Gregg Rosenthal gets you with everything you need to know when we get back from Week 11 to Week 12.
The offensive TV offensive in this 2018 wildlife season reached the apex of Monday night in a red night in Los Angeles, showing any late arrivals at the party as long as the NFL changed. Victoria Rams 54-51 on Heads was our state of the Union.
This was the type of night the league could only dream of when it adopted a change of rules after changing the rule by favoring the crime. Andy Reid and Sean McVay continued to combine college concepts with NFL talent, casting as many crusty coaching clichés as the setting runs in an ultra-aggressive bravado screen.
It is not that defense does not take place in this new world order. Anyone complaining about lack of defense Monday night must have lost the eight bags, seven points, seven digits, and three defensive scores. There were monster games by Aaron Donald's defensive Rams, Chiefs Justin Houston and Rams, the surprising starbacker Samson Ebukam, who scored more attacks than Todd Gurley and Kareem Hunt.
It is expected that the expectations for good defense in this new era will be adapted. A few spirited snails how was football ignore that football has always been about evolution and adjustment, that the biggest scoring game in NFL history is yet a run of 72-41 Giants of Redskins in 1966.
Rams's narrow-grained victory qualifies as the third-largest league game, a brand that can not be long if the NFL owners who oversee the defensive teams in charge of field position and time of ownership are beginning to look more intelligent for the next Sean McVay and Andy Reid. Meanwhile, I will enjoy this season with Patrick Mahomes, Drew Brees and Jared Goff, who will lead, because the metamorphosis of the sport is refreshing, because there is no idea where it goes from here.
Before taking an updated look at the MVP race and a trip to the rest of the league below, hit six more tables from the classic night of the night.
Jared Goff is incredible to shake off his bad pieces: There were moments Monday night, despite the final score, that the Rams offense was trembling. Sean McVay would have burned all three rounds of time, with 4:56 still in the game. Four of the " six fourth-quarter possessions (without kneeling down) earned a total of 16 meters, including three points and a smile. The Chiefs Chiefs' run away has actually done a good job, disturbing Goff's pace, kicking it seven times, and throwing it five times in total, which led to two beatings and a lot of unusual losses.
However, when Rams got the ball with 2:47 and did not get out of time, it was not eliminated, Goff was delivered without any problems, as if it were the first quarter of a preseason game, if Goff disturbed to play the preseason. Gerard Everett's 40-foot Goff was a beauty, but I was even more impressed by the fact that Goff made a third and nine strike at the head of the unit just after a shot after Goff nearly thrown the game into a " a pass to Orlando Scandrick. Just about 24 years old, Goff seems to have the short memory of a cornerback closure.
Sean McVay was about to get down on the balance: McVay has occasionally taken his feet on the gasoline pedal this season, running on a series of third and long tracks with a big lead. This is partly the reason why I liked McVay's decision to throw the ball three times on Rams's final possession before he cared. McVay knew that the first had won the game, so he tried to get it first in the same way he called him playing all night. He will live or die with his passing game. One of the passages fell incomplete, saving bosses an expiration time and causing Twitter's dissatisfaction that Gurley was not involved, but running the ball would have been accepting a punt. Speaking of which …
In the new NFL, rolling play is a complementary piece: It is possible for both things to be true: Todd Gurley is an exceptional player and Todd Gurley is not a MVP candidate. The Monday night game highlighted how the crossing game is used to set the run in the Rams and Chiefs offenses, not the other way round. Since no team has been able to control the game for a long time, running games have not been used too much.
Chiefs made the ball with Kareem Hunt 14 times on 69 offensive games. The Rams fired with Gurley on 12 games out of 75. It felt like the Rams made Chiefs a favor whenever they ran the ball on Monday night no matter how good Gurley was.
Chiefs have enough defense players: This can be a hard lesson for Chiefs fans to swallow after giving up 54 points, but Kansas City's defensive front had more players than their opposition Monday night. The same will be true in most weeks. With Justin Houston in top form – made a number of tracks against Rams, Andrew Whitworth – Chiefs have an incredibly destructive trio before in Houston, Chris Jones and Dee Ford.
In this new NFL, bosses do not have to keep their opponents under the age of 25. You just have to make a handful of play pieces and did it on Monday morning. Forcing two digits and four points against Rams should be enough to win. The numbers and final score have been removed because both defenses have scored and the Chiefs offense has turned the ball over five times, leading to 15 Rams possessions.
Patrick Mahomes is the new personalized NFL: Mahomes would like to make several instances of Monday's game and must work on ball security, but he was still the most electric player on a field full of them. Mahomes presented his entire set of skills, from the incredible touch and control of his body to his ability to see the field at his strike on the Tyreek Hill, which was traveling 60 meters in the air. It is frightening to think of how much he can easily get Mahomes after only 12 starts because he is already one of the most dynamic defenders that the league has ever seen.
The race for home advantage in both conferences has just become more complicated: The holy fans should be disappointed in Monday's result. New Orleans has a loss as Rams, but the saints have a more difficult downhill schedule with three remaining games in front of the winning teams, including Steelers and two games against the Panthers. Ramsii only faces a team with a winning record, the rest of the road, a Sunday trip to Chicago.
New Orleans has a tiebreaker over the Rams, but Monday's victory gives Rams a good shot to the advantage of the pitch. It is worth noting that the players were creeping like madmen in the Los Angeles evening roulette at the Coliseum, as well as during the Roms play last year's Falcons.
In the AFC, Kansas City's loss offers much more hope to Steelelor, Patriots, Loaders, and even the Texans, so the bosses can be ranked. The five teams are just a separate game in the losing column. This result, in short, adds much more intrigue to the rest of the season in both conferences, especially AFC matches, including Steelers-Chargers, Steelers-Patriots and Chiefs-Chargers.
1. Drew Brees, QB, Saints of New Orleans: I thought Brees' performance against Eagles was the best this season and less soccer minds, like Daniel Jeremiah of the NFL Network agree.
2. Patrick Mahomes, QB, Kansas City Chiefs: Mahomet's performance on Monday night could strangely hurt their chances in the MVP race just because of the closure. It's not fair, but no one said that trying to get Drew Brees into a MVP race during Brees' best season would be easy.
3. Aaron Donald, DT, Los Angeles Rams: Two bags of tape on the largest imaginable scene should practically block the defensive player of the year.
4. Jared Goff, QB, Los Angeles Rams: I'm not sure how a general type 1 defaulter from a 10-1 team is underestimated, but Goff seems to be underestimated.
5. Michael Thomas, WR, Saints of New Orleans: 82 snaps on 91 goals is one of the most amazing stats I've ever seen, especially if you're watching the types of catches Thomas makes weekly.
Things we know after week 11
Lamar Jackson is like I've never seen: I do not know if Ravens can execute Jackson 27 times, but trying to try this approach, the defender immediately became one of my favorite storms in the 2018 season. In a copying league, it's cool to see a different crime, highlighting such a set of unique abilities.
Most of the talks after Ravens' victory over the Bengal, including some crucial comments from Marvin Lewis, focused on Jackson's power to remain amazed at what he and his teammates did. In a NFL where the third and badly turned into a downward pass, Ravens repeatedly made the third-and-five in a run down with their defender. Went.
Jackson's explosion is breathtaking, and the offensive line clearly had a wonderful time. Watching Jackson's boxing box, I thought he should be the best defender to enter the league, since Michael Vick and Sunday's game supported only that notion. It is noteworthy that Jackson also scored an average of 7.9 meters per test, throwing the ball, making major conversions on a second attack and 17 and two third and long strokes on the team's scoring unit.
The broad crew of the receiver must buy this approach. Michael Crabtree and John Brown combined only for two seizures, while Willie Snead exploded to coaching staff after several rounds called red areas. But these are problems for Ravens staff and fans to worry. As an uninvestigated observer, I am fascinated to look at what Jackson is doing against a welcoming pepper of future defense, starting with Raiders in Week 12. Everyone, except Joe Flacco, should enjoy this ride.
Falcons lose a year of age from Matt Ryan and Julio Jones: The latest losses from Atlanta at home were a reminder that football is not all about the defender. Ryan played one of his best games in one of the best seasons and gave the Falcons a decisive advantage over the Cowboys, but the Dallas game on both sides of the ball was held that day . Ryan and Julio were forced to overcome a weak offensive line, a weaker defense and a one-dimensional attack that did not trust the game in crucial situations.
In a typical Cowboys game containing limited possessions – The Falcons had eight – the difference was the beginning of Calvin Ridley's fall, which turned into an interception. It was that year for Ryan, who saw his defense by giving up a score in the last minute to blow three different games this year. It seems double cruel for all these games to happen to tortured Atlanta believers who have to worry about a Thanksgiving trip to New Orleans and a potential visit to the Saints in Atlanta for the Super Bowl.
The saints do not need Brandon Marshall: Tire wounding on Dez Bryant deserves a shot, but it's harder to see where Marshall matches this offense to the Saints. Sunday's explosion by beginner Trean Quan Smith, who made some controversial seizures reminding Marques Colston, continues to see a growing tendency to support the holy players entering the mix. Keith Kirkwood, a favorite of Drew Brees, has five seizures for 78 yards in the past two weeks. The tight Dan Arnold heads combined for four seizures and 50 meters during this period.
Seeing that Marshall will eventually appear on a playoff team, it would be a wonderful story to limit an undervalued career, but I'm not sure she will still be on the active list of the Saints' players.
Viking crime is worse than it was a year ago: Minnesota has had the fifth most effective NFL last season offense, according to Football Outsiders; were on the 14th place this season before Night at night in Chicago. I would argue that Kirk Cousins gave them a game with a superior defender for what Keenum offered last year, but almost anything else about the Viking offense took a goal: the offensive line game, the game play and the game.
Mike Zimmer's formula works only if he has a truly elite defense, and that part of the ball has also taken a step back this season. The next Sunday of the match between Viking and Packers involves two teams that are still looking to find their way and have no time to do so.
Things we do not know after week 11
Alex Smith's Future: I do not recall any other general who felt such a goal, but that was what Smith did after the ugly start of his career in San Francisco. It took an unpleasant season for most analysts and fans to give up. He went through him another five years in San Francisco, until Jim Harbaugh arrived, surviving a devastating surgery that forced them to miss the year 2008 and endeavored to keep serving boys like Trent Dilfer, Troy Smith and Shaun Hill.
This is not an obituary for Smith's career, but it's hard not to feel him after the accidental injury to his leg he suffered against the Texans. Redskins owes Smith $ 15 million guaranteed next season, but his contract could force an unfortunate decision in time for his future. Smith's salary for 2020 is guaranteed if he is on the list on the fifth day of March, so that Washington can make a long-term decision about his future while he is still at the beginning of his recovery process .
Meanwhile, the team will try to make the playoff under Colt McCoy, and Mark Sanchez signs it recently. Jay Gruden kept McCoy on the five-seasons list for a moment like this, and there's every reason to believe that McCoy will do well. He looked sharply and decisively after Smith's replacement on Sunday. The rest of the Redskins crime – from the offensive line to the broader group – is a bigger concern. (Although I still would not count Redskins in a deeply defective division.)
If the bears really have the best defense of the NFL: Rather, football writers than me say that the Bears have the best defense in the league and with a wide margin. Some analytics, such as DVOA, have their number one. The bigger question is whether "the best defense in the NFL" is a moniker that any team would like, because virtually any "best defense in the NFL "was exposed shortly after he got the label in the past two years. (Remember Tennessee's "Defense # 1" before being spotted on Sunday?)
Bears faced one of the easiest offense boards and will not change over the next two weeks against Lions and Giants. The Chicago group was just solid, not spectacular, when faced with a top offense like the Patriots. This group, from Akiem Hicks and Khalil Mack to a group of people under the baton of Eddie Jackson's excellent work in safety, has playmakers at all levels. But I'm eager to see Bears defending "dealing with Rams" in Week 14, as this is the type of offense – the first team Chicago will have to do to win a Super Bowl this year. The big crimes of this season are historic. Top Defense, like Chicago, is a few steps behind.
If Jason Garrett's prudence will cost Cowboys a spot playoff: Cowboys showed a bit too happy to play for overtime in Atlanta before coach Falcons Dan Quinn rescued Cowboys for some time using a 1:38 left timeout and then three defenders rushed to a third and five of the Dallas 30-yard line that Dak Prescott has converted from an expert point of view. Garrett also showed a bit too happy to play for a goal in the field in the last few seconds from over 40 meters with a kicker fighting.
Brett Maher's spine has just won, so no one is questioning Garrett's trial, which looks very similar to how Cowboys have lost their games over the last nine seasons.
If Texans has enough offense: Texans have won seven games without benefiting from an enhanced crime. The 320-meter team and a touchdown offensive Sunday in Washington was typical. This is a team that has made opportunists turn the turnover into points but has not consistently led to the ball's move. Team blocking is undoubtedly better than his ability to protect Deshaun Watson.
The Keke Coutee receiver, who came into play, was great against Redskins after losing the two previous games with a hamstring blow, but the purchase of Demaryius Thomas did not catch and was only targeted once. Texans have faced only two teams that currently have a winning record (New England and Washington) and will not face each other this season so they can win. But Bill O'Brien certainly wants to see an increase from his offense and it has not really happened for a team that has won two games in overtime and two more after the opponents have missed a potential blow to the game.
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