The AFC South suffered two major losses in Week 7. The Texans and Colts both lost Pro Bowl players that are well-respected members of their respective locker rooms. The Jaguars and Titans, however, were able to stay relatively-injury free.
I don’t understand how the Colts lost games to the Chargers and the Dolphins, but walked away with wins against San Francisco, Seattle and dethroned the undefeated Broncos. I’m sure someone somewhere has some hot takes. Apparently, confused identities are a thing this year. Last season, it was Bruce Arians Cheap Jerseys Soccer and the seven-step drop of death. This year, it’s Pep Hamilton taking the ball out of Andrew Luck’s hands to push the power run. But Sunday night they let Luck be Luck again. And, as noted by Bill Barnwell at Grantland, those first half drives that had Luck doing most of the work accounted for 24 points.
Back during my playing days Herm Edwards was our defensive backs coach with the Bucs for a time, and he would give us motivational speeches from time to time. I can’t remember the whole thing but I do remember him giving one of those fire and brimstone speeches and saying that he wanted our defense to attack Cheap Jerseys Soccer China like a “ball of butcher knives.” That was quite the colorful turn of phrase and for some reason it always stuck with me.
No matter, the Dolphins’ Hail Mary attempt with no time left on the clock did not make it into and of their wide receivers’ hands. And so they lost a game right at the end that they had a very good chance to win.
There are no guarantees that the Dolphins could have run the ball to get a first down or two and get into field goal position. And yes a one-point lead isn’t exactly something to hang your hat on. But had they run the clock down and punted I would have put my money on the Dolphins’ defense holding the Bills, who were once again starting a backup quarterback, instead of betting on my right tackle’s ability to block Mario Williams on a pass play.