had an opportunity to be the hero we're still waiting for Baker Mayfield in the AFC north to have his moment. Once again, Lamar Jackson four interceptions, but it did not stop the superstar from continuing to make play after play after play, closed out by Bowser as wink markdale talked about him all year, his versatility, trusting him not to be of the pass rusher in the critical moments, but for him to be the man the man tight end stoppers. He stops hooper on a numerous occasions. And the ravens reign supreme for this week as they have a tremendous matchup going on next week. And I tell you what, for right now, the ravens are sitting safe at 8 and three, one game cushion. This was a pivotal game for the ravens because if they were to lose this game, the Cincinnati Bengals who dominated the Pittsburgh Steelers would have jumped to first place in the division because of the head to head matchup where they came to Baltimore MT bank stadium in destroy the ravens. Tell you what week 12 did not disappoint. We'll get into it a little bit after this. Organized chaos. Welcome back to organized chaos. I'm Bart Scott and joint as always. With the I feel like I got to put V, I don't know if it's because Michigan beat D Ohio State, but I feel like I need to put the Rex Ryan on to your name because it just feels like you're sir or somebody a full distinction. I want to give you your full credibility coach, you know what I'm saying? Well, you know what, it's great part because most people call me something else and I don't appreciate that language from the fans. Just kidding. Man, I appreciate you Bart. You know, these games, I don't know, I was disappointed. I thought we were really going to get some great. But you know, with that being said, some teams really made some statements today. And all that, listen, the first statement is that the AFC north, right? Because I thought this was gonna be a much more competitive game. And, you know, I thought a lot of people were down on the Bengals. I never was down on the Bengals. I understood that they went to the bungles where when you talk about a team that hasn't really experienced success and they get early success like blowing out the Raven somebody that's had their number for a long time. And then they get humbled and they get that humble pie when they win in a face their in state rivals, the Cleveland Browns, I knew they just needed a time and opportunity to take a breath so that they can get that underdog mentality back underneath them. It seemed like they found that underdog mentality against I hated rival. Maybe the most hated rival in all that division in the Pittsburgh Steelers and man, you talk about November and December football is about Russian and running the football and stopping to run. The Steelers couldn't do either. One 65, Joe Mixon goes off wrecks. What did you see? Yeah, I saw exactly what you're saying and you know what? The big brother got got punked by Cincinnati today. And look, that's twice the Bengals beat the Steelers. Remember the first time while that's because they never had TJ watt. They never had Fitzpatrick. Well, what's your excuse now? You just got punched in the face to the tune of a 165 yards rushing. Like you said Bart from Joe Mixon. That's what impressed me the most from Cincinnati. All right, that Zack Taylor never said, I'm just gonna throw it 50 times a game like he did when he was a rookie coach. You know what? He learned too, that you need to be balanced and you need to be more physical than Pittsburgh, and that's how you beat him.
49ers beat Vikings 34-26 for 3rd straight win
"In a matchup of two teams fighting for wild card spots the forty Niners defeated the Vikings thirty four to twenty six it was the third straight win for San Francisco which improved to six and five and R. sixty in the NFC Jimmy Garoppolo's seventeen of twenty six for two hundred thirty yards a touchdown and an interception rookie Elijah Mitchell ran for a hundred thirty three yards and a score meanwhile the Vikings are now in seventh place in the loss Kirk cousins was twenty of thirty two for two hundred and thirty eight yards two touchdown passes to Adam Phelan an interception Riley on Santa Clara
Mixon runs for career-high 165 yards, Bengals crush Steelers
"The Bengals have swept their season series with the Steelers for the first time since twenty oh nine winning forty one ten behind Joe Mixon Joe burrow and a strong defense Nixon rushed for a career high one hundred sixty five yards and two touchdowns burrow threw for a touchdown and scrambled for another as the seven four Bengals dropped the Steelers to five five in one coming down the stretch I think we really hit our stride so we gotta keep having great great great weeks of practice and I think we have the guys that are are excited about we're wrapping not satisfied Cincinnati scored on its first four drives and former Steeler Mike Hilton returned to Ben Roethlisberger pass for a twenty four yard touchdown late in the first half Roethlisberger was picked off twice and sacked twice finishing with two hundred sixty three yards I'm Dave Ferrie
Fournette scores 4 TDs, Brady rallies Bucs past Indy 38-31
"The Buccaneers took advantage of five Indianapolis turnovers into thirty eight to thirty one win Tampa Bay running back Leonard Fournette had four touchdowns including a twenty eight yard run with twenty seconds left with his team down by ten at the half for that offered a locker room message which apparently rally the team eight in three Tampa Bay scored twenty four points off Indianapolis turnovers Tom Brady passed for two hundred twenty six yards Carson Wentz had three touchdown passes for six and six Indianapolis Tom McCabe Indianapolis
Jones throws 2 TD passes, Patriots roll past Titans 36-13
"Mac Jones helped the patriots topple the AFC's number one seed in a thirty six to thirteen route of the Titans Jones threw for a career best three hundred ten yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead New England two eight six straight wins Jones says it's his receivers who deserve all the credit the guys getting open they've done a good job with all year and it's just getting the ball in stride and throwing it to the right guy and we just got to continue to improve on that Kendrick Bourne caught a pair of TV's for the eight and four patriots Dontrell Hilliard rushed for a career high one hundred thirty one yards including a sixty eight yard touchdown late in the first half Tennessee has dropped two straight to head into the bye at eight and four Geffen Coolbaugh Foxboro Massachusetts
A highlight from NFL Week 12 Monday Night Football: Seattle Seahawks at WFT Pick, Predictions, Odds
"Another week of NFL football has almost come and gone may as well start with what we saw transpire in the Queen city last night between the ravens and browns, a half of football that may have set the National Football League back plenty of years given an aptitude from both squads. It was a division game. That's what it was. And you had Lamar Jackson still working his way back from an illness, so he hasn't played in a couple of weeks. And I think stefania bell had something that was actually very informative and she had done like a ten year data dive on quarterbacks that had missed a week with an illness and how they performed the week after. And believe it was like a 5% drop off metrically and then another 15% plus in fantasy production. So you could tell Lamar was off missing some reads, Baker Mayfield. The guy right now is just playing beat up. And if he was an average to an above average quarterback, now you have that with a shoulder injury and a foot injury. And there's also just not a ton of weapons there. I mean, it's Jarvis lander who's a possession receiver. Two tight ends. And really, that's about it. You're relying on your ground game and your offensive line. And Jack Conklin, who returned? Left quite quickly in that game, and it sounds like a torn patellar tendon, so not great there. And give Wink Martindale some credit. He said that we're going to make baker beat us through the air. He couldn't really send a lot of run blitzes last night, and so anytime you're the Cleveland Browns and you have Kareem hunt and Nick Chubb going for 36 total rushing yards on 15 carries. It's probably not going to be a great night for your offense. Should I be overly critical of the browns getting too cute when they have a chance for some momentum multiple times and we get a trick play from Jarvis Landry who looked like he thought he was going to be able to outrun a bunch of squirts playing football, not realizing there could be pressure coming from behind? There was some pressure coming from behind. It was a ton of turnovers last night. Both sides of the ball. It was a sloppy sloppy game. There's no doubt about that. Yeah. And when you look at Cleveland, things won't get much easier they, of course, head into a buy. They'll get the ravens again in two weeks. Meanwhile the ravens will head to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers, a team that struggled, it might not be a strong enough word. And their performance against the Cincinnati Bengals. But as we always do here on Mondays, we start with the good the bad and the ugly pain. So I want to give you a chance to highlight a lot of the good I'll admit I was in transit for most of the day yesterday did not watch much more than the first quarter of the bucks and colts game. So tried to do everything I could at least through the lens of box scores and reading more so than watching these games unfolded my very own eyes. Let's start with the game in our backyard here. And much to our chagrin along with our listeners had a quicker start than we thought in the Miami game. Obviously, very difficult to win an under 21 when there is a blocked punt for a touchdown and then a 9 yard touchdown drive after a turnover. But I thought Miami played well, they came out, a lot of energy. This is a team that shockingly is still in the playoff mix. And they know that and I just thought for the first time all year, they went into a game with a fantastic plan and you could actually sit down and watch and say, hey, that makes sense. And then dig back into the metrics after the game and be like, shit, Miami had a real offensive game plan and executed it. And so when you just look at Miami's offense, we know where they're deficiency lies. It's the offensive line. They're 32nd dead last and pass block win rate. And you were going up against a Carolina defense that is blitz happy, generate a ton of pressure. So if you look too, I had the quickest time to throw of any quarterback yesterday, 2.3 seconds, delivered it accurately. Third best completion percentage above expectation. And then all of a sudden what you did in the draft paid off. You went out and got like a man beater and jaylen waddle. And he was dominant against man coverage yesterday. 68% of the team's air yards. Defensively. Coverages confused Cam Newton. There is a lot of interchangeable chess pieces in the secondary for Brian Flores and Cam Newton 43% below expectation for his completion percentage worst mark of any quarterback this season. Now, when I look at him, this is game two. And a brand new system. Everyone's like, oh, games going back to Caroline. Everything's going to be perfect. It's a brand new system. He wasn't there with Joe Brady. And I think this is an offense that is going to need to adapt to Cam Newton's skill set. If Joe Brady thinks that he's going to be a drop back passer to get the ball out on time and accurately, this experiment is not going to work. That's something to look for here from Carolina moving forward offensively. If this is going to be an offense that's adapted to cam's strengths a little bit more than what we saw yesterday. When you look at two, I know back to back games with over 80% completion. You talked about his numbers above expectation. Have you seen things fundamentally change? Or is this a better indication of the dolphins at least getting idea of his skill sets maybe in being a little bit healthier? And a chance to build some momentum in the wake of a now what is a four game winning streak with two variable two very winnable games on deck when they have home games against both teams hailing from New York? I was a proponent of going to get deshaun Watson. Probably still am if the price tag is right. But two has made this decision very tough. And I think the problem with two is can you rely on him to be out there? He's constantly having these nagging injuries. But we're now almost two years removed from the major hip injury. I think the question mark is like the upside, right?
Giants' defense smothers Eagles 13-7, gets 3 picks
"The giants behind a solid defense picked up a thirteen to seven win over the eagles earlier this week the giants fired offensive coordinator Jason Garrett but the defense was the key to victory forcing Philadelphia into four turnovers eagles cornerback Jalen hurts fourteen of thirty one only a hundred and twenty nine yards he tossed three interceptions giant's quarterback Daniel Jones running plays called by offensive assistant coach Freddie kitchens was nineteen of thirty two hundred and two yards and a touchdown pass to Chris Myrick giants foreign seven Philly now five and seven might
A highlight from Patriots-Titans Postgame review with 98.5 The SportsHub
"I'll start with this Greg because based off the phone call we took from Danny and Quincy in the prior segment because he felt like today, despite the win, was kind of a regression for the Patriots both in the red zone for the offense and certainly against the run defensively. Do you feel the same? I don't necessarily disagree with Dan Danny and Quincy and please maybe I should retire. Maybe that's a sign. That the apocalypse is near. Look, they won, that was great. I actually, to me, what was the most important thing in this game for this patriots team was despite this almost being the Nashville sounds triple-A team that showed up in terms of their personnel. That's a tough ass team there, coach by Mike vrabel. And they don't give you a whole lot. Yeah, they play some zone defense and you're going to get some openings if you protect the quarterback well. But you know, they kept they stay close to the Patriots. They tested the Patriots and they tested their toughness and this was almost a sort of playoff type game for them. Was it a well man team? No. But still, despite all that, strip all that away, and they were tested, and by this team. And I think it was a toughness check for the Patriots, a real one, not some of these other artificial oh, you know, the Patriots show a lot of mental toughness this and that storylines that always happen when this team. I thought they were really tested. It reminded me of some of those old older ravens teams that used to come in here and battle the Patriots and not give them an inch. So I thought that the Patriots did well to answer that. And I thought that that was important for them because those are the type of games that are coming up against the colts against the bills twice, and before they get to the playoffs. So these are really good opportunities for a lot of people who are new to this in New England to get tested in those scenarios. That being said, I do not think the patriarchs played all that well today. I thought that to give up 270 yards rushing is embarrassing. It's flat out embarrassing. And if you win against a team that even had average NFL personnel, you probably lose this game just for that very reason. And also Mac Jones did not play well in spots, despite throwing for over 300 yards. You know, he had a lot of big misses and contributed heavily to that one in one for 5 in the red zone until the garbage time Damien Harris touched out. there was some good in this game, but to me, I came away with more questions than answers out of this game, but look, it doesn't really matter because we're going to get all the answers next Monday night buffalo. Greg, you mentioned the defense. I felt like Steve Belichick and rob mayor were a little more involved this week. There was a timeout in the red zone area where they weren't on the same page and Belichick was kind of in the air of the official. Did you notice that today and could that have been a reason why they weren't great stopping the run and I also noticed Christian barmore was limited as far as snaps go and there was more Carl Davis in there, could that have been a reason? As to the coaching, I didn't notice much of a defense. As much of a change from what we've seen since the Dallas game in terms of bills involvement, Bill going over the photos all the time and devouring those and, you know, meeting with certain players, meeting with certain coaches, the operation and Bill does a lot of stuff between series. During the series, I still don't know how much he does. I watch him a lot to see if he's pressing his button on his on his hip to interject. I have not seen that very much at all during the course of this winning streak. As far as I could tell the operation stays the same, where Steve is still making the calls I think Bill is more invested in the game plan and also the adjustments during the game. I think he stepped up there, and Jerrod's in charge of the substitutions and there was a definite mix up where they had too many men, you know, Mayo, I don't think was real happy with Steve for whatever reason at that time. But I don't think this was a game where all of a sudden Bill gave the guys control back of the defense. I don't think that was the case. I don't think there was a change in that regard. And as far as bar more, it could have been a couple things. It could have been they still don't love them against the run that they love other guys more. Or and or that, I think he's dealing with a knee issue. I know he's been on the injury report. Maybe they just wanted to limit his snaps a little bit and hopefully the little bit of extra rest this week will hopefully get him healthy for buffalo. So I'm not sure whether that was a game plan decision and, you know, they just limited that way or was just health. All right, we'll get more with Gregor art Boston sports journal coming up here. You
A highlight from Should We Expect the Patriots to Beat the Titans?
"Edition of the Patriots B podcast here on the CLS media podcast network. And for those of you watching on YouTube, I'm patriots press pass. I'm Evan Lazar, joined as always by Alex barth. And today we are going to preview the Patriots and the Titans on Sunday. We're also going to talk a little bit and we hope that all of you had a good Turkey day and a good Thanksgiving on Thursday about some of the games we saw yesterday, mainly the bills and news just trickled down that your davious white did in fact tear his ACL in that game for buffalo and is now out for the season. So that's a big, bit of news there in terms of the AFC east and how this will all shake out. But I want to start with the Titans, Alex, and I hate taking opponents lightly. I hate it. I think it's stupid, I think it's any given Sunday in the NFL. I think all those things are true. I think the Patriots learn their lesson back in week 5 against the Texans about taking opponents and quarterbacks lightly. And Davis mills almost beat them and almost put them in a two and 5 hole. So I think the Patriots have learned their lesson in a lot of ways of taking opponent lightly. But if you look at how banged up this Titans team is versus how hot the Patriots are and how healthy the Patriots are right now, there is not a statistical trend. There is not an area of the Titans roster that's outperforming any area of the Patriots roster right now. Outside of Mike frabel, not being afraid of Bill Belichick being tuna against Bill as the head coach of the Titans and the Titans being an intangibles type of team. They're tough, hard nosed, fundamentally sound, compete our Brazilian football team is really difficult to talk yourself into the Titans winning in this spot. It just feels like this should be a patriots win and cover type of situation. It does, but, you know, the Patriots had the what year was that 18 or 19? I think it was 19, right where the Patriots went down there and they got smoked. They didn't just use it, got smoked. Yeah. When the Patriots had a more talented team, Derek Henry wasn't really Derek Henry yet at that point, I think Mariota was still starting for Tennessee. Yeah, it was Mariota, no AJ Brown yet, right? Because he was a great and then you go back to the playoff game in 19 in 19 and obviously the Patriots had some internal issues going on at that point. But they were still on more talented team, I thought, and Mike vrabel has been able to kind of put Bill Belichick in a blender at knows, is an intimate knowledge of what's think that that's something the Titans can use to their advantage. Now, ultimately, it comes down to the players. And I think that if the Titans don't have AJ Brown on top, not a little bit of breaking news, I know we don't have the siren prepare, but the Titans rule down AJ Brown. He's not playing in this game on Sunday. So another no AJ Brown, no Derek Henry, no Julio Jones. Some of their secondary whiteouts if you will or kind of twos and threes, Marcus Johnson, who looked pretty good for them for a couple of weeks there, rookie coming out. He's injured. He's not playing in this game. There's nobody for the Titans. Like, nobody. They have nobody on offense at the skill positions. And like I said, if it wasn't fable, and if the Titans weren't punching above their weight at 8 and three for a team that is statistically not an 8 and three football team, it's really difficult to find an angle of Tennessee can win this game if Tennessee can win this game if they play it this way or if this goes that way or whatever. Yeah, I mean, I'll give you a couple other big injuries here. I think rashawn Evans has, I don't think he's played in a couple of weeks, but we're Sean Evans a really good run stopping linebacker and obviously not having him as a big deal. And then Jeremy mcnichol's not playing. I mean, they're down to two backs at this point. I don't believe, let me look here. Oh, they did sign Rodney Smith onto the practice squad, I believe this week. Yeah. Probably going to be the foreman who's kind of been the best path that they've had other than mcnickle since Derek Henry went down. Well, it's just a matter of you've thought to foreman who's not bad dog trail Hilliard and then the practice squad back. Like, that's not a lot of bodies. Yeah. That's not, you know, I talk about this a ton that at that position, it's as much depth as anything else. And they don't really have that. And yeah, I don't know that they have the depth at wide receiver, you know, they add a golden tape this week. I'm on record as saying I love Dennis Fitzpatrick. I still do, but I don't know about, you know, what is either number one, number two receiver right now? Coming up. Golden take coming off the practice squad might get ten targets in this game, right? Because without AJ Brown without Julio Jones and he look at what happened last off season two to a degree. And I know that Johnny Smith hasn't exactly been a hit for Bill Belichick and free agency just yet. But Corey Davis and Johnny Smith both get huge contracts and they walk. They tried to mitigate that by trading for Julio Jones. And now he's on injured reserve and Julio hasn't exactly been the player or that they were hoping that he was going to be regardless of the injuries. So this Titans team was already a little bit shorthanded in the skill position groups as it was based off of what happened last off season based off of the injuries in the season now. Now no AJ Brown on top of that, if I'm the Patriots, I'm thinking, you know, that's the title of the show, right? The Patriots are at a point now because of this 5 game winning street because of where they are in terms of execution level and all that kind of stuff where we should be expecting them to win this game.
A highlight from Patriots vs. Titans Preview, AFC contenders with Greg Cosell
"This is the Greg godard patriots podcast with Nick cabins. Hey everybody, welcome back into the Gregory patriots podcast. Today is Friday before the Patriots take on the Titans. We are joined again. And very appreciative that Greg cosell the executive, what are you now the executive director? I don't know. Executive producer analyst to NFL matchup NFL films, guru. He's a friend of the program and the reason I brought him in again is because he does a hit every week with outkick and the guys in action. It's not without kick. Okay. Yeah, it's with the the radio station down in Nashville. And I do a podcast with him as well called the install. That's right. I actually have that saved on my phone. And I listen. Well, that's good. A lot of times people should check that out. Then not only do they do a lot of on the Titans, but they go around the leak and they hit on everything. So everybody should check that out. The podcast is called the install with Greg cosell. But Greg watches a lot of Titans for his gigs over there. And so with, you know, we think this is a big matchup in AFC, but I don't know what kind of Titans team we're going to be out there at the injury report just came out. The Titans have ruled out among others, AJ Brown, and I just, I'm just trying to call it up to make sure I get everybody, because there are some significant people on there. I'm having a little trouble with my Internet in this hotel room, but let's see. Okay, here we go. So the Titans have ruled out AJ Brown, Gardner Davis, rashon Evans, very good linebacker, David long, a very good linebacker, running back Jeremy mcnichols, leaves them with two healthy running backs, tear, tart, a defensive lineman. They also J on Brown, another good linebacker is questionable, Greg mabin, Elijah molden, another good cornerback, Jeff swain, a good tight end has been battling concussion issues, but he was full participant on Friday. So I would expect to see him out there. Greg, what's a big list? It is a big list. And of course, the Patriots have ten questionable, but I'm sure everybody's available because they are fully healthy right now. Greg, what kind of Titans team do you guess that we're going to see on Sunday and you know, I guess we can use the Texans game as a jumping off point. Everybody saw the loss. And said, oh, this is horrible. You know, they can't do this. I can't do that. They're Henry, blah, blah. I don't know. I watched the film and I thought they were okay I thought they were productive. I just thought they had some really, really bad place. And but just where do you think the Titans are at this point in time? Well, right now, the biggest issue for the Titans is their offense. Because with all the injuries, they've really struggled to do two things, which are the way they play are very, very important, Greg, they do not run the ball very well at all right now. And in fact, they'll go with dontrell Hilliard probably as their feature back as you know they cut Adrian Peterson. And it's funny. I actually watched the Titans offensive tape before they cut Peterson and I made a note that Peterson at this point in his career is just running to get tackled. So I guess they saw that the same way because they obviously released him. But they can't run the ball and they over the last three games. They produce no explosive plays on offense. They've had three 20 plus yard completions in the last three games. One was a screen, one was a quick slant to Marcus Johnson, who's also an IR and finish for the season that he happened to run after catch to make it a big gain. And the third one was this past week against Houston in which Houston busted the coverage. So they've really had no explosive pass plays. So when you look at an outfit that can't run the ball and can't create explosive pass plays, you're going to struggle in this league. And one final point, and it's probably going to be true again this week. The three receivers who played the most snaps for them last week were des Fitzpatrick, a fourth round pick who they cut and brought back. Chester Rogers, who's been around the league and Nick Westbrook. Those were the three receivers who played the most snaps and given that Brown has now been ruled out. I would imagine that will be the case again. Yeah, and I'm tell you the truth. I don't even really know who those guys are. And you know, I was just typing a note for BSA about the injury report and the Titans are probably going to have to go heavy on their practice squad. They have Cody Hollister, former patriot masons, Austin Mack, and they signed Golden Tate this week. So not exactly running on running on full cylinders here. No, so we'll see, but they have really struggled offensively their defense is actually been very good. There's nothing wrong with their defense. They did not lose last week because of their defense. Now they have a lot of injuries there as well. Clearly, but their defense for the most part has played extremely well Greg. And they're front with Jeffrey Simmons to Niko Autry, Landry. This has been a really, really good front Simmons is a really outstanding player, a really outstanding player. One of the best defensive tackles in the NFL. Without question. I mean, it's just it's unbelievable, how much attention he gets, but also how many plays he makes. He's just dominating up front and that'll be an interesting matchup. He'll probably get Shaq mason a lot and David Anders should be a good matchup there. What kind of coverages and how much pressure do the Titans bring? The Titans have not been a high pressure defense at all over this last well, they had the winning streak, obviously that ended this past week. But they had not been a high percentage blitz team at all. Their MO in this winning streak has been four man pressure and when they play nickel, they predominantly would play zone coverage and when they played a dime, they play much higher percentage of man coverage. That has really been kind of their MO. I guess we'll see, you know, the secondary seems to be okay. I mean, if you look overall, I think at the season, you probably say that they play a good mix, but they do have tendencies like every team. They're probably more of a single high based defense than a split safety based defense, but they do play a meaningful amount of two shell. So they're one of those defenses. And we're very conscious of this when we do pieces in the matchup show. So when someone plays against Tennessee, we pretty much say, oh, we can probably show an offensive play against pretty much any coverage because Tennessee does kind to do that. But they are not a heavy blitz team at all. How do you think they'll bother Mac Jones? We'll see Bill Belichick. I'm wondering if rabel is similar. I haven't studied him that much. I see him with a place of patriots. And he always does a good job. Well, he tried to take away, say, hunter Henry from Mac Jones on third down in the red zone or will they just play a more straight? That's hard to know. I mean, obviously variable does have a Belichick background. I don't think that's what they normally do. But, you know, I think it's important to start it. It's funny, I've been
Allen throws for 4 TDs as Bills beat hobbled Saints, 31-6
"The Buffalo Bills moved into a temporary tied for first place in the AFC east by shutting down the New Orleans Saints thirty one six Josh Allen threw four touchdown passes completing twenty three of twenty eight to pace the bills it was a good night no getting victory it by any means still some things to clean up and we'll look at that on tape and learn from it but happy for our guys responded from you know a short week into a tough loss on Sunday to a balanced scoring strikes were to tight end Dawson Knox the first got the bills first driving put buffalo up seven nothing the second put the game out of reach for the punctual saints at twenty four nothing midway through the third quarter Stefon Diggs them out breed also caught TD passes for buffalo which is now seven for the same record as the weak link which place Sunday the saints fell to five and six I'm John Merriam
Raiders outlast Cowboys in penalty-filled game for 36-33 win in overtime
"Daniel Carlson drilled a twenty nine yard kick with four twenty eight showing on the clock in overtime giving the raiders a thirty six thirty three victory over the cowboys Carlson's fifth and final field goal was set up by cornerback Anthony brown's fourth penalty of the day a pass interference call on third and eighteen the raiders racked up over five hundred yards of total offense with quarterback Derek Carr completing twenty four of thirty nine passes for three hundred sixty five yards and a TD we were up fourteen to six in the first quarter there's not gonna be enough guys we gotta we gotta keep our foot