Vontaze Burfict is a key member of the Bengals’ defense when he actually can keep his emotions under control and remain on the field. But his inability to keep his temper in check more than offsets his contributions as a player.
The first two play calls actually came from fans who donated $10,000 for the right to call plays. Shoutout to the person who had Mariota run a quarterback sneak. Good move for your quarterback coming off an injury.
The Titans’ creative offense is nothing short of remarkable. Anything engineered by Mike Mularkey shouldn’t be much more than vanilla, but he’s created an array of different formations to keep even the stoutest of defenses on its heels. In a way it’s reminiscent of how the Panthers ran their offense in 2015.
And it showed in a pair of drives that yielded a total of 10 points. The Titans mixed together throws and runs, as Mariota went 6 for 8 for 61 yards and a score. Derrick Henry was effective, albeit not explosive, until the third Titans drive when he ripped off a 17-yard touchdown run following a Derek Anderson interception.
Just minutes before the Browns and Giants kicked off on Monday, NFL.com reported that Brock Osweiler would be in a position to wrap up the Browns’ starting quarterback job if he looked good against New York.
Well, if Cleveland’s first offensive series was any indication, Osweiler definitely hasn’t wrapped anything up yet. After starting the game 6 of 7, Osweiler turned into the Osweiler you remember last year and threw an interception on a tipped ball.
Their lopsided triumph over the Rams reinforces the possibility that the Vikings could become the first team to play a Super Bowl in its own stadium. They are certainly capable of that. But there’s a long way to go and it should be a very interesting three-way struggle between the Eagles, Saints and Vikings to see which team emerges from the NFC.