Kirk Cousins is having the last laugh. The Minnesota Vikings appear to be a playoff contender:

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Author: Jon Kuzma


It was easy to take shots at Kirk Cousins last year. The Minnesota Vikings regressed after handing Cousins a 3-year $82M contract. That wasn’t supposed to happen after going all in on the free agent quarterback but things are completely different this season. Now the Vikings have an 8-3 record and it looks like they’re heading to the playoffs. And Kirk Cousins has been sensational with 21 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. Those numbers prove that Cousins has put it altogether and it’s helping this team get better each week.


Because of how much of an impact he’s having we should start seriously considering Cousins for MVP. Especially if Lamar Jackson and Russell Wilson cool off the rest of the way. All we can go off of is what we see on the field and it would disgrace the game if we didn’t tell Cousins’ story. It’s amazing because so many people doubted him but Cousins never gave up on himself. You need that when your back is against the wall and now things are going his way. On the field some of the throws we’re seeing from him are also creating opportunities for this offense. Stefon Diggs has also helped with his vertical capabilities and everything is clicking at the moment for Minnesota. Moving forward Mike Zimmer’s team has to iron out any remaining wrinkles because they’re looking at a wildcard spot. If the playoffs started today Minnesota would take on New Orleans. But it also could be a team like Seattle or Dallas so the Vikings have to make sure they’re playing their best football.

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Jamison Crowder is becoming Sam Darnold’s favorite receiver and it’s helping the New York Jets’ offense:

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The New York Jets have scored at least 30 points in their last two games. And it’s no coincidence that Jamison Crowder has been on fire during that same span of time. Ever since Sam Darnold came back from mono he’s been developing a very good rapport with Crowder. It’s because of how good of routes the 26 year old receiver runs and you see a lot of the same things from Julian Edelman in New England. Both players are quick in-and-out of their breaks which translates to consistent separation.


Like Edelman, Crowder is also very good after the catch and we learned that when this guy used to return punts during his time with the Washington Redskins. At the moment this has been the Jets best free agent acquisition because he’s been better than Le’Veon Bell and C.J Mosley. It’s gotten to the point that Crowder is being targeted more than Robby Anderson and this could be the team’s new identity moving forward. Darnold is on the rise and he needs a partner in crime to scale the mountain with. Therefore these two are a perfect match for each other. Now it’s about taking that knowledge into the off-season and figuring out a way to build around those guys. The best course of action seems to be improving the offensive line and allowing Darnold more time to operate from the pocket. Once that happens Crowder and the rest of the Jets receivers will see a spike in their production.

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The Kansas City Chiefs are in control of the AFC West after beating the Los Angeles Chargers 24-17:

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It wasn’t the most convincing win for the Kansas City Chiefs. But they did knock off the Los Angeles Chargers 24-17 in an AFC West showdown. If there was one bright spot in this game for the Chiefs it’s how well Frank Clark played. Clark had 5 tackles, 1 sack, 1 TFL, and a forced fumble. It’s pretty obvious that the former Seahawk is finding his stride as the regular season begins to wind down.


Which will be huge for this team once the playoffs begin. They’re going to need Clark to get off the field on third downs and if he’s on the Chiefs will be able to close out games like they did to Philip Rivers in the 4th quarter. We also have to talk about Patrick Mahomes and the fact that his knee held up well in this match-up. It was actually one of Mahomes better nights running the football and he finished with 59 rushing yards. Which is good news for Kansas City because it appears that his patella injury is in the rear view mirror and now this team can focus on winning out. They lead their division with a 7-4 record. And all signs are pointing to the Raiders as being their biggest threat. Oakland is 6-4 so there’s not a lot of breathing room for the Chiefs. However they’ve been in the driver seat up until this point in time and that has to say something about who they are as a ball club.

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Frank Clark was exceptional in the Chiefs win over the Chargers. And now Kansas City controls the AFC West.

Lamar Jackson is improving as a passer. Which is taking the Baltimore Ravens to the next level:

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Last week when the Houston Texans and Baltimore Ravens met up. There were two narratives in play. The first was that Deshaun Watson is a pocket passer who can beat you with his arm. And the other is Lamar Jackson is a running quarterback who can beat teams with his legs. In fact that’s always been the angle people used when making a case against Lamar Jackson.


They said there’s no way he would be able to make all of the NFL throws. But it was Jackson who led the Ravens to a 41-7 victory over the Texans. And it was Jackson who put his arm talent on display by throwing for 4 touchdown passes. The throws to Mark Andrews and Seth Roberts really stand out because Jackson stood in the pocket and made plays down the field. Those are the type of plays an offense has to be able to make when you get to the playoffs because the defenses are so tough. Lamar Jackson is proving he can get the job done and he’s also getting some help from the emergence of Mark Ingram. Now that Ingram is finding his stride Baltimore is more dangerous than ever. It’s easy to see why people think they’re the Super Bowl favorites because the Ravens have such a unique style of play. Defensive coordinators are staying up all night but they haven’t been able to stop it. Don’t expect that to change anytime soon.

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Lamar Jackson is getting better as a passer and it’s taking the Baltimore Ravens to the next level.

We’re finding out that Aaron Jones can carry the torch for the Green Bay Packers. Jones is shaping up into a complete running back:

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When we’re talking about the most improved player in football. Aaron Jones’ name has to be in the conversation. The 24 year old running back showed a lot of promise during the 2018 season but he’s been even better this year. Jones has racked up 14 total touchdowns and it’s amazing how much production one athlete can give their team. The funny thing is Jones is only 208 pounds but he plays fearless every Sunday. Most of his runs are right up the gut and then we usually see him break a tackle or two.


He’s also got outstanding balance and those abilities make this offense very dangerous. Aaron Rodgers doesn’t have to do it all because Jamal Williams and Jones have added some grit to this team’s ground game. Plus you have to acknowledge how good Jones has been as a receiver as well. He lined up out wide against the Kansas City Chiefs and beat Anthony Hitchens for a touchdown. And then there’s the things he can do when leaking out of the backfield. Right now it’s obvious Aaron Jones is the Packers x-factor and this has been an All-Pro year for him. But you know Green Bay’s only focus is winning a Super Bowl and if their rising star plays up to his potential is definitely possible.

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Aaron Jones is shaping up into a complete player for the Green Bay Packers.

Kenny Golladay is leading the way for the Detroit Lions. Nobody in the NFL has more receiving touchdowns:

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When you watch Kenny Golladay play you’re almost baffled at how physically dominant he is. Replacing Calvin Johnson was never going to be easy but Golladay has done better than most would’ve expected. Right now the former 3rd round pick has a league leading 8 touchdowns and he’s been one of Bob Quinn’s best draft picks. This guy is on pace for his second consecutive 1,000 yard season and it’s amazing how reliable he’s been for Matthew Stafford.



If the other Lions played with as much heart as Golladay does then there’s no doubt this would be a winning football team. And It’ll be criminal if the former Northern Illinois alum doesn’t make the Pro Bowl this year. Often times those nominations will go to some of the more recognizable players in the NFL. But at this point Golladay has been so good that he deserves to be mentioned with the elites. For someone who was overlooked coming out of college you have to applaud him for being able to defy the odds and manifest his destiny. It all comes down to the fact that he’s able to consistently get separation from defensive backs. Golladay is very good on crossing routes and he has a long lengthy frame which he can use to go above defenders and make plays. The 26 year old is also a great red zone target or there’s no way he’d have so many touchdowns. Which proves Golladay is the total package and every other receiver is trying to keep up.

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Kenny Golladay is leading the way in Detroit. He’s got the most receiving touchdowns in the NFL.

Marcus Peters has been everything the Baltimore Ravens hoped for. He’s off to a perfect start with his new team:

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Usually when a player gets traded there’s a little bit of a transition phase before things start clicking. The player has to learn a new system and the terminology for each play. But for Marcus Peters it was easy because he went to a defense that fits his skill set. Out in Los Angeles Peters was asked to play a lot of man coverage in Wade Phillips’ scheme but Baltimore mixes things up. Clearly the environment has been conducive for Peters because he’s recorded 2 pick-sixes since joining the Ravens.


To put that in perspective Jalen Ramsey hasn’t recorded an interception all year. So Peters is playing much better than the guy the Rams chose to replace him with. And now Baltimore is firing on all cylinders because they added such a big contributor to their defense. Lamar Jackson gives this franchise a chance to win a Super Bowl and it makes sense to try to improve the defense so it’s even tougher to beat these guys. From what we’ve seen from Marcus Peters it’s possible that the Ravens win their 3rd Vince Lombardi Trophy. Defenses that can score touchdowns increase your odds of winning so much and when you combine that with Jackson it’s obvious Baltimore will be an unstoppable force.

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Marcus Peters has two pick-sixes since joining the Baltimore Ravens.

Baker Mayfield put his arm on display in the Cleveland Browns 21-7 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers:

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Thursday Night Football was an AFC North clash between the Cleveland Browns and the Pittsburgh Steelers. In this game Cleveland’s defense played lights out and they held the Steelers to just 7 points. The other thing that stood out is how well Baker Mayfield played. Some of Mayfield’s throws were incredible and he did a great job of stretching the field vertically. Right away he hit Odell Beckham Jr. for a 42 yard strike. Mayfield didn’t take his foot off the gas either.


Throughout the night he would also connect with Khaderel Hodge and Jarvis Landry on a number of big throws. It felt like the former Heisman winner (Mayfield) was more confident than he was in a lot of the previous games. At this point Mayfield understands that he has to take more risks if he wants to win out and get Cleveland to the wildcard. It’s possible with a 10-6 record but that will be tough after how this game ended. Myles Garrett got into a brawl with Mason Rudolph and Garrett hit Rudolph with his own helmet. It was an embarrassment for the league and now Garrett will be suspended for an unknown length of time. Which means Mayfield will have to be even better down the final stretch of the season. To be honest this win over Pittsburgh was a pyrrhic victory because the loss of Garrett will be too much to overcome. It just goes to show that one bad decision can doom a team.

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All of Baker Mayfield’s talents were on display against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

D.K Metcalf is proving all of his doubters wrong. We’re finding out just how good he can be for the Seattle Seahawks:

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On draft night D.K Metcalf asked Pete Carroll “why did you wait so long?” when he was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks. It was obvious that Metcalf was upset about sliding to the bottom of the second round (64th overral). However if you ask Metcalf how he feels about life now there’s no doubt you’ll get a much different tune. Landing with the Seahawks was the perfect fit for this guy and catching passes from Russell Wilson has to be a dream come true.


That combination has led to Metcalf hauling in 595 yards and 5 touchdowns. He’s been better than any other rookie wide receiver. It’s because Metcalf is a match-up nightmare. On one play against Tampa Bay he caught a corner route and went 53 yards for a touchdown. And the former Ole Miss alum also outran Jamel Dean who ran a 4.3 40 yard dash at the NFL Combine. A player that is 6’3” 230 pounds isn’t supposed to do that but Metcalf is a rare athlete and you can see it on the field every weekend. Everyone said he wasn’t good enough to run the entire route tree but he’s also proven all the naysayers wrong in that area as well. Most of the criticism against Metcalf was more about assassinating his character than anything else. People didn’t like that he was too good of a prospect and then they created a narrative against Metcalf to hold him back. Well it didn’t work because now we have to mention him in the conversation for Offensive Rookie of the Year.

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D.K Metcalf has to be in the conversation for Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Dwayne Haskins finally has the support he needs from the Washington Redskins. Bill Callahan is all in on Haskins:

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Because former Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden didn’t believe in Dwane Haskins. The rookie quarterback has fallen behind Kyler Murray and Daniel Jones. Those two other QBs had the full support of the teams that drafted them but Haskins hasn’t been as lucky. Well that’s all changing because Redskins interim head coach Bill Callahan is all in on the former Ohio State signal caller.



Ever since Case Keenum suffered a concussion Callahan has decided to go with the younger guy (Haskins). It makes sense to get his development underway and you have to remember the Redskins are 1-8. If there was ever any time to turn the team over to a rookie this is it. Haskins has actually struggled up to this point with 0 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. But we’re really going to see what he’s made of in these next seven games? Remember Haskins was selected after Murray and Jones so he has to get back on track and prove that he was overlooked in the draft. It just feels like eventually everything will start to click for the former Buckeye because he was so good in college. His arm was never the problem and you have to believe that will eventually be his strength in the NFL. Once he gains his confidence the Redskins should be in much better shape.

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Washington Redskins: Bill Callahan is all in on Dwayne Haskins

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