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NFL 2021 Week 9 Not So Monday Morning Thoughts

The Opening – Bizarre, period. That is what this week in the NFL was.

Hotard Huddle Podcast – We missed an episode due to me dying of a sore throat and one of my co-hosts also dying. We back this week though! Episode 49, let’s get it!

As per usual, start this off with the Weekly Picks.

  • Cowboys -10 (Loss)
  • Saints -6.5 (Loss)
  • Raiders -3 (Loss)
  • Patriots -3.5 (Win)
  • Chargers -1 (Win)

Season Record: 18-26-1…This is certainly not my year for this.

Aaron Rodgers

Drama. Drama. Drama. The top story of the week was Aaron Rodgers catching Covid19 and lying about being vaccinated. Maybe not lying per se, certainly spin doctoring the truth without question. Then he was interviewed on Pat McAfee’s show only for the wheels to find more mud to get stuck in. He goes on to claim all the status quo disinformation you can think of including that doctors told him the vaccine is fool proof, ivermectin works, fertility and of course mentioning Joe Rogan,

Fine. Don’t get vaccinated. The choice is ultimately yours. To insinuate you were in fact vaccinated and breaking protocols of the league, dirt bag move. The Packers were fined 300,000 as a result of them not doing their due diligence and Rodgers was also fined.

Honestly, I am in the camp that the Packers should not only be fined, but lose draft picks. Rodgers should be suspended for a game if not two.

It is one thing to not get vaccinated and yes you will catch shit for it…Cole Beasley anyone? The fact he flat he lied about is the bigger problem.

Odell Beckham Jr.

Then you have the OBJ drama. At some point, look in the fucking mirror. He forced his way out of Cleveland and wanted to bypass waivers so he could go to a team with a star QB and a winning franchise. At this point, the baggage isn’t worth the production. He has left two franchises very unceremoniously. He has a rap sheet of questionable decision making and behavior.

Reports are indicating that Green Bay is a favorite spot of his. LOL Baggage BROTHERS with he and Rodgers. I honestly don’t know the production value anymore. It hasn’t been there for years. The last time Beckham was truly in the conversation as one of the best receivers was 2016.

If not the Packers, then who?

Seattle is another destination that has popped up. It will just add another weapon to Wilson’s wheelhouse. The defense will still suck and I don’t think that team is even remotely a favorite to win a Super Bowl with or without Beckham.

The Raiders were another potential landing spot. Team wise, I think it is a great fit. Atmosphere and environment, not so much. It’s Vegas.

Then you have all the homers in New Orleans wanting him back on a team that desperately needs receiver help. I doubt he is going to want to catch passes from either of the QBs with the Saints.

Another potential spot is New England. It wouldn’t be the first time Bill Belichick took a chance on a receiver with a lot of the baggage. More often than not, it hasn’t really worked. Every time he does, we get talk about how he helped good ole Randy Moss. Make no mistake, Odell is no Randy Moss.

Lamar Jackson Comeback

One of the stigmas I have personally felt about Jackson is the teams he quarterbacks are not built to play from behind. With a depleted defense and roster, he has pretty much made a staple of not just playing, but winning from behind. Heading in to this season, Jackson had 2 4th quarter comebacks to his name. He has 4 in 2021 alone.

This past Sunday, we saw it again against Minnesota. Early in the 3rd, the Ravens were down 24-10. They eventually came back and sealed the win in OT. They were down 25-9 to the Colts with 12 minutes to go in the 4th, won in OT. They were down 28-17 early in the third to the Chiefs, won in the 4th.

Jackson has made a habit of playing from behind and winning. While I don’t think the Ravens are a legitimate SB threat because of the injuries and slow starts, he continues to win. This is the beauty of Jackson. Even with a torn down roster, you can still find yourself in the win column because of all the things he can do with his feet. While I still have doubts, Jackson remarkably still finds ways to shut down all the doubts.

Midway Awards

I could have done this already. Why not do it before week 10? Just because I feel like it.

MVP – Tom Brady, Bucs

Offensive Player of the Year – Cooper Kupp, Rams

Defensive Player of the Year – Myles Garrett, Browns

Offensive Rookie of the Year – Ja’Marr Chase

Defensive Rookie of the Year – Micah Parson, Cowboys

Comeback Player of the Year – Dak Prescott, Cowboys

Coach of the Year – Sean Payton (assuming they make the postseason), Saints

Week 10 Power Rankings

  1. Arizona Cardinals (8-1)
  2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-2)
  3. Los Angeles Rams (7-2)
  4. Tennessee Titans (7-2)
  5. Dallas Cowboys (6-2)
  6. Green Bay Packers (7-2)
  7. Baltimore Ravens (6-2)
  8. Buffalo Bills (5-3)
  9. New England Patriots (5-4)
  10. Los Angeles Chargers (5-3)
  11. Cleveland Browns (5-4)
  12. New Orleans Saints (5-3)
  13. Cincinnati Bengals (5-4)
  14. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-3)
  15. Las Vegas Raiders (5-3)
  16. Kansas City Chiefs (5-4)
  17. Minnesota Vikings (3-5)
  18. Indianapolis Colts (4-5)
  19. Seattle Seahawks (3-5)
  20. Denver Broncos (5-4)
  21. Atlanta Falcons (4-4)
  22. Chicago Bears (3-6)
  23. Philadelphia Eagles (3-6)
  24. New York Giants (3-6)
  25. San Francisco 49ers (3-5)
  26. Carolina Panthers (4-5)
  27. Washington Football Team (2-6)
  28. New York Jets (2-6)
  29. Miami Dolphins (2-7)
  30. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-6)
  31. Detroit Lions (0-8)
  32. Houston Texans (1-8)

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