As we move into a Christmas season unlike any that we’ve experienced before, the world needs laughter. We need to escape into comedy. To see the absurd, and laugh at it.
So in that regard let’s all take a bow to the three teams in the AFC West not named the Kansas City Chiefs. They are the soothing comedy balm that we all need.
Las Vegas Raiders
|Record vs. Andy Reid:||3-13|
|Current streak vs. Chiefs:||L1|
It is embarrassing to celebrate a win in October by taking a victory lap in a bus. It is equally embarrassing to celebrate an “almost win” against that same opponent in November.
But for real embarrassment, the crème de la crème of degradation, the grand poobah of plummeting posteriors, I give you this last Sunday’s 43-6 humiliation against the Falcons.
So tough. So intense. So focused. So ready to kick some Atlanta ass and prove that they are a Super Bowl contender.
But instead of Angry Derek Carr, we got God Awful Derek Carr. Or Regular Derek Carr, if you will. Tomato, tomahto.
For whatever reason the world focuses on quarterback interceptions (or almost interceptions if you’re PFF) but ignores quarterback fumbles. But fumbles are way more backbreaking. For one, the occasional interception comes with the territory. But interceptions usually happen well down field. And occasionally when they happen on third down they can be as good as a punt.
But when tiny hands Derek drops the ball, it always happens behind the line of scrimmage. It always either sets the defense up with a short field, or takes away a scoring chance for his offense.
If sacks are more of a QB stat than an O-line stat, QB fumbles are definitely on Carr.
But even when he didn’t fumble in this game he was terrible. He averaged just 5.0 air yards per attempt, his lowest total of the season, and for the first time all year the Raiders didn’t score a touchdown. Unless you count the pick-six Carr threw to the Falcons defense.
But it wasn’t just Carr. This was total team suckery on a major scale.
To quote the great Dennis Green, “They are what we thought they were!”
Same old Raiders.
Up next: Visiting the Jets
Los Angeles Chargers
|Record vs. Andy Reid||3-12|
|Current streak vs. Chiefs||L3|
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Rookie quarterback throws for more than 300 yards. The team finishes with more total yards and more first downs, and fewer penalties and turnovers, but still loses the game.
While the Raiders are amazing for how they can swing from a good team to a Jets-like team in the span of one week, the Chargers are amazing for how they can tell the same puzzling story with each and every game they play.
And another constant from week to week – Anthony Lynn is completely in over his head as a head coach in the NFL.
Sal Capaccio is the sideline reporter for Bills radio, clearly has no personal or professional beef with Anthony Lynn, and has no doubt covered a lot of football games. And he, like me, remains baffled.
As do all the sad souls that root for the Chargers.
As are we all.
Up Next: Hosting the Patriots
|Record vs. Andy Reid||5-10|
|Current streak vs. Chiefs||L10|
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. The Denver Broncos are starting a quarterback who has absolutely no business starting in the NFL.
Only one change-up this time — it’s a wide receiver who really has no business starting at any position in the NFL.
To be fair to Kendall Hinton, he was put in an impossible position by the terrible decision-making by the actual quarterbacks on the roster, and he made the most of what was possible. Which wasn’t much.
Also, to be fair to Kendall Hinton again, if Drew Lock started against the Saints defense, the score might have been the same.
Although don’t you dare criticize the mask-less Lock and the protocol violations of the quarterback room — or you’ll have to answer to his mom.
In case Laura Lock comes to her senses and deletes this tweet, allow me to quote the most egregious parts.
Shame – shame on the many for thinking that they can speak of others in damning ways. Here is the truth – Drew and the QB room requested permission to watch film. They came to the facility on their own time to put in more work. His leadership which seems to be in question by some brought them to this predicament; Drew asking for more commitment of his QB room than just a normal day.
The NFL used one of their own as an example – this is where the shame is.Drew Lock’s Mommy
Give. Me. A. Break. Laura.
Drew is just too much of a leader. That’s what happened. He cares so much, he works so hard, and the NFL used that against him. Shame on the NFL, not the quarterbacks who in the 12th week of the season broke protocols that every team has been required to follow since August.
A) He gets no points for wanting to watch extra film. That is the bare minimum that is expected. And B) You better believe his action is damnable. It does not matter if he thinks he was being safe. It does not matter if anyone else believes that masks are unnecessary. It only matters what the NFL requires, and as a “leader” he ignored that.
Lock blew it. The rest of the quarterbacks on the roster blew it. And the entire Broncos organization blew it for not keeping at least one quarterback separate from the rest of them, like most of the other teams in the league are doing.
You reap what you sow, and the Broncos are sowing incompetence at every level. What happened to them was deserved, and their reactions of anger and victimhood are hilarious.
I’m not one to complain. Now this is my complaint.
Noah, everyone else who is a Bronco, not one of you think this will make a difference this coming Sunday.
Not one of you.
Up Next: Visiting the Chiefs