As per usual, start this off with the Weekly Picks.
Packers -8 (L)
Chiefs -7 (L)
Season Record: 38-30-1
Saints Lose the 1 Seed After Loss to Eagles
IT’S A TRAP!
Prior to the Saints Eagles matchup, I told a friend how I wasn’t touching that game line in my weekly picks wager. It was for no other reason than it felt like a trap. The impressive streak of not giving up a 100 yard rusher was snapped by Miles Sanders and Jalen Hurts in his first start. Is it time to panic for the Saints though? No of course not. They do need to worry about not being able to catch the Packers though. With the addition of a 7th seed, I’d feel much better with them getting a bye and home-field.
Let’s unpack that loss a little bit. The Saints got off to a miserably slow start finding themselves down 17-0 at half. The only scoring chance they had was a 45 yard field goal by Will Lutz who has missed every attempted FG the last two weeks. I wonder what the hell is going on with him. Lutz has been money since the day he put on a Saints uniform.
The Saints need to take a good long look at the QB who holds the ball too long, is indecisive, can’t protect the ball and will never be a quality starting QB in the NFL. Stop looking at him through rose colored lenses. Taysom Hill is not a starting quarterback and he never will be.
He has been sacked 13 times in 4 games. The offensive line who has never not been in the top 10 in both run blocking and pass blocking under Sean Payton didn’t all of a sudden forget how to block. In the last 4 years, they have never averaged 2.0 sacks per game. All of a sudden they are giving up more than 3.0 sacks per game, no it doesn’t work that way. It’s a QB issue.
Hill has 4 passing TDs in 4 starts with 2 INTs and 6 Fumbles (3 Lost). Considering his age, not exactly something you want out of a 30-year-old QB. As I said when he got the nod, I like Taysom Hill. He’s not a fucking quarterback though.
Chase Young Hype Train
My 5th most viewed column this year is one talking about Football Team rookie edge rusher Chase Young. I believe Chase Young ends up being a bust similar to Jadeveon Clowney, who will never live up to the hype once surrounding him. I wrote that in April and since October, it has over 150 views.
I made a bet with a friend that he wouldn’t be a perennial all-pro after he said he would have a Cam Jordan type career. Ironically, Cam Jordan made the all-decade team so that is now the bar.
The reason I am talking about him in this column is because he had easily his best game as a pro with 6 tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery for a TD and 2 pass deflections. His sack was an impressive one given the closing speed he needed to have after dropping into coverage. That plays right into my criticism of him from the get go, he is a raw athletic freak with no desirable skills to be a premiere pass rusher with longevity. If his speed or athleticism dives, he is done. Read the full column here: NFL Draft: I Said Chase Young Would Be a Bust and Placed a Bet On It | Hotard Huddle
Despite his performance this week, I stand by what I said. He is gaining some steam the last couple of weeks after making the stuff on Steelers Bennie Snell on prime time TV.
Let’s not pretend Chase Young has been great as a rookie. Heading into this week, he was ranked 82nd among all players in total QB pressures with 12. He is third on the Football Team. Being where he is 14 weeks into the season, I am feeling real good about that bet.
Jamal Adams Breaks DB Sack Record
I wrote this as part of my annual predictions for all 32 teams: “Jamal Adams was a huge pickup for a defense that desperately needs playmakers and some help. His versatility will make them better, but there is a good chance he leads Seattle in sacks. That is not something to be highlighted for a starting safety.”
Adams leads the Seahawks with 8.5 sacks, a new record for a defensive back. He is one of the few bright spots on a miserable defense. This was to be expected. Long gone are the days of great defense in Seattle.
Avoiding a Repeat as Fantasy Sacko
When you are only down 11 with James Conner, Kareem Hunt and Pit D left against Jarvis Landry, you should feel good. The last 5 years of fantasy has taught me the Fantasy Gods are against me and I am pretty much fucked on any given week. Look no further with 2020. I finished 3rd in scoring last season and managed 3 wins in the regular season and eventually became the Sacko for 2019. Now, here I am knocking on the door of being Sacko yet again. Two more losses and I become the first person to be a 2-time sacko. Not only a two-time, but a fucking repeat as sacko.
I have had a grand total of 5 games over the last 5 years with my 1st, 2nd and 3rd rounder all playing at the same time. I spent all 2020 running my mouth to one person in my league only to lose to that person in the first round of the Sacko Ladder. I continue to live in a fantasy football world of misery.
Here’s to hoping I don’t repeat. If I do, well, thank God for alcohol.
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