FMQB: Tip your Bartenders!
Woohoo, Antonio Brown got released!!! Knock on wood if you’re with me!
- Even after bad penalties, bad play calls, and bad turnovers, the Browns should have won (or at least tied to go into OT) the game against the Rams. Additionally, their entire starting secondary was inactive in the game. We’d be having a MUCH different conversation about the Browns if even 1 of those things goes differently.
- Even after blowing a terrible lead, the Buccaneers lost the game, Daniel Jones didn’t win it
- I’m not sure what Vikings team or what Falcons team is going to show up each week
- Wow, the Saints beat the Seahawks on the road and with their backup QB? If the Saints can go .500 until Brees gets back, they’ll be in good shape. At this rate though they may be going 5-2!
- Whoever thinks Running Backs are useless should watch Dalvin Cook and Mark Ingraham’s Sunday performance
- Jacoby Brissett is making the Colts competitive, 75% comp, 310 yds, 2TD’s and a 118.1 rating to take the Colts to 2-1
- Lamar Jackson could be this/next year’s Patrick Mahomes. He looked incredibly sharp out there and was electric on the run
- You would have thought with how dirty the Eagles defense was playing that Gregg Williams was their coach
- Last night reinforced how much I dislike the challenge of the pass interference rule. A couple calls were right and not overturned which would have made this even more ticky tacky. But a couple calls were blatantly missed and not reviewed.
Adventures in Coaching:
Last week it was the officials, but this week the coaching had me shaking my head several times on BASIC football IQ. Here’s what was weird:
- The Browns ran the ball on a 4th and 9 while losing in the 4th quarter
- Bruce Arians took a delay of game, ON PURPOSE, to back the kicker up 5 yards on a game winning field goal try. They missed…
- The Ravens, when down by 11, decided to go for 2. Meaning they’d be down by 9 if they converted (still a 2 possession game) or 11 if they didn’t (meaning they’d HAVE to convert a 2 pointer to even tie).
- The Patriots were up 30-7, and ran a play that called for Brady to throw a block
- Good/bad call: The Ravens Onside kick was one of the more bizarre attempts. They tried a drop kick and kicked it incredibly far (30 yards) and high for an onside kick. The call was weird, but only made sense because they were kicking to a rookie who may not be aware he could call for a fair catch. Good football IQ for him to do so.
Stat of the Week:
Every team in the NFC North has a winning record, and against the rest of the NFL are 7-0-1
Stat of the Week #2:
6 new QB’s started this week (Saints, Panthers, Dolphins, Jets, Steelers and Giants), and those QB’s were 3-3
Stat of the Week #3:
Patrick Mahomes hit the NFL history list with the 4th most pass yards through 3 games to start a season. Also compared to last year through his first 3 games, Mahomes has a higher Completion %, nearly 100 more yards per game, a higher passer rating, fewer interceptions and fewer sacks than the start of his MVP season last year. He is also on pace to become the first 6000 yard passer.
Stat of the Week #4:
Eli Manning, if this is the end, will finish his career 116-116
Stat of the Week #5:
Sean McVay in 34 games has scored 30 points in 22 of those games (or 65%). In the previous 10 years, the Rams only had 17 games with 30+ points (or 11%)
Stat of the Week #6:
Daniel Jones is 1-0 when trailing by 18+ points. Eli Manning is 0-44 in those games
Stat of the Week #7:
As of 3 weeks ago, Antonio Brown was slated to earn $30M this season. Currently he’s likely going to end 2019 with $158,000.
Stat of the Week #8:
The 49ers had 5 turnovers and still won
Stat of the Week #9:
Statistically, if Lamar Jackson starts Week 4 by throwing 8 straight interceptions, he would still have a higher passer rating than Baker Mayfield
Stat of the Week #10:
It has been 22 years since a team has called a run on a play of 4th and 9 or longer
Stat of the Week #11:
The Chiefs have scored 57 points in the 2nd quarter alone! That actually beats out 8 teams’ total point production.
Stat of the Week #12:
In 2016, the Patriots had Tom Brady, Jacoby Brissett and Jimmy Garrapolo on their roster. This year, those 3 QB’s are a combined 8-1.
Dad Joke of the Week:
Technically speaking, every Browns assistant coach is a part of the Kitchen Staff (since the head coach is Kitchens…). Tip your Bartenders people!
Games of the Week:
Bills vs. Patriots, one team won’t be undefeated after Sunday. We’ll likely see how legit the Bills are, whether they hang in there with the Pats or get blown out.
Browns at Ravens: essentially the battle for the AFC North could be won or muddied on Sunday
Vikings at Bears: Could have Wild Card ramifications, but trying to keep up with the Packers.
So just to be clear, Tom Brady is the Super Bowl Champion, the Bengals are awful, Jon Gruden is on the sidelines as a coach, a Carr brother is leading his team into obscurity, and Shakira and Jennifer Lopez are doing the halftime show. And you’re telling me this is 2019 and not 2002?!?!
The Saga continues:
If you woke up this weekend hoping to not have to hear about Antonio Brown, you were/are about to be disappointed. Here’s a list of the continued saga of AB over just the past 7 days:
Released, twitter rant, retiring, going back to college, teams interested, in court for trashing an apartment, hints at unretirement.
No final minute 2pt decisions this week, although I’m very tempted to put the Ravens in there since they failed on 3 different 2pt attempts. So that’s 6 (or 3) points off the board when they lost by 5. But standings stay the same.
Memes of the Week: