Reacting and overreacting to all the things that occurred on Sunday afternoon. Get the total Sunday breakdown from Andy Benoit and Gary Gramling on The MMQB: 10 Issues Podcast. Subscribe now and will probably be in your feed very first thing Monday morning
Issues That Made Me Giddy
Russell Wilson, Three Performs In Seattle: He bought somewhat badist from what appeared to be a badly blown defensive project on the profitable landing (how do you miss Jimmy Graham, he is eight-feet tall!), however the two previous throws had been otherworldly: a 48-yarder to Paul Richardson then a 19-yarder to Tyler Lockett. This was Wilson at his greatest, and Wilson at his greatest is particular.
Deshaun Watson Toasts Earl Thomas, Earl Thomas Toasts Watson: This recreation was a ton of enjoyable, proper from the beginning. The deep TD go to Will Fuller was an emotionally shifting expertise. Fuller’s pace and Watson’s throw had been an unbeatable mixture. And the subsequent sequence Watson stares down DeAndre Hopkins and Thomas takes benefit, then jukes Watson (we’ve seen he can deal with) en path to a 78-yard pick-six.
Welcome Again Luke Kuechly: The offense was up-and-down once more, but it surely didn’t matter. Kuechly can’t be run on, and he added a decide on somewhat Cameron Brate stick route. With Kuechly (and Kurt Coleman) again, this protection is able to carrying Carolina in loads of weeks.
Jerick McKinnon: Swift and artful with extra explosiveness than you’d count on as soon as he heads upfield. He’s not Dalvin Cook dinner, however he’s not that far behind.
Tyler Lockett and Paul Richardson: Good to see guys on the perimeter making performs in Seattle, particularly because the run recreation fails to get going and Jimmy Graham usually seems on a milk carton.
One other Blocked Kick for the Patriots: Invoice Belichick loves particular groups!
Every little thing’s Coming Up Buffalo: This was the actual blueprint of a Payments win: +four in turnover margin, greater than 35 minutes of possession, 167 speeding yards. And as an added bonus, they managed to get one thing whereas getting out from underneath Marcell Dareus’s contract. That’s a great week.
Akiem Hicks: Is the best participant that nobody realizes is a good participant.
Don’t Fear Concerning the Patriots Secondary: Malcolm Butler was caught off-guard by the snap when he was beat excessive by Travis Benjamin, however that was about all they allowed. (Although with no Dont’a Hightower, the run protection is what to keep watch over in Foxboro.)
Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs: You don’t respect them sufficient!
Everson Griffen: Sack streak extends to eight video games! He’s actually good, however the picture of him sitting on the sphere holding his foot as the sport ended was disturbing. We’d like some closure on that, NFL Community!
Ricardo Louis Beats Xavier Rhodes: A Buster Douglas-sized upset; the 37-yard play down the left sideline was the important thing play on the Browns’ late-first half TD drive. Bizarro!
Kirk Cousins as a Punching Bag: Washington was down three starters then misplaced a fourth, left guard Shawn Lauvao, to a stinger. So, shruggy shoulder emoji man. I’m unsure the Cowboys go rush was nice on Sunday, however Cousins had no hope.
Jordan Reed, Ryan Kerrigan and Different Folks In Maroon Additionally Go Down: As a result of a plague has beset Washington. Kerrigan ended up returning to the sphere, however was not anyplace close to his regular self taking part in by a groin damage. Reed left with a hamstring, Niles Paul with a scary concussion after a helmet-to-helmet collision with Sean Lee (so these two-tight finish units went out the window for Jay Gruden). In the long run, we transfer that a lot nearer to Dan Snyder simply having to swimsuit up and take the sphere himself.
Seahawks Run Recreation: Was and is horrible. Eddie Lacy and Thomas Rawls mixed to go 12 carries for -1 yards. And so they’re screwing up even once they’re supposed to only be a decoy; on a second-and-goal, Rawls dedicated a blatant chop-block on the bottom of a play-action bootleg, erasing a landing and backing them as much as the 22. (He was bailed out by defensive go interference ultimately zone on the subsequent play.)
Matt Ryan and Alex Mack Can’t Get It Collectively: Within the inclement climate, 4 botched center-QB exchanges, leading to two misplaced fumbles and a missed two-point conversion. Because the outdated saying goes, when it rains it pours and you need to have performed extra of these wet-ball drills Peyton Manning at all times talks about after he’s had a couple of beers which is why nobody needs to hang around with Peyton Manning at events.
Raiders Turnovers: O.Okay., so that you thought you had been going to come back into Ralph Wilson Stadium, give it away thrice (plus yet one more in rubbish time) and win? No, no you aren’t. Two unforgivable fumbles misplaced by the mini-backs (Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington, taking part in expanded roles with Marshawn Lynch suspended) and a type of trademark deflected INTs in Buffalo.
Flops: Reserve it for Duke basketball walk-on tryouts, McKissic.
Vikings Have Nothing However Time at Finish of First Half: You at all times have to go away some further time on the clock, simply in case you get a penalty that resets the downs. However there’s no purpose, when each groups have all their timeouts, to name one earlier than third down with 42 seconds left on the clock. As a substitute of giving the Vikings a 15% probability of driving for a area aim (which they did), give them a Zero% probability. Although I suppose that is simply how Zero-Eight groups roll.
Lacking Dan Bailey: Mike Nugent’s first try as a Cowboy is a miss from 49. C’mon Nuge! (He did hit his subsequent 4.)
Eagles Sans Jason Peters: Issues bought a bit furry for Carson Wentz (at a look the strain was coming from throughout the road, not simply at Halapoulivaati Vaitai. It didn’t make a giant distinction towards an overmatched 49ers crew, however jangled nerves of Eagles followers weren’t soothed.
Isaiah Crowell and Ball Safety: The Browns enter the second half with a lead for the primary time all season, so to begin the second half’s opening drive they only must . . . aw, crap.
Extra Muffed Punts: Bryce Treggs in London, Jeremy Kerley in East Rutherford. It’s a league-wide epidemic!
Tyron Smith and Flags: Three of them on Sunday (two holds and a false begin). A bizarre day for the perfect offensive lineman in soccer.
Mike Remmers Concussed: For Vikings followers, flashbacks to 2016 when Rashod Hill got here in at proper deal with and had his butt handed to him early. Vikings had been superb in the long term although, thanks largely to some nifty pocket motion by Case Keenum.
Studying to Winnable Video games: One in every of many issues with the Browns rebuild. You possibly can’t win video games you’re ready to win when you don’t know the way. Cleveland was outscored 18-Zero over the ultimate 17 minutes of this recreation.
Moments We’ll Inform Our Grandkids About
Every little thing That Occurred in Seahawks-Texans
This Travis Benjamin Punt Return: You possibly can convene 1,000 of the world’s best fiction writers and lock them in a room for 1,000 days with a single activity: Conjure essentially the most bone-headed American soccer play conceivable. They might not high this:
Additionally, nice choreography by the officers on the decision:
Will Fuller Is Very, Very Quick: And Earl Thomas came upon the exhausting method.
Deshaun Watson threw this go 61 yards within the air ON A DIME to Will Fuller. So, about his deep ball accuracy …pic.twitter.com/WkUGr7Gmbz
— Jason McIntyre (@jasonrmcintyre) October 29, 2017
Carlos Dunlap Saves Cin Metropolis: This could have been a catastrophe for Marvin Lewis’s squad, as they regarded totally unprepared on each side of the ball (how one can have a 67-yard display go and nonetheless not cross the 300-yard threshold towards what’s mainly the Colts observe squad D is upsetting to say the least). However then Dunlap comes alongside and makes a play that saves everybody’s collective orange butts.
— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) October 29, 2017
Deshaun Watson Spin-O-Rama: Superior. And fashionable (I badume it was an homage to lately unretired go rusher Dwight Freeney, making his season debut in Seattle.)
Zach Miller TD Catch: Typically on this column, I write one thing like “you won’t need to have a look at this dudes . . . psyche lol completely radical!” Or one thing alongside these traces. However actually, I strongly urge you to keep away from replays of the Miller TD catch. A good looking throw by Mitchell Trubisky, Miller hauled it in with one hand and, upon touchdown, snapped his leg. And it was a TD—I can’t for the lifetime of me work out the way it was overturned, apparently the ruling was he didn’t full the catch as a result of after turning over he set the ball down earlier than reaching for his knee.
Go! DeAndre Hopkins! Go!: Nice new youngsters present.
DeAndre Hopkins ROASTED the Legion of Growth on this 72-yard TD. pic.twitter.com/opoyId1Vnm
— CBS Sports activities (@CBSSports) October 29, 2017
Malcolm Butler Races Melvin Gordon: Supposedly Butler ran a four.6 at his professional day, whereas Gordon ran a four.52 on the mix. However right here, Butler ran the 40 as quick as Gordon ran the 35. (However Gordon as a result of he needed to do much more operating earlier than the straightaway, and since he scored the landing.)
A Very Alshon Jeffery Christmas: Catch. A Very Alshon Jeffery Catch.
“GET OFF ME.” – @TheWorldof_AJ, in all probability.
— NFL (@NFL) October 29, 2017
What We’ll Be Speaking About This Week
Can a Couple Breaks Get the Falcons Again on Observe: They had been fortunate to flee East Rutherford with a sloppy, mistake-filled win sealed by a few particular groups performs. Their offense confirmed indicators of life; somewhat extra involvement from the tight ends early, and when you take away a few wet-weather drops this may have been a way more comfy win. The issues had been extra execution than scheme, they usually nonetheless had practically 400 yards in a street recreation. The Falcons nonetheless have loads of tough edges to easy out, however getting a win while you’re not at your greatest helps.
Russell Wilson Can Carry These Seahawks: With no operating recreation, a surprisingly horrific day for the protection and (as regular) no safety, Wilson stored the Seahawks in it by extending performs and hitting chunk play after chunk play. If Tom Brady was by no means born, we is likely to be speaking MVP trajectory.
I Demand Re-Alignment to Put the Seahawks and Texans within the Identical Division: It’s a crime to restrict the viewing public to at least one Russell Wilson vs. Deshaun Watson matchup each 4 years.
Vikings QB State of affairs: Minnesota’s O-line wasn’t nice on Sunday, however Case Keenum persistently moved nicely sufficient (not simply designed rollouts, however avoiding strain inside the pocket as nicely) to cowl up the safety points. That shall be a giant a part of the dialog with Teddy Bridgewater nearly able to return. Bridgewater is the higher expertise, however can he, on a surgically repaired knee, transfer nicely sufficient to outlive like Keenum did?
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