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The Good – Jacoby Brissett and Nick Foles both return from injury. Colts lay beat down on Jags, and are tied for 1st in the AFC South.
Jacksonville Jaguars at Indianapolis Colts. Colts win 33-13.
This game featured two starting quarterbacks that were both returning from injury.
Jacoby Brissett missed last week and exited early against the Steelers in week 9. Nick Foles was injured during the first game of the season, and has missed the last 10 weeks of action.
Injuries to Quarterbacks has been a common theme this season, so it was really good to see both of these starters get back on the field. As far as the actual game was considered, this one was all Colts.
Colts’ Head Coach Frank Reich has been one of the best offensive play callers throughout the entire season. He has used a variety of plays and schemes to create movement and rhythm for his offense.
The Colts run a variety of different formations, using their running backs and tight ends to give defenses trouble. Running backs Marlon Mack, Johnathan Williams, and Nyheim Hines were lined up all over the offense, and each made big plays in this game. Williams and Mack both ran for over 100 yards, while Hines added a touchdown himself.
The Colts are now in a prime position to win their division. They battle the Texans for the division lead on Thursday Night Football.
The Bad – The Eagles offense struggles. Carson Wentz has an up and down game and continues to be let down by his wide receivers.
New England Patriots at Philadelphia Eagles. Patriots win 17-10.
The Patriots defense is undoubtedly the best passing defense in football. Their secondary is always on the same page, while their linebackers are smart, and can figure out what the offense is doing based on how they line up.
This game was guaranteed to be a struggle for the Eagles’ offense. Running back Jordan Howard missed the game with a shoulder injury while wide receiver Alshon Jefferey was out as well.
The Eagles have been one of the most banged up rosters in the league this season, but they let an opportunity slip out of their hands this past weekend.
The Patriots scored their last touchdown on the opening drive of the second half. Neither team scored again. The Eagles were completely shut out after opening up a 10 point lead to start the game.
For all the criticism that the Eagles pass defense receives, they held it down against Tom Brady and the Pats’ offense. Brady was pressured all night, and never got comfortable in the pocket. This was an opportunity for Carson Wentz to will his team to a win with a superhero effort. The Eagles needed one next level drive out of Wentz, and simply couldn’t get it.
The second to last drive of the game really sums up the Eagles season as a whole. With about a minute left, Wentz gets the team in the red zone. He then misses two routine passes that would have kept the offense headed towards a tying touchdown. On the ensuing 4th down, the Patriots blitz everyone. Wentz heaves a beautiful pass to the back of the end zone, and Nelson Agholor does a horrific job tracking it and can’t bring it in. The ball hits off his hands and it falls incomplete.
The Eagles have no reason to panic. They have the easiest schedule in the NFL following their Week 12 game against Seattle. Even if they drop to 5-6 after playing the Seahawks, they have a great chance to win 5 straight and make the playoffs. Let’s see how Wentz and the offense responds.
The Ugly – Panthers get dominated by Falcons at home. Kyle Allen throws four interceptions in a losing effort.
Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers. Falcons win 29-3.
Are those clowns in Carolina still calling for Kyle Allen to be the long term solution for the Panthers? I mean, seriously?
Kyle Allen was AWFUL is their loss to the Falcons. Allen’s final stat line was 31 for 50 on passing attempts, for 325 yards, and four (4) interceptions. He was also sacked 5 times.
This is the guy that threatened Cam Newton for his starting job? Give me a break. Allen was rattled all night. The Falcons defense was swarming and took away his easy reads. Allen started forcing throws early, and threw three (3) interceptions in the first half.
I don’t want to pin all of this on Kyle Allen. He got next to no help from his offensive line and the Panthers’ special teams allowed a punt return touchdown as well. This game was poor from all aspects for the Panthers, and football is truly the ultimate team sport.
The Panthers, as a team, did not show up for the biggest home game of the year. You had a 2-7 division rival walk into your house, and dominate you from start to finish.
The Panthers are now 5-5, clinging to the hope of making the NFC playoffs as a wild card. They will certainly need to play better than they did Sunday, if they’re going to make that happen.
Underrated performance of the Week – Jamal Adams, Safety, New York Jets
Jamal Adams recorded THREE (3) sacks this week against the Washington Redskins.
Adams is clearly the best blitzing Safety in the NFL. He’s a nightmare for offenses, and gave Washington hell, all game. Here’s one of the sacks from last week.