What’s next? This offseason will be catastrophic. As team owners trip over each other to recreate this, coaches will be fired. Schematic soothsayers will emerge from every corner of the football universe trying to get in on the fracas. The draft will ebb and flow with the vacillations of panicked game-plan architects trying to figure out how the hell they’re going to build a team good enough to score 40 points a game, but stout enough to keep the opponent under 35.
“We’re always talking about protecting the ball and he normally does a great job with that,” coach Andy Reid said. “They got the best of us on that.”
“Honestly, it’s just an instinct,” the second-year running back said. “The only way sometimes is over top.”
You wanted MVP performances. Patrick Mahomes threw for 478 yards and a Monday Night Football record six TDs, but also had five turnovers. Aaron Donald had two strip-sacks, both of which led to scores and Jared Goff threw for 413 yards and 4 TDs.
The NFL’s decision to move the Chiefs-Rams game to Los Angeles apparently hasn’t done anything to put a damper on the league’s relationship with Mexico.
It seems the two sides are still on good terms and we know that because they’ve announced that the NFL will be returning to Mexico City in 2019. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell met with Mexico’s President-Elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Monday to hash out the details.
The races for several playoff spots are tightening as well. While the Los Angeles Rams and Saints are set up well to be the top two seeds in the NFC, and the Kansas City Chiefs are in position to claim the top spot in the AFC, with the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots not too far behind, there are some very close playoff races as we hit Thanksgiving week.
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Here are the 11 biggest blunders from Week 11, ranked from “uh, what is that play call?” to “why even throw that, Kirk Cousins, whyyyy”:
Sanchez was plucked from the NFL breadline after the Redskins worked out a bevy of signal-callers following Alex Smith’s devastating leg injury suffered in Sunday’s loss to the Houston Texans. The team placed Smith on injured reserve Monday.
With a little more than a month to go, it feels like the right time to dissect some of these teams—the ones we can’t quite figure out—and project where they might be headed.
There are plenty of smart, talented women waiting to fill those coaching and front-office spots. We need only one thing, as my former ESPN colleague and favorite NFLer Keyshawn Johnson famously said:
”Just give me the damn ball.”
Here’s how Lock and other NFL Draft prospects are stacking up in the latest edition of QB Stock Watch.
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In a game that that more than exceeded expectations, the Los Angeles Rams defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 54-51 in a game where the teams traded touchdowns and big defensive plays for a full sixty minutes.
Winter had finally reared its ugly head on a cold, dark Tuesday night in Kansas City. Daylight saving time had passed, and the streets were mostly quiet as people were bundled up inside — adjusting to the dreary weather.
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