NFL Week Ten Winners and Losers

It was a fun-filled and memorable week ten. There was a game in Germany, coaches and players shed tears, a roller coaster matchup in Buffalo and a fun Sunday night game. Then there’s playoff implications for a lot of teams struggling to stay above .500. In an eventful weekend, here are the winners and losers.

Winners: Dan Campbell

During Halloween week there were stories and predictions from a number of pundits stating Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell could be on the hot seat before December. Detroit entered this month with losses in all but one game despite having one of the league’s best offenses.

The Lions are undefeated in November.

Sunday’s win in Chicago gives the Lions a two game winning streak and a tie for second place in the NFC North. After Sunday’s comeback win in Chicago, Sportscenter’s Scott Van Pelt confirmed it was the first time the franchise won a game down 14 or more points entering the fourth quarter since 1993. It’s not pretty but Detroit has two, hard-fought wins against division rivals (they’ve won two of three divisional games so far) and the defense has played better in fourth quarters compared to the first month of the season.

Campbell’s Lions still have a hard schedule (four of the next six teams are over .500) but it’s not the mess many believed three weeks ago. No team should underestimate Detroit when they still believe in their coach’s system.

Minnesota Vikings

Minnesota won what might be the NFL regular season game of the year. It’s been decades since the last time a visiting team was down double digits in Buffalo and came back to win.

The game featured an action packed, up-and-down fourth quarter. Right after a dramatic goalline stand by the Bills defense, Viking linebacker Eric Kendricks recovered a Josh Allen fumble for a touchdown. Not only did it give Minnesota their first lead, it was the first go-ahead defensive touchdown a team scored when trailing in the final minute of a game since the 1978 Miracle at the Meadowlands debacle (via Sportscenter with Scott Van Pelt).

The Vikings will probably win the NFC North but they look like one of the few complete teams in the NFL. They pass and run the ball well. The offensive line is better than last year and the defense steps up and plays best when under pressure. Injuries and the Philadelphia Eagles might be the only things stopping Minnesota from clinching the number one seed.

Christian Watson

While the topic this week in Green Bay is a win in Dallas saving the season, many will wonder if quarterback Aaron Rodgers found a new number one receiver in Christian Watson.

Watson is now one of two rookie receivers to score three touchdowns against the Dallas Cowboys in a first meeting (the other being Randy Moss on a memorable 1998 Thanksgiving Day game) and the first rookie receiver to score three times in any game since 1978 (via NFL Network). His touchdowns combined with 107 yards on four catches is a rare and fun stat-line.

Christian Watson’s rookie year isn’t stellar compared to other rookies, but at 6’5 there’s a lot of potential for the second rounder. He’ll be an interesting watch the rest of 2022.

Tua Tagovailoa’s touchdown throw to Alec Ingold

We haven’t seen a talented, left-handed quarterback pump-fake an incoming pass rusher and then throw a touchdown since the Michael Vick days. There aren’t many acrobatic third or fourth option receivers who contort their bodies in mid-air to hit the orange pylons either. That’s what makes this game-tying play in the first quarter a fun watch.

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Losers: The Josh Allen MVP discussion

Last week’s Winners discussed the AFC east division race being the closest and funnest to watch. It’s more interesting with the Bills going from the number one seed in the conference to third place in their division. The Bills have stumbled due to the aggressive play of quarterback Josh Allen.

Minnesota trailed by double digits multiple times in week ten’s most thrilling matchup. The Bills had leads of ten, 14 and 17. The game turned when quarterback Josh Allen threw his first redzone interception of the afternoon to veteran cornerback Patrick Peterson. Buffalo’s possession after C.J. Ham’s touchdown were three incomplete passes (because why run the ball when you’re leading late in the game). Allen couldn’t seal the win.

The next possession was his fumble at the goalline where Eric Kendricks made history and Minnesota got their first lead of the game. Josh Allen did lead the Bills to a game-tying field goal and a chance to win in overtime but the Vikings won after he threw the second of two redzone interceptions. Allen’s winless in all four overtime games played since 2018.

Color commentator Darryl Johnston let loose after the game ending play stating, “This was Allen’s fourth redzone interception in the last two weeks. Before November it was two in the last 67 games.” If the quarterback was Lamar Jackson, Tua Tagovailoa or Jalen Hurts, there would be uproar over their ability to lead a perenial losing franchise (despite their cases for MVP this and previous seasons). This is where former offensive coordinator Brian Daboll is missed. Aggressive plays and decision making comes back to bite quarterbacks and the team takes the loss.

Jacksonville Jaguars (minus Travis Etienne Jr.)

Many expected Kansas City to pancake Jacksonville Sunday. The Chiefs will be the number one seed in the AFC unless there’s a December stumble. What’s more concerning is the sloppiness of Jacksonville after starting well in September.

The offensive line was bad against a Chiefs defense struggling against the run and gave up five sacks. Former number one overall pick Trevor Lawrence had another middling performance and the running game wasn’t used despite Travis Etienne Jr. averaging four yards a carry. Both touchdowns from Christian Kirk were easy to score when Kansas City led by 20 and 17.

The defense is worse. Since the tide-turning loss in Philadelphia the Jaguar defense has given up 20 points in all but one game, and the one win since was against a tumultuous Raiders team that can’t hold a lead.

It doesn’t get easier after the bye week. Four of their next five games are against teams with winning records and the one that isn’t is a Detroit Lions team that’s mentally stronger and physically tougher. Jacksonville fans won’t enjoy where this season ends.

Kenny Golladay

Last year was one of the few times I said there was a bust at any position with receiver Jalen Reagor. Sometimes receivers need better quarterbacks but occasionally you get a few who are sloppy and shouldn’t be on a 53 man roster. Kenny Golladay inches closer to the Jalen Reagor side every week.

Golladay looked competent in Detroit but since the New York Giants signed him in 2021 he’s played 19 games due to injuries and personal reasons. He gets paid $5 million a year to catch 39 passes for 543 yards and no touchdowns. The Giants are depleted at wide receiver but head coach Brian Daboll would rather have a leper be the second or third best option over Golladay.

It’s humorous yet mortifying when NBC Sportsedge Football has a headline like this after a solid home win against the Houston Texans.

John Wolford

In his defense, John Wolford’s not a bad backup quarterback. There was debate on Matthew Stafford starting Sunday against Arizona but that changed when he didn’t pass concussion protocol. It gave the experienced backup a chance to win another game.

The Rams know how to beat their desert rivals well even if both teams are at full health. Wolford’s also beaten the Cardinals before. Plus, Arizona was starting their backup journeyman Colt McCoy.

Everything that could go wrong for Los Angeles did. 65 of John Wolford’s 212 yards came on a meaningless final touchdown drive. Colt McCoy was the better quarterback despite suffering a leg injury. While a good number of issues for the Rams stem from lack of depth at receiver and a terrible offensive line, wide receiver Cooper Kupp shouldn’t have minus-one yards at half-time because of a backup quarterback.

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NFL Week Nine Winners and Losers

We’re officially in the second half of the NFL 2022 regular season. Some teams are rising in draft position while others inch closer to the playoffs. Postseason hopefuls want higher seeding further into November. Without further delay here are the winners and losers after week nine.

Winners: Cole Kmet

Many analysts and viewers are ecstatic and relieved Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields is progressing and making the most with the limited talent around him. What many overlook is the elevated play of Cole Kmet when Fields plays better.

The third year tight-end caught two of Justin Fields’ three touchdown passes in a back-and-forth home game against Miami on Sunday. Kmet’s 41 yards gives him 200 after nine games. He’s struggled to find a place in the Bears’ offense because of horrible play-calling and coaching the last two years.

There’s progress with offensive coordinator Luke Getsy making better decisions and adjusting personnel to Fields’ strengths. Chicago needs a stronger redzone offense and Cole Kmet provides that if utilized properly.

The AFC East divisional race

Most people expected the AFC east to be competitive and have at least two teams make the playoffs. Few expected all four teams to have a margin of one game and a half for first place after week nine. Every team has a shot at winning the division and hosting a playoff game.

The Buffalo Bills are heavy favorites to win the division but they’re winless against their rivals. Both the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins are a half game behind the Bills and won’t sputter before December. The Jets defense is one of the best against the pass and has a better offensive line than most thought. Miami is well rounded with a top five offense and a solid defense and special teams unit. Last but not least, New England still has the best head coach in the NFL in Bill Belichick. He’s able to get the best out of his players regardless of position.

The AFC East winner won’t get the number one seed unless Kansas City bungles some December games, but it will be the most entertaining race in the conference.

Joe Mixon

Cincinnati’s thrashing of the Carolina Panthers was the most decisive game Sunday. Bengals runningback Joe Mixon had a career day scoring five of the six touchdowns Cincinnati scored.

You read that right. According to and Sportscenter’s Scott Van Pelt, he’s the sixth player in NFL history to score five touchdowns in one game (the last player to do it was Jonathan Taylor last season). His 30 points in three quarters sealed an easy win after a short week.

Many believe the Bengals offense goes through quarterback Joe Burrow when in reality it’s Mixon. Cincinnati’s had an up-and-down season because of their starting runningback’s mixed success running the ball and reading the field. His presence and taking pressure off Burrow creates opportunities to expand deep-ball plays. If the Bengals get back to the playoffs it’s because Joe Mixon consistently plays well.

Travis Etienne Jr.

Despite Jacksonville trailing 17-0 and 20-7 in the first half Sunday, the Jaguars won an eye-opening game due to new starting runningback Travis Etienne Jr. stepping up.

In his second game as the starter, he ran 28 times for 109 yards and two touchdowns. The first one gave Jacksonville their first points of the game and his second gave them their first and only lead.

While there’s discussion around the disappointing play of quarterback Trevor Lawrence, Etienne Jr.’s become a bright spot on offense and could be the spark that gets Jacksonville back into contention.

Losers: Aaron Rodgers

Every former NFL MVP has bad games. Yet it’s rare when those who won multiple MVP awards fall hard and can’t do almost anything right seasons after.

Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers has played poorly in all but two games half-way through the regular season. Sunday brought new lows for the Packers offense. Rodgers was picked off twice in the redzone and threw three interceptions total in Detroit.

The game wasn’t one sided either. Green Bay’s defense kept the game close but Rodgers couldn’t elongate plays and his top two receivers were Allen Lazard and Josiah Deguara (they combined for 128 of his 291 passing yards).

The Packers did nothing again at the trade deadline, declining to add a star receiver until the offseason. There aren’t many options at wide receiver in the upcoming free agency pool. If Green Bay wants to play better, Rodgers has to meet with the team and management to discuss what’s wrong.

Drake London’s terrible fumble to start the third quarter

The Falcons are masters at losing close games to playoff caliber teams. How they lost to the Chargers at home was classic Atlanta.

The Falcons went downfield on their first possession of the second half and got to the Chargers’ eleven yard line. Down four, quarterback Marcus Mariota completed a pass to receiver Drake London at the five. What happened after summarized why the team is a punchline.

Good news for Atlanta is they’re still tied for first place in the NFC South…whatever that’s worth.

Vance Joseph

Analysts and fans are buzzing about the sideline exchanges between quarterback Kyler Murray, the offensive line, head coach Kliff Kingsbury and receiver DeAndre Hopkins. Despite the problems on Arizona’s offense, the defense played one of their worst games of the season Sunday.

Defensive coordinator Vance Joseph did a good job holding Seattle’s offense to ten points in the first half. The game almost swung in the Cardinals’ favor when linebacker Zaven Collins intercepted Geno Smith and ran for a touchdown. Instead things went downhill.

Seattle’s offense had two straight 13 play drives over 6 and a half minutes each and scored 14 points. Rookie runningback Kenneth Walker III ran for two touchdowns in the second half, becoming the first Seahawk runningback since Shaun Alexander to have five straight games of 50+ rushing yards and a touchdown. Arizona’s offense might have played better depending on which key third down wasn’t converted against the defense. When veterans such as J.J. Watt jump offsides on third and short, it’s a sign things aren’t well. Seattle was 10-of-15 on third down and averaged six yards per play.

Joseph saw this offense not even a month ago and made no adjustments in either second half. While the defense is tough to demand better play from, second half adjustments make teams more focused, not sloppy. The Cardinals aren’t a good football team and they prove it by not getting off the field nor playing with urgency.

The NFL’s week ten late afternoon scheduling

Last month I gave the NFL credit for a well thought out week six schedule. Someone must hold the league accountable for the ire and negative emotions week ten’s late afternoon games will bring.

Next Sunday there are three late afternoon games starting with the Indianapolis Colts versus the Las Vegas Raiders at 3:05 CT. The Colts just fired their head coach and the Raiders are one of the worst disciplined teams in the NFL. We’re then treated to America’s Slaughterhouse of the Week between the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys. The heavy advertising is irritable when one realizes Dallas had week nine off and can run through and end the Packers’ postseason hopes.

The last game is round two of the Arizona Cardinals versus Los Angeles Rams. Neither team has a functioning offense, making this a nightmare for any viewer. If the NFL wanted to contain outrage, they’d flex a better game into the late afternoon spot.

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NFL Week Eight Winners and Losers

Week eight was a fun and wild end to October. There are some surprising teams in first place while some playoff seasoned teams are getting worse. The first two months of the season were anything but dull. It’s time to break down the week eight winners and losers on Halloween.

Winners: Dennis Allen

Here’s a story for anyone who didn’t follow or remember the 2014-2015 NFL season: Dennis Allen was in the third year of his contract with the then Oakland Raiders. At the time, Allen was the youngest coach hired in the league at 36 and the first defensive minded one the organization selected since John Madden’s tenure in about 40 years.

Dennis Allen’s last year with the Raiders is remembered for fielding one of the most porous defenses to play the game. Since it was one of the last years head-to-head tackling and vicious hits could take place, it’s considered a top three all-time worst defense. They gave up almost 500 points in 16 games. Allen was fired before October began and had eight wins in not even three and a half seasons.

Fast forward to Sunday and things couldn’t be more different. It’s undisputed he was hired way sooner than expected. Allen coached the New Orleans Saints to their third win of the season against his former team the Raiders. Las Vegas is supposed to be a much better team on offense but that wasn’t shown at any point. New Orleans shut them out 24-0 in the most dominant game a team’s played this season.

The Saints will struggle on offense and have defensive issues due to injuries for the remaining nine games but Dennis Allen proved he’s a superior coach over Josh McDaniels (another NFL coach who hadn’t led a team in over six seasons).

Dallas Cowboys (especially the offense)

Dallas is in a good place after October. Starting quarterback Dak Prescott and the Cowboys offense had their best game of the season at home against the Chicago Bears.

The Bears played two impressive games in a one week span. It’s just Dallas is a better and more complete team. Prescott threw for 250 yards, two touchdowns, a 114.5 quarterback rating and 21 of 27 passes. Backup runningback Tony Pollard had a great game too. He ran for 131 yards on 14 carries (over nine yards per run) and three scores.

The defense played well too. The unit sacked sophomore quarterback Justin Fields four times and scored a touchdown after recovering runningback Khalil Herbert’s fumble.

A lot of people wondered if there was a quarterback controversy in Dallas after Cooper Rush kept winning games in Dak Prescott’s absence. Head coach Mike McCarthy has kept the team focused on playing their schedule and not overlooking opponents. Last but not least, the Cowboys went up in the standings after their division rival New York Giants lost their first road game of the season.

Tua Tagovailoa

Miami’s undefeated when their former first round pick starts and finishes every game. The offense is explosive and head coach Mike McDaniels’ play-calling flows better.

The Dolphins and Lions went back and forth in a high-scoring game Sunday. The last touchdown pass Tagovailoa threw gave Miami their first lead of the day.

There’s a stark contrast with Miami’s offense when Tua’s comfortable and reads the field. He picked Detroit’s defense apart most of the game even in a ten point second half. Tagovailoa has the Dolphins third in passing yards this season while receiver Tyreek Hill has 961 yards in eight games (the most for any receiver this season). Defenses will have headaches figuring out how to contain Miami’s offense the rest of 2022.

Christian McCaffrey

The former Carolina Panther star is already a playmaker in coach Kyle Shanahan’s offense. In Sunday’s sweep against the Los Angeles Rams (more on them later) McCaffrey did everything on offense to get the 49ers back to .500.

The second score of the game was a trick play toss to the runningback, who threw a dazzling 34 yard touchdown pass to receiver Brandon Aiyuk. McCaffrey would later catch a touchdown pass from quarterback Jimmy Garappolo to give San Francisco their first lead of the game. They never trailed after.

Christian McCaffrey would later run for a one yard touchdown, giving the 49ers a double digit lead. Despite injuries San Francisco has this season, trading for a dynamic runningback takes pressure off the passing game and creates havoc for opposing defenses. Viewers shouldn’t be surprised to see Shanahan’s team have an ascent to the playoffs similar to last season’s.

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Losers: Kenny Pickett

Whenever a team drafts a quarterback in the first round of the NFL draft, fans and analysts expect that player to start at some point in the upcoming season. Yet it personally irritates me when there’s a starting quarterback struggling not even a month into the season and almost everyone leads a conversation about the rookie starting for the rest of the season just so things look better.

The Pittsburgh Steelers aren’t better with rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett behind center. One might say the loss to an undefeated Philadelphia Eagles team shouldn’t warrant such criticism, but this was a point I made after a close loss to the New York Jets in his debut.

While Pittsburgh heads into a bye week, three of their next five games feature teams that play great on defense, and the Steelers haven’t scored more than 20 points since week one. In Pickett’s four starts since he was named QB1 after the the Jets loss, the Steelers have scored three, 20, ten and 20 points. The lone touchdown in that blowout loss to Philadelphia was a one yard pass from receiver Chase Claypool.

It feels like this lesson has to be learned by viewers every year. A team shouldn’t thrust a rookie quarterback into the starting role unless there’s no other option. It wouldn’t be surprising if coach Mike Tomlin makes a change again sometime before Thanksgiving.

Eddy Pineiro

We made it eight weeks before a kicker was named to the loser’s section (I consider it a win with everything going on this season). There’s a lot of discussion and anger being directed towards receiver DJ Moore after he scored what would’ve been the game winning touchdown for Carolina because he took his helmet off after the play. It drew a flag and a longer extra point attempt for his team’s kicker.

A 48 yard extra point attempt is pretty bad. It’s not as bad as missing an easy 33 yard game winning field goal attempt in overtime. If Pineiro made the kick there would be an all-out tie for first place in the awful NFC South. The discussion about the division would transform into how the duo of quarterback P.J. Walker and interim coach Steve Wilks are turning things around mid-season.

Good old Eddy is in the losers section, so you can guess how that game ended.

Los Angeles Rams

If you were told the Rams were the current Super Bowl champions, you’d never know based from their play. In fairness to viewers who watched last season’s games, you can make the case that Los Angeles went from winless all of November to the Super Bowl. Many things went into that reversal of fortune. However more change is needed this year in order for the Rams to make the playoffs.

Los Angeles was again swept by their in-state rivals Sunday. Every team has a divisional foe they can’t get past at some point, but the Rams’ bye was a week before the sweep. They looked awful after the first quarter.

It’s also fine to acknowledge Los Angeles is also one game under .500 despite the ugly play. They’re in third place ahead of Arizona, a team they barely beat. The Rams’ other two wins were a shocking nail-biter versus Atlanta and an ugly win against Carolina in what was Panthers’ head coach Matt Rhule’s last game.

There’s nothing stellar, fun or reminiscent of last year’s Super Bowl contending team. The running game is second-to-last in the NFL. The offense is bottom five in a lot of categories while the defense is ok at best. The schedule gets easier after November but it’s hard to see how this team improves and keep playoff aspirations given the competition in the NFC East and the two teams ahead of them in the west.

That hilarious penalty on Pete Carroll where referee Jerome Boger had no idea who Seattle’s football team was

There aren’t many hilarious penalties drawn from head coaches but the one called on Pete Carroll was a good laugh. Carroll was hyping his offense, got caught up having fun on the field and hit a referee. It drew a flag for illegal member of the home team. Even funnier was referee Jerome Boger thinking Seattle’s football team was the Mariners and not the Seahawks. The Mariners are Seattle’s baseball team that was eliminated from post-season play at the beginning of October.

NFL Week Seven Winners and Losers

As October ends there’s a separation of which teams are closer to clinching playoff seeds and which ones will have a high draft pick. Coaching plays a part in who advances or goes home. A lot stood out in week seven’s action, so it’s time for the winners and losers.

Winners: Cincinnati Bengals offense

Many were wondering when the Bengals’ offensive barrage would break out. It finally came Sunday in a decisive victory over the Atlanta Falcons.

Quarterback Joe Burrow had another career game throwing almost 500 yards, three touchdowns and a 138.2 quarterback rating. Burrow and runningback Joe Mixon each ran for a touchdown. Wide receivers Tyler Boyd and Ja’Marr Chase both had eight catches for 130 yards or more and scored eighteen total points.

Atlanta has a good chance of making the playoffs by winning their division. The Bengals ran up 28 points in the first half and could’ve broke the all-time yards record if the game was closer. Head coach Zac Taylor has to be thrilled his team’s finally resembling last year’s conference winning unit.

Underdog quarterbacks

If you told viewers heading into week seven that P.J. Walker would beat Tom Brady, Taylor Heinecke would outperform Aaron Rodgers and Geno Smith would be the better quarterback instead of Justin Herbert, those people would laugh it off. No one’s laughing after those three games.

In the most shocking upset, P.J. Walker led the Carolina Panthers to a decisive win over Tom Brady’s Buccaneers. Walker completed one throw past the line of scrimmage (one yard in fact) in week six versus the Los Angeles Rams. Walker threw two touchdowns and completed 16 of 22 passes. It was better than Brady’s 32 completions and no scores.

In D.C., Taylor Heinecke threw more yards than Aaron Rodgers in a close win. Both threw two touchdowns but Heinecke has a better understanding of his offense and completed three or more passes to four different receivers. His touchdown throw to Terry McLaurin gave the Commanders their first lead of the day.

Seattle’s win in Los Angeles was also unexpected. Geno Smith finished the game with a 105.5 quarterback rating and is still the league’s most accurate passer. While Smith and Justin Herbert threw two touchdowns and an interception each, the latter attempted 51 passes for under 300 yards. Smith faced adversity at multiple points and progressed. The winning effort helped cement Seattle’s rise to first place in the NFC West.

While Geno Smith has been consistent most of the year, it’s unknown if Walker or Heinecke continue to build off the success. It does keep Seattle, Carolina and Washington relevant until November.

Kansas City Chiefs

Kansas City’s struggles last season made the team evolve into a more dangerous unit. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes II learned from the losses and is more comfortable reading the middle of the field. His receivers have grown into their starting roles and the defense plays better in the second half of games.

The Chiefs offense slammed the number one defense in the NFL with a 500 yard performance. Receivers Juju Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdes-Scantling had 100 yard games. Receiver Mecole Hardman ran for two touchdowns and tight-end Travis Kelce caught six passes for 98 yards.

Kansas City’s defense recorded a safety (two points given to the defense for stopping an opposing offense in their endzone) and gave up 13 points after the first quarter. The Chiefs defense will always be the lesser of the three units on Andy Reid’s team but coordinator Steve Spagnuolo’s turned things around in four seasons. The front seven is getting more pressure on quarterbacks, the secondary defends passes better and most importantly they adjust against high scoring opponents.

The Buffalo Bills and Philadelphia Eagles are seen as the complete teams in professional football at the end of October. Kansas City is the third team to put in this category. No one will want to face them come January.

Clint Hurtt and Sean Desai

There’s a lot to say about the Geno Smith-led Seattle offense. However the Seahawks are over .500 and in first place in the NFC West because both the offense and defense are in-sync and frustrate teams each week.

Ken Norton Jr.’s firing after last season was viewed by many in the Pacific Northwest as a popular move knowing the defense could play better. The organization promoted Clint Hurtt and hired Sean Desai from the Chicago Bears. The issue was how both coaches were going to get a bunch of young players to switch from a 4-3 defensive scheme to a 3-4 one.

While it’s still early in the season for a definitive result, there are positive signs. In the last two weeks the defense gave up 24 points. 17 of the 24 came from long offensive drives (Geno Smith’s interception gave Los Angeles an easy, seven point drive to trail 17-14 before Seattle scored again). What many thought was an anemic defensive line has nine sacks in the two game span. Linebackers and safeties are tackling better since the week three fiasco versus Atlanta and they’re limiting extra yard chances for opposing receivers or runners.

Seattle faces three more star-studded offenses before the bye week but should improve in each game. Even if Geno Smith and the offense slow down, there’s relief knowing the defense can step up.

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Losers: The hype around Davis Mills being a franchise quarterback

Anyone watching the Houston Texans is learning about the risk-reward of having a third round quarterback be a starter. A lot of people were high on sophomore pick Davis Mills heading into the season. Most of it was deserved. After seven weeks we’re learning he probably won’t be the guy who propels the Texans to the playoffs.

Houston had a mediocre performance in Las Vegas Sunday. The Raiders secondary is porous and Mills struggled against them. One might say Las Vegas got things together during the bye week, but the Texans shared the same week off and finished the game with two ten point quarters.

Keep in mind owner Cal McNair is investing heavily in Davis Mills since he’s the quarterback replacing DeShaun Watson. The team needs better pieces on offense but an ok passer isn’t what the franchise envisioned this season.

NFC South

There isn’t a worse division in the NFL than the NFC South. Before the season started many people predicted Tampa Bay would win the division and New Orleans would get a wild-card spot. It’s hard to see either happening after seven weeks.

The Buccaneers have the talent and coaches to turn things around but they’re tied with Atlanta for first place at 3-4. Atlanta and Carolina were teams no one saw doing well. Arthur Smith’s Falcons play hard almost every week and feel they have the best chance to win the division. Carolina’s been one of the worst teams to watch all season and somehow thumped Tampa Bay in a double digit home win.

While it’s week eight it’s hard to see how anyone wins the NFC South over .500. If there’s no team in this division that clinches a wild-card berth, it opens the door for a struggling team like Los Angeles or San Francisco to make the playoffs and do some damage.

Brett Rypien

Despite a lot of upsets on Sunday due to quarterback play, no one believed Denver’s backup quarterback Brett Rypien would outperform New York Jets starting quarterback Zach Wilson.

Everything that can go wrong for the Broncos this season, is. Starting quarterback Russell Wilson has underperformed all season. He’s also out for a month due to a partial hamstring tear. That means Rypien has three more weeks after Sunday to show he can be a starting quarterback given the week-to-week preparation. It doesn’t look promising so far.

Rypien threw 100 yards more than Zach Wilson but it took 46 passes. He threw one interception and posted a quarterback rating of 56.9. Denver’s receiving core consists of Cortland Sutton, K.J. Hamler, Jerry Jeudy and an emerging Greg Dulcich. They mustered only nine points.

The Broncos are a disappointment due to inept offensive play and it won’t change with Brett Rypien under center.

Amari Cooper

Cleveland can complain about the referees for that terrible false start penalty but the real culprit is Amari Cooper a couple of plays before that mishap.

On a third and two, Browns quarterback Jacoby Brissett found Cooper one-on-one versus Marcus Peters and threw a well-timed pass. Cooper caught it but pushed off against Peters for an uncontested completion and ran into the endzone for a touchdown. It was called back for a blatant offensive pass interference call.

Commentator and former quarterback Trent Green even said, “He (Cooper) didn’t even have to do that because the pass was far enough ahead to catch.”

The Browns mishandled every play after and lost by three points.

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