NFL Week 10

The Dolphins have won 5 straight and 6 of 7.

Jim Rome
November 16, 2020 - 9:29 am
Tua Tagovailoa

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It’s middle of November and I am starting off a Monday show with a statement I didn’t think I would be making at the start of this year: the Miami Dolphins are good. The Miami Dolphins are really good.

They’ve won 5 straight and 6 of 7. The defense is no joke, Tua is doing exactly what they need him to do.

Not only is Tua no joke, he just outplayed Justin Herbert yesterday. And yes, I know it was just one game, but for all those dopes doubting Miami for taking Tua, you feel about chasing that crow sando with a nice serving of humble pie ala mode for desert? Again, I love Herbert. But Tua’s got star written all over him. He’s 3-0, they’ve ripped five in a row, and Brian Flores is the best of the Hood’s dying coaching tree: because the Dolphins matter: they matter a helluva lot and way before anyone thought they would. 

And unfortunately, I have to chase that good news with some bad news. Because you know its bad news when Drew Brees is taking himself out of a game. He never does that.   But he did yesterday against the Niners. And you know it’s even worse when he’s not guaranteeing that he’ll be out there for Week 11.

Not only is he not guaranteeing that he’ll be out there for Week 11, but he’s saying things like this:

"I'm just taking it one day at a time. I've done that this entire season. And I’ll continue to do that. I'm not sure what tomorrow holds. But you can know I'm gonna do everything I can to be as effective as I possibly can come next week. I mean, nothing's a long-term thing. It's just a matter of how long it's gonna be. And honestly, I really don't know. It's not something, quite to this extent, that I’ve experienced."

Damn, that does not sound good. And it didn’t look good when he took a shot from Kentvaious Street in the first half.

Brees tried to gut it out, but he couldn’t go in the second half. Again, this is a guy who’s only missed six games in his 20 year career and five of them came last year when he shredded a thumb ligament.

When he’s talking like that, it sure seems like Sean Payton is going to have to decide on Jameis Winston or Taysom Hill for Sunday next Sunday. They’ve proven they can win without Brees; they would obviously just rather not be in that position; even if Brees isn’t quite what he used to be. Sure, it’s a next man up league: unless the next man up is trying to fill the shoes of one of the best to ever do it. And to the question of is it Jamesis or Taysom? I don’t know. I don’t’ think their teammates even know. Now we wait on Brees’ MRI and X rays. 

Here's another question: has anyone see the Baltimore Ravens? And what the hell happened to that team?

Remember when they smashed the Browns to start the season and looked like a Super Bowl contender? Neither do I.  .

They’ve lost two of three and they look nothing like themselves. I get that last night’s game in New England looked like it was played inside a car wash, but shouldn’t bad weather help them? Aren’t they built for it?

If you made me pick which team would be better in a typhoon, I would’ve said the Ravens. And I would’ve been wrong. And that doesn’t happen very often. Not to be arrogant, but I’m not sure it has EVER happened. 

And yes, I know they’re banged up, but this is more than that. Their mojo is gone. So is their swagger. Losing to KC and Pittsburgh is one thing, but getting worked by this Patriots team is another. Lamar doesn’t look like himself, he’s been talking about defenses calling out their plays, and after last night’s game he was pissed.

"We're ticked off. Don't nobody like losing ... Especially when we have a lot of talent on our team. We've just got to regroup."

They better regroup. Stat. Because, they’re now sitting in the final playoff spot in the AFC. And they’re not showing any signs at all of coming out of this freefall.

They’re already three games behind the Pittsburgh Steelers, because the Pittsburgh Steelers are still undefeated. Ben Roethlisberger didn’t practice last week due to Covid protocols and it didn’t matter. He had his best game of the season: 333 yards and four touchdowns, including two to Chase Claypool.

I’ve said it before and I will say it again, if you’re an opposing defense, you really should try to cover Chase Claypool. It would be a good idea. Then again, I don’t think it really matters, because even when you cover him, he’s still open.

And one other thing on the Pittsburgh Steelers: they are 9-0 now. Has there even been a more quiet 9-0 team in the history of the NFL?

If the Tom Brady Patriots were 9-0 or the Tom Brady Buccaneers were 9-0, you’d never hear the end of it. Same for KC or Baltimore, and yet the Pittsburgh Steelers do it and nobody even notices.

As long as we’re talking about big-name teams with good records.

You know what that means. You know where I’m going with. Vegas baby! Because the Las Vegas Raiders are 6-3. I’m still not used to saying Las Vegas Raiders and I’m not used to the Raiders looking like an actual football team. It has been a minute or two since that was the case. 

And yes, I know they just put a beating on the 3-6 Broncos, and they didn’t necessarily look great in the first half, but they beat the crap out of the Broncos in the second half. And that’s what good teams do, they beat bad teams badly.  While CHUNK GRUDEN might not be missing any meals, apparently, he’s not missing the opportunity to build a bully either.  Because we know who will and won’t go... And the Raiders will and they did with the Broncos. 

I’m not quite ready to say the Raiders are all the way back, but when they’re punching their opponents in the face, metaphorically and literally, they’re pretty close to being back.

And then there are the Cleveland Browns, America’s Team. The team all of America loves. And one or two of you dopes, hate. Yesterday, they took on the Houston Texans and Mother Nature, and beat them both. Myles Garrett was doing what he does and Nick Chubb was back to do what he does – rushing for 126 yards on 19 carries. And that includes this rip to ice the win.

That is a heady play. And I know it might’ve hurt some of you in fantasy or other endeavors, but that is what you’re supposed to do in that situation. Nick Chubb did what Todd Gurley couldn’t do earlier. 

"I got a call from the coaches, from [quarterback] Baker [Mayfield] to not score, get a first down to end the game. So that's what I did. Luckily the run was a little longer because I didn't think about it until the last 10 yards."

And that call? The call is actually “no mas.” That’s the code word that Kevin Stefanski gave them before the play.

Yes, that is how far the Browns have come. While you all were doubting and hating, the Browns were working on their craft. While you were clowning them and their offense for not being able to score, they were getting better, to the point that they had a code word for when they shouldn’t score.

Because they knew they would be in a position like this. And if you’re asking for Nick Chubb to apologize for costing you a fantasy matchup or a few bucks, keep moving. “I guess I feel bad from that aspect. But we got the W. That’s what matters most.”

It sure as hell is. 6-3, haters. A win is a win. Win’s are hard to get in the NFL. But hating is and always has been the easiest thing in the world. Scoreboard: per usual, look up at it. And per usual, on behalf of America’s quarterback, America’s team and yes, America’s running back, I, we accept your apology.