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What I Am Really Thinking About…

Sep 12, 2019

by Mike Jansen

Like many sports fans around the world, I have patiently waited – through the boring summer months of tennis, golf, baseball and whatever is left – for the start of football season, both on the NFL and NCAA sides. My patience has been rewarded!

Some casual observations from Week 1 of the NFL season:

  • My beloved Green Bay Packers can play some defense! I don’t remember the last time the Packers had any DEs or OLBs (new free agent acquisitions Za’Darius Smith and Preston Smith) that could hold the point of attack at the line of scrimmage. They completely frustrated the Bears running game while producing real and constant pressure on QB Mitchell Trubisky. As well, the secondary – led by safeties Adrian Amos and rookie Darnell Savage - didn’t allow a Bear offensive player to get deeper than the deepest Packer defensive player while offering great run support from the back end. Obviously the Packer offense isn’t where it needs to be, but in fairness, that Bears defense is freaking outstanding and they are going to make a lot of NFL teams look silly over the course of this season. For the first time in nine seasons, the Packers now seemingly have a legitimate defense that will allow new coach Matt LaFleur and QB Aaron Rodgers time to work out the offensive kinks. Stay tuned, this could get really good!
  • Question, do the New England Patriots really need Antonio Brown after seeing what they did Sunday night to one of Brown’s old teams, the Pittsburgh Steelers? I will say this, if this putz can’t get his stuff together working with Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, there should not be any more chances for him in the NFL.
  • I thought Daniel Snyder was the problem in Washington, but head coach Jay Gruden is obviously not working his brain to full capacity. Why else would the brother of Jon make Adrian Peterson a healthy scratch in the Redskins’ opening day loss to the Eagles? 
  • I guess new NY Jets ILB CJ Mosley is the league’s defensive MVP after game one right? Jets up 16-0 against division rival Buffalo late in the third quarter, Mosley gets hurt, and the Bills come back from the dead to win 17-16. Sorry fans, but the Jets are still the Jets.
  • One final college note: What happens to Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh if the Army Black Knights had actually pulled off the upset at the Big House in Ann Arbor on Saturday? Army had a chance to win with a late FG to beat the Wolverines, but Michigan survives 24-21 in double overtime. I will say this, Michigan will get their collective asses kicked on September 21st in Madison, Wisconsin against the Badgers if they don’t play better than they did this weekend. FYI, Wisconsin has started 2-0 while scoring 110 points and giving up zero in wins over South Florida and Central Michigan. Kind of a soft schedule some would say, but Wisconsin didn’t have to go to double overtime against either one.
  • I love football season! Have a great week!