NFL 2018 Week 4: The Good, The Bad and The Fugly…IDP edition

imaage courtsey of brobible.com

So for Week 4 we are going to work backwards.  While there was much that was good, and some bad…it is probably most memorable for the fugly.

The Fugly

Earl Thomas, DB, Seattle Seahawks

While I cannot even fathom what Thomas has/is going through, here is what we know:

Thomas wanted more.  The Seahawks were reluctant to give him more or allow another organization to do so.  So Thomas played the waiting game.  Then Thomas returned to the Seahawks.  Then Thomas missed practices, but played game time…and he played well.

And then there was Week 4.  Thomas broke his leg in the Seahawks 20-17 victory over the Arizona Cardinals.  As he was carted off the field, and being patted sympathetically by the opposing team, Thomas infamously gave his middle finger salute to the Seahawks’ sideline.

The injury ended Thomas’ season.  It most likely ended his tenure with the Seahawks.  And now…for now it has ended how we define a graceful exit.

The Bad 

Bruce Irvin, DE, Oakland Raiders

It seems almost unfair to single out one Oakland Raiders’ defensive player as being “bad” when in truth the entire defense is not good.  Jon Gruden may not miss Khalil Mack, but his defense surely does.

And for Irvin, the man who was voted  the 85th top 100 player, whom much is given, much is to be expected. And oops, that just isn’t happening with Irvin.  To date, in four weeks of play, he has racked up a total of four tackles.  Yes, you read that correctly, he has four tackles in four weeks. I am no math wiz, but that appears to be one tackle for each game he has played.  Oh, he also has two sacks.

That’s not good.  That’s bad.

The Good

Jadeveon Clowney, DE, Houston Texans

Speaking of to whom much is given, Clowney came into the league with high expectations.  Injuries and what not have put those expectations on hold.  But it appears he may be coming into his own.

4 solo tackles, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble and 2 running plays stopped behind line for a loss of 6 yards. Lets not forget the fumble recovery which led to him scoring a touchdown.

In a game where talk was dominated by a coaches call in the waning minutes of the game, don’t forget how good Clowney was through the entire game.

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