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The Good – Pat Mahomes and Lamar Jackson duel it out.
Baltimore Ravens at Kansas City Chiefs. Chiefs win 33-28.
Who doesn’t love a great quarterback battle? Two of the hottest quarterbacks in the league went head to head last Sunday. The Chiefs didn’t score in the first quarter, but Pat Mahomes got rolling in the second. Their offense scored 23 unanswered points to take a commanding lead into the half.
There was no quit in Lamar Jackson though, as he made plays both running and throwing the football. The Ravens rallied late, but ultimately came up short.
This game was a lot of fun to watch. Both teams have very different styles on offense and defense. I thought the Ravens defense would do a little bit better against the Chiefs offense, but let’s remember that they have some crucial injuries in their secondary right now.
There was great execution and heart from both football teams. I’m hoping we get to see these two elite teams battle again in the playoffs.
The Bad – 0 wins. 3 losses. And no first round pick. Not too hot, Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh Steelers at San Francisco 49ers. Niners win 24-20.
Trading for Minkah Fitzpatrick was a fundamentally good idea for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Fitzpatrick is an elite talent, and was one of my favorite players to watch at the college level. The Steelers gave up a first pick and exchanged some late round picks with the Dolphins to acquire the young safety.
I predicted that Minkah Fitzpatrick would be the breakout player for the Miami Dolphins in the 2019 season, and I think he could now excel in the Steelers defense. With all of that being said, the Steelers made this trade AFTER being notified that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger would be missing the rest of the season with an injury. Am I missing something here?
I understand that the Steelers trust Mason Rudolph, but this team is clearly flawed at several different positions. Minkah Fitzpatrick solves some issues in the secondary, but the Steelers are still a long way from being elite without Big Ben.
After forcing FIVE turnovers, the Steelers still came up short against the 49ers. That’s a rough loss, and now they sit at 0-3 with the Bengals coming up on Monday Night Football. The Steelers should win that game, but what if they don’t? 0-4 with no first round pick? Things could go from bad to ugly for Pittsburgh if they lose on Monday.
The Ugly – The Washington Redskins and their Monday Night debacle.
Chicago Bears at Washington Redskins. Bears win 31-15.
I really hope Washington fans have tempered their expectations for this season. Case Keenum is operating as a bridge quarterback behind a makeshift offensive line, while the team has major injuries at their skill positions. The defense isn’t too inspiring either, and the outlook of this team doesn’t look promising for this season.
Washington got absolutely stomped on Monday Night against the Bears. The Bears got out to a 28-0 lead and never looked back. Washington’s running game was non existent, as it’s been all year. The offensive line couldn’t protect Keemun, and there just aren’t enough playmakers on the offensive side of the ball to make a difference. Wide receiver Taylor Gabriel ate their secondary up for three touchdowns in the second quarter. Yes, that’s right, three receiving touchdowns in just one quarter.
I really don’t know what this team needs to do. I’ve seen fans and pundits calling for the team to start Dwayne Haskins. There’s a chance that starting him could shoot some energy into this team. There’s also a chance this sorry offensive line gets him killed out there. The coaching staff has to be very careful with managing Haskins. The fate of the franchise depends on it.
Underrated Performance of the Week – Deshaun Watson, Quarterback, Houston Texans
Another huge road win for Watson. Lit the Chargers secondary up to lead his team to victory.
Finished 25 for 34 on passing attempts (73% completion percentage) for 351 yards. Throwing 3 touchdowns and 0 interceptions.