Congrats, football fans, you've managed to stay through the halfway point of the season. For me, I've watched less football this season than any other season simply because I've been too busy being outside with my toddler. Now that the weather is turning, that'll change, I'm sure, but I'm also content to watching highlights since this season is nothing but an endless string of offensive fireworks. Unless you watch the Bills, of course.
Here's some tidbits that have stuck out to me this week:
- The Texans have won six games in a row after losing the first three. Six!
- Alex Smith has reverted back to the Alex Smith of old as Washington's entire offensive line is injured. That's only slight hyperbole. Already missing stud LT Trent Williams, they lost both starting guards for the season and RT Moses is playing through a knee injury. They were so thin at OL on Sunday due to injuries that defensive lineman Matt Ioannidis was next in line.
- Dalvin Cook appears back to himself after numerous injuries as his 70 yard TD run clocked in at 22.07 mph, besting Tyreek Hill's and Albert Wilson's top speed from earlier this year. (Oddly enough, DB Devin McCourty recorded the only other speed about 22 mph this season.)
- Nick Mullens played like a veteran in his first ever NFL action. Supposedly he has an incredible work ethic which allowed the Niners to use the full Shanny playbook instead of having to run a limited offense. Will Garoppolo give way to Mullens the same way Bledsoe did to Brady?
- Nathan Peterman is the gift that keeps giving, the poor guy. Sunday was one of his best of his career connecting on 63% of his passes on a whopping 49 attempts. The downside is he was picked off three times and only threw for 189 yards, which means his 3.9 yards per passing attempts would be considered bad if they were run attempts.
- Speaking of Buffalo:
How anyone is throwing money at Bradford is beyond me. Then again, I guess checking down to a RB without turning the ball three times is something of an art, right Mr. Peterman?
- Speaking of overpriced:
That right there is the snap count and performance of Allen Robinson, currently the most expensive decoy in the league. Granted, Trubisky isn't exactly lighting the world on fire with his pass skills, but I'm almost certain my boy Pace could've signed a decoy for way less. Mr. Robinson has the second highest cap hit on the team. He's right up there with Nick Perry in terms of actively hurting a team's performance. Neither are as bad as Blake Bortles though.
- Cordarelle Patterson used as a RB is why Belichick and company continue to be considered the GOAT. I hate them, but damned if they don't do some amazing things. Now throw the ball to Josh Gordon more often. I love watching him gobble up the ball.
- Because we all can't seem to get enough of the dysfunction, check out this MMQB article about the Browns and Hue Jackson. This one bit stuck out to me:
Jackson, wary of his own slipping stature, paid close attention to Haley’s press conferences in the final weeks of his two-and-a-half year run, sequestering himself in his office to watch the Q&As live, then verbally needling the coach if the message was not in lockstep with his own. Haley believed Jackson was in search of a greater degree of credit for his contributions to the team’s (relative) success throughout a 2-4-1 start to this season, according to four team sources.
Who does this remind you of? I didn't think I could think any less of Hue Jackson but I absolutely do now.
The Factory is the gift that keeps giving. Here's hoping for some normalcy out of Cleveland moving forward.
Hope all is well in your neck of the woods.