Don’t sleep on the Buffalo Bills. They proved they’re a true contender by beating the Dallas Cowboys 26-15:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

Cole Beasley couldn’t have been happy when the Dallas Cowboys chose not to re-sign him. After spending his first seven seasons in Texas. Beasley ultimately decided to sign with the Bills because they were the highest bidder. That deal was a four-year contract worth $29M. And right now it looks like the Bills are a genius for bringing Beasley in. He’s got 635 yards and 5 touchdowns since arriving in Western New York. Which includes a 110 yard and 1 touchdown performance against his former team. That was a big reason Buffalo was able to knock off Dallas 26-15 and it’s another crucial step for the Bills.


They’re letting the world know that they can’t be taken lightly. The 9-3 record makes it obvious and this ball club can be a disruptor on the AFC side of the playoff bracket. After everything we’ve seen transpire it’s easy to believe Buffalo could go on a Cinderella run. Their defense is outstanding and they don’t make very many mistakes. Josh Allen is also playing incredible and he always seems to find a way to win. This has been the perfect formula for success and it’s starting to feel like they might be able to surprise us. For an organization who has one playoff appearance in the last two decades. It’s definitely something to be optimistic about and Sean McDermott is starting to turn the Bills around.

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Marcus Peters got his revenge against the Los Angeles Rams. Now he’s entering the discussion for Defensive Player of the Year:

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To be the best player on the defensive side of the ball is a great accomplishment in the National Football League. Aaron Donald was last year’s recipient and he certainly deserved that award. And this year Marcus Peters is making a case for himself after intercepting his former teammate Jared Goff and helping the Baltimore Ravens dismantle the Los Angeles Rams 45-6. Peters is up to 5 interceptions for the season and he’s done a remarkable job after being traded. Clearly he’s motivated because LA chose to cast him off.


No one likes to be overlooked and now Peters is channeling that negativity and using it to fuel him. At the minimum he’s positioned himself in the hunt for D.P.O.Y so now it’s about staying hot throughout the remainder of the season. You never know, a couple more pick-sixes could make him a lock and obviously there’s no better feeling than proving your doubters wrong. It just goes to show that sometimes the wrong players get weeded out because Los Angeles went all-in on Jalen Ramsey and then got annihilated by Baltimore. Whereas Peters is having all the fun in the world right now and his team could also win the Super Bowl. So It’s safe to say life is going pretty well for Peters.

Defenders can’t blink or Lamar Jackson will catch them sleeping. Everyone realizes that he’s doing something special:

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Whether it’s speed, throwing, or execution it seems like Lamar Jackson is doing it all these days. NFL fans are on the edge of their seats waiting to see what Jackson does next and he didn’t disappoint against the Los Angeles Rams. Not only did the Ravens beat the Rams 45-6. Jackson was sensational again throwing for 5 touchdown passes. Now everything starts with this team’s rushing attack because Mark Ingram and Jackson are almost impossible to stop. So defenses start to lose discipline and creep up to counter against Baltimore’s ground game.


But Jackson is taking advantage of less players being in coverage and Los Angeles had to learn that the hard way. Marquise “Hollywood” Brown also did an excellent job of creating some plays when his number was called. And it’s amazing how explosive this offense is when he’s healthy and performing at a high level. There’s just too many athletes to game plan for and Greg Roman knows how to get them the ball in space. All of these factors come together and it makes for one of the most exciting brands of football we’ve seen in a while. Like John Harbaugh said there’s going to be a lot of kids wearing the number 8 jersey from here on out. Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti can go head and raise his ticket prices now because it’s time to cash-in. People will pay top dollar to watch the best athlete in football work his magic every Sunday. The way Jackson carries this franchise is on another level.

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Relentless pursuit. Chandler Jones has been the best pass rusher in the NFL over the past five years:

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When we’re talking about the great pass rushers in the NFL it seems like Chandler Jones gets overlooked. Von Miller, Khalil Mack, and Aaron Donald are usually the guys we hear about but it’s time we discuss how good Jones has been. Over the past five years the 29 year old has 65.5 sacks. It’s sad because the Arizona Cardinals poor play has somewhat overshadowed what this man has been able to do. However you can’t take anything away from Jones because if you put him on any other team he would still shine.


From a physical standpoint it’s like he was designed in the lab with the objective of sacking the quarterback. His arms are very long and he’s also good at stripping the football. Before Jones gets there he usually sets offensive tackles up wide and then knifes underneath. Sometimes on film he’ll disengage and go wide but the end result always seems to be the same. Quarterbacks have to hate playing against such a premier athlete because if they don’t see Chandler Jones coming then it can be very dangerous. Nobody wants to take a blindside hit from a 6’5” 265 pounder. People also forget that Jones also racks up a lot of TFLs. So whether it’s against the run or the pass he’s going to be in the offensive backfield creating havoc. It’s tough to execute your game plan with such a disruptive force closing in. It’s time we give Jones his dues because he was left off the NFL Top 100 list this past off-season and that should never happen. That’s almost criminal with how good this guy has been.

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George Kittle returned to the San Francisco 49ers and it was pure entertainment. His speed is reinventing the tight end position:

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When you watch George Kittle play it’s obvious that he’s moving much faster than most tight ends. That was easy to see against the Green Bay Packers because Kittle absolutely scorched the Packers defense. He racked up 129 yards and 1 touchdown before the night was over. At one point Kittle took the top off the defense by going deep for a 61-yard touchdown.


Those plays are possible because this guy has a 4.52 40-yard dash. Kyle Shanahan also plays a big role in his success because he knows how to scheme Kittle open. Whether it was the crossing routes over the middle or the corner routes near the sidelines. San Francisco uses play calls that cater to George Kittle’s strengths and it makes their offense much more dangerous. You can tell Kittle energizes his teammates and that’s why the 49ers beat Green Bay 37-8. There’s no doubt John Lynch and Shanahan have turned this franchise around and they’re legitimate Super Bowl contenders. At this point they could even be the favorites. The way they run the football and how good their defense is makes them a cut above everyone else. Having the most explosive tight end in football doesn’t hurt either.

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George Kittle played great in his first game back with the San Francisco 49ers.

Dak Prescott is proving that he deserves $40M. The Dallas Cowboys have the top quarterback in football:

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Stastically Dak Prescott is the best quarterback in football with a league leading 3,221 yards. It’s been a huge improvement compared to how Prescott has played in the past and he’s living up to what seemed like an absurd demand of $40M annually. But with the results we’re seeing on the field Prescott is smart for betting on himself. Now he’s ready to cash in on a huge payday and clearly his gamble has paid off. Prescott performed well and he managed to stay healthy which led us to where we are now.


Because he’s been so good on the field it’s going to force Jerry Jones to pony up some dough. It also almost guarantees that Dallas will stick with Prescott. It’s hard to walk away from a player who had such a great year. Which is a turn for the better when you take into consideration that there were a lot of question marks about Prescott in the past. The emergence of Michael Gallup and the addition of Randall Cobb have made this passing attack better. Amari Cooper and Prescott also have a special connection and it’s led to more opportunities downfield. The numbers tell you all you need to know Prescott has been exceptional and it’s been amazing to witness. He’s going to finish with his first 4,000 yard season and now his future is a lot more promising. The pressure was on and Dak Prescott played some of his best football ever and everyone has to appreciate how resilient this guy is. This has been a remarkable year for the former 4th round pick.

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DeAndre Hopkins put on a clinic in the Houston Texans 20-17 come from behind win over the Indianapolis Colts:

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Right now it looks like the Houston Texans are coming out of the AFC South. Somehow they were able to battle back and beat the Indianapolis Colts 20-17. In the beginning of the game it looked like Indianapolis was going to win because Frank Reich had a great game plan.


But the Texans had better athletes and eventually that was why they were able to prevail. DeAndre Hopkins was nothing short of spectacular with a number of big time catches. There was one reception where Hopkins had to toe tap his feet in bounds before running out of field. Then Hopkins recorded 2 touchdowns including the game winner. Houston also got a solid night from Will Fuller who had 140 receiving yards. It’s obvious that when Hopkins and Fuller are both on the field. The Houston Texans are a much better team. And Deshaun Watson was also very good in the second half of this game. When it was crunch time the Texans kept their foot on the gas and it’s going to be scary how good this team can be when they improve their offensive line. They took a step in the right direction by trading for Laremy Tunsil and drafting Tytus Howard. With a couple more free agents upfront then the Texans will be really dangerous. Now they have to prove they’re more than just a one-and-done team because just getting to the playoffs isn’t enough for them. We need to see some magic because the Texans went all-in with some of the moves they’ve made.

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

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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.

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