Cowboys, Buccaneers, Packers Shut in on Prime NFC Seed

NFL Week 14 – Every Sunday, the FO employees sends round emails in regards to the video games that every of us are watching. We share details about the video games that the remainder of the group may not be watching, ask questions, and preserve everybody else knowledgeable about which video games they could need to tune into (if they’ll).

On Monday, we compile a digest of these emails and produce this function. By its nature, it may be disjointed and dissimilar to the opposite articles on the location.

Whereas these emails are usually written with Audibles in thoughts, they don’t characterize an ordinary overview of all of the video games every week. Which means we aren’t going to cowl each sport, or each vital play. We watch the video games that we, as followers, are eager about watching, so your favourite crew’s sport may not be coated to your fullest wishes and even in any respect. (If you’re a Seahawks or Patriots fan, you’re most likely in luck; if you’re a Lions fan, not a lot.) We have now no intention of including new authors solely to cowl each sport on a given Sunday, nor will we watch a special sport from those that we’re personally eager about watching simply to make sure that Audibles covers each sport.

Las Vegas Raiders 9 at Kansas Metropolis Chiefs 48

Aaron Schatz: Raiders take the kickoff and on their first play, Jarran Reed knocks it out of Josh Jacobs’ fingers and Mike Hughes scoops and scores. 7-0 Kansas Metropolis after 17 seconds. Oh, and the Raiders mishandled the following kickoff and can begin on their very own 11.

Aaron Schatz: Patrick Mahomes completes a 44-yard cross to Mecole Hardman when Treyvon Mullen simply comes off him deep … then a wheel path to Darrel Williams scores with an awesome seal block from Travis Kelce. In the meantime, when the Raiders have the ball, their offensive line is getting killed by the Kansas Metropolis defensive entrance. Alex Leatherwood particularly appears dangerous at the moment, having hassle not solely with Chris Jones but in addition Travelle Wharton. 14-0 Chiefs.

Aaron Schatz: We’re now at 28-0. Chiefs decide off Derek Carr with no fault by him in any respect; Dan Sorensen ran into Foster Moreau, inflicting him to juggle the ball, and it went into the fingers of Tyrann Mathieu with out hitting the bottom. Chiefs march again downfield simply and rating on a 1-yard receiver display screen to Josh Gordon, who has accomplished principally nothing for them however at the moment everyone will get to do one thing in opposition to the Raiders! There’s going to be a number of “BOY OH BOY CHIEFS ARE BACK” speak after this one, however I believe the Raiders could also be a uniquely good matchup for the Chiefs, given their A) depth issues within the secondary, B) insistence on enjoying Cowl-3, C) main weak spot on the inside offensive line.

Bryan Knowles: To that time, Aaron, 47% of the factors the Chiefs have scored within the final eight weeks have come in opposition to the Raiders (69 and counting in opposition to Las Vegas, 77 of their different six video games)

Scott Spratt: I acknowledge that the NFL is not the NBA and it could be a idiot’s errand to plan for particular playoff matchups that accidents and randomness would incessantly derail. However the Raiders are within the Chiefs’ division. How was their offseason plan to commerce away inside offensive linemen and rent Cowl-3 fanatic Gus Bradley as their defensive coordinator?

Aaron Schatz: Minorly within the Raiders’ protection, they have been planning on having Richie Incognito at guard and he has been too harm to play this yr.

J.P. Acosta: So, the Raiders have utterly imploded and the Chiefs are up 35-0 with a minute left within the first half. And the Chiefs have made it look very easy as effectively.

Scott Spratt: The Chiefs have allowed 17, seven, 14, 9, 9, and now 9 factors their final six video games defensively.

Atlanta Falcons 29 at Carolina Panthers 21

Scott Spratt: The Panthers are off to a very good begin. They pressured a three-and-out after which went 65 yards on 9 performs for a landing on their opening drive. Both firing Joe Brady was the transfer for the crew, or it simply helps to face a Falcons crew ranked final in adjusted sack fee and general DVOA.

Scott Spratt: Cam Newton did not see Falcons linebacker Mycal Walker sitting on an Ameer Abdullah slant route, and so Walker undercut the cross, made the interception, and returned it 66 yards for a landing. The Falcons have flipped their early landing deficit and now lead the Panthers 14-7 midway via the second quarter.

Bryan Knowles: I see P.J. Walker is in at quarterback, once more, and did not see a be aware a couple of Cam Newton harm, so I assume that is a benching. Firing Joe Brady doesn’t appear to have helped.

Vince Verhei: Has Matt Rhule run out of scapegoats but? Perhaps he’ll fireplace Sir Purr subsequent.

Scott Spratt: New Panthers offensive coordinator Jeff Nixon is doing one thing fascinating this week, which is bringing backup quarterback P.J. Walker in, presumably as a bundle participant. I assume it is a bizarro Taysom Hill deal? The issue is Nixon simply referred to as a zone learn that John Cominsky identified and blew up earlier than Walker might do something. That play could also be a greater match for Newton!

Scott Spratt: Everybody on Twitter is agreeing with Bryan that Cam Newton was benched versus that being a drive-related technique with Walker. After all, Walker threw a horrifically dangerous jump-ball interception to finish the drive, so who is aware of what the crew goes to do at quarterback the remainder of the way in which.

Bryan Knowles: Properly, Cam’s again at quarterback now, so possibly the Panthers ARE enjoying fifth-dimensional chess, and doing it nearly in addition to Ian Nepomniachtchi.

Scott Spratt: Clearly, the Panthers are load managing Cam Newton. You simply do not get it, Bryan.

Vince Verhei: Perhaps they’ll dig up Jake Delhomme or Steve Beuerlein to begin subsequent week.

Aaron Schatz: Concept on Twitter is that the Panthers put in Walker on the finish of the half as a result of he has been there all season and thus is extra acquainted with the two-minute offense.

Bryan Knowles: However, hey, the Panthers aren’t useless but, regardless of all of our jokes. With Newton again in, the Panthers get some traction on the bottom once more. And after Cam carries it a pair instances, the Panthers run a zone learn, all of the protection bites on the Newton preserve, and Chuba Hubbard races 17 yards for the rating to make issues 17-14, Atlanta.

Bryan Knowles: I am unsure even the Falcons can Falcon this one away, although I suppose I ought to study by no means to say by no means. The Panthers’ second drive of the second half ended with Cam Newton fumbling the ball again to Atlanta at midfield, and from there, the Falcons largely simply run proper at their intestine—some Cordarrelle Patterson, certain, but in addition a wholesome dose of Qadree Ollison, who is certainly somebody who I remembered current earlier than this sport. Hayden Hurst scores a landing, however the two-point try and make issues a 14-point sport fails, so Atlanta merely has a 26-14 lead. Practically your complete fourth quarter to play, so it isn’t over but, however Carolina’s gotta get shifting.

Scott Spratt: Down a pair of scores within the fourth quarter, Jeff Nixon has been appropriately aggressive on this Panthers drive. He went for a fourth-and-2, which Cam Newton transformed with a fast cross to Robby Anderson. However this fourth-and-10 sums up the Panthers season fairly properly. Cam Newton slipped on the dropback and fell. And earlier than he had any likelihood to face up, Dante Fowler was within the backfield and touching him down for a sack. The left facet of the Panthers offensive line has been an issue, as ordinary.

Bryan Knowles: Falcons Falconing standing: Ehhhh? Panthers failed on fourth down, however Ollison fumbles the ball proper again to them, and P.J. Walker (again in now, as a result of the Panthers positively have a plan, per new offensive coordinator Dutch van der Linde) finds Robby Anderson for a landing. Down 9 factors, you have got go for 2 in some unspecified time in the future, and it appears like it’ll be right here … however a false begin pushes them again, and so they kick the PAT as an alternative. 29-21 Falcons with 3:11 left.

Scott Spratt: Analyst Jonathan Vilma should not share your logic, Bryan, as a result of he was destroying the Panthers for lining up for that two-point conversion. I’m wondering if he would have stated the identical factor if he have been calling the Ravens sport because the Ravens did the identical factor.

Aaron Schatz: Bear in mind: It’s smarter to go for 2 first when you rating a landing that places you down 9. You might want to have probably the most data early on. It was additionally good for the Panthers to kick the additional level as soon as a false begin knocked them again 5 yards.

Scott Spratt: I believe Vilma is falling into the entice that a number of coaches traditionally have, which is to delay dropping fairly than improve their possibilities of profitable.

Bryan Knowles: It is also most likely good to cowl Kyle Pitts on third-and-game when you’re the Panthers protection.

Aaron Schatz: In keeping with Steven Ruiz, the person who had Pitts was tripped up by a teammate, so no less than that is a proof. They did not really depart him broad open.

Seattle Seahawks 33 at Houston Texans 13

Vince Verhei: Fifteen minutes into this one and what we’ve realized to this point is that the Seahawks can blow coverages with out Jamal Adams simply as effectively they did with him. Davis Mills is at present 8-of-8 for 89 yards and a landing. That features 6-for-6 on their first drive, which led to a landing for Houston’s first factors in 100-plus minutes of sport time. Life has largely been simple for Mills—it is both brief completions with plenty of YAC or guys simply broad open downfield. Brevin Jordan was so open on the landing catch that I am unsure Seattle had 11 guys on the sphere.

Seahawks get a discipline aim on their first drive. Second drive, the clock to finish the quarter is about to run out once they name timeout. Looks like any utter waste once they might have simply let the quarter expire however I assume it labored—popping out of the timeout, Rashaad Penny goes off proper sort out and zippers into the top zone for a 32-yard landing that places Seattle up 10-7.

Carl Yedor: If Seattle goes to make a run for the playoffs, they, uh, cannot afford to lose this one. They’ve gotten some stress on Davis Mills thus far, however he didn’t throw his first incomplete cross till midway via the second quarter. To Vince’s level from earlier, a few of these have been checkdowns, however with extra formidable opponents remaining on the schedule (such because the Rams and Cardinals), it isn’t an awesome signal that the Texans have been in a position to transfer the ball fairly successfully. 10-10 with six minutes to go within the first half.

Vince Verhei: This final Houston drive is a private insult by each groups to soccer followers in all places. Texans have a third-and-18 after a penalty. Seahawks play a tender protection to surrender a 12-yard acquire that lets Houston strive a 49-yard discipline aim. The kick is sweet, however Seattle known as for roughing the snapper, private foul, 15 yards, first down. Texans seem to attain a go-ahead landing on a cross to Brandin Cooks, however replay exhibits his knee was down and it is first-and-goal on the 1. Then an unlawful formation penalty strikes them again 5 yards and units up a fourth-and-goal on the 3. They line as much as go for it, then name timeout … after which kick a discipline aim. You are on the 3! If you wish to kick it, simply take the delay of sport and save the timeout!

So many brain-dead errors. Appears to be like like two groups which can be each making an attempt to shave factors proper now.

Scott Spratt: Ka’imi Fairbairn simply drilled a 61-yard discipline aim as time expired within the first half. The Texans are trying frisky down simply 16-13.

Vince Verhei: Simply including that the Seahawks have 16 factors as a result of they pinned Houston deep on a punt, then pressured a three-and-out, after which Russell Wilson hit Tyler Lockett for a 55-yard landing on a play-action bomb. After which in fact they performed tender and stated certain, have a discipline aim. They have an inclination to play the top of the primary half prefer it’s the top of the second.

Vince Verhei: Simply updating this to say it is now 19-13 on the finish of the third and … I’ve nothin’. Seattle is technically nonetheless alive however this very a lot appears like two dangerous groups enjoying a meaningless December sport.

Vince Verhei: Appears to be like like Seattle has lastly put this one away. Third-and-9, Wilson scrambles to his left and finds Tyler Locket down the sideline for a 20-yard acquire. Within the crimson zone, they attempt to get DK Metcalf a landing, however Houston holds him on one throw for a penalty, then Wilson’s cross is behind him on the following snap. On third down they throw brief to Gerald Everett, and I absolutely anticipate him to fumble on the aim line once more. However he simply barely crosses the aircraft, Lockett provides a two-point conversion, and Seattle’s up 27-13 now.

Carl Yedor: After a lackluster exhibiting within the first half, Seattle’s protection has picked it up considerably within the second. A Russell Wilson landing to Gerald Everett (he of the horrible, horrible, no-good, very-bad sport per week in the past) and subsequent two-point conversion pushed Seattle’s result in 14 factors. Seattle rapidly pressured a turnover on downs on account of some sturdy protection from Ugo Amadi within the slot, after which Rashaad Penny busted an extended landing run for his second of the day. It is now 33-13, and I believe we are able to put this one to mattress.

Dallas Cowboys 27 at Washington Soccer Workforce 20

Bryan Knowles: The headline coming into this sport (or, no less than the headline that did not contain the Cowboys bringing their very own heated benches to Washington, out of concern the Soccer Workforce’s lodging could be lower than accommodating) was the banged-up Washington defensive position in opposition to the banged-up Dallas backfield. The starters on Washington’s line had about 200 mixed profession snaps coming into at the moment, whereas the extra explosive of the 2 Cowboys backs, Tony Pollard, is out with a foot harm. That hasn’t been a significant component but, I suppose—Dallas is not precisely making hay on the bottom, however Washington’s not getting a lot stress on Prescott both, so name it a wash.

Washington did not want stress, nonetheless, to make a play, because the Cowboys’ second drive ended with Prescott simply completely airmailing CeeDee Lamb, failing to see Landon Collins lurking deep—one of many simpler interceptions he’ll have in his profession. However, ’tis December and the season of giving, so Taylor Heinicke provides the ball proper again, as Randy Gregory makes an athletic play to tip the ball again to himself to get the ball proper again. There are half-a-dozen flags on the following drive, with the Cowboys’ greatest play approaching a free shot to Michael Gallup after Washington jumped offsides. Washington holds on third down within the crimson zone, however are flagged for offsides once more, permitting Prescott to search out Amari Cooper on the re-do for a landing. The Cowboys go for 2, surprisingly, and succeed, so that they have an 11-0 lead late within the first quarter.

Bryan Knowles: Micah Parsons is making an attempt to wrap up his Defensive Rookie of the 12 months award early. Washington traces as much as go for a fourth down, however Parsons blows up the road and ranges Heinicke, knocking the ball unfastened and letting Dorance Armstrong scoop and rating from midfield. That is six straight video games with a sack, the second-longest streak by a rookie since sacks turned official in 1982 (Jevon Kearse had eight).

The Cowboys at the moment are up 18-0, and Washington wants a response instantly or this one goes to change into a laugher.

Vince Verhei: Taylor Heinicke has two turnovers within the first quarter. The primary was horrible. The second was even worse.

Cowboys up 18-0. (They went for 2 on their first landing after a Washington penalty and obtained it.)

Aaron Schatz: Making an attempt to run clock with 4:13 left within the fourth quarter, Dal Prescott simply threw it proper to Cole Holcomb of Washington. Decide-six, and we’ve a ballgame. Further level was blocked, however it’s 27-21 Dallas.

Scott Spratt: I am hoping that decide seemed much less horrible from floor stage than it did from the sky digital camera.

Yikes, Dak!

Vince Verhei: Cowboys’ final three drives: three-and-out, three-and-out, two-and-pick-six. I might not hate it if the Soccer Workforce made a idiot out of Mike McCarthy at the moment.

Aaron Schatz: I am sorry I flipped this sport off for RedZone. It seems Dallas misplaced each tackles on this sport. Tyron Smith went out injured and La’el Collins was ejected for coming to the protection of Dak Prescott when the 2 groups obtained right into a battle. Michael Gallup will get the ball slapped away by Kendall Fuller on third-and-3 and Washington will get it again with 3:04 left and 70 yards to go.

Aaron Schatz: Oh, and Taylor Heinicke is out injured so it’s Kyle Allen main this comeback try.

Bryan Knowles: And Allen almost hits DeAndre Carter on an enormous bomb that may have set Washington up in nice discipline place. As an alternative, Carter drops it, and it appears like Allen simply fumbled on the following play. They’re reviewing it, however that can be a backbreaker if it isn’t overturned.

Aaron Schatz: Contemplate the again damaged.

Baltimore Ravens 22 at Cleveland Browns 24

Bryan Knowles: Lamar Jackson took a success and needed to limp off the sphere—a low hit on Jackson’s proper leg after a cross. Tyler Huntley is in. That appears considerably price monitoring.

Vince Verhei: Browns up 10-0 on the finish of the primary, and that by some means does not categorical how dominant they’ve been. Ravens had the ball twice and punted twice with only one first down to this point. Browns are dink-and-dunking all over—solely 16 yards on six carries, however Baker Mayfield is 9-of-11 for 76 yards and a rating. Jarvis Landry has a 9-yard landing for Cleveland.

And now Lamar Jackson has left the sport and Tyler Huntley is throwing incompletions and the Ravens simply went three-and-out once more. Jackson is limping round on the sideline, we’ll see if he returns.

Scott Spratt: And the Ravens had been so wholesome till now, what a flip for them.

Vince Verhei: Mayfield threw a foul interception on this one, throwing behind his receiver proper to Anthony Averett for a straightforward decide. That allow the Ravens kick a 50-yard discipline aim with out even needing to choose up a primary down. However turnovers go each methods—later, stress will get to Huntley and forces a fumble, and the Browns recuperate and return it for a landing.

Ravens reply with their greatest drive of the day, shifting 53 yards in seven performs to arrange one other Justin Tucker discipline aim. However the Browns are nonetheless up 24-6 at halftime and may win this comfortably until Mayfield continues to present the ball away.

Vince Verhei: The final nail simply will not go into Baltimore’s coffin. They get a discipline aim, then Cleveland misses one, then Huntley hits Rashod Bateman on a deep ball right down to the 1-yard line. Latavius Murray carries it in from there, slicing the result in 9, and Baltimore goes for 2 to chop it to a seven-point lead. Sadly for them the strive isn’t any good, however the protection responded with a three-and-out. Ravens soccer, down 24-15 with about eight minutes to go, and we will not put this one to mattress simply but.

Vince Verhei: Fourth-and-6, Bateman converts with a 30-yard acquire down the sideline. That units up Mark Andrews’ landing catch over the center. The lead has been minimize to 24-22, and the Ravens might want to recuperate an onside kick now … and so they do! The ball hit one of many Browns’ up males and bounced again Baltimore’s means. There’s 1:17 to go and Baltimore has two timeouts, loads of time to arrange Tucker for a game-winning strive.

Aaron Schatz: Uh, do not look now however Tyler Huntley obtained it 30 yards downfield to Rashod Bateman, who by some means obtained his toes down in bounds, after which they adopted with a landing throw to Mark Andrews. After which they adopted that up by recovering the onside kick when it hit fullback Andy Janovich of the Browns and bounced again into the fingers of Baltimore’s Chuck Clark.

Scott Spratt: I believed each early sport had change into a blowout, however the Ravens are doing Ravens issues. Tyler Huntley is 25-of-36 for 254 yards and a landing and simply discovered Rashod Bateman…

… and Mark Andrews for back-to-back performs to get the Ravens inside two at 24-22 within the remaining two minutes. And the Ravens simply transformed an onside kick to get the ball again!

Aaron Schatz: Ravens will not do it. First-down bomb too deep for Hollywood Brown. Big sack by Jadeveon Clowney on second down. Fourteen-yard completion to Andrews arrange fourth-and-6. However they threw to Bateman wanting the road and Denzel Ward stopped him instantly and there was no first down. Cleveland will win 24-22.

Vince Verhei: Properly that was anticlimactic. Jadeveon Clowney with the massive sack on second down, then on fourth-and-6, Huntley throws a cross proper on the line of scrimmage the place the receiver is tackled instantly.

Bullet dodged for Cleveland. That may have been a soul-shaking loss. As it’s, they’re very lucky that the Ravens’ two-pointer earlier within the sport failed.

Jacksonville Jaguars 0 at Tennessee Titans 20

J.P. Acosta: The Titans have 163 complete yards of offense with 3:55 left within the half. The Jaguars have 33 complete yards of offense.

Bryan Knowles: Probably the most pleasure I am having on this one is speaking to different individuals within the playoff situation group chat about whether or not the Jaguars can be mathematically eradicated by dropping right here, or if the Browns sport will finish first and knock out the Jags that means. Jacksonville has been enjoying some pretty excruciating soccer offensively, however their protection has been no less than treading water all day. Issues lastly broke right here within the third quarter, because of a 24-yard Geoff Swaim reception coupled with a 15-yard low blocking penalty on the Jags. That strikes the ball into the crimson zone, however it takes six performs for Ryan Tannehill to lastly run the ball into the top zone himself and provides the Titans a 17-0 lead. That is most likely insurmountable, contemplating the state of the Jaguars’ offense.

Aaron Schatz: This Jaguars play is offered with out remark.

Scott Spratt: I have never watched a second of this, however I see that Trevor Lawrence has thrown three interceptions. Is that this the week that the talk exhibits talk about whether or not Lawrence is a bust? I do not assume so personally, however his -17.4% passing DVOA places him in dangerous firm amongst current rookie quarterbacks.

J.P. Acosta: The Jaguars have been fooled by stress your complete sport. The primary two interceptions have been underneath stress and getting fooled by a very good Tennessee blitz; the final one was principally an arm punt when no one was open. He has accomplished a comparatively good job of defending the ball up till this sport, however the crew is bottoming out actual quick.

Bryan Knowles: I additionally assume a few of the Lawrence criticism goes to be blunted by simply how dangerous Zach Wilson has been up to now; it is at all times useful when you have not been the worst in your class.

Scott Spratt: Justin Fields (-38.0%) and Davis Mills (-21.7%) have additionally been worse, no less than by DVOA. So an optimist may say Trevor Lawrence has been the second-best rookie quarterback this season!

J.P. Acosta: The lesson right here: enjoying quarterback for talent-deficient groups is difficult!

Vince Verhei: City Meyer has already mentally cleaned out his desk.

Tom Gower: The sport was roughly what the platonic instance of what a sensible Titans fan may hope for in a 2021 matchup of those groups. The Jaguars’ surprisingly sport protection makes issues sort of fascinating for some time, holding the general rating in verify, however does not really problem the Titans that critically—they have been in a position to drive the sphere with none massive performs for a gap landing and add a few discipline aim drives (one missed, in fact). However Tennessee solely had 10 factors within the first 40 minutes of the sport, and that is sufficient to maintain a sport aggressive if the opposing offense can rating. Which, in fact, they could not.

The Jacksonville offense is, to place it merely, a troublesome watch. They could not run the ball in any respect, with James Robinson and Carlos Hyde combining for six yards on seven carries at the moment. The passing sport had no selection however to attempt to carry the load, and Trevor Lawrence was environment friendly when he threw the ball within the first half, finishing 10 of 12 passes with one throwaway and one drop. Very like my season-long complaints in regards to the Titans, although, the Jaguars battle to create explosive performs. For the sport, that they had beneficial properties of 31 (on a shorter cross in a Hail Mary scenario on the finish of the primary half) and 41 (after happening 17-0) and nothing else longer than 14 yards (Tennessee at the moment: 39 on the Swaim display screen plus a 15-yard penalty and 32, nothing else greater than 16). It is so laborious to make a dwelling off 8-yard passes when you do not get a lot after the catch, and it is an insane ask of a rookie quarterback. Penalties just like the three holds referred to as on Andrew Norwell do not assist issues. Any Lawrence errors, just like the second interception when he obtained pressured and threw the ball to a dropping rusher, are killer.

Macro-level, this was purported to be a sort of “get-right” sport for Tennessee coming off a bye after a few losses, and it performed out like they hoped it could, dispatching of a foul crew at residence with none actual drama.

New Orleans Saints 30 at New York Jets 9

Bryan Knowles: Hey, somebody on this sport discovered an finish zone! After 27 minutes that noticed six punts and two discipline targets, the Saints lastly get a drive going. And by “a drive going,” in fact I imply Alvin Kamara doing Alvin Kamara issues; it actually cannot be confused sufficient how a lot the Saints have missed their playmakers as they’ve seen their playoff odds plummet over the past month and alter, and the return of Kamara will assist that. With 3:41 left within the first half, the present yardage totals on this one are Alvin Kamara 94, All Different Saints 35, Jets 62. Oh, and it is 10-3, Saints.

Vince Verhei: It is 10-6 at halftime and my god are the Jets ever awful. A number of drops and penalties, however most regarding, Zach Wilson has been fairly horrible. We’ve not talked about that a lot this yr as a result of expectations for the Jets have been so low, however the second general decide must be enjoying loads higher than this. I’ve the Jets and Texans on side-by-side screens and Davis Mills has clearly been the higher rookie.

To be truthful, Wilson did look good on New York’s final drive of the half. Not simply making massive throws, however going via his progressions, discovering second and third receivers, and hitting guys on the run. The drive stalled after Denzel Mims picked up 15 yards on back-to-back penalties, however they nonetheless obtained a discipline aim to maintain the rating respectable.

Dave Bernreuther: Oh man, what a slate to catch on the day once I get up feeling deathly in poor health for some motive … no stress to arrange the multi-TV setup, can simply lay down and flip between mediocre video games in the hunt for one thing shut.

In some way I landed on this one for some time, throughout which period I had the pleasure of watching Zach Wilson, underneath no stress in any respect, bounce a cross to Braxton Berrios behind the road of scrimmage, and naturally the limitless enjoyable of watching the Taysom Hill expertise.

My solely touch upon that final bit is that this: if in case you have fourth-and-a-short-2 contained in the 5-yard line, an alleged multi-tool and run menace of a quarterback , a historical past of aggression, and the defensive luxurious of going through the aforementioned inaccurate rookie quarterback … why would your play name be “laborious depend after which kick if you cannot draw them offsides?”

If that is not a scenario that is custom-built for that exact quarterback , what’s? Why on earth is he even on the roster, not to mention being given ludicrous contract extensions?

Vince Verhei: I by no means stated Taysom Hill could not run. Up massive with a third-and-12 late within the fourth, the Saints run a quarterback sweep to kill clock and punt, however Hill breaks a sort out and will get into the clear for a 44-yard landing that places the Saints up 30-9. Hill’s over 70 yards speeding with a pair of touchdowns on the day now.

Detroit Lions 10 at Denver Broncos 38

Vince Verhei: Broncos opened the sport with 10 males on offense in tribute to Demaryius Thomas.

Formally, this play by no means occurred—there was no timeout or penalty or something. Broncos went on to drive 75 yards in 11 performs for a landing. Totally on the bottom—Teddy Bridgewater had only one completion for 13 yards on the drive. Javonte Williams obtained the rating, a 5-yard landing.

Vince Verhei: Broncos scored touchdowns on every of their first two drives and have been threatening to show this right into a blowout, however then they produced back-to-back punts because the Lions rallied with a landing and a discipline aim. Broncos obtained their very own discipline aim as time expired within the second quarter to take a 17-10 lead into halftime. It is a massive day for working backs as the 2 groups have mixed for extra yards speeding (171) than passing (166). Craig Reynolds, an undrafted participant out of Kutztown making his Detroit debut and on his third crew in two seasons, has seven carries for 60 yards for the Lions. Detroit will get the ball first to begin the second half, making opponents uncomfortable as they do most each week.

Vince Verhei: Godwin Igwebuike fumbles on the primary drive of the second half and Denver takes over on the Detroit 36-yard line. They get to first-and-20 on the 24 shortly thereafter, however Jerry Jeudy catches a 9-yard acquire, Javonte Williams runs for five yards, and Bridgewater hits Williams for a 10-yard landing to go up 24-10. That is Williams’ second landing of the day.

And within the time it takes me to sort all that up, the Lions go four-and-out, with Jared Goff throwing incomplete on fourth-and-2 on the Detroit 33. Williams then runs for five, 5, and 9 yards, then Melvin Gordon will get HIS second landing of the day, this one a 14-yarder. It is 31-10 now and this abruptly appears over halfway via the third quarter.

Vince Verhei: Full credit score to Dan Campbell and the Lions for not waving the white flag down 31-10 within the second half. Fourth-and-2 at their very own 44, Igwebuike runs for a acquire of 4. Fourth-and-4 on the Denver 34, Goff hits Amon-Ra St. Brown for a acquire of 19 (plus an pointless roughness foul on Denver). Fourth-and-goal from the 4, Shane Zylstra cannot reel in Goff’s cross and it falls incomplete, however hey: they’re TRYING. With all the blowouts we noticed at the moment, I am unsure you possibly can say that about everybody.

Vince Verhei: Good second right here as Justin Simmons intercepts Goff, then vegetation the ball on the 88 decal.

Simmons was drafted in 2016, making him one of many few guys on the roster who performed with Thomas earlier than the receiver’s final yr in Denver in 2017.

San Francisco 49ers 26 at Cincinnati Bengals 23 (OT)

Scott Spratt: Ja’Marr Chase simply ended the Bengals’ first drive along with his tenth drop this season. That is tied for probably the most amongst broad receivers per Sportradar charting.

Derrik Klassen: Cincinnati’s first offensive drive was painfully on model. First down, they go underneath middle with Ja’Marr Chase motioning throughout … 49ers linebacker Azeez Al-Shaair timed the snap and shot via for a sort out for loss on a run play. Second down and third down, the Bengals’ pass-catchers drop passes. The Chase drop on third down was notably dangerous: hit him useless within the fingers simply previous the sticks. Slightly regarding that this downside has cropped again up for Chase.

Scott Spratt: Darius Phillips and Stanley Morgan have fumbled the final two punt catches for the Bengals. Particular groups was purported to be the Bengals’ edge on this one. They out-rank the 49ers in particular groups DVOA tenth to twenty second however path them twenty third to fourth in offensive DVOA and fifteenth to ninth in defensive DVOA.

Vince Verhei: Zac Taylor, what you do? Fourth-and-1 in 49ers territory, they line as much as go for it. Taylor does not like what he sees, so he calls timeout … then sends out the kicking crew? It is a 37-yard discipline aim strive as an alternative of a 42-yarder, however man, if I used to be going to kick I believe I might fairly save the timeout and take a delay of sport there and take my probabilities with the longer kick.

Regardless, the kick is sweet and we’re tied 3-3.

Bryan Knowles: Taylor was simply returning the favor from Kyle Shanahan, who additionally kicked a discipline aim on fourth-and-short. And, whereas I am recapping the primary quarter—5 fumbles, although 4 of them recovered by their very own crew. May be one thing to observe going ahead.

Additionally price watching going ahead—Cincinnati making an attempt to cease the 49ers speeding assault. San Francisco is averaging 6.4 yards a rush via 1 / 4 and err, 1 / 4, with Jeff Wilson ripping off back-to-back double-digit-yard beneficial properties, and the returning Deebo Samuel speeding one other 27 yards for a rating. 10-3 early within the second quarter.

Vince Verhei: Checking in on San Francisco’s play calling via 4 drives:

  • Jimmy Garoppolo: seven passes, one sack.
  • Deebo Samuel: 4 carries
  • Brandon Aiyuk: one carry (which was really a scramble on a large receiver cross, however the Bengals weren’t fooled)
  • Working backs: 4 carries, all by Jeff Wilson.

Samuel, in fact, is extra of a runner than receiver today, and simply took the final of these 4 carries for a 27-yard landing to place the 49ers up 10-3.

Bryan Knowles: The Bengals have determined they don’t need to win this soccer sport. After deciding to kick one more discipline aim on fourth-and-nothin’, the Bengals protection stiffens and forces the 49ers to punt. However Darius Phillips muffs his second punt of the day, and the 49ers get the ball again. It appears like Cincinnati’s protection goes to drive one other discipline aim … however they get referred to as for taunting, as Vonn Bell carried out the cardinal sin of pointing at somebody. Given a 3rd likelihood, Garoppolo finds George Kittle in the long run zone, and so they’ll have a 17-6 lead going into halftime in all probability.

Vince Verhei: That complete sequence was breathtaking. Bengals have been most likely going to be down by one level at halftime, or possibly even forward. As an alternative it is 17-6 now, a 10-point swing the place the 49ers simply needed to sit again and watch Cincinnati implode.

Bryan Knowles: Do not put this one to mattress simply but! The Bengals lastly go for it on fourth down, and so they do … this.

The Bengals wanted that. Nice throw by Burrow, nice job of holding himself alive by Chase, and it is a one-score sport, 20-13.

Vince Verhei: The dots on that one are a deal with. You may see Chase working right-to-left when the ball is thrown and having to regulate and reverse course.

Bryan Knowles: Jimmy Garoppolo has taken 4 sacks within the fourth quarter, and so Cincinnati has the ball again. They nonetheless want a landing, and are going through third-and-long from inside their very own 20 with two minutes left, however the sport’s not over.

The Cincinnati protection realized that Garoppolo cannot threaten the sidelines or deep, and performed him accordingly.

Bryan Knowles: Ja’Marr Chase is an excellent skilled soccer participant, and the Bengals have come all the way in which again from trailing 20-6 to tie the sport with 1:19 left to play. Chase simply double-moves Ambry Thomas (once more!), and catches a bomb for the rating.

And, to not take something away from Chase or Burrow, however good lord, are the 49ers’ cornerbacks dangerous.

Vince Verhei: Take into account that Cincinnati obtained all these sacks with out Trey Hendrickson, who was harm within the first half.

49ers need to go for the win in regulation right here. I do not like their odds in additional time. Cincinnati has been the higher crew on offense and protection, and we’re solely on this place due to particular groups errors.

Bryan Knowles: Jimmy Garoppolo almost throws his Patented Terrible Interception, however Jesse Bates cannot maintain on. The very subsequent play goes to Kittle contained in the 30, so the 49ers can have the prospect for an extended discipline aim at worst…

Bryan Knowles: … however Robbie Gould misses it! We will additional time!

Vince Verhei: That missed discipline aim got here after intentional incompletions on first and second right down to kill clock however then cease it. And … I am torn. I hate settling for lengthy discipline targets, for causes that appear evident now. However they have been additionally out of timeouts, and something that left the clock working (like, say, one other sack) would have ended regulation. I might have favored to see yet another sideline throw to attempt to get nearer however I am unable to fault Kyle Shanahan an excessive amount of for that one.

Vince Verhei: Just about each massive throw Joe Burrow made within the fourth quarter, Nick Bosa was a half-step from getting an enormous sack. Bosa lastly will get there on third-and-3 simply exterior the crimson zone on the primary drive of additional time. Bengals nonetheless get the sphere aim to take the lead, however may effectively have received outright if Burrow had escaped once more.

Bryan Knowles: The Bengals march proper down the sphere on San Francisco’s secondary after which … obtained conservative? They ran the ball a pair instances contained in the 30 and settled for a discipline aim. They have been consuming Ambry Thomas for lunch!

Bryan Knowles: And, certainly, the Bengals’ conservatism comes again to hang-out them. Jimmy Garoppolo marches the 49ers 75 yards downfield—an enormous catch by Jauan Jennings, two large grabs for Kittle (13-151-1 on the day), after which a bit of flat path to Brandon Aiyuk, who dives over the pylon, and is dominated in the long run zone after a overview. 26-23 49ers. I did NOT get pleasure from that.

Vince Verhei: Similar to I stated, additional time positively favors the 49ers. Nice job by Brandon Aiyuk to put on gold cleats to make it very clear that he stayed in bounds on the profitable landing. He was dominated down, however the play was dominated a landing on replay overview.

One other week within the NFL, one other radical shuffling of the wild-card standings, particularly within the AFC.

Buffalo Payments 27 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 33 (OT)

Bryan Knowles: The Payments had hassle dissuading the Patriots from working the ball final week, however that is wind -elated, absolutely, and never related for this sport … besides Leonard Fournette simply slipped proper via everybody for a 47-yard landing, with the safeties effectively out of place to even attempt to make a cease. 7-0 Buccaneers early.

Aaron Schatz: Nice blocks by Ali Marpet (pulling) and Donovan Smith (on the second stage) to make that Fournette landing occur.

Aaron Schatz: Fournette run if you wish to watch some actually nice blocking.

Scott Spratt: The Payments have the No. 6 run protection by DVOA however are bottom-10 in defensive energy run success fee. Throughout their current skid, they’ve confronted:

  • The Colts: eighth in offensive energy success; Jonathan Taylor ran for 32-185-4.
  • The Patriots: seventh in offensive energy success; Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson ran for 34-189-1.
  • The Bucs: first in offensive energy success; and Leonard Fournette simply did that.

Scott Spratt: Talking of the facility working sport, Tom Brady has three first-down carries within the first quarter.

Aaron Schatz: Buffalo simply stiffened up within the crimson zone in opposition to the Bucs, so a discipline aim will make it 10-0. However their protection wasn’t doing a very good job of stopping the Bucs on the remainder of the sphere, and extra importantly, their offense simply cannot block the Bucs’ cross rush in any respect to this point at the moment, so I do not know what the Payments will be capable of do once they get the ball again on offense now…

Aaron Schatz: The Payments offensive line did a a lot better job on the following drive, which allowed Josh Allen to search out his receivers in opposition to each zones and man. Out of the blue the Payments are shifting it simply, though they ran out of juice within the crimson zone. So much goes to rely upon the Bucs cross rush on this sport though their secondary will not be as injured because it was earlier this season. Now 10-3 Tampa Bay.

Bryan Knowles: Make it 17-3. Each Chris Godwin and Rob Gronkowski working free within the secondary, after which Brady and Mike Evans hook up on a ravishing little contact cross in the long run zone.

Sport’s removed from over, however I nonetheless cannot recover from the Payments kicking a 21-yard discipline aim. That does not appear to be the perfect technique to sustain with the Buccaneers.

Aaron Schatz: This is that Evans landing. Only a exceptional throw with velocity and completely positioned, but in addition a implausible fingers catch by Evans.

Bryan Knowles: The Payments’ protection simply does not look proper. I do know a number of nice groups have been made to look very silly by Tom Brady over time, however they simply do not look something just like the protection they have been final yr, and even at first of this one. Bucs are up 24-3 after the newest sensible Mike Evans reception and one more sneak for Brady, and it does not really feel that shut.

Aaron Schatz: There is not any cross rush. The one time they actually obtained to Brady with a Matt Milano blitz, he threw that ball as much as Evans that Evans by some means got here down with whereas tapping his toes by the sideline and the Bucs went in to attain two performs later. Every little thing is completely one-sided on this sport. Bucs have 299 yards to 126 for Buffalo with 1:29 left within the first half. Additionally, we will go into the second half of this sport with the Payments not having handed off the ball even as soon as. They ran two possibility performs the place Allen stored the ball, however no handoffs. I do know the Tampa Bay run protection is superb however that appears awfully excessive, even to me, a proponent of throwing the ball greater than you run.

And as I sort this, Josh Allen throws an interception to a diving Richard Sherman whereas underneath stress from three Bucs defenders who beat their blockers.

Bryan Knowles: Yeah. Passing is more practical than working, however you would need to assume that you simply want opposing defenses to no less than contemplate the likelihood that you simply may hand the ball off. With out that, you are simply letting pass-rushers tee off on you all day lengthy.

Vince Verhei: I believe all of us anticipated Allen to regress … however this appears like rookie yr Josh Allen.

Aaron Schatz: Payments finish their first drive of the second half with a faux punt on fourth-and-2. It is formally their first run of the sport by a working again. It failed.

Tom Gower: If you happen to’re inclined to learn the final two weeks as a referendum on the state of the 2021 Buffalo Payments, we seem to have a solution. They’re trying a bit of more practical on their subsequent possession, however down 24-3 with lower than 10 minutes to play within the third quarter is not the extent of competitiveness I hoped for from this sport and that I actually needed after the early slate of video games was largely uninteresting. Working the ball seems to be tactically helpful generally, maybe.

Aaron Schatz: The Payments have life after Josh Allen stored the ball for an 18-yard landing. The Bucs exit on the following drive and decide up one first down however then Brady simply overthrew Gronk and threw too low for Godwin and the Bucs need to punt. Payments nonetheless not getting nice cross rush however imperfect throws—Brady is nice, however not excellent—have given them the ball again. And do not look now however they’ve really caught as much as the Bucs in yards per play, main 6.2 to six.1 at this level.

Bryan Knowles: I don’t just like the “we’re lining as much as go for it, oh wait, the offense runs off the sphere and right here comes the punting unit” play the Payments simply ran. Particularly not down 24-10.

Aaron Schatz: The Bucs have not been in a position to transfer the ball effectively within the second half and the Payments are abruptly getting good blocking in opposition to the Bucs stress. They make it down the sphere and we’re now at 27-24 Tampa Bay. The Bucs will attempt to kill clock with 4:52 left.

Aaron Schatz: Tampa Bay’s offense has stopped changing third downs within the second half of this sport and so they simply obtained sacked on third-and-6. They will punt the ball again to the Payments, who now have an opportunity to tie or win this sport.

Aaron Schatz: Josh Allen has accomplished a lot along with his legs on this sport. Simply went over 100 speeding yards with a 7-yard scramble on second-and-6.

Scott Spratt: I really feel like this form of speeding sport is in Josh Allen’s bag of tips. However I simply realized he has a -11.5% speeding DVOA this season. He has by no means gone destructive earlier than, both. Very unusual.

Aaron Schatz: Bucs cross rush that was dominating early on this sport simply hasn’t been in a position to get residence a lot within the second half. Simply let Allen go down the sphere and into the crimson zone however Stefon Diggs was coated intently by Carlton Davis on third-and-2 from the 7. Payments accept the sphere aim on fourth-and-2 so this one will even most likely go to additional time.

Aaron Schatz: Talking of the Payments enjoying very effectively within the second half of this sport, Gregg Rosenthal simply identified on Twitter that 5 of the final six Bucs drives in regulation (not counting the ultimate kneeldown) went 10 yards or much less.

Aaron Schatz: Buccaneers win 33-27. An actual iffy DPI was referred to as on Levi Wallace; it was nearly like Mike Evans particularly outran the ball and got here again to it simply to attract the flag. Three performs later, Brady discovered Breshad Perriman crossing the center of the sphere. Tremaine Edmunds could not meet up with him, Perriman hit the sideline and ran down it the remainder of the way in which, 58 yards to finish this sport. A terrific second-half Payments comeback however they can not end the job.

Bryan Knowles: Full credit score, FULL credit score to the Payments for combating again after all of us wrote them off; they seemed like a completely totally different crew within the second half.

… they most likely ought to have gone for the win, not the tie, on their final drive in regulation.

Tom Gower: And after I bury the Payments earlier, that they had that terrific comeback. As Aaron famous, the Bucs cross rush did not appear to be getting there. They tried working the ball some as a tactical changeup, and it labored. They nonetheless could not convert a 3rd down, ending the sport simply 2-of-13 general, however transformed a pair fourth downs and it in any other case did not matter. And the protection as effectively, helped by a few essential misses from Brady. I did not anticipate it till it occurred, so full kudos to them for his or her efforts. After which what occurred late … we’ve two probabilities within the 4:25 window for groups down 14 scoring a landing to go for 2 and discover out if they may win the sport as an alternative of kicking two additional factors to tie and doubtlessly drive additional time (Payments down 17, so their situation was barely extra difficult than Cincinnati’s), and each Sean McDermott and Zac Taylor selected to kick, really accomplished the comeback, and went on to lose in additional time. It is just like the universe is designed to deprive us of examples of this, besides it additionally punishes the groups for not giving us these examples. Or possibly I am simply cranky after the officiating disparity, with 4 calls that broke the Bucs’ means very late between the no-call on the Buffalo third-and-2 cross on the finish of regulation, the no-call on Buffalo third-and-4 cross in additional time, the primary down awarded to Leonard Fournette once I thought the ball did not make it to the 16 in additional time, and the cross interference name that was made on the cross to Mike Evans the following play.

New York Giants 21 at Los Angeles Chargers 37

Vince Verhei: The sport opened with three straight punts earlier than L.A. warmed up with a nine-play, 60-yard landing drive. And it was a drive—60 yard in 9 performs, and Austin Ekeler’s 14-yard run to begin the drive turned out to be the longest play on the possession. Ekeler closed off the drive with a 1-yard scoring run.

However the Giants answered. Kyle Rudolph rumbles for a 60-yard catch-and-run. Then Elijhaa Penny, possibly jealous of the massive day his brother Rashaad had for Seattle earlier, will get open for a lob in the long run zone.

We’re tied 7-7 on the finish of 1.

Aaron Schatz: I interrupt my protection of Tampa Bay and Buffalo to level out that Justin Herbert’s arm is superior.

Carl Yedor: There have been respectable issues in regards to the Los Angeles run protection for many of the yr, however the Giants have been ineffective in making an attempt to assault that weak spot to this point at the moment. Even supposing the Chargers nearly have a greater defensive DVOA in opposition to the cross than in opposition to the run (2.3% cross protection DVOA vs. 2.2% run protection DVOA), the Giants’ working backs have averaged 3.7 yards per carry within the first half. Not having Daniel Jones in there hurts as a result of the protection does not need to respect Mike Glennon as a speeding menace, however it has been fairly depressing for New York within the early going. The Giants’ solely landing got here after an explosive acquire from the sprightly Kyle Rudolph rumbling down the sphere. In the meantime, the Chargers have been getting basically no matter they need on offense. 24-7 on the half.

Vince Verhei: That Herbert cross is the spotlight, however the Chargers have totally outplayed New York and lead 24-7 at halftime. The Giants have 60 yards on that one Rudolph cross and 85 yards on their different 27 performs. Daniel Jones isn’t any Justin Herbert, however Mike Glennon isn’t any Daniel Jones.

Chicago Bears 30 at Inexperienced Bay Packers 45

Aaron Schatz: This one was purported to be a straightforward cakewalk for the Packers however by some means the Bears are up 10-0 early. The Packers have two failed completions on three third-down makes an attempt and the Bears simply obtained a 46-yard landing from Jakeem Grant on a jet sweep flip cross with 5 lead blockers.

Scott Spratt: Jakeem Grant simply scored on a effectively set-up jet sweep from 46 yards out. However the larger shock for me of the Bears’ 10-0 begin is on protection, the place they’ve held the Packers to 2 new first downs on two drives. With a more healthy offensive line of late, Aaron Rodgers had taken simply 5 sacks in his final 4 mixed video games. However he has been sacked twice already in a bit of greater than 1 / 4.

Aaron Schatz: By no means thoughts. The Packers discovered their offense once more after which Justin Fields threw a lazy out that Rasul Douglas jumped for a pick-six, and now we’re at 14-10 Packers.

Scott Spratt: Respective Bears and Packers cornerbacks Jaylon Johnson and Rasul Douglas have been massive tales early on this sport, the previous for sticking admirably with star receiver Davante Adams and the second for his pick-six and, extra broadly, principally saving the Packers secondary as a midseason signing. And whereas I had heard a few of that buzz for Douglas enjoying for his third crew of 2021 after being launched by each the Raiders and Texans, I am beginning to notice simply how good he has been. Douglas has allowed simply 6.4 yards per goal with the Packers. That is almost a full yard lower than Johnson (7.3) even in his breakout sophomore seasons. And it is the identical fee as Jalen Ramsey and Denzel Ward!

Aaron Schatz: Jakeem Grant simply made a horrible choice to discipline a punt on the 3 and by some means obtained caught, reversed discipline, obtained previous just a few guys, caught on the left sideline, and scored a 97-yard punt return landing. The Packers are outplaying the Bears and dropping 24-14 on a few loopy performs.

Bryan Knowles: Packers followers wish to complain about their very dangerous particular groups, however their punting unit was really first within the league in our rankings. That will not be true anymore, as Jakeem Grant simply took one again 97 yards for a rating and a 24-14 lead. That was the one a part of their specials that wasn’t blowing it!

Scott Spratt: The Bears have a 46-yard Jakeem Grant receiving landing, a 54-yard Damiere Byrd landing, and now a 97-yard Grant punt return landing. The punt return is technically probably the most stunning because it’s the primary within the NFL this season. However the receiving ones have been uncommon too as a result of they each coated the majority of their yards after the catch. Scouted as an distinctive deep-ball thrower, Justin Fields entered the week with a 9.8-yard common depth of goal, the very best amongst quarterbacks with 100 or extra cross makes an attempt.

Scott Spratt: I used to be curious how the Packers have been going to regulate to regular slot receiver Randall Cobb occurring injured reserve. And so they have curiously thrown the 6-foot-5 Allen Lazard in there for some performs, and it is going nice. He already has 4 catches for 58 yards and a landing. These 4 catches are the second-most he has had in a sport all season!

However, naturally, as quickly as I begin lauding a special Packers receiver, Davante Adams ran an out-and-up and beat double protection for a 38-yard landing. This sport could not have began higher for the Bears with the massive landing performs, however the Packers are already inside three at 24-21 within the remaining minute of the primary half.

Scott Spratt: After punts on their first two drives, the Packers have scored 5 touchdowns of their final 4 drives (together with that interception return landing). Aaron Rodgers should personal the Bears.

Scott Spratt: Wait, so Rodgers is comfortable to stick with the Packers, now? Is that this extra of Rodgers enjoying the media, or is he simply sort of a sociopath?

Scott Spratt: If the Bears have been going to come back again, it could have helped for the muffed punt bounce-pass Damien Williams scoop-and-score to depend. However sadly for the Bears, Kindle Vildor ran out of bounds and did not instantly return in bounds. That wipes the landing out in favor of a 5-yard penalty and re-punt. The rating stays 38-27 Packers early within the fourth quarter.

Vince Verhei: I’ve not been in a position to remark a lot tonight however I needed to say that punting on fourth-and-inches down by 11 within the fourth quarter is extremely cowardly and I’m comfortable the Soccer Gods didn’t reward this choice.

Tom Gower: The Bears offense was productive within the first half in constructing the 27-21 halftime lead. Sure, the particular groups performs have been large. Sure, the touchdowns got here on a pair explosives. However the Bears obtained a primary down and no less than 30 yards on each offensive possession besides the one which ended within the pick-six on third down. And, via 25-plus minutes of the second half, they do not actually have a single first down. Sure, Nagy ought to unquestionably have gone for it on fourth-and-inches, and it was loopy he did not. However the Packers have utterly shut down the Bears offense within the second half, and that appears to be flying a bit underneath the radar.

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