The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly – Week 10

Michael Lipscomb

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The Good – Seahawks knock off the Niners in an overtime thriller, pulling within 1 game of the division lead.
Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers. Seahawks win 27-24 in OT.

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The NFC West has been the best division in football to this point in the season. Entering Week 10, San Francisco was the only remaining undefeated team in the league. 

This game was what you would expect from two NFC West rivals. The 49ers gave the ball away 3 times, while the Seahawks had 4 turnovers themselves. Both defenses played very well, and caused havoc for the opposing offense.

Russell Wilson struggled in this game, but I think he helped his MVP campaign. Winning tight games is important and Wilson was able to make enough big plays to put his team in a position to win.

Wilson completed 24 of 34 for 232 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception. He also added 53 rushing yards on 6 carries.

Give credit to the 49ers’ defense. They harassed Wilson all night, recording 5 sacks in this game. They played a well rounded game for the most part, as they were also able to score a defensive touchdown after forcing a fumble.

A cleaner offensive performance would have been the difference for San Francisco. The 4 turnovers really hurt them in this game. One of the fumbles by quarterback Jimmy Garrapolo was returned for a touchdown. The interception that Garrapolo threw was returned deep into Niners’ territory, which lead to a Seahawks touchdown. 

I thought the 49ers outplayed the Seahawks for the most part. The Niners defense didn’t allow an offensive touchdown until late in the third quarter, but turnovers will kill you in this league.

Both of these teams are legitimate contenders. Their opportunistic defenses and talent on offense make them a formidable opponent for anyone. We’ll see if they can keep this momentum as the weather gets colder, this season.

The Bad – What happened to the Rams offense? Steelers lock them down in Pittsburgh.
Los Angeles Rams at Pittsburgh Steelers. Steelers win 17-12.

AP Photo/Keith Srakocic

Can the Sean McVay fan club please report to the front? You all have some serious questions to answer. 

The Rams offensive line has been miserable all season. Wide receiver Brandin Cooks missed this game with a concussion. And quarterback Jared Goff looks like a shell of himself. 

With all of that being said, you only score 3 offensive points against the Steelers? With the way the mainstream media talks about McVay, you would think that could never happen in a million years.

The Rams defense did their part in this game. They only allowed 10 points, forced a safety, and found the end zone themselves after a fumbled snap. The Los Angeles offense was absolutely atrocious, and it’s incredibly surprising to see based on their success over the previous two seasons.

I have to take a moment to shout out the Steelers defense. This defense is the most underrated defensive unit in the league. They are young, hungry, and improving every week. They’ll have an opportunity to dominate next week, as they take on a struggling division rival in the Cleveland Browns.

The Rams sit at 5-4 after this tough loss. Making the playoffs in the NFC will be a fierce battle this year, and they won’t make it unless their offense finds a way to wake up.

The Ugly – The Giants lose the battle of New York (technically New Jersey) and drop to 2-8 on the season. Can somebody find Saqoun Barkley?
New York Giants at New York Jets. Jets win 34-27.

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Before the season began, expectations were not very high for either of these teams. Personally, I thought the Giants would be the better team. 

I believe the Giants are the more talented team, and most likely have the brightest future of the two franchises. After losing to the Jets in Week 10, I may have overestimated the G-men after all.

The Giants looked awful on Sunday. Their best offensive player is running back Saquon Barkley, and he was held to 1 rushing yard on 13 carries. ONE YARD. That is absolutely ridiculous, and the offensive line should be embarrassed.

On the bright side, quarterback Daniel Jones had a good game throwing the football. He ended up throwing for 308 yards and 4 touchdowns with no interceptions. Jones still managed to fumble the ball three times, including this mugging by Jets safety Jamal Adams.

Both of these teams are a long way away from contending. They are clearly in the bottom tier of NFL teams. In fairness, I will say that both teams have new general managers. It takes time for new management to bring in the players that they want.

I like a lot of the draft picks that both teams made last year. They have young players on their rosters that can develop into really good players in a few years. As of now, both of these teams suck. Congrats to the Jets for winning the battle of my home state (New Jersey) this season.

Underrated performance of the Week – Clelin Ferrell, Defensive End, Oakland Raiders

The Raiders made the first shocking pick of the 2019 NFL Draft when they selected Clelin Ferrell 4th overall. 

Although I didn’t think he should have been picked in the top 5, I was very impressed with Ferrell’s college film at Clemson. We competed a Quick Profile analyzing Ferrell as a draft prospect.

He was able to pick up 2.5 sacks on Thursday Night football against the Chargers! Watch him win with a nice rip move on a 3rd down pass rush.

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