The Film Says

“The Film Says… Week 4” – 2017

A quarter of the 2017 NFL Season is in the books and the Kansas City Chiefs are your only remaining unbeaten team; certainly a surprise but not as big as a surprise as the (2-2) New York Jets or the (0-4) Los Angeles Chargers and (0-4) New York Giants. The Raiders, a Super Bowl dark-horse now rudderless as Derek Carr suffered what amounts to a broken back. The Buffalo Bills are leading the AFC East. The Detroit Lions have found some defense. The Los Angeles Rams are lighting up the scoreboard and the Titans’ quarterback, the one everyone loves looks more like a rookie than the rookie that just hung a “50 Burger” on Tennessee. So amidst this entropy and unpredictability I long for, I cling to the constant, some semblance of normalcy and so I cast my gaze to Cleveland, Ohio. And as certain as the sun rises in the east and sets in the west the Browns continue to be terrible (0-4). “The Film Says… Week 4.”

Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers

  • Just another day at the office for A-A-Ron (4 TDs). I have been critical of Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy in terms of how they have struggled to put a better team around Rodgers. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think throwing a ton of money around in free agency is a recipe for sustainable success, but they have missed too frequently on draft picks on top of their frugality and for all intents & purposes have wasted some prime A-A-Ron years. It amazes me that a quarterback this good has only been to one Super Bowl and he doesn’t play in the same conference as Brady. That being said the great ones raise the level of play of their supporting cast and Rodgers did and continues to do that, despite a “meh” defense, starting offensive tackles in and out of the lineup, and the third string running back having to play a prominent role in the offense.
  • It pays to be 6’6”. Obviously, not all of the Bears’ struggles offensively can be placed squarely on the shoulders of Mike Glennon (21/33, 218 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs, and 2 fumbles lost). But I’m going to put all of the Bears’ struggles offensively on the shoulders of Mike GlennonRick James. What’s worse than a 6’6” veteran, pocket passer (no mobility to speak of) that routinely checks it down. If you’re a statue you had better be launching missiles from the far hash to outside the numbers receiving corps be damned.
  • Enter Mitchell Trubisky… So you mean to tell me Trubisky is more prepared to play now after holding the clipboard for a month and getting no practice reps with the #1’s than he was at the end of August after a mini camps, training camp, and preseason? Ok John Fox, sure, that makes perfect sense. I would say Glennon, being the veteran that he is showed better than Trubisky during the offseason (he didn’t)… but frankly I think it was the $14 million Ryan Pace sunk in Glennon that resulted in him getting the starting nod. I have my reservations about Trubisky and he will not cure what ails the 2017 Bears but at a minimum his athleticism will afford an under-whelming (putting it nicely) receiving corps additional time to uncover and create separation.

Indianapolis Colts at Seattle Seahawks

  • You know sometimes the fight simply isn’t fair. The Seahawks have a litany of issues particularly on offense but the disparity in talent between Seattle and Indianapolis is like what you would typically expect from a Power 5 University against oh I don’t know… Presbyterian. And while this contest was a CONTEST through one half (15-10 in favor of Indy) the 2nd half (38-3 in favor of Seattle) was indicative of where these two franchises are in relation to one another. However, the blowout win was costly for the Seahawks.
  • Andrew Luck is expected to begin practicing this week. The only people who care are T.Y. Hilton fantasy owners.
  • Frankie (12/46) closing in on Eric Dickerson.
  • I’ve seen enough Malik Hooker (3 INTs in first four career games) the natural ball-hawking skills are elite in nature. Just don’t compare him to the legendary ED REED!
  • Seattle lost another left tackle, Cliff Avril and Jeremy Lane to injury in this game…
  • Who the hell is J.D. McKissic (2 TDs)? Savvy DFS players know.
  • Chris Carson seemed to provide Seattle with some balance (12/42) but suffered a broken leg… so now Seattle has to go back to the running back wasteland that is Lacy, Rawls & Prosise.
  • In the 1st half he was Russell, in the 2nd half he was Mr. Wilson (21 for 26, 295 yards 3 total TDs, and 2 INTs).

washington redskins at kansas city chiefs

  • A good, not great performance from Kirk Cousins (14 for 24, 220 yards, and 2 TDs; led Washington in rushing 7/38). Didn’t get enough help from his supporting cast coupled with not being able to raise the level of play of said supporting cast. Where is Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson when you need them?
  • Alex Smith’s play thus far this season (27 for 37, 293 yards, 2 totals TDs; 7/56 rushing) may convince you that the Chiefs could win it all. But I’m going to rely on a decade plus worth of film and say… #1 seed in AFC, home-field advantage throughout, one and done.”
  • If you haven’t notice I have a tendency to be complimentary in a back-handed, faux sort of way. That being said, to his credit Smith’s eight touchdown passes through four games in 2017 is more than half of the TD pass total he had in all of 2016 (15).
  • Andy Reid (and Sean McVay) are playing chess meanwhile everyone else is playing checkers.
  • Obviously Kareem Hunt (21/101) clearly sucks now. They guy is not only leading the league in rushing but has more 2nd half rushing yards then the next guy has total.
  • Travis Kelce (7/111/1) is about as obnoxious as they come… but I’ll take it.
  • Really impressed by what I saw from the Washington’s defense two weeks in a row now. They are physical in the trenches. All 11 guys are rallying to the football. They can put some pressure on the passer and the secondary is playing better than a group consisting of just Josh Norman and a few JAGs. Their depth will be tested as they started running out of bodies Monday night.
  • Zach Brown had 9 tackles, 5 solo and he can fly. I mean I already knew this…but talk about sideline-to-sideline. I guess the light bulb simply didn’t go off in Tennessee. But considering what he did in Buffalo last year and the way he has helped transform Washington’s defense thus far… he was a steal in free agency.
  • Justin Houston basically said, “Hold that!” to all of you who took Washington +7.

Quick Hits

  • The much maligned Saints defense for the better part of a decade has allowed a grand total of 13 points on the road over the last two games including a SHUTOUT of the Miami Dolphins in Week 4. WTF.
  • #NeverCutler
  • #NeverCutler
  • #NeverCutler
  • I credit Andy Dalton’s 4 TD performance to new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor with a healthy assist from the Browns’ poor defense. The fact that Dalton has looked competent over the last couple of weeks isn’t going to change the impression of him that I’ve maintained for years. He’s “meh” at best.
  • The Browns’ 0-4 start should serve as a healthy reminder that preseason success isn’t necessarily a precursor to regular season success and while game script hasn’t been conducive to sticking to the run Hue Jackson needs substantially more discipline in doing so.
  • #FreeDukeJohnson
  • Didn’t see a 3-1 start to open the season for the Buffalo Bills coming but they are routinely the more physical team and are protecting the football… not a bad recipe for success.
  • Not for nothing #FreeTevinColeman (12 touches 143 total yards).
  • Bortles returned to mainland USA and true to form reminded us all that he is who we thought he was… 15 for 35, 140 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT.
  • I get that the Jags had to play on the road a week removed from playing in London but that doesn’t excuse not playing through the whistle and their poor run defense. Entering Sunday’s contest they were allowing 4.8 yards per carry… which is no bueno. Now that average sits at 5.7 yards per carry!!! “Turrible” – Sir Charles.
  • Keep your eye on rookie running back Elijah McGuire (10/93/1; 2 receptions for 38 yards) out of Louisiana Lafayette; had an opportunity to see the young man play live during the 2017 Shrine Game and he was the lone offensive bright spot on either team.
  • The Vikings are expected to get Sam Bradford back in Week 5 but he will not be joined by talented rookie running back Dalvin Cook in the backfield. Cook suffered a torn ACL on a non-contact injury. He was in midst of yet another quality performance (13/66/1) when he blew a Pirelli.
  • Detroit’s passing game was non-existent (allowed 5 sacks) but Ameer Abdullah really impressed (20/94/1). It wasn’t his open-field prowess that was on display but rather the tough yardage he churned out after contact that really caught my attention. It was one of if not his best performances as a pro against a stout Vikings defense.
  • Telling stat…. the Detroit Lions are +9 in turnover differential.
  • Cam Newton certainly looked healthy (3 TD passes; 1 TD rush). Or was it the Patriots’ 32nd ranked defense? Probably a little of both.
  • The good news is that the Patriots average the 2nd most points scored per game (32.3). The bad news is that the Patriots average the 2nd most points allowed per game (32.0). That’s .500 football folks.
  • What can imaginative play design and competent play-calling do for you Mr. Gurley (215 total yards and 1 TD)?
  • Jaylon Smith had 10 tackles to lead all Cowboys on Sunday… on average those tackles occurred 9.7 yards beyond the line of scrimmage. He was also targeted seven times in coverage and allowed 6 receptions for 68 yards. He was supposed to fix our… I mean Dallas’ defense… now I’m being told wait until 2018…
  • Ryan Switzer… smh.
  • Just give it to Le’Veon (35/144/2) if you wanna win.
  • Watched Joe Flacco’s (31 of 49, 235 yards, 1 TD and 2 INTs) presser after the game. “Yeah I played bad, so what? I’m 6’6” and rich.” I’m paraphrasing.
  • I pounced on Deshaun Watson (5 TDs) in Draft Kings at his $5100 price tag… unfortunately I didn’t get much else right.
  • Each team plays 16 games during a 17-week regular season. Four weeks have elapsed. Marcus Mariota has three TD passes… that’s 0.75 TD passes per game through the first month of the season. He has to average 2.42 TD passes per game for the remainder of the year to reach a total of 32. He’s averaged 1.67 TD passes per game through the first two seasons of his career and he’s hurt… again. CPGM Drew are you ready to concede? It ain’t happening.
  • The 49ers sacked Carson Palmer six times, allowed a mere 2.3 yards per carry and didn’t surrender a touchdown in regulation. Then proceeded to turn Larry Fitzgerald of all people loose for the game winning TD in OT. Bad teams find a way to lose.
  • The Chargers run defense and ultimately the inability to finish continues to be their undoing. Denzel Perryman may as well stay on IR… stick a fork in the Chargers (0-4, 0-3 at home) they’re done.
  • Derek Carr is hurt, enter EJ Manuel (HURT). Beast Mode is averaging 3.4 yards per carry (hurt). Amari Cooper (2/9 on 8 targets) dropped another pass (hurt). And the Raiders defense is a question mark (hurt). 2017 can get out of hand quickly, particularly in the AFC West. Hurt…
  • Perhaps with their playoff hopes virtually non-existent at the quarter mark of the season the Giants will play Wayne Gallman and Shane Vereen who are superior options to Paul Perkins and Orleans Darkwa. And maybe, just maybe Spags will start DRC in base sets rather than Eli Apple. They done DUN.
  • Nick Folk missed a couple gimme field goal attempts keeping this contest interesting it may be time to bring in Roberto Aguayo for a workout. Lolololol.


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