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The Quarterback Shuffle

Mill Woods

Posted on September 10, 2018 19:25

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If anyone thought NFL contests would be predicable this season, several games should have put that silly idea to rest!  Week One is in the books (did I warn you that it could be insane?). We can already begin to evaluate the results of those crazy quarterback moves by various NFL teams. It is also safe to say that at least one other free-agent move will have a rather large impact on the season.

I think this entire season is going to be packed with spills and thrills, twists and turns - well - except for the Patriots being almost a lock to get the number one seed in the AFC.  

The Pats play in the weaker conference - and in the NFL's weakest division.  But the battle for the NFC title is going to be intense, and the rest of the AFC playoff seeding will be a free-for-all as well. 

Were you sitting down when the Cleveland Browns shocked the world with a tie against the Pittsburgh Steelers?  How about when the Tampa Bay Bucs blasted the Saints for 48 points - in New Orleans?  

I think it is already safe to judge the seven biggest quarterback moves.  I am going to declare the following a success: 

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - moving Ryan Fitzpatrick into the starting role was a stunning success. Fitz-magic is for real (Jameis who?)  By the way, have I mentioned lately that the NFC South is the league's toughest division?

2. Washington Redskins - after losing Kirk Cousins to free agency (Minnesota Vikings), the Redskins smartly acquired former Kansas City Chief Alex Smith, who was totally in control Sunday in an impressive win over the Arizona Cardinals.  The Skins' adding RB Adrian Peterson didn't seem to hurt.

3. Cleveland Browns - starting Tyrod Taylor at QB was a stroke of pure genius.  The lowly Browns gave the Steelers fits in their opening day tie.  Meanwhile, the Buffalo Bills, Taylor's former team, got absolutely skunked.

4. Kansas City Chiefs - they replaced QB Alex Smith with the new face of the franchise, Patrick Mahomes, who delivered a stunning 4-TD performance.

5. Denver Broncos - despite Case Keenum's three interceptions Sunday, I think the Broncos have made a good move.  Keenum never let the mistakes phase him, finishing with over 300 passing yards and two TDs in a big home-opening win over the Seattle Seahawks.

6. Philadelphia Eagles - This organization knew what it was doing when it retained Nick Foles, who is not flashy but manages the offense and makes just enough plays to keep the Eagles in tough games.  

7. Minnesota Vikings - What's not to like about the play, the command, of Kirk Cousins?

Perhaps the biggest personnel change in the NFL did not involve a quarterback.  It was the Chicago Bears acquiring Khalil Mack from the Oakland Raiders, adding Mack to a defense that already included Danny Trevathan and Akiem Hicks.  Mack had a Hall-of-Fame career in one game, garnering a fumble, an interception, a touchdown (and probably an EGOT). 

But the Bears turned into cubs in the second half (especially the offense and their lame play-calling), and an injured Aaron Rodgers brought the Pack back for an epic win.  

I don't expect the Packers to get a win (epic or otherwise) against the Vikings - but let's save that discussion for later.

 My Week One game picks scored a record of 11.5-5.5.

 

Mill Woods

Posted on September 10, 2018 19:25

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