FMQB: Minshew, the Enigma
- The Rams and Cowboys were sure brought down to earth in a heartbeat.
- In Lions vs. Chiefs, there were 5 straight possessions that ended with a fumble. 2 of those were back to back possessions by the Lions where they fumbled within the 3 yard line.
- I know they seemed to have made nice, but I have a feeling that Adam Theilen and Kirk Cousins don’t get along…From the sounds of it, Diggs is unhappy too
- Tampa Bay and Cleveland are essentially a play away from being 3-1, Detroit basically 2 plays away from being undefeated.
- The Browns tried a play in which the 4th player to touch the ball threw a pass, 5 technically if you count the Center.
- Only 3 home teams won this week
- The Bills hung with the Patriots
- The Lions hung with the Chiefs, and if it wasn’t for fumbles they would have won by a minimum of 2 and possibly 10 points.
Stat of the Week:
Frank Gore became only the 4th player to rush for 15,000 yards
Stat of the Week #2:
Kyle Allen is 3rd in the league in Passer Rating, has thrown for the same or more TD’s than Baker Mayfield, Kyler Murray, Kirk Cousins, and Josh Allen despite starting half the games. Kyle Allen was also undrafted
Stat of the Week #3:
Even after an “off” week, Patrick Mahomes is still on pace for 6000 yards and 40 TD’s.
Stat of the Week #4:
Larry Fitzgerald is only 223 receptions behind Jerry Rice. At 36, it’s doable to catch him if he has 3 solid seasons in him yet. Yards are a bigger issue though, and he’s back 6,316. Makes you appreciate Rice even more. Jason Witten is the next closest active player in yards, and he’s over 10,000 away!
Stat of the Week #5
The Bills gave Tom Brady a fit on defense, making him go 18 of 39 for 150 yards in Buffalo. A rating of 32.2
Stat of the Week #6:
Buccaneers scored the most points in franchise history, most points ever against a team that was 3-0 or better, and tied the most points scored against a team that was in the Super Bowl the year before. Sure you can blame Goff, he had 3 INT’s and a Fumble with the chance to win. But he threw for a career high 517 yards and the defense gave up 55 points. Goff also tied the NFL record for most completions in a game with 45.
Stat of the Week #7:
Leonard Fournette had 225 yards rushing. You don’t see a lot of 200+ yard games anymore
Stat of the Week #8:
There are 4 first year head coaches in the league, and they are a combined 0-15-1
For the Record:
- If you lose a game to a team who’s backup QB comes into the game on the 1st drive and outplays your $84M QB. AND if you have a receiver who is excited about the potential of joining the Bills, you might be in trouble
- Thursday Night Football has produced two excellent games in back to back weeks. In fact, the lineup for Thursdays is looking more promising than Monday Night’s Bears vs. Redskins or Bengals vs. Steelers.
- Burfict was suspended the entire season for his hit on Sunday (well deserved in my book). Burfict has been fined $469K and given up $3.7M in game checks in 6 years.
- I think we’re crowing Gardner Minshew too early, but he had a play where he dropped the ball, got hit (and dang near broke his ankle) but still completed a pass for a first down. He also had a play where he made 3 lineman whiff on tackling him and scored.
- That being said, the fact that Gardner Minshew is turning into this enigma of a being is absolutely hilarious to me. If he has any sort of success in the NFL, this is what the new Chuck Norris-like comparisons are going to be. There are literally legends about his life coming out already!
- The Browns are leading the AFC North for the first time since October of 2014. If you would have asked me the last time they led the division, it would have been a hell of a lot longer ago than 2014!
- QB Depth is the key to this season. These players are keeping their teams relevant when in the past you used to say “Maybe next year.” Bridgewater has won 2 games, Kyle Allen 2, Gardner Minshew 2, Jacoby Brissett 1, Chase Daniel and Mason Rudolph has kept their teams a game out of 1st place in their division. This year has been brutal among QB injuries, earlier in the year than a few other years.
Hard to believe the season is already 25% over. Some teams have distanced themselves from the rest of the field, while other divisions are wide open for the taking.
AFC: Patriots have a 2 game lead, Chiefs have a 3 game lead, AFC South is tied across the board, and the Browns are winning the division after starting 1-2.
NFC: The 49ers lead the division while the Rams are in 3rd. NFC North is the most competitive division in football. Wild card race will be most competitive in the NFC, with no mediocre teams creeping in at 9-7 or anything.
Updated Playoff Predictions:
If the Playoffs Were to Start Today:
Browns, Bills and Raiders are the last 3 in the AFC. The Rams are out and the 49ers have the #1 seed in the NFC. Denver would have the #1 pick in the draft.
I don’t follow or talk much about College football, but it will be incredibly interesting to see what happens with this Fair Pay to Play act that California is signing into law. It essentially makes it illegal for the NCAA to tell athletes that they can’t collect endorsement money, or potentially other money. Does this trickle to other states, does it completely upend NCAA rules, or does every top ranked athlete now choose a California school so they can make money as they work.
Memes of the Week: