Welcome to the recap blog. Weekly results are a silly thing to track -- the small sample and high variance nature of the NFL makes them totally irrelevant. However, I do feel it's important to have an easy place to track all our bets, where we can easily see how we're performing over a larger sample size.
Atlanta @ Miami (+2.5)
Although Miami turned the first drive of the game into a 14 play, 75 yarder that resulted in a Tua Tagovailoa touchdownn pass to Isaiah Ford, things got ugly after that. The Falcons proceeded to put up 20 unanswered, a stretch which included a Miami blocked field goal and a Tua interception. Miami finally got back on the board in the third quarter, thanks to Tua's second touchdown pass of the day, this time to Mike Gesicki, and it was 20-14. Both teams then procceeded to mimic each other: both punted, both threw interceptions, and both had touchdown drives, leading to a 27-21 Atlanta lead. Matt Ryan then fumbled on their own 35 yard line and Miami recovered. With excellent field position, the Dolphins were able to score another touchdown, this one being Tua's 4th of the day, giving them a 28-27 lead with 2:27 to go. Atlanta then had a successful 2 minute (plus) drill, leading to a Younghoe Koo 36 yard field goal as time expired. Atlanta wins by 2, and therefore we win by half a point. It was nice to finally have one go our way.
Performances to note:
-Tua had his second impressive game in a row, completing 80% of his passes, gaining 7.3 yards per attempt, and throwing 4 TDs. He threw two interceptions as well, but only one was his fault.
-Rookie Jaylen Waddle caught 7 passes for 83 yards. Waddle and Tua, who played together at Alabama, have clear chemistry.
-DE Emmanuel Ogbah had 6 pressures, 3 hurries, and 3 QB hits on the day.
-On the Falcons side, Kyle Pitts had another monster day receiving. He caught 7 balls for 163 yards. Although the Dolphins were able to slow down Calvin Ridley (4 catches, 26 yards, 1 touchdown), they had no answer for Pitts.
Final score: Atlanta 30, Miami 28 (won 2 units)
Houston (+18.5) @ Arizona
The Texans started out with a 5-0 lead, thanks to a safety and a field goal. They scored zero (0) points after that, and Arizona scored 31. I figured Arizona wouldn't have issues scoring, but the hope was the Texans could put up a few scores to at least give us some back door/garbage time cover outs. That did not happen. I have nothing further to say about this game.
Performances to note:
-Kyler Murray, who is firmly in the MVP race, completed 71.4% of his passes, gained 9.3 yards per attempt and threw 3 TDs. He threw an interception as well, but it was not his fault.
-The entire Cardinals offensive line, outside of RG Josh Jones, excelled in pass protection.
-Cardinals DE Markus Golden had 2 sacks and 3 pressures.
-On the Texans side, I'd like to highlight nobody.
Final score: Arizona 31, Houston 5 (lost 1 unit)
Week 7: Houston Sucks, Apparently (1-1, +1 unit)
Season total: 8-10, -2 units