I imply … did you SEE the ultimate play of the Dolphins-Patriots recreation?
For those who did not, please, go watch it. I am going to wait proper right here.
Biggest play ever, amirite??
OK, so possibly that is somewhat bit a lot. Powerful to rank it with performs just like the Music Metropolis Miracle and the Minneapolis Miracle, which won playoff video games. And even performs just like the David Tyree helmet catch, which helped hold alive an all-time Tremendous Bowl upset. Context issues, and this Week 14 regular-season magic trick did not crush the Patriots’ hopes or make sure the Dolphins of something.
It was simply superb, is all. How typically do you see the multi-lateral, end-of-game desperation play work? Ever? All that was lacking was a commentator yelling, “The band is out on the sphere!!!”
In addition to, we’re heading into OVERREACTION MONDAY, in spite of everything, so why not open up by questioning if that play was the best of all time. It most likely wasn’t, nevertheless it had the sort of epic really feel we search for on this weekly breathless train. And it leads properly into our first response of the week:
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Tom Brady has won his final Tremendous Bowl
Positive, it took a miracle for the Miami Dolphins to beat the New England Patriots on Sunday, however the Patriots nonetheless allowed 412 yards of Dolphins offense and is now Three-Four on the highway this season. Of their 4 highway losses, they’ve allowed a mean of 31.25 factors per recreation, and for those who common out all seven of their highway video games, they’re being outscored by a mean of 25-23 away from Foxborough this 12 months. They path the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs (whom they beat head-to-head) by two video games within the race for the No. 1 seed, and at this level they’re removed from assured of a first-round bye.
Graziano’s verdict: OVERREACTION. I fully consider the Patriots want to lock down that No. 1 or No. 2 seed so as to be ok with their probabilities of getting again to the Tremendous Bowl this 12 months. And whereas I perceive they beat them, it is exhausting to think about this New England protection holding down the Chiefs’ offense (or, heck, even the Chargers’ offense) in a highway playoff recreation. However I am not prepared to wager towards Brady — not after seeing his reference to Rob Gronkowski roar again to life Sunday. Miami is all the time a troublesome spot for Brady and the Pats, who ought to find a way to shrug off Sunday’s loss — so long as it does not hold them on the highway an excessive amount of in January.
Donald went into Sunday evening’s recreation main the league with 16.5 sacks and on tempo to problem Michael Strahan’s single-season sack file. However solely two defensive gamers — Alan Web page and Lawrence Taylor — have ever won the award, which normally goes to a quarterback. Mahomes led the Chiefs to an additional time victory over a really recreation Baltimore Ravens squad and is up to 43 landing passes already with three video games to go. The 43 landing passes already tie Drew Brees’ 2012 season for the eighth-most ever, and the 53 for which he is on tempo could be the second-most ever in a season, behind Peyton Manning’s 55 in 2013.
Graziano’s verdict: NOT AN OVERREACTION. Positive, we may very well be sitting right here Thursday evening after an enormous Chargers upset saying it is Philip Rivers and never Mahomes. However for the time being, Mahomes appears just like the clear chief for the award until (A) he slips up in any respect within the ultimate three video games and (B) Donald does certainly set that sack file from an inside line of defense place. Brees is making a compelling case himself, as is Donald’s teammate Todd Gurley. However Donald and Mahomes are separating themselves as really distinctive right here within the latter a part of the season.
John Harbaugh speaks to reporters after the Ravens lose to the Chiefs in additional time.
John Harbaugh is off the recent seat
The Ravens’ three-game win streak ended Sunday in Kansas Metropolis, nevertheless it did not go quietly. The Ravens turned the third workforce this 12 months to maintain the Chiefs beneath 30 factors, becoming a member of the Denver Broncos and, one way or the other, the Arizona Cardinals. They held them to simply 24 in regulation. For those who’re judging a coach by what he does to save a lost-looking season and whether or not his gamers proceed to play exhausting for him when it appears like his job is in jeopardy, Harbaugh is making a robust second-half case to stick round.
Graziano’s verdict: OVERREACTION. As shut as Sunday was, and as a lot enjoyable as Lamar Jackson has been, Baltimore continues to be considered one of 4 7-6 groups vying for what seems to be only one obtainable AFC wild-card spot (although they’re solely a half-game behind the all of a sudden reeling Pittsburgh Steelers within the AFC North). They play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at residence, the Los Angeles Chargers on the highway and the Cleveland Browns at residence to shut out the season. Stable likelihood to go 2-1, however no certain factor. And if the Ravens miss the playoffs, that’d make it 4 years in a row. And given the expectations the Baltimore group has for itself and the sensation across the workforce heading into this season, I nonetheless assume 4 playoff-free seasons in a row imply Harbaugh could be working elsewhere in 2019. (However I do assume it will be as somebody’s head coach.)
Amari Cooper was a very powerful acquisition by any workforce this season
The Dallas Cowboys’ trade-deadline acquisition nearly put the NFC East on ice along with his circus catch to beat the Philadelphia Eagles in additional time. It was Cooper’s 10th catch of the sport (for 217 yards) and his third landing. In six video games as a Cowboy, Cooper is averaging 6.7 catches, 107 yards and one landing per recreation. The Cowboys are 5-1 in these six video games and maintain a two-game division lead over Philadelphia and Washington.
Graziano’s verdict: NOT AN OVERREACTION. Look, the Cowboys’ protection has been good all 12 months. Cooper has nothing to do with that. And essentially, they nonetheless need to grind out yards with Ezekiel Elliott and management the clock the best way they did for many of regulation Sunday. However earlier than they received Cooper, that they had no downfield menace within the passing recreation that scared anybody. Assume what it has achieved for the workforce’s confidence to know they’ve somebody to whom they will go within the passing recreation to make an enormous play for them. Even on the weeks when Cooper does not go off for large numbers, he is an element. The Cowboys have loads of flaws, and if Zack Martin is out for some time it is exhausting to see them making a lot noise within the playoffs. Nevertheless it’s fairly clear now they’re headed there.
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The Steelers will miss the playoffs
Pittsburgh misplaced to the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. The Raiders. The workforce that has spent the previous eight months trying as if it wished to eliminate sufficient gamers so it would not even have 11 to begin on recreation day. Pittsburgh has misplaced three video games in a row now and is enjoying with out James Conner, who was serving to them neglect about Le’Veon Bell. They maintain a half-game lead over Baltimore within the AFC North, and there are three groups which have the identical file as Baltimore and are out for a wild-card berth. Pittsburgh’s ultimate three video games are at residence to the Patriots, in New Orleans and at residence to rival Cincinnati. And did I point out they simply misplaced to the Raiders? The Raiders!?
Graziano’s verdict: NOT AN OVERREACTION. If the Steelers lose their subsequent two very losable video games, they might be 7-7-1 and may need a Week 17 victory over Cincinnati to also have a likelihood of getting in. Bear in mind the Bengals knocking the Ravens out of the postseason in Week 17 final 12 months? Assume they would not simply love doing that to the Steelers? Pittsburgh has to give you a approach of beating the Patriots and/or the Saints if it needs to keep away from an embarrassing collapse.