Even though this year has sucked for more reasons that I can recount in a football post, I will fondly remember this year as the one in which first time quarterbacks really had a chance to shine. Cody Kessler has played solid for the Browns, but Kevin Hogan coming off the bench truly bamboozled the Bengals defense. Cleveland is a perfect 0-7, but no team offers as much fun while losing as the Brownies do. Settling down after a wild beginning, Carson Wentz was fairly solid against the best defense in the NFL, handing the Vikings their first loss. Wentz is now 5-2. That's not bad for a rookie, especially a rookie from a NoDak FCS college. Both Trevor Siemian and Dak Prescott are 5-1 in their NFL starts. Yes, I know. Siemian has that Broncos D covering his worthlessness, and Prescott hides behind the NFL's best offensive line handing off to Ezekiel Elliot. Wrong attitude, people. A good quarterback is one who plays to his team's strengths to get solid victories. The best do so under the worst of pressures. Siemian knows that Paxton Lynch is seen as the 'future of the franchise'. He doesn't care. He is so very calm in controlling the flow of the game, while keeping control of the ball. It is being said that he is too cautious, and only dinks and dunks relying on the running game. Uhh, 27 to 9 against a very good NFL defense is hard to argue with in the value of controlling the game. Prescott is flashier, and likely has a higher ceiling than Siemian. Still, both of those young men play under the pressure of hard acts to follow. Prescott has the shadow of Tony Romo breathing down his neck in every game. Siemian follows the Greatest Quarterback of All Time, with Kubiak and Elway constantly waiting to replace him with the Elway clone, Lynch. The Eagles were smart in trading Bradford away. Wentz knows his worth and future. Siemian and Prescott, not so much.
This is why I love football. Humans are striving for greatness, and unlike most of us have a petulant metric with which to measure it. I'm loving the journeys of these three young men, and can't wait to see all 3 make the playoffs in their first starting years.
Jacksonville (2-4) at Tennessee (3-4) - Titans (22-36, Titans)
The Jaguars just can't seem to get it together.
Yeah, like that.
Washington (4-3) at Cincinnati (3-4) from London AGAIN - Bengals (27-27, TIE)
As always, you are welcome to disagree with me, but I find these games from the UK to be annoying marketing stunts, and really wish they would go away.
2 weeks in a row. I really hate ties.
Kansas City (4-2) at Indianapolis (3-4) - Chiefs (30-14, Chiefs)
Solid defense against no defense.
Yeah, like that.
Arizona (3-3-1) at Carolina (1-5) -Panthers (20-30, Panthers)
Home team, and I really can't see them going anywhere but up.
If Cardinal fans are wondering when the time to panic is, this would be it.
Oakland (5-2) at Tampa Bay (3-3) - Buccaneers (30-24, Raiders)
Risky pick of the week. But the Raiders seem to have problems on the east coast.
Narrowly avoiding the third tie of the season.
Seattle (4-1-1) at New Orleans (2-4) - Seahawks (20-25, Saints)
They play Brees well.
And Brees plays well instead.
Detroit (4-3) at Houston (4-3) - Lions (13-20, Texans)
They're finding ways to win.
This really should have been a walk away for Detroit. Penalties and mistakes killed them.
New England (6-1) at Buffalo (4-3) - Hatriots (41-25, Hatriots)
Only one team stands between New England and a 15-0 record. It certainly wasn't the Bills.
New York Jets (2-5) at Cleveland (0-7) - Jets (31-28, Jets)
Now that the Fitzpatrick curse has been appeased, he'll play well for a while.
As I said.
San Diego (3-4) at Denver (5-2) - Broncos (19-27, Broncos)
Not in our house.
Another solid game from Denver.
Green Bay (4-2) at Atlanta (4-3) - Falcons (32-33, Falcons)
I just can't trust Green Bay yet.
Nor should I.
Philadelphia (4-2) at Dallas (5-1) - Dallas (23-29, Cowboys)
The Philly D is coming on, but they will be tested by Prescott and Elliot.
How 'bout them Cowboys!
Minnesota (5-1) at Chicago (1-6) - Vikings (10-20, Bears)
Especially if Cutler is back.
I am still in complete disbelief over this one.
Byes: Miami, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, New York Giants, Los Angeles, San Francisco
Last Week's Score: 8 - 7, 53%, Overall: 64 - 43, 60%