Fantasy Football Overreactions
We are going into the fourth week of the NFL season, and injuries abound, poor play is rampant, and the unexpected is happening regularly. Does that make the unexpected expected?
Anyway, this is written before the Monday Night Football game, and since it is Dallas and New York, an overreaction by both fan bases on almost anything is the usual. So, we will leave that to them. Here are some reactions to what happened on the field Sunday.
Trevor Lawrence and the Jacksonville Jaguars Will Win the AFC South
The Jacksonville Jaguars are 2-1. The rest of the AFC South consists of the Indianapolis Colts, who were gifted a win against Kansas City because of a bonehead penalty. They are 1-1-1. The Tennessee Titans who were thrashed by the Buffalo Bills on MNF last week to a tune of 41-7. They did manage to defeat the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 3. It should be mentioned the Raiders have yet to win a game. And of course, the Houston Texans who are 0-2-1.
The Jaguars loss was in Week 1, to the then hot Carson Wentz and Washington. A game in which Wentz through four touchdowns as Washington came from behind to win the game 22-28.
The Jaguars have since beat the Indianapolis Colts 24-0, and the Los Angeles Chargers 38-10. And while these wins are impressive, the Colts played without two key offensive players, the Chargers without two key offensive linemen, two key defensive players, and their quarterback playing with a pain injection on his injured rib.
Nevertheless, these wins are wins. And the Jaguars are looking like a team that is heading for post-season play.
Overreaction? Nah, not in this division and not how Doug Pederson’s Jaguars have been playing.
The 0-3 Las Vegas Raiders Should Fire Josh McDaniels
The Raiders are 0-3, their worst start since 2018. Which is a major disappointment for a team that made the playoffs last year under significantly more distractions. Now they find themselves as the only winless team in a rather underwhelming AFC South.
Week 1, they lost to the Los Angeles Chargers. A game in which they were behind at halftime 17-3. They attempted a frantic comeback but failed at the hands of quarterback Derek Carr’s 22-of-37, two touchdowns, and three interceptions. The team was 5-for-11 on third down conversions and had 64 rushing yards to 256 passing yards.
Week 2 the Raiders lost to the Arizona Cardinals 23-29, in overtime. This was after leading the Cardinals 23-7 going into the fourth quarter. Carr went without an interception in this game passing for 244 yards on 39 passing attempts and 25 completions. The Raiders went 6-11 on third down conversions and rushed for 80 yards. They were also penalized 10 times for 68 yards.
And this brings us to Week 3. The Titans led the Raiders the entire game. However, the Titans did not score a point after halftime. The Raiders still lost the game 22-24. In this game they were 5-for-10 on third down conversions, eclipsed 100 yards rushing (109), had 252 yards passing and were only flagged for seven penalties (85 yards).
The Raiders are playing poor on all levels. In their first three games they have regressed from last season despite having all the core pieces and a couple of shiny new acquisitions. It’s Josh McDaniels fault and he should be fired.
Overreaction? Only three games in seems a bit hasty to fire a first-year head coach. But a closed-door meeting with the team owner after the third loss doesn’t bode well.
Joe Burrow Is Back To Super Bowl Form
The Cincinnati Bengals played the New York Jets Week 3. Burrow completed 23-of-36 yards for 275 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions. Perhaps most impressive is that Burrow was only sacked two times.
The Bengals won the game 27-12. They are now 1-2-0.
The New York Jets defense were 18th in opponent yards per game (339.5). They allowed 216 passing yards and 123.5 rushing yards per game (21st).
Next up for the Bengals is the 3-0 Miami Dolphins. After that they play the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens are currently tied for the lead in the AFC North with the…Cleveland Browns. Yes, it’s a wacky time. But can the Bengals come away with a win in the next two games. Is Burrow back to Super Bowl form?
Overreaction? Yes, let’s wait and see how they fare against real competition (no disrespect New York Jets).
Seattle Seahawks Robbed the Denver Broncos on the Russell Wilson Trade
After continuously stating Russell Wilson would remain in Seattle, the Seahawks did an about-face and traded Wilson to the Denver Broncos.
The Broncos received Wilson and the 2022 fourth-round draft pick, defensive lineman Eyioma Uwazurike.
The Seahawks received: quarterback Drew Lock; tight end Noah Fant; defensive tackle Shelby Harris; 2022 ninth-pick offensive tackle Charles Cross; 2022, second-round pick pass rusher Boye Mafe; and fifth-rounder linebacker Tyreke Smith; and 2023, first and second-round draft picks.
Noah Fant has nine receptions on 54 yards. Mafe didn’t play the first game but in his last two games he has six tackles and one sack. Neither Smith nor Lock have seen action so far, this regular season.
Wilson who was brought in to be the missing piece of a talented Broncos offensive group. He was just what was needed to propel Denver into the Super Bowl.
In his last three games he has a 59.4% completion percentage, two touchdowns and one interception and his rushing attempts have not eclipsed 25 yards on nine attempts. So did Pete Carroll and the Seahawks fleece Denver in this deal?
Overreaction? The draft capital the Seahawks acquired currently seems better than an aging quarterback with a 58.9% completion percentage and two touchdowns in three games. But it’s early. So, let’s call it a completely understandable questioning reaction. That’s a thing, right?
Gladys is obsessive about fantasy football, Pittsburgh Steelers, dogs/cats, pop culture movies and television shows, and Ben & Jerry’s 7 Layer Vegan Ice Cream (although not necessarily in that order). A writer about NFL, college ball, and fantasy football for more than 10 years, she attempts to combine her degree in statistical variance (BS Policy Analysis) with player knowledge and game script. Though her concentration is on IDP, redraft, and PPR leagues, all fantasy formats are fair game. Reach out whenever you can find me on Twitter @gladysLtyler. And remember, don’t suck and tip your bartenders well.