This article is part of our Film Review series.
New Orleans vs. Jets
As has been the case most of the year, the Saints offense mostly did what it wanted in this game, especially on the ground. Particularly given their indispensability as pass catchers in a New Orleans passing game that rarely falls flat, it's difficult to imagine a scenario where both Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara wouldn't have high projections. This offense unconditionally runs through them, no matter whether it's the run or the pass that takes precedence in any given game. Prolific as this Saints offense is, it's somewhat tenuously founded – it runs through Ingram, Kamara, and Michael Thomas – and none of their functions can be imitated by anyone else on the team. For now it works, though I'm surprised that the lack of contributing depth on this offense hasn't held it back at all.
Bilal Powell showed up to play in this one, but this offense appears so run-oriented under Bryce Petty that Powell's customary passing game functions might not carry over. Perhaps Powell will project for sufficient carry volume to put up a nice game against the Chargers if Keenan Allen, Philip Rivers' first and second crutch, isn't able to harm Powell's projection by giving viability to the Chargers passing game. There's no shame in Robby Anderson getting slowed by Marshon Lattimore – the young corner is a great one and might be the best corner in the league already.
Cleveland vs. Baltimore
After about a month of encouraging showings, this