You may know Jason Katz from his published football work on sites like FantasyPros. You may also know him as a member of our Handicapping Group. You may also know him, or will get to know him as a die-hard Dallas Cowboys' fan.
I asked Jason to follow the Cowboys for us all year...for fandom and fantasy. I did so, because he's convinced, like most fan(atic)s that thinking something good will happen will jinx it to not make it so. I have a different theory -- when I see a jinx potential, I pour it on to reverse the jinx. I see a jinx and yell 'this is a jinx' just to spit in the face of the jinx. The Dallas Cowboys are going to win the Super Bowl this season, and I am not a biased fan...and the more I say it...the more it's likely to come true...and the more l say it...the more likely Jason loses sleep and hair follicles.
Jason is a talented young writer, so please enjoy him manically following the 'Boys...but also sharing fantasy ideas, as his blood runs FFM green and CFM crimson.
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This about sums up Marvin Lewis’ tenure in Cincinnati: he felt like a good play call was to run on 3rd and 2 with Gio Bernard. I’d love to know why. What is it about NFL head coaches that compels them to watch the same football games we’re watching, clearly see who their best players are, and still refuse to give them the ball? I have to think this is it for Marvin Lewis in Cincinnati.
Adam Gase called timeout with 10 seconds left in the game after the Chargers did not have any left. They needed to spike it and who knows what could’ve gone wrong. But, as #chargersthings go, he missed it anyway. The Chargers are incredible at losing close games. And they do it again here. Another impressive comeback that falls just short.
I thought Davante Adams played really well Sunday night. I am not sure why so many plays were drawn up for Martellus Bennett and Randall Cobb when Adams consistently came through when called upon while the others failed. I don’t know if that’s on McCarthy or Rodgers, but someone messed up.
Ben McAdoo continued his incredible coaching display. With 1:02 left in the first half, he decides he wants to take all three of his timeouts into the half rather than call timeout to try and score. His coaching continues to be stellar throughout the game. His team willingly employs Brandon Marshall and Paul Perkins, which is bad enough, but they both actually play…a lot. Perkins carried the ball seven times! That’s exactly seven more carries than he should’ve had. Orleans Darkwa rattled off 17 yards on three carries. Shane Vereen managed 28 yards on six carries. Why does Perkins ever need to play? The Giants are headed for a lost season.
The Cowboys didn’t fare much better, though. The game didn’t start off well and when the Cowboys get in trouble, they start doing Cowboys things. After a Zeke run set up a 3rd and 1, the Cowboys committed a false start and then had to call timeout.
Late in the first quarter, Trevor Siemian didn’t see a wide open Emmanuel Sanders and then two plays later didn’t see a wide open Demaryius Thomas. Neither receiver was pleased. But it didn’t matter because the Cowboys just did everything wrong.
The Cowboys defense tried to provide a spark, setting up the easy Dak to Dez touchdown where Dez clearly pushed off, but it wasn’t called. The game was 7-7 at that point. The Broncos would go on to score a fair amount of unanswered points. This game was not fun to watch.
The Cowboys did a terrible job on third down. 2nd and 20. 3rd and 11. Can’t stop a dump off to CJ Anderson for a first down. The defense pretty much played as awful as possible.
I don’t think Dak played badly. The Broncos just dominated defensively. They were beaten by the better team. I expect a big bounce back performance against Arizona next week, but this game was a wake up call to the Super Bowl aspirations. Super Bowl teams don’t suffer noncompetitive losses. It’s okay to lose, but this wasn’t even a game.
Some final general thoughts on the state of the NFL. Through two weeks, I feel like fantasy scoring is really low. Probably because it is. Touchdowns are down. Very few of the elite players are producing. It’s been a rough start to the season. There is one player in particular I want to discuss, though. And I feel like this guy gets a break in analysis and maybe he doesn’t deserve it. That man is Russell Wilson.
Seattle has the worst offensive line in the NFL. They have one of the worst coaches in the NFL. They have one of the worst offensive game plans in the NFL. He was injured for most of 2016. I get it. All of those things are true. Here are other things that are true. In his past 34 regular season games (2015, 2016, and the first two games of this year), Wilson has rushed for exactly two touchdowns. In 13 of his last 18 regular season games, Wilson has thrown for exactly one or zero touchdowns. Six times he failed to throw for a touchdown. Seven times he only threw for one touchdown. Wilson has eight career 300 yard passing games. Eight. He’s played 82 regular season games. To put Wilson’s futility in perspective, he has fewer multi touchdown games in the past season and change (5) than Trevor Siemian (7), who missed three games last season due to injury, Carson Wentz (7), and Sam Bradford (6), who also missed two games in that span. He has the same amount of multi touchdown games as Alex Smith and Brock Osweiler. Wilson is consistently viewed in the same phylum as guys like Andrew Luck, Drew Brees, and Matt Ryan. His recent performance suggests that we may be overrating his monster 2015 and ignoring every other year of his career. I’m not saying Wilson is terrible. I’m just getting a little sick of the excuses being made for a player that for quite some time now has not been very good at football.
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