Top 10 NFL Week 9 Observations

On November 7, 2016, in NFL, by Stephen

No. 10: What’s the most boring NFL play not including a quarterback kneel down? In my view it’s a Rashad Jennings run. Anytime Jennings gets a handoff the whistle should immediately blow and the ball automatically gets marked for a two-yard gain. That would save wear-and-tear. Jennings is the Charlie Whitehurst of running backs.

No. 9: Get your Week 10 Rams-Jets under ticket in now as this could be a Jared Goff-Bryce Petty quarterback matchup. If that’s the case – and why not since these teams aren’t going anywhere – there would be less scoring than in a Nigeria-Japan World Cup soccer match.

No. 8: Why is Blair Walsh still the Vikings’ kicker? Is Minnesota’s offense so dynamic that it can afford to waste extra points and short field goals?

No. 7: Chris Ivory and Allen Robinson had their best games of the season for Jacksonville Sunday. I don’t think it was a coincidence that it occurred under new offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett. The Jaguars ran a balanced attack, which they’ve needed to do. The Jaguars outgained the Chiefs, 449-231. The Chiefs were playing back-up Nick Foles. Yet the Jaguars still couldn’t win – and they won’t win until Gus hits the bus.

No. 6: Week 9 was enjoyable because I didn’t have to see Brock Osweiler.

No. 5: Jamie Collins sure made a difference for Cleveland didn’t he? All the Browns did was surrender 35 points to the Cowboys. That keeps the Browns’ string intact of giving up at least 25 points in every game. The movable object meets the overpaid quarterback when the Browns play the Ravens Thursday night. Joe Flacco has failed to throw multiple touchdown passes in 13 of his last 18 games – and this is the age of the quarterback with unbelievable liberal passing rules.

No. 4: Dirk Koetter is carrying on a Tampa Bay coaching tradition fitting in well alongside Lovie Smith, Greg Schiano and Raheem Morris. Given those coaching lightweights it’s not that big of a shock that the Buccaneers are 3-17 in their last 20 home games, including 0-4 SU and ATS this season.

No. 3: Remember the Michael Jordan joke. It went like this, who was the only person who could stop Michael Jordan. The answer was Dean Smith. The punchline to that joke can apply to Todd Gurley and Jeff Fisher. Maybe Gurley will catch a break and Tampa Bay will hire Fisher. There have been many disappointing fantasy football performers this year. I’d rate Gurley No. 1. He’s rushed for 451 yards, averaging 3.1 yards per carry and has scored three touchdowns, which is eight fewer touchdowns than Melvin Gordon has.

No. 2: By continuing to go up-tempo, Chip Kelly has thrown his overwhelmed defense under the bus. Since opening week, the 49ers have given up an average of 37.1 points per game.

No. 1: Mike McCarthy continues to do a great job of making my case that he should be fired. How do the Packers lose to a bad AFC South team at home? Three reasons: Andrew Luck is a great player, the Packers weren’t mentally prepared as well as the Colts and McCarthy’s bad decisions. Ty Montgomery has become Green Bay’s most effective offensive player next to Aaron Rodgers. Montgomery was solid every time he touched the ball against the Colts. Unfortunately Montgomery only got 10 touches.


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