Black Quarterback: The Unfinished Race Episode
By Brandon Simmons
Congrats are Already in Order
There should be no more time wasted; the Dallas Cowboys have already won the 2018 NFC East, which is a division that is drowning in mediocrity at the moment. It’s unfair to declare a division this early in the season, especially one where the teams are all within a game or two of each other but things are shaping that way so fast, that it’s ridiculous.
When you look at this division, this Cowboys team can simply power walk and these teams will not be able to catch them. The New York Giants just stormed out the gate as a bad team overall. The Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins were thought to be the front runners of the division, but that only served to be half true. The Eagles went 1-1 without starting QB Carson Wentz. He came back in Week 3 and won, but since then, the team has been 2-5, including Sunday’s 48-7 blowout loss to the New Orleans Saints. The Redskins have maintained the division lead all year while the rest of the NFC East struggled through their own problems. However, things took a turn for the worst when Redskins QB Alex Smith was in Sunday’s loss against the Texans. The final diagnosis was that he suffered a broken fibula and would need season-ending surgery. Insert Colt McCoy as the Redskins new QB for the remainder of the year and you have a lost division.
The Cowboys were also struggling but things are improving now. They started the year with no legit threat at wide receiver, after cutting Dez Bryant in the offseason. It made things difficult as scoring and getting the ball to their superstar running back Ezekiel Elliot. They made a trade to acquire wide receiver Amari Cooper from the Raiders and their offense looks more crisp, particularly in the passing game. Elliot is able to get the ball a little more and wear down opposing defenses while Dallas’ own defense is wearing down opposing offenses.
The Cowboys are the only team in this division playing on a positive side of things. It’s too late for the Giants to turn it around, the Eagles are steady falling week after week and the Redskins are going to struggle because f this QB change. Dallas is the only team playing winning football. They still have some problems they need to work out, but at the end of day, they are still working.
Monday night’s game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angels Rams was everything that it was hyped up to be. Two high scoring offenses exchanged firepower all the way to the end and the energy spilled over into postgame. Words such as “classic”, “future of the NFL”, “Super Bowl” were all thrown around and rightfully so.
There were so many things in this game that made it great on its own. Both quarterbacks showed up and had one of their better performances in their careers. Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes and Rams QB Jared Goff both threw for over 400 yards. It was fitting that the game took place in L.A., home of the biggest stars around, because the biggest stars from each team showed up for their respected squad. For the Chiefs, wide receiver Tyreke Hill had a field day with 10 catches for 215 yards and 2 touchdowns while tight end Travis Kelce had 10 catches for 127 and a touchdown. On the Rams side, wide receiver Brandin Cooks put in 8 catches for 107 yards while wide receiver Josh Reynolds – replacing an injured Cooper Kupp – had 6 catches for 80 yards and a TD. Despite there being 50 points given up by teams, their defenses made an impact on this game as well. The Chiefs defense had 4 sacks, including 2 by defensive end Chris Jones and a strip sack by Allen Bailey to scoop and score for a touchdown. Rams linebacker Sam Ebukam had a fumble return and a pick 6. It was enough to overshadow the 2 sacks by defensive end Aaron McDonald.
People are going to be buzzing about this game for all the right reasons, and it will affect their postseason judgment, as it should. These two teams are playing at a high level at the right time. The playoffs are only a month away and neither team looks beatable after that game. The only thing that can be said about them is their defenses were not on par; but in reality who can stop an offensive unit moving like that. It’s no secret the Chiefs struggle in defense, but even they still made plays by getting sacks and, more importantly, turnovers. Those are going to be important when facing high powered offenses, especially in the postseason. So if you need to carry the extra hype you got from this game, put some of it with your own expectations for Kansas City, but make sure you cash most of it in on the Los Angeles Rams.
Well it’s Thanksgiving, so I won’t take up too much more of your time; but be sure to include some football in your diet. The traditional Thanksgiving games will be going on, including the Dallas Cowboys hosting the Washington Redskins. Redskins will be starting Colt McCoy at quarterback, after Alex Smith suffered his injury, but the Redskins will likely play inspired because of it. That night, the New Orleans Saints will host the Atlanta Falcons as Atlanta tried to hold on to its slim playoff hopes. This game might also see the scoreboard light up a little but until then…I’ll holla.
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