- QB Patrick Mahomes 23/28 for 326, 6 TDs, 154.8 rating @PIT
That was quite something. The Steelers defense is atrocious and it’s important to try and keep that performance within that frame. That said, to do that in National Football League in your third professional start is brilliant.
2. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick 27/33 for 402, 4 TDs, INT, 144.4 rating vs. PHI
Back-to-back showings for Mr. Fitzmagic. It is not often that a player gets on my Top 5 twice in a row but what Mr. Fitzpatrick is doing right now is truly special. That postgame presser was hilarious.
3. QB Blake Bortles 29/45 for 376, 4 TDs, INT, 111.0 rating vs. NE
After bashing Bortles in my power rankings, he went off. Against a bad defense, sure, but it’s still New England and I will still give him a tip of the hat.
4. LB Darius Leonard 19 tackles, 15 solo, sack, forced fumble @WSH
That is a eye-opening stat line for a rookie linebacker.
5. RB Matt Breida 11 carries for 138, TD, 3 receptions for 21 vs. DET
It’s Breida’s backfield to lose after this. Morris seems to be a veteran journeyman more than a starter.
Worst of the Worst
5. QB Sam Bradford 17/27 for 90, INT, 53.0 rating @LAR
My favorite punching bag is an easy jab for me. I don’t feel bad throwing them this guy’s way.
4. New York Giants on Sunday Night Football
What was that? The Giants looked like disheveled man coming out of a highway wreck. Eli was dumping it off to Saquon nearly every play. The Giants offensive line looked like a sand castle.
3. Second tie in two weeks
I’m unsure what the basis was for shrinking the overtime clock to ten minutes but I’d like to kindly remind NFL leadership that no one wants to see tie football games.
Is hard, apparently. Plenty of kickers cost their teams games this week, bringing us to…
- K Zane Gonzalez
What a dumpster fire this guy was. Two missed extra points and two field goal tries on top of it. This guy couldn’t kick a flame off a cupcake. It was only another scene of a Brown Browning all over himself.
The Steelers defense is like a paper towel trying to prevent a running faucet from hitting the sink below. They could not do anything against Mahomes. Mahomes is playing excellent pigskin right now, sure, but it looked easy for him. Gifting the opposition 21 points before you start playing isn’t a recipe for success either.
Tampa Bay feels like a must-win but I’m not hitting the panic button just yet. A loss on Monday would be a push to the edge.
Game of the Week: Chargers @ Rams
The Battle of Los Angeles should be a fun time. I’ll take the Rams at home but this could be a legitimate Super Bowl preview.