The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly – Week 13

Michael Lipscomb

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The Good – Texans maul Brady and Patriots, maintain control of AFC South.
New England Patriots at Houston Texans. Texans win 29-22.

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Deshaun Watson is a baller, man. Watching this guy play quarterback is a treat, and I hope the fans are appreciating his talents.

Knocking off the Patriots is no easy feat. The Pats have the best pass defense in the league and are coached by defensive mastermind Bill Belichick. This defense strikes fear in the hearts of opposing quarterbacks, as they should.

Watson clearly has no fear, throwing for three (3) touchdown passes and no interceptions against New England. He also scored a receiving touchdown on a cool trick play.

The Texans played a really good game, all around. They committed a few penalties, but did not turn the ball over all game. The Texans defense also forced an interception early in the game. The interception setup Watson and the offense in the red zone, and they were punch the ball in for a touchdown.

Although the final score was a 6 point differential, the Texans dominated this game. Houston was up 19 points until their were about 4 minutes remaining in the game. Their defense fell asleep towards the end, which is a habit they will have to break if they plan on going deep into the playoffs.

Sunday’s game was a great win for Watson and the Houston Texans. They lead the AFC South with an 8-4 record.

The Bad – Carolina gets jammed up by Washington. Carolina loses another game following a goal line stand.
Washington Redskins at Carolina Panthers. Panthers win 29-21.

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Kyle Allen and the Panthers offense came out firing against the Redskins. They immediately orchestrated two strong scoring drives, and flared out to a 14-0 lead.

The offense never seemed to get back into a rhythm after the hot start. Washington has had an average-to-below average defense this year. It’s inexcusable that the Panthers were completely shut down for the remainder of the game.

Carolina’s offense was atrocious to watch for the majority of this matchup. They had plenty of opportunities, as Washington had trouble generating offense themselves.

The Panthers defense deserves some blame for the loss. Redskins’ running backs Adrian Peterson and Derrius Guice combined for 228 yards rushing and scored three (3) touchdowns. The Panthers run defense has been a problem a few different times this season. There’s no reason Washington should have been able to run the ball with that much success.

Carolina still had an opportunity to come away with a victory. After scoring a touchdown to pull within 8 points of Washington, the Panthers kicked an onside kick and recovered it!

Kyle Allen worked the ball down the field, and the Panthers had a 1st & Goal from the 1-yard line. The Panthers gave the ball to their best player, running back Christian McCaffrey, who was stopped on first and second down. The Panthers tried passing plays on third and fourth down. No dice.

This was the fourth time the Panthers had a chance to win, with the ball within 5 yards of the end zone, in the final minutes of the game. They’ve failed on all four situations, this season. That’s bad football, to say the least.

The Ugly – Philly flops against Fins. Miss opportunity to tie for NFC East lead.
Philadelphia Eagles at Miami Dolphins. Dolphins win 37-31. 

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It’s very clear that no team wants to win the NFC East. The Giants are at the very bottom of the division with a terrible record of 2-10. The Redskins beat the Panthers this weekend to move to 3-9.

The Eagles entered Sunday’s game with a chance to move to 6-6, which would have tied the Cowboys for the division lead. Just beat the 2-9 Miami Dolphins…

Nope. Too easy. Too simple. The Eagles defense absolutely collapsed against Ryan Fitzpatrick. Fitz carved the secondary up for 365 yards and three (3) touchdowns. He got comfortable with wide receiver Devante Parker, who looked like a man amongst boys in this game.

Parker is a big, 6’3” target at wide receiver. The former Louisville Cardinal is a great athlete, and has the ability to jump up and “high-point” the football to make contested catches. That skill was on display all game, against Philadelphia.

Until this game, the Eagles defense had been playing its best football of the season. Eagles cornerbacks Jalen Mills and Ronald Darby had returned from injury, and were a major reason for the defense’s success over the past couple of weeks. Their atrocious play against the Dolphins was surprising, to say the least.

The Eagles still have a chance to make the playoffs. They have games against the Giants (twice), Washington, and Dallas. If they win all of those games, they’re in.

The problem with Philly is that they have been one of the most inconsistent teams in the entire league. You don’t know which team you’re going to see from week to week.

This seems to be a common theme with every team in the NFC (L)East. The Eagles have the clearest path into the postseason. They won’t be getting there, if the team continues to play at such a low level.

Underrated performance of the Week – Devin White, Linebacker, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

White was the fifth overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. He’s got speed, and a lot of it! 

We covered the playmaking potential of Devin White as a draft prospect, here in his Quick Profile. 

Watch him record his first career interception!

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