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The Grueling Truth - Where Legends Speak / 9 Grueling Truth’s we learned during week 8 of the 2021 NFL season

9 Grueling Truth’s we learned during week 8 of the 2021 NFL season

Publish Date: 11/01/2021
Fact checked by: Mark Lewis
MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - OCTOBER 31: Cooper Rush #10 of the Dallas Cowboys throws a pass during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium on October 31, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)

1) Any given Sunday is not just a movie

If you don’t believe me, just ask the Cincinnati Bengals who got out=coached by the New York Jets on Sunday. The officials helped a little bit on a horrible helmet to helmet call on the Bengals late in the game. It’s hard to blame the officials when you play defense the way the Bengals did on Sunday. I know it’s an excuse to say this was a young team coming off a huge emotional win, but it is just that an excuse! Cincinnati got what they deserved on Sunday, now. Let’s see if they learn from it, or it destroys them?

2) Sean Payton is a damn good football coach

Payton on Sunday used the backup to the backup at QB in the second half and beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Now the question will be, can he do it for the rest of the year as Jameis Winston’s season looks to be done. I will say this; the roster is good enough that the Saints could still grab a wild card spot. If they do, Payton may then get a little coach of the year love.

3) Here comes Mac Jones and the Patriots

Mac Jones is looking like the real deal in New England! The Patriots have developed a winning formula over the last four games, winning 3. Nobody is a stat stuffer, but this was a game that the Patriots could have won by more than two touchdowns. Mac Jones so far has been the best quarterback from this draft class, and he is slowly pulling away. The Patriots are becoming a throwback to the early 2000’s Patriots as they beat you down with a solid defense, and the offence methodically wears you down.

4) Has the NFL figured out Justin Herbert

In Herbert’s last two games, the Ravens and the Patriots have shut him down. Last year the patriots also throttled Herbert, and you have to start to wonder if the NFL figured Herbert out or have the two best coaches in the NFL figured him out? Either way, a promising season for the Chargers is starting to hang in the balance, and they need to get the ship righted immediately before the season gets away from them.

5) Urban Meyer and Trevor Lawrence looks lost

The Jags were coming off a bye week and had two weeks to prepare, so you would think they could make it a game against a Geno Smith-led Seahawks offense and a Seahawks defense that has been bad. If you thought the Jags would be ready, you were wrong! The Jags looked lost as Trevor Lawrence was turned into the king of check downs by a bad Seahawks offense. Is Lawrence headed for bustville? My guess right now would be yes, as his mechanical errors still exist, which tells me there is nobody in Jacksonville to fix him.

6) Jimmy G is the Starter in San Fran, and Fields looks better

Please put the start Trey Lance fans to bed in San Francisco, Jimmy G is the best option at starting quarterback, and when it’s all said and done in San Francisco, the 49ers will wonder why they wasted a pick that high on Lance. On the other hand, Fields played his best game of the season so far as the Bears decided to roll him out and move the pocket. Rolling out and throwing on the run is Fields strength, and you have two wonder why they waited until yesterday to make it part of the game plan.

7) The Cleveland Browns are in trouble

The Browns didn’t just lose to Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh physically beat them. The Browns are now 4-4, and that three-game win streak seems to have happened a year ago; next up, the Browns face a must-win in Cincinnati against a hungry Bengals team that will be pissed off following a bad loss at New York on Sunday.

8) The Titans are a Super bowl threat

The Titans fell behind the Colts 14-0 on Sunday, but they found a way to win as they usually do. Derrick Henry was not dominant, but Ryan Tannehill and A.J. Brown were as the Titans overcame the early deficit to win over time and put the AFC South in a chokehold. The Titans now own a three-game division lead which includes two wins over the Colts already.

9) The Dallas Cowboys could be special

It wasn’t pretty, but how many teams can lose their pro bowl quarterback and go to Minnesota and win? The Cowboys defense stepped up, and backup Copper Rush threw a game-winning TD pass in the last minute as the Cowboys are now running away with the NFC East.

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