by Chris Foster
After sitting down and watching football literally all weekend, it often leaves me with several reflections on the day’s events. In this piece every week, I will chronicle those reflections.
New York Giants: The Giants seem to face criticism quite often. Last season they were one of the worst defenses in all of the NFL. At the start of this season, people had already to begun to question Eli Manning, again. Odell Beckham Jr. was almost written off by many people after all of his on-field antics. Yet, here they are in the thick of a playoff race and have now given the Dallas Cowboys both of their losses on the season. The way this team fights through adversity is something to be marveled. The Cowboys haven’t really had a bad offensive game all season until they ran into a fresh, inspired Giants defense last night. The defense did just enough to keep their guys in the ball game so that Odell Beckham Jr. could eventually break loose and do this…
He has to be the best in the league at catching a crossing route and using his speed and agility to take it to the house. If these two teams meet again in the playoffs, it will be a fun matchup to watch!
LeVeon Bell: Earlier in the year we looked at some historic fantasy performances after Julio Jones put up what resulted in 42 fantasy points in .5 PPR leagues, well, now it is LeVeon Bell’s turn. He had a huge game on Sunday with 236 yards and 3 touchdowns to go along with 4 receptions for 62 yards. That was good for 49 points in a .5 PPR league. What is wild to think about, is that his performance Sunday, as incredible as it was, didn’t even make the list of top 10 running back fantasy performances!
Aqib Talib, Chris Harris Jr., and Harry Douglas: Titan’s wide receiver Harry Douglass took a cheap shot at the knee of Broncos defensive back Chris Harris Jr. during the first half of the Broncos and Titans game Sunday. Here it was:
Chris Harris Jr. eventually returned to the game, but his teammate Aqib Talib was not very happy about the cheap shot, and here is what happened next.
That escalated into a larger scuffle between Titans and Broncos players that took a little while for the refs to clean up. Aqib Talib was obviously just sticking up for his guy. What is even funnier, is that in an interview after the game, Talib this, “He got the same agent as me, so when I see him in Atlanta I’ma beat his ass!” I hope someone catches that on video as well.
The Cleveland Browns: The Browns are nearing in on a record that they do not want to be associated with, 0-16! They are just 3 weeks away from tying the 2008 Detroit Lions with the worst record in the history of the NFL. They have done it with abysmal QB play, bad defense, and inconsistency all over the field! They went back to their first love at QB from the beginning of the season and he gave us this gem of a flea flicker.
Apparently, they are already evaluating #1 draft pick talent and have an astronomically high grade on Texas A&M defensive end, Myles Garrett. We all need to pray for him, and the Browns.
Fantasy Playoff Injuries: It is week 14 of the NFL season, which means most of you are probably battling it out in the first round of your fantasy football playoffs. Congratulations! Hopefully, your team was not affected by injuries yesterday. The biggest was obviously the absence of Julio Jones. If you didn’t have a plan in place for him being scratched from the active roster on Sunday afternoon then you were likely in deep trouble. Hopefully, if you made a plan, it worked out in your favor. The other major fantasy injury was Melvin Gordon. Gordan has delivered on RB1 production all season and went down early in the Chargers game against the Panthers. It is likely that the loss of Gordon cost you your matchup. Maybe you had Ryan Tannehill, Matt Forte, or Darren Sproles. If you have a week 1 horror story to tell us about, shoot us a tweet at @No_HuddleFFB and we will share them!
Have a great Monday Y’all!