Football Thoughts – Week 19

Posted in Sports - football, mostly by EloiSVM42 on January 13, 2021

NFL: Wildcard Weekend is among my favorite dates on the sports schedule. It features better teams in a win-or-go-home tournament format, with the result the games are good and strongly contested. It was so again this year, and even a little better because there was another game added to the format. I got to watch some, most or all of six games and it was worth every minute.

The game I was most interested in was between Cleveland and Pittsburgh. The Browns got into the playoffs by beating the Steelers in the last game of the season, when the latter was resting a lot of starters. Conventional wisdom, including my own, was that Pittsburgh would win this game when its starters returned, including quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

But that didn’t happen. Cleveland won the game after the Steelers had a disastrous first quarter, losing three turnovers – one on the first play of the game that went for a Cleveland touchdown – and falling behind 28-0 in the quarter.

Overall, Pittsburgh had five turnovers, while Mayfield had a good, steady game and Cleveland didn’t have a single turnover. That’s how you win playoff games, which Cleveland did, 48-37.

Cleveland’s award for this upset is to play the Kansas City Chiefs, in KC, where they are about a 10-point underdog. But they’ve advanced in the playoffs with a win, Cleveland’s first payoff win in forever, and fans are happy.    

The other game that went differently than I was expecting was Rams v Seahawks. I expected Seattle to win but the Rams kept Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson in check all day and won the game 30-20.

Wilson didn’t play particularly well, and the offensive line simply could not protect him. The defense is not what it has been recently either. Seattle has some work to do in the off season. (It’s just been announced that the Seahawks fired their offensive coordinator.)

So, we move on to the next round, where the Chiefs and the Green Bay Packers, who had byes, step onto the field. Another week of good games between good teams. I’ll be watching.

College: I’ve been reporting Monday night NFL games as if they were part of the previous week’s lineup. There was no Monday night NFL game, but the NCAA Championship game was played Monday night, so I’ll cover it this week and we’re done with college ball until the draft.

I’m delighted to report that the Alabama Crimson Tide wiped up the floor with Ohio State University in an absolute rout, 52-24. OSU should never have been in the game in the first place, having played only six regular season games. They are a good team, but Alabama was demonstrably better, and in my view, justice was served on the Buckeyes.

Football Thoughts – Week 17

Posted in Sports - football, mostly by EloiSVM42 on December 31, 2020

After much interesting football a week ago, things went wobbly in the sports this week.

College: After winning the Big XII Championship against Iowa State last weekend and moving up to #6 in the polls, my beloved Oklahoma Sooners were idle this week and are preparing for a matchup with Florida in the Cotton Bowl. Various other college teams still have games to play and others are preparing for their minor bowls.

Regarding those bowls, many are starting to cancel because one or more of their chosen teams cannot meet the bell due to Covid-19 concerns. In fact, some bowls have been unable to find two teams with enough wins to be eligible for a bowl game. I don’t see the point of these bowls this year anyway because there won’t even be any fans to watch and enjoy them live and they have no bearing on the national race.

Among the games I did watch this weekend, further evidence how bad refereeing has gotten abounded.

NFL: In the comparison and contrast between Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray, both Cleveland and Arizona laid an egg against seriously inferior competition. Baker was beaten by the lowly New York Jets 16-23 and the decimated 49ers upset Arizona 20-12. Both teams remain on the sidelines looking in on the playoffs. Though both teams still have a chance to get in, their options have narrowed.

The Dallas Cowboys beat Philadelphia handily, while Baltimore pounded the New York Giants 13-27 and the Carolina Panthers improbably upset Washington 20-13. The result of all this is that the winner of the NFC Least is still undecided and hinges on the last game of the season.

If the Cowboys beat the Giants in New York and Philadelphia beats Washington in D.C., the Cowboys are in. If either of these things doesn’t happen, the Redskins are in. If the Giants win and Washington loses, they are in. This all assumes, of course, that the teams will avoid Covid-19 disaster and be able to finish the season.

The best teams are rounding into playoff form. Green Bay pounded the Titans, Seattle beat the Rams and Buffalo routed the now hapless New England Patriots. Aaron Rodgers looked stronger than a bear’s breath and may well win MVP.

Scandalously bad refereeing in the pros, as well. A couple of games would have been better if the refs hadn’t been on the field at all.

Football Thoughts Week 16

Posted in Sports - football, mostly by EloiSVM42 on December 28, 2020

I’m running a full week behind because Christmas.

There were a lot of interesting football games this week – college and NFL. The college conference championships were played, after which the committee made its selections for the playoffs, which blew. And we are getting near the end of the NFL regular season, if you can call it that, and teams are playing hard to earn playoff spots.

College: My beloved Oklahoma Sooners beat Iowa State for the Big XII Championship. But it wasn’t enough to get them into the playoffs. We’re sitting at #6, and between us and the playoffs is #5 Texas A&M. I suppose if one or two of the playoff teams succumb to Covid-19, the Aggies and/or we will be invited to fill in.

You’ve heard me complain how terrible the refereeing has become, thanks primarily to instant replay, and it’s getting worse every week. Well, in this terribly messed up football year, the playoff committee blew it completely also. Two of the four teams chosen – Ohio State and Notre Dame – should not be in the playoffs.

Notre Dame got into the top four by beating Clemson (about the only actual football team ND played) when Clemson’s quarterback was out with Covid-19. When Trevor Lawrence returned., Clemson wiped up the floor with Notre Dame, who should have been knocked out right then.

Ohio State played only six games. It’s like entering a race at the half-way mark and wanting to be declared the winner when you come in first, having only run half as far. OSU is a good team, but it’s just not eligible for the playoffs in those circumstances.

Neither Notre Dame nor OSU should be there (Notre Dame should never be there). The Aggies and Sooners are more deserving.

NFL: Things worked out about as well as they could for me this week. The Arizona Cardinals, my new favorite team, beat the Philadelphia Iggles 33-26, with Jalen Hurts, the last of the three OU quarterbacks to go high in the draft in three successive years, getting the start for Philadelphia and playing well. I wanted Hurts to do well, but not to beat Kyler Murray and the Cardinals, which happened.

Cleveland beat the New York Giants, and Baker Mayfield played very well, so in the comparison and contrast between Mayfield and Murry, both shone.

The Dallas Cowboys, my erstwhile favorite team, beat the San Francisco 49ers 41-33. Poor San Francisco. They seem to have had more injuries, illnesses, and other issues than any other NFL team this year.

The Seattle Seahawks beat the Washington Redskins 20-15, with the result that since Dallas won and the Giants, Eagles and Redskins all lost, Dallas is still technically in the hunt to win the NFL East, though they are not going to.

The family feud between Belichick and Brady is essentially over for this year. The Patriots lost to Miami and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won a thriller with a come from behind rally by Brady. We’ll see what Belichick can do over the off season to restock the Pats.

Football thoughts – Week 15

Posted in Sports - football, mostly by EloiSVM42 on December 17, 2020

College: The final regular season game between my beloved Oklahoma Sooners and West Virginia Mountaineers was canceled due to Covid-19 concerns. Nevertheless, it is official, and the Sooners will play Iowa State University for the Big XII championship on Saturday morning, assuming both teams can field a team. Football for breakfast, my favorite kind.

This is the only college game that was of any interest to me this week and it was a cropper. However, I was glad to see that some college football pundits are finally starting, as I have been from the get-go, to question the fairness of having Ohio State in the playoffs when they have only played five games. It’s about time. (Ditto any Pac 12 or Big 10 team, which all started the season late.)

NFL: Easily the best game of the week was between the Baltimore Ravens and the Cleveland Browns, which the Ravens won at the bell 47-42. Both quarterbacks, Lamar Jackson and Baker Mayfield, were superb. In fact, Mayfield had the Browns in position to win the game (the Browns scored 42 points!), but Jackson scored a last-minute touchdown to win it.

The sour note for the Browns is that their defense was so poor. Not only didn’t it play well, but the defensive game plan was criminally defective. The defensive coordinator apparently didn’t get the memo that Jackson is the Ravens’ biggest threat, and he’s most dangerous when he’s running. The Browns defense focused on covering Jackson’s receivers and not him, with the result Jackson ran for record-breaking rushing yards for a quarterback.

Next draft, the Browns should spend their picks #s 1,2,3,4,5,6 and 7 on defensive players, oh, and get a new defensive coordinator.

The Arizona Cardinals, my new favorite team, beat the New York Giants 26-7. Kyler Murray is the goods. The Cardinals need some serious upgrading in the next draft, though, and they have got to cut down on undisciplined penalties.  A new coach or two wouldn’t hurt either.

But the really big news about recent OU quarterbacks was that Jalen Hurts got the start for Philadelphia and upset the Breesless Saints 24-21. I presume this spells the end of Carson Wentz at Philadelphia. Hurts is the goods. He has a natural feel for the game, which Wentz, for all his physical attributes, does not possess.

Meanwhile, The Washington Redskins beat the 49ers (the NFL team suffering the most injuries and Covid-19 problems this year) and will apparently win the NFC East, much good may it do them.

My erstwhile favorite team, the Dallas Cowboys, lost to the Baltimore Ravens, which was expected, 34-17 on December 8 and then beat the Cincinnati Bengals 30-7 on the 12th. Who cares? They still stink on ice.

The family feud between Belichick and Brady went badly for the coach this week. Brady and the Bucs beat a good Vikings team 26-14 while the Patriots lost to the Los Angeles Rams 24-3. Cam Newton had such a bad game he was pulled in the fourth quarter. The Patriots are simply not as good this year as they have been in the past, with or without Brady. This feud must be observed for a few years to determine a winner. I’m thinking both coach and quarterback will do well in their new circumstances, ultimately.

Elsewhere, Kansas City and the Packers still look like the cream of the quarterbacks, which is always a leg up in the playoffs.

Football thoughts – Week 14

Posted in Sports - football, mostly by EloiSVM42 on December 10, 2020

College: My beloved Oklahoma Sooners beat Baylor 27-14. It wasn’t a pretty win, but there were two reasons. First, Baylor has a pesky team and an infuriating quarterback who gives us fits. He graduates this year, and I will not miss him. Second, and more important. OU had double digit players not able to play due to COVID-19 concerns.

This sets up a Big XII conference championship game between OU and Iowa State. ISU beat us early in the season, but we are not the same team now as then. Many important players were not available for that game and the team overall was green as grass. We’ll do better next time, but it will still be an exceedingly difficult game. The Cyclones are a very good team.

The remainder of the schedule went pretty much by the chalk, at least those games that were able to be played, including the Aggies nice win over Auburn.

NFL: It was an unusual week in the league, including a Thursday Night Football game played on Tuesday night between my erstwhile favorite team the Dallas Cowboys, and the Baltimore Ravens.

There was nothing unusual about the game, just the day on which it was played. The game was like all recent Cowboys games. Dallas stunk on ice, 34-17. They are spectacularly bad. Terrible coaching, terrible defense, just terrible, period. Fortunately, I don’t care about the Cowboys anymore. I have a new favorite team – the Arizona Cardinals.

Unfortunately, my Cardinals lost also, to the Rams, 38-28. Overall, this was just a case of the better team winning. Arizona still has a way to go, particularly on defense, and the defense will not improve, I fear, so long as Kingsbury is the coach. I’m not sure he knows how to spell defense. He coached at the college level for a school not known for academics, and certainly not for defense.

The Cleveland Browns, the other team with a Heisman Trophy winning #1 draft pick from OU, upset the Tennessee Titans 41-35 and Baker Mayfield was rock solid.

In two unlikely results, The Giants upset the Seahawks, and the Redskins upset the Steelers, which means as Dallas is sinking down the crapper, other NFC East teams are pulling it together.

In the family feud, Tampa Bay was idle, but the Patriots pounded the Chargers 45-0, so Belichick and Cam Newton get this spotlight this week.

However, the most unusual play occurred in the Kansas City v Broncos game, when Tyreek Hill made a catch so improbable that Hill didn’t even realize that he had caught the ball. It was ruled a fumble, and Hill thought it must have hit the ground.

After it was too late, replay showed that it had been a catch, which led to some finger pointing between coach and receiver about why they didn’t challenge the play. My question is why isn’t the finger being pointed at the referees? They are arguably the worst team on the field week after week.

(In the Cowboys’ humiliating loss, they were the victims of among the most egregious missed calls I have ever seen in pro football, right up there to the injustice that kept Brees and the New Orleans Saints out of the Super Bowl a few years ago.)

Football Thoughts – Week 12

Posted in Sports - football, mostly by EloiSVM42 on December 3, 2020

College: The game between my beloved and rapidly improving Oklahoma Sooners and West Virginia Mountaineers was postponed due to “Covid-19 concerns” in the Oklahoma camp. Though university presidents seem determined to prop up the season to get the revenue, I’m still taking the under on either the college or pro games’ completing what anyone would call a season.

That said, Baylor upset Kansas State and Iowa State beat Texas, so I assume that if there is a conference championship game, it is most likely to be between the Sooners and Iowa State, assuming OU wins out.

The committee continues to include teams from the Big 10 and Pac 12 in its rankings, including Ohio State, which comes in at #3. This offends me greatly. These schools are at an advantage because they came into the season late and are fresher. It’s like letting milers jump into the race at the half mile mark.

The Aggies, who sit at #5, beat LSU, and Missouri blanked Vanderbilt, so some readers are happy. Penn State, which is dreadful, upset Michigan, which is even more dreadful. It’s a bad year for a football team to be coached by someone named Harbaugh.

NFL: The Washington Football Team used my erstwhile favorite team, the Dallas Cowboys, as a mop and wiped up the floor with them 41-16. To say the Cowboys were inept is an understatement. There were spectacularly stupid coaching decisions, and I had no idea their defense could play that badly.

In the comparison and contrast between OU’s two Heisman Trophy winners and #1 draft choices, Baker Mayfield was solid as the Browns beat the Jaguars, who it must be admitted are not a good team this year.

Kyler Murray and the Cardinals, my new favorite team, lost to the Patriots, in a game Arizona could have won. Murray had them in position. But the team was done in by penalties (Arizona leads the NFL in them) and disastrous special teams play. This is a Kingsbury team in spades – good offense, but no defense and no attention to special teams whatsoever.

This will be the Cardinals’ fate as long as Kingsbury is its coach. We saw this same act when he was at Texas Tech. He wasn’t a particularly good college coach there. What the hell is he doing coaching an NFL team?

In the family feud between Belichick and Brady, as mentioned above, the Pats won with Cam Newton. But the Bucs and Brady were upset by the Chicago Bears in Chicago. Brady didn’t play particularly well, but their defense was leaky, and it was not an ideal game plan for Brady, in my view. I think this may be a case where the coach is not adapting his game to optimize the strengths of his quarterback.

The San Francisco 49ers upset the Rams, and as a reward were thrown out of Santa Clara for three weeks due to a tremendous spike in Covid-19 cases there. San Francisco will be playing their next three game in Dallas!

Rodgers and Mahomes look like the cream of the quarterbacks at this point in the season. They will almost certainly be in the playoffs, and Kansas City looks like the best team in the NFL and should be the favorite to win the Super Bowl at this point.

A woman made an NFL roster, got into the game, and made a successful kickoff. This is worthy of mention.

Football Thoughts – Week 11

Posted in Sports - football, mostly by EloiSVM42 on November 27, 2020

Football: The lead story this week is all about the virus, again. More and more games are having to be postponed or canceled, making the entire season of both the college and pro games suspect. When the seasons end, if they are not just canceled, there should be a big, glaring asterisk on this season, and I don’t think any records should be recognized, nor champions crowned.

College: My beloved Oklahoma Sooners wiped up the floor with Oklahoma State 41-13. It really wasn’t much of a game, and for all practical purposes it was over quickly. OU led 21-0 about half-way through the first quarter.

This outcome came as no surprise to me. OU has been rounding into form since it got Stevenson and Perkins back. OU was the better team by a margin. But I haven’t worried about OSU as an opponent for years. They’ve had teams far better than this one recently, and we’ve beaten every one of them.

This means OU is in decent shape to play for the Big XII championship, probably against Iowa State, which shut out Kansas State, 45-0.

Of note, Northwestern beat Wisconsin 7-17, which was not totally unexpected. Missouri beat South Carolina 17-10 so my Missouri readers are happy.

Postponements and cancelations due to Covid-19 continue to complicate and disrupt the season. The Texas A&M game was postponed, with Aggies sitting at #5, in the first playoff rankings, so my Aggie daughter is disappointed.

NFL: The Dallas Cowboys, my erstwhile favorite team, beat the Minnesota Vikings, improbably, 31-28, keeping Dallas in the hunt for the NFC East championship.

In the comparison and contrast between Kyler Murray and Baker Mayfield, this week was “inconclusive.” Murray and the Arizona Cardinals, my new favorite team, lost to the Seattle Seahawks 28-21. There’s no shame in that; Seattle has a good team. Mayfield’s Browns beat the Eagles 22-17. He didn’t do anything spectacular, but he was steady, and managed the game well, which was enough to beat the lowly Eagles.

In the family feud between Belichick and Brady, I give this one to Belichick. The Pats lost, but Cam Newton had a terrific game. Brady and the Bucks were outplayed by the Rams 27-24.

Other top year quarterbacks lost. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers also got beat by the Colts, and the Titans beat Lamar Jackson and the Ravens.

Football Thoughts – Week 10

Posted in Sports - football, mostly by EloiSVM42 on November 19, 2020

College: My beloved Oklahoma Sooners had a bye week, so nothing to report about them. Nothing else happened in the Big XII to warrant mention. The Texas Aggies moved up to #1 so my Aggie daughter is happy. Missouri had to postpone its game due to Covid-19, which will distress my friend and Mizzou alum Peter.

It looks like the season is unraveling as I predicted, however. By my count, 15 games will be postponed or canceled next weekend due to Covid-19 concerns, in addition to those canceled this week. Some games can be made up, but each week there are fewer open dates left to play postponed games. Already some schools are matching teams whose scheduled opponents are having Covid-19 issues and playing what amount to pick up games.

I’m not sure what will happen to bowl games, but the greedy university presidents will drag four teams to a playoff, no matter who they are, including possibly teams from the Big 10 and Pack 12 conferences, but it won’t be the same. You know it. I know it. Everybody knows it.

NFL: My erstwhile favorite team, the Dallas Cowboys, had a bye week so they couldn’t embarrass themselves again. New York beat the Eagles and Detroit beat the Redskins, so Dallas is still in the hunt for the conference championship.

All the news was about my new favorite team, the Arizona Cardinals, and quarterback Kyler Murray, because they beat Buffalo on a last second “Hail Murray” pass to DeAndre Hopkins in the endzone to win the game.

Murray lost a game he should have won against the Miami Dolphins the week before and he wasn’t happy about it, including with his coach’s play calling. I won’t say Kingsbury coached his team out of a win (but he did).

Murray is not used to losing and he doesn’t take it well. I was pretty sure he would find a way to win this one, no matter what, and somehow, he did. Thursday night the Cardinals play the Seahawks in Seattle and I can hardly wait.

In the comparison and contrast between Murray and OU’s other recent Heisman Trophy winner and #1 draft choice, Baker Mayfield, I grade it a push. Murray’s win was more dramatic, but Cleveland won its game over Houston 10-7, and Mayfield had his challenges to overcome, in his case, terrible stormy weather.

The family feud between Belichick and Brady I also graded a push. Brady won his game against Carolina handily, but New England also won its game against the Baltimore Ravens, a tougher team.

Most of the other top tier quarterbacks, including Rodgers and Brees, played well, but Brees suffered an injury that will keep him out for several games.

Football Thoughts – Week 9

Posted in Sports - football, mostly, Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on November 12, 2020

College Football: My beloved Oklahoma Sooners beat the breaks off the Kansas Jayhawks 62 to nine. This is as it should be. Kansas is truly awful and will be for a while. But the way OU won was impressive. I may have been too critical too soon. (What can I say? I’m a spoiled Chinaman.) The team has gotten a few players back recently and it is showing on both sides of the ball.

I’m off defensive coordinator Grinch’s case for now. The defense played with spirit and effort. As important, I’m seeing a plan for the defense evolving here. I’ve seen new, young faces in the defense, and they belong to taller, heavier players.

Things are lining up such that with a little luck, OU could be playing for the conference championship. Oklahoma State beat Kansas State, which was helpful but not definitive. OU plays OSU in two weeks, which should tell us a lot more.

Notre Dame got a break and played their one hard game against Clemson when Trevor Lawrence was out and won the game.

OU moved up to #18 in the rankings. There are still four Big XII teams in the top 25, two of which – Oklahoma State and Iowa State are ahead of us. Texas is at 21, but we’ve already played and beaten (I just love writing that) them.

It’s odd seeing some of the teams ranked ahead of OU, such as Marshall and Coastal Carolina, but they won their early games. and we did not.

The Pac 12 began football play a week or two after the Big 10. I feel the same way about the Pac 12 as the Big 10. If the presidents want the revenue, ok, but the teams should not be in the rankings. It’s unequitable.

NFL: My erstwhile favorite team, the Dallas Cowboys, put up a decent fight, but lost in their usual fashion to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Technically, these losers could still win the NFC East, because all the other teams in the conference are as bad as the Cowboys this year (the Giants beat the Redskins this weekend). But it isn’t going to happen. You know it, I know it, everybody knows it.

In the family feud between Belichick and Brady, the coach came out looking rather good this week. The Patriots beat the Jets, though just barely, 30-27, when Cam Newton drove them to a last-minute field goal. It’s pretty clear, though, that the Pats have some rebuilding to do, particularly on defense.

Meanwhile, Brady and the Bucs got clobbered by the Saints 38-3, with Brady having an uncharacteristically very bad, horrible, terrible day.

The Kansas City Chiefs beat the Panthers, though not by much, 33-31. The Chiefs keep winning, but not looking as immortal as last year.

The comparison and contrast between Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray was not on full display again this week, because it was Cleveland’s bye-week and Mayfield was idle.

Kyler Murray and the Cardinals lost to Miami 34-31 on what was easily the most entertaining game of the week. It was a shootout between two gifted, young quarterbacks: Murray and Miami’s rookie Tua Tagovailoa. Tua won this round in what I am sure will be a years-long rivalry at the top level, but in fairness to Murray, he led the Cardinals down for a field goal to tie the game at the end, but the kicker missed it.

It was clear that Murray disagreed with the coach’s decision to go for the kick rather than 4th and one. I can’t fault Kingsbury for kicking. It was a close call. But it does show the flaw in the coach because he had gone on fourth down several times previously in the game but choked on this one, showing too little faith in his quarterback.

Football thoughts – Week 8

Posted in Sports - football, mostly by EloiSVM42 on November 7, 2020

College Football: My beloved Oklahoma Sooners blasted Texas Tech 62 to 28 in Lubbock and restored some of my faith. The game was more or a drubbing than the score indicates. OU led 48-14 at the end of the first half and played reserves for almost all of the second. Half of Tech’s points were scored in the second half.

The defense played with better effort. More important, OU got a couple of players back from a dubious suspension that no one seems to want to talk about. Perkins on defense really helped, and Stevenson on offense won co-offensive player of the week. OU moved up from the top 25 to the top 20, at 19th.

Texas stunned #6 Oklahoma State and West Virginia beat Kansas State. Two Big XII teams – Iowa State and OSU – are ranked higher than OU. Still, it is now possible to see a path for OU to win the conference championship (though not to the playoffs), probably with a championship game repeat against ISU. We shall see.

NFL: Since my new favorite team – the Arizona Cardinals – had a bye week, I checked on my erstwhile favorite team – The Dallas Cowboys. Like OU, Dallas got a couple of players back and looked a little better, but they still lost in their usual way to the Philadelphia Eagles.

My big take away from this game had to do with coaching. At the beginning of the third quarter, after stinking up the place in the first half, Dallas started running Zeke Elliot, and it was working. The Cowboys got well into Eagles territory running the ball and when they got there, they quit running Zeke and ran trick passing plays, which backfired.

In my football world, when something is working, you stay with it until the opponent proves it can stop it, and then you look from where they had to get reinforcements and go to that spot next. This coaching staff couldn’t coach an offense across the street with a green light.

Dallas could not win another game this year, or, on the other end of the spectrum, they could still win the NFC East Division. I’m taking the under on this because Dallas is a dependably underperforming team.

In the family feud between Belichick and Brady, the Quarterback got the best of it again this week. New England lost to Buffalo and Cam Newton did not play well. Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers won their game, but the lowly New York Giants gave them all they wanted. You just can’t get up for every game and Tampa Bay looked flat for this one. San Francisco lost to Seattle, of course, and it looks like Garoppolo is out for the season. This reflects badly on Belichick, who wanted Garoppolo to replace Brady, but Jimmy G just can’t stay healthy and Brady is still winning.

In the Kyler Murray – Baker Mayfield competition, as mentioned above, Murray had a bye. But Mayfield didn’t gain any advantage because the Browns lost to the Raiders 16-6 and looked bad doing it.

In games involving the newest rookie qbs, Tua won his first game starting for the Dolphins by upsetting the Rams, and Burrow looked good in Cincinnati’s win over the Titans.

Aaron Rodgers lost to the Vikings. Russell Wilson, as mentioned led Seattle over the 49ers. Mahomes won. In the NFL, the quarterback play determines who gets to the playoffs.