The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly – Week 12

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 – Sam Darnold continues his superior play. Jets stomp Oakland to continue their winning streak.
Oakland Raiders at New York Jets. Jets win 34-3.

Tony Gonzales/Oakland Raiders

The New York Jets have won their last three games, and they’ve looked damn good doing it. Quarterback Sam Darnold is comfortable, and this team is suddenly dangerous.

The success starts with their defense. The Jets are ranked #1 in rushing defense this season. They tackle very well, and are sound in their assignments.

The Jets defense sealed this game against the Raiders with a pick-six late in the 3rd Quarter. This unit is finally coming together, despite injuries at all three levels of the defense.

Sam Darnold is on FIRE, in his last three games. Over that span, he has completed 58 of 89 passes, for 838 yards with 7 passing TD’s, 2 rushing TD’s and just 1 interception.

Those are franchise quarterback numbers, and the kind of production I expected to see out of Darnold this year. We predicted Sam Darnold would be the Jets Breakout Player for the season, prior to the start of the 2019 campaign.

Credit needs to be given to Head Coach Adam Gase, as well. He is calling plays that are making Darnold comfortable, and allowing him to thrive with the weapons on their offense. 

I don’t want to let the Raiders off the hook here. They played poorly, as receivers were dropping passes left and right. If they are going to earn a wild card spot, they’ll need to step it up in the last five games of this season.

New York Jets fans have been floundering for a long time. I’m happy to see them excited about their quarterback and young roster. I wouldn’t want to line up against Gang Green, with the way they’re playing right now.

The Bad – Packers get punked by the 49ers. Who can block this San Francisco pass rush? 
Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers. Niners win 37-8.

Thearon W. Henderson / Getty Images

The Green Bay Packers are one of the most difficult teams to figure out this year. They’ve looked dominant in some games this season, while looking average in others. Average would be a nice way to describe the trash they put out there against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

Green Bay looked completely overwhelmed and outmatched in their contest against San Francisco. The Packers offense couldn’t get anything going all game, and they looked like they didn’t belong on the field with the Niners.

A big mistake cost the Packers early, as their first drive ended in a fumble by Aaron Rodgers. The fumble happened deep in Packers territory, and San Francisco was able to get the ball into the end zone from 2 yards out after the turnover.

The rest of the game was a really poor performance from the Packers offense. The 49ers run defense was suffocating, while the passing defense was all over the Packers’ receivers. The Packers offensive line was abused all game long.

Green Bay’s defense wasn’t awful, but they still weren’t able to create any turnovers to help their offense out. Altogether, this game was an uninspiring effort from the leaders of the NFC North.

I have previously expressed that I feel the 49ers are the best team in the NFC. This prime time game should have shown the rest of the world, what this young team has to offer. Let’s see how they handle the Baltimore Ravens in their Week 13 matchup.

The Ugly – The Rams continue their downward spiral. Baltimore outclasses them on Monday Night Football.
Baltimore Ravens at Los Angeles Rams. Ravens win 45-6.

Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

Have you ever seen a bully in action? The bully usually sizes up his victim, finds a weakness, and attacks it relentlessly until they come away with whatever they want.

The Baltimore Ravens were the bullies on Monday Night Football, and the Los Angeles Rams were the kids who ran home crying.

This game was an absolute beat down from start to finish. Quarterback Lamar Jackson continues to strengthen his case for MVP, throwing for 5 passing touchdowns in a fantastic performance. 

Success in the running game set the tone, and caused the Rams to react by putting multiple players near the line of scrimmage. An over commitment to stopping the run opens up the passing lanes, and Jackson took advantage of a flustered defense by throwing with anticipation and poise. 

The Rams continue to disappoint. This team is stale on offense and lacks intensity on defense. They clearly need an influx of talent on both sides of the football.

Unfortunately for them, they won’t have another 1st round pick until the year 2022. In situations like this, the coaching staff has got to develop talent and improve the team from within. All eyes on you, Sean McVay.

Underrated performance of the Week – Derrick Henry, Running Back, Tennessee Titans

Derrick Henry must really hate the Jacksonville Jaguars. Or maybe they just really hate tackling him. Either way, he got in that ass again this week! Check out this dope side by side courtesy of @thecheckdown.

Roll tide roll!!

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