If Will Fuller can stay healthy he has a ton of upside. Fuller is more explosive than most of the defensive backs he lines up against:

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Third year Texans Receiver Will Fuller has been making a name for himself by simply running past defenders. Fuller ran a 4.32 40 dash at the combine back in 2016 so there isn’t many cornerbacks that can match up with him. It’s going to take opposing team’s top cover guy to guard Fuller and that’s still going to be a tall task. Will Fuller works the vertical passing game so well and its almost defensive suicide to line up in press coverage against the Texans speedy receiver. If the defensive back misses their bump attempt the former Notre Dame standout is going deep for six. It’s just way smarter to play soft coverage against this guy and let him catch all the underneath stuff. Really the only knock against Fuller is the fact that he has missed eight games over his first two years. There’s definitely some durability concerns which is mostly due to Will Fuller only being 185 pounds. When Fuller is in Houston’s line up though it changes the outcome of football games and his 7 touchdowns last season make that clear. If Fuller can record 7 touchdowns in ten games it’s frightening how good he can be once he becomes a full time player. It also has to be concerning to the Texans that DeShaun Watson’s year was cut short due to an ACL tear. When you step back and look at this situation Houston has a lot of health problems which can end up destroying their dreams. If Watson or Fuller can’t go then this team doesn’t have a shot at living up to their potential. Which means the team doctors and the training staff are going to have to work their magic and make sure they keep a close eye on these banged up skills players. The Texans future will depend on it.

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Broncos’ defense clamps down 49ers offense, even with 6 starters on the sidelines:

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The Denver Broncos are known for having one of the better defenses in the National Football League and the San Francisco 49ers found that out first hand. Denver had 6 starters out of their starting line up but still managed to goose egg the 49ers for the first half of action. Eventually Kyle Shanahan was able to get a touchdown in the 3rd and 4th quarter but the fact the Broncos were able to handle the Niners so easily is a testament of their defensive talent. Everyone knows Shanahan is one of the brightest offensive minds in the league but Denver is so much more superior when it comes to the overall roster talent. A lot of the Broncos number 1 guys didn’t suit up but San Francisco couldn’t find a rhythm on the ground or through the air. When Denver gets Von Miller, Derek Wolfe, and T. Ward on the field that defensive output will significantly improve, which has to be extremely frightening for NFL offensive coordinators. It’s so hard to get in a groove offensively because it takes another level of cohesion. Typically offenses take much longer to get going than a good defense, which is exactly why defense is key to success in this league. Each team has a greater chance of being a dominant defense than being a high powered powered offense, so you better make the most of that opportunity and optimize your defensive play. The Broncos have been doing that better than most teams in the league for the past couple years and now all this franchise needs it Trevor Siemian to step up and make some magic happen. Von Miller and company will keep points off the board, we all know that. It’s up to Siemian to get the guys on the offensive ball to believe in him and Denver has to get some continuity on offense. It’s the only way they will get back to Super Bowl contention.

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Kirk Cousins is the reason the Vikings are a better team than the Eagles. Cousins was the biggest change to Minnesota’s roster and that’s why they were able to beat Philadelphia 23-21:

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The Philadelphia Eagles absolutely destroyed the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship game last season 38-7 but boy what a difference a year makes. The Vikings had one of the most notable free agent acquisitions in quarterback Kirk Cousins. That helped Mike Zimmer’s team take the next step offensively and it also looks like Minnesota has surpassed the defending champs. While this game isn’t a huge reflection of how much better the Vikings are because they only scored 23 points. There’s no doubt Cousins adds a whole other dynamic to this NFC rivalry and if you read between the lines that played a bigger role than what meets the eye. Cousins checks off a lot of the boxes when you’re looking for the perfect NFL quarterback. Kirk Cousins threw for 301 yards, 1 touchdown, and no interceptions. The two things that stand out are the 300 yards of offense and the 0 interceptions. Those are two major improvements for this organization’s output and Case Keenum failed to crack 300 and turned the ball over twice in that last match up between both these teams. Cousins also brings out the best in Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs which has been apparent over these past 5 weeks. Thielen recorded 116 yards and 1 touchdown. Diggs had 10 receptions for 91 yards. If there’s any achilles heel for Minnesota it’s definitely their lack of a running game. However Cousins made up for any deficiencies and that’s what a franchise quarterback brings to the table. Carson Wentz tried to his best to rally Philadelphia by throwing for 311 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions but they didn’t have enough time to capture the lead. Zach Ertz was also a standout for the Eagles he hauled in 110 yards and 1 touchdown. Wendell Smallwood caught the other Wentz TD and added 44 receiving yards. Minnesota held on at the end though and it was an impressive victory. The other big story line in this game was definitely the Vikings defense. They kept Philly in check especially throughout the first half. Linval Joseph had the best game of his career putting up 5 tackles, 1 sack, 1 TFL, and scoring a huge defensive touchdown along the way. Danielle Hunter was also very tough he registered 2 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 TFL. Doug Pederson’s defense were led by Brandon Graham who had 3 tackles, 1 sack, and 2 TFLs. Jordan Hicks was also a significant contributor with 9 tackles. Minnesota improves to a 2-2-1 record and they’re hoping to smooth out the kinks moving forward. Make no mistake about it though this was a great win for everyone in that locker room and now they believe they can beat Philadelphia if they see them again in the playoffs.

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Kirk Cousins makes the Minnesota Vikings a better team than the Philadelphia Eagles. Which means things are changing in the NFC power rankings.

It’s getting harder to defend Mike McCarthy. The Packers head coach has Bill Belichick’s cynical attitude without nearly as much success:

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When you watch Bill Belichick and see him conduct his team with a little bit of an attitude it’s very rarely questioned. Belichick is a 5x Super Bowl winning head coach and his methods have achieved more than most people can dream of. That’s why it’s so hard to watch Packers head coach Mike McCarthy try to emulate Belichick. McCarthy has won a Super Bowl but it’s the lack of originality and the fact that Belichick is so much more successful. First off McCarthy needs to develop his own style and prove that’s he not just riding Aaron Rodgers’ coattails. It takes a level of creativity to be the artist of your own image and brand but McCarthy just stole everything Belichick had already done. The other concern is McCarthy doesn’t carry enough weight to act like that. When Tom Brady went down Belichick put together a winning season with Matt Cassel. McCarthy is dead in the water if Rodgers can’t suit up and lately Green Bay’s commander has been losing his cool on the sidelines too. Last game Mike McCarthy almost fought a referee and that doesn’t send a good message to the guys in that locker room. When the highest ranking coach is losing control the team is going to end up following suit. Things are getting to the point where the Packers need to win this season or a change could end up happening. This organization already fired their offensive and defensive coordinators this past off-season (Which was probably requested by the board of directors). Obviously that’s a clear indication of what’s to come next if they don’t produce some results quickly. So if you read between the lines it’s apparent that Mike McCarthy has a ton of pressure on his shoulders right now. Maybe that’s why we see him so frustrated all the time because he’s starting to realize everything is slipping away.

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Mike McCarthy always has a bad attitude and it’s getting harder to defend him.

Clutch performance: New England had no answer for Kerryon Johnson. Detroit’s rookie running back ran hard all night and led the Lions to a 26-10 upset.

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The last time the Detroit Lions had a 100 yard rusher it was 2013 and Kerryon Johnson was still in high school. Luckily though the Lions had Johnson in their line up against the New England Patriots and boy did the rookie showcase his talents. Johnson ran hard on every snap showing off impressive footwork and spectacular ball carrier vision. The 2017 SEC Offensive Player of the Year (Johnson) was patient when he needed to be but also a downhill runner at times. It’s the combination of speed and power which makes this guy such a unique running back and it appears the Lions have a star. Johnson had 16 carries and produced 101 yards for Detroit’s offense. New England struggled to contain him and that was one of the key story lines in this match up. The other was Matthew Stafford’s big day. Stafford outplayed Tom Brady and really tilted the odds in Matt Patricia’s team’s favor. When the final whistle blew Stafford had thrown for 262 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception. Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay were on the receiving end of each of Stafford’s touchdown passes. Jones finished the night with 69 yards while Golladay had 53 yards. The Lions defense was led by Eli Harold who recorded 3 tackles and 2 sacks. Darius Slay had a clutch interception late in the game to seal the victory and New England didn’t get the best night from Brady. The future Hall of Famer threw for 133 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception. That one TD was to James White on a halfback fade out of the backfield. Outside of that there wasn’t much going on. Rob Gronkowski hauled in 51 receiving yards and Sony Michel rushed for 50 yards. Defensively this organization wasn’t much better. Duron Harmon was the top defender for the Patriots he went for 8 tackles. Ja’Whaun Bentley also contributed 5 tackles and an interception in a losing effort. Detroit gets their first win of the season and Matt Patricia does it against his former team. As far as New England goes they need to regroup after two straight losses because they are falling apart right before our eyes. You have to wonder if the culture is toxic in Foxborough?

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Clutch Performance: Kerryon Johnson ran hard on all sixteen of the hand-offs he got and that’s exactly why the Lions beat New England.

Aaron Donald will be a Ram for the next six years after signing a $135M dollar extension:

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The Los Angeles Rams wanted Aaron Donald to report to the team and that’s why they offered their top defender a $135 million dollar deal in order to get something done. Donald accepted that contract and now the Rams defense is going to be ready for week one when they take on the Oakland Raiders. Aaron Donald has been showing off on social media about how good of shape he’s in so expect him to be his usual self on game day. No interior lineman in football can bring the pressure that Donald does and the Rams defense are on another level when this guy is on the field. Wade Phillips’ group is dependent on Donald’s penetration upfront and when you also include the supporting cast they have around their star defense tackle it’s scary how good this team can be? If Donald doesn’t get to the quarterback there’s no doubt Ndamukong Suh will. That tandem will be nearly unstoppable this season and they’re the reason Los Angeles is going to have a serious shot at winning a Super Bowl. To be honest Phillips might not even need to blitz either. Suh and Donald could probably over-match most teams all by themselves. If the Rams also rush two more players that’s going to be a load to deal with. Expect a lot of quarterbacks to be flushed out of the pocket because there’s no way opposing team’s offensive lines will protect up the middle (A and B gaps). Which means Donald gets his money and he’s also going to get some great results on the field. Not many players could pass up that sweet of a deal and give Los Angels some props for actually hashing out this agreement. It took a little bit more time than expected but at least Donald won’t miss any of the regular season. Which is a big win for the Rams organization and now it’s all systems go.

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Aaron Donald has a new deal and he’ll be a Ram for at least the next six years.

The Jets dodged a bullet by not signing Kirk Cousins to a $90M guaranteed contract. Sam Darnold is cheaper and better:

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One of the biggest story lines of this past off-season was Kirk Cousins and which team he was going to sign with in free agency? Eventually the Jets emerged as one of the front-runners to land Cousins and there were reports that New York was willing to pay the former Redskin $90M guaranteed. Obviously that’s a massive financial commitment and in the end the Jets didn’t actually sign Cousins. Now however that appears to have been the best most move for this organization. New York would go on to sign Teddy Bridgewater and draft Sam Darnold with their 2018 first round pick. To be honest that turn of events was a much better option for Todd Bowles’ ball club. Darnold is going to end up being a way better player than Kirk Cousins is. That’s evident in how well the rookie has played from day one. It took Cousins four seasons until he actually became a full time starter for Washington. Which is exactly why Kirk Cousins was drafted in the 4th round while Darnold was the third player taken overall (1st round). So you ask what’s the difference between these two guys on the field? Believe it or not Cousins can throw the ball exceptionally well but Darnold is a winner. There’s no doubt from a leadership stand point the Jets are going to feel much more comfortable leaning on Sam Darnold during crunch time than they would with Cousins. A lot of that has to do with Darnold being the ideal size for a QB. Darnold is 6’3” 225 and looks the part. Cousins is a little bit smaller and sometimes it seems like he gets overwhelmed in the moment. That hasn’t been the case with the Jets top pick and then there’s the financial side of things. Cousins was on the cusp of landing a $90M guaranteed contract but the Jets instead signed Darnold to a $30M dollar deal. That’s 1/3 of the cost for a player with twice the upside. Cousins might feel good letting the press know how much money he passed on but New York walks away from this whole situation as the big winner.

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The New York Jets are better off after not signing Kirk Cousins. They dodged a bullet.

Calais Campbell had 14.5 sacks a year ago and it’s because the Jaguars let him play outside at defensive end for the majority of his snaps:

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When Calais Campbell joined the Jacksonville Jaguars one of the biggest selling points for the team was allowing Campbell to take most of his snap at defensive end. Campbell had to bump inside to defensive tackle during his time in Arizona and that really limited his pass rushing capabilities. In Jacksonville Campbell gets to come off the edge and is less likely to take on double teams. Not only is that beneficial but the Jaguars have plenty of other talent around Campbell on their defensive line. Guys like Yannick Ngakoue, Malik Jackson, and Marcel Dareus are going to prevent offensive lines from solely keying in on Campbell. Which opens up the 31 year old (Campbell) to rush much more freely. Really that’s why Calais Campbell tallied up 14 and a half sacks last season and he should be able to go over the 10 sack mark again. When you watch what stands out individually about the 6’8 300 pounder. It’s evident that the veteran is physically superior than most people he matches up against. Very few players are fluid like Campbell is especially since he’s such a big guy. Those offensive tackles aren’t quick enough to get the leverage they need to block number 93 for the Jaguars. Even when they do get their hands on Campbell he tends to bull rush through the contact. The final piece of the puzzle to Campbell’s game is the fact that he is undoubtedly the leader of this defensive group. Campbell’s almost underrated when you consider everything he brings to the table. It’s not surprising that Jacksonville finally turned their luck around as soon as they got him. There’s a lot of good defenders out there but Campbell has the ability to cut off one side of the field. The last thing an offense wants to do is run his way because Calais Campbell has made a living off making offenses pay when they test him. Offensive coordinator also should chip the 3x Pro Bowler (Campbell) with a running back on pass plays because he’s going to make life miserable for their quarterback.

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Mike Williams is going to be a match up nightmare for opposing secondaries. The Chargers will have a potent passing offense because of all the pieces they have:

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When you think about the Los Angeles Chargers Philip Rivers tends to come to mind because the veteran quarterback is always leading a dynamic passing offense. You might also think about Keenan Allen and everything he’s been able to do catching passes from Rivers. However now former 1st round pick Mike Williams is making a splash too. Williams has simply overwhelmed defenders during LA’s training camp and preseason games. In the Chargers contest versus the Seahawks Williams hauled in a huge touchdown grab from Geno Smith. On that play Williams displayed tremendous jump ability and he’s great at high pointing the football. So smaller defensive backs aren’t going to do well against Mike Williams and that creates personnel problems for defensive coordinators. All the other highlight reel passes Williams has caught in practice have been fade routes as well (Same route against the Seahawks) which means that’s the strength of 23 year old receiver’s game. Williams wants to release on the outside of cornerbacks towards the sidelines and get vertical as quickly as possible. From there Philip Rivers will have to loft the throw out in front of Williams or Rivers can put it up high and let the gifted pass catcher go above the defender for the snag. Those skills will be huge for this offense particularly in the red zone. With everything that’s going to add to this group there’s no limit in sight. Keenen Allen is playing some of his best football ever and Tyrell Williams has recorded a 1,000 yards before. Now Mike Williams will be factored into the equation and Philip Rivers has never had this much firepower around him. It’s so obvious to see that the Chargers are going to the playoffs and their best days are definitely ahead of them. If Williams continues to progress there’s no telling how high this team can climb?

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Guarding Mike Williams is going to be a nightmare for defensive backs.

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