Revisiting offers for Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson and extra within the 2022 Remorse Index: Sando’s Decide Six

October 24, 2022

The San Francisco 49ers regretted letting the NFC West-rival Los Angeles Rams outflank them for quarterback Matthew Stafford final yr. They made positive historical past didn’t repeat this season by transferring aggressively to amass do-it-all again Christian McCaffrey when the Rams had been additionally .

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McCaffrey made his 49ers debut Sunday in a 44-23 defeat to Kansas Metropolis amid nice expectations for what he may imply to San Francisco’s Tremendous Bowl possibilities.

Whereas it’s too early to know whether or not the 49ers will remorse sending 4 draft decisions to Carolina for the extremely proficient and often injured McCaffrey, we’re deep sufficient into the season to peek on the 2022 Remorse Index. Right here you will discover classes realized from a few of the high-stakes 2022 strikes producing regrettable outcomes because the season nears its midpoint. As for McCaffrey, we’ll examine and distinction his acquisition with the Marshall Faulk deal the Rams made when Faulk was McCaffrey’s present age, as each gamers are on a brief listing of backs with elite manufacturing as runners and receivers.

The total Decide Six menu for Week 7:

Remorse Index: Brady, Rodgers, Wilson
McCaffrey, Faulk and 49ers’ title hopes
Dak’s again? No want to vary script
One crew, two rookies of the yr?
Belichick vs. Halas for No. 2 spot
Two-minute drill: Remaining ideas

1. There’s nonetheless time within the season for regrets to evaporate. Then once more, have you ever seen the Broncos this season?

• Broncos purchase Wilson and prolong his contract: We may additionally listing the Broncos’ hiring of Nathaniel Hackett as head coach, besides that groups often miss on head coaches, and so they can simply rent new ones with out mortgaging their futures. Wilson is the main focus as a result of if he had been taking part in effectively, Hackett’s struggles is perhaps a footnote, in the event that they had been observed in any respect, as a result of Denver would have been main a few of these video games and successful, too.

Wilson’s decline predating the Broncos’ March acquisition of him was well-documented. The 17-game stretch of decline detailed on this column final season has grown right into a 30-game stretch by Hackett’s choice to take a seat Wilson this week, citing a hamstring harm.

Sending a haul of gamers and draft picks to Seattle for a declining Wilson was defensible if the Broncos had been assured Wilson may play higher for them. The larger remorse must be extending Wilson’s contract, which nonetheless had two years remaining, earlier than Denver noticed Wilson play in even a preseason sport. The extension makes it tough for the Broncos to maneuver on from him till after the 2025 season. That’s a protracted, very long time from now.

“The movie was there displaying some decline, so in the event that they prolonged him off OTAs and partial coaching camp practices, that’s dangerous,” a personnel evaluator stated. “All of the QBs follow in pink jerseys, and the pass-rushers preserve their distance in immediately’s NFL.”

As for Wilson’s decline, the desk under compares his manufacturing over his final 30 begins (since 2020 Week 9) to his manufacturing throughout the 30 begins earlier than that (2018 Week 14 by 2020 Week 8). The one space displaying enchancment is the world past Wilson’s management. His groups have been higher in mixed anticipated factors added (EPA) on protection and particular groups extra just lately. In any other case, his won-lost file can be even worse than 14-16.

Wilson: Final 30 Video games vs 30 Earlier than That

Wilson Splits Final 30 30 Earlier than That

Begins

30

30

W-L

14-16 (.467)

21-9 (.700)

Tm OFF EPA/G

-2.0

+2.9

Tm DST EPA/G

+3.9

-0.5

Cmp%

63%

67%

Yds

6,790

7,827

Yds/Att

7.3

8.2

TD-INT

46-17

66-13

Score

94.3

109.1

Sack%

8.5%

8.4%

EPA/Go Play

-0.02

+0.14

EPA/Go Att

+0.11

+0.27

Scramble EPA/G

+0.5

+1.3

Cmp% 30+ Air Yds

29%

46%

In distinction to Denver with Wilson, the Rams acquired Stafford from the Detroit Lions and waited for him to show himself with their crew earlier than coming into right into a contract extension. After Stafford helped the Rams win a Tremendous Bowl, the crew signed him to a brand new deal value $40 million per yr. The Broncos now should hope Wilson rediscovers his misplaced contact, with the crew assuming practically all the chance if he doesn’t.

• Cardinals prolong Kyler Murray’s contract. As with the Denver scenario, we may throw within the extension Arizona reached with coach Kliff Kingsbury (and normal supervisor Steve Keim, for that matter), however coach/GM contracts could be torn up at any time if an proprietor desires to eat the funding. The Cardinals are locked into the cope with Murray, who has by no means carried out effectively with consistency, has not performed effectively this season and may name out his head coach on the sideline with out risking his personal monetary safety.

Unhealthy issues are likely to occur when groups enter into costly long-term contracts with gamers they aren’t positive about. Denver is studying this with Wilson. The Cardinals could possibly be studying this with Murray. They’d questions on him, or else they’d not have included in his contract language requiring him to check 4 hours per week, with out taking part in video video games or watching TV on the similar time. That clause was eliminated, however consistency over time is the priority. For quarterbacks, that tends to mirror dedication to 1’s craft and a focus to element, not merely expertise.

“It’s the toughest place to play on the earth of sports activities, and we have now questions on research habits?” a veteran coach stated. “We don’t even need to get into being undersized and getting harm and having a mode of play that’s limiting.”

Just like the Broncos with Wilson, the Cardinals should hope their quarterback does all he can to maximise his success, with the crew assuming the chance if Murray doesn’t. Being locked into a nasty contract — the Philadelphia Eagles with Carson Wentz just a few years in the past, for instance — is worse than having to pay extra sooner or later after a participant proves worthy of a bigger funding.

Murray: Final 15 Video games vs 15 Earlier than That

Begins Final 15 15 Earlier than that

W-L

5-10 (.333)

10-5 (.667)

Tm OFF EPA/G

-1.4

-0.7

Tm DST EPA/G

-1.7

+3.3

Cmp%

65%

70%

Yds

3,589

3,843

Yds/Att

6.3

7.6

TD-INT

14-11

27-10

Score

82.4

101.5

Sack%

5.3%

6.2%

EPA/Go Play

-0.03

+0.08

EPA/Go Att

+0.02

+0.17

Scramble EPA/G

+1.1

+1.5

Cmp% 30+ Air Yds

23%

46%

The desk above contrasts Murray’s manufacturing over his final 15 begins along with his manufacturing over the 15 begins earlier than that.

DeAndre Hopkins’ current return from suspension provides Arizona hope that Murray and the offense will produce at the next degree. Arizona has averaged 27.1 offensive factors per sport in 27 video games with Hopkins accessible to them, in comparison with 18.6 in 13 video games with out him.

• Packers give Aaron Rodgers max deal at expense of weaponry. By the point Rodgers had leveraged the Packers right into a file $50 million annual wage in March, receiver Davante Adams had already determined to push for a commerce to the Las Vegas Raiders, partly as a result of Adams had been not sure about Rodgers’ plans. That was how Adams defined the scenario after the commerce.

Nevertheless issues went down, Inexperienced Bay finds itself ready of weak spot coping with an costly quarterback who manipulates entrance workplaces in addition to he manipulates opposing secondaries. This case may get dicier after Inexperienced Bay misplaced for the third week in a row, 23-21 to the Taylor Heinicke-led Washington Commanders.

“After the consecutive losses to the Giants and Jets, Rodgers stated he wanted to play ‘a tick’ higher,” an exec from one other crew stated. “Think about saying, ‘Hey, you guys decide it up on offense, protection and particular groups, and I’ll simply decide it up a tick.”

Rodgers might want to decide it up a number of ticks for Inexperienced Bay to bounce again from this 3-4 begin to the season. However right here’s what he stated after the loss to Washington, when requested a couple of move for Amari Rodgers that fell incomplete: “That was one play. There was most likely seven or eight passes that might have been caught for positive, however proper now we have now to have all of them, as a result of we’re simply not adequate to win with out them.”

• Tom Brady comes out of retirement. Nothing feels proper about this 2022 Buccaneers season. There was the Brady retirement announcement, the Ali Marpet retirement at age 28, the Brady comeback, the awkward teaching transition away from Bruce Arians, the Brady tampering experiences involving the Miami Dolphins, heart Ryan Jensen’s knee harm, Brady’s 11-day absence from coaching camp, information that Brady’s marriage was in bother, Brady skipping a crew flight to attend Robert Kraft’s wedding ceremony, and now Sunday’s 21-3 defeat at Carolina, which just lately fired its coach and traded its finest participant with a watch towards subsequent season.

• Commanders purchase Carson Wentz for 2 third-round picks. Wentz performed for the Commanders about the best way he has performed in current seasons, solely somewhat worse as a result of Washington has struggled on its offensive line. His diminished athleticism leaves Washington with a quarterback able to making spectacular throws downfield every so often, however missing in constant accuracy, choice making and pure really feel for the sport. Now, Wentz is harm and Washington may plausibly flip the web page to Sam Howell or follow Taylor Heinicke somewhat than going again to Wentz as soon as he returns.

Washington pays $28 million to Wentz this season, along with the 2022 and 2023 third-round picks despatched to Indianapolis as a part of the deal. If Wentz performs 70 % of the snaps, the 2023 third-rounder turns into a second-rounder, incentivizing Washington to play Heinicke or Howell.

• Chargers signal former Patriots cornerback J.C. Jackson. Coming into right into a five-year, $82.5 million cope with Jackson carried danger as a result of Jackson was transitioning from New England’s system, the place coach Invoice Belichick has often maximized gamers’ skills. Jackson struggled with an ankle harm in camp, underwent surgical procedure and struggled sufficient upon his return for the Chargers to bench him at halftime final week. Jackson, again within the lineup in opposition to Seattle in Week 7, suffered a season-ending knee harm whereas permitting a landing move from Geno Smith to Marquise Goodwin.

• Colts overestimate Matt Ryan and their skill to assist him: The Colts most likely may win with an ageing Ryan at quarterback. They most likely may win with a diminished offensive line. They most likely may win with out nice velocity at extensive receiver. They simply weren’t going to win persistently if all three of these issues had been true, regardless of how blissful they had been to have rid themselves of Wentz.

Indy is averaging 16.1 offensive factors per sport, third-worst for a Colts crew by seven video games since no less than 2000. Solely the 2017 crew with Jacoby Brissett and quarterback and the 2011 crew with Curtis Painter, Dan Orlovsky and 39-year-old Kerry Collins behind heart scored much less on offense. These groups had been in emergency conditions after dropping Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck to accidents. This Colts crew normal itself as a contender and, at 3-3-1, nonetheless has time. However the very important indicators haven’t been encouraging.

Indy misplaced 19-10 at Tennessee on Sunday with out permitting a landing to the opposing offense. The Colts had been 17-0 since 2000 when not permitting a passing or speeding landing. Make that 17-1.

These Colts by no means made a major transfer to improve at left deal with, a identified bother spot that has destabilized the one unit Ryan wanted to be strongest. Ryan has hit profession lows by seven video games with 9 landing passes, an 84.7 passer ranking and minus-0.4 EPA per move try. That is additionally the primary time in Ryan’s profession he doesn’t have extra landing passes than interceptions by seven video games. He threw two picks at Tennessee on Sunday, together with a pick-six, because the Titans swept the season collection.

• Ravens hearth defensive coordinator Wink Martindale: The connection between Martindale and Ravens coach John Harbaugh appeared to have run its course lower than two seasons after Baltimore made Martindale the NFL’s highest-paid defensive coordinator.

“Did Wink get dumb over the subsequent 24 months?” an AFC exec requested.

With Martindale now coordinating a Giants protection that has posted its finest seven-game EPA whole since 2017, even outplaying the Ravens’ offense within the fourth quarter final week, this firing belongs on the Remorse Index.

Baltimore’s seven-game defensive EPA whole is its second-worst since no less than 2000 and worst since 2015. The Martindale-led 2021 model was the Ravens’ third-worst by seven video games since 2000, nonetheless, so maybe some decline was inevitable.

•Rams signal receiver Allen Robinson to three-year, $46.5 million deal. Robinson has 17 catches for 170 yards in his first six video games with the Rams. Each figures are profession lows by six video games for the ninth-year veteran, aside from 2017, when Robinson suffered a season-ending harm in Week 1. It’s nonetheless early, and the Rams will presumably work out some issues offensively. Up to now, although, not so nice.

2. Right here’s what Christian McCaffrey does and doesn’t do for the 49ers.

What a 49ers letdown, coming off the excessive of including McCaffrey, solely to be reminded Kansas Metropolis is in one other class.

Perspective is so as. The Chiefs’ offense dominated the 49ers’ protection past sensible expectation. The 49ers’ protection completed this sport with minus-28.6 EPA, the crew’s second-worst defensive EPA sport since 2000, a span of 377 video games, counting playoffs. So, sure, if opposing offenses are going to dominate the 49ers’ protection to that excessive, the commerce for McCaffrey will go down as a futile effort to push for a championship.

It’s unlikely the 49ers’ protection shall be dominated like that very often if it’s solely occurred as soon as previously 377 video games.

Extra perspective, from an offensive standpoint: McCaffrey upgrades the 49ers, however he won’t treatment their deficiencies within the drop-back passing sport. The explanations San Francisco needed to improve from Jimmy Garoppolo are nonetheless the explanations the crew desires to improve from Jimmy Garoppolo. That doesn’t imply Trey Lance would have supplied such an improve if wholesome. He virtually actually wouldn’t have, particularly this early in his profession. None of this implies including McCaffrey was a mistake. It simply means limits stay on these 49ers once they lose management of video games in opposition to high groups. A few of these limits apply to different good groups as effectively.

Sunday wasn’t a mirrored image of McCaffrey’s potential influence, anyway. He got here off the bench and performed 21 snaps. He aligned within the backfield 15 occasions, within the slot 4 occasions and extensive twice. He carried eight occasions for 38 yards. He caught two passes for twenty-four extra.

Sufficient about Sunday. The large image issues extra.

“He couldn’t go to a greater crew,” a veteran offensive coordinator stated. “Kyle is so good with the run sport, and when you consider the personnel they’ve, McCaffrey simply provides one other drawback. He could possibly be pretty much as good as any slot receiver if he simply did that. You are able to do a lot with him.”

The Rams’ 1999 addition of Marshall Faulk is an fascinating comp.

Two gamers in NFL historical past personal two-plus seasons with no less than 800 yards speeding and 800 yards receiving.

McCaffrey did it in 2018 and 2019. Faulk did it in 1998, 1999 and 2000.

Six others have executed it as soon as, together with former 49ers nice Roger Craig in 1985. Faulk, McCaffrey and Craig are the one members within the 1,000-1,000 membership.

Faulk was 26 years outdated and coming into his sixth season with Indianapolis when the Rams acquired him in 1999. McCaffrey is 26 now and in his sixth season. There are some variations, too. Faulk had set profession highs for speeding yards (1,319) and receiving yards (908) in 1998, Peyton Manning’s rookie yr, earlier than Indy traded him. In contrast to McCaffrey, who missed 23 of 33 video games over the earlier two seasons, Faulk missed solely three video games to harm earlier than switching groups.

The 49ers must handle McCaffrey in follow, accounting for his nature to push himself exhausting sufficient to extend the probabilities for harm.

When Faulk was McCaffrey’s age, he nonetheless had three extra elite manufacturing seasons to offer, all throughout the peak years for the Rams’ Biggest Present on Turf Offense. After these three elite seasons, Faulk performed 4 extra years with declining manufacturing, lacking video games extra often.

These 49ers aren’t near these Rams within the passing sport, however no different present groups are on that degree, both. Neither had been the 2018 and 2019 Panthers, however McCaffrey nonetheless produced at prime Faulk ranges statistically throughout these seasons. With somewhat luck, the 49ers can get two or three peak seasons from McCaffrey, and see if they’ve the crew round him to contend.

3. The Cowboys stayed on script in Dak Prescott’s first sport again from harm, affirming for now that that is nonetheless a crew seeking to win on protection.

The Cowboys completed their 24-6 victory in opposition to the Detroit Lions with season highs for completion charge, yards per move try, passer ranking, EPA per move try and common air yards in relation to the first-down marker.

For the primary time this season, the Cowboys handed greater than they ran on early downs within the sport’s first 28 minutes, albeit narrowly (12 passes, 10 runs). Run-pass ratios in these conditions, earlier than time remaining and rating differential are likely to affect play calling, can sign how aggressively groups really feel snug taking part in. Buffalo leads the league at 70 % move in these conditions. The Cowboys are thirtieth at 42 %, down from 53 % final season. They had been again in that 2021 vary Sunday.

Regardless of all that, this nonetheless felt like a few of the video games the Cowboys performed when Cooper Rush was behind heart as an alternative of Prescott. Given the power of the Cowboys’ protection, that was smarter than unnecessarily shifting into pass-first mode, making an attempt to indicate off no matter Prescott does to boost the offensive ceiling. Having Prescott roll left and throw throughout his physique on the Cowboys’ first play was somewhat curious, however so long as the Cowboys are dictating with their protection, they need to proceed to play the best way they’ve been taking part in offensive.

The Lions have fielded a high-flying offense by most of this season, however they had been cautious in opposition to this Cowboys protection led by Micah Parsons. Coach Dan Campbell stated so after the sport. He didn’t need to danger horrible issues taking place to his quarterback and offense. The Lions’ passes traveled 3.9 yards wanting the first-down marker on common, by far a season low for them. Dallas didn’t must push too exhausting offensively in opposition to this Detroit crew, which was probably solely going to win with turnovers.

We may see extra of the identical as Dallas faces Chicago earlier than its bye, adopted by video games in opposition to Inexperienced Bay, Minnesota, the Giants, Colts, Texans and Jaguars. What number of of these groups are going to dictate to this Dallas crew? Not many.

4. The New York Jets and Seattle Seahawks are linked by greater than the Jamal Adams commerce now. Each even have younger stars in line for rookie-of-the-year honors, though Breece Corridor’s obvious torn ACL counts as an enormous setback.

Solely twice has one NFL crew claimed Related Press rookie of the yr honors on each offense and protection. It occurred in 2017 with the New Orleans Saints’ Alvin Kamara and Marshon Lattimore. It occurred in 1967 with the Lions’ Mel Farr and Lem Barney.

Seattle could possibly be subsequent with operating again Kenneth Walker and cornerback Tariq Woolen. The Jets are within the operating with cornerback Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner. They had been within the operating with Corridor till Sunday.

Corridor had 4 carries for 72 yards, together with a 62-yard landing, earlier than struggling the knee harm within the Jets’ 16-9 victory in opposition to the Denver Broncos. Gardner broke up the Broncos’ last-ditch landing move, usually feasting on Denver’s remedial move offense.

For Seattle, Walker dominated the Chargers with 23 carries for 168 yards and two touchdowns, capped by a 74-yard landing within the fourth quarter to place away the sport.

NextGen Stats clocked Walker at 22.09 miles per hour on the 74-yard run, quickest for any ballcarrier this season. Corridor clocked 21.87 on his 62-yard run, the second-fastest velocity for any ballcarrier this season.

Woolen, the 6-foot-4 nook Pete Carroll couldn’t resist within the draft’s fifth spherical, had an interception in 4 successive video games earlier than Sunday. He owns the fourth-fastest velocity for a ball provider this season, reaching 21.58 on a pick-six in opposition to Detroit. Woolen additionally owns the quickest velocity for any participant this season, no matter whether or not the participant was carrying the ball. He hit 22.93, quickest for any participant since 2020, whereas chasing the Saints’ Taysom Hill in Week 5.

2022 Rookie Speeding Leaders

5. If the New England Patriots beat the Chicago Bears on Monday night time, historical past shall smile upon Invoice Belichick overtaking George Halas for No. 2 behind Don Shula on the all-time teaching wins listing (counting playoffs).

If any present NFL head coach may thrive within the Halas period, which spanned from 1920 to 1967 and included 40 seasons of teaching, Belichick can be the one. And it’s not merely due to his age.

Pete Carroll, 71, is older than Belichick by one yr, however Belichick is extra of the throwback in temperament and total. He reacted the best way Halas might need reacted when rookie special-teamer Brenden Schooler introduced him with a soccer on the sideline following a fourth-quarter muffed punt restoration in Cleveland, as if to say, “Hey, coach, I do know you’ll need this ball as a memento for beating your outdated crew!”

For as adaptable as Belichick has been schematically, his core ideas are timeless: follow longer and more durable, tolerate no distractions, restrict turnovers, run the ball, play protection, win the battle for hidden yardage by particular groups and management the video games. Belichick used a fullback extra often and longer than most coaches, even when Tom Brady was his quarterback. Belichick nonetheless makes the crew run sprints for messing up in follow, regardless of what number of hundreds of thousands gamers is perhaps incomes.

Critics have accused Belichick of bending the foundations. The league has punished the Patriots for violations greater than as soon as. However if you’re on the lookout for what has primarily pushed Belichick’s success throughout greater than 4 a long time within the sport, think about what a member of the New York Giants’ movie division stated about Belichick, then 27, when he was their special-teams coach in 1979.

“I do extra work for Belichick than for the offense and protection mixed,” the unnamed crew member instructed the Each day Document newspaper of New Jersey then.

As for passing Halas, the “counting playoffs” notation within the heading above issues as a result of Belichick’s profession whole for victories contains many extra alternatives to win video games not solely throughout common seasons, which continue to grow in size, but in addition from the rising proliferation of playoff video games throughout the Tremendous Bowl period. Halas owns a 6-3 postseason file with six championships in 40 seasons between 1920 and 1967. From 1933-66, the league performed just one playoff sport per season, for the championship. Earlier than that, there have been no playoffs. Belichick’s 31-13 file (.705) in playoffs is wonderful, however Halas’ .667 postseason win charge is analogous.

6. Two-minute drill: Remaining ideas

“He can take his’n and beat your’n, after which he can flip round and take you’n and beat his’n.”

Bum Phillips was lauding Don Shula when he made that enduring remark in 1979. Steve Wilks isn’t any Shula, however two of his 4 victories as a head coach recall Phillips’ witticism honoring coaches for transcending personnel. Wilks’ Panthers, that includes P.J. Walker at quarterback, beat the Brady-led Buccaneers on Sunday. When Wilks was with Arizona, his Cardinals, then led by Josh Rosen at quarterback, beat the Rodgers-led Packers. …

The Bucs kicked a discipline purpose on fourth-and-goal from the 8 with 13:27 left within the fourth quarter whereas trailing 14-0. What had been they considering? Most likely the identical factor Belichick was considering final season when he kicked a discipline purpose on fourth-and-goal from the 7 along with his Patriots trailing Indy, 20-7, with 8:57 remaining within the fourth quarter final season. Generally, coaches hate their odds on fourth-and-goal with thus far to go.

The Raiders transformed a fourth-and-goal from the 9 in opposition to Tennessee with 1:18 left of their Week 3 sport, then failed on the two-point conversion, which might have tied the sport.

The scenario for Tampa in opposition to Carolina marked solely the third time since 2000 {that a} crew confronted fourth-and-goal with 7-9 yards to go whereas trailing by 14 factors within the first three minutes of fourth quarters, based on TruMedia. Rex Ryan’s Buffalo Payments kicked the sphere purpose in 2015 Week 7. Jay Gruden’s Washington crew kicked the sphere purpose in opposition to Carolina in 2016 Week 15. Todd Bowles’ Bucs took that route in opposition to Carolina on Sunday. All three misplaced. All three most likely had been going to lose it doesn’t matter what decisions they made. Groups trailing by 14 within the first three minutes of fourth quarters are 31-510-2 file (.059) since 2000. …

Bruce Arians might need the correct really feel for timing. He may additionally be a superb head coach. Each issues could possibly be true. He went 8-8 in his last season with Arizona. The Cardinals then went 3-13 the next season. He went 13-4 with Tampa Bay final season. The Bucs are 3-4 now and sinking quick. …

Inexperienced Bay chosen tight finish Jace Sternberger seventy fifth within the 2019 NFL draft. Washington chosen star receiver Terry McLaurin with the subsequent decide. Sternberger, out of the league after Pittsburgh reduce him in camp, acquired it completely when McLaurin helped beat Inexperienced Bay with a 37-yard landing move. “I can’t consider the Packers didn’t draft McLaurin,” Sternberger tweeted.

Tough sport for the Lions vs. Dallas, however first-round decide Aidan Hutchinson did accumulate 1.5 sacks whereas posting a 17-percent strain charge, his highest thus far. One distinction: Hutchinson rushed extra from a two-point stance, which he favored at Michigan. That development will presumably proceed.

The Titans are averaging 19.2 factors per sport. They’re permitting 21.3 factors per sport. They rank twenty fifth in offensive EPA per sport, thirteenth on the defensive aspect and fifteenth on particular groups. They’re 4-2 and at the moment the AFC’s No. 3 seed behind Buffalo and Kansas Metropolis. Which is strictly the place we must always have identified they’d be, regardless of all of the offseason query marks. …

Take a look at Kayvon Thibodeaux’s wheels operating down Jaguars operating again Travis Etienne within the Giants’ newest victory, which has them at 6-1.

NFL sport officers trying like autograph seekers after the Buccaneers-Panthers sport ought to embarrass the officiating workplace and the league usually, even when there have been some worthy trigger we don’t find out about. But it surely received’t shock anybody if the primary intuition of officers and the league usually is to guard its personal.

The Bengals’ offense is rolling once more. Consecutive victories over Atlanta and New Orleans marked the Bengals’ second-best offensive EPA output in consecutive video games since no less than 2000. One of the best: in opposition to Baltimore and Kansas Metropolis in Weeks 16-17 final season. Joe Burrow in these 4 video games mixed: 14 landing passes with out an interception. Up subsequent for the Bengals: a date with Cleveland, whose protection ranks thirtieth in EPA per sport.

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