Cowboys are clicking; Patterson makes historical past; Jets’ QB woes: 3 up, 3 down

Eleven weeks are virtually within the books, with Thanksgiving soccer only a few days away. It is the golden time of the NFL soccer season. 

This is whose inventory is up and down after an superior weekend of soccer.

Up

Dallas Cowboys

The actual Cowboys confirmed up on Sunday in Minnesota, and oh boy, they’re good. The Cowboys offense regarded the very best it had all season with Dak Prescott underneath heart. They scored 40 factors, Prescott was 22 of 25 for 276 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and Tony Pollard continues to crush it regardless of splitting reps with Ezekiel Elliot — recording eight receptions for 109 yards and two touchdowns whereas including a team-best 80 speeding yards. Dallas’ offensive line pushed and punished the Vikings defensive entrance to the tune of 151 yards speeding within the 40-3 drubbing. 

The Cowboys protection appeared again as properly. After two straight lackluster performances the place the D allowed over 200 speeding yards, they held the Vikings to solely 73 yards on the bottom. Micah Parsons, with solely 4 pressures the previous two video games, was capable of regain his Defensive Participant of the 12 months award mantle after a monster recreation. When he is pressuring the quarterback, the Cowboys protection is likely one of the finest within the NFL. It is truthful to surprise if we are going to see this Cowboys staff each weekend, but when we do, they’ve an opportunity to win the NFC East and the attainable high seed for the playoffs. That is the staff they are often. 

Particular Groups, Be Particular

Immediately was a particular day for the third section of the sport, the particular groups! We regularly focus our consideration on the offense and protection, as it is simple to see on the display screen and focus on what is going on. Particular groups will be tough to clarify intimately, and it is usually “boring” reps. A good caught punt. A touchback. A discipline objective made or missed. However in the present day, in the present day we are able to focus on the particular outcomes. 

A particular groups’ landing is electrical and sometimes the distinction in a win. We noticed that twice Sunday. The Bears have been controlling the tempo and tempo of their recreation in Atlanta. They scored to go up 17-7, and if the Falcons did not reply, the Bears have been getting the ball to open the second half. The Bears kicked the ball excessive into the sky and increase, the sport modified. 

Cordarrelle Patterson, the Falcons’ electrical returner and offensive weapon, returned the kickoff 103 yards for his NFL report ninth kickoff return landing. Patterson has distinctive pace to pair together with his imaginative and prescient, and when he finds a seam within the kickoff protection, he is gone. Patterson is a future Corridor of Famer for his skill to show these usually routine performs into landing runs. 

The sport in New England with the visiting Jets battling the Patriots was ugly with a capital U. Issues appeared headed to a 3-3 tie and time beyond regulation after 60 minutes of soccer. There have been 25 seconds left in regulation and the Jets have been punting from their very own 32-yard line, with the expectation of OT upcoming. Properly, Patriots punt returner Marcus Jones had different concepts. He caught the ball at his personal 16-yard line, and 84 yards later he crossed the top zone for a close to walk-off return landing. It was cool. Plain and easy. Jones gained the Patriots the sport. 

Patrick Mahomes

I simply needed to remind everybody Patrick Mahomes is the very best participant within the NFL, and we should always not let what seems to be routine throws of his not be celebrated for what they’re. The Chiefs have been down two key receivers coming into Sunday evening’s recreation towards the Chargers after which misplaced Kadarius Toney virtually instantly after the primary snap. 

So the Chiefs had to make use of tight ends rather than these receivers. No drawback. Mahomes, avoiding stress from defenders usually, diced up the Chargers protection. He threw for 329 yards, finishing passes to seven choices, together with these three tight ends. This throw to third-stringer Jody Fortson was the very best of the evening. Fortson was operating only a step forward of his defender when he circled to catch a ball that was positioned straight into his fingers from 30 yards away. It is a exceptional throw from a quarterback on his solution to successful his second MVP. 

Down

Zach Wilson

It is time for the Jets to begin contemplating an improve at quarterback in 2023. They drafted Zach Wilson second total within the 2021 draft. He began 13 video games final season and performed like a predictable rookie with flashes of success that might develop with continued enchancment. 

By means of his first seven begins of 2022, these flashes have disappeared. Though his uncooked numbers are barely improved from final season, he is lacking on means too many alternatives that quarterbacks of their second season ought to convert. Additionally, the extra makes an attempt in a recreation, the extra he throws the ball to the opposite staff. 

There’s additionally nothing about his recreation that you just’d wish to construct round. For reference, the Bears have constructed a practical offense with a far worse offensive line and receivers, across the talent set of Justin Fields, who was drafted shortly after Wilson. Trevor Lawrence, drafted straight in entrance of Wilson, has proven flashes of brilliance together with his large arm and intelligence. These are quarterback you construct round.

I do know the pushback to on the lookout for quarterback choices in 2023 is Wilson was drafted second total and ought to be given a chance to enhance into 12 months 3. A below-average quarterback popping into something greater than common quarterback of their third season virtually by no means occurs. Sure, Josh Allen is the outlier. So it is silly to imagine Wilson is popping into Allen subsequent season. 

The Jets have an unimaginable protection. It is younger, agile, bodily and disruptive. When wholesome, the Jets have a very good offensive line. They’ve talent place gamers to construct an offense round. What they do not have is the quarterback to assist this gifted staff get to the postseason, and it is best to confess it now and discover the answer. 

New York Giants

The Giants have discovered themselves on the replenish portion of this text usually this season, nevertheless it could be time to acknowledge their quick begin could be over and the conclusion they’re watching fourth place within the NFC East quickly. The Giants, regardless of not doing all that a lot properly, have been 7-2 heading into this weekend. They’d gained all seven video games by eight factors or much less and wanted to beat the lowly Lions to maintain this tempo going. 

As an alternative, the Lions routed the Giants, and now the G Males are a brutal schedule to complete the season. They play the Cowboys on Thanksgiving, the Eagles twice, the 8-2 Vikings and two towards the now feisty Commanders. If the Giants are capable of win greater than a kind of six video games, I would be impressed. I feel it is attainable the Giants are going to overlook the playoffs regardless of beginning 7-2. 

Matthew Stafford 

Stafford’s 2022 season ought to be over after the Rams misplaced in New Orleans, dropping their report to 3-7. He left the sport with a head harm, and even when he is out there to play the remainder of the season, there is no level in his return for this marketing campaign. The Rams offense has been terrible this season, rotating with the Colts because the thirty second most effective unit. It is a gorgeous drop for the Tremendous Bowl champs. They’ve had accidents at offensive line, beginning their tenth totally different unit in 10 video games. Accidents to operating again and large receiver (together with Cooper Kupp) have given Stafford few reliable goal choices. However even with some well being on this offense, I don’t assume Stafford is the participant he is been all through his profession.

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Stafford entered this season with an indignant throwing elbow, one the staff claimed may very well be managed all through the marketing campaign. Properly now could be the time to close him all the way down to relaxation it up for 2023. Stafford is hitting profession lows in yards per try and passing yards per recreation. He is been sacked at a better fee and throwing poorly underneath stress. He is simply not been good and if he is beat up, now could be the time to take a seat him down. The Rams season is completed.  

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Geoff Schwartz performed eight seasons within the NFL for 5 totally different groups. He began at proper sort out for the College of Oregon for 3 seasons and was a second-team All-Pac-12 choice his senior 12 months. He’s an NFL analyst for FOX Sports activities. Comply with him on Twitter @GeoffSchwartz.


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