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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.

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