By HCR Staff | Nov. 26, 2018
Seven key observations from Week 12 in the NFL:
• Josh Allen is going to be a good quarterback for the Buffalo Bills. He definitely is raw, but he is a fierce competitor and incredibly athletic. Allen, who had a touchdown run and a touchdown pass in Buffalo’s 24-21 win over the Jaguars Sunday, is somewhat similar to Cam Newton in that he can take over at times with his athleticism.
• The Saints are playing at a very high level in all three phases at the moment. They have some very physical games left on the schedule, but if they get out of those games relatively healthy, they will be a heavy favorite to play in the conference championship.
• It’s clear that a change is needed in Cincinnati. The Bengals simply are far too inconsistent. To be fair to head coach Marvin Lewis, they obviously have had a lot of injuries, but even when healthy, it is very difficult to predict their quality of play from week to week.
• Broncos head coach Vance Joseph still is learning on the job, but we do see slight Improvement. The defense continues to play hard, and young playmakers such as running back Phillip Lindsay and wide receiver Courtland Sutton have a promising future. Joseph still is too up and down as a game manager, however, but the Broncos have played a tough schedule this year and have had a lot of close finishes.
• We don’t understand why Giants head coach Pat Shurmur chose to go for two points after scoring the game’s first touchdown and taking a lead on the Eagles. They were going to kick the extra point, but an Eagles penalty put the ball on the 1-yard line so Shurmur opted for the two-point conversion. They failed. We saw no justification for this, and the extra-point he passed up proved to be critical throughout the game.
• Similarly, we do not understand why Panthers head coach Ron Rivera chose to go for a fourth down and nearly 3 instead of taking a chip-shot field goal at the outset of the game. What is wrong with a 3-0 lead at the outset of a game?
• Our vote for Defensive Rookie of the Year goes to Colts linebacker Darius Leonard. He is the next great defensive player in the NFL, and if he played for a team in a larger market, he would be receiving far more recognition. But he is a spectacular athlete and a lot of fun to watch.