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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.

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