AFC Westworld – Week 12

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With the world in need of comedy, I present the rest of the AFC West.

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
2021 (Maybe playoffs?)

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.

Remember this?

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 Reid3-12
Current streak vs. ChiefsL3
Next game vs. KC – Jan. 3 (in Kansas City)

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

Denver Broncos

Record vs. Andy Reid5-10
Current streak vs. ChiefsL10
Next game vs. KC – Dec. 6 (in Kansas City)

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

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12/03/2020 7:00 pm

I’m just curious, and I don’t really know, but was Anthony Lynn an affirmative action hire? With the NFL now emphasizing the hiring of black coaches I wonder if coaching will take a hit in the NFL. I’m not saying black coaches are inferior and never would, but when you base hiring on other factors than who is the best available, such as skin color, you are bound to encounter these kinds of problems. If racist teams hire inferior white coaches I say let them suffer. It would be nice for the NFL to be truly colorblind and let the cream rise to the top.

Reply to  Mahomesisgreat
12/03/2020 8:17 pm

The Rooney Rule only requires them to interview, not hire.

12/03/2020 2:28 pm

So, not only do the donks suck, they have ready comprehension issues also? Got it.

12/03/2020 1:38 pm

After reading her comments, I had to check again as I thought Lock’s mother’s name might be Karen…

John Doerty
12/03/2020 12:14 pm

I’m with Mrs Lock and Noah on this one. Yeah, Drew and the rest of the QBs fucked up. So did Tenn (multiple times), and NE(multiple times), and Bmore. All of those games got postponed. This game should have been delayed, and it’s total bullshit that it didn’t. If Bowlen was still alive and capable it would have been. Instead they have an inept ownership “team” (Joe Ellis) who couldn’t argue his way out of a speeding ticket. It’s time to sell that garbage pile to an owner who can represent an historic franchise in a way it deserves.

Team Player
Reply to  John Doerty
12/03/2020 1:05 pm

I have no problem with them remaining doormats.

Big Chief
Reply to  John Doerty
12/03/2020 1:53 pm

I think the league has been pretty consistent in not canceling or moving games once they have evidence that the outbreak is contained. Unfortunately for the Broncos they had clear evidence it was a limited potential outbreak.

12/03/2020 12:05 pm

No mention of the on going shit show that is the Broncos ownership?

We all need to sit back and reflect on how well we transitioned from Lamar to Clark instead of eighteen different daughters and one drunk son from multiple baby mamas bickering over who owns the donkeys.

Last edited 3 years ago by DenverDonkeyHater
12/03/2020 12:05 pm

Why is this division such a disaster.

Reply to  HawaiiFiveOh
12/03/2020 12:07 pm

Outside of Las Vegas, I’d wonder if the the Chargers or Broncos could beat anyone from the NFC East.

Team Player
Reply to  HawaiiFiveOh
12/03/2020 1:06 pm

Even the Jets cou…

Okay, that’s going too far.
Even the Jags could win the NFC lEast

Big Chief
Reply to  HawaiiFiveOh
12/03/2020 1:08 pm

I think it’s hard to understand how the Chargers aren’t a playoff team based on their personnel with the way their QB has worked out. So I think it’s a pretty strong indictment of Lynne as a coach. They’ve manufactured more ways to lose a game than I thought possible, and I’ve paid attention to how they’ve Chargered through the years. I feel bad for putting so much of the blame on Rivers. The way they operated at the end of the Bills game was one for the ages. I’m surprised he wasn’t fired on Monday for that fiasco. And I really thought he was going to work out when he first got the job. But they I think they would still beat the NFC East.

Denver is something else. I agree with the comments about the owner and with it, the front office. I’m not sure just a coaching change can fix what’s happening in Denver. But I think they would still compete in the NFC East.

Reply to  Big Chief
12/03/2020 1:13 pm

I think the Chargers win games despite their head coach, and I can’t point to a team in the NFC Least that is a definite win for them.

Big Chief
Reply to  HawaiiFiveOh
12/03/2020 1:27 pm

I think Lynne would have competition from McCarthy for worst HC, so they beat the Dak-free Cowboys.

The Eagles are out-Chargering the Chargers, so I think they beat them.

The Giants may be the 2nd best team in that division, but I’ve seen nothing from them that looks like they are as good as the Chargers at their normal Charger level, so I think the Chargers would beat them.

I think the WFT has the best coach and QB in that division and unless Alex goes down with an injury, I expect them to win it now. But if the Chargers were in there, they would have the best QB instead. RIvera is still the(far) better coach, so I would make that one a coin toss. So the WFT is the only team I think that could possibly beat them.

Reply to  Big Chief
12/03/2020 1:29 pm

The WFT also have a pretty legit defense too.

zulu trader
12/03/2020 11:55 am

always fun Kyle

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