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Ten Thoughts on the NFL and the Bears

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Check out Lester’s Ten Thoughts on the NFL this week and be sure to share a few of your own in the comment section.

NFL: Detroit Lions at Oakland Raiders Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

1) We finally saw the undefeated New England Patriots take on a decent team, and the Baltimore Ravens pummeled them with 210 rushing yards in route to a 37 to 20 victory. Quarterback Lamar Jackson continues doing it on the ground, with another 61 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns, but it’s his passing that has him in the conversation for league MVP at the half way point of the season. His numbers as a passer are up across the board from his rookie season, and he has the Ravens at 6-2 atop the AFC North.

2) Another legit MVP candidate is Russell Wilson, who just threw 5 touchdowns and leads the league with 22 TDs to just a single interception. He has the Seattle Seahawks at 7-2 with a Monday Nighter against the undefeated San Francisco 49ers up on November 11.

This game will be a big test for both teams as neither schedule has been very daunting. Seattle’s defense has had a down year thus far, while the Niners have been winning because of theirs. I’m excited for the potential of this Monday Night match-up.

3) Sure it was a crappy Washington team, but that was a nice bounce back 24 to 9 win by the Buffalo Bills. Rookie running back Devin Singletary had a career high 20 carries and career best 95 yards, and he added 3 catches for a career high 45 yards.

4) I had to share this clip...

5) And now compare that to this clip...

6) Just when the Miami Dolphins are tanking so well, they run up against a New York Jets team that can’t get out of its own way. The Jets were flagged 10 times for 105 yards and the Fins held on for a 26-18 win. The winless Cincinnati Bengals are now in line for the top overall pick and a shot at the college QB of their choosing.

Long time Bengal QB Andy Dalton is sure to be cut this offseason joining a so-so crop of free agent quarterbacks.

7) Remember when Josh McCown was coaching high school football only to get one more shot in the NFL? He made the most of his opportunity by working his way into some big money deals late in his career, and now Matt Moore is on that same career trajectory. In two games with the Chiefs he has completed 64.8% of is passes for 659 yards, for 4 TDs, no interceptions, and a passer rating of 100.9.

All the 35-year old journeyman needs is one QB desperate team to give him a shot.

8) Kevin Harlan has always been one of my favorite play by play announcers.

And while we’re on the subject, Kurt Warner is a damn good color announcer too.

9) The Oakland Raiders (4-4) took a lot of crap the last couple years, and a lot of it they brought on themselves, but one things for certain, Jon Gruden can coach offensive football. Getting a running back like Josh Jacobs opens a lot of his west coast scheme up, but tight end Darren Waller, a 4th-year pro who only had 18 receptions his first three years in the league, is third in both yards (548) and catches (48) among all NFL tight ends.

Back up tight end, rookie Foster Moreau, a player I liked coming out of LSU, has chipped in with 14 receptions for 134 yards and 3 TDs.

For a little perspective, all four of the Chicago Bears tight ends have combined for 27 receptions, 205 yards, and zero TDs.

10) Yesterday was Devin Hester’s 37th birthday, so enjoy these highlights...

In my opinion Hester should be a Hall Of Famer.