OUR SPORTS WORLD
1) If there was ever a game where neither team deserved to win, it was easily the game between the Bears and the Chargers. In four trips to the red zone in the first half, Chicago came away with just nine points. Los Angeles was 0-5 on third down and had 44 yards of offense. Mitchell Trubisky couldn’t hit wide open receivers, so while Keenan Allen and Mike Williams made up for it by dropping easy passes from Philip Rivers. There were bad penalties at the worst times, horrible play-calling in the red zone, and awful kicking from both kickers, highlighted with Eddy Pineiro’s final kick that sailed wide left.
2) Matt Nagy's decision to take a knee says before the final kick says more about his team's offense than anything else. The Bears ran for 162 yards and the Chargers are awful against the run.
3) J.J. Watt has a torn pectoral tendon that will sideline him rest of 2019. This is the third major injury that he’s suffered in four years. What a shame. I don’t know how long he wanted to play, but I wonder if this might be enough.
4) Drew Brees returned to the lineup after missing five weeks when I thought he might wait until after the bye week. I should’ve known someone like Brees would never let something like an injury would keep him out longer than needed. He finished with 373 yards passing and three TD’s.
5) Taysom Hill is the kind of football player every team should have. He can and will do anything the Saints need. I see him and think back to the Dolphins Jim “Crash” Jensen.
6) And while I’m on an obscure 80’s NFL player comparison. How about Gardner Minshew = Packer folk hero Don Majkowski? Check out his 1989 highlight reel on YouTube.
7) Since week five, the Atlanta Falcons defense has allowed opposing teams to score 66% of the time regardless of starting field position. Wow...
8) Who flicked their flea flicker better? Matthew Stafford to Kenny Golliday or Jared Goff to Cooper Kupp?
9) The NFL has to address the onside kick rules. I know that this is about player safety, but they’ve made an onside side impossible to complete. Can there be another way? I’m proposing the other team gets one play from their own 20 yard like to complete a 4th and 25. If they get the ball it will be around midfield which is where the ball ends up on successful onside kicks.
10) Bill Belichick wins his 300th game and now trails only George Halas and Don Shula on the career wins list. Hate him or love him, he is the best that’s ever been. Period.
11) Belichick’s defense has allowed as many touchdowns as they’ve scored (4.) Their 189 point difference this season is third all time over eight games.
12) Want to see more of the Patriot Way? Well, too bad because here’s Jonathan Jones epitomizing it perfectly.
13) The normally mild-mannered Joe Flacco went off on the Bronco coaching staff in a succinct way and was spot on with his words.
14) Adam Vinateri’s 51 yard kick was his 26th game leading/winning kick of his career.
15) Plays of the day:
Jacoby Brissett escapes from Von Miller's grasp and throws to T.Y Hilton.
Deshaun Watson was inadvertently kicked in the face during this touchdown pass to Darren Fells.