A surprising season continues

Gerald Bentley
FiredUp Network Sports Writer


Sunday, October 22, 2023

#300 for Belicheck

A surprising NFL Season continued in the early games today as Bill Belicheck and the New England Patriots showed the rumors of their deaths this season were greatly exaggerated. In the biggest upset of the season the Patriots came from behind to stun the Buffalo Bills 29 to 25.

The win is Belicheck's 300th as a Head Coach which seemed like it would be very hard to get after the last few games for the Pats, but QB Mac Jones reverted back to his Pro Bowl form and went 25 of 30 while passing for 272 yards and a TD out playing the Bills Josh Allen who went for 265 yards with 2 TD's and an Int. 

In a surprise becasue of the score if not the winning team the Baltimore Ravens made easy work of the NFC North leading Detroit Lions winning 38-6. Just a dominant performance by the Ravens and a solid passing game by Lamar Jackson throwing for 357 yards and 3 TD's with 0 sacks. A very un Raven's like game but maybe a sign that the system of new OC Todd Monken is starting to take hold. Both teams leave Baltimore at 5-2.

Da Bears take out an injured Las Vegas Raiders team 30-13 showing that the second stint as a Head Coach for Josh McDaniels may end worse than his first try did. Brian Hoyer and Rookie Aidan O'Connell both played and both played badly as the Chicago Bears dominated behind a workman like effort from backup Tyson Bagnet helped by D'Onta Foreman who went for 89 yards on 5.9 yards per carry. 

The Atlanta Falcons and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers showed what happens when two very average teams face each other. The Falcons win 16 to 13 on a late Field Goal by Yunghoe Koo. Rookie Running Back Bijan Robinson basically missed the game with an illness as he only put up one carry for 3 yards. 

The New York Giants get thier second win of the season in maybe the most dissapointing start of the season in the league. The Washington Commanders with Offensive Coordinator Eric Bieniemy have to expect more than they got in losing 14-7. The Commander's Offensive Line has to take some of the blame as they let Sam Howell take 6 sacks and multiple pressures in the game. 

For the Giants Tyrod Taylor follwed his soild effort last week with a good enough game putting up 279 yards and 2 TD passes in the second week filling in for the injured Daniel Jones. 

The final surprising game of the early part of the day saw what looked like a dominant Cleveland Browns Defense give up 38 points to an Indianapolis Colts team lead by Gardner Minshew who threw for 305 yards in what became a matchup of backups as Deshaun Watson left after a Concussion screen when Head Coach Kevin Stefanski said he was held out of the game to protect his Shoulder. He was only 1 for 5 with 5 yards passing while in the game. 

Backup PJ Walker was at the helm as the Browns offense cashed in the second TD run of the day by Kareem Hunt to take the lead and win the game as the time wound down to the final seconds of the game. 

The Browns now are a very surprising 4-2 with very little help from star QB Watson who is projected to start agains the Seattle Seahawks next week.