After months of speculation, it finally happened. Wide receiver Golden Tate was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles for a 3rd round pick in next year’s draft.
Tate had been the subject of many rumors since the offseason. Not too long after the season started, we found out that there was talk of trading him for Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski plus a first round pick. It didn’t happen so most probably forgot about it until the trade deadline got closer and closer. Then the rumor mill got going strong again. Then today, the news broke that he was going to Philadelphia.
Nothing is a gimme in the NFL, even if a backup quarterback has been slated to start under center. And the Buffalo Bills should be no exception.
That seems to be the case with Sunday’s matchup between the Buffalo Bills (1-7) and the Chicago Bears (4-3). The Bills have just come off a loss on Monday Night against the New England Patriots. The Bills defense was able to hold the run and passing game to just kicking points in the first three quarters.
It was only in the 4th quarter that the Patriots offense was able to anything. Running back James White sealed the deal with a touchdown while the Bills shut quarterback Tom Brady down through the air.
I really had a hard time predicting this game! While I love the Packers, (some of you might know, I write for both the Green Bay Packers and the Los Angeles Rams) they have been inconsistent all season and not playing as well as we know they can. At the same time, the Rams are (so far) unbeatable and playing more as a consistent, total team week after week.
That’s not how the game Sunday began, however. The Packers defense was firing on all cylinders and playing better than they had in weeks, while the Rams were having a very slow, uncharacteristic start. By game end, Green Bay would fall to 3-3-1, and the Rams would keep their unblemished record.
It was an emotional day, to say the least for the Pittsburgh fans. Still coming to grips with the shooting at the Pittsburgh Synagogue, Steelers fans filled up the stadium for a game against division foe Cleveland Browns.
Coming off of the bye, and a come from behind win against the Bengals, the Steelers were looking to pick up where they left off. That was the thought anyway. The Steeler defense was a little bit sleepy in the first few possessions. The Browns were able to pretty much do what they wanted on the opening drive, but it stalled and had to kick a field goal.
A couple of series later, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw an interception. Thankfully it wasn’t a pick six, but yeah, it was a slow start. Finally, Roethlisberger was able to connect with wide receiver Antonio Brown and get the scoring party started. Sort of.
Normally when you come to read these articles, I do a quick recap, shout out a player of the game, shout out the poor performer of a game, and preview the next game. This week, I’ll switch it up a bit.
I spoke with our Seahawks reporter, Dayna O’Gorman, earlier in the week about this game. Due to technical issues, I wasn’t able to get posted in time. This week, I’ll take our conversation, and see how our predictions matched up!!
But before I get going, let me just say that coming into this game, I felt that these teams were pretty evenly matched. I felt that the winner would possibly be able to compete for a playoff spot in the NFC. I still feel that way, but the Lions just looked really bad today.
There are a lot of football games every week, and when you only report regularly on one, it’s hard to keep up with all the comings and goings of each team. Other than raiding the Seahawks free agent closet by signing tight end Luke Willson and cornerback DeShawn Shead, I felt I had lost track of the Lions as a team.
I decided to sit down with OTFB’s Detroit Lions reporter, Sonja Greenfield, to get some insight about Seattle’s upcoming game in Detroit.
DO: The Lions are currently 3-3 on the season. Is this where you thought they’d be at this point?
SG: I have to answer this in two parts! So, in the off/preseason I had the Lions going 11-5, and around this time they would have been 4-2. But after the Jets came and curb stomped the Lions, I had to adjust my expectations! 3-3 is pretty much where I thought the Lions would be.
One of my favorite hobbies is going to air shows and learning all about military air-combat. Pilots who flew during World War II were either the aggressor waiting to attack or sitting ducks waiting to be attacked. Their eyes always had to be scanning the skies for the enemy.
On Sunday, the Chicago Bears will battle the New York Jets in Soldier Field. Even though all games should be a win, this one, at home needs to happen in a big way. After back-to-back losses against the Miami Dolphins and the New England Patriots, the Bears can’t afford to let another game slip through their fingers by a touchdown or field goal. It is imperative that the Monsters of the Midway attack the Jets with a military method of attack.
No, I don’t have a thing for the band Kansas, but it was too good to pass up.
Anytime the Lions have played on national television we’ve all been treated to the facts about how long it’s been since Detroit has had a 100-yard rusher.
Despite the Lions run game woes, most fans (and by most fans, I mean me!) didn’t think that drafting running back Saquon Barkley was going to be IT. This was a new era for Lions football, and I wanted it to get started on the right foot, not tied down to a rookie running back and having to give up the farm to get him. I felt that drafting defense in the first round in the 2018 draft was going to be the way to go.
Needless to say, I and other Lions fans were pretty surprised when Commissioner Roger Goodell called out Frank Ragnow, Center, University of Arkansas. As I was digesting that, I was thinking to myself, “I mean, yeah, you gotta build in the trenches. But I’d rather build on the other side. But oh well…In [GM Bob] Quinn I trust, right?”
Snakebit. Injury bug. Plain old bad luck. Whatever you want to call it, whatever your favorite term, the San Francisco 49’ers has it. Due to injuries, the promise of the 2018 season, one that looked so bright in the offseason, seems to have lost its luster.
Every team goes through it at some point. Players seem to go down week after week with season-ending injuries. Once it gets started it’s like a train that cant’ be stopped. For San Francisco, injuries hit early and quick.
Obviously, the biggest hit was quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo who had just gotten a 5 year, $137 million contract. Garoppolo was expected to be the second coming of Joe Montana and was proving he was worth every dime. Then in the third game of the season, he took off for a 13-yard run, sliding at the end. Unfortunately, that slide caused a torn ACL. San Francisco was then forced to go with backup QB C.J. Beathard for the rest of the season.
The Titans “missed it by that much” as Maxwell Smart used to say in the Get Smart tv series. The Los Angeles Chargers held on to the win, 20 -19 in the last few seconds of the game after the Titans tried for two after a touchdown made by tight end Luke Stocker.
Quarterback Marcus Mariota attempted to throw to wide receiver Taywan Taylor, but the throw was tipped by one of the Chargers defenders and it was just not a catchable ball.
The Titans really did put forth a good effort in this game. It was an exciting and the win could have gone to either team as the battle went on until the very end.