By Joe Torosian
“Each of us has been put on earth with the ability to do something well. We cheat ourselves and the world if we don’t use that ability as best we can..”—George Allen
Week two of the preseason, essentially.
Monday night, I’m watching the Buffalo game and hearing about all these lifelong Bills fans. So I said: “Name the Electric Company. If you can’t do that, you’re not a real fan.”
I understand I can be a jerk sometimes, but was that wrong? Should I not have done that?
(Electric Company answer at the bottom.)
I don’t need two Monday Night Football games, and I don’t need updates from the later game while still watching the early game.
If I want to switch the channel, I will. Otherwise, I don’t want to know the score. I want to go in fresh!
Rams PFF (Pro Football Focus) Grades:
Joseph Noteboom’s pass-blocking grade jumped 32-points from Week One to Week Two. His overall rating ticked up from 59 to 63. Translation, he’s going to be fine.
David Edwards jumped from 6.9 to 75.4 in pass protection.
Alaric Jackson was rated 13th overall among guards. Rob Havenstein 28th…Coleman Shelton didn’t grade out as well as I thought he would, but he played well.
Overall, the offensive line was better this week than last. And the running game will improve. This group just needs time together.
Speaking of Grades and Snaps:
Brandon Powell (the new Rusty Jackson) has played eight offensive snaps and has two receptions.
Tutu Atwell played seven snaps in Week One and was targeted once. He played two snaps in Week Two and wasn’t targeted at all.
I’ve been defending Atwell from the get-go. After being held out during the preseason, the expectation was for him to be on the field. The Rams can keep supporting him, but that support turns hollow when he doesn’t play.
Is he so bad that McVay won’t even give him a chance to fail?
Days of Future Past:
Week Two this year and Week Two last year had a lot of similarities. Last year the Colts scored a go-ahead touchdown on a special teams failure. Remember the punt snap that hit Nick Scott on the thigh in the end zone?
This game was also like the Tampa Bay playoff game. The Rams built a 27-3 lead in that one, and the final was 30-27. They were up 28-3 Sunday and won 31-27.
Matthew Stafford’s first pick was terrible, and it was a terrible choice. I don’t want that pass, up-field in the corner of the end zone, going to Tyler Higbee. It better be Cooper Kupp or the guy they’re paying contested-catch money to–Allen Robinson.
Stafford’s picks come from extreme confidence, which is good. We also know he bears down after these moments. Other than health and the occasional PTDS* attack, I have no concerns about Stafford.
Hello, I Must be Going:
Tremayne Anchrum, busted ankle, gone for the year. Hats off…respect.
Don’t Jack With Me:
During the summer, I said something about Bobby Wagner rushing the passer more…and got mocked! Two games in, two sacks for Wags.
Lewis & Hollins:
Terrell Lewis and Justin Hollins each got 30 snaps. Hollins got a sack late, but Lewis looked—and graded out—better overall.
Can’t wait to see the Mets knock the Dodgers out of the playoffs. And I do believe the fallout will lead to the end of many friendships…or suspensions of concern.
NBA players and admins, along with the KBM (Kiss-Butt-Media), are claiming a moral high ground regarding the actions taken against Phoenix Suns’ owner Robert Sarver.
I’m not saying Sarver isn’t a douchebag or guilty of what they’re saying he’s guilty of. But to hear the NBA aristocracy cry injustice is hypocrisy at the highest level.
How many of these players are fathers of multiple children with multiple women? How much money are they making from Red/Communist China?
Like Father Like Son:
Regarding Denver HC Nathaniel Hackett…the apple doesn’t seem to have fallen too far from the tree. SC fans remember Paul Hackett, and so do Pitt fans. Paul was a great coordinator but overmatched as an HC.
NFL Round Up:
Eagles 24, Vikings 7—After seeing Tray Lance go down on Sunday running an RPO, why was Jalen Hurts running an RPO late in the fourth with his team up by 17?
Bills 41, Titans 7—I’d like to thank Stefon Diggs for the 50-points he contributed to my fantasy team.
Jets 31, Browns 30—Why does Joe Flacco look better in his old age?
Giants 19, Panthers 16—Good for the G-Men. Carolina HC Matt Rhule is about to get Frosted.
Buccaneers 20, Saints 10—Mike Evans & Marshon Lattimore schedule next super-fight in Manilla.
Dolphins 42, Ravens 38—Happy for Fins fans, but Lamar Jackson—who played great—will not play 17-games at this pace.
Jaguars 24, Colts 0—Carson Wentz strikes again! Oh, wait…
Patriots 17, Steelers 14—Good win for Pats…Horrible loss for Pittsburgh at home.
Lions 36, TaxSkins 27—I’m about a week away from… “Oh, I’ve always been…”
49ers 27, Seahawks 7—Frisco back in Super Bowl chase.
Cowboys 20, Bengals 17—Dak? Dak, who?
Broncos 16, Texans 9—Speaking of getting Frosted.
Cardinals 29, Raiders 23—I’ve heard of Viva Las Vegas, but now it’s more like Shame on Las Vegas.
Packers 27, Bears 10—This game put to sleep.
Electric Company Answer: The Electric Company was the name given to the Buffalo Bills offensive line in 1973 when O.J. Simpson rushed for 2,003 yards—in a 14-game season.
LT: Dave Foley, LG: Reggie McKenzie, C: Mike Montler, RG: Joe DeLamielleure, RT: Donnie Green. (Optional: Tight End, Paul Seymour)
(*PTDS=Post Traumatic Detroit Syndrome)
The Dude abides…
2 Corinthians 10:5
Joe T. is the author of “Tangent Dreams: A High School Football Novel” … “Temple City & The Company of The Ages” … “The Dead Bug Tales” … “The Dark Norm” & “FaithViews for Storm Riders”…and, the recently released, “Sin Virus.” All six available through Amazon.com.
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