NFL News and Rumors: What a week to be QB1
NFL Week 11
It’s week eleven in the NFL; desperation is rising, teams are failing, and with the playoffs just around the corner, the clock is ticking. Who will rise and who will fall with just five weeks left of regular season play?
Scroll through to find the latest NFL news and rumors…
- Deja Vu in Washington
- A star is born in Baltimore
- Let’s flip a coin in Tampa
- Colts are getting Lucky
- Drew Brees putting up video game numbers
A star is born in Baltimore
On a happier note, let’s chat about Lamar Jackson, the last pick of the first round in the 2018 NFL Draft to the Baltimore Ravens. From the moment the Ravens selected a quarterback with their first pick in the draft, football fans knew that veteran quarterback Joe Flacco’s reign was nearing an end.
On Sunday, it was announced that the Ravens were going to sit Flacco who is nursing an injury, and name Jackson as the starter vs. the Cincinnati Bengals. And Jackson got the job done in the most Jackson way possible: on the ground.
What put the former Heisman winner on the map during his college career was really his work in the open field running the ball and making defenders look just bad.
Jackson rushed for 117 yards on 27 carries.
The Ravens have introduced Jackson at QB this season primarily in the redzone as another run option, however, who knows how long Flacco will be out or if Jackson will remain the starter when Flacco gets healthy again. A dual-threat quarterback is all good right? Pump the brakes, running in the NFL is a lot different than running in college…
Read more on Jackson HERE.
An injury from the past haunts again
I’m sure you all remember, or perhaps you may have blocked it out forever, that gruesome injury to Washington quarterback Joe Thiesman? Little deja vu for Washington fans and the team as current quarterback Alex Smith was carted off the field on Sunday following a leg fracture on a QB sack.
It just so turns out that the injury to Thiersman happened exactly 33 years ago to the date of Smith’s injury.
Washington coach Jay Gruden after the game said, ”I know it was very painful for him and heartbreaking for a lot of people. He's a great guy and hard worker and one of the key leaders on this football team. These things happen in pro football, unfortunately. Just hate to see them happen with a guy like Alex."
Read more on how Thiesman reacted to Smith’s injury HERE.
Let’s flip a coin in Tampa Bay
Winston or Fitzpatrick? Fitzpatrick or Winston? Seems like every week is another toss up as to who will be named the starter at QB for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But whoever gets the starting nod really doesn’t matter anymore because these two have proven that playing a full game is difficult.
Ryan Fitzpatrick got the start last week vs. the New York Giants, but after throwing three interceptions on 13-of-21 passes, was benched in the third quarter. Winston entered the game and lead a comeback that just fell short and finished with 12-for-16 for 199 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.
Read more on the QB situation HERE.
The Bucs (3-7) host the 49ers (2-8) who are coming off a BYE next Sunday at 10 AM (PT) in Tampa Bay.
It’s not Luck, it’s skill
Andrew Luck was just outstanding in the Colts’ 38-10 rout over the visiting Tennessee Titans. Luck finished the game 23-for-29 for 297 yards and three touchdown passes. After starting off the season at 1-5, Luck has these Colts absolutely on a roll and currently riding a four-game win streak.
Following the game, Colts coach Frank Reich said of Luck, “"Andrew was just unbelievable. I mean every throw was with pinpoint accuracy."
Luck’s record against the Titans remains perfect at 10-0.
Read more on Luck HERE.
Next up, the Colts (5-5) host the Miami Dolphins (5-5) in Indianapolis.
Drew Brees is NOT slowing down for anyone
The New Orleans Saints have put up 144 total points over the last three games. One of those games coming against the reigning Super Bowl champ Philadelphia Eagles. Those are insane numbers. And their fearless leader? 39-year-old veteran quarterback Drew Brees.
Are the Saints the best team in the NFL right now?
After dropping the first game to the Bucs to open up the season, the Saints are sitting pretty on a nine-game win streak and on top of the NFC.
Brees lead his team to a 48-7 win over the Eagles and threw 22-for-30, 363 yards, and four touchdowns in the win. But after the game, Brees made it clear that the performance was not good enough: “If we score that last TD we would have been 5 for 5 in the red zone. Gotta have a need to achieve.”
Read more HERE.
The Saints (9-1) host the Atlanta Falcons (4-6) on Thanksgiving evening at 5:20 PM (PT) in New Orleans.