Hello, Taylor Heinicke. Goodbye Carson Wentz
The logical question…is this more about Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers?
How tasty two overreactions in one broad stroke. Washington defeats the Green Bay Packers 23-21. It was never pretty, but it was a game.
Washington quarterback Taylor Heinicke’s stats: 20-of-33, 201 yards, two touchdowns, one interception, and a win.
And then there is the Packers’ side. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers was 23-of-35, 194 yards, two touchdowns, and zero interceptions. But the team was zero for six on third downs, including racking only 38 rushing yards for the game.
The Packers are on a three-game losing streak. Their 3-4 record has them sitting behind the 5-1 Minnesota Vikings in the NFC North.
It isn’t an overreaction to wonder if and how they can make the playoffs or even win their next game.
This will not help. Wide receiver Allen Lazard, responsible for 91.5% of the snap share and 20.9% of the target rate, went down with a shoulder injury. That is the third wide receiver lost this season.
This is not an overreaction. Times are dire for the Packers. The first losing streak of head coach Matt LaFleur and the four-time NFL MVP looks lost. You did see him face down on the last play of the game. That sums it up right there.
Tom Brady, We Hardly Knew You…
What in the actual frick happened? The Panther was playing with a quarterback who last week had a .1aDOT, traded long threat wide receiver Robby Anderson and traded Mister Everything to the Team Christian McCaffrey.
No, they belong on the same field as the Brady-led Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
This isn’t all on Brady. Did you see the wide-open pass that Mike Evans dropped? What about the 76.5% of opponents in the red zone score a touchdown? Or about the 31st-ranked defense, and then there is the 32nd-ranked offense. This is about more than Brady.
Brady’s stat line Sunday was 32-of-49, 290 yards, zero touchdowns, and zero interceptions.
The Buccaneers’ defense allowed Carolina Panthers’ running back (not named Christian McCaffrey) D’Onta Foreman to rush for 118 yards on 15 carries. The other running back, Chubba Hubbard, scored a rushing touchdown. While DJ Moore, who had seven receiving yards the previous week, suddenly had 69 receiving yards and one touchdown.
Before this game, the Buccaneers’ defense allowed an average of 190.0 passing yards per game. That was ranked sixth. They allowed PJ Walker to pass for 177 passing yards in the last two games and two touchdowns. And the week before, they allowed the combination of Kenny Pickett and Mitchell Trubisky to pass for 211 passing yards and two touchdowns.
What was once the most feared rushing defense now allows an average of 118.3 rushing yards a game. ? that is tied for the 16th.
This is more than Brady and not an overreaction. Evans took the blame for “the life go out” of the team with his wide-open drop in the first quarter of the game.
That’s nice. But the Buccaneers’ problem is bigger than one person.
Say Hello To The Worst 6-1 Team in the NFL…
This is the NFL. This is where the record counts, right? “You are what your record says you are.” Bill Parcells
So can we stop all this nonsense about being the worst 6-1 team? Please, for the love of all that is @theBleaguesays and #DiscordDan? Please. The New York Giants went into this game -3. That was madness! And there were plenty of excuses why a 5-1 team was an underdog to a 2-4 team. So many. Now? The naysayers again say the Giants were lucky to leave that game with a win. After all, they have five comeback wins, three from double-digit.
So, are they the luckiest 6-1 team? Or are they a team that is fifth-best in the red zone defense? A team that is ranked sixth in points allowed per game (18.6) or a team that is tied for eighth in turnover margin per game (+0.4). A team only allows a touchdown on 40% of red zone tries.
Their offense is doing enough to win. Nineteenth in yards per game (334.3) and 18th in points per game (21.4). They are winning ugly, but they are winning.
It isn’t an overreaction. They may be winning ugly, but they are winning. So, stop overreacting and take the win.
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.