Like every week, we go with the conclusions after the fifth day of action in the NFL American Football:
1.- Dalvin Cook did not play, and while Alexander Mattison played well, he had a fumble that nearly cost the Vikings the game. Still, it’s inexcusable that the offense is so conservative with so much talent. Mike zimmer he denies it, because he is partly the culprit. The win and nothing more for Minnesota.
2.- Jared Goff is not a vertical, and if he already has seven turnovers this season, the Lions have a problem. Detroit’s defense did its job for the bulk of the game, but suffered another painful loss. They lost Quintez Cephus through injury.
3.- Najee Harris was an all-rounder for Pittsburgh, although he suffered from cramps. The offensive line showed a better face, and Ben Roethlisberger threw the fewest passes this season (25); they have a better chance of winning when the attack is more balanced.
4.- Denver continues to abandon its running game too early, when in reality, it is its main strength. After allowing Lamar Jackson to hurt them through the air, the Broncos secondary allowed two passes of more than 50 yards to the Steelers.
5.- The Saints finally realized that they have a better chance of winning if they let go of Jameis Winston. He is going to make some mistakes, but he is also going to be a constant threat to the opponent. They are going to recover several injured after the rest day.
6.- Ron Rivera was really frustrated with Washington’s defense, and I don’t blame him. Right now, that defense is bad and the good work they did last year is of no use. Taylor Heinicke proved that he is not the answer for the future as a quarterback.
7.- Kyle Pitts scored his first touchdown as a professional, and he continues to show the Falcons why he was considered the unicorn of tight ends. Matt Ryan had his best game of the season and Cordarrelle Patterson should simply be considered an offensive weapon.
8.- The main problem that Zach Wilson has is that he dominates the pocket of protection. During the draft, we explained that he shines on broken plays, but an offense does not operate in chaos and it will be a long year if that facet does not improve. The defense allowed 450 total yards.
9.- The Patriots did not play a good game, but there are many things to highlight. The offensive line didn’t have four starters, and they performed well. Mac Jones led the winning series without giving the opponent time and Hunter Henry is finally showing why New England invested in him.
10.- Davis Mills had his best game of the year for Houston, who could have Tyrod Taylor again next week. I understand that Mills’ future may be intriguing, but Taylor gives the team a better chance of winning. Ka’imi Fairbairn’s job could be in jeopardy.
eleven.- The Eagles had one of the most unlikely victories of the year. They were a concert of errors and penalties for three quarters. Then the special teams and the defense came out big. Darius Slay (2 INTs) played his best game with Philly.
12.- I never tire of repeating it, but the Panthers defense is for real. Sam Darnold only had to take care of the ovoid, and he failed miserably. None of his three interceptions were pretty, and he was imprecise all afternoon. The offensive line didn’t go well either and they miss McCaffrey.
13.- The intention to have a more creative game plan was noted, but at the same time it is clear who is the workhorse; Derrick Henry finished with 130 yards and three touchdowns. The problem for the Titans is that their defense is still a rushing strainer and misses too many tackles.
14.- Trevor Lawrence still manages to show interesting things for the Jaguars, who have lost 20 games in a row. James Robinson had a great game and Jacksonville had three sacks, but they still haven’t hit a field goal this year and the outlook is not encouraging.
fifteen.- The Buccaneers offense is a well-oiled machine. Tom Brady continues to shine and both Antonio Brown and Mike Evans had over 100 yards and 2 TDs each. The question is how long that secondary can take with so many injuries. Lavonte David injured his ankle.
16.- The streak of the Dolphins defense ended with losses in consecutive games. Even worse was that the Buccaneers humiliated them on that side of the ball. Miami’s offense took a step forward, Myles Gaskin was a factor and Tua Tagovailoa returns next week.
17.- Matthew Stafford didn’t have a good first half, but after overcoming a finger injury, he improved a lot on the complement. Robert Woods shone with 150 yards through the air, Aaron Donald set the Rams’ record for sacks and took a division victory on the road.
18.- More than the defeat, the injury of Russell Wilson hurts, who will miss at least four weeks and a maximum of eight days. Geno Smith will be in charge of trying to keep the boat afloat for the Seahawks, and it goes without saying that Seattle’s campaign is now uphill.
19.- Mason Crosby missed three field goals to win the game before the fourth was the charm in overtime. Equal credit to the Packers, who won on the road despite missing Jaire Alexander and three of their starting offensive linemen.
twenty.- Evan McPherson missed two field goals, including one in OT that he celebrated because he thought it was good. The connection of Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase is red hot and thrills Bengals fans. The Cincinnati quarterback went to the hospital with a blow to the throat.
twenty-one.- The formula is repeated for the Cowboys. Dak Prescott dominates on the air, Ezekiel Elliott on the ground and the defense generates losses, with Trevon Diggs as the face of the unit. It may sound repetitive, but that’s the consistency of good teams beating divisional rivals.
22.- The Giants lost Daniel Jones, Saquon Barkley and Kenny Golladay, who is a walking hospital. In total they have 7 injured starters on offense, compared to opening day. Kadarius Toney, who has a questionable character, begins to display his talents.
2. 3.- Coaches wait a lifetime for this opportunity. Not everyone trains like there’s no tomorrow, and Brandon Staley is one of them. The Chargers coach empowers his players, and Justin Herbert has responded in spades. The defense on the ground suffered a lot.
24.- The Browns are a fearsome team when they are up on the scoreboard, but they aren’t built to come from behind. Their running attack is phenomenal, and I understand they traded blow for blow with the Chargers, but when they need explosive plays, it takes a lot for them.
25.- The Bears didn’t miss David Montgomery and set up the entry running game with Damien Williams and Khalil Herbert. Chicago’s defense dominated, and it was kind of a rematch for Khalil Mack. If they don’t require Justin Fields to charge the Bears, they’ll be fine.
26.- Emails from Jon gruden they took the searchlights, but the Raiders’ offense has not carbured for two weeks. Too many penalties and passes dropped. The offensive line is suffering and Alex Leatherwood has not started his professional career well.
27.- The Cardinals’ offense was not fine, but when it mattered most Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins put the game in the fridge. Rodney Hudson and Maxx Williams were injured. It remains to be seen what impact those casualties have, but Arizona is the only undefeated in the NFL.
28.- It was a learning experience for Trey Lance, who suffered on third downs and was not very accurate with his passes. Now, his ability to hurt you with his legs is a headache for the opponent. The defense played a great game and Jimmy Garoppolo should be back.
29.- Statement of power by Bills, who in my opinion are the best team in the NFL today. They dominated the Chiefs in all 3 phases: Josh Allen was lethal in the air, they intercepted Mahomes twice and the special teams generated a loss. The running attack is the only outstanding account.
30.- Already, the Chiefs defense isn’t nearly as talented, and without Chris Jones, their problems are exacerbated. Patrick Mahomes feels the pressure for the offense to score on all his possessions, and ends up making mistakes. Ugly panorama, but I haven’t gotten off the boat yet.