Oct. 20, 2016
"The Stack" 10-18-16
The Stack is back on this Tuesday after a great long weekend. We are ready to go with some reaction to what took place in week 6 in the NFL so let’s get right to it and see what’s in “the stack” for today, Tuesday, October 18th:
Buffalo 45 San Francisco 16
Colin Kaepernick looked better than Blaine Gabbert, but that isn’t saying too much. The scene was a little ugly both outside and inside Ralph Wilson Stadium regarding Kaepernick which is a shame. People need to start looking at the message Kaepernick is trying to promote rather than think of him as unpatriotic. Come on people. The 49ers as a whole stink to the high heavens. Their defense is bad and LeSean McCoy and the Bills ran all over them. The 49ers do not have the personnel to run Chip Kelly’s scheme. He is as good as gone at the end of the season. Head back to Oregon Chip.
Jacksonville 17 Chicago 16
Have you seen the video of the Bears fan talking sh** to the Jaguars fans after Jacksonville beat the Bears? That’s the best highlight of the game. The Jaguars don’t look good especially Blake Bortles and the Bears look worse though at least Brian Hoyer isn’t playing too terribly. Jacksonville keeps pace in the AFC South.
Detroit 31 Los Angeles 28
Matthew Stafford needs to find Golden Tate more frequently. Tate had a monster game with nine receptions for 165 yards and a touchdown. Stafford was good and the Lions are back to .500 on the season. Tough loss for the Rams who also find themselves back at .500. Now comes a home game in London against the Giants.
Miami 30 Pittsburgh 15
Dolphins players were put on notice last week when several guys were cut. They responded with a big win over the Steelers, but the win should be taken with a grain of salt considering Ben Roethlisberger got hurt and left the game for a period of time and though he did come back was clearly not himself. He is now going to have surgery on his meniscus and almost certainly will miss this upcoming week against New England. More concern in Pittsburgh regarding that than this loss or jubilation in Miami for the Dolphins win.
New England 35 Cincinnati 17
It was slow going for the Patriots for a while in this one until the defense sacked Andy Dalton for a safety in the third quarter. That swung momentum all the way in favor of the Patriots and they took Dalton and the Bengals there on out. The Bengals have a lot of questions they need to find answers to as they sit at 2-4 while the Patriots are 5-1 and get the Ben Roethlisberger-less Steelers this week.
Carolina 41 New Orleans 38
Raise your hands if you had the defending NFC champions at 1-5 to start this season. You are all liars if you said yes. The Panthers defense once again got shredded, this time by Drew Brees and the Saints. Brandin Cooks had another long touchdown reception and though the Panthers rallied to tie the game, they still couldn’t find a way to get the win. Then came Cam Newton’s short press conference. If you could smile on the football field when things are going well, you can’t sulk at press conferences after a loss. Panthers ship is sinking fast.
New York Giants 27 Baltimore 23
The Ravens got off to an incredibly fast start, but penalties stalled a couple of drives that would really come back to haunt them. That and also Odell Beckham Jr. coming back from injury to have a monster second half and finish with 222 receiving yards and two touchdowns including the game-winning 67-yard touchdown. He is phenomenal. The Giants though need to find a running game and get off to some faster starts.
Tennessee 28 Cleveland 26
The Browns just can’t catch a break. It’s nice to see the Titans letting Marcus Mariota unleash a few more passes down the field. Need to beat the Browns by more if you want to be taken really seriously, but this is more about Cleveland who now has Terrell Pryor out with a hamstring injury (he may not miss time, but who knows) and safety Jordan Poyer suffered a lacerated kidney. There is talent in Cleveland and they are closer than some people might think, but it just hasn’t happened yet.
Washington 27 Philadelphia 20
Left for dead after an 0-2 start with both losses coming at home (I buried them), Washington has roared back with four straight wins including yesterday’s win over the Eagles. Matt Jones had 135 yards rushing and a touchdown and the defense didn’t give up a touchdown. Philly’s only touchdowns were on a kickoff return and a pick-six. Carson Wentz was sacked five times and now Mike Zimmer and the Vikings get a chance to take a whack at Wentz.
Kansas City 26 Oakland 10
I have learned my lesson, never go against head coach Andy Reid when his team is coming off of a bye. He is now 16-2 or something crazy like that following the Chiefs’ 26-10 beatdown of the Raiders. Perhaps most notable from this game was Chiefs defensive tackle Dontari Poe scoring on a one yard touchdown run on a play called “Hungry Pig Right." Yup. The Raiders were served a wake-up call with this game. We’ll see how they respond.
Dallas 30 Green Bay 16
Who would have ever thought that a rookie quarterback would come into Lambeau Field and outduel the great Aaron Rodgers? That is exactly what happened Sunday with Dak Prescott and the Cowboys going into Green Bay and whooping the Packers. Prescott did commit two turnovers, but that is of little consequence. He played much better than Rodgers who Packers fans have to be worried about with his level of play. Is this the beginning of the end of Rodgers? I’m not willing to go that far yet, but it’s certainly not good over the last year-and-a-half.
Seattle 26 Atlanta 24
Don’t know what the bigger takeaway from this game is…that pass interference should be challengeable after Richard Sherman clearly grabbed Julio Jones’ arm late in the fourth quarter that could have set up a potential game-winning field goal for the Falcons or that Sherman blew up earlier in the game on some of his own teammates? Sherman needs to keep his cool…and also not cheat. Pretty sure the Seahawks really only care about one of them. This is a playoff matchup destined to happen it feels like.
Houston 26 Indianapolis 23
For three-and-a-half quarters Brock Osweiler looked terrible. The Texans quarterback looked overmatched and genuinely terrible. Had it not been for running back Lamar Miller who had his best game in a Texans uniform by far this game would have been long over, but Osweiler led the charge with two late touchdown passes to force overtime and then it was his past to Jalen Strong that put the Texans in position to kick the game-winning field goal. The Colts gave this game away. Everyone team would have been within a half-game of the division lead if the Colts had won. Texans escaped though and that is all that matters.
Arizona 28 New York Jets 3
It was the David Johnson show on MNF. Johnson had three touchdowns and Ryan Fitzpatrick was benched in favor of Geno Smith late in the fourth quarter for the Jets who just couldn’t get anything done. There were a lot of penalties by both sides which made the game very choppy and if I’m the Jets I try and get Matt Forte more involved, because he has disappeared kind of like this season for the Jets. Arizona has saved their season so far.
Coming up Wednesday or Thursday: College football preview plus baseball playoffs and more.