There is nothing I love more than the echo chambers known as “hype machines” in the NFL.
Especially when it comes to quarterbacks. All I hear right now is…
“Carson Wentz has regressed.”
“Russell Wilson is MVP.”
“Drew Brees is ready to retire.”
Ha-ha, your “hot and spicy” takes. Thanks for the laughs, it made my week.
It’s time to bring reality to Week 3 and why these five quarterbacks will surprise you.
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Eagles QB Carson Wentz
After two weeks, the national media has given up on Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz. I have already gone through the “cool down” period of being a football fan. It is when you let cognitive thinking and common sense now drive your thoughts. Yes, he has thrown four interceptions. But, the Bengals defense has the same number of sacks as touchdowns thrown by Wentz.
Nothing helps build confidence in a football team than winning. It can be against the best team, it can be against the worst team. It’s a win and the Eagles need one. Remember in 2019, Wentz threw for 27 touchdowns and seven interceptions with a depleted wide receiver core. 2020 will be no different.
Raiders QB Derek Carr
On Tuesday morning, I was sipping my coffee and planning out my day. Anxiously awaiting the amount of praise there will be for Raiders quarterback Derek Carr after his huge win on Monday Night Football over the Saints. You know what I got instead?
Drew Brees clickbait.
Never mind that Carr was 28 for 38, 282 yards and tossed three touchdowns. Yes, he is going on the road to play the Patriots. The same defense that surrendered 429 yards of total offense and five touchdowns last week at Seattle.
It just boggles my mind how this quarterback who threw for back to back 4,000-yard seasons does not get credit. Never mind that he has an arsenal including tight end Darren Waller (with the body of a tight end but the hands of a top-ranked receiver), second-year back Josh Jacobs and a young deep ball threat in Henry Ruggs III.
Now that I have your attention, go beat the Patriots.
Falcons QB Matt Ryan
(whistles) I have in my hand a Falcons-laced wrench ready to toss in the Bears’ 2-0 hype machine.
The same Chicago team that was down 23-6 to the Lions. The same team that almost choked it away to a Giants team without Saquon Barkley.
No, what I want you to do is to start Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan this week. Ryan has had a stellar start to his season (even at 0-2) with over 720 yards passing, six touchdowns and one interception. Falcons have gone against two offenses that are rich with talent. The Bears do not have that luxury, but Ryan does with Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, and Hayden Hurst. Ridley has had back-to-back 100-plus yard performances and four touchdowns already this season.
But, please tell me why the Bears will go 3-0? Not happening.
Colts QB Philip Rivers
The disdain towards Philip Rivers…it shocks me. For the first time, Rivers does not have to throw the team on his shoulders and try to win. Instead, he is a game manager in Indianapolis. Under head coach Frank Reich who loves to unleash his running game with Nyheim Hines and rookie back Jonathan Taylor.
Yes, he lost rookie wideout Parris Campbell to a PCL injury. But, he helped bring three-year tight end Mo-Alie Cox to the national spotlight who caught five balls for 111 yards. Also, threw to seven different receivers including Zach Pascal, Michael Pittman Jr., and T.Y. Hilton.
Do you know who he plays this week?
Jaguars QB Gardner Minshew
I been waiting all week for…Thursday night.
Yes, I cannot wait till Thursday night when the Dolphins play the Jaguars. Get that thermometer away from me, I’m not sick. I’m serious.
I get to watch Gardner Minshew play, that’s why!
Nothing I love more than watching a sixth-round pick defy the odds and show he is a great quarterback. Minshew is off to a hot start in his 2020 campaign. Back to back weeks of throwing three or more touchdowns, a 75 percent completion percentage, and making a scrappy Jaguars team believe they can win. The Washington State product has become a versatile machine in the pocket who threw to 10 different players last week in a loss to the Titans.
Expect more of Minshew spreading the ball around under the lights of Thursday night.
Root for the ‘stache on Thursday!