Jamaal Williams did it all in the Green Bay Packers last second 23-22 win over the Detroit Lions:

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If you’re looking for a storyline from the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions Monday Night Football matchup it was definitely Jamaal Williams. The Packers running back ran hard and showed how good he is at breaking tackles. In fact Williams had 104 rushing yards, 32 receiving yards, and 1 touchdown.



It was the spark plug the Packers needed with Davante Adams out with turf toe. To make matters even worse Geronimo Allison also got hurt. So Williams was a pleasant surprise for the Packers offense and he was actually much better than Aaron Jones was in this contest. It was also somewhat shocking that Green Bay was able to pull out the win. They trailed Detroit for all four quarters but Mason Crosby secured the victory with a last second field goal. Was it an ugly win for Matt LaFluer and Aaron Rodgers? Absolutely but at the end of the day this franchise is 5-1 and sitting solely at the top of the NFC North. They say good teams find a way to win and that’s exactly what Green Bay was able to do down the stretch. Allen Lazard stepped up in crunch time but it was Williams who gave Green Bay a chance by putting together a complete game. And there’s no denying that the Matt LaFleur era is off to a great start in Wisconsin.

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Terry McLaurin’s big day helped the Washington Redskins get their first win of the season:

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The first one is the hardest one. That’s a perfect explanation for the Washington Redskins who entered week 6 with an 0-5 record. But this game was different because they were facing the Miami Dolphins who were also winless. Eventually the Redskins would pull out a 17-16 victory and Terry McLaurin was the best player on the field. The rookie racked up 100 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns. You might expect that from him in year three or year four.


But McLaurin took over in his sixth professional game and it speaks volumes about the player he is. Perhaps the most surprising part about McLaurin is the fact that he was drafted in the third round. Yeah it seemed like every scout was high on McLaurin but no one had the confidence to take him with one of those early round selections. Those front office execs should’ve trusted their gut because McLaurin is starting to look like the steal of the draft. This guy is everything that Josh Doctson was supposed to be. With 4.35 speed, precise route-running, and sure hands he’s taking the NFL by storm. Hopefully McLaurin can eventually get Dwayne Haskins ready to go because that’s what this team needs to be competitive. It’s just amazing that McLaurin is the one who has to bring Haskins along because no one thought that would be the case back in April.

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Terry McLaurin had a big day against the Miami Dolphins and now the Washington Redskins are no long winless.

Taking flight. Sam Darnold returned to the New York Jets and helped them fly by the Dallas Cowboys 24-22:

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It was a rough start to the New York Jets’ season. Sam Darnold missed a significant amount of action (3 games) and that led Gang Green to an 0-4 record. However all of that changed when Darnold returned because he took over against the Dallas Cowboys. Darnold threw for 338 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception. Because of that strong performance the Jets were winning at halftime 21-6 and the Cowboys were playing catch up the entire game. What that did is eliminate part of Dallas’ game plan and it wouldn’t have been possible without Darnold’s poise in the pocket.


The lack of production this team had with Luke Falk was replaced by Darnold’s savvy. It’s amazing how big of a gap there was between how well this offense played yesterday compared to the last month. It’s a quarterback driven league and Darnold proved that by handing the Cowboys their third loss in a row. And when you take a look at some of the plays this guy made it’s obvious why he was the number 3 overall pick in the 2018 Draft. Darnold is so good at scanning the field and he trusts his pre-snap reads. People don’t understand how much the mental side of things matters with quarterbacks but you could see how methodical the Jets were. Not to mention Robby Anderson finally had 125 yards and 1 touchdown. Proving his success is directly related to Darnold’s ability to stretch the field vertically. There’s no doubt this was an impressive win for a team that many NFL fans wrote off.

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Don’t look now but the New York Jets are taking flight with Sam Darnold back on the field.

The New Orleans Saints gave Michael Thomas a $96M contract three months ago and it’s clear Thomas has been worth every penny:

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Guess who is leading the NFL in receiving yards? It’s the same guy the New Orleans Saints signed to a $96M contract back in July. And that player is fourth year wide receiver Michael Thomas. Thomas currently leads the league with 543 yards and he’s certainly earning his paycheck week in and week out.


Perhaps the most impressive part of Thomas’ game is the amount of catches he hauls in each Sunday. We’re only five games into the season but Thomas has already brought in 45 receptions. Most receivers aren’t tough enough to handle that big of a workload because there’s a lot of punishment that comes with catching all of those passes. Despite taking so many hits Thomas has only missed one game during his career. He’s like one of those ironman style of players from the old days but in the modern era. You could also make an argument that Thomas is the most reliable athlete on this roster right now. The last four years Thomas has torched anyone who lined up across from him. Usually his size and strength are the reasons why and it’s hard for smaller cornerbacks to matchup with such a talented pass catcher. Thomas is really tough on crossing routes, slants, and drags but there’s no route off the table either. This guy has so many ways to beat you and he’s one of the best in the business at the moment.

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Michael Thomas has definitely been worth every penny.

While Nick Bosa is taking the NFL by storm. Joey Bosa is still playing at a high level himself:

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Everyone is raving about Nick Bosa and how good he looked against the Cleveland Browns. But older brother Joey Bosa is still dominating as well. J. Bosa has had to pick up the slack with Melvin Ingram sidelined with a hamstring injury. The funny thing is last year Bosa was out with a foot injury and Melvin Ingram was the one who had to carry the team.


So it’s the exact opposite of the situation we saw in 2018 but Bosa has held up pretty well individually. Right now he’s got 3 sacks in five games along with 25 tackles. Which makes it obvious that Bosa is healthy and for the Chargers it’s about keeping the ship afloat until Ingram can return. There’s a possibility that could be today or a week from now. In the meantime Joey Bosa has to be his usual self and that’s a high motor football player. When this guy is on his pursuit is amazing. It’s because he’s got a rare athleticism combined with high football IQ. Offenses have to avoid going near the right side of the field because of Bosa and the Chargers will always be tough on defense as long as he’s there. Which proves how talented the Bosa family is and they’re just getting started.

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Joey Bosa is still playing at a high level and he’s keeping the Chargers afloat.

The New York Giants are improving and their fans should be optimistic about the direction they’re heading:

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I know I know it’s easy to look at New York’s 2 game losing streak and think that this is the same old Giants. But there’s plenty of reasons to be optimistic about the direction this team is heading. For about three quarters the G-Men were in this football game and hanging in there against the defending Super Bowl champions (New England Patriots).


If it wasn’t for a fumble by third string running back Jon Hillman then this game could’ve been a different story. That fumble was returned for a touchdown by New England and it was the defining moment in this contest. However soon Saquon Barkley will be back and that won’t happen anymore. Which brings us to our next point. If the Giants can play the Patriots so tough without Barkley, Sterling Shepard, and Evan Engram. Imagine how good they’ll be a year from now when they keep adding pieces to the puzzle? With the right additions this roster could become competitive. When you also take in to consideration that Daniel Jones will certainly benefit from the action he’s seeing. It’s easy to see that Big Blue is on the rise. They’re also 2-4 right now and should be able to beat their 5-11 mark from a year ago if they keep playing like they did last night.

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New York Giants fans should be optimistic with how tough they played the New England Patriots.

The New England Patriots remain unbeaten after a big 4th quarter led them to a 35-14 win over the New York Giants:

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Bill Belichick doesn’t overlook any opponents but you know he thought the New York Giants would be easier than they were. Big Blue is a young and upcoming team who could be a contender in a couple of years. At times you could see that against New England especially on the defensive side of the ball. The Patriots had a couple of early turnovers and it gave their opponents life.


Fortunately for Belichick’s team they settled down in the 2nd half and put together a solid 4th quarter which would seal the deal for them. Julian Edelman was the star during that stretch of play and came up with several big catches in crunch time. Once the game was over Edelman finished with 9 receptions for 113 yards. And he showed once again why he’s the most reliable player in this offense. The Patriots also seemed to be committed to Sony Michel and they even gave the ball to Michel on the first couple of plays. The idea was to get the young ball carrier going and to get him up to speed before the playoffs are here. It wasn’t a convincing win by any means but New England stuck with the things that won them a Super Bowl last year. Edelman and Michel are the keys to victory and then Belichick works his magic on defense.

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The New England Patriots remain unbeated after holding off the New York Giants.

With Andrew Luck out of the picture it’s clear the Indianapolis Colts are Marlon Mack’s team:

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Andrew Luck has retired but the Indianapolis Colts are still finding a way to get it done. That’s because Marlon Mack has been playing lights out and now Indy has a 3-2 record. Not many people would’ve predicted that but Mack has been the glue after Luck’s departure. With 470 yards and 7 touchdowns this season we’re witness an offensive explosion from the third year ball carrier. Once a 4th round pick now Mack is one of the best running backs in the league. It’s amazing to see the strides he’s made and it’s all because of how well Mack runs between the tackles.


The Colts love to hand him the ball and let him work on the inside. Up to this point that’s been the bread and butter to his success and you also have to acknowledge Mack’s acceleration. Most guys get a little timid when they are running right at the linebackers but Mack doesn’t slowdown at all. Because Indianapolis is controlling the time possession with their rushing attack they are keeping their defense well rested on the sidelines. So there’s so many benefits from establishing the run and Frank Reich is playing his cards perfectly. His philosophy has been outstanding but it wouldn’t be possible without great players. Marlon Mack and the offensive line have been exceptional and it’s helping the Colts execution.

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Andrew Luck is out of the picture but Marlon Mack is keeping the Colts afloat.

The Dallas Cowboys have to get their act together if they want to keep control of the NFC East

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The Dallas Cowboys are coming off back-to-back losses and now they’re on the verge of unraveling in the NFC East. Philadelphia is right on their heels and there’s no room for any letdowns. Luckily for the Cowboys they play the New York Jets this weekend which should be an easier match-up. However the Jets did get Sam Darnold back and that could create some challenges.


Especially when you take in to consideration how bad Dallas was on both sides of the ball against the Saints and Packers. This is a crossroads moment for this franchise and it’s sink or swim from here on out. Jason Witten came out of retirement because he believed this ball club was close to winning a Super Bowl. So far that assessment has been way off and right now the Cowboys only seem to beat mediocre opponents. There’s also some tough games coming up so we’re going to find out exactly what this team is made of? With New England, Los Angeles (Rams), and two showdowns against Philadelphia all on the schedule. It’s obvious there’s zero margin for error. Even if Dallas does go to the playoffs the last thing they want to do is have to go on the road and try to make something happen. Proving how much is on the line for America’s Team and they need to stack some wins and get their confidence back.

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The Dallas Cowboys need to get their act together quickly.

The emergence of Aaron Jones gives the Green Bay Packers another way to beat teams:

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We always hear about Aaron Rodgers and how much of an impact he has for the Green Bay Packers offense. However there’s another Aaron on this team and that player is also making a name for himself. Third year running back Aaron Jones dismantled the Dallas Cowboys last weekend and he rushed for 4 touchdowns before the day was over. That brings Jones total up to 8 touchdowns for the season which is very impressive considering there’s only been five games. Suddenly Rodgers doesn’t have to put it all on himself.


The offensive linemen up front are winning at the line of scrimmage. They seem to be doing more zone blocking and Jones does a great job of running to daylight. When you watch him play right away it becomes obvious that Jones likes to bounce the football to the outside. What that does is put Jones in matchups against cornerbacks instead of linebackers. Who are much worse at tackling and less aggressive hitters. Matt LaFleur also designed a bubble screen and a halfback screen for Jones so Green Bay uses his speed in space. Clearly this guy is more of a scatback than a powerback and this is just the latest version of the dual-threat running backs we’ve seen lately (Christian McCaffrey, Alvin Kamara, and now Aaron Jones). The defenses are so good these days that you need players like Jones to catch swing passes and stretch the field horizontally. The Packers have that in their arsenal and now they’re 4-1.

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Aaron Jones gives the Packers another way to win.

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