November is the month of the NFL Season that separates the contenders from the pretenders. Sunday gave fans another clear indication of which teams are heading towards playoff glory and which teams should start to focus on 2018. Here are some takeaways from what transpired yesterday.
- The Quarterback Carousel Will Continue In The Offseason
Every Offseason, there is flurry of activity on the QB market, and that will continue in 2018. Buffalo’s decision to bench Tyrod Taylor backfired in a major way, as Nathan Peterman threw 5 interceptions against the Los Angeles Chargers. There is talk of the Bills going back to Taylor, but the fact that they benched him while the team is still in the playoff picture lets you know how the Bills view him long term. The Denver Broncos have fired offensive coordinator Mike McCoy after Sunday’s loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. In the offseason, The Bills and Broncos will join the Jets, 49ers, Browns, Jaguars, Dolphins, Cardinals, and Redskins as teams that will probably be looking for a new quarterback. Expect lots of action on draft day as teams will be looking to trade up to get Josh Rosen, Baker Mayfield, Josh Allen, and Sam Darnold at the top of the draft.
Kansas City’s Slow Decline
At 5-0, the Chiefs seems liked they were going to be the class of the AFC. Alex Smith was going to have an MVP season even though the team drafted his replacement this spring in Patrick Mahomes. 3rd round pick Kareem Hunt was going to become a star and make Chiefs fans forget about Jamaal Charles. Unfortunately, the Chiefs have shown quickly things can change. The Chiefs are ice cold right now with only one win in their last five games, and you could argue that they reached rock bottom yesterday with their loss to the lowly New York Giants. However, the Chiefs do have a relatively easy schedule left, so they could run the table and finish 12-4. The Chiefs have not played up to their potential on defense, and its becoming increasingly likely that the Chiefs will experience another disappointing winter.
Are The Cowboys Fading
The Eagles showed Sunday night that they are the class of the NFC East with a 37-9 destruction of the Cowboys in Texas. At 5-5, the Cowboys are clinging to their playoff hopes. RB Ezekiel Elliott will not be back anytime soon, so the Cowboys are going to have to find a way to persevere. It starts on Thanksgiving against the Los Angeles Chargers, QB Dak Prescott must play better and the offensive line must do a better job with their pass blocking. The Cowboys’ defense must step up, even though they are without their leader in LB Sean Lee.
Lions vs Vikings
The Detroit Lions escaped Chicago with a 27-24 victory over the Chicago Bears to set up a huge Thanksgiving match up with the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings’ defense shut down RB Todd Gurley and the Los Angeles Rams, so they will be coming in with a lot of momentum. It will be interesting to watch the chess match between The Vikings’ defense and Lions QB Matthew Stafford. Vikings QB Case Keenum is playing some of the best football of his career. We’ll likely see another low scoring game that will be decided in the 4th quarter.