The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly – Week 7

Michael Lipscomb

The Good – A strong running game powers the Ravens to a big road win.
Baltimore Ravens at Seattle Seahawks. Ravens win 30-16.

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Young quarterbacks typically struggle on the road. The hostile environment, crowd noise, and pressure, can cause young quarterbacks to feel rushed and unsettled. 

One of the toughest places for opposing teams to win is at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington. Lamar Jackson accepted the challenge, and lead his team to a big victory against a very good Seahawks team.

Jackson only completed 9 of 20 passes for 143 yards and 0 touchdowns. He was much more effective on the ground, rushing for 116 yards and 1 touchdown. Some haters will use this as an opportunity to bash Lamar Jackson. Some people seem pressed to paint Jackson as strictly a running threat, disrespecting his ability to throw the football.

Jackson did what he needed to do in this game. His receivers had several really bad drops, (I’m looking at you Mark Andrews) that halted the momentum of the offense. The young quarterback battled through adversity against an elite NFC team, and showed leadership in the win. 

I love this video right here. Coach Harbaugh showing faith in his quarterback, who rewards the offense with a really nice play. We also highlighted Lamar Jackson as the Breakout Player for the Baltimore Ravens this year.

The Bad – Chicago’s offense contributes to hurt their defense.
New Orleans Saints at Chicago Bears. Saints win 36-25.

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Quick announcement to any Chicago Bears fans out there, your quarterback STINKS. Mitchell Trubisky was terrible against the Saints on Sunday. Trubisky continues to struggle with confidence and processing coverages.

Take a look at this thread here that analyzes a simple RPO that somehow ends in a sack. Run-pass options are designed to be quick, decisive plays that catch the defense off guard. After watching this play (amongst others) it’s apparent Mitchell Trubisky doesn’t seem to grasp that.

A lot of people will look at the look at the 36 points the Bears allowed and blame the defense. A closer look at the box score will explain how this team gave up so many points. The Bears had four (4) first downs and 85 total yards through the first three quarters of this game. They were also 1 for 9 on third down attempts.

When your defense is on the field for a long time because the offense can’t sustain drives, it’s going to be bad news for your football team. Trubisky was expected to make a huge jump in his performance this season, but it looks like he’s regressed, if anything. I think we all expected more out of the 2nd overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft.

The Ugly – Birds lay an egg on national TV with an embarrassing performance against Dallas.
Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys. Cowboys win 37-10

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The NFC Least is back again. The Washington Redskins are 1-6 and the New York Giants are 2-5. With those two teams clearly in the rear, Sunday Night offered a head to head matchup for control of the division.

The Dallas Cowboys had players rise to the occasion. Guys like Amari Cooper, Randall, Cobb, and Tyron Smith (to name a few) stepped up and played after showing up on the injury reports all week. They came out strong, forcing two turnovers, and running away with this football game.

I’m still not sold on the Cowboys, as they haven’t beaten a good team yet. With that being said, I’m damn sure not sold on the Philadelphia Eagles, right now. The Eagles entered the game more banged up than the Cowboys, but that doesn’t excuse their garbage performance.

The offensive line was healthy (4 out of 5 starters playing) and still proceeded to let Carson Wentz get hit all night. Right tackle Lane Johnson was terrible, allowing a sack-fumble and struggling as a run blocker. Defensively, the Eagles run defense looked like a shell of itself without their only good linebacker, Nigel Bradham, who was out with an ankle injury. 

The Eagles secondary continued their trend of being absolutely awful. Cornerback Jalen Mills was solid in his first game back from injury, but Rasual Douglas was getting torched all night, again. There still seems to be limited playmaking ability at safety and linebacker, and the Eagles defense simply could not get stops when they needed it.

At the end of the day, this all comes down to two people within the organization. Head coach Doug Pederson continues to enter games with his team unprepared. The Eagles have now been down at least 10 points, in 6 of their 7 games this year. General manager Howie Roseman has done a poor job of providing Carson Wentz with weapons that can stay healthy. The team also has a huge lack of speed and instincts at linebacker, and in the secondary. 

The Eagles can fix their problems. The roster needs to continue to get players back from injury, but I also think a trade is necessary. The team is desperate for help at cornerback, linebacker, and wide receiver.  If Howie Roseman is the great GM people expect him to be, he’ll make something happen before the October 29th trade deadline. If not, I don’t see Philly making the playoffs. 

Underrated Performance of the Week – Kirk Cousins, Quarterback, Minnesota Vikings

Cousins definitely balled out this week. I had a lot to say about him in Week 5,  but the Vikings’ QB has responded well since then. 

I really like the Lions secondary, and Cousins sparked them up. Completing 24 of 34 passes, for 338 yards, 4 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions.

Check out his first touchdown throw of the day against Detroit! Absolute dime.

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