by Chris Foster
After sitting down and watching football literally all day on Sunday, it often leaves me with several reflections on the day’s events. In this piece every week, I will chronicle those reflections.
Odell Beckham Jr.: We had a lengthy discussion about Odell Beckham Jr. in our Four Corner Debate 2 weeks ago. I said in that article that if you are an owner of OBJ that you should not be worried at all! OBJ was getting the same amount of targets that he was getting a year ago when he finished in the top 5. This week he was able to cash in on those targets as he had 8 grabs for 222 yards and 2 touchdowns. Beckham showed once again why he is one of the most elite receivers in the league. He also provided us with some great antics after his scores in only the way that OBJ could. Since he hadn’t scored this season until Sunday, it looked like after his first touchdown he made his bid for the 2020 olympic games in the triple jump and then cuddled with the ole kicking net!
He followed that by proposing to the kicking net after his game winning touchdown. I think Odell might agree that football is fun again.
Matt Ryan: I may have been wrong about Matt Ryan. A few weeks back, I rattled off that Matt Ryan has never finished in the top 7 of NFL quarterbacks in a season. I said that it was only a matter of time before he collapsed and brought on the Matt Ryan that we have seen for so many years. I just knew it would start with his stretch of games against the Broncos and the Seahawks. Well, I was wrong. After throwing for 267 and a touchdown against the Broncos last week, he threw for 335 yards and three touchdowns against the Seahawks on Sunday. If you told me that he could make it through that two game stretch throwing for over 600 yards, 4 touchdowns, and only one interception then I would have thought you lost your mind. It is possible now, with the schedule that the Falcons have remaining, that he could actually finish the year as the #1 quarterback. I take my hat off to you, Matt Ryan, well done! (And of course as soon I write this the wheels will start falling off)
Jay Ajayi: 5% of owners in ESPN leagues started Jay Ajayi this past week. I imagine that most of those that started him raely check their league and left him in the starting lineup. Very few people actually started him because they wanted him in their lineup, especially after the news broke that Arian Foster was active on Sunday. You left him on your bench (like I did in a couple of leagues) unless you were desperate. If you were desperate or wise enough to roll with Ajayi, he had 25 carries for 204 yards and 2 touchdowns. A stat-line I can say I never thought I would see with the name Jay Ajayi next to it. I don’t think it will be a trend that continues, but well done to you as well Jay Ajayi!
Houston Texans: The Houston Texans are 4-2. Yes, you read that right, the Houston Texans are 4-2. That is not a typo. As bad as they have been this year they are somehow 2 games above .500 and leading the AFC South. Albeit might be the worst division in football, but it still gets the division winner a playoff spot at the end of the year. Brock Osweiler had been horrible the whole year and through the first half last night. Lamar Miller hadn’t even scored until the second half last night, and DeAndre Hopkins hasn’t looked like an elite receiver yet. That all changed in the second half last night as the Texans roared back from down 14 with 2:37 left in the game to win against the Colts in overtime. Now they find themselves in the drivers seat in the division and maybe the favorite? Maybe?
Rob Gronkowski: GRONK!!! Gronk is back y’all! Well, Tom Brady is back, and therefore Gronk is back! Gronk had a career high 162 yards on 7 catches and a touchdown. Gronk and Brady have an undeniable connection, but the unexplainable thing was how the Bengals kept letting Gronk run wide open down the middle of the field. There also must have been some good trash talking going on as well, because every time Gronk got up from a big play there was some chippyness.
Photo by: Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports
I am sure that Gronk was just asking Vontaze Burfict what his Halloween plans are this year. The best part is that Gronk looked like some mechanical robot out there on the field with all the wraps he had on. Not sure I want to mess with him. I think we can consider Gronk back to his elite tight end status for the rest of the year.
Have a great Monday Y’all!
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