The Falcons gave up a lot to select Julio Jones in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft, but it was seen as a great deal given the offensive talent already on the team. And it has indeed turned out to be a good deal, as Jones and Roddy White formed the most feared wide receiver duo in the league. But White has struggled this year, and the Falcons offense looks just as bad as the rest of the team.
Jones, on the other hand, has been good throughout. In fact, he is having his best season yet, with 82 receptions for 1,169 yards and five touchdowns entering Monday. He had a huge game against the Packers and was the lone bright spot in Atlanta’s offense, finishing with 11 receptions for 259 yards and a touchdown. His impressive TD made it a 10-point game in the fourth:
The Raiders and Giants showed signs of life, and both teams are still worth watching despite their low rankings on this list. New York has a budding superstar in Odell Beckham Jr. The LSU product went off this week to the tune of 11 catches for 130 yards and touchdown. He also returned four punts for 49 yards and rushed for 9 yards. The rookie just about connected on a 60-yard bomb downfield on an end-around throw, but it was broken up.
Meanwhile, Derek Carr looks like the real deal, and he slung it while connecting on 22 of 28 passes for 254 yards and three touchdowns in an upset victory over the Niners. He looks like the answer the Raiders have been looking for in terms of a franchise quarterback, so they’ve got that going for them, which is nice.
Limited Mens Ndamukong Suh Jersey One last thing for this week that might be noteworthy: The Jaguars aren’t the worst team in the NFL anymore, and they’re probably not even the worst team in their division at this point. That distinction might belong to the Titans, who have now lost seven straight.
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I still think Manziel is a bit of a turd whose attitude will ultimately have to change before he can maximize his talent, I’m also sure that he is going to be just what the doctor ordered for the Browns when he gets his shot. The whole locker room is going to get excited about playing again, and that’s enough of a reason to hand him the reins.