Even though they are division rivals, I feel just terrible for the Cardinals. I know every fan base minus maybe the Patriots has the “woe is me” approach, but the Cardinals can definitely be up there. They’ve had YEARS of mediocrity, never in the playoffs but too good for the #1 pick. All of a sudden they get Kurt Warner, and have a Super Bowl win locked down only to have heartbreak happen. They’ve been solid since, but have lost several playoff games. They finally get Adrian Peterson, who absolutely goes off in his resurgence. Enough so that Larry Fitz was talking about the “rings” they would have had if AP had been there the whole time. Flash forward 1 week, Palmer gets hurt and is out for the season, Bruce Arians (a coaching genius) is talking about not returning, and AP regresses to Saints-like numbers. They were a playoff caliber team as of last week, and it looks like they’ll lock up pick #8 again.
Stat of the Week:
Bears CB Eddie Jackson is the first defensive player to have 2 75+ yard defensive return TD’s in a game.
Stat of the Week #2:
There are 3 QB’s in the league who have thrown for more INT’s than TD’s this season (looking at at least 75 attempts). Two of them play for Cleveland…Fun fact, I decided to save a stat for next week but didn’t want to re-number all of these. I had to come up with one more stat, which is how I discovered this gem!
FMQB: Keep ‘er Movin’
I’m back! And I feel like I missed a lot! I’m not going to dive back into Week 5 much, but the Browns and 49ers are still losing, the Raiders are apparently faltering, and Big Ben had a 5 INT game?!?! I guess Bradford came back and tried to play too? Ahhhhhh!
Le’veon Me Alone!
The one downside to being such a huge football fan is that I’m rarely in awe anymore. But watching the Steelers game had my mouth agape. It literally seemed like everytime Bell was handed the ball, he got a minimum of 7 yards, if not closer to 15. That’s insane as it is, let alone in a league where the run game is dying. They even ran the ball on 3rd and 9, and got the first down! The most telling was the first play after halftime. Tony Romo said something to the effect of “the Chiefs would have gone into halftime and come up with a gameplan to stop the run. Look at how many people they have in the box right now.” Indeed it was stacked, and Bell got through it for a gain of 15.
Stat of the Week #1:
In the Rams Jaguars game, it was the 1st time in NFL history with 2 TD’s within the first 25 seconds of a game. The Rams ran back the opening kickoff, kicked a touchback, and then Fournette ran 75 yards on the first play.
FMQB: Feel the Rhythm, Feel the Rhyme, C’Mon Friday, It’s Football Time!
Last season was the season of comebacks. I’m already sensing a theme this year which is the season of surprise wins. Last week had 10 underdogs take it in one of Vegas’ most lucrative weekends. This week we had Rams beat Cowboys in Dallas, Bills beat Falcons, Panthers over Patriots in New England, and Texans with 57 points over Titans. I really don’t remember back to back weeks where I looked at the scoreboard to 5+ “wows.”
Surprise Records too!
The Bills and Rams are alone in 1st place in their division. Keep in mind these are divisions who have the Patriots (in 3 of the last 6 Super Bowls) and Seahawks (in 2 of the last 4 Super Bowls).
This week’s article will be focusing 100% on football, and not politics. Because that’s why I and millions of other Americans watch this game; for entertainment purposes. Everybody has and is entitled to their opinions. Nobody is right, nobody is wrong, it’s an opinion about what you think is right. And that folks, is the most I’ll say about this subject the entirety of the season. Now on to Football!
Crazy week of upsets:
Apparently the Thursday night game was a precursor to the surprises we’d see on Sunday! Jags blowing out the Ravens, Bills over Broncos, Bears over Steelers, Vikings with a backup QB dominating the Bucs, Jets over Dolphins, Saints blowing out undefeated Panthers, and Redskins over the Raiders. We also came dang close to the Bengals knocking off the Packers, and the Texans taking out the Patriots.
It’s Week 3, I get it, it’s early. But still!
- Bills are 2-1 and technically in 1st place in their division
- Jaguars are 2-1, tied for first
- Giants are 0-3, team many had making a deep playoff run
- Vikings are 2-1 with their QB only playing in 1 game
- Rams are 2-1, alone in 1st place in their division
- Seahawks are 1-2
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Game of the Season:
So many people panned the 49ers Rams matchup last night and likely refused to watch the game of the season. The best meme I saw said “This nights game has been moved to Comedy Central.” Well the jokes on you folks! Highest scoring game in Thursday night history, and the 4th quarter saw the following drives: Rams TD to go up 14, San Fran TD but missed extra point (down 8), Rams TD to go up 15, 49ers TD to bring it within 8, Rams fumble the kickoff with 5 minutes left in the game, 49ers score as a result but miss the 2 pt conversion, so they’re down 2. Successful Onside kick with 2 minutes left, but the Rams D finally holds them. Wow what a whirlwind!
Thursday Night Disclaimer:
Most of this article is complete before Thursday. But many times the Thursday Night game can throw off some stats from the week before (you’ll see with the 49ers TD total below). This is just a disclaimer that unless I specifically reference the game played on Thursday, the entire article is about Week 2 games.
Kind of a rough week, only 2 games were within 3 points (Steelers and Broncos), otherwise every other matchup was at least a TD difference. But Week 1 is always about getting the kinks out, and we’ve got some good divisional matchups coming up as well as an NFC Championship rematch.
- Carson Wentz’ evasion of the sack and TD toss to Nelson Agholor was insane.
- Watching Matt Ryan slip, nearly get sacked, and toss an 88 yd TD to slow as molasses Austin Hooper was also insane.
- Get ready to see more Tarik Cohen in Chicago, wow was he impressive!
- The Bears really hung in there against a Super Bowl caliber team. In fact they should have won
- Felt like I noticed the Cardinals were handling the Lions, and then the next time I looked the Lions had scored 28 points
- Feel bad for Houston, so much energy to start the game, but they fell completely flat
- Cole Beasley’s catch behind back. Not catch of the year material, but still have never seen anything like it before
For the Record:
- Had the Bears completed their comeback against the Falcons, the media would have had a field day!
- The look in Adrian Peterson’s eyes behind Sean Payton. Scary
- For all the talk the Patriots had about their Super Bowl comeback, they sure emptied the stadium quick with the game not out of hand.
- On the same wavelength, there sure was a lot of 19-0 talks about the Patriots this offseason, that was quieted in less than 3 hours.
- 3 points for offensive genius Kyle Shanahan’s debut.
I’m back, wow, Season 7 of Friday Morning Quarterback! Expect a few changes this year, fewer dissertations and more quick hitting fun facts. We all watch the games, I don’t need to turn into Joe Buck 2.0 and explain what happened. I know I promised to go back to the goofy team names last year, and like Digiorno I didn’t deliver. So I’ll try again folks!
Quick Recap from Last year’s Predictions
- Predicted Packers Patriots Super Bowl. Got one right, the second lost in the NFC Championship
- “Last year as starting QB for Jay Cutler (I’ve held onto him too long)”…I was close until he was yanked out of retirement
- Picked 6 of 32 records dead on
- Picked both Offensive and Defensive rookies of the year, that’s a first!
- Predicted the QB controversy in Dallas, said Dak would keep the starting job
- Said Jared Goff would get and keep the starting job in Week 9, happened in Week 10!
- “Blake Bortles is a top 5 QB in either yards or TD’s.” Nope, #15 in both
- “RGIII sees a resurgence this year before getting injured at the end of the season. Comeback player of the year.” Call it a push, his resurgence (if you want to call it that) essentially came in preseason but he got hurt way too early.
- “Kelvin Benjamin is back with a vengeance. Top 5 receiver in the league” He showed promise, but was 31st in yards, 16th in TDs