Former Colts punter Pat McAfee had a hilarious theory about Indy’s brutal loss to Jacksonville.
The Indianapolis Colts were a part of one of the most shocking score lines from Sunday’s NFL slate, and no, it’s not because they pulled off a gargantuan upset.
Facing off against a team in the Jacksonville Jaguars that’s largely expected to finish with the worst record in the league following a chaotic offseason, Indianapolis ultimately faltered to the tune of a 27-20 loss.
We honestly didn’t think a result as embarrassing as this was even possible. Fortunately enough, former Colts punter Pat McAfee provided a hilarious theory on Twitter previewing his Monday show that’s crazy enough to be feasible.
Anybody else believe Indy was thinking of the future and wanted to get the Jaguars’ tank year off to the worst start possible? After all, a generational quarterback in Clemson stud Trevor Lawrence will be available for the taking in the 2021 Draft.
You simply can’t rule it out! All we ask is that the Colts inform Houston and Tennessee of this strategy because head coach Frank Reich’s side cannot afford suffering another loss to the Jaguars this season.
Then again, if another team finishes 0-16, Indianapolis’ masterful losing effort — assuming that team drafts Lawrence — would have already gotten the job done. The AFC South should honestly be thanking Reich and Co. for playing the long game instead of taking advantage of a favorable matchup to open the season.
It’s the only explanation, right?
No, it isn’t.
Unfortunately for fans in Indianapolis, sarcasm-loving McAfee is likely trying to talk himself out of discussing how the Colts managed to lose this game. That’s totally understandable when you consider the defense’s lifeless performance, Philip Rivers’ costly interceptions, and their puzzling decision to abandon the run game in the second half.
We admire McAfee thinking outside the box, but there’s no hiding from how inexplicable Indy’s loss to Jacksonville was. In the simplest of terms, the team’s performance deserves to be eviscerated.
Atlanta Falcons: Owner and head coach see things a bit differently
You’re not the only one clueless about what transpired Sunday afternoon in Dallas, the Atlanta Falcons are too.
The Atlanta Falcons are trying to set the record straight as to why no player jumped on the football for the onside kick. In their efforts, they have ended up giving us contradicting reports.
After the game, Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn clearly stated that the players on the “hands team” knew the rules of when they could jump on the ball. Why they refused to jump on the ball, is the question I doubt we will ever get a clear answer to. To make matter worse, team Owner, Arthur Blank spoke Monday afternoon and stated:
“Clearly our defense is not playing at the level we want to see it play at. And clearly on the last play of the game yesterday our players, you know, didn’t do what they, you know, either what they were instructed to do and they didn’t understand it, or, it’s clear though they didn’t, in my view, they didn’t clearly understand what the rules were and exactly what they had to do. I think that’s demonstrated when you watch the video of it.”
This is a really bad look for the Atlanta Falcons.
Having contradicting statements about the incident just adds another layer to the Dan Quinn hot seat and may indicate a crack in the Quinn/Blank loyalty that has been going on the past few seasons. It usually doesn’t end well when the team owner and head coach don’t see eye to eye on a potential season altering play.
The Atlanta Falcons need a sharp turnaround to get out of the rut they have put themselves into.
I find it hard that professional football players don’t understand a basic rule of football, not just as individual players, but as an entire unit. It makes you even more dumbfounded when you see the aerial shot of the ball, and the players around it, and see two starters on offense, Julio Jones and Hayden Hurst, backing away from the ball and waiting. It just adds to the everlasting question of “Why?”.
The more rational assumption was that the players seemingly had a momentary “brain fart” and were struck like deer in headlights.
That missed onside kick cost the Atlanta Falcons the game and brought the Falcons to 0-2 to start the season.
Since 2002, only 16 of 148 teams started the season 0-2 and made the playoffs. For a fan base that is reeling and broken, we will once again be fighting an uphill battle, but it is not outside of the realm of possibilities that this team is sitting at 6-3 at the bye week before we get into the toughest part of our schedule.
Buffalo Bills: 4 LA Rams the Bills will need to game plan for in Week 3
These are four players on the Los Angeles Rams that the Buffalo Bills will need to pay extra attention to in Week 3.
The Buffalo Bills are 2-0 after wins over the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins but will be facing their toughest challenge in Week 3. The Bills will be welcoming the Los Angeles Rams to Bills Stadium in a Week 3 showdown between two undefeated teams.
The Rams are coming off wins against the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles and while they have lost a number of players since their Super Bowl run, this is still a good football team. If the Buffalo Bills hope to move to 3-0 these are four players that will need to come up with a gameplan to stop.
The Buffalo Bills will know this player well as wide receiver Robert Woods was actually drafted by the Bills and spent the first four years of his career in Buffalo. He left as a free agent in 2017 and joined the Rams where he has played the past four seasons. He recently signed a new deal that will keep in Los Angeles through the 2025 season.
Woods has been very productive for the Rams the past two seasons as he has surpassed 85 receptions both seasons as well as had over 1,100 receiving yards. He is a consistent receiver for Jared Goff and the Rams quarterback looks his direction regularly.
It will be interesting to see where the Rams line up Woods as he has played both outside as well as slot this season. While Cooper Kupp is a good slot receiver in his own right, the Rams could move Woods inside to avoid Tre’Davious White and give him a more favorable matchup against Taron Johnson.
Do the Carolina Panthers have a secret weapon at running back?
The Carolina Panthers may have to think outside the box as they look to fill the void left by injured running back Christian McCaffrey.
Christian McCaffrey had never missed an NFL game before this season. So it is ironic that the running back is now set for a spell on the sidelines after signings a lucrative extension that made him the highest-paid player at the position in league history.
The All-Pro suffered a high ankle sprain as the Carolina Panthers went down to their tenth straight loss spanning back to the previous campaign at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. McCaffrey went off at a crucial time when it looked like the team was getting back into the contest and he is now set to miss anywhere between 4-6 weeks.
This is a critical blow for the organization. Losing their star player when things already look bleak is not going to do them any favors. But given how little is expected of this group in terms of a winning record in 2020, the Panthers should be extra cautious with their prized asset.
Bringing McCaffrey back too soon when the ankle isn’t fully healed only increases the risk of the injury flaring up again. The likelihood of this sort of sprain occurring multiple times if not 100 percent is high, so it is a situation that Carolina needs to monitor closely.
One player’s loss is another’s gain in the ever-changing world of the NFL. Mike Davis should come in and get the bulk of the work, with Trenton Cannon and Reggie Bonnafon also aiming to make their presence felt when called upon.
New head coach Matt Rhule might also have a secret weapon at his disposal.
Myles Hartsfield impressed the Carolina Panthers at camp.
Myles Hartsfield was one of the Panthers’ training camp sensations thanks to some stellar play on both sides of the ball. The undrafted free-agent left no doubt that he belongs in the NFL and he caught the eye enough to take his place on the 53-man roster.
The former Ole Miss standout has been used sparingly by the Panthers so far, but that could be about to change.
Hartsfield really caught the eye both as a defensive back and a running back during team drills. This resulted in significant praise from the coaching staff prior to the campaign and it might give Carolina an option that opposing defenses might not see coming.
Others will be given more of the load, of that there is little doubt. However, the possibility of using Hartsfield in special packages is a potential impact that shouldn’t be overlooked.
If it doesn’t go according to plan, so what?
The Panthers are currently in the midst of a season that is basically trial and error in pursuit of becoming a contender again in the not-too-distant future. Throwing Hartsfield in at the deep end would tell them plenty about if he could be relied upon going forward and this versatility is something they coveted heavily in almost every new recruit during the offseason and the 2020 NFL Draft.
McCaffrey’s production cannot be replicated by just one member of the current roster. It will need to be a collective effort and Hartsfield’s big chance might be coming sooner than he thinks.
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