Every week in this NFL season, we will be celebrating the electric games, investigating the colossal mistakes and explaining the inexplicable moments of the recent slate. Welcome to winners and losers. Which one are you?
Winner: Danny Dimes
Today is the year 0. Tomorrow is the first day of the first month after Daniel. (Anno Danieli, if you're tech savvy.)
This week, the Giants made a decision in half a decade and eventually decided to switch from Eli Manning fans, nerds from the draft community, nerds from the analytics community and all but the Jones family who are crazy about complete confusion. Jones looked excellent in the preseason, but that's the preseason. Sunday was the time to see if Jones would stand up to the competition or not, as many had predicted.
Instead, he shone. Jones threw for 336 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. One of those touchdowns did not really hit Jones ̵
Jones also ran for a few touchdowns, including the final score in New York's 32:31 victory:
Jones is somehow the first player in Giants' history with multiple touchdowns in the same game. It could be a trend: The newcomer tracked at its first landing nearly 20 miles per hour. Maybe we have to call him in addition to Danny Dimes Danny Dash?
Daniel Jones reached 19.47 MPH on this 7-yard TD run. Jones is now responsible for two of the FASTEST speeds a QB achieves this season:
– Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) September 22, 2019
After trading with Odell Beckham Jr. and watching some more wider Recipients The Giants seemed to be dependent on Saquon Barkley, the hyper talented rider who finished second overall last year. In the first half of the match on Sunday, Barkley injured and sprained his ankle. Jones won this game with Wayne Gallman running back and a Segway wearing gloves on the handlebars as number one. 2 receivers. Darius Slayton, a fifth-round draft pick from Auburn, still had 82 yards in the first two games. ESPN tells me that 0.1 percent of the fantasy records have Slayton, possibly the Jones family.
What makes Jones's performance so unbelievable to me is that he was not exactly an unknown high school graduate. Jones played 36 games at Duke and started for three years. There were more than enough tapes for the design people to express their opinions on, and more than enough samples for the analysts to form a statistical opinion on them. And in those three years, Jones has never played a game as well as the one he played on Sunday. He has never had a college game with 300 meters, no breaks and a quick touchdown, let alone a 330 meter game, two breaks, no breaks and a quick touchdown. He only had nine 300-yard games, and he threw at least 40 passes in eight of them, five of which were team losses. He only had 36 overtaking attempts on Sunday. Jones essentially played a better game at his very first start in the NFL than in three years at Duke. Criticize the defense of the Buccaneers if you must, but I suspect they outperform most ACC defenses.
Can Jones play the best game of his career in every game?
The Giants almost lost, as Jones fired in just one minute and 16 seconds. (Too easy a goal is a big problem for Jones, the biggest offensive player in the history of the sport.) That gave Tampa Bay 76 seconds to reach the goal range, which they did by throwing Mike Evans, who is already 146 yards had and three touchdowns a day. He hit a 44-yard pass to bring Tampa Bay to the 9-yard line and set a play-winning 26-yard field goal – a chip shot for the new Buccaneers kicker Matt Gay, an all-round American and winner of the Lou Groza Award for Best Footballer in College Football 2017
What the Buccaneers did next was … not ideal. First, they grabbed the ball to kill the clock. After that, they … did nothing and voluntarily imposed a 5-yard penalty, though it would have been easy to start their next game, a scheduled knee to kill the rest of the time. Then the Bucs took the ball and moved it 2 yards back to center it for Gay.
Gay missed the kick.
Daniel Jones on his debut: 26/36, 336 yards, 2 passing TDs, 2 rushing TDs, 0 INTs. pic.twitter. com / GI65wAFov0
– NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) September 22, 2019
The Buccaneers moved 7 yards back to set up this kick. Well, if you look at the video, it's pretty clear I was good 7 yards away. On the one hand, it feels uncomfortable – Gay hit 37 out of 38 field goals from 40 yards or closer to college. On the other hand, the Buccaneers Gay gave a 34-yard field goal from the middle of the field, exactly the same as an extra-point attempt … and Gay had missed two extra points on Sunday, one blocked and one far left.
Bruce Arians, coach of Buccaneers, confirmed that the decision to delay the game was intentional, as he felt it would make the kick easier.
Bruce Arians said he had deliberately accepted the late penalty at the last minute and thought Matt Gay was better off from a distance.
– Greg Auman (@gregauman) September 22, 2019
I've heard of teams deliberately delaying game play to simplify kicks in college when trying to get a 19-yarder off to hit outside the goalpost width and prevent the kicker from having to direct the ball through the goal angle. However, this is not true for a number of reasons: The NFL diamond marks never widen wider than the goal posts, and the buccaneers still had time to move the ball to the middle of the field. I can not imagine why this decision was made.
I need more details about that. I am sure that it is a complete BS, because closer things are obviously easier in all skills in all sports. But if Arians wants to claim that there was logic here, he has to explain it. If more difficult kicks are easier, why not just take a dozen game delays and kick a 115 yarder? Is there a sweet spot where Gay is especially good for 43-yarders? Why are the buccaneers even bothering with quarterbacks and wide-angle receivers if they could only bomb field gates with their better-cutting Legasus balls the moment they got the ball for guaranteed three points?
Winner: The Chiefs Fountain of Wide Receivers
In the first week of the season, the Chiefs lost Tyreek Hill due to a joint injury that kept him out for over a month. Hill is not the most important chieftain – that's Patrick Mahomes, of course – but it still seemed to be a loss that could ruin Kansas City's massive offense. Hill, a fiercely competitive sprinter who completed a 4.28 second 40-yard run on his college pro day, finished fifth in the NFL last year when he received mileage. He was the only one who ran fast enough to settle under the stadium-long bombs Mahomes threw. He was a pawn who forced the defense to guard the entire length of the field (and let them pay if they did not).  As it turns out, the injury does not seem to have affected the Chiefs. In the past week, Demarcus Robinson, who was in the Raiders' fourth year, had two touchdowns and Mecole Hardman scored his first career goal on the second lap. But whatever – it was against the Raiders.
On Sunday they repeated their excellency. Hardman, who completed a 4.33 second 40-yard run on the NFL combine, sprinted for an 83-yard score:
And Robinson made one of the best catches of the season, even a one-handed hook on one Pass Mahomes seemed to consider a prayer.
Neither Hardman nor Robinson were part of Kansas City's plans, while Hill was active and combined the team's win against the jaguars for the season's opening win for a catch and zero yards. What happens when Hill comes back? Are the Chiefs simply betting on Hardman, whose speed game is similar to Hill's? Is Robinson starting to override the older, less spectacular Sammy Watkins? You can not go four far because Travis Kelce exists.
It's a good problem, I think. Finding talent, however, never seems to be a problem for the leaders of the Mahomes era: Last year, the team cut Kareem Hunt after week 12, just to get the slightest chance with Damien Williams, Darrel Williams and possibly Deron Williams, Michelle Williams have actress Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child and William Carlos Williams. It seems that there is no player the Chiefs can not replace.
Losers: The Future of the Patriot Dynasty
It's hard to be a fan of one of the 31 teams that are praying for the demise of the Patriots. Tom Brady is still there, New England's defensive touchdown is set to continue for another three weeks, and the Patriots are 3-0 on average with an average victory margin of 29.7 points. On Sunday, New England played against the unlucky Jets, who only hit 105 Yard's total offense, the few that the Patriots have allowed since 1988, coped decades before their dominance in the Belichick era. (As for the jets that are barely 100 yards behind in a 2017 game against the Broncos, we can not imagine the historical facts.)
But on Sunday there was a crack in New England's stranglehold. It came when Brady left the garbage-time game in the fourth quarter so that fourth-round draft pick Jarrett Stidham made his NFL debut. And it was a disaster! On Stidham's third pass he threw a Pick Six:
After intercepting, the Patriots considered the game competitive again and brought Brady back into the game. (Do me a favor: Read the next line with Jon Gruden's voice.) "I call this Reyder the Recycler because he takes time for garbage, and suddenly it's not garbage anymore. "(Okay, you can stop reading with Jon Grudens voice.) Sure, this three-pass, one – The interception performance of the only other quarterback in New England's squad is proof that the Patriots this year or later on a life without Brady are completely unprepared. You are doomed! Hopeless!
Okay, they will probably win the Super Bowl again this year as they did last year and probably next year as well. But I have to believe in something, okay?
Losers: Punishing the Injured
On Sunday, the NFL referees literally offended the injury. In Atlanta's game against Indianapolis, Falcons Safety suffered Keanu Neal for the second year in a row at the end of the season. Last year he tore his first ACL week. This year he has broken his third Achilles week. After helping Atlanta to the Super Bowl as a rookie and doing the Pro Bowl in his second year, a promising career was derailed.
Sitting on the field, Neal experienced the massive physical pain of the injury, combined with the emotional pain of a second lost season. He tore off his helmet in frustration, anger and fear and threw it aside. And referees threw a flag for unsporting behavior.
The referees will argue that they are only doing their job – rules prevent players on the field from taking off their helmets. But we want a certain amount of human judgment from the officials. We know that a holding penalty could probably be imposed on dozens of games per game, and as a rule, all types of defense games could be called a pass sentence. However, we expect officials to decide what is acceptable and what is not.
Yes, there is a rule that says removing helmets is illegal. But umpires need to know that a frustrated player with massive pain when removing his helmet is not a legitimate example of unsporting behavior. For unsporting behavior implies that the person concerned is an athlete. And when the largest tendon of the human body tears, the person writhing in pain on the ground is no longer an athlete. You are just a man and experience something terrible.
Winner: North Carolina Sports Radio
The story of the first three weeks of the NFL season was backup quarterback game: Andrew Luck Retired; The world was told by Gardner Minshew. Drew Brees suffered a significant injury for the first time since joining the Saints. Ben Roethlisberger's season ended; the giants moved on from Eli; Sam Darnold got Mono and his backup tore ligaments in his ankle. The dolphins brought Josh Rosen in, why not? This week, eight of the NFL's 32 quarterbacks were at the start of preseason backups.
And the best performance of all backups was achieved on Sunday when Carolinas Kyle Allen came on stage with a performance of 261 yards and four touchdowns in a 38:20 win over the Cardinals. Allen, who was not filled last year, had the start of a game of personal significance. He played not only in his hometown in Arizona, but also against his rival in a controversial battle for the start at Texas A & M in 2015, Kyler Murray. (Both players left after the year, the rare quarterback fight, in But on Sunday Allen proved once and for all that he was the kylest of the two quarterbacks. Look at this piece!
Look at this piece!
Are we sure this guy was not drafted last year? Like, all 32 teams had seven shots and did not know that guy could get back into the ball passes? Between Allen and Case Keenum, I think NFL teams should use designs for Houston quarterbacks, just in case.
Allen's game will cause people to have opinions because it only needs a start. He already has more touchdowns than Newton in his first two games. In fact, he has four more because Newton had no touchdowns in his first two games. Although Newton missed no snapshots in the first two weeks, he was obviously hit by a foot injury, throwing a flying V full of ducks, and shied away from contact after he had marked his career of hard-nosed quarterback runs. Some will argue that Allen was not only better than Newton, but … as good as Newton at full power. In 125 games in nine seasons, Newton had only six four-touchdown games, as Allen did on his second pro-start. Allen had a passers-by rating of 144.4; Newton has done so only once in a 38-0 win over Atlanta in 2015.
Is Allen-over-Newton's controversy earned? In a word, no. Please do not let us make long-term quarterback decisions based on statistical lines against the Cardinals of Arizona, who struggled to stop someone last year … and were then hired by the defense-savvy cliff leader, Kingsbury. Defense Attorney Cliff Kingsbury does not want to claim that the defense exists or does not exist, he only knows that he does not know.) I'll need more than one game before I start to get involved wonder if you bet one of the most dynamic athletes in the history of football just because this athlete played terribly when he was injured. But do not worry, people will definitely yell about it.
Loser: Freddie Kitchens' Drawing Board
There was a lot of hype that this would be the year the Cleveland Browns turned things upside down, the football-best vain franchise could actually be a bit win. Baker Mayfield looked great last year! Odell Beckham Jr. is one of the most talented people I have ever encountered to practice sports! Myles Garrett really seems to be a legitimate star! After three weeks, however, the Browns look like the Browns. Week 1 they lost by 30 against the quite mediocre Titans. In week 2, they defeated the jets, which is like a downgrade to rookie difficulty after losing to the computer on All-Madden . On Sunday, the defense played well and kept a Rams team, which made its way into the Super Bowl last season, to only 20 points and forced three sales. But on the offensive, the Browns were brutal and scored only a touchdown. Mayfield roared, completing half of his passes and reaching an average of 5.4 meters per attempt.
Browns' incoherent, unsuccessful offensive night can be summed up in one game: the fourth and ninth games, four points behind and on enemy territory. The Browns were aggressive enough to keep the offensive on the field instead of trying a 57-yard field goal or stinging a cowardly barge. But the game they called was … well, extremely bad:
The Browns delivered a draw a fairly simple game in which the offense falsely pretends to pass before they attempt to catch the opponent unprepared to run through the ball. It's the mildest trick in football, and the Browns thought it was effective enough to run their 9 yards back. He got 2.
This was such a boring piece, it seems that it has determined the history of boredom. According to Bill Barnwell of ESPN, over 20 years no team had attempted to play a straight run game 4: 8 and more.
Browsing the @pfref index and I do not think I can find a four- and eight-plus game where a team deliberately gave the ball a rewind before tonight, since Bernie Parmalee came on board in 1997.
– Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) September 23, 2019
(Games were played for Fourth and Nine, but generally these are fake punts or quarterback scrambles. )
According to Jake Trotter of ESPN, no team has ever staged a draw in such a scenario.
Since ESPN started watching the NFL in video in 2007, there was no draw for 4th and 9th place, according to ESPN @ESPNStatsInfo
– Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) September 23, 2019
Part of the excitement surrounding this year's Browns was due to new head coach Freddie Kitchens, who started as Cleveland last season after being promoted to offensive coordinator m idseason. At this point, it seems that kitchens that were never coordinators before last season seem to be outbid.
The mating of a first-time head coach with a boastful touchdown machine at quarterback was questionable, but should not be boring. If they failed, they should at least fail while they tried to do bold, possibly stupid things. It is a real disappointment to see that instead they are trying to be historically boring.
Winner: Kicking Innovation
Two things happened in the NFL on Sunday that had never been done before: the fourth and the ninth draw, and this:
After a touchdown, the Ravens were 2:01 Five behind them in the fourth quarter, only had a break and had to throw the ball back to the Chiefs. That's kind of a goof, because by kicking off at 2:01, the Ravens missed the opportunity to use the two-minute warning that stops the clock. Unless, of course, the Chiefs needed about zero seconds to return the ball.
Basically, the only return that takes zero seconds to the clock is a fair catch, but there are not many fair catches at kickoff because the ball has none. You do not travel high to kick off because you tee off a tee and can not really come underneath. You must not kick-start anything, except for the kicks for security. However, the ball may be dropped and kicked off the ground. This is not an attractive option for most kickers as the strangely shaped football jumps so strangely. The drop-kick was an integral part of football until the 1930s, when the ball became sharper and harder to rebound, and is now used only occasionally in trick games.
Ravens-kicker Justin Tucker finally found use for the drop kick. He threw the ball high in the air with a ton of spin, so the ball landed on the thickest part and jumped up high enough to get underneath. The kick worked as the Chiefs did, and the Ravens had to use the two-minute warning.
Was that a smart game? I'm not sure. I think the Ravens should have probably tried an onside kick that gave them the opportunity to win the ball back. And if the ravens really wanted to kick without taking their time, they could have just kicked the ball out of control. The only real advantage was the potential for the Chiefs to drop the ball, which seems unlikely considering how much time they had to spend on it. Nevertheless, innovation is inspiring! For me, this is more exciting than actually winning football matches.