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.
Cleveland (+2.5) @ Cincinnati
What a beat down. The Browns jumped out to a 24-10 lead at the half and never looked back.
Performances to note:
-Baker Mayfield had easily his best game of the season, completing 66.7% of his passes, gaining 10.4 yards per attempt, 2 touchdowns, 0 picks, 4 big time throws, 0 turnover worthy plays, and a 89.8 PFF grade.
-Joe Burrow had a much tougher day at the office, though there was a lot put on his plate with the Bengals trailing the entire game. Burrow was 40/46 (70%) for 282 yards (7.1 average), 0 TDs, 2 picks, 2 big time throws, 1 turnover worthy play, and a PFF grade of 63.6.
-Rookie Ja'Mar Chase was targeted 13 times but caught just 6 balls for 49 yards. Browns CB Denzel Ward had a great game covering chase, giving up 0 receptions on 2 targets. In total, Ward was targeted 4 times and gave up just a single catch for 11 yards.
-4 different Browns defenders had 4 pressures (Malik McDowell, Myles Garrett, Sheldon Day, and CB Troy Hill)
Final score: Cleveland 41, Cincinnati 16 (won 2 units)
Buffalo @ Jacksonville (+14.5)
Trevor Lawrence was bad. The Jags put up 9 points total. And the Bills -- yeah, the Buffalo fucking Bills. Arguably the best offense in the league against one of the worst defenses in the league. Still. Could. Not. Win.
Performances to note:
-Josh Allen had 3 turnover worthy plays, 2 INTs, and 0 TDs (obviously). Ge gained a measly 5.6 yards per attempt. Gross.
-Yeah, Lawrence wasn't great either. He completed just 57.7% of his passes and gained only 4.5 yards per attempt.
-I refuse to make another fucking Josh Allen on Josh Allen joke. Holy shit that got over-played fast. But yes, Josh Allen, the defensive end for the Jaguars, had an incredible game. He had 5 pressures, 1 sack, 4 hurries, 6 tackles, 4 run stops, and an INT.
-Jags CB Shaq Griffin, in 56 coverage snaps, was targeted 5 times and gave up just 3 catches for 34 yards.
Final score: Jacksonville 9, Buffalo 6 (won 1 unit)
Week 9: Both Dogs Won Outright, Again (2-0, +3 units)
Season total: 12-11, +4 units