NFL rankings, Eagles grit, Jets’ QB dilemma, and Broncos coaching woes


Indianapolis – Philadelphia Eagles aren’t perfect anymore. Their shortcomings have actually become rather obvious. But they are still good. And they still have to be considered the best Super Bowl in the NFC.

A two-game losing streak after an 8-0 start looked like a distinct possibility when the Eagles allowed the Indianapolis Colts to move straight down the field with their opening possession Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium. Tailback Jonathan Taylor helped the Colts score a rushing touchdown, and the Eagles, error-prone for most of the afternoon, faced a 13-3 deficit in the fourth quarter.

But they steady themselves to walk away with a 17-16 victory that gave them the best record in the NFL, 9-1, going into the holidays.

“Any win, you take it any way you can get it in this league, especially on the road,” said head coach Nick Siriani. “We clung on. We scratched. We fought. And we kept going, and we won in the end. And so I think any time you have your back against the wall, well, and you respond on all levels… It feels very nice. And it builds, right? And you can build from anything.” “.

The Eagles spent most of the season as the NFL’s only undefeated team, but they fell from the undefeated ranks on November 14 with a loss at home to the Washington Chiefs, six days before returning in Indianapolis. Suddenly, the Eagles’ defense looked weak. This initially remained the case against the Colts.

But just-signed veteran defensive tackles Linval Joseph and Ndamukong Suh helped the Eagles slow the Colts down after that opening drive on Sunday. There was no repeat of the defeat against the Leaders, as the Eagles took a seven-yard Jalen Hurts touchdown run on a quarterback tie with just over a minute left and continued from there. General Manager Howie Roseman enthusiastically welcomed the players out of the locker room after the game, and Sirianni credited defensive line coach Tracy Rucker with equipping Joseph and Suh to contribute just a few days after adding them to the roster.

The Eagles quickly returned to the NFL’s top level

Siriani said, “Having these players ready to play in such a short time is a tribute to Coach Rucker, a tribute to Suh and a tribute to Lanfal that they were able to do it. … They went in there and just played.”

Heading into an extended season trip, the Eagles lead the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants with two games in the NFC East. They lead the Minnesota Vikings through a game in pursuit of the top seed in the conference. The San Francisco 49ers loom as a growing threat to the NFC. But the conference’s path to the Super Bowl could run through Philadelphia. Eagles are still formidable.

“There are a lot of things we can learn from,” Hurtz said Sunday. “…after every match, I honestly assess about: what could we have done better to put ourselves in a better position…of course to win, but [also] To play at the level we seek? … Perfection is something that will never be discovered. But why not chase it? “

There was almost no doubt that Patrick Mahomes would have led that last-gasp TD win Sunday night against the Chargers. He and his team just know how to win.

They’re moving on in their bye week with the Vikings losing. Their four-game winning streak should become five with the post-bye game at home with Texas.

They blitzed for three quarters in another error-filled Sunday performance against the Colts, who ran the ball effectively on first down. But hey, 9-1 is 9-1.

A 3-3 fourth quarter home score against the Panthers wasn’t great. But the crows found a way to win. They haven’t lost since Oct. 16, and their schedule is still far from tough.

A lopsided victory in Minnesota suggests the Cowboys aren’t going away, even after that inexplicable loss in Green Bay a week ago.

For the second time this season, quarterback Zach Wilson’s dreadful performance in the New York Jets’ loss to the New England Patriots sealed his status as the team’s respective player.

This time around, Coach Robert Salih isn’t voicing his unwavering support for Wilson, the second pick in the NFL draft last year who continues to show some signs of developing into a quarterback.

When Wilson threw three interceptions in an October 22-17 defeat on October 30 to the Patriots in East Rutherford, NJ, there was a lot of shouting for the Jets to reconsider putting Wilson in the starting position. But Saleh called for patience, saying the team needed to continue working with Wilson and expected the young player to be okay.

Things were very different Monday in the aftermath of Sunday’s 10-3 loss to the Patriots in Foxboro, Massachusetts. Salih did not commit to Wilson as the starter against the Chicago Bears on Sunday at the Meadowlands, and he did not say if he would switch for Joe Flacco or Mike White if Wilson was benched. But the transformation was remarkable.

“It’s not just the midfielder who is being evaluated,” Saleh said. in his press conference Monday. “Everything is evaluated.”

The Jets are still the Jets, and Zack Wilson needs to step things up

Wilson did not throw an interception on Sunday, but managed just nine completions and 77 yards. The Jets only had 103 yards of total offense and lost the game on a touchdown run on an 84-yard punt return by the Patriots’ Marcus Jones with five seconds remaining. They fell to the Patriots for the fourteenth straight meeting.

When reporters then asked Wilson if the Jets’ offense had let his defense down, he emphatically said no. This response broke the quarterback’s code—accept all the blame, take all the credit—and reportedly didn’t go particularly well with some of his teammates.

The Jets have a talented roster ready to win for the most part; All that is required is to play a decent quarterback. They are 6-4 and one game outside of first place in the AFC East, even with a quarterback shortstop. Flacco started the first three games of the season while Wilson clawed his way back from a preseason knee injury and still led the team in touchdown passes with five, one more than Wilson.

In the short term, the Jets would probably do better with Flaco at quarterback. But very soon to abandon the young midfielder in whom a lot has been invested, and this is the balance that Saleh and the Jets must play now.

They poured all their resources into this past season, and this is probably the inevitable follow-up to the championship run.

He brought in coach Nathaniel Hackett to help run the game and surrendered offensive playing duties. Wasn’t he assigned to be an abusive teacher? Nothing works as planned.

They were seeing off. Did anyone really miss them? Did anyone outside of Jacksonville realize that?

It doesn’t really matter where that game takes place on Sunday. The Browns were going to lose to the Bills.

This was a poor performance against the leaders. It seems inevitable that the Texans will have the top pick in the NFL Draft and use him as a QB. Davis Mills is not the answer and can now be sued.

More woe to Hackett, Broncos

Earlier this season, the Denver Broncos hired veteran assistant Jerry Rosberg to help their struggling rookie coach, Nathaniel Hackett, with game officiating decisions.

Last week, Hackett turned offensive play-calling duties over to quarterbacks coach Clint Kubik, who had play-calling experience last season with the Vikings and was the closest the team has to quarterback Russell Wilson.

Jeff Saturday started his NFL tryout with a Colts win. Now, the reality begins.

Koubek had been wearing the headset during training all past week, but Hackett didn’t tell his players about the change until Saturday’s team meeting. The reason behind the switch was simple, according to one person familiar with the situation: Hackett wanted to make it clear that he would do whatever it takes to try and win.

But these moves lead to some obvious questions: What exactly is Hackett’s worth? Is there any reason for the new team owners to keep him?

The Broncos hired Hackett, a supposed offensive guru, after his stint as offensive coordinator for the Green Bay Packers. Now he does not call the plays. He has at times seemed a bit over the top with the responsibilities of being a head coach, as Rosberg’s addition has shown.

The Broncos lost, 22-16, in overtime Sunday to the Las Vegas Raiders to drop their record to 3-7. Wilson played better, completing 24 of 31 passes for 247 yards. But it still didn’t work for Hackett and the Broncos.

The Broncos and Raiders joined the Los Angeles Chargers in fortifying their roster in the off-season, making it look like the AFC West could be the league’s strongest team. Instead, the Kansas City Chiefs lead by 3 games and are the only team in the division over .500. It’s not a bad Southern NFC, but it’s a long way from what it was supposed to be. Meanwhile, there are two other divisions — the NFC East and AFC East — where every team is above . 500.

Niki Gabvala contributed to this report.

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