5 things that excite me
You don’t need me to tell you why the Eagles are one of the clear leaders in NFC. Their record speaks for itself. However, this how they win the games that make them so impressive in both reality and fantasy. The Eagles are a classic example of a left-handed team.
Remove their first move, they already have a counterstrike ready.
This season, Philadelphia has won games with the first pass. After AJ Brown trade and DeVonta Smith making the leap in your sophomore year, you naturally want to show off these toys. In particular, Brown could single-handedly win games for this team. You certainly didn’t forget that game against the Steelers.
Then there are nights like the 12th week. The Eagles averaged 4.6 clean yards per pass attempt. There were several big performances on the air, and Jalen Hurts it had its fair share of heaters, but it wasn’t enough.
Instead, Philadelphia’s dominant force was the running game. The Eagles team averaged 7.4 yards per throw, almost three full yards more than their middle pass. It does No happen often.
There was a clear inconsistency in the game. The Packers’ run defense has become a problem again this year, despite additional resources being allocated to fix it this offseason. And yet the Eagles imposed their will from the jump. Hurts started early and often, reaching a career-high 157 yards. Miles Sanders And the runners can’t be stopped either.
The threat of Hurts alone can make the Eagles a dangerous rush team. The combination of Sanders and their offensive line is definitely unfair.
The best teams in the NFL are the ones that not only win, but dominate in many ways. Eagles is one such operation.
Jets attack live
Robert Saleh gave an extremely accurate assessment Mike White play after a decisive victory over the bears. Head coach White said “easy looks easy.” It resonated with me because it’s in line with the point of view I’ve been making on several shows over the last week.
For years we have wondered how Jimmy Garoppolo consistently ranked as one of the EPA’s top quarterbacks in the game in terms of batted defensemen. Even when Garoppolo missed time, some of his backups were quite effective. That’s because this offensive Shanahan wood system is designed to support the quarterback and make his life easier.
The Jets hired Mike LaFleur (and this system) instead of the Photoniners. Over the past two years, he has developed a good offense, and in 2022 he set some real hot moments. Pretty much every quarterback the Jets have fielded over the past couple of seasons has reaped the rewards… except for the one they drafted second overall.
In addition to a great formation, the Jets have a lot of talent. Garrett Wilson looked like a star again on sunday and Elijah Moore – you will not surprise anyone – for the first time I found the end zone. They also have a lot of depth behind them. You can argue that they are still running without their best player running back Brice Hallbut they are still pretty stacked. White was able to take advantage of this rather pleasant setup against the bears, admittedly an easy opponent.
This may seem like overheating. Zach Wilson but that’s just the reality of where he is now. Wilson is too far behind from a fundamental point of view. His head coach basically acknowledged this when he announced Wilson’s departure to the bench this week.
The average NFL quarterback can pull off this well-crafted, talent-rich offense. It’s just that Wilson is not at that level right now.
This is a disturbing revelation for the Jets in the long run and a huge shadow hanging over the franchise. But for now, as long as the normal NFL quarterback is at the center, we can raise expectations for this offense.
Trevor Lawrence iconic moment
The 2021 No. 1 overall pick received a lot of criticism for some late-game bugs in season two – no one cares what happened in the joke that was his rookie season with Urban Meyer. So let’s commend him generously for upsetting the Ravens this week.
It turned out that the Ravens froze the game when Lamar Jackson scored a touchdown at Josh Oliver with 2:10 left on the clock. Lawrence has other plans. He led a 10-game team that took almost all of the remaining time and ended it with a hard hitting accurate touchdown to Marvin Jones.
Doug Pederson was on top and decided to keep his young quarterback to win the game by converting two points. Lawrence read the play perfectly and put in a pass for money to Zai Jones.
This victory over rival AFC in such epic late game fashion will go down in history as Lawrence’s iconic moment.
I don’t think Lawrence has disappointed others this season. He handles the little things well and overall he is an accurate player. Libra has been a little off-balance when it comes to mistakes and big moments. A drive like the one he mustered to win the game against Baltimore will change the narrative in many ways.
Deployment of Marchioness Brown
I don’t often say nice things about an Arizona Cardinals offense, so I’ll take a moment: I love how they used Marquise Brown. this year.
The Ravens often tried to make Brown a vertical receiver due to his speed. I think its speed is better to use in the open field, especially considering its frame. The Cardinals figured this out, basically using him from below to force him to counter zone cover.
Brown returned from IR and led the team with 31 routes. He also overshot the mark DeAndre Hopkins, 8-in-6. It is clear that he was completely healthy and ready to go.
The most interesting note was that Brown hit the slot on 58% of his shots. He was a clean wide receiver during his successful start of the season. Brown’s skills and speed could make him a deadly vertical slot receiver, stance Christian Kirk released this offseason.
Now it might just be a flash with basic slots Rondale Moore as well as Greg Dortch went to this game. However, I hope this continues. Brown has been great this year and would really excel in the role.
The role of Rachaad White
FROM Leonard Furnett on the shelf, rookie Rachaad White played an important role in fantasy football in the backfield of the Bucks.
White was on the field in 61% of the snaps and ran the route in almost half of the dropbacks. He targeted 41% of those routes, representing a 21.4% target share for the team as a whole. Anyone running back with a pulse will be a factor in a passing game with Tom Brady under the center. White had a lot of receiving skills in the league, so this was an expected development.
More interesting was his 70% share of the rush in the team. The Bucks didn’t see fit to badmouth the rookie or really put him on any real committee.
The results were just good in terms of haste, but in general, fantasy was in White’s hands. We’ll see how the rotation looks when Furnett returns, but it’s clear that White deserves a big role in a team that’s still looking for answers.
5 things I don’t care about
Holes in Christian Watson’s game
Let’s be clear there are some holes in the novice receiver’s game. Christian Watson has missed some terrible passes and is not running a full route tree at a high level. But I don’t care – I’m a route guy!
Watson had another strong game, running for 110 yards on four scoring catches. He got most of that on a single 63-yard runner after opening at a crossroads. His speed is really freaky in the open field.
My preliminary comparison with Watson was Martavis Bryant. The former Steelers wide receiver was nicknamed the Alien for his bizarre exploits on the field and in space. This is how Watson is now thriving.
However, the comparisons to MVS were… so bad.
Watson doesn’t have a full game right now. However, he is so physically gifted that he can still glide on the go, deep and crossing routes. This is more than enough to create large games. We see it live in action.
It seems that Jordan Love Going to start this year after Aaron Rogers left the game with some significant pain. You might argue that Love might be more inclined to just toss it to Watson than Rogers, given the latter’s emphasis on timing and trust.
Perhaps Watson is not a full-fledged player, but now it does not matter. What he does well, he does So Well, by the time, for which it is worth chasing. Watson is as quirky as any wide receiver in the NFL.
Geno Smith Regression
Geno Smith’s stat bar looked great. He went over 300 yards and only threw one pick. He tried to throw in a few more and wouldn’t look good in the metrics of “worth a turnover game”.
Smith played worse than his boxing score, and, I confess, the anxiety that he would again turn into a pumpkin arose in my head. Then it dawned on me: I don’t care if it happens or not.
At various points in the season, Smith was ranked in the top five quarterbacks in terms of above-expected completion percentage and EPA to drop. Smith never intended to maintain this level of play.
It will most likely regress. But if he does, he will most likely end up in Derek Carr, Kirk Cousins as well as Ryan Tannehill bucket of defenders. Guys you can win with even if they’re not the center of your team’s universe.
If by the end of the season Smith is in the quarterback rankings there, that’s still huge win based on expectations.
Perhaps this is the beginning of Smith’s slight regression. Maybe it’s not. Either way, I don’t care because he’s proven to be a starting quarterback and is trustworthy for now.
If he falls, it won’t be far.