There are some pretty underrated things in the world. Like when you’re fast forwarding through your favorite show and you stop at just the right moment when that final commercial ends. That’s like the best feeling, right? I mean, right when you see that couple settle into their respective tubs, you hit play and boom, the show starts right after that final side-effect warning is read and you see the TV-M box in the upper corner. Oh man, that is so sweet.
Well, maybe not as sweet as when Del Taco jersey finally decided to put full tomato slices in their tacos. Not cubed tomatoes like a hooligan would use. But I’m talking about a proper tomato slice that takes up nearly the whole side of the taco shell. I mean, the tomato cubes just seem lazy. Because you just know you’re being cheated.
Andy Reid’s club manhandled Oakland’s high-powered attack for the second time this season, vaulting from the AFC’s No. 5 seed to the two-hole behind the Patriots. The Raiders, on the other hand, plummeted from the mountain top to the fifth spot formerly occupied by Kansas City. The Chiefs’ first victory in 44 years with a negative-three turnover differential was a balanced effort, led by Bob Sutton’s defense, Tyreek Hill’s dynamic kick-return ability and Alex Smith’s out-of-body experience as a mad bomber blowing up Jack Del Rio’s secondary. The Chiefs are now an NFL-best 20-3 in their last 23 regular-season games, leading the league with a plus-197 point differential over that span. They have not lost a game in December since 2014.
It would be edgy to bury the Patriots behind Oakland, but we’re talking about a coach-and-quarterback combination that hasn’t missed the playoffs since 2002 (not counting the Matt Cassel season of ’08). New England has notched 10-plus wins in 14 straight seasons, the second-longest streak in NFL history. The loss of game-changing tight end Rob Gronkowski is concerning — it’s proven fatal in the past — but nobody catches Bill Belichick jersey and Tom Brady jersey by surprise. Can they be beaten? Yes. Will it be for lack of preparation and experience? Never.
Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson jersey was the only player to win multiple awards at the Home Depot College Football Awards presentation Thursday in Atlanta. He took home two of the night’s most prestigious honors, the Maxwell Award and cheap jerseys and the Walter Camp Award, both of which go to the nation’s top player.
Jackson, who is also a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, led the Cardinals to a 9-3 record with dazzling athleticism, passing for 3,390 yards and rushing for 1,538 while accounting for 51 touchdowns (30 passing, 21 rushing). He’ll get a chance to add to those totals on Dec. 31 against LSU in the Citrus Bowl.
Hayward has been able to make plays partly because understands weak concepts. He lines up on the right side of the defense and is often on an island. On the back side, the cornerback sometimes receives help at the beginning of the play, but if the help doesn’t immediately move your way, you’re on your own. There’s a lot of pressure to not get beat because it’s hard for the OLB or safety to get to the receiver once the ball is thrown. However, Hayward has handled his business in one-on-one coverage and plays routes well, including a comeback route (when the QB delivers the ball at the same time the receiver turns to catch it), dig route (when a receiver runs a few yards and turns toward the middle) and go route (when a receiver runs straight upfield).