Discuss the games of week 8
I’ve been watching some games, and here some comments about some of the teams and players.
I always look for teams with dominant defenses. Of the games I watched so far none of them were dominant. All of there were basically OK. Decent offenses can move the ball down the field consistently, but the defenses could do a decent job of limiting TDs in the red zone.
In the last few years, I feel like longer offensive drives are more common specifically, those that are close to 10 minutes, with 10 or more plays don’t seem as uncommon. Those over ten minutes may not be as rare as well.
Speaking of which, the Giants offense, so far, seem to be really good at this. I’ve watched their last three games, and they limit negative plays and do a good job of mixing runs and passes. Daniel Jones running has been effective, and crucial in terms of moving the chains.
Re: Tua Tagavailoa
He looks better this year. I sort of like his throwing motion and footwork, but his arm strength seems to be at the absolute minimum of what a QB would need. Think of a QB like Chad Pennington. Like Pennington, an injury weakening his arm strength just a little could end his career (or relegate him to a backup). Also, his ball security is not as good as I would want it to be.
Re: Geno Smith
I watched the last three games–versus the Chargers, Cardinals, and Saints. One thing I noticed: For every game he threw at least one pass that could have or should have been intercepted. Most of these were out routes. If he keeps doing this, I would say the chances of him turning over the ball in a playoff situation would be high, and I wouldn’t consider him a Super Bowl QB. (Man, he had some nice throws against the Saints.)
1. This game reminded me of the Bills-Giants Super Bowl in the early 90s or something like the Patriots vs. the Greatest Show on Turf Super Bowl. That is, the underdogs dared their opponents to run, and their opponents didn’t really oblige–not enough, anyway.
The Packers did run the ball, and they ran well. I wouldn’t be surprised if they had great numbers. But they should have ran more in my view. Bad things seemed to happen because of they passed more than they should. It was like the Bills believed the Packers might have success running, but they’d go back to passing quite a bit, and then the Bills would either get turnovers or really stymie the Packer offense.
2. With about 10 minutes to go, and a 17 point lead, the Bills seemed to get cocky in my view. That is, they kept passing and seemed to ignore using up the clock. I think Allen had two INTs after this point. This is the kind of thing that will cause them to lose in the playoffs.
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