FMQB: 54 to 51
Special early edition of FMQB! I traditionally do an earlier Thanksgiving one so on can avoid family for 10 minutes. I mean, so I can talk about Thursday’s games next week… Before we get to the best regular season game of all time (trust me I could have written the entire column on that game), let’s look at the rest of the week.
Week 11 Highlights:
- If there was any doubt in the Bear’s division lead, I think they proved they meant to be there on Sunday
- The Chargers actually had the best record in the NFL dating back to mid-season last year. And they lost to the Broncos at home…
- The Jags looked like the team of old for the first 50 minutes of that game. The comeback was pretty sweet, game winning score with 4 seconds left.
- Yikes, Alex Smith’s injury was brutal. Feel terrible for the guy. There goes the Redskins chances this year.
- Because…wow, Dallas. They’ve found their groove, and it’s handing it off to Zeke. The fact that wasn’t happening the first 6 games is a bit disturbing.
- The Saints demolished the Eagles, it was the worst loss for a defending Super Bowl champ
Stat of the Week:
Lamar Jackson had 27 Carries for 117 yards. He ran the ball 8 more times than he threw it! 27 carries was 5 more than the most QB carries in the past 60 years.
Stat of the Week #2:
Todd Gurley already has a 1000 yd season. By next week, Patrick Mahomes will likely be at 4000 yards
Stat of the Week #3:
The Ravens rushed the ball 54 times! Versus 19 passing attempts. What is this, 1967?
Stat of the Week #4:
Saints have scored 45+ points in 3 straight games, becoming the first team ever to do so
Colts Stats of the Week #5:
In Indy’s last 5 games have put up 34, 37, 42, 29 and 38 points. They started the season 1-5 and have rattled of 4 straight wins. Their last loss they gave up 42 against the lowly Jets. Andrew Luck has also had 7 straight games with 3+ TD passes.
Stat of the Week #6:
The Bears franchise record for most 300 yard passing games in a season is only 4. Mitch Trubisky has tied that record through the first 10 weeks.
Stat of the Week #7:
Aaron Donald leads the NFL in sacks, and is nearly on pace to match the single season sack record, and yet faces a double-team on 72% of snaps played.
Most Overused Stat of the Week:
Alex Smith’s gruesome leg injury happened 33 years to the day of Joe Theismann’s career ending sack by Lawrence Taylor. The result of that game was also 23-21.
For the Record:
- Not a fan of the Riverboat Ron call to go for 2. That’s more of a desperation move if you’re 3-6 and need to win out to make the playoffs. The Panthers were outplaying the Lions and they’ll need wins to stay in the wild card hunt.
- In back to back games, Derek Carr has made two huge mental mistakes. Last week he threw the ball away on 4th down, and this week got a penalty for calling back to back timeouts.
- Bucs are struggling, but they only show up in the 4th quarter. They have had 4 games now where they’ve scored at least 14 points in the 4th quarter to pull within a possession but lose. Games against PIT, ATL, CIN, and NYG.
- Believe it or not, I’m giving the division to the Cowboys. The Redskins are likely going to fall apart. Philly is a shell of what it was last year. And the Cowboys end the season playing the Bucs and Giants.
- The Titans have taken out both AFC Championship teams from last year (NE and JAX) as well as the Super Bowl Champ Eagles, but have lost to the Bills, Dolphins, and Colts.
Stat/Quote of the Week:
The Over/Under for Rams and Chiefs was 63.5 points. It was the highest over/under since 1986. My first reaction literally was “holy crap that was a long time ago!” Only to realize it was the year I was born, boo…
Best Regular Season Game of all time:
For the rest of the column, we’re talking about one game. But OH what a game! Somehow Monday night’s matchup surpassed the huge expectations. It felt like a Super Bowl. It has been hyped for 5 weeks, and the crowd was electric. It was a pure back and forth, and even when defense stepped in, they were scoring TD’s as well.
- There were 1001 total yards
- Teams combined for 105 points, which is 3rd most all time
- It was the first time in NFL history that both teams scored 50 points
- Mahomes became first QB to throw 6 TD passes and have 5 turnovers
- Rams Samson Ebukam was first ever with a sack, interception, and 2 TD’s.
- The Chiefs are the first team in NFL history to score 50 points and lose. In every other game, teams that scored 50+ were 216-0.
- Jared Goff had never thrown a go-ahead TD in the last 10 minutes of the 4th quarter. He did it twice on Monday
- The Rams and Chiefs combined for 14 TD’s on Monday night football. Through 10 games, the Bills have only scored 13 all season (8 of which came in their two wins against MIN and NYJ).
- Last week, the Buccaneers recorded more yards (501) than the Rams did on Monday night (455), but the Bucs scored 51 less points than the Rams.
- Despite a whopping 7 TD’s, somehow Todd Gurley’s 13 game TD streak was snapped
- There were 4 lead changes in the 4th quarter
- Surprisingly there were 7 punts, but they scored so quickly that each team had the ball 15 times in the game (30 total possessions). That’s insane! It averages less than 4 minutes per possession.
- From 1970-2017, only 3 teams made it through a season averaging 35+ points. So far in 2018 alone, 3 teams are averaging 35 pts.
I know the recency of this game is why people are overreacting, but I’m also having trouble not arguing that this was the greatest NFL game ever played. My only hesitation is the very first point is “well a playoff game or Super Bowl actually means something.” And I fully agree, but here’s my problem with that. Look at some of the greatest Super Bowls, and many are either low scoring, or only BECAME great because of a single play. I’m talking the helmet catch, Kevin Dyson’s tackle at the 1, or Malcolm Butler’s interception in the endzone. But the games themselves could be considered “boring.” The Helmet Catch game featured only 31 points scored, with 8 Punts and 4 turnovers, it was 7-3 going into the 4th quarter. You could easily put Falcons vs. Patriots in that sentence, but it’s essentially a 1 sided game; the first 3 quarters was all ATL with NE struggling, and the 4th and OT was the opposite. Hell of a comeback, but greatest overall game is hard to argue with only one side dominating each segment. The back and forth between the Chiefs and Rams with nearly a score every possession was riveting.
Proof it’s the Best Game Ever:
Awesome article by ESPN’s Bill Barnwell. He ranks the top 10 and has criteria on which games he chose. http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/25328333/2018-nfl-los-angeles-rams-win-kansas-city-chiefs-was-greatest-regular-season-win-ever
For the Record #2:
My DVR records any Rams game that’s on TV. It’s sitting in my DVR, I may just have to watch it again
Quote of the Week:
“They’re not the reason the game’s in primetime, we are!” Kirk Cousins…
Quote of the Week #2:
“He’s putting Father Time in a chokehold and giving it a noogie!” NFL Network analyst about Frank Gore
Quote of the Week #3:
“God, if you are a football fan, please please PLEASE make Super Bowl LIII the Rams and Chiefs” FMQB
Question of the Week 4:
I found it a bit surprising that the announcers talked for 15 minutes about the wildfires in California, then cut to the first responders on the field for the national anthem, and then proceeded to light off a crap ton of fireworks and light a giant torch…
Memes of the Week: