FMQB: Nick Mullens, ladies and gentlemen
Bit of a quicker post, but will have a full half-season recap next week!
Week 8 highlights:
- Adrian Peterson had a monster day, looked like the AP of 2010 with 149 yards.
- The anemic Cardinals scored 15 pts in the 4th quarter to come back and win the game
- Nick Mullens, undrafted and never seeing game time put up a 151.9 rating last night
- In Colts vs. Raiders, the Colts won 42-28. Upon further inspection, the game was tied with 5:30 left! The Raiders actually blew another 4th quarter lead
- Fitzmagic is back! Nearly had a crazy comeback to win the game
- The Texans with Deandre Hopkins and Demarious Thomas is going to be impossible to cover! Imagine adding Will Fuller to that next year.
- I’m surprised the Lions were “sellers” and traded away Golden Tate. They are only 1 game out of 1st in their division. That’s a nice pick up for Philly
- The Rams somehow got more scary getting Dante Fowler
- The Trade Deadline being pushed back 2 weeks is genius. We rarely saw the activity when it was back after week 6, but now teams have an idea if they are going to be buyers or sellers.
Stat of the Week:
The Colts have scored 42, 37, and 34 points in their last 3 games
Reader Submitted Stat!
Tom Brady has is #3 on the list of QB’s with wins in Buffalo with 15. Keep in mind he doesn’t play for the Bills. Thanks McCave! Love reader submitted stats!
Fantasy Football Stat:
The Falcons defense has scored 0 points this entire season!
Somewhat stolen stat:
Jameis Winston had as many INT’s on Sunday (4) than the other 3 NFC South QB’s have had COMBINED in their last 5 games (Brees with 1, Ryan none, Newton 3). That’s 15 games with 4 picks, vs Winston who has had 13 in 5 games.
Stat of the Week #5:
The Vikings held Drew Brees to 120 passing yards, and still lost by 10
Stat of the Week #6:
Raiders and 49ers were a combined 2-13 (or .133 win percentage), which is the worst in a prime-time game Week 8 or later since the merger.
Stat of the Week #7:
James Connor has the franchise record for rushing TD’s in the first 7 games. Yes, a franchise that had Franco Harris, Jerome Bettis and LeVeon Bell.
Stat of the Week #8:
The Ravens have the 2nd best point differential in the AFC at +60, but are .500.
For the Record:
- Derek Carr is not the answer. He looked terrified out there against a team with 1 win. The fact the Raiders got schelacked 34-3 with would have made you thought they were playing their 3rd string QB, not San Fran.
- I don’t understand the non-score by Gurley. People are saying that’s a “smart play” which it is if the score puts you up by less than a TD, but if Gurley scores that puts them up 9, or 2 possessions.
- The Redskins are 5-2, and play 3 teams with winning records the rest of the year (Texans, Eagles and Eagles again).
- The Steelers and Ravens both have 4 wins, yet one is in 1st and one in 3rd in their division.
- Sam Shields, ex-Packer for 7 years, caught the fake punt and downed another punt (that led to a safety in a game the Rams won by 2) at the 1 yard line.
New All Time Leading Scorer:
Congrats to Adam Vinatieri for becoming the leading scorer in NFL history. South Dakota kid. I always joked that I was the only person in Rapid City who hated Adam Vinatieri (he knocked out the Rams to give the Patriots and Brady their first Super Bowl win), but have grown to respect what he’s done. Believe it or not, he missed 4 of his first 7 tries plus a missed PAT (Keep your head up Dan Carlson). He also has a higher kicking percentage in his 40s than he did his 20s. Wow!
First Coaching Casualty:
The Hue Jackson firing is puzzling to me. It was 100% justified at the end of last season, but why hang onto him coming into this year? I fully agree he should be gone, it should have just happened 7 games ago, now you’re just giving up on this season.
Flying under the Radar:
It seems like people are mainly talking about the Chiefs, Patriots, Rams and Saints. But there is a whole slew of above average teams that I wouldn’t want to be facing in the 2nd half of the year. The Steelers (4-2-1), Bengals (5-3), Texans (5-3) and Chargers (5-2) have a legitimate shot at upending any team in the AFC. And the Redskins (5-2), Bears/Vikings/Packers, Panthers (5-2) all should be watched too.
Games of the Week:
- Steelers at Ravens
- Chargers at Seahawks
- Packers at Patriots
- Rams at Saints
Memes of the Week:
Good stuff but Gurleys TD puts them up by 8 before the PAT. Miss and the packers can drive and tie the game. By going down he sealed the win
I definitely get that, but despite Justin Tucker rebutting my point an extra point is a near guarantee which makes it 9. And even if they miss the odds of driving down the field and getting a 2 point conversion are all extremely low.