By Michael Hurley, CBS dangolka
dangolka (CBS) — Blake Bortles bought a job this week. Nick Mullens performed some ball final weekend. Teddy Bridgewater resides with $33 million assured on his $63 million contract. Philip Rivers was a free agent for about 5 seconds earlier than getting handed $25 million. Nathan Peterman, Matt Schaub, Geno Smith (!), Matt Barkley, Andy Dalton, and Chase Daniel all stay gainfully employed NFL quarterbacks.
All of that is to say … some unusual selections on quarterbacks are made across the NFL frequently. If there’s anyone fixed about this unpredictable lead, it’s that executives and coaches will proceed to beef their selections on crucial place in staff sports activities.
And if Cam Newton continues on his present path, he’s going to make these beefings look beefier than any beefings which have been beefed earlier than.
I’ll cease saying beefed now, however after watching Cam Newton for 2 video games this season, there ought to be little or no doubt that he’s nonetheless able to taking part in quarterback at an especially excessive degree within the NFL. He gained’t stand amongst Patrick Mahomes and Russell Wilson or Aaron Rodgers as an MVP candidate, almost definitely. No. However he will be proper in that subsequent group, and he will proceed to be a novel twin risk, and he will proceed to win soccer video games.
And he might be doing it for a base wage of a bit over $1 million.
Well being was, clearly, concern No. 1, 2 and three relating to Newton within the offseason. Well being issues led to the Panthers dumping the face of their franchise, in an effort to throw money on the aforementioned Bridgewater. (Bridgewater has the Panthers sitting at 0-2, with one landing move and two interceptions to this point.) Well being issues then led to each staff treating Newton like discarded roadside rubbish for three-plus months.
To be clear, the New England Patriots had been a type of groups, however that wasn’t with out motive. The staff was left with nearly no wage cap area for the majority of their spring, thus retaining them out of the operating from signing nearly anybody. It’s seemingly, then, that Invoice Belichick kindly let Newton’s agent know that if the NFL MVP-caliber deal by no means materialized, the Patriots would supply what they may. And by the top of June, with not one different supply on the market, Newton took the naked minimal from the Patriots.
It’s humorous how downright fortunate the Patriots had been to have landed a participant like Newton in late June for free, as a Brian Hoyer-Jarrett Stidham 12 months in 2020 simply lacks a sure degree of juice that the season has with the imposing No. 1 standing within the shotgun in these snazzy new jerseys.
But it surely’s an entire lot funnier that not one NFL evaluator appeared on the 6-foot-5, 245-pound, extremely motivated Newton and thought, “You recognize what … it’s price a shot.”
Minnesota might have admitted its Kirk Cousins mistake, or at the least tried to make him higher with a official competitors. Philly might have performed the identical with Carson Wentz. Perhaps the Giants aren’t prepared to surrender on Daniel Jones … however perhaps Newton for 2020 makes them an entire lot extra viable. Identical with the Chargers. The Broncos certainly want they’d Cam Newton proper now (although there’s so much to love about Bortles, actually, should you’ll simply kindly comply with attend my no-obligation, three-hour seminar).
Clearly — clearly, clearly, clearly — it’s early. If Newton will get harm, then that is all largely for naught. That’s the case for Newton, simply as it’s for anybody within the NFL.
However to date, there have been three simple facets to Newton which are making an entire lot of individuals consider in his potential this 12 months: his operating, his passing, and his perspective.
The operating — regardless of the outcomes of Sunday’s ultimate play — is clear. He has 122 yards and 4 touchdowns on the bottom, tying him for the NFL lead in dashing scores. His 4.7-yard common per carry is efficient.
The passing wasn’t there in Week 1, main some to consider he’d be used primarily as a runner. Oh, you fools. Newton was 30-for-44 for 397 yards in Seattle. That was the third-highest single-game passing whole of his complete dang profession. The efficiency included some dimes, some moments of elite escapability and imaginative and prescient, and a should-have-been-the-game-winning-touchdown scene close to the top.
Throwing shoulder appears decently sturdy, should you had been to ask me.
After which there’s the perspective. The wedding of Newton and Invoice Belichick made many query if it might work. Newton himself was amongst these doubters. However the quarterback has mentioned and performed every thing proper. He’s impressed his teammates, who all love him and voted him a captain. He’s nonetheless himself — sharing exercise movies, sporting fancy clothes, talking his thoughts — however he’s nonetheless very a lot a Patriot.
It’s been fairly the scene to date. If it continues by way of October and November and December and even January … then man oh man oh man, it’s going to get an entire lot funnier.
(House staff in CAPS; Wednesday traces)
Miami (+3) over JACKSONVILLE
A matchup of Florida’s most OK-ish soccer groups. Gotta adore it, people.
Chicago (+3) over ATLANTA
It’s fascinating that the 2-Zero staff is an underdog towards the 0-2 staff. It’s extra fascinating that the staff coached by Dan Quinn after a Dan Quinn-esque meltdown that may even make Dan Quinn blush is favored in any respect.
BUFFALO (-2) over Los Angeles Rams
This one is completely made with my coronary heart, as a result of I wish to see the Payments enhance to 3-0, as a result of the world is best when the Payments are 3-0, and since all of us want the world to be a greater place.
Don’t screw it up, Jared Goff. Thanks upfront.
Washington Soccer Workforce (+7) over CLEVELAND
Like, I’m hoping that in some unspecified time in the future — perhaps by Week 6 — I can write “Washington Soccer Workforce” with out guffawing at its absurdity. Their staff identify was some extent of controversy without end; they didn’t have a backup staff identify within the chamber in case it lastly got here time to vary? After which they couldn’t even suppose shortly sufficient to provide you with something so that they needed to choose “FOOTBALL TEAM”?
If that’s not probably the most company American story of all time, then I don’t know what’s.
Anyway, this sport options the 30th-ranked passing offense towards the 29th-ranked passing offense. That’s enjoyable.
MINNESOTA (+2.5) over Tennessee
It’s admittedly a troublesome draw for the Vikings, who’re going to be preventing like hell to keep away from falling to 0-Three and primarily having their season ended earlier than October even begins. Little doubt about that.
However the Titans haven’t precisely discovered their 2019 fifth gear simply but, regardless of the 2-Zero report. It’s a must to consider the Vikings are ok to final by way of September.
Houston (+4) over PITTSBURGH
I freakin’ love selecting towards Houston, man. I actually do. Sadly, I really feel like they’re in the same place as Minnesota, the place they’re not so dangerous as to fall to 0-3. Houston additionally bought a tough deal with the schedule, getting Kansas Metropolis and Baltimore to start out the season. That ought to be unlawful.
NEW ENGLAND (-6) over Las Vegas
I imply, I don’t suppose you possibly can write the intro that I wrote after which choose the person to lose this week.
Within the “How Is That Doable?” division, do you know that this might be simply the second time Jon Gruden and Invoice Belichick have stood on opposing sidelines for the reason that Snow Bowl? That’s fairly wild, people, as a result of the Snow Bowl was performed in January of 2002, which … (checks calendar) … yup, that was a very long time in the past.
(The primary time they met after that history-altering night time got here in 2008, when Gruden’s Bucs visited the Patriots on a chilly December afternoon. The Patriots gained 28-0. Tom Brady threw a landing to offensive lineman Tom Ashworth. Chris Simms bought sacked seven occasions. Doug Flutie got here in late to kneel the ball twice. Seems that was a very long time in the past, too!)
NEW YORK GIANTS (+4) over San Francisco
It’s as if this line didn’t catch the information about the entire 49ers’ accidents.
Not my drawback.
PHILADELPHIA (-5.5) over Cincinnati
Do the Eagles stink? The Eagles may stink. Main stink potential emanating from Philadelphia.
They don’t stink sufficient to make me fear an excessive amount of about this one, but when Joe Burrow pulls that backdoor cowl magic for a second straight week, I additionally gained’t be stunned.
INDIANAPOLIS (-11) over New York Jets
Final week, I wrote this: “There might find yourself being a quantity that’s too excessive this 12 months for a Jets opponent to cowl. I can guarantee you: 6.5 just isn’t it.”
The Jets then went out and misplaced by 18 factors to one-half of a 49ers staff.
So this week, I’ll write this: There might find yourself being a quantity that’s too excessive this 12 months for a Jets opponent to cowl. I can guarantee you: 11 just isn’t it.
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (-6.5) over Carolina Panthers
On one facet, you’ve got a staff that misplaced its beginning quarterback resulting from a physician unintentionally puncturing his lung earlier than kickoff.
On the opposite facet, you’ve got a staff that simply misplaced the person who accounts for one thing like 97.eight p.c of their yards from scrimmage.
Powerful name, actually. However I don’t love the probabilities of Matt Rhule and Joe Brady with the ability to prepare dinner up a McCaffrey-less sport plan right here. How might you?
Tampa Bay (-6.5) over DENVER
That is most actually a me drawback, however the Bucs are far more boring than I anticipated they’d be. I hoped for some E-LEC-TRICITY out of the chute. As a substitute they’ve been in two actual grrrrrrinds. (I feel that sport towards Carolina remains to be being performed? Can we get a examine to see if it ended?)
Anyhow. Denver has misplaced its finest participant after which its beginning quarterback previously two weeks. Can the ever-inspiring Vic Fangio lead them out of bother?
In all probability not. You recognize?
Arizona (-5.5) over MATT PATRICIA’S DETROIT LIONS
As a reminder, Matt Patricia took credit score for probably the greatest fourth-quarter play calls in NFL historical past, so he’s unimpeachable.
Like this man proper right here?
Matt Patricia, who was employed to construct a protection and alter the tradition, is teaching up a no-energy unit that's lifeless final in ESPN's move rush win charge. It's not shut both.
29. Giants 33%
30. Rams 32%
31. Bengals 30%
32. Lions 19%https://t.co/kH8jaZThlz
— Hayden Winks (@HaydenWinks) September 23, 2020
That man just isn’t respecting the principles.
His soccer staff occurs to be 0-2, outscored by 42 factors of their final 5 quarters performed. However, once more, Malcolm Butler made a one-in-a-million play one time, so please, don’t dare questions Patricia’s strategies on the market in Detroit. These are the principles. Observe them. Thanks.
SEATTLE (-5.5) over Dallas
That’s the choose.
Inexperienced Bay (+3) over NEW ORLEANS
The entire “Drew Brees in prime time” factor is formally over. Must be an enormous night time for Aaron Rodgers, although. He’s having a good little begin to his season, with 604 passing yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions. A pleasant night time of dominating in prime time ought to elevate him to the extent of being mentioned on the entire nationwide reveals about probably being “again.”
And actually, youngsters, that’s why they play the sport.
BALTIMORE (-3.5) over Kansas Metropolis
We’re wheeling this one out in Week 3? Actually? So quickly? OK, should you say so.
I personally would have saved this one for someday in mid-November, however as is the case with most issues, no person requested me.
It’s a troublesome name with the sport, as selecting towards the Chiefs on any given week is an objectively silly factor to do. However their protection has had just a few issues. Granted, the Ravens’ lone drawback has been turning the ball over, so it’s potential that they work one another out. However within the made-up stats division, the Ravens appear to be they’re coming into 2020 with a bit bit extra edge. In the event that they find yourself profitable, I’ll look tremendous good. In the event that they lose, I’ll by no means once more acknowledge what I mentioned.
Yeah child. Soccer season is again.
Final week: 9-7
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