It’s natural and understandable that most of the public’s speculation is focused on the Jets’ diminished playoff chances after “what happened Monday night.” But I think it’s the loser of that MNF game that is now in real trouble. The Bills just don’t look right, from any angle. Their “window” may be closing. And Josh Allen has not just stagnated, he may be regressing.
As for the Jets? They’re not going to the Super Bowl now, but they should still be a solid postseason contender. That defense is The Truth, and they now have the best 1-2 rushing tandem in the league in Breece Hall and Dalvin Cook. Pass protection remains their Achilles heel. Uhhh…maybe I should find another term.
Just as a football fan, I’m genuinely saddened by Rodgers’ injury. His New York story was a great for the sport and great for the league. Now? This is really muddy. Aaron had already indicated he planned to play in 2024. But now he will be a 40-year-old coming off Achilles surgery next season. That may change his calculus.
I’m looking at the NFL’s Week 2 schedule. Here are my “lightning round” reactions.
I want to see how Green Bay and Jordan Love fare at Atlanta as the Packers come off that blowout road win at Chicago.
Cincy hosts Baltimore. The Bengals could find themselves in an 0-2 hole. The Stripes have never been able to protect Burrow. And now they have released former Cowboy La’el Collins.
Ditto the Seahawks as they visit the Lions. Winless in Seattle, despite those lofty preseason hopes?
And, seriously, the Chiefs better watch their ass, lest they depart Jacksonville still looking for their first victory. You heard me…
Jets at Dallas? By no means a layup for the Cowboys. The Jets can run the daylights out of the football and control the pace of the game.
We’ll all be “double dipping” Monday night. This NFL Twin Bill is interesting. Saints at Panthers at 6:15 on ESPN, followed an hour later by the certain bloodbath between the Browns and Steelers on ABC. Let’s see if this catches on.
Speaking of the Panthers, yeah, I watched Bryce Young play last Sunday. Don’t anyone ever tell me again that his size is irrelevant. It’s a real issue. He disappears in the pocket. Somebody told you that a few months ago.
I don’t see a single “marquee game” on this week’s college schedule. But there are a few interesting matchups, like TCU at Houston. The loser is going to be on the ropes.
I’m so grateful that I have never had to apologize for my father-in-law. (Either one of them.) So I feel badly for OU offensive coordinator Jeff Lebby, whose FIL, the disgraced Art Briles, made a scene running around on the field in Sooner gear following Saturday’s win over SMU. Can you say, “persona non grata”? Get your mangy ass out of here. Get your mangy ass out of everywhere. Go TF away, and stay there.
Houston Rockets guard Kevin Porter Jr. is alleged to have done WHAT? Prosecutors say his girlfriend has a fractured neck vertebra and a cut above one eye after an attack Monday night at a New York hotel. Porter has pleaded not guilty.
I don’t blame North Carolina fans for being pissed at the NCAA, which has denied immediate eligibility for Tar Heels WR Tez Walker. But “violent and possibly criminal threats” have been directed at NCAA committee members. I can’t go for that. No. No can do…
Taking a knee for former NFL receiver Mike Williams, who died Tuesday following a recent construction site accident near Tampa. Williams was just 36.
The Astros didn’t just lose to the A’s again, did they? Oy…