The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly – Week 8

Michael Lipscomb

My weekly review of the games around the league. Recognizing greatness and talking a little trash! Got a problem with it? Hit me up on Twitter: @TheAceWriter or tweet at the website’s page @TFINS_

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The Good – The Niners continue to dominate. A strong running game steam rolls the Panthers.
Carolina Panthers at San Francisco 49ers. Niners win 51-13.

Chris Victorio | S.F. Examiner

The 49ers continue to impress as the season moves along. The Niners haven’t had the toughest schedule, but these guys are playing at a very high level.

The offensive play calling continues to dominate opposing teams. The play design and scheme remains the same, but Kyle Shannahan continues to keep defenses on edge. I was impressed with how well the offense was able to manipulate the well respected linebackers of the Carolina Panthers. The Niners’ running game kicked Carolina straight in the teeth.

There were some “rumblings” about Kyle Allen taking over Cam Newton’s job as a starter. I hope the people yelling for that quarterback change, watched this game. Allen got exposed by the 49ers defense, and it wasn’t pretty. That defensive unit is really good at all three levels.

The Niners’ defensive line was fantastic, yet again. Nick Bosa was a freaking monster, recording 3 sacks and an interception. This team is really good, and clearly the best team in the NFC to this point. I’ll be locked in on their November 11th matchup, on Monday Night Football, against the Seattle Seahawks. It might end up being the game of the year.

The Bad – Scared play-calling costs Denver a victory.
Denver Broncos vs Indianapolis Colts. Colts win 15-13.

Robert Scheer/IndyStar

In this league, some teams just can’t get out of their own way. The Denver Broncos had a golden opportunity to win this game, but passive play calling was their downfall. At the 2:00 warning, up 13-12, the Broncos had the ball on the Colts 43 yard line. It was 3rd & 5, while the Colts only had 1 timeout left.

The Broncos had a choice to make. One choice was to be aggressive, and throw a pass past the first down marker to try and earn a new set of downs and seal the game. The other option is to run the ball up the middle, probably get tackled well short of the first down, and make the Colts use their last timeout.

Denver opted to take the safe route, and running back Phillip Lindsey was predictably stopped for no gain. The Broncos would go on to punt the ball back to the Colts. Quarterback Jacoby Brissett would go on to maneuver a fantastic drive, and was able to get his team in field goal range to steal this win.

Broncos fans have to be crushed by yet another close loss. This team doesn’t have much upside this season, and wasn’t able to trade away a lot of their veteran players for more draft picks (outside of Emmanuel Sanders to the 49ers).

General Manager John Elway seems committed to trying to compete and win now. These aspirations seem more far fetched than ever, and Elway may need to think about a complete overhaul of this roster.

The Ugly – Cleveland’s passing offense looks miserable, again. Turnovers seal their fate.
New England Patriots vs Cleveland Browns. Patriots win 27-13.

Billie Weiss/Getty Images

The struggles of the Cleveland Browns’ offense is undoubtedly one of the biggest stories of this season. The combination of having Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry, and Nick Chubb as offensive weapons, should spark any offense into the elite categories of this league.

Baker Mayfield was believed to be the next rising star at quarterback, and Head Coach Freddie Kitchens was trusted to be the mastermind that put all of these great players in positions to win.

Needless to say, that has not happened for the 2-5 Cleveland Browns. The defense has struggled with injuries, but has held up well for the most part. The offense has been stagnant, prone to turnovers, and underwhelming on too many occasions this year.

This week against the Patriots, they turned the ball over three times. Nick Chubb fumbled on back-to-back possessions late in the first quarter, with one of those fumbles being returned for a touchdown. Baker Mayfield would only throw one interception, but it happened on a goofy looking toss pass to Jarvis Landry. Mayfield was also sacked five (5) times, and the offense would only register 13 points in this game.

The Patriots have the best defense in the league, but the Browns were supposed to have the talent on offense to compete in a game like this. The season isn’t over yet, but Cleveland fans are surely disappointed with what they’ve seen so far. Over the years, the Browns have given these fans enough ugly football, to last a lifetime.

Underrated performance of the Week – Cooper Kupp, Wide Receiver, Los Angeles Rams

I expected a big year from Kupp, but DAMN! This dude is going absolutely crazy for the Rams this season.

(I predicated Kupp as the Rams’ Breakout Player for the 2019 season)

He took advantage of a sorry Bengals defense, catching 7 passes, for 220 yards, and one touchdown.

Check out the highlights from his big game, here!

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