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Football Thoughts – Week 7

Posted in Sports - football, mostly by EloiSVM42 on October 29, 2020

College: My beloved Oklahoma Sooners won their game against TCU and looked surprisingly good doing it. They played with energy, even on the defensive side of the ball. I saw some new faces on the field, which means there has been some shaking up, and also a reminder to me that OU is in a mildly rebuilding year. Fortunately, some of the new players looked really good. Mims, a true freshman, won Big 12 honors this week. Boomer Sooner.

OU has crept into the top 25, though just barely, at #24. Think about it. Usually we are in the top five, not top 25. As it stands, there are now four Big 12 teams in the rankings and three of them are ahead of us. Unfortunately, two of those teams have already beaten us. The top ranked Big 12 team is Oklahoma State, at #6. The only chance OU has to win the conference championship is for OSU to knock off the other rivals and for us to beat OSU. Hope springs eternal.

The Big Ten began playing this weekend. I did not play football in college. I ran track. It was a long time ago, but when I competed, a runner could not jump into a race half-way through it and win a medal. I understand why greedy university presidents would want the revenue, but I don’t think Big Ten teams should be allowed in the rankings.

NFL: My Dallas Cowboys lost to the Washington Redskins in a humiliating fashion, 25-3, in other words, by more than three touchdowns. This team stinks on ice. It is saddled with clueless coaches and underperforming players. The Cowboys have officially settled into seemingly perpetual mediocrity (I suspect they haven’t hit bottom yet), and the Jones boys are responsible for it, and what’s worse, seem to be okay with it. So, hell with them and on to my new favorite team, the Arizona Cardinals.

In the best game of the weekend, the Cardinals beat the Seattle Seahawks, 37-34. It was an excellent game that went into overtime. Interestingly, Arizona led in this game for only four seconds when they kicked the game winning field goal at the end of overtime.

It was enjoyable to watch Kyler Murray and the incomparable Russell Wilson duke it out. I never bet against Wilson, but in the end, Murray won this match up.

In the comparison and contrast I am following, Baker Mayfield also had a great day, as the Browns beat the Cincinnati Bengals in another shootout, against rookie quarterback Joe Burrow, by the same 37-34 score. Mayfield scored five touchdown and had a 143.5 QBR. Excellent. Murray still has the better team, but the Browns took a step forward.

In the feud between Belichick and Brady, it was all Brady this week. Brady and the Buccaneers beat the Las Vegas Raiders handily, 45-20, as Brady threw for 369 yards and accounted for four touchdowns, one of which he ran in. He had a 136 QBR.

Meanwhile the Patriots were trounced 33-6 at home by the San Francisco 49ers, in which Cam Newton, who is clearly still suffering from the effects of Covid-19, had to be benched.

The only solace for Belichick is that Jimmy Garoppolo, who he wanted to replace Brady with at New England, was quarterbacking the 49ers team. The Pats, heavily damaged by the virus, are also in what has to be considered a rebuilding year, so this feud will play out over two or perhaps even three seasons.

In other games, the cream is rising to the top.  Aaron Rodgers threw for four touchdowns and racked up a 141 QBR in Green Bay’s win over the Houston Texans. The Kansas City Chiefs beat the Denver Broncos 43-16. Patrick Mahomes had a so-so day, but to be fair, the game was played in the snow. The Baltimore Ravens were tested by the lowly Philadelphia Eagles 30-28. Lamar Jackson had a so-so passing day with about 200 yards, but he also led the team in rushing with 108 yards.

Red Flag Alert: in both the college and pro leagues, games were “postponed,” due to Covid-19 cases.

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