Week 12’s Sunday Night Football showdown is getting billed as Peyton Manning versus Tom Brady, but quarterbacks don’t play each other — teams do. The Daily Win breaks down the strengths (offense) and weaknesses (defense) of both teams.
An opening 62-yard TD to Danny Noble generated Fantasy points for no one, but it did generate some brief hope that the Jags could mount an improbable two-game win streak. Those hopes were quickly dashed by a tough Cards defense and a turn-back-the-clock air show from Carson Palmer that highlighted the ineptitude of the Jags’ woebegone secondary. Chad Henne did manage more than 230 passing yards to guys not named Cecil Shorts, so at least there’s that. But all in all, this No. 1 Draft Choice train has no brakes.
Granted, a lot of gains came undone in 2017, when Indiana threw more and fell back to 67th in Off. S&P+. Still, Johns inherits not only Franklin (3,639 rushing yards in three years) and Bogan (1,974 in two), but also sophomore Davon Tucker, juniors LaVonte Bellamy and Leo Ekwoge, and redshirt freshman Matt Falcon, a one-time Michigan commit still working back from multiple knee injuries.
Andy Dalton doesn’t look like the long-term answer at quarterback, but there’s also a chance he plays just well enough to leave a glimmer of hope. Cincinnati’s defense is solid on all three levels, but depth at linebacker is needed. Christian Jones of Florida State comes in just ahead of Kyle Van Noy in our rankings and gets the nod at this pick.
On this carry, Richardson should have his shoulders square to the line of scrimmage coming down hill at this point (red). Instead, his shoulders are still turned and he is looking too make a move on the unblocked defender while still in the backfield (yellow)