Nov. 08, 2016
"The Stack" 11-7-16
Another Sunday of NFL football is in the books and for some fan bases, there are more questions they have than answers. The Stack is here with reaction to all of the action from Sunday plus a Monday Night Football preview so let’s get right to “the stack” for today, Monday, November 7th:
Baltimore 21 Pittsburgh 14
Big Ben Roethlisberger started at quarterback for the Steelers, but their offense sputtered much of the day. Le’Veon Bell didn’t get much going on the ground thanks to a good effort by the Ravens defense and overall the Ravens were able to do enough to get by the Steelers and get into a first place tie in the AFC North.
Dallas 35 Cleveland 10
The rookie combo of Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott had a big day against the Browns, but that shouldn’t come as a surprise. Elliott found the endzone twice and the Cowboys breezed by the winless Browns. Tougher tests are sure to come.
Kansas City 19 Jacksonville 14
It wasn’t a stellar offensive day for the Chiefs who saw wide receiver Jeremy Maclin leave the game with an injury and tight end Travis Kelce get ejected for throwing a towel at an official, but when you’re playing a Jaguars team that just wanted to give the Chiefs the ball as much as they did with their turnovers, you still come jout with a win.
Miami 27 New York Jets 23
No 200 yards rushing for Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi, but the Dolphins did get over 100 yards and a touchdown from him plus they got a kickoff return for a touchdown from Kenyon Drake to help lead them to victory. The Jets have to be concerned with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick’s injury. Their season could get much more trying.
Detroit 22 Minnesota 16
I have witnesses who can vogue for me that I pinned this game exactly right. With it 13-9 I said the Vikings would score with 41 seconds left and then Matthew Stafford would lead the Lions down to a tying field goal and the Lions would win in overtime with a touchdown. Sure enough it happened. Vikings kicker Blair Walsh deserves plenty of blame for his missed extra points and blocked field goal, but head coach Mike Zimmer deserves plenty of criticism too for calling a timeout with 27 seconds left rather than milk the clock down more and then playing prevent defense on the final drive of the fourth quarter. Know what prevent defense does? It prevents you from winning and that is what it prevented the Vikings from doing. The ship continues to sink.
New York Giants 28 Philadelphia 23
It didn’t start out very good for Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz with two early interceptions. Odell Beckham Jr. had a couple of touchdown receptions, but the Eagles had a chance late. Wentz’s throw to Jordan Matthews was just a little off and the Giants were able to hang on.
Carolina 13 Los Angeles 10
This game was not a work of art. Two tough defenses made life difficult for the offenses to operate, but at the end of the day, one team had Cam Newton who made a few more plays than his adversary Case Keenum. Enough said.
New Orleans 41 San Francisco 23
Over one thousand yards of offense in this one. That was to be expected to a degree, but still not seeing either defense really make any big plays was still a little surprising. Actually, it was the Saints defense that forced some fumbles and turnovers and Mark Ingram showed just how terrible the 49ers run defense is as they rolled to victory.
Indianapolis 31 Green Bay 26
The Packers are still not right. Aaron Rodgers and company started off very slow and had it not been for a couple of touchdowns late in the fourth quarter, this game would have looked far worse. The Colts returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown and Andrew Luck completed passes when he needed to on the final drive to help the Colts run the clock out. This was a huge win for the Colts whose season could have spiraled out of control with a loss.
San Diego 43 Tennessee 35
The Chargers defense came up big with two defensive touchdowns and Melvin Gordon had over 200 all-purpose yards as the Chargers won again. The Titans had a few too many turnovers while the Chargers took care of the ball. Both teams are much improved from last year.
Oakland 30 Denver 20
The Raiders showed Sunday night that they are the team to beat in the AFC West this year. OK, them and the Chiefs. Latavius Murray had a monster night rushing the football with a three touchdowns, but it was the Raiders defense that made a statement slowing down the Broncos all night long. When Denver’s defense isn’t up to par, this team does not have enough to win games against the good teams.
Buffalo Bills @ Seattle Seahawks 8:30 PM ET ESPN MNF
Going to be a defensive slugfest. Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett is not playing, but Bills running back LeSean McCoy might not play either. The Seahawks offense has struggled, but will make enough plays late to get the victory.
Prediction: Seahawks 16 Bills 10
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