Jenny, Conor, and Gary kick off the Cowboys’ roller coaster in New England, where they overcame a ton of penalties, a ton of third-down fights, and a long, late Mac Jones touchdown pass to beat the Patriots on time. extra. What does it say about Dallas as a possible Super Bowl contender? And what does it say about the Patriots and their rookie quarterback?
Then a look at the things that went very wrong for the Browns in a lopsided loss at home to the Cardinals, and how the Ravens are overcoming a lot during their current winning streak.
Plus, TJ Watt takes over overtime Sunday night (a tough thing to admit for a pro-Geno Smith podcast), the post-Gruden Raiders got off to a great start, the Chiefs prove, at least for a day , some were neglected. Turnovers can be easily overcome, a closer look at Aaron Rodgers’ claim that he owns the Bears, Kirk Cousins does it in Carolina, which follows for the Giants after a meltdown against the Rams, and much more.
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Gary Gramling: We passed the Sundays board here, and we had a day of a few blowouts, some games that weren’t particularly close, not particularly interesting. And that’s what happens sometimes. But we had a couple of overtime games, we had a couple of outright thrillers here. So even though we normally start with the Sunday night game, we’re going to delay it a bit. And let’s start with what ended up being one of the most exciting games I can remember seeing in the regular season. So let’s start with the Cowboys-Patriots.
So I was taking notes for this game, since I was in the middle of the fourth quarter, I was wrapping up and I had written, what a Bill Belichick-style victory, somewhat beaten here, but they win through situational soccer, defense in third. chance is just a true classic type of Patriot victory. And then everything went completely crazy in the last three minutes of regulation and overtime here.
Jenny Vrentas: Yeah, it was a crazy ending to the game, particularly the sequence where Trevon Diggs receives the interception and returns it for a touchdown. And then Mac Jones turns around and throws a 75-yard touchdown pass. It was a wild turn of events. Obviously, for the Cowboys, it was a huge win to be able to get into Foxborough, even if it’s a diminished version of the Patriots, and extend their winning streak. But I also thought it was a good game for the Patriots and that sequence we just described showed exactly what you want in a quarterback for a rookie quarterback, like Jones, to be able to make that kind of change and throw a pass. touchdown. , so as not to be afraid to jump into that situation. Clearly, there were some coverage issues on that Cowboys play that allowed the score to happen. But Jones showed confidence throughout the game. And I thought this was another encouraging performance in a loss like the Bucks game was.
Conor Orr: Yeah, it really should have been a win for the Patriots. And funnily enough, Jones probably wouldn’t have had to throw the ball at all for that first pick-six, if they hadn’t had that late-game penalty before that, which pushed them back to second and 15 and forced the start. happens. with. And then, you know, although it was obviously still technically a play that ultimately cost them the game. I think if it’s the Patriots, they must feel good about Mac Jones. I think he was five of six on all passes over 10 yards. So he hit almost all of his deep shots. His average yards per attempt is increasing every week for the past three weeks and I think he was over 10 yards on attempts this week, which is three and a half yards better than his previous record. These are all plans for non-newbies. Like these are good average quarterbacks, moving the ball around. So I think you have to be happy for the Patriots. And in two of the last three weeks, he was with two of the top three teams in football. And with an understaffed staff, there is no other way to put it. And so I think you have to feel pretty good about it and no one is running away with the AFC East at the moment. So I don’t know, I think all is not lost for this year, but certainly not in the grand scheme of things for the Patriots either.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.