Gardner Minshew leads the way in the Offensive Rookie of the Year discussion:

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There’s so many talented rookies around the league. Josh Jacobs has been great for the Oakland Raiders. D.K Metcalf is proving himself with the Seattle Seahawks. And then there’s Gardner Minshew and what he’s doing with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Minshew has been the most impactful rookie through the first eight weeks and it seems like he’s a better fit for that team than Nick Foles. Turning the reins over to Foles would be a foolish decision because the Jaguars are rolling with Minshew at the helm.



They’ve gotten exceptional play from the quarterback position and it’s helped Jacksonville exceed expectations up to this point. When Foles went down this franchise should’ve been dead in the water but Minshew has a charisma about him. The other guys in that locker room seem to respond positively to Minshew’s leadership and he’s also backing it up stats-wise. With 13 passing touchdowns and only 2 interceptions it’s clear Jacksonville can win with the former Cougar under center. So it makes sense to get his development underway and let him be the full-time starter from here on out. If you have a player who is defying the odds and on track to win Offensive Rookie of The Year you don’t bench that person. This is who the Jaguars are from now on and Doug Marrone has to make the right decision. Stick with Minshew, let him gain even more confidence by being the top rookie in the league, and then all of his positive momentum will carry over to the field for Jacksonville. Really it’s a no brainer.

At the moment Gardner Minshew is definitely the Offensive Rookie of the Year.

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Combining Leonard Williams with Dexter Lawrence and Dalvin Tomlinson made the New York Giants way better:

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Dave Gettleman has used every opportunity he could to put his touch on the New York Giants and the trade deadline was no different. Gettleman exchanged a 3rd round pick (2020) and a 5th round pick (2021) for former Jets defensive tackle Leonard Williams. And this was a great move for the G-Men. Combining Dexter Lawrence, Dalvin Tomlinson, and Williams gives this franchise a talented defensive line that can take over games.


Everybody else’s job on the Giants defense will be easier because Lawrence, Tomlinson, and Williams can dominate at the line of scrimmage. What that does is allow New York to be more conservative with their defensive play calling. They don’t even have to blitz with those three guys up front and don’t even think about running against them either. Williams in particular is a quick player who is very good at racking up tackles. His pursuit will definitely improve Big Blue and it’s absurd how many people think Williams is a failure. He was the one defender that team’s keyed in on when he played for the Jets. You can’t do that to Williams with the Giants because Lawrence and Tomlinson will eat you alive. Quarterbacks won’t have much time in the pocket either. Eventually somebody will break through the protection and you can expect a lot more ill-advised throws. Dave Gettleman deserves all the praise in the world for pulling the trigger on this deal. Now they have to find a way to keep Williams for the long haul.

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Leonard Williams will make the New York Giants a way better team.

James Conner and JuJu Smith-Schuster proved themselves in the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-14 come from behind win over the Miami Dolphins:

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When you fall behind early your star players have to step up and bail you out. That’s exactly what happened when the Pittsburgh Steelers rallied to a big second half victory over the Miami Dolphins. Trailing 14-0 Pittsburgh pulled themselves together and scored 27 unanswered points to snatch the Dolphins first win away from them. And part of that was because Mason Rudolph overcame a slow start and got the Steelers offense back on track. The other main factors were James Conner and JuJu Smith-Schuster.




Conner ran hard for all four quarters and kept his team in the game when their backs were against the wall. It takes a special type of player to rise up during those circumstances but Conner always keeps his head up. After all he’s had to deal with off the field you know trailing by 14 points in a football game is a walk in the park. So James Conner did what he always does and left it all out on the field. Once the game was over Conner racked up 145 yards and 1 touchdown. Which set up JuJu Smith-Schuster, who was overcoming a slow start himself and then he scored on an amazing jump ball in the end zone. On that play Smith-Schuster went up over a defender and ripped the football away for a touchdown. Proving that it’s the same ol song and dance for the Steelers. They relied on their emerging stars in Conner and Smith-Schuster and that got them out of a jam once again. This team is now 3-4 and Pittsburgh is starting to find a way to win heading into the second half of the season.

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James Conner and JuJu Smith-Schuster proved themselves by rallying the Steelers to a come from behind win over the Dolphins.

On the hot seat. These five coaches could be in trouble if they don’t show some promise in the second half of the season:

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Dan Quinn- The Atlanta Falcons have been awful and they don’t seem to respond to Quinn at all. It’s sad because Quinn was so close to beating New England in Super Bowl LI. Since then things haven’t been the same and sooner or later the coach has to shoulder the blame.

Mike Vrabel- Tennessee made a foolish decision when they fired Mike Mularkey and hired Mike Vrabel. The Titans were a playoff team with Mularkey calling the shots but now they seem to be regressing. How much longer can Amy Adams Strunk wait for Vrabel to get his act together? Because the “Patriots way” hasn’t been working.




Vic Fangio- Whats surprising about Vic Fangio’s situation in Denver is how much better the team looked last year under Vance Joseph. Fangio has made some questionable decisions and one that stands out is making his running backs split carries. That took some handoffs away from Phillip Lindsay and even though Fangio is defensive minded. He’s still the head coach and has final say on every decision.

Adam Gase- Losing Sam Darnold hurt Adam Gase a lot and Darnold’s return could save Gase’s job down the stretch. However it’s clear the New York Jets are often underprepared and ultimately the coach has to be punished for that. Gase failed in Miami and not much has changed in New York. It’s starting to feel like Peyton Manning made this guy’s career because he’s having a rough stretch in the National Football League.

Zac Taylor- Zac Taylor could suffer the same fate that Steve Wilks did last year in Arizona. Wilks was so bad in his first season with the Cardinals that the team let him go. Taylor is 0-8 as the leader of Cincinnati and it’s not good enough. This franchise fell off a cliff after firing Marvin Lewis and now everyone can see just how valuable Lewis was. Which doesn’t bode well for Taylor.

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These five coaches are on the hot seat. They need to win some games in the second half of the season.

Aaron Rodgers was in MVP form in the Green Bay Packers 31-24 triumph over the Kansas City Chiefs:

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Patrick Mahomes was ruled out of the Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs Sunday Night Football clash. And that led everyone to believe that Green Bay would easily win this match-up but Matt Moore filled in well for the injured Mahomes. Yet that strong performance from Moore wasn’t enough to takedown the Packers and it’s because Aaron Rodgers was phenomenal in his team’s win.


Rodgers aired it out for 305 yards and 3 touchdowns making a number of clutch throws along the way. On one play in particular Rodgers bought a little time and then found Jamal Williams in the corner of the end zone. Very few QBs have the ability to complete that pass because it took so much poise and accuracy. However Rodgers was as cool as ever and right now he’s certainly in the conversation for the league’s Most Valuable Player. At the moment you have to believe it’s a three man race between Russell Wilson, Patrick Mahomes, and Rodgers. But if Green Bay keeps winning and Rodgers can maintain the pace he’s been playing at. Then it’s very likely the 35 year old signal caller will end up taking home the award. Especially with Davante Adams on the verge of returning from a toe injury. Once that happens Green Bay will be really dangerous and it’s because their quarterback has taken his game to the next level.

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Aaron Rodgers is playing like the MVP right now.

It’s clear the Carolina Panthers have become a whole new football team after turning to Kyle Allen:

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For the longest time the Carolina Panthers were driven by Cam Newton’s stellar play at quarterback. The former MVP created so many match-up problems with his dual-threat capabilities and he even took that franchise to a Super Bowl. But now it’s a new era for Carolina and Kyle Allen seems like a better fit moving forward. The reason why is because at this point in time Allen throws the ball better than Newton does. We’re seeing the same thing in Tennessee with Ryan Tannehill taking over for Marcus Mariota.


And what do Newton and Mariota both have in common? They’re not true pocket passers and most of their problems come from their inability to make throws down the field. Kyle Allen on the other hand has 901 passing yards, 7 touchdowns, no interceptions, and a quarterback rating of 106. Ron Rivera couldn’t turn away from that and it was the right move for the Panthers. The other 52 players in this locker room deserve the chance to win each Sunday especially after how hard they’ve worked. All of those practices take a physical toll on their bodies and winning games is the only thing that will distract them from the pain they’re in. Allen has already won four games in a row while filling in for Newton. There’s no sense in changing anything now because if it’s not broke Carolina shouldn’t fix it. Kyle Allen is their QB from here on out and that’s creating optimism for this organization. At least they’re heading in the right direction.

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A whole new team. Kyle Allen has reinvented the Carolina Panthers.

The Oakland Raiders got it right with Josh Jacobs. He was the first running back taken off the board for a reason:

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It took 24 picks in the 2019 NFL Draft before a running back was selected and that player was Josh Jacobs. The former Alabama running back ended up with the Oakland Raiders and now he’s showing everyone why he was the most coveted ball carrier coming out of college football this past off-season.


Jacobs is showing off abilities that are far beyond where most rookies would normally be. When you watch him play it immediately becomes obvious how good Jacobs is at jump cutting. And he’s also a very powerful runner who can truck and stiff arm defenders. That’s why Jacobs has rushed for 544 yards this season and he’s coming off back-to-back 100 yard games. The Raiders needed someone to get hot and elevate this team to new heights and Jacobs is proving to be that individual. Why put it all on Derek Carr and the passing attack when you have a playmaker who can win on the ground? Jon Gruden is no fool he understands this better than anyone and it’s why Oakland has no problem at all pounding the rock. The scary thing is Jacobs is still finding out what he can get away with against these other professional athletes. Sooner or later everything is going to come full-circle for the young tailback and when that happens the whole entire league will be on their heels. Jacobs has that much upside.

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Josh Jacobs was the first running back taken off the board and the Oakland Raiders got it right.

Drew Brees will probably start for the New Orleans Saints this weekend but Teddy Bridgewater proved he’s ready for a promotion:

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Drew Brees is rushing back from his thumb injury to start this weekend against the Arizona Cardinals. And let’s be honest Brees was feeling the heat a little bit from how well his backup Teddy Bridgewater has been playing. Bridgewater won every single game he started in and that ended up being five in a row. Three of those victories were over the Seahawks, Bears, and Cowboys so it’s not like he was playing cakewalk teams either.


This is a questionable move by Brees because if he risks further injury it could give Bridgewater even more time to shine. Regardless if that happens or not this man has shown enough to prove he’s ready for a promotion. After throwing for 9 touchdowns and only 2 interceptions he made it clear that he can carry a franchise and some other team could step up and try to sign Bridgewater when he becomes a free agent. To be honest New Orleans might not let it get to that point because Brees is on thin ice right now. If this franchise starts losing games then Bridgewater will be back on the field before we know it. You just can’t say enough good things about how this guy has handled himself. Not only is he a great player. His leadership is also a major selling point when we’re talking about what he can bring to the table. Don’t forget Teddy Bridgewater also had one of the most amazing comebacks we’ve ever seen when he returned from a knee injury that cost him almost two years of his career. It’s been quite the turnaround for the 26 year old.

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Drew Brees will start this weekend but Teddy Bridgewater is definitely ready for a promotion.

Carrying the load. We’re finding out just how good Dalvin Cook can be for the Minnesota Vikings:

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If there is one player responsible for the Minnesota Vikings success it’s definitely Dalvin Cook. Everything starts with the third year running back and defenses have to key in on Cook if they want any chance of beating Minnesota. Because those linebackers are selling out to stop Cook at all costs it opens up things for Kirk Cousins and Stefon Diggs.


Against the Redskins this was easy to see when Cousins faked a run to Cook and then bootlegged for a first down. Right away everyone went after Dalvin Cook because that’s how much attention this guy commands. Even with defensive coordinators staying up all night to game plan for Cook he’s still been the best running back in all of football. With 823 yards and 9 touchdowns in only eight games there’s no denying how well the former Florida State Seminole has performed. And Washington struggled to get the stops they needed in this match-up. Yeah the Redskins held the Vikings to only 19 points but Cook was the difference maker on so many runs in this contest. Over the course of the game those small victories start to add up and it swung the momentum into Minnesota’s favor. All of the passes you see and all of the playaction plays are just an extension off of that.

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The savior. Jacoby Brissett hasn’t skipped a beat while taking over as the Indianapolis Colts starting quarterback:

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Jacoby Brissett knew he had big shoes to fill when Andrew Luck retired but so far Brissett has been up to the task. The Indianapolis Colts have a 4-2 record and their currently in first place in the AFC South. And Brissett has greatly exceeded expectations with 14 touchdowns and only 3 interceptions. Now everyone in the Colts locker room will say they expected him to perform well but even they have to be blown away with what Brissett’s been able to accomplish.


To say this guy has hit the ground running would be a complete understatement and he’s making a case for the most improved player in all of football. The talent has always been there but now Jacoby Brissett is a seasoned quarterback who looks very poised in the pocket. We seen that last weekend against the Houston Texans when Indianapolis won that AFC South clash 30-23. Brissett made some great throws in that game to Zach Pascal and Eric Ebron. To be honest there hasn’t been much of a drop off from where Luck was at this same time last year. There‘s also one phase of the game Brissett is better than Luck and that’s at protecting the football. By putting an emphasis on ball security it’s made it so much tougher to beat this team. And it’s safe to say Indianapolis is for real with their new franchise QB.

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Jacoby Brissett is the savior of the Indianapolis Colts. He’s been great while taking over for Andrew Luck.

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