The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly – Week 14

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 – Shootout in the SuperDome. Niners win a high scoring game to claim top spot in NFC.
San Francisco 49ers at New Orleans Saints. Niners win 48-46.

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I’ll get straight to the point. This game was amazing! Two of the best offensive minds in football faced off in a war, and there were fireworks everywhere. Kudos to head coaches Sean Payton and Kyle Shannahan.

If you like big plays, this was a game for you. These two teams combined for 981 yards in this battle! These head coaches did a masterful job of getting the football to their playmakers in space.

Both teams received strong performances from multiple players, at different offensive positions. The play calling was outstanding from both teams, and the offenses went berserk. 

I was very impressed with what I saw from San Francisco’s quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo. The 49ers have been one of the most well-rounded teams this season, and the passing game has consistently been identified as the weakness of this team.

Jimmy Garoppolo isn’t Peyton Manning, but he showed that he can produce against an elite defense. He completed 26 of 35 passing attempts for four (4) touchdowns, with 1 interception. He also made the right throws on the game winning drive, which ended in a 30 yard field goal.

Both of these teams are talented on both sides of the football. These teams have built through the draft and have young, exciting players on their rosters. I would not be surprised if this game ended up being the NFC Championship. If this rematch ends up being one of the final four contests, we’re all in for a show.

The Bad – Texans get ambushed by Broncos. AFC South tied at 8-5.
Denver Broncos at Houston Texans. Broncos win 38-24.

AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith

The Texans had one of the biggest wins of the season in Week 13. I actually highlighted them as The Good for their big time win against the New England Patriots.

The win against the Pats looks like it may have went to their heads, as the Texans were completely caught off guard by the Denver Broncos. 

The Broncos came out with an admirable intensity, led by veteran defensive back Kareem Jackson. This was a homecoming game for Jackson, as the corner was drafted by the Houston Texans back in 2010. Jackson had played all nine (9) seasons of his career in Houston, before signing with Denver this past offseason.

Kareem Jackson played like an absolute maniac against his former team. He recorded 11 total tackles, 3 pass deflections and an interception. He also returned a fumble recovery 70 yards  for a touchdown, after the ball was lateraled to him by a teammate. This man was all over the field, making big hits and attacking the football. He had a major impact on this game.

The Texans can’t afford to have let ups like this going forward. They seemed to be sleepwalking through the first two quarters, as the Broncos jumped out to a 31-3 lead at halftime. The lead would balloon to 38-3, before the Texans had their first touchdown midway through the 3rd quarter.

Their defense was picked apart by rookie quarterback Drew Lock, who threw for over 300 yards and three (3) touchdowns. 

If the Texans want to be considered one of the top teams in the league, they will have to avoid outings like this in the future. They now tie the Tennessee Titans for the AFC South division lead.

The Ugly – Jaguars look sloppy in loss to Chargers. Jags fall to 4-9 after an awful game.
Los Angeles Chargers at Jacksonville Jaguars. Chargers win 45-10.

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I want to start this off by saying that I feel really bad for whoever had to sit through this game. There were flags, missed tackles, blown coverage assignments, dropped passes, and more from BOTH teams in this dreadful game.

This is a familiar sight for Jacksonville Jaguars fans. The team is floundering at 4-9, and is seated firmly at the bottom of the AFC South.

Quarterback Gardner Minshew finished the game completing 24 of his 37 pass attempts, for 162 yards, and one (1) touchdown. He also ran the ball six (6) times for 31 yards.

Minshew wasn’t the biggest reason for the Jags lackluster offense, but he didn’t do much to help, either. At this stage of his career, Minshew is a game manager, and can’t operate when the rest of his team is not playing well.

The Jaguars offensive line was MISERABLE. Holding calls left and right. Poor pass protection. Even worse run blocking. It was just a bad game all around, for this unit. 

The defense was even worse than the offense. The tackling was horrendous. There were blown coverages all over the field, and they didn’t get pressure on the quarterback. 
I was under the impression that this was a Tom Coughlin built team. I didn’t see any of that from the Jaguars performance on Sunday afternoon. What a disappointing performance in front of their home crowd.

Underrated performance of the Week – A.J. Brown, Wide Receiver, Tennessee Titans

The Titans have been scraping and fighting for the playoffs this season.

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill had the offensive in rhythm against Oakland and he got a lot of help from his rookie wide receiver!

Brown got busy against the silver & black. Have a look at his 91 yard touchdown this past weekend!

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