After a horrible loss in Week One, just as I predicted (not to brag), Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers bounced back in a huge division win against the Detroit Lions. While many people started to wonder aloud whether Rodgers "had it" any longer, was "mentally retired," etc. Rodgers is more than happy to shut everyone up for at least a week.
New England Patriots rookie quarterback Mac Jones has been somewhat effective in the first two weeks of his professional career, but much of that is thanks to short throws. Is Jones struggling to move the ball downfield? Not so fast, he says. "I wouldn't say that. I think it goes back to just me sticking to my rules, and there's sometimes when the defense takes plays away, and that's why we play. I mean, they are good on defense, too. At the same time, I feel like you take the three or four plays, or whatever it may be, whether it is in practice or a game, and you re-watch them, and you're like, 'OK, I probably could've thrown that one.''
Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels also said there are no training wheels on Jones. "It’s not like he’s not throwing downfield … It’s just there’s certain times when it’s the right time to do it and certain times where it’s not. And I’ve got to continue to work hard myself to try to provide our offense with opportunities to do that if it presents itself."
After swapping quarterbacks this offseason, the Detroit Lions are 0-2 and probably not where they want to be. New QB Jared Goff agrees with this but is also optimistic. (For what it's worth, he played better than I thought he would last night, at least in the first half.) "I believe in the guys we have here. I believe in Dan. I believe in the staff...We believe this is a new regime and a new energy in the building. It's still early. Obviously, 0-2 is not where we want to be, but a lot of room to improve and a lot of wins to be had down the line."
Stop me if you've heard this before, but Ben Roethlisberger is injured. Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said on Tuesday that Roethlisberger is dealing with a pectoral injury. There is no word yet on whether it will affect his status for Week Three's game, but it's something to watch throughout practices this week.
The San Francisco 49ers haven't lost a game yet, and they also haven't started their rookie QB yet. They don't need to, but I've been telling you that for weeks now. Starter Jimmy Garoppolo is doing just fine, and head coach Kyle Shanahan has said all summer that he looks the best he's ever seen him. This week's compliment: Garoppolo's footwork. "He can sit there flat-footed and just throw completely from his core with the way his upper body turns and the way his hip turns. He can make almost every throw. But Jimmy, as far as his footwork, I think his is the most consistent, he best he's been at it since I've been with him."
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The GOAT himself, Josh Rosen, got a chance to audition for his new team, the Atlanta Falcons, on Sunday (how ironic) and did about as good as one can do with only three days of practice. After the game, Rosen was highly transparent in how his career has been up to this point with bouncing around on different teams and about how he knows he doesn't have many chances left and needs to make the most of it while he still can. "You just get an opportunity, you got to seize the moment, and it was kind of, it was a little bit refreshing, to kind of get out on the field and kind of half know the offense and just kind of let go and play football and have fun with it like you did back in Pop Warner. At times I felt a little bit like a chicken with my head cut off running around, but I thought it was fun. Could have cleaned up a lot of stuff but overall thought it was a productive night."
San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan is straight-up fucking with everyone again by rotating both starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and rookie Trey Lance in and out of their last preseason game on Sunday. While it seems to most people that doing that during the regular season, Shanahan is still leaving room for other teams to think they'll be doing just that. "We've got two guys who can play, and we've been doing it in practice a little bit, wanted to do it out there in the game, and it's always going to be an option."
Speaking of Lance, it was announced late on Monday evening that he will miss about seven days (or a week, whichever timeframe you're into) after he jammed his finger on someone's helmet during Sunday's game. Lance has a "small chip," but he's not highly concerned about it. "I'll see how it feels [Monday] for sure. I think we'll be able to tell a little bit more. But yeah, not too worried about it at all."
Detroit Lions backup quarterback Tim Boyle may have taken himself out of the backup competition for 2021. Boyle suffered a thumb injury on Friday that will require surgery. David Blough is the other backup option for Detroit. As for when Boyle will be back, they're not sure.
Goff, meanwhile, has high hopes for his new team this season. "I don't know what the stat is, but every year there's new teams in the playoffs. Every year there are teams that were in the playoffs last year that aren't. Why not us?" Well, I can think of a few reasons, but I like the high hopes.
Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield played well in Sunday's exhibition game, but he's ready to move onto the real stuff. "I know our guys are ready. They're itching to go. We can feel that how close it is. Just all that preparation you put in throughout the offseason, and ever since you lost to the Chiefs in January, we've been working to this point right now, and I think our guys are ready to go."
The starting quarterback position is still up in the air for the New England Patriots, and while it's assumed that Cam Newton will be out there Week One, the team has also rallied around rookie Mac Jones. "Not many rookie quarterbacks have ever gotten the reps and the opportunity that he has, and he has embraced it full-on, head-on," Brian Hoyer said. "He goes out there every day and does the best that he can and has earned the respect of his teammates, which I think is huge, especially being a young guy with a team with a lot of veteran guys who have played here."
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philip rivers is retiring
As expected, former SAN DIEGO Chargers (I've been waiting to type that un-accidentally) and Indianapolis Colts quarterback Philip Rivers has decided to retire from the NFL after 17 seasons.
Rivers had a solid career stat-wise, but the thing that will stand out about him was that he never had a Super Bowl under his belt. That's okay though. He now gets to go home to a house full of kids. I mean, FULL full.
lions hire their next head coach
The Detroit Lions agreed to a deal with their latest head coach Dan Campbell on Tuesday. The deal is for six years.
Campbell spent the past five seasons with the New Orleans Saints as their tight ends coach. He also has some experience as a head coach, as he was named the interim head coach in 2015 for the Miami Dolphins.
The biggest challenge for Campbell will not only be to fit into his role nicely, but to completely undo all of the damage that ex-HC Matt Patricia did over the past few years. Nothing improved, their was either a running-in-place situation or a setback. He will also have a say in the fate of quarterback Matthew Stafford, who you will definitely be hearing some trade rumors about this offseason.
derek carr's groin injury is 'significant'
Las Vegas Raiders quarterback lasted only 11 plays in Thursday night's loss to the Los Angeles Chargers before pulling his groin and heading to the locker room. Head coach Jon Gruden said in his post-game press conference that the injury is 'significant' and we should expect Carr to be sidelined for some time. The Raiders have the Miami Dolphins coming up next, and backup QB Marcus Mariota will likely start.
The next game for Las Vegas is December 26, meaning Carr has a little over eight days to get up to speed. I'm going to go out on a limb and say he sits.
drew brees will start against chiefs on sunday
After missing four games with broken ribs and a punctured lung, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees will be getting the start this week against the Kansas City Chiefs. The team cleared him to return to practice this week, indicating that he had a chance to play. This big (or, if you're like me, the only good game this week) game just got a little bigger, as each team is playing for home-field advantage during the playoffs. It's also not out of line to dub this one a potential Super Bowl preview.
julio jones is out, again
If you're playing the Julio Jones drinking game, you're probably drunk by now. The Atlanta Falcons wide receiver will miss yet another game this week due to a hamstring injury that has lingered and kept him out of two of the past three games. Jones still has a chance to play in the final two games, although I'm not sure what the point of that would be.
matthew stafford out of practice again, not ruled out (yet)
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has missed three straight practices this week, and the team is still unsure of his status for this weekend's game against the Tennessee Titans. Interim head coach Darrell Bevell said Stafford would travel with the team, as his rib injury has been feeling better than earlier this week. Backup QB Chase Daniel will get the start if Stafford can't go.
49ers to stay in Arizona through week 17
The San Francisco 49ers have played their past two home games in Arizona, and they'll remain there through Week 17. Santa Clara County, where the 49ers' stadium and facility are located, extended their contact sports ban through January 8. The Niners play at the Dallas Cowboys this weekend and host the Seattle Seahawks in Arizona the following week.
Alex Smith is out this week
Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith injured his calf during last week's game and will not play in Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks. Smith hasn't practiced all week. Backup-to-the-backup QB Dwayne Haskins will start in his place. Haskins was benched after the first four games of the season, and it feels like we're stepping into a time portal at this point.
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has had a rough few weeks. Last week, the Lions put him on the COVID reserve list after coming in contact with someone who tested positive; this week, he injured his thumb during Sunday's game against the Washington Football Team. Typically, that's a red flag for a quarterback - it can affect their grip and release on the ball. But X-rays on Stafford's thumb were negative, and he isn't expected to miss any time. Good news.
The expectation is that Stafford will undergo more tests on Monday and that he will be limited in practice this week. Barring a setback, Stafford should be good to go for next week's game against the Carolina Panthers.
The Detroit Lions and tackle Taylor Decker agreed to an extension on Tuesday.
The numbers are in the tweet above, but that's a big payday of six years, $85 million, with $37.5 million guaranteed.
As most great offensive linemen are, Decker is underrated as hell and was one of the main reasons why quarterback Matthew Stafford had a great year pre-injury.
Decker would be an unrestricted free agent next season, which shows that the Lions didn't want him going anywhere.
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month, with what the team ended up calling a "false positive" test. While it's still uncertain how they can possibly know that for a fact (do not argue with me), Stafford did end up testing negative multiple times.
The league has since revised their plans for players who are asymptomatic and positive, in case another "false positive" test shall occur, while still following standard protocols to keep everyone safe. Or, at least, to the best of their abilities.
Stafford spoke to reporters on Tuesday, where he mentioned that he was glad it happened to him early on, before the season began, so that himself and other players would not potentially miss time on the field.
Honestly, it probably will happen again. But I'd rather teams be overly cautious than not cautious enough. With everything Stafford and his wife Kelly had been through in the past year with her medical issues, and their young kids, this is probably the best outcome possible.
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