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Ten Thoughts on the NFL

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1) Have you guys been following this Jerry Jones saga? Jones decided to take on NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, and it’s not going very well.

Jones is spewing some b.s. about Goodell’s contract extension, and he’s threatening legal action, but we all know this is just him pissed off that Goodell suspended his running back, Ezekiel Elliott.

Jones may be a powerful owner, but in the NFL ownership hierarchy, he’s not as big a deal as he believes he is. I don’t think his fellow owners will revoke membership, but there will likely be a hefty fine or suspension coming at some point.

As to Jones’ anger about Elliott’s suspension... He probably does have a right to be pissed off, but he’s going about this the wrong way.

2) Speaking of the Cowboys, I don’t think they are as bad as they looked getting demolished by the Philadelphia Eagles. Philly is just a very good team right now, and they caught Dallas at the right time. Head coach Jason Garrett will need to tweak their game plans a bit to keep them in games.

But with that being said, they aren’t making the playoffs.

3) A lot of people are pointing to the Los Angeles Rams getting beat by the Minnesota Vikings 24-7 as proof that they’re a fluke, but I say that just shows how good the Viking defense is. They made the Rams one dimensional by thwarting the running game.

The Rams are still a good, young, emerging team.

4) What’s up with the Kansas City Chiefs?

They just dropped their fourth game in their last five, but losing to the New York Giants after having extra time to prepare with the bye week is bad.

5) As someone that has a large amount of respect for what offensive linemen do, this clip was unbelievable.

My high school football team was big on family. We Are Family was our theme song (Yes, I know it’s corny). My high school offensive line coach used to tell us that we — the team — were a family, but the linemen were the brothers, and all the skill position players were the cousins and the aunts and uncles.

Football is won in the trenches, and no matter how great a quarterback, running back, or receiver you have, if your offensive line sucks, you’ll struggle to win games.

6) The Buffalo Bills are a mess.

Benching Tyrod Taylor — who threw 11 touchdowns to only 3 interceptions, while completing over 63% of his passes — for rookie Nathan Peterman, may be one of the dumbest decisions made in the NFL this year.

I’m not talking ‘challenging a play that ended up resulting in a turnover’ bad, but at least in the top ten of boneheaded decisions.

Oh yeah, in case you missed it, Peterman threw 5 interceptions in the first half on Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers.

7) This was awesome...

8) The Green Bay Packers were shut out at home against the Baltimore Ravens.

Shut. Out.

You Chicago Bears’ fans remember back when the Bears played the Ravens don’t you? That was the overtime thriller where Mitchell Trubisky did this on third and eleven to get the Bears into field goal range.

I’m still trying to figure out how the Bears lost to the Packers a couple Sundays ago.

9) Is it too early to start thinking about next year? Here’s the top ten picks in the 2018 NFL Draft as it stands right now.

1. Browns 0-10
2. 49ers 1-9
3. Giants 2-8
4. Broncos 3-7
5. Colts 3-7
6. Bears 3-7
7. Chargers 4-6
8. Bengals 4-6
t-9. Raiders 4-6
t-9. Cardinals 4-6

This better be the last season in a very long time that the Bears, and general manager Ryan Pace, are flirting with a top 10 pick.

10) Staley is all of us Bears’ fans.

What are some of your NFL thoughts this week?