Could there be anything worse than John Elway and the Broncos discovering that Joe Flacco isn’t their longterm answer at quarterback?
It was just in March when Elway said Flacco was just now entering his prime. And dammit, I do not want that prime to be over after a mere half-season. I want Flacco under center through at least 2025. But alas, Joe Flacco goes down for one game, and wouldn’t you know it but the Broncos got the W. [Taps is playing in the background]
Oh, Bronco Joe, we hardly knew ye. Please don’t go far. Maybe Carson, California next season?
Broncos fans are predictably happy with the new quarterback, and it turns out that removing Joe Flacco from the equation tends to make other NFL fans happy as well.
And to think the Ravens started last season with Lamar Jackson as a backup to Statue Joe.
The Broncos’ win did of course come against the Cleveland Browns, who just had to cut a guy for threatening the media on Twitter. Then there was this photo of Baker Mayfield, and the Internet did not disappoint.
Sorry, it’s the AFC North and I know we don’t really care. If you have an hour to spare do yourself a favor and search Baker Mayfield and then click on the photos tab. Maybe two hours.
Broncos are still terrible, yada yada yada. And they now may have a quarterback controversy between Brandan Allen, with one career NFL start, and Drew Lock, with zero NFL starts. So maybe life without Joe Flacco can be just as entertaining. Fingers crossed.
Up next: Bye
Here in Denver we’ve already had three different snowfalls, so it is quite possible that the weather in Hell calls for freezing rain. And that would explain the Raiders, yes the RAIDERS, getting a defensive stop to win a game. The Raiders and defensive stop go together like Al Davis and being alive. (Speaking of Hell.)
Ok, so defensive stop is a bit strong. The Lions got down to the 1-yard line for the final potentially game-tying play, but took both Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones off the field. With the game on the line the Lions gave Matt Stafford the following players to throw to: No. 2 tight end Jesse James, No. 3 tight end Logan Thomas, fullback Nick Bawden, running back Ty Johnson, and eligible offensive lineman Tyrell Crosby.
Helluva job, Matt Patricia. Why are all former Patriots coordinators absolutely terrible head coaches?
So the Raiders escape at home against a terrible defense and a coaching staff needing to be put in concussion protocol, and naturally they are now going to the playoffs and Derek Carr is a star.
Yes indeed. Looking good against the 30th ranked pass defense and Clelin Ferrell briefly appearing somewhere other than the side of a milk carton no doubt has you guys primed for a serious playoff push. With the 32nd graded defense on PFF. And the human turnover Derek Carr. And Jon Gruden, who gave the Lions a bonus timeout on their final drive. And who likes fullbacks.
The Raiders begin their “push” with a short week Thursday game against the Chargers. Center Rodney Hudson is banged up, as is tackle Trent Brown. And if they are out against the Chargers the pass rush of Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram will go crazy. We’ll see if the Carr-cinomas (my name for the Derek Carr fan club) are still fired up come Friday morning.
Up next: Raiders host Chargers (Thursday)
Los Angeles Chargers
On Sunday the Chargers didn’t Charger even a little. What a let down. They actually dominated the Packers and made Aaron Rodgers look like Rodgers and Hammerstein. (You thought I was going Mr. Rogers there, didn’t you.)
But these are the Chargers, they are so very much the Chargers, and more Charger than any other Charger-like team. So naturally after their biggest win of the season, the celebratory wave that might have followed crashed immediately when a whole host of reports came out that the NFL is actively trying to move them to London. The main reason: everyone in the NFL and Los Angeles hates you.
Chargers owner Dean Spanos was displeased.
Blimey, he sounds a wee bit off his trolley.
The gist of the story is this. The Chargers move back to L.A., a move no one wanted them to make, has been a disaster. It hasn’t gotten any better, and in fact it’s gotten worse. Rams owner Stan Kroenke, who is about to become the Chargers landlord, wants them out of L.A., as does everyone else. And the NFL is very desirous of having a franchise in London, where they just built a brand new stadium and have millions of fans.
In order to make it work air travel wise the Chargers would likely move to the AFC South or AFC East, with the Texans shuffling and perhaps the Dolphins.
I think the move makes perfect sense. The Chargers are the “Billy no mates” of the NFL, Philip Rivers has been its spotted dick, and Dean Spanos is the barmy numpty arse.
On this side of the pond the Chargers are shambolic. But in London they have a chance to be the dog’s bollocks. I say let the rubbish tossers do a runner, faff about, and see if jolly old England is their cup of tea. Just take your brollies, blokes.
In reality a move won’t happen without the Chargers pursuing it themselves, and judging by the use of the double f-words by the cheesed off Spanos, that’s still quite a few fortnights away.
In the meantime we’ll keep taking the piss and they’ll keep cocking-up football games, leaving their few remaining fans gutted.
Up next: Chargers at Raiders (Thursday)