The Wildcard’s NFL Picks - Week 5

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Last Week: 8-7

Season: 36-25-1


Los Angeles Rams (3-1) at Seattle Seahawks (3-1)

Friday 1.30pm NZT

Here we are at the quarter stage of the season already and still absolutely nothing makes sense. Except for the Patriots, unfortunately. But apart from them we’ve got backup quarterbacks outplaying their starters, we’ve got the Bills and 49ers beginning 3-0, we’ve got Green Bay winning games with Aaron Rodgers playing within himself, we’ve got a Steelers team without Big Ben or Le’Veon or AB… even these two teams here, they might be 3-1 but they’re a strange sort of 3-1.

I mean shout out to the immaculate Russell Wilson, one of the consensus top four quarterbacks in the league in my mind and I assume everybody else’s too. He’s got a passer rating of 118.7 through the first quarter of his season and he’s on track for numbers that’d read:

72.9% COMP | 4564 YDS | 36 TD | 0 INT

Now that’s some MVP form if I do say so, myself… or at least it would be if it weren’t for Patrick Mahomes who is on pace for… actually let’s make a game of this. Here are five other quarterbacks and you can pair up whose extrapolated 16-game numbers are whose.

QB1: 59.0% COMP | 4588 YDS | 16 TD | 24 INT | 77.2 RATE

QB2: 62.4% COMP | 4488 YDS | 36 TD | 8 INT | 102.6 RATE

QB3: 72.4% COMP | 4572 YDS | 36 TD | 12 INT | 113.7 RATE

QB4: 67.9% COMP | 6040 YDS | 40 TD | 0 INT | 120.4 RATE

QB5: 70.5% COMP | 5300 YDS | 32 TD | 24 INT | 93.1 RATE

That list itself is proof that a quarter of a season is still a small sample size in the NFL. It’s one good/bad month. Even Super Bowl champs can afford one bad month and of course it ain’t how you start anywhere near as much as it is how you finish. The answers are at the bottom of the page so you don’t feel the need to give in to your darkest obsessions and cheat.

Anyway the point I was coming around to is that Russell Wilson looks like the only elite player on this Seahawks roster at the moment which is basically where he was last year too. However a defence with Bobby Wagner, Jadaveon Clowney, Ziggy Ansah, Mychal Kendricks, and a few others is not one that should be slept on even if it hasn’t lived up to expectations yet. So far the three teams that the Seahawks have beaten have a combined one win between them. The Rams are a pretty big test.

And yet the Rams are in all sorts themselves after giving up 55 points to the bloody Tampa Bay Buccs of all teams. Jeepers, what’s going on there? Well for starters their offensive line blocked like a wet loaf of bread and then to add to that we had Jared Goff handing over the ball like Oprah hands out sponsored gifts. A game where I specifically wrote in last week’s picks that I thought the Rams offence would blossom and I s’pose Goffy did have 517 passing yards so that’s something. But I looked that up to see how many 500+ passing yard games there had ever been and there are 23 of them. 10 of those came in losing efforts which doesn’t surprise me, since if you’re throwing that much you’re probably in a shootout. 12 of them have come with multiple interceptions too (again, makes sense since that’s wasted passing yardage without scoring) and Dan Marino even threw 521 yards with five picks once. But nobody has ever needed 68 pass attempts to get there before (68 pass attempts is third most all time for all games). That’s a new record plus this is the lowest passer rating in a 500+ yd game since Boomer Esiason in 1996.

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Tell you what stunned me about this too is that the record for most passing yards in a game is held by Norm Van Bronklin with 554 in a Los Angeles Rams win over the New York Yanks back in 1951. And second was Warren Moon’s 527 in 1990, followed by Matt Schaub in 2012 and then we finally exhale as Ben Roethlisberger steps in with 522 against the Colts in 2014. Goff is tied for eighth all time with that performance and three of the seven ahead of him came before he was born with another while he was still in nappies.

Frankly I’m so stunned by this little rabbit hole that I’ve forgotten my point about Goff and might just have to move on. Although he has fumbled 14 times in his last 13 games, that was part of it. Oh yeah I remember now it was about how they’ve paid him heaps of cash and now they’ve lost the value they were getting with a QB on a rookie scale contract hence they’ve lost talent elsewhere and aren’t as good as they were last season. Case and point… who ran in that fumble recovery TD for the Buccs? Ndamukong Suh is who. Against the team he started a Super Bowl with back in February.

Wildcard’s Pick: Genuinely could go either way on this one, it’s a belter, but I reckon there’s a tad more potential for a Rams bounce back win even playing in Seattle so Rams by 6, lock it in

New York Jets (0-3) at Philadelphia Eagles (2-2)

Monday 6.00am NZT

I told you, I bloody told you it would be just like the Eagles to figure it out all of a sudden at Lambeau Field and that’s exactly what they went and did. And unfortunately for me that rather excellent performance coincided with the Cowboys losing and now the Eagles play the Jets for a chance to move to 3-2 while the Cowboys play the Packers themselves (albeit at home) and if they lose that, which is certainly possible, then that early season boost in the division is gone in a puff of smoke.

And the Eagles are definitely going to win. That much I’m sure of… although after barely scraping in above 50% these last two weeks perhaps my word isn’t worth too much in these matters. Hey, time will tell. Who expected seven out of eight road teams to win the early games last week? It was a bad week of picks but just gotta keep that head up and focus on next week now. Learn the lessons from this one, watch back the tape, and make sure not to let it happen again. I have confidence in this process. The results will follow soon enough.

Wildcard’s Pick: Eagles by 14

Jacksonville Jaguars (2-2) at Carolina Panthers (2-2)

Monday 6.00am NZT

Oh dear God they actually went and did it…

That thing had some weeeeird editing in it, man. And a little conceptually inconsistent if I do say so myself… but I appreciate the effort. Anything that adds to the Gardner Minshew legend is fine by me. I think it’s fast becoming my weak spot to be honest. Hey and that’s back to back wins for the lad too – how good!?

Having said that it was Leonard Fournette who dominated that thing, he had more rushing yards than Minshew had passing yards as the Jags rallied from 17-6 down at the half to beat the Denver Broncos 26-24. Bloody good effort that one. He had six different runs of 10+ yards including an 81 yard dash in the third quarter on the first play of the possession after the Jags had kept Denver to a three-and-out following their first touchdown of the day. Which led to their second touchdown.

I’ve struggled with the idea of Leonard Fournette over the last year and a bit as he sometimes looks like he’s running on a treadmill, getting plugged at the line of scrimmage when the Jags need a guy who can carry a bulk of this offence… and then he goes and does something like this and it’s like, oh yeah, that’s what we’re working with. Last week he busted a similarly dynamic 69-yarder against the Titans (nice) but he did so at a time when he’d managed -8 yards from his previous 11 carries. He didn’t have a 100-yard rush game in all of 2018 (tbf he only played half a season).

Dunno if you’ve stumbled on these yet but Cam Newton’s in on the YooToob game. Laying down the news in his own words under his own terms, which is extremely cool. Love when athletes are both accessible and comfortable with speaking openly and that works best when they’re in control and what they say won’t be manipulated. A few odd things with the audio mix in my professional opinion as a regular podcast editor, maybe move that lapel mic downwards.

But specifically in this one Cam talks about his injuries. Admits he’d been struggling with that shoulder even after the procedure in the offseason. Admits that he copped it a bit in preseason with a different foot injury (probably related in the same way that you plug a leak in a boat and another springs up). Admits how much that foot injury affected both his mobility and his performance. Considering how often athletes lie about injuries, even obvious ones, because they’re afraid to look weak or hurt or risk their jobs or whatever this was a pretty enlightening chat. That and of course it means I get to play another of my favourite games…

This Week In Cam Newton’s Fashion Choices

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This, I have to say, is possibly my favourite look yet. The wine and the cigar included. Dude looks like he’s trying to direct a French arthouse film from the early 60s about a bored housewife who robs a bank and then spends the rest of the time on the run from a corrupt law enforcement, the film ruminating on the complexities of society and the blurred lines of good and bad. Or, you know, something like that.

Gotta applaud the decision too because with Cam sitting out and Kyle Allen looking good and Christian McCaffrey looking incredible and without the offence struggling as it was with Cam Newton limping around in those first two games that defence is intense. 248 total yards conceded against the Cardies and 264 against the Texans. They’re number one in the NFL in passing yards allowed. Either Leonard Fournette repeats the dose in this one or I reckon we’re looking at a third straight W for the Black Cats.

Wildcard’s Pick: Panthers by 7

Minnesota Vikings (2-2) at New York Giants (2-2)

Monday 6.00am NZT

One man is all you need to worry about here and it’s not Danny Dimes and it’s not Kirk Cousins. It’s Dalvin Cook. He got stuffed for only 35 yards last week against a Bears defence that might well be the best in football. The Giants are not anywhere close to that level and in his previous three games Cook had at least 100+ rush yards and a score in each of them. Kirk Cousins is looking shocking within this system (if I’m Mike Zimmer I’d rather have Teddy Bridgewater right now, which is sad) but that’s fine as long as he avoids the dumb mistakes he tends to offer up. The two games where the Vikings have had more total rush yardage than pass yardage are the two games they’ve won. Dalvin Cook is the most talented player on this offence. He’s the most talented played in this game, arguably, with Saquon Barkley out (and even then…?). Minnesota’s two wins are also the two games they haven’t turned the ball over in. These things aren’t surprising. This is the team that they are. The Giants have had a nice little two-game run but they’re about to get slapped back down. Kirk Cousins with under 200 yards passing in this one and Dalvin Cook with multiple scores and 150+ yards from scrimmage. Calling it now.

Wildcard’s Pick: Vikings by 8

Atlanta Falcons (1-3) at Houston Texans (2-2)

Monday 6.00am NZT

See now that’s the kind of thing I love hearing from top athletes. That deep insight into the thing they do for a living, tearing down the walls they usually put up between this aspect of the sport and the people outside the locker room. I dunno why that happens, I guess there aren’t that many opportunities in a press conference to go deep like this plus most athletes probably see media opps as a chore anyway and aren’t that motivated. Steven Adams is actually brilliant at this in the NBA, if you didn’t know. He’s always breaking things down in a relatable manner. And this 66 second clip from Deshaun Watson was nothing short of incredible… and hey if he can get through the Carolina defence in that amount of time then just think how quickly he can suss out what Atlanta has to offer.

Damn, the Falcons were shocking on Monday. They were so bad. And I know that Matt Ryan’s numbers have a fair bit of empty yardage in them and that the one stat which matters most is touchdown passes and this guy might lead the league in pass completions but he’s also tied top for interceptions. He didn’t throw either a score or a pick against the Titans as their red zone offence seemed rather stale… but it’s on defence that this Falcons team is getting rolled. They can’t get off the field, seeing drives sustained to the point of panic. Opponents are converting on 51% of third downs against them which is fourth worst in the league after the R*dskins (63%), Dolphins (57.8%), and Chargers (51.2%). But the Chargers have only faced seven red zone possessions (Pats are best with four, as you’d anticipate).

Meanwhile add in that the Falcons only have three defensive takeaways this season and that they all came in their one victory and there you go. Turnovers are one of the hardest things in this sport to overcome – they’re wasted possessions and tend to be short-field opportunities for the other team. The Falcons haven’t won the turnover battle once, even in that Eagles win they still coughed it up three times to match what they took back. I don’t like to say it but methinks Dan Quinn – who is also their defensive coordinator and a guy brought in from defensive-minded Seattle for this exact reason – might not be long in a job considering their fixtures until the bye, for a team already at 1-3, read: Texans (A), Cardinals (A), Rams (H), Seahawks (H). If they’re 2-6 then I don’t see how this continues because at that point the season is long gone.

The one area where the Texans are especially bad is in pass protection. Deshaun Watson has been sacked 18 times already and this is after they traded for a star lineman to help protect him. So if the Falcons can really bring the pressure there then… oh no never mind they’re also tied second to last in total sacks this year too.

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Wildcard’s Pick: Texans by 10

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-2) at New Orleans Saints (3-1)

Monday 6.00am NZT

Fair play to Jameis Winston because after a shocker of an opener which seemed to confirm those suspicions (myself included) that he was entering his final season as the Buccs starting quarterback… he’s actually bounced back real strong.

Jameis in Week 1: 55.6% COMP | 194 Y/G | 1 TD | 3 INT | 2.19 AY/A | 45.4 RATE

Jameis in Weeks 2-4: 65.1 COMP | 324.3 Y/G | 8 TD | 2 INT | 10.13 AY/A | 113.5 RATE

I mean, we know that he’s capable of these little streaks but he’s always done the same in the inverse too so it’s going to take a lot longer to prove he’s over his inconsistencies… but he’s given himself that chance after looking on the brink in week one. I’m also quickly being swayed by that TBB defence too and of course there’s the outstanding Mike Evans to reckon with at wideout as well. Bruce Arians has a lot to work with here – considering Jameis’ turnovers ruined their opening loss to San Fran and that they were missed field goal from beating the Giants (not excusing their second half collapse though) this team could easily be 3-1 or 4-0 but for their own avoidable mistakes. Start avoiding those and there’s a team that might have a crack at a wildcard spot in there somewhere.

Also Shaquil Barrett has 10 quarterback hits already from four games. As well as three forced fumbles and an interception. And two passes defended and he also leads the NFL in sacks with 9.0 in just four games which is three more than anybody else. Plus he leads the league in tackles for loss. That dude is a proper Defensive Player of the Year candidate.

So that’s all nice but I watched the Saints edge out my Cowboys despite the lack of Drew Brees and the level of talent that team has without having to worry about whether Jameis Winston’s gonna wet the bed or not is insane. Alvin Kamara is so elusive, it’s not even fair. And more than anything I came away from that game so impressed by that Saints defence. Both defences really but the Saints have started two games with a backup QB now and have beaten two possible playoff teams. They’re playing with house money until Brees is back and therefore I still think the same thing I did in the preseason which is that the Saints are the strongest team in the NFC. Maybe not currently while Brees is out but he’s not going to be out forever and if he’s coming back to a team with a winning record to a team whose second half of the schedule is definitely easier than the first half then watch out.

Wildcard’s Pick: Saints by 5

Buffalo Bills (3-1) at Tennessee Titans (2-2)

Monday 6.00am NZT

I have to say that game against the Patriots kinda confirmed all the inklings about the Bills. They have a defensive unit that’s right up there with the best in the business, holding Tom Brady to just 150 passing yards with an interception but no TD passes and a completion percentage under fifty is incredible… but Josh Allen really isn’t that good. He’s enjoyable to watch and he does a fair bit on his feet only he’s rubbish as a thrower. Matt Barkley comfortably outplayed him after coming in following Allen’s head knock. Hence I’m not sure it matters too much in this one if Allen is fit or not.

But the one spark the Bills did have was the evergreen Frank Gore, dashing for 109 yards on 17 carries for the 36 year old’s first hundy yard rush game since week six of last year – and he’s only had six in total since he left San Francisco in 2015. But then that’s mostly circumstance. Indy had a shocking offensive line while he was there (just ask Andy Luck) while last year in Miami his attempts were way down (career average of 16.1 carries per game but only 11.1 in 2018) as he split time with Kenyan Drake even if Gore still bagged 4.6 yards per attempt. In a position where longevity is extremely rare, Frank Gore is fifth all-time in career rush attempts and fourth in total rush yardage. Dude is a sure fire Hall of Famer, don’t @ me.

Most Career Rush Attempts

  1. Emmitt Smith (4409)

  2. Walter Payton (3838)

  3. Curtis Martin (3518)

  4. Jerome Bettis (3479)

  5. Frank Gore (3443)

  6. LaDanian Tomlinson (3174)

  7. Barry Sanders (3062)

  8. Edgerrin James (3028)

  9. Marcus Allen (3022)

  10. Eric Dickerson (2996)

Most Career Rush Yards

  1. Emmitt Smith (18,355)

  2. Walter Payton (16,726)

  3. Barry Sanders (15,269)

  4. Frank Gore (15,021)

  5. Curtis Martin (14,101)

  6. LaDanian Tomlinson (13,684)

  7. Jerome Bettis (13,662)

  8. Adrian Peterson (13,408)

  9. Eric Dickerson (13,259)

  10. Tony Dorsett (12,739)

Now if the Bills are a predictable team based on excellent defence, excellent coaching, and error-filled offence then the Titans are a complete mystery. Watching them beat the Falcons did remind me that they put 43 points on the Cleveland Browns in week one and I guess they’re the type of team that can make you look silly if you don’t take care of your own game… but I doubt it’s coincidence that their two wins came against teams who immediately fell into crisis after losing to the Titans. And I don’t really see how they’ll be able to dictate terms against this Bills D.

Tell you what though, I like the look of AJ Brown…

Wildcard’s Pick: Bills by 3

Arizona Cardinals (0-3-1) at Cincinnati Bengals (0-4)

Monday 6.00am NZT

This game is terrible. The Bengals are terrible. The Cardinals are close to terrible. So instead, since I already shouted out Frank Gore, it’s time for Larry Fitzgerald to get some more love. He’s one of the greats, no doubt about it.

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Wildcard’s Pick: Cardinals by 9

New England Patriots (4-0) at Washington R*dskins (0-4)

Monday 6.00am NZT

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Wildcard’s Pick: Patriots by 35

Chicago Bears (3-1) at Oakland Raiders (2-2)

Monday 6.00am NZT

The Chicago Bears stopped Dalvin Cook, keeping him to a mere 2.50 yards per carry after he’d been gassing it at 6.6 yards per carry through the first three weeks, when he was on pace for 2000 total rush yards over a 16 game season. What’s more is that the Bears did that without Roquan Smith and Akiem Hicks. Two pro bowlers missing and it didn’t even matter. Their rush defence is particular is absolutely absurd, they’re second in fewest points allowed to the Patriots who have had a much easier schedule so far. Khalil Mack already has four forced fumbles and 4.5 sacks and he’s one of eight players on this unit who already have a sack. There’s so much talent here.

Buuuut… their offence sucks. And what’s notable is that the best that offence has looked was last game with Chase Daniel in there subbing for an injured Mitch Trubisky, who’ll miss at least a couple games with a dislocated shoulder. They traded up in the draft for Trubisky three years ago and we’re now at the point where he’s holding them back. This is a team that would be Super Bowl favourites in the NFC if they had… hmm, that’s an interesting thought. Who is the worst quarterback that could win three playoff games for this Bears team? It’s not Trubisky because unless he makes some big strides he’s not capable. Chase Daniel’s not doing it either, all he’s doing is highlighting the situation. Matt Stafford? Marcus Mariota? Derek Carr? Kirk Cousins? Stafford for sure but the other three are debatable.

Here’s a fascinating idea… Nick Foles to the Bears! Give up a second and third round pick and maybe a few bandanas and a moustache comb and the Gardner Minshew era can truly take off in Jacksonville while the Bears can have a playoff specialist QB to lead them deep. He’s expensive in terms of cap hit… but the Jags are swallowing some of that guaranteed money already.

Also this game’s in London which probably doesn’t help the prospect of fluid football… which trends towards the Bears defence bossing the show. One thing I’d give the Raiders a nudge with is that they’re used to this travelling since they’ve had an overseas game in four of the last five seasons (two in Mexico City and two in London). But it’s not enough to swing me because there’s one major factor that i haven’t mentioned yet and that’s that there is absolutely one hundred percent no doubt about it a Khalil Mack revenge game incoming…

Wildcard’s Pick: Bears by 6

Baltimore Ravens (2-2) at Pittsburgh Steelers (1-3)

Monday 6.00am NZT

There are two types of 2-2 teams. Good ones and bad ones. Four games is still small enough that a tough run of games can completely swing things and if you’re 2-2 right now then you’re absolutely in the mix for a deep run. Innocent until proven guilty – hell, the entire AFC South is 2-2 right now. The Browns were in a mess after week one, they’re now 2-2 and looking decent. The Eagles were in a mess a week ago and are now a good week apart from going top of their division. The Baltimore Ravens aren’t yet built like a 13-3 level team but nine wins might get you into the playoffs this year and ten wins should surely do it in the AFC considering the Pats and Chiefs look likely to hogging so many wins. Especially in a division where the Steelers and Bengals really don’t look like much. They’re one of the good 2-2 teams.

As for the Steelers… this kind of short yardage, take the completion, no frills gameplan works nicely against the awful Bengals but they won’t get you much against the Ravens…

Wildcard’s Pick: Ravens by 7

Denver Broncos (0-4) at Los Angeles Chargers (2-2)

Monday 9.05am NZT

Urghh, nothing to do with the Broncos please. You realise this team hadn’t scored more than 16 points since beating the Bengals 24-10 in week 13 of last season? That’s seven games with 16 or fewer points. The 24 points they scored last week in a losing effort only opens up an even uglier streak that lives on unbeaten of 13 straight games with 24 or fewer points. They’ve lost eight games in a row and are 4-18 in their last 22 games. Nothing to do with the Broncos please. And as for the Chargers they’re still in my naughty corner too – all they did was beat the Dolphins who are the only other 0-4 team left.

Wildcard’s Pick: Chargers by 4

Green Bay Packers (3-1) at Dallas Cowboys (3-1)

Monday 9.25am NZT

Four games of action means a full game’s worth of third quarters and here are Dak Prescott’s third quarter numbers in 2019… just imagine him doing this in a single actual game…

28/28 COMP | 457 YDS | 3 TD | 0 INT | 18.46 AY/A | 154.5 RATE

And he also ran for an eight yard touchdown on his only 3qtr rush attempt as well.

Now, clearly I’m going to pick the Cowboys and I’ll probably pick them every game this year. But I hate when they play the Packers, that’s too many bad memories for me. The Pack have won seven of the last eight games between the two and that includes two just brutal playoff defeats too. The infamous Dez Bryant catch/no catch which should have been possibly the greatest moment of my life as a Cowboys fan and then the one in 2017 – Dak’s rookie season – when the Boys rallied from 18 points down to tie the game up with a field goal with 35 seconds left but Jared Cook made an impossible catch and Mason Crosby knocked one over from 51 yards as time expired.

That game was sort of already a bonus because we’d gotten that far with a rookie quarterback. The 2015 one is what broke my heart most as that was Tony Romo’s last great chance to win a Super Bowl. Life is unfair, as the theme tune to Malcolm in the Middle always said. I hope we fustigate these bastards.

Wildcard’s Pick: Cowboys by 7

Indianapolis Colts (2-2) at Kansas City Chiefs (4-0)

Monday 1.20pm NZT

Another one for the folder marked: I DON’T UNDERSTAND WHY SO MANY PEOPLE LOVE THE 2019 COLTS EVEN WITHOUT ANDREW LUCK. Yeah, it’s a long title. I had to go onto two lines for it to fit on the page… almost ran out of ink in the sharpie but we got there in the end, don’t worry about it.

Speaking of unflattering videos, here’s an all timer from Andy Reid who for some reason thinks that Wolfgang Mozart, one of the two or three greatest composers that ever lived, was a painter. This is why the NFL Is so great. God, I love this league.

Wildcard’s Pick: Chiefs by 9

Cleveland Browns (2-2) at San Francisco 49ers (3-0)

Tuesday 1.20pm NZT

Finally the Browns figured it out. They figured out that the real superstar on their offence is not Baker Mayfield, it’s not Odell Beckham who is reliant on Baker Mayfield… it’s Nick Chubb. And if they build things around him then good things will follow. Nick Chubb was immense against the Ravens (a result that boosted the Browns to the top of the division… that supposedly awful month and they’re top of the division, let’s see what happens when they start playing well… if they start playing well). He had three touchdowns and 165 yards on the ground and the way he moves is almost impossible. The footwork and the way he changes direction… mate and the speed of the man! It’s a small sample size but the Browns are 4-0 in games that Chubb has started in and rushed for 100 yards or more in his short career (and 3-6 in others).

The speed of Baker Mayfield too, aye? Young buck finds another gear if he thinks there’s a party in the vicinity.

This is a great game. The Browns have found some form and a formula while the Niners are coming off a perfect start with the bye under their belts and a primetime win would consolidate their position as playoff contenders this season. Both these two teams have looked sketchy at times and the Niners don’t really have a statement win yet like the Browns just achieved against the Ravens… although that 31-17 win over the Buccs is looking better by the week (at least until Jameis reverts back to the QB we saw in that one). They’ve been really good against the rush too so Chubby’s got his work cut out.

I expect we’ll see a lot of rush attempts here, as the Niners have also had great success with the tandem of Matt Breida and Raheem Mostert who each have 200+ yards from three games at 5.5 per carry or better. Although Jeff Wilson is vulturing all the touchdowns with four of them already all on rushes of four or fewer yards. Just like he used to do for the All Blacks back in the day, catch the ball and put it down for all the glory. Nah jokes, Goldie. You were actually my first favourite rugby player. Aaaaand the point at which rugby enters the conversation is the point at which the conversation ends. I’ll see ya next week.

Oh yeah and the answers to the quiz at the start? QB 1 is Baker Mayfield, QB 2 is Matt Stafford, QB3 is Dak Prescott, QB 4 is Pat Mahomes, and QB 5 is Matt Ryan. Give yourself a pat on the back if you got at least three. Buy yourself something nice if you got all five.

Wildcard’s Pick: Browns by 3

BYE: Detroit Lions (2-1-1) & Miami Dolphins (0-4)

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