QC's Week 8
If there was any doubt that Jets owner Woody Johnson will thoroughly clean
house at the end of season it was put to rest in a 43-23 embarrassment at home
against Buffalo. The total ineptness of Rex Ryan's team was on full display.
New York committed 6 turnovers, including 3 first quarter interceptions that
got QB Geno Smith a seat on the bench. When the Jets weren't turning it over,
their QCYPA was barely above 3 yards per attempt. On the other side of ball,
journeyman Bills QB Kyle Orton posted 14.882 QCYPA on 17 attempts. It was the
most productive day for an NFL QB since St. Louis' Kellen Clemens posted 15.750
QCYPA on 16 attempts in Week 10 of 2013 against Indianapolis.
A week after shutting out A.J. Green-less Cincinnati with a lot of aggressive
Cover 0, Indianapolis saw its defense collapse in a 51-24 loss at Pittsburgh.
Ben Roethlisberger passed for 522 yards and 6 TDs, including a pair to rookie
WR Martavis Bryan, who looks like a keeper. If the Chuck Pagano's team is going
to get past Denver's P-rex or New England's Tom Brady in the playoffs, the real
Indianapolis defense needs to stand up.
Tennessee looks like it has thrown in the towel on 2014. HC Ken Whisenhunt
started rookie QB Zach Mettenberger in a 30-16 loss to Houston. Although
Mettenberger's final statistics looked respectable, the game was not as close
as the final score. Whisenhunt came into the season ranked No. 32 in play
design +/- and turnover +/- among active NFL coaches. He has never been able to
stick with a QB. A season that looked like it could be surprisingly pleasant
after Jake Locker led the Titans to a surprising Week 1 victory in Kansas City
is now swirreling the drain. QC tossed his Tennessee to win the AFC South
future ticket in the garbage.
On the other hand, the Chiefs have righted themselves after starting 0-2,
suffering significant injuries on defense, and looking like perhaps the worst
team in the NFL. Kansas City's pass rush battered Rams QB Austin Davis in a
34-7 wipeout. If that keeps up, it is possible that the AFC West will
contribute 3 teams to the playoffs in 2014 just as it did in 2013.