Week 17 of the NFL resulted in heartbreak, agony, and triumph for many teams battling for a playoff berth. When the dust cleared, three teams were able to do enough to clinch playoff spots, and three other teams had their seasons come to an end on their own home fields. One of those teams to clinch a spot is the Baltimore Ravens, led by rookie quarterback, Lamar Jackson. Continue Reading!
Coming out of Louisville, many scouts thought that Lamar Jackson should switch positions on account of his elite athleticism. However, Jackson decided to stick with the quarterback position, and his persistence allowed him to be drafted number 32 overall by the Baltimore Ravens. Continue Reading!
The Eagles come up short again in the fourth quarter for the FIFTH time this year. Every single loss the Eagles have taken this year has been by 7 points or less. That shows the Eagles are failing to get business done in the fourth quarter. Sunday night the offense came out flat against a mediocre Dallas defense, at best. Carson Wentz and company were only able to produce 3 points in the first half off a Jake Elliot field goal. I don’t put all the blame on the players, even though there was poor execution. I put the majority of the blame on the play calling of HC Doug Pederson and OC Mike Groh. The Birds have the ability to be a high powered offense when playing to their strengths. However, I strongly question the play calls, especially on third down. The Eagles didn’t convert on a single third down in the first half. That can not happen in the NFL if you want to be an elite team. DC, Jim Schwarts also has been struggling to stop offenses on third down. On third and long Schwarts will stack the first down marker with all the corners and safeties. Teams see this and will throw screens to wideouts or running backs and convert almost everytime. This is certainly not the best way defend on a third down. The Eagles not only need to make playcalling changes, but they also need to approach third down differently on offense and defense. These changes need to be made immediately because their season will be ending sooner than they had planned.
The New Orleans Saints are the hottest team in football, and right now look unbeatable, coming off a 45-35 win against the only undefeated team in the NFL, the Los Angeles Rams. The Saints are just about unbeatable at home, and proved so again last Sunday. With an improving defense and an electric offense, how could this team get any better? By adding a strong, big, second receiver in Dez Bryant. Continue Reading!