This time next week all of us will be enjoying Thanksgiving with three football games on. Unfortunately, that’s not till next week and we have to get through another week of football first. The good news is this is the last week of the season with teams on a bye. Fantasy owners will be without their star players on the Arizona Cardinals, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, and Minnesota Vikings this week. However, tonight’s matchup between the Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans should offer an entertaining game.
The Baltimore Ravens made it six straight wins on Sunday, to move three games ahead of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
This week’s NFL notebook spotlights a team from each conference. The Ravens and Vikings have the No.1 and No.3 ranked rushing offense, respectively. I’ve grown fond of both teams, so let’s start with the hottest team in the NFL.
He’s done it again! Lamar Jackson led the 8-2 Baltimore Ravens to an incredible 41 -7 victory over the 6-4 Houston Texans. Jackson was in MVP form, as he was 17/24 with 222 yards and four touchdowns. Houston couldn’t stop the run, and Jackson had nine carries for 86 yards rushing, taking his total to 788 yards on the season, a league high for quarterbacks.
Ravens offence plays heavy metal football
The Term Heavy Metal Football is synonymous with Liverpool Football Club. However, the Ravens too are playing heavy-metal football. The NFL’s No.2 offense tore the Texans to shreds. Jackson wasn’t the only standout performer on the Ravens offense. Gus Edwards, Mark Ingram, Mark Andrews, and Seth Roberts chipped in with touchdowns.
The No.1 ranked rushing offense was relentless with 36 carries for 263 yards and a touchdown. To put that total into context, Houston had a net total offense of 232 yards.
Improving Ravens defence
Matt Judon led a brilliant performance by the Baltimore defense to shut out Houston for three quarters of the game. Judon had seven tackles, two sacks and four tackles for loss. Don Martindale’s defense set the tone early. The Texans tried to run the ball up the middle early in the first quarter, but the Ravens linebackers swarmed the rush, forcing Houston to punt the football.
Deshaun Watson is a dual threat quarterback, but the Ravens pass rush unit breached the pocket to register six sacks against Watson for a loss of 49 yards. Watson’s performance was irritable from a Texans point of view, as he held onto football for far too long. The Texans scouting network should have highlighted that the ravens defense do not need invitations to pressure the quarterback. A.J. McCarron came in for a snap only to end up taking a sack.
Watch John Harbaugh’s team closely in their next two games. Baltimore faces two acid tests in weeks 12 and 13, at the Rams and against the 49ers, respectively. I can’t wait for the latter matchup; it is mouthwatering.
Vikings show mettle to top Broncos
The 8-3 Minnesota Vikings left it late to defeat the 3-7 Denver Broncos by 23-27. The Vikings have shown resilience in their last two games, winning by narrow margins. Vic Fangio’s team had a 20 point lead in the 3rd quarter, but the Broncos couldn’t sustain a dominant start. Football has a tendency to be unpredictable. The Broncos held the Vikings to 37 yards on the ground, despite having the third best rushing offense in the league.
Kirk Cousins led the Vikings comeback including a 44 yard pass that found Stefon Diggs in the Red Zone. Rookie Irv Smith put the home team on the board with his first NFL touchdown and the Vikings never looked back. Veteran Kyle Rudolph had five catches for 67 yards and a game-winning touchdown. Dalvin Cook reached 1,000 yards for the first time in his career.
Von Miller registered a sack, against his 50th different quarterback in the NFL. Shelby Harris had three sacks on the day. Fangio and the Broncos front office got lots to figure out. The Broncos lost their third game in their last four.
I believe there is more to come from Minnesota. A bye weeks gives the Vikings time to prepare for Russell Wilson on the road in Week 13.
I love the game of football, and I have thoroughly enjoyed watching the Ravens in 2019. What’s impressive is the way the Ravens compete on all phases of the game. We saw similar performances in 2018, but Baltimore’s brave run ended at the hands of the Los Angeles Chargers. The Ravens can reach the Super Bowl but they must learn from last season’s playoff defeat.
The NFC playoff picture is on a knife edge. The Vikings are one game behind the Packers in the NFC North. Can Mike Zimmer get the best out of his quarterback? He will need to if the Vikings are to make a push for the divisional title.
The NFL through ten weeks has been full of surprises, many of those surprises reside in the NFC, with the NFC West being the main talking point. The San Francisco 49ers are in the division lead at 8-1, with the Seattle Seahawks at 8-2 and hot on their heels. In this article, we will discuss the current MVP candidates and their chances of winning.
Welcome into the GPP/Tournament plays article for Week 11. Let’s start by saying, any picks used or mentioned for cash games can be played in tournaments. I think that’s an important thing to know and can sometimes get confused whenever the two are mentioned separately. For that reason, I’ve tried to avoid mentioning my cash game plays for this article.
Another week is down and we are still up. Since I have been keeping track of my picks, I am 15-8-2. Not to brag, but if it was legal for me to gamble on sports, I would be pretty damn rich. So if you are allowed to gamble, it’s time to get rich. If you are like me, let’s get theoretically rich!
All my plays are based on DraftKings pricing. Its also important to note that when I list a player as a fade, I do not mean I will have 0% of them, but I will be way under the field as far as exposure goes, and likely will not play them on single entry lineups.
After finishing the 2018 regular season with an 11-5 record, the Houston Texans seemed destined to maneuver their way through the playoff picture and wind up as an underdog to win the Super Bowl. The team finished the 2018 season losing to the Indianapolis Colts 21-7 in front of their home crowd in NRG Stadium on January 5th in the wild card round. Not only did the team lose in the first round of the playoffs, but star quarterback, Deshaun Watson was also sacked an insurmountable 62 times in 2018, fifth-most in NFL history. Most Texans fans knew that this wasn’t going to be their year, and were already looking forward to the off-season where they would potentially add talent, and enter the 2019 season with high hopes. Little did they know, the team would undergo a massive reconstruction during the off-season and early weeks of the 2019 season.