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NFL's Unnecessary Penalties

Mill Woods

Posted on September 24, 2018 23:40

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Week Three was great fun, but it was almost spoiled by a rash of ridiculous penalties on defenders rushing quarterbacks. Right now, I can't predict how this new policy will affect the play of pass rushers, but I suspect that it is not a good development. It is possible that scores are going even higher.

The biggest news of the NFL weekend had to be all the annoying roughing-the-passer calls. I watched several games and only saw a couple of hits that should have been flagged. It's too bad that the NFL is making the job of pass rushers almost impossible. But, that nuisance aside, there were a ton of exciting moments in Week Three.

Perhaps the league's brightest star is Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes, who continued to light up the scoreboard, notching his 13th TD in just three weeks of regular-season football.  

There were also two defensive gems: 1) the Titans shutting the Jaguars out of the end zone, and 2) the Bears' comeback against the Arizona Cardinals. I had a hunch that the NFC North ranking was due for some change. I was able to foresee the Bears' win and the Lions' big victory over the Patriots.  

I also expected the banged-up Packers to lose to the Redskins. But no once could have anticipated the surprising collapse of the Vikings, which threw the NFC North into utter chaos - the kind of chaos that Bears and Lions fans love.

The most exciting game of the week was the Falcons and Saints dueling into overtime. This game saw more records set by Saints QB Drew Brees, plus the exciting breakout of Falcons rookie WR Calvin Ridley.

There was no Fitz-magic Monday night, as Ryan Fitzpatrick threw three first-half interceptions in soggy Tampa, succumbing to both the wet ball and intense pass pressure by the Steelers. With the Bucs' loss Monday Night, the NFC South is again locked up in a three-way tie. Like last season, any of those four teams could make the playoffs, in my view.

Looking ahead to Week Four, I like several marquee games, including: the Vikings trying to bounce back against the unbeaten Rams, the 3-0 Dolphins taking on the Patriots, the Eagles visiting the defensive-minded Titans, and the hot Saints visiting the Giants, who finally got a win.  

Sunday night and Monday night, two huge division games take center stage: the Ravens visiting the Steelers and the Chiefs riding their scoring machine into Denver.

I went 9-7 in Week Three.  Here are all the Week Four games (two teams have byes), and my picks:

1. Vikings at Rams                     Rams
2. Jets at Jaguars                      Jaguars
3. Dolphins at Patriots               Patriots
4. Eagles at Titans                     Titans
5. Texans at Colts                      Colts
6. Bills at Packers                      Packers
7. Lions at Cowboys                    Lions
8. Buccaneers at Bears               Bears
9. Bengals at Falcons                 Falcons
10. Seahawks at Cardinals          Seahawks
11. Browns at Raiders                Raiders
12. Saints at Giants                   Saints
13. 49ers at Chargers                Chargers
14. Ravens at Steelers               Ravens
15. Chiefs at Broncos                 Chiefs

Mill Woods

Posted on September 24, 2018 23:40

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