Don’t overlook Deshaun Watson in the MVP race. He can uplift the Houston Texans in to a Super Bowl contender:

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The Houston Texans have a 3-2 record right now and they’re coming off a 53-32 thrashing of the Atlanta Falcons. In that game Deshaun Watson was able to throw for 5 touchdowns and he looked like the same player who led the Clemson Tigers to a national championship in 2017. You also have to remember that Watson tore his ACL during his rookie season and he wasn’t up to speed last year.


But now the superstar quarterback has thrown for 11 touchdowns, only 1 interception, and a quarterback rating of 115.9. Which puts him up there with some of the best in the league and if the Texans can heat up Watson will definitely be in the conversation for MVP. One of the biggest reasons why is because of how well Will Fuller and Watson play together. It seems like every year those two are on the same page but Fuller usually gets hurt. If Fuller can stay healthy and be on the field for all sixteen games then Watson’s numbers will be off the charts. At the moment that’s the way things seem to be heading and it feels like this is a playoff team. They finally got Watson the help he needed by bringing in Laremy Tunsil and Kenny Stills when they traded away two of their first round picks. Bill O’Brien wanted to put as many weapons as possible around Watson so they could get the most out of him. Which is why this offense is capable of scoring so many points.

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Deshaun Watson will be right in the thick of things when it comes to the MVP race.

Pressure off the edge. Nick Bosa manhandled the Cleveland Browns and now the San Francisco 49ers are 4-0:

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Monday Night Football was a showdown between the San Francisco 49ers and the Cleveland Browns. It felt like this game would be an entertaining matchup and it certainly was if you’re a 49ers fan. Nick Bosa dominated in this contest and disrupted the Browns offense for all four quarters.


Every time Baker Mayfield dropped back he was running for his life. On one play in particular Bosa hit Mayfield so hard that you know he’s going to feel it tomorrow. By the end of the night the 2nd overall pick (Bosa) had racked up 4 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 TFLs, 1 forced fumble, and 1 fumble recovery. It’s the dominant performance John Lynch had hoped for after taking the former Buckeye so high this past Spring. Obviously it was the right decision and now San Francisco is 4-0. Not to mention they dominated the Cleveland Browns in a 31-3 rout and there’s no denying that this is one of the best teams in football. The last time the 49ers were riding this high was when Jim Harbaugh was roaming the sidelines. The defense and Nick Bosa are the reason why this franchise is back and it’s certainly good for the league.

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Nick Bosa manhandled the Cleveland Browns in a 31-3 rout.

Kyler Murray got his first career win by leading the Arizona Cardinals to a 26-23 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals:

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It took Kyler Murray five games but he finally led the Arizona Cardinals to their first win of the season. Arizona ended up beating the Cincinnati Bengals 26-23 and there’s a few takeaways from this victory. The first being that the Cardinals are no longer the NFL’s worst team and at least Kliff Kingsbury is guiding this franchise in the right direction.


It wasn’t a job that could be completely fixed in one off-season but there is some signs of improvement. We also have to talk about Kyler Murray’s impact as a runner. Several times throughout this contest the number one overall pick was able to keep drives alive with his athleticism. There’s another dimension to this offense when he decides to extend the play with his feet and the defense tends to break down when that happens. Russell Wilson has had plenty of success with a similar style of play. You can tell the other guys in that locker room are starting to rally around the first overall pick and it’s possible Kingsbury starts to smooth out some of the wrinkles before the season ends. Confidence can do amazing things for a team and everyone in this organization is starting to believe they can win. Maybe most important of all Kyler Murray knows he’s capable of playing at a high level and that should trickle down to the other 52 guys on the roster. You have to remember this is just the beginning for this current regime and the only way to go from here is up.

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Kyler Murray just got his first career win by knocking off the Cincinnati Bengals.

Breaking them down. The Chicago Bears had no answer for Josh Jacobs in the Oakland Raiders 24-21 upset:

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The Oakland Raiders and Chicago Bears met up in London for a week 5 clash and Chicago was heavily favored to win this game. We all know how much talent they have on the defensive side of the ball but they were no match for Josh Jacobs and the Raiders offense.


Jacobs carved up the Bears by rushing for 126 yards and 2 touchdowns. It seemed like the rookie went for at least 5 yards every time he touched the ball and Oakland bullied a group of defenders who are usually the ones imposing their will. Make no mistake about it this was a big win for both Jacobs and the Raiders. For Jacobs it was the best performance of his career and he gave us a glimpse of what he’s going to be. And for the team as a whole it’s a milestone moment because it was Jon Gruden’s first signature win. Matt Nagy had every advantage he could ask for but Gruden’s savvy prevailed. Suddenly this team is 3-2 and way ahead of where they were a year ago. Not to mention they’re more aware of the style of play that suits them best. Which means you can expect to see plenty more of Josh Jacobs moving forward. If it’s not broke don’t fix it. Just feed the young ball carrier and let him take this team to new heights.

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There was no answer for Josh Jacobs in the Raiders 24-21 upset over the Bears.

After a quarter of the way through the season it feels like Patrick Mahomes will repeat as the league’s MVP:

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Right now there’s two front-runners for the NFL’s MVP award. Those individuals are Patrick Mahomes and Russell Wilson but it feels like Mahomes will end up taking the award again for a couple of reasons. The first being that Mahomes is clearly the more gifted player physically.



From an arm talent standpoint and with how much this guy brings to the Chiefs offense it’s obvious he can’t be replaced. And while Wilson isn’t that far behind it’s clear he is number 2 in this race. Not to mention Kansas City is the better team which usually plays a big role once the voting occurs. There’s also more weapons for Patrick Mahomes on the field and it helps get the most out of the 3rd year quarterback. Then you have to understand why it’s more advantageous for the industry if Mahomes wins it. Ratings have been up the past couple of years and and it’s because the NFL has the perfect brand ambassador right now. That’s the guy who won MVP last year and by giving Mahomes a back-to-back run it will make the NFL even more exciting for the viewers. It’s no different than Michael Jordan in basketball or Tiger Woods in golf. Pro sports need a talented individual to carry the torch and if it’s even close you know who will walk away with it. There shouldn’t be too much controversy either because the stats will be on Mahomes side when it’s all said and done as well.

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Right now it feels like Patrick Mahomes is going to repeat as the league’s MVP.

Gold standard. The San Francisco 49ers are back on track because they have the best defense in the league:

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When John Lynch took over as the General Manager of the San Francisco 49ers he put an emphasis on the defense. In fact Lynch has drafted three defensive players in the first round since taking over the reins in 2017. Eventually those selections began to improve this group and now this team is currently ranked first in the league with only 850 yards surrendered.



Fred Warner and Kwon Alexander are a big reason why and they do a great job of cleaning up everything in between the tackles. Which takes away those inside running lanes and both guys are also fast enough to help out near the sidelines. Because of those abilities Warner and Alexander have combined for 35 tackles and they’re the two leading tacklers on this roster. The other key component in all of this success is the 49ers pass rushers. DeForest Buckner, Arik Armstead, Nick Bosa, Dee Ford, Solomon Thomas, and Ronald Blair have all recorded at least one sack for San Francisco. So there’s just too many talented defensive linemen on this front to block and they pin their ears back on every single snap. All of this talent has made Robert Saleh’s job much easier and it’s also the main reason this franchise is still undefeated. We’ll see how long it lasts?

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The San Francisco 49ers defense is the gold standard.

Heat check? Yup Cooper Kupp is on fire after recording over 100 yards in four straight games:

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The Los Angeles Rams suffered a tough 30-29 defeat to the Seattle Seahawks but we can’t overlook how good Cooper Kupp has been playing. Kupp has recorded over 100 yards in four straight games and is clearly Jared Goff’s favorite receiver.


Those two have had chemistry since Kupp came into the league back in 2017. And it’s amazing how well he’s playing considering that he just came back from an ACL tear. Clearly Kupp is healthy because this is the best we’ve ever seen him. Usually when you think about this guy’s style of play the first thing that comes to mind is his route running. However Kupp is getting better in the other phases of the game as well and we’re even seeing him stiff arm defenders and break tackles. So clearly his development is leading to a more well rounded receiver and that’s helped Los Angeles put more points on the board. Against Seattle we seen it when Kupp ran a deep curl route and beat one of the Seahawks’ linebackers for a touchdown. There was also Kupp’s 66 yard touchdown against the Saints which was kind of his breakout moment. On that play Kupp had a dominant run after the catch and completely took over. He’s always been a good football player but now Cooper Kupp is on the cusp of greatness.

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Heat check? There’s no doubt that Cooper Kupp is on fire.

Seizing the moment. Russell Wilson shined in the Seattle Seahawk’s 30-29 victory over the Los Angeles Rams:

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Russell Wilson is an exceptional quarterback. Every year he gives Seattle a chance to compete and he put it all together against the Los Angeles Rams. The Seahawks won this game 30-29 and Wilson stole the show by throwing for 4 touchdowns, 268 yards, and no interceptions.


Perhaps the most entertaining part of Wilson’s game is his ability to extend the play with his feet. He always seems to escape the pass rush and find an open receiver downfield. Defensive backs can’t cover for that long and the Seahawks have been playing this adjust on the fly style of football since Wilson arrived in Seattle back in 2012. So guys like Tyler Lockett understand how to work back towards Wilson and create plays for this offense. We also have to take into account how good Wilson is at scrambling for first downs. Those are plays that keep drives alive and tilt the odds in the Seahawks favor. Los Angeles had trouble containing those abilities and it’s the reason they weren’t able to pull out the win. It was close though and the Rams actually had a chance to win the game on a late 4th quarter field goal attempt by Greg Zuerlein. However Zuerlein missed that kick and Wilson’s big night was what stands out the most in this victory.

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Shaquil Barrett has a real shot at breaking Michael Strahan’s single season sack record. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers need to unleash him:

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There’s only been four games played so far but Shaquil Barrett has already racked up 9 sacks. It’s an incredible pace for a player who was undrafted back in 2014 when he was coming out of Colorado State. Tampa Bay took a chance on Barrett after he finished his first five years with the Denver Broncos.


Ultimately that turned into a brilliant move by Jason Licht and Bruce Arians. Barrett is a perfect fit for defensive coordinator Todd Bowles’ system and this is one of the reasons the Buccaneers are starting to turn things around. Ndamukong Suh and Vita Vea are dominating in the trenches and then Barrett is coming off the edge and cleaning everything up. Things are working so well that Barrett has a legitimate shot at breaking Michael Strahan’s single season sack record (22.5). There’s still 12 games left and Barrett will need to maintain his pace if he wants to get it done. So it’s going to take maximum effort if he wants to get to the magic number of 14 more sacks but we’re counting down from here. Who would’ve known this guy would become such a diamond in the rough for Tampa Bay but right now he’s playing better than anyone. Through the first quarter of the season Shaq Barrett has been the best pass rusher in football and it’s been amazing to watch.

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Electrifying. Christian McCaffrey is creating so many big plays for the Carolina Panthers offense and now he’s the face of the franchise:

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You could see it happening the past couple of years. Christian McCaffrey was starting to solidify himself as the cornerstone of the Carolina Panthers and truthfully McCaffrey is even beyond that. The dual-threat running back currently leads the NFL with 411 rushing yards and he’s one of the top players at his position.


This is amazing because McCaffrey is one of the lighter ball carriers in the league at 205 pounds. But what he lacks in size he makes up with speed and it’s so entertaining to watch the former Stanford alum slash away at his opponents and break off big plays for the Panthers. One things for certain this guy doesn’t play with any fear and that helps him win matchups which shouldn’t normally go his way. It’s all physics and because McCaffrey can use his acceleration to exert more force sometimes he can deliver the blow to a much heavier linebacker. Then there’s the things he does coming out of the backfield as a receiver. Whether it’s a wheel route or a dump off pass over the middle. Those are plays which add another dimension to this offense. And that’s not even mentioning how dangerous McCaffrey can be on screen plays when he has a couple of linemen blocking in front of him. It’s clear he’s the total package and right now every other running back is trying to keep up. It’s safe to say Christian McCaffrey has arrived.

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