Great set of games last weekend, and a great set of games next week. The emergence of strong defenses during the waning weeks of the 2018 season continued, and the defenses did make their collective presences felt. No one scored more than 24 points (Dallas), and the only blow out was Indy over Houston 21-7.
Funny though was the fact that the top two defenses, Chicago and Baltimore both lost their games. At home, no less. Former San Diego zoomed out to a big lead, and nearly screwed the pooch as they sagged their defense midway through the 3rd quarter, and let the iffy rookie Lamar Jackson get his feet under him and nearly pull off the comeback.
Chicago on the other hand was pretty much dominated all game, yet still had the game within their grasp as a 43 yard FG attempt hit the left upright, AND the crossbar. Lost in all the anger around that kick, if you are a bears fan at least, is that the kick was tipped by Treyvon Hester. Juuuust enough to push the kick to the left.
The other games? Indy is looking fairly scary these days as they ride their 10-1 record to Kansas City. Indy dispatched the Houstons fairly easily as Houston never got rolling, and Luck played well, and Indy ran all over the Texans defense.
The Seattle Dallas game was a throwback game as both teams ran relentlessly all game. To the detriment of Seattle in my opinion. Seattle’s run game was stuffed all day, but Carroll kept going back to it time and again. 34 rushes for Dallas, and 24 rushes for Seattle. Which doesn’t sound like much till you realize that Seattle only threw 27 times, and Dallas threw 33 times. Elliot ran for over 100 yards, and pretty much kept Dallas rolling as Seattle had big problems establishing the run and had a shitload of 3-and-outs.
Good bunch of games, though.