This is news to New England Patriots fans and haters. Yes, the Pats are a dynasty. With their win over Dallas, New England became the first team in NFL history to win at least 10 games in 17 consecutive seasons.
Defense Wins – Speaking of the New England Patriots, they entered the Dallas game with the league’s top defense. Dallas had the top offense. Patriots won by a 13-9 count.
A negative Drew Brees stat. Do not see those too often. Did you know that the New Orleans Saints are 4-2 when Brees starts vs. 5-0 when backup Teddy Bridgewater filled in due to injury. Brees point differential is 1.5. Bridgewater’s is 6.6 points. Just sayin.
Seattle keeps winning close games and have only dropped two games (9-2). With last week’s victory, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson became the first quarterback in NFL history to record a winning record in each of his first eight seasons.
The Cleveland Browns are finally playing some good football. The Browns have won three straight and are back in the playoff race. Much was expected from their WR duo of Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry. Well, the tandem scored TDs in the same game for the first time since 2013, when they were LSU teammates.
Frank Gore, with his 15,289 rushing yards, overtook Barry Sanders to become the NFL’s No.3 all-time leading rusher. Now with the Buffalo Bills, Gore only trails Emmitt Smith and Walter Payton. Gore, now in his 15th season, has a lot of work to do to catch Payton, needing 1,438 more yards.
Though it is not saying much, the New York Jets are now the best team in the Big Apple. The Jets are hot, having won three straight while scoring 34 points in every one of those victories. I read that the last time the Jets scored 34-plus points in three consecutive weeks was in 2008, when Brett Favre was their quarterback. Heck, I forgot that Favre wore a Jets uniform.
Did the Philadelphia Eagles pick the wrong quarterback? Carson Wentz fumbled twice and was picked off twice Sunday in another loss. Philly fans remember that it was Nick Foles who took over for the injured Wentz during the playoffs and took them to a Super Bowl title. Foles has since been traded away and the Eagles are not even close to being a Super Bowl team.
Are the Detroit Lions really that bad a team? I saw that they have held a lead in every game this season. But I look at the standings and see their 3-7-1 record. Look for yet another coaching change in Detroit. The Matt Patricia era is likely coming to a close. Let me ask a quick side question? Will any of Bill Belichick’s former assistants have success as a head coach in the NFL?
I wonder if the Lions can beat the 0-11 Cincinnati Bengals? It is beginning to look like the Bengals may not win a game this season.
I have got more bad kicking news. Panthers rookie kicker Joey Slye likely cost the Carolina Panthers a win at New Orleans last week. He missed two extra point tries and a 28-yard field goal attempt in Carolina’s 34-31 loss.
You have to like the Baltimore Ravens as the early Super Bowl favorite. They just destroyed the Los Angeles Rams on Monday Night Football. The same Rams who were in the Super Bowl last season. This, a few weeks after beating the New England Patriots. The same Patriot team that beat the Rams in the Super Bowl last year. Quarterback Lamar Jackson of the Ravens is the likely 2019 MVP.