The last Monday night game of the year won’t make us miss it. Phillip Lindsay hurt his wrist, Doug Martin (21-107-1) had a good game and Dwayne Harris outsmarted the Broncos on a 99-yard kick return. That’s pretty much all there is to know. I regret watching even the 40-minute version on Christmas Day, but as my daughter likes to say, “Why did the hero flush the toilet? Because it was his duty.” That more or less sums up my process here. Merry Christmas.
I missed the first half of the early games due to an appointment at the pub, but I caught the second half and all the late games before watching the edited version of Sunday night game this morning. The biggest takeaway for me is there are no great teams this year. The Saints might have lost at home to the Steelers but for some questionable calls and a late fumble, the Chiefs have lost two in a row and don’t play defense, the Patriots lack offensive firepower and struggle on the road and the Rams have struggled for the month, something a decisive win over the Cardinals does not erase. I bought an 18:1 ticket on the Ravens before their game in Los Angeles, and one could have similarly invested in the Eagles (need help), Chargers, Seahawks, Cowboys, Colts and/or Vikings.
I was at Christmas party in London during these games, and everyone including me got pretty pissed, so I missed them live. I got the score the the Redskins-Titans on my phone and couldn’t bring myself to re-watch it, so for that I’ll only comment on the results. For the Ravens – on whom I made a bet to win the AFC at 18:1 before the game – and who were one of my best bets, I saw it was 6-3 at the half, but rewatched the entire edited version of the game from the start. Both the Redskins and Ravens were Supercontest picks too.
From pass protection to run blocking, every aspect of the modern NFL offense runs through the O-line. Aside from skill position players themselves, nothing has a larger impact on the outcome of a play call than the battle up front. In the Offensive Line Overview series, we look at which of the league’s 32 offensive lines are trending up and down.
It’s win or go home, all or nothing: the fantasy championship begins this Saturday. Let’s cut to the chase, and discuss the state of offensive lines around the league.
What a terrible game. The biggest plays were a TD pass by the running back, a fumble on a nicely executed inside run by a wide receiver, a two-point conversion return and a fumble-out-of-the-end-zone touchback. The Saints only TD drive was gifted by a ticky-tack pass interference penalty on an uncatchable ball too. At least the Panthers covered, but it was a brutal watch, and that was on the 40-minute condensed version.
I just have to laugh at some of my fantasy football teams. One top-seeded semi-final team lost Kareem Hunt two weeks ago and started both Aaron Jones and Keenan Allen. Its top scorers were Justin and Lamar Jackson. The team I lost to wasn’t great, either, but Derrick Henry and Jaylen Samuels were pretty much enough by themselves. The longer I play fantasy football and the more teams I own, the less I sweat it. Work the waiver wire, set your lineups, let the results play out how they will.
I had arguably my worst beat of the year in the first game with the Jets getting six against the Texans. They lost by seven after their normally reliable kicker missed two PATs, and that’s not counting the tack-on FG the Texans got when the Jets turned it over on downs with just enough time left.