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The Good – A Thursday Night Football game, for once.
Philadelphia Eagles at Green Bay Packers. Eagles win 34-27.
The Philadelphia Eagles entered the game Thursday night with a 1-2 record. Drops by their 3rd and 4th string receivers cost them two close games against the Falcons and Lions. This game was a must win for Philly, and they needed to come to play.
The Packers entered this game in a much more favorable position. Sitting at 3-0 after wins against the Bears, Vikings, and Broncos. This game was important for their offense, as the passing game had struggled through the first three weeks of the season.
Two elite teams going head to head usually makes for fireworks, and this game didn’t disappoint. Devante Adams and the Packers got off to a blazing hot start. The Eagles cornerbacks were tortured by Adams, who ended the night with 10 catches for 180 yards.
Philly battled back, using the running game to exploit the Packers defense. The Eagles found success with their two tight end sets (12 personnel) and the offensive line played their best game of the season.
The game came down to a goal line stand by the Eagles’ defense. 6th string cornerback Craig James deflected a pass on the 1-yard line, and it was intercepted by linebacker Nigel Bradham.
This game was a great chess match between two coaching staffs. The players delivered as well, despite injuries to both teams. If only every Thursday night game could be this much fun.
The Bad – The Vikings offense. Is the passing game this broken?
Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears. Bears win 16-6.
I feel like everyone is at the point where we know what to expect from Kirk Cousins, but he still finds a way to surprise us. Despite throwing to one of the best wide receiver duos in football, he still manages to look like shit.
The Vikings have been dependent on Dalvin Cook and the running game for all of 2019. Cook has been spectacular, but the Vikings have shifted to a run first offense due to the ineptitude of their quarterback. The Bears committed to shutting down the running game on Sunday, and Cousins was exposed once again.
Wide receiver Adam Thielin had some things to say about the passing game following the teams terrible offensive performance. Regardless of Thielin’s comments, I think it’s telling that not one person has come to their quarterback’s defense. I think it’s even MORE telling that the other Vikings star receiver, Stefon Diggs, has skipped consecutive post game interviews, and did not report to practice on Wednesday.
Cousins seems to be losing the locker room with his poor play. The Vikings are a team in “win-now” mode, and they don’t have time for him to handcuff this offense. He better get it together quick or he’ll be on the bench, or unemployed, in a heartbeat.
The Ugly – The Rams get lit the hell up for 55 points. Jared Goff has four turnovers.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Los Angeles Rams. Bucs win 55-40.
Giving up 55 points at home is never an acceptable outcome. When you’re the defending NFC champions, it’s ridiculous. The Tampa Bay Bucs were firing on all cylinders, and upset the Rams in Los Angeles.
The Rams brought in plenty of talent on the defensive side of the ball this offseason. Eric Weddle, Clay Matthews, and Taylor Rapp are all talented players that bring versatility to the Rams defense. Jameis Winston and the Bucs weren’t worried about any of that, and totaled 464 yards as an offense.
As bad as the defense was, the offense deserves some blame as well. Jared Goff threw for 517 yards and two touchdowns, but he also threw 3 interceptions and had a sack-fumble that was returned for a touchdown. Goff also threw the ball 68 times, while Todd Gurley only had 5 rushing attempts.
The Rams need to tighten up their defense and find some balance on offense. If they can’t, this team won’t be winning the division over the San Francisco 49ers or the Seattle Seahawks.
Underrated Performance – Justin Coleman, Cornerback, Detroit Lions
The Lions secondary has been ballin’ all year! Justin Coleman made an impact again this week, recording 4 solo tackles, 2 passes deflected, and 1 forced fumble.
The forced fumble was brilliant! Watch him wait until Sammy Watkins gets up before punching the football free.