NFL REVIEW

The good, bad and ugly from Sunday's NFL action

Jordy Nelson and the Packers missed Aaron Rodgers but ran the ball well against New Orleans. Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images

Week seven of the NFL brought the usual excitement. However, there were moments when you’d grab your hair to pull it out, as well as moments in which you’d feel utter confusion. Here’s my personal look into week seven:

The Good

-Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay is the real deal. He’s clearly established himself as one of the best young coaches in the league. Not only has he found a way to get something out of Jared Goff, he’s managed to use Todd Gurley as an all-around back. I’m impressed so far and look forward to seeing what he can produce in the future.

-Despite their heart-breaking loss to the Oakland Raiders on Thursday night, the Kansas City Chiefs have the league leader in passing yards (Alex Smith), rushing yards (Kareem Hunt), and second leader in receiving yards (Tyreek Hill).

-Shot out to some oldies but goodies still getting it done. Most know quarterbacks Tom Brady and Drew Brees are up in age, yet still performing. But what about the Carolina Panthers’ Julius Peppers at age 37 sixth in the league with 6.5 sacks?

-Props to Jeff Heath of the Dallas Cowboys. Heath is primarily a safety. However, he’s also a former high school kicker. Heath managed kickoff duties, 2/3 PATs, and a few tackles. This was a true throwback performance to the days of two-way players.

The Bad

-For all the talk about the New Orleans Saints now four-game win streak, their defense is still a sieve. They managed to give up 181 yards rushing to the Green Bay Packers knowing Aaron Rodgers was out at quarterback.

- Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy had the most touches (115) without a touchdown through week six than any other player in the league. Unacceptable for a player of his caliber coming off the year he had last year. He managed to score twice this week. The Bills are 4-2 after narrowly escaping the Tampa bay Buccaneers, but could easily be 2-4. Getting McCoy the ball more in scoring situations could help the Bills’ chances at success this year.

-The New York Jets are ruining their chances at taking a top quarterback in next year’s draft by playing well. I know winning is the name of the game, but Josh McCown isn’t the future, neither is any other quarterback on the roster. While I’m happy to see them playing well despite obvious appearances and moves in the offseason, don’t try too hard guys or you’ll ruin your chances for a top 3-5 pick.

The Ugly

-The Indianapolis Colts are a bad football team. They lost 27-0 to the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday and gave up 10 sacks. Even if franchise quarterback Andrew Luck was playing, I highly doubt their 2-5 record would be any better.

-Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer broke his arm in the team’s 33-0 loss to the Rams. At 37, I’m not sure how much Palmer has left. With wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (34) coming to the end of the road and newly acquired Adrian Peterson (32) filling in for David Johnson, I think it’s time the Cardinals hit the reset button.

-Cleveland Browns all-pro left tackle Joe Thomas tore his tricep Sunday against the Tennessee Titans ending his 10,363 consecutive snaps played streak. I admire his loyalty to the team and the fans, but I hope this gives him the impetus to ask for a trade to a contender. He’s a first ballot Hall of Famer who deserves to play more meaningful games before he hangs it up.

One thing I’ve learned over the course of this season is that there are no for sure title contenders. Teams I thought would not be very good, (Saints, Rams, Titans/Jags) are division leaders. On the contrary, teams I thought would be contenders (Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys, Oakland Raiders), aren’t leading their divisions and may not make playoffs. The parity the league has been looking for is definitely here this season. When asked this past weekend who I thought would be title contenders this year, I said half the damn league right now! Every team .500 and above has a shot to win this year at this point in time. Over the next few weeks, we should see water find its level.

*Bonus: Tweet of the day goes to @B1ackShefter with his Cam Newton/Rollo from Good Times comparison.

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It seems like every single day there is a new update on player testing positive for the Coronavirus. After a team outbreak on the Miami Marlins and new positive tests on the St. Louis Cardinals, it feels like the baseball season could be on the brink of being canceled by Rob Manfred if things do not get better fast.

ESPN MLB reporter and analyst Tim Kurkjian joined The Jake Asman Show on SportsMap Radio Monday to discuss this situation. Kurkjian presented a bleak outlook when asked if he thinks MLB will complete its season.

"I don't think we are going to make it through," Kurkjian said. "The game is in turmoil and it should be given what it is up against, a pandemic like we have never seen before. My guess is that if we have another outbreak like the Marlins or even like the Cardinals then that might be enough to say the schedule is too messed up, the integrity of the game is in question but most important the health and safety of all people around the game is in question, so that might be enough to say 'alright we aren't going to play' but that is a very difficult decision the commissioner does not want to make."

Multiple reports seem to indicate that several Marlins players went out to a bar and broke MLB's protocol as did a few of the Cardinals when they reportedly went to a casino on their road trip. Is it fair to blame the players if the season ends up getting canceled?

"I think the bottom line is when this started, we were asking a bunch of young guys in their early 20s to show discipline and restraint that maybe they haven't shown their whole life," Kurkjian said. "That was a challenge to begin with and obviously some mistakes have been made but to blame the players for this entirely I'm not sure that is fair either."

When asked about the recent altercation between Joe Kelly of the Dodgers and the Astros, Kurkjian said he wasn't surprised a player went after the Astros but knew that baseball was trying to send a message by suspending Kelly for eight games.

"Even though eight games was a harsh penalty, I think it was Major League Baseball saying 'we have to send a message,' Kurkjian said. "MLB is trying to social distance in the middle of a pandemic and the last thing they need is a brawl, a dustup of any kind. To me this was baseball through Joe Kelly telling everyone 'we're not putting up with this.'

You can listen to The Jake Asman Show weekdays from 8 AM -10 AM Central on SportsMap Radio.

You can listen to the full interview with Tim Kurkjian below:

https://open.spotify.com/episode/66WoodTsqgSVkzYkS1VPbi

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