…Hawks, Cowboys: I wonder what Reid would have thought if he watched this game. The Hawks receivers were killing the Cowboys for a lot of this game especially in the first half. Geno wasn’t getting too much time in the pocket, but he and his receivers consistently made plays. Bland, who people are saying should be the front-runner for Defensive Player of the Year (DPOY) gave up more yards to his receivers in a half than any other DB this year. He did get a pick in the second half though.
I also thought Seattle’s DBs were playing decent despite the Cowboys being able to march up and down the field. The DBs had some tick-tack calls on them, but they seem to be a physical group in general. But Dak played too well. He even had some drops that cost the Cowboys points.
I might not even watch the Seahawks play today. I’m pretty sure about their style of play now, and I think the results will be bad. It’s pretty hard to continue watching your favorite team when this is the situation (which is why I became emotionally detached from the Raiders).
If the Browns have been the “factory of sadness,” the Raiders should be called the “factory of mediocrity.” The fact that the Raiders have been so bad for so long just came to mind over the weekend. No matter who the coach is for about the last 20 years or so, the Raiders have been mediocre and sometimes awful, especially on defense. I can’t remember the last time the Raiders had a really, really good defense. It’s a good thing I don’t care so much about the team.
The Bills seemed to have a returned to a more pass-centric style. In a way, I can understand it, and I might even support the move. Allen looked out of sorts. Tonight he looked in rhythm and just looked like his old self. My guess is that he’s just not comfortable operating from under center. (The Bills were mostly in shotgun.)
The Bucs are a middling team. I kinda like Dave Canales, but I think he takes the balanced play calling too far at times–using R-P-R or P-R-P sequences. (Maybe not so much in this game, but the one or two before this.) I also think he should diversify his run game a bit.
Kurt Cousins has limitations. He doesn’t have a super strong arm, and sometimes I think his ball security can be shaky, but in terms of being poised in the pocket, he is up there with the best of them.
I’ve been waiting for a prominent public figure to reach out to Trump supporters–particularly those who feel anxious and angry by the social and cultural changed around them–in a way that expressed sympathy for their feelings, but also encouraged them to work through these feelings. I haven’t heard this message from any political leader, on either side of the aisle, or a prominent public figure. Until now. This message below from Arnold Schwarzenegger comes the closest. I hope other leaders deliver something similar.
I have heard talk about Belichick being fired, which I have dismissed. However, after the last two weeks, there is a dire situation the the Belichick and the Patriots that I think is a real possibility.