NFL 2018 Week 11: The Good, the Bad and the Fugly….Samson was delightful

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Week 11 is done in the NFL and yes my word play on Samson and Delila is bad…let’s just get past that.  This was a week that almost rivaled the absurdity of…last week.  It is getting harder and harder to predict who will ball out and who will shat the bed.

Luckily at the end of it all there is still the good, the bad and the fugly to rely on:

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Samson Ebukam, Linebacker, Los Angeles Rams

In a game that lived up to its 65.5 point over/under spread (by 35 points or so no less), there was some defensive plays to be had.  And oh, yeah they mostly belonged to the Los Angeles Rams and their front seven.  While it is hard to say a defense dominated, a game that saw a score of 54-51, this front seven of the Rams is no joke.

And while they all were pretty good, Samson Ebukam was great.  How great you ask? Ebukam collected 3 total tackles, 1 sack, 1 interception, and 1 fumble recovery.  And that’s good.  But it was two defensive touchdowns that made the fantasy stats tingle.  And two defensive touchdowns is great.


Darius Leonard, Linebacker, Indianapolis Colts

Okay, I am back on board. Darius Leonard is a bad man.  Yes, he has had some average games, but even his average games are netting you more points than some of those “name brand” linebackers you just can’t quit.

Week 11 stats: 7 total tackles, 1 sack, 1 interception 1 forced fumble.   Okay, it was against the Tennessee Titans, an offense that is offensively challenged, but that just means he did more with less.

On the year Leonard’s stats: 104 total tackles, 5 sacks, 1 interception, 3 passes defended, 4 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries.  “Mama that’s a bad man”.


Malcolm Jenkins, Safety, Philadelphia Eagles

Don’t get me wrong, Malcolm Jenkins had a decent day against a formidable opponent.

This fugly is more about the mismatches head coach Sean Payton seems to find and exploit regardless of the score.  This week it was Jenkins against Alvin Kamara for yet another New Orleans Saints touchdown.

Week 9 it was Los Angeles Rams safety Marcus Peters against wide receiver Michael Thomas.

If there is a mismatch, Payton is going to find it and exploit it, that you can count on.  And while that really isn’t fugly for the Saints’ faithful, it does not bode well for the defensive player getting posterized.

Alex Smith injury

Don’t get me wrong, I like JJ Watt (not as much as TJ truth be told) and in no way think he goes out to injury another player.  But if any other player went in for the tackle on quarterback Alex Smith while strong safety Kareem Jackson had him firmly in his grasp, and broke his leg, would they get the same non-committal treatment as Watt is receiving?

Just asking for a friend.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!!!!

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