Necessary Roughness, Week 11: Who’s Who and What’s What
After last week’s dudfest at 1:00pm, this week’s slate of games turned out to be downright riveting! Let’s not waste any time whining about the commissioner or any such bullshit and talk about football for a change!
What the HELL is going on in the AFC West? This was, in my mind, the conference that was going to mow down the rest of the NFL this season. Yesterday the Chiefs lost to the Giants, the Broncos lost to the Bengals, the Chargers put up FIFTY FOUR POINTS, and the Raiders sunk to 4-6 on the season.
There’s not much you can do about a catch like the one Roger Lewis made in OT yesterday, except, ya know… not ending up in OT against the goddamn Giants. This was an obvious trap game for the Chiefs. Unless you’re the Patriots, heading halfway across the country to play a 1-8 team where everyone’s job is on the line can be a recipe for disaster and that’s exactly what happened to KC. Everyone seemed to shit the bed simultaneously. There was only one touchdown scored in the entire game, it came in the first quarter and the Giants missed the extra point. Forgive me for not watching this one super intently.
— New York Giants (@Giants) November 19, 2017
The Broncos were always going to have a tough road this season without a proven QB. But yesterday against the trash Bengals was ugly in a very mundane, understated way. The Bengals netted 190 total yards on offense, but Andy Dalton still managed to pass for three touchdowns. A Brock Osweiler pick, a CJ Andersen fumble and a missed field goal by Brandon McManus were just enough to give the Bengals what they needed to serve up the Broncs’ their sixth straight loss. Evidently that was also enough to get Broncos OC Mike McCoy fired.
"NO! God dammit, no!" will forever be my favorite Brock Osweiler pre-snap call pic.twitter.com/kEN9bOGOzd
— Andrew Joseph (@AndyJ0seph) November 19, 2017
Until yesterday, the Buffalo Bills were sitting in the second AFC wild card slot. Then in the middle of the week they benched Tyrod Taylor for… no apparent reason? I know Tyrod wasn’t exactly setting the world on fire, but when you’re 5-4, outplaying expectations and controlling your own destiny, surely you stick with the relatively hot hand, right? Not in Western NY. Nathan Peterman tossed five picks in the first half. In fairness, the first was a tipped ball and the third came on a sack (looked like a classic Eli move to be honest), but the other THREE were pretty badly missed/underthrown/overthrown balls. I still maintain the Chargers aren’t as bad as their record, but they shouldn’t be putting up 54 against anyone in the NFL. How can you possibly come back from this (and by you I mean Nathan Peterson AND the Buffalo Bills)?
I don’t have much to say about the Pats stomping on the Raiders except to ask what happened to the Raiders this season? They seem to have lost all the balls and swagger they had last year before Carr’s leg got snapped. The Patriots still have enough other weapons to make you forget about Brandin Cooks for juuuuust long enough for him to torch you once or twice per game:
The #Saints giving away Brandin Cooks to Tom Brady seems a bit unfair in retrospect. 64-yard deep ball touchdown. This is after a 52-yard completion in the first half for the GOAT to Cooks pic.twitter.com/6BKJGsZlLg
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) November 19, 2017
The Saints are now about as terrifying as they have ever been in the Sean Payton/Drew Brees era. What the hell? I thought they were gonna sleep through the season, got somewhere between 7-9 and 9-7 and ride out the rest of Payton’s and Brees’s careers on that lone Super Bowl victory. Here they are with eight straight wins including this week’s insane comeback against Washington. And they’re doing it with a punishing run game and a really good defense! Having Drew Brees throw for a million yards is like the cherry on top!
Mark Ingram still has it. Big run off tackle for a score pic.twitter.com/mOTfYW6qfw
— Ian Wharton (@NFLFilmStudy) November 19, 2017
There are only 2 players in the NFL who have gained more than 350 scrimmage yards in November.
Both are @Saints:
Alvin Kamara (406 yards) & Mark Ingram (365 yards) pic.twitter.com/dyKyZ87bVq
— Randall Liu (@RLiuNFL) November 20, 2017
Dude, the Vikings are also scary! I still think the Rams could go on a run and just crash through the playoffs, but if they have to go through Minnesota or Philly, they’ve got much longer odds than they did a week ago. The Vikings have a solid QB in Case Keenum at the moment (what?!). Teddy is on the bench, but apparently just about ready to play again. And the offense and defense are both firing on all cylinders. The Vikings have had some insane ups and downs the last two seasons, but if anything it’s only made them stronger and more resilient to injuries blowing up their entire season.
Still have absolutely no idea how Case Keenum did this pic.twitter.com/5JNAUHGezE
— Drew Mahowald (@DrewMahowald) November 19, 2017
The Saints would have to be the favorite coming out of the NFC if it wasn’t for the goddamn Eagles, who demolished the Cowboys last night. I’m not sure how different it would have been if Sean Lee, Tyron-
Just to be clear, with Sean Lee, Tyron Smith and Ezekiel Elliott, the Cowboys would've beaten the Eagles convincingly tonight.
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) November 20, 2017
Fuck you, Skip. You have the second worst takes on the NFL this week, but it’s only by a very slim margin. Tyron Smith may have prevented a sack early or the fumble in the fourth quarter, but the Eagles secondary was LIGHTS OUT. Dak had all day in the second quarter and threw an ugly pick into double coverage. There’s nothing Tyron or Zeek could or would have done about that. And speaking of Zeek, it’s not like Alfred Morris is a shitty replacement. He had nowhere to run! Maybe he would have pushed for a few extra yards here and there, but there wasn’t any sort of push happening up front, whether it was behind Tyron Smith’s spot or otherwise. Sean Lee would have made the biggest difference in this one, but one guy cannot prevent 37 points.
— Def Pen Sports (@DefPenSports) November 20, 2017
Fantasy Pimp of the Week
Antonio Brown! Welcome back, AB! 144 yds, 3 TDs. Just when you thought Ju-ju Smith-Schuster was the shit, here comes the GOAT.
— SNF on NBC (@SNFonNBC) November 17, 2017
Some Random Thoughts
Skycam is the best cam. It really gives you an infinitely better idea of what these guys are seeing. The normal side-view is cool for seeing everything all at once, but this is better for understanding how plays develop and why guys make moves that look nonsensical from the side.
— Sports Fan (!) (@SportsFan_PL) November 17, 2017
PHI 37 – 9 DAL
No Scorigami. That score has happened 2 times before, most recently on November 13, 2011.
— Scorigami (@NFL_Scorigami) November 20, 2017
Marshawn Lynch of the NFL’s Oakland Raiders stands for the Mexican Anthem and sits down to boos for our National Anthem. Great disrespect! Next time NFL should suspend him for remainder of season. Attendance and ratings way down.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 20, 2017
If you don’t already, I highly suggest reading Drew Magary’s Dick Joke Jamboroo every Thursday. He’s always got something interesting to say in the preamble to the ‘game previews.’ This past week’s was no exception and sums up how I’m sure a lot of us feel about the constant controversies surrounding the league.
Song for Giants Fans
“Pretty Noose” by Soundgarden, my favorite SG song. I don’t like what the Giants have me swinging from. Tank or gtfo at this point.
I’m heading out on tour with The Number Twelve Looks Like You next month. We’re playing our now 12-year-old album Nuclear. Sad. Nuclear. in its entirety. Axl referred to it as “It is one exclamation point away from looking like a tweet from a certain used orange diaper currently passing itself off as a person.” Come hang and let’s try to forget about said diaper.