Nov. 22, 2016
"The Stack" 11-21-16
The Stack is back on this Monday and there were a lot of good things that happened in the NFL on Sunday, but also plenty of bad things. Specifically, plenty of missed extra points were missed on Sunday. Some had to do with weather. Some were just flat out missed. The Stack is here with reaction to Sunday’s NFL action plus a MNF preview too so let’s get right to “the stack” for today, Monday, November 21st:
Buffalo 16 Cincinnati 12
The Bengals have had a disappointing season thus far and it only could get worse if their worst fears are confirmed and wide receiver A.J. Green misses the rest of the season with a hamstring tear. He is undergoing an MRI today. Their offense couldn’t get much done against the Bills defense and they also lost running back Giovani Bernard to a torn ACL. Bad news in Cincinnati. The Bills also lost a couple of players in this game including LeSean McCoy, but they picked up the victory.
Pittsburgh 24 Cleveland 9
Bit of a snowy day by the lake, but that didn’t stop Le’Veon Bell from rushing for over 150 yards and a touchdown as the Steelers controlled the ball for much of this game. Browns quarterback Cody Kessler left the game with a concussion and Josh McCown came in and played decent, but not well enough to get the Browns their first win of the season.
Dallas 27 Baltimore 17
At this point we shouldn’t be surprised by what the Cowboys are doing anymore. Dak Prescott became the first rookie NFL quarterback since the merger to throw for over 300 yards and three touchdowns without an interception and while Ezekiel Elliott did not rush for over 100 yards he came pretty darn close and was effective in everything he did. The Ravens didn’t have enough fire power. Another win for the Cowboys.
Detroit 26 Jacksonville 19
The Lions were far from perfect in this one, especially offensively. It looked like the Jaguars were going to be able to pull out a victory, but a punt return for a touchdown and a pick six off of Blake Bortles (why wouldn’t a Bortles interception be returned for a touchdown?) helped the Lions stay in the game and then tight end Eric Ebron made a big catch and then ran it in from a yard out. The Lions are still in first place in the NFC North.
Indianapolis 24 Tennessee 17
Apparently that “Smashmouth” style of offense the Titans like to run didn’t travel the short distance north to Indianapolis. The Colts jumped up on the Titans early forcing the Titans to try and go through the air and they did get within four at one point, but the Colts hung on for the victory and they beat the Titans for an eleventh straight time. Also of note, Adam Vinatieri missed his first field goal since week two last year, a streak of 44 consecutive field goals. Time to start a new streak.
Tampa Bay 19 Kansas City 17
There are games that make you scratch your head sometime and this game was one of them for the Chiefs. Finally they put themselves in a hole they could not dig themselves out of. Jameis Winston had a very good day through the air and the Buccaneers limited the turnovers against a very good Chiefs defense. This could be a loss that the Chiefs look back on at the end of the season and say this is what kept them from either winning the division or keeping them out of the playoffs.
Minnesota 30 Arizona 24
This was a very entertaining game. The Vikings finally ended their four game losing streak thanks to two scoring plays of over 100 yards. First it was Xavier Rhodes returning an interception 100 yards for a touchdown with the Cardinals driving late in the first half. Then Cordarrelle Paterson returned the opening kickoff of the second half back for a touchdown to help keep momentum with the Vikings. There were quite a few questionable calls by the referees in this one, but the Vikings won a game they absolutely had to have if they want to salvage this season.
New York Giants 22 Chicago 16
I had the Giants as my eliminator pick this week even though I had a feeling that they wouldn’t play great against a team they should dominate. That was absolutely the case in this one as the Bears jumped out to a 16-6 lead. The wind certainly played a factor in this one with both kickers missing extra points and affecting the passing game, but the Giants were able to get the victory and stay just two games back of the Cowboys.
Miami 14 Los Angeles 10
The Dolphins showed up very late to the L.A. Coliseum for this game. Their first eleven possessions ended in a punt or turnover. The final two possessions they scored two touchdowns and against a Rams team who couldn’t do much offensively with rookie quarterback Jared Goff starting, it was enough to get the win.
Seattle 26 Philadelphia 15
The Seahawks made life difficult for Carson Wentz and the Eagles offense. The Seahawks continue to build steam on offense with Russell Wilson throwing for a couple of touchdowns and then catching one from Doug Baldwin. The Seahawks are rolling right now and this game served as a reminder that the Eagles simply just play much better at home than they do on the road.
New England 30 San Francisco 17
On a very rainy day in the Bay Area, it was a nice homecoming for Tom Brady who threw for four touchdowns as the Patriots pulled away from a game 49ers team in the second half. It was 13-10 at half so this game was far from a runaway for the Patriots. The 49ers though are a bad team and the Patriots are a really good team. That’s what happens in these sorts of games.
Washington 42 Green Bay 24
When the Packers made this a five point game in the fourth quarter at 29-24 it looked like maybe the Packers were going to snap their three game losing streak. Then the defense stepped back onto the field and the game quickly got out of hand. Give credit to Washington head coach Jay Gruden for going for it on fourth and inches in his own territory. Once they converted, it was only a few plays later that Washington scored. Then Jared Cook fumbled the football and the Packers scored again. Something is really out of whack with this team.
Houston Texans @ Oakland Raiders 8:30 PM ET ESPN MNF (Mexico City)
No Spanish speaking here. At least not much. The Texans can’t beat good teams and the Raiders are a good team. Derek Carr and Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree will lead the Raiders to a big win over the Texans. Maybe Brock Osweiler will be able to throw for over 100 yards tonight. Buenos Noches!
Prediction: Raiders 27 Texans 13
Coming up Tuesday: Reaction to MNF plus other top stories in the sports world