We do a ton of insightful, thoughtful, and serious features here at Footballguys with smart people thinking deeply for you.
This is not one of those features.
This is Random Shots and it's a few pages of me downloading my goofy and dysfunctional mental hard drive that gets stuffed with way too many random items from too many hours watching, reading about, and listening to football every weekend and throughout the week. It's the only way I manage. Here's hoping it has some value for you.
We'll see. Now let's get to it.
Three hours condensed to three seconds.
Bills game recap. pic.twitter.com/G2LErH383z— Joe Bryant (@Football_Guys) September 27, 2020
Alvin Kamara, you're kind of ridiculous.
Not a smart play to relax like this from DK Metcalf. And a heads-up play from Trevon Diggs. Although let's be fair, the better play by Diggs would've been not to get torched to begin with. He makes a great recovery though.
Keep an eye on Diggs. I listened to an interview with Aqib Talib this summer and he couldn't stop raving about the rookie Diggs.
Shannon Sharpe not playing around with Skip here...
You guys like my new tatðŸ¤£ðŸ¤£ðŸ¤£ðŸ¤£ðŸ¤£ðŸ¤£ðŸ¤£ pic.twitter.com/7COhpzWrDA— shannon sharpe (@ShannonSharpe) September 28, 2020
My timeline take on Joe Burrow:
Preseason: I'm not sure he'll make it.
After Week 1: He's good.
After Week 2: He's really good.
After Week 3: I'm not sure he'll make it.
Man.. I hope Joe’s alright. This hit is INSANE.pic.twitter.com/58yfjjGnHa— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) September 27, 2020
God Bless you Falcons Fans. This is rough. No more roasting for a while.
Falcons are 1st team since at least 2000 to lose 2 games in 1 season when leading by 15+ points in 4th quarter. They did it in back-to-back weeks— Josh Dubow (@JoshDubowAP) September 27, 2020
This is kind of alarming...
I get players and coaches wanting to celebrate. But headbutts probably aren't the best idea. When only one person is wearing a helmet.
Interesting stat from Peter King.
Lamar Jackson has played 27 NFL games.
He's been behind at halftime in 6 of those games.
And lost all 6.
For the 21 games he's been ahead at half, he's 21-0.
This fits exactly with what I said Tuesday morning after the game. Going back to the Titans playoff loss last year.
From a big picture view for me, the difference between Kansas City and Baltimore:— Joe Bryant (@Football_Guys) September 29, 2020
When Kansas City is down 10, nobody is worried.
When Baltimore is down 10, it feels over.
Glitch in the Matrix...
Sometimes Random Shots writes itself. pic.twitter.com/msUpzrKxhW— Joe Bryant (@Football_Guys) September 25, 2020
Hat Tip to Corey Alan Carrender.
I expected Cam Newton to respond well to Bill Belichick's coaching.
What I didn't expect was how much Newton would affect Belichick...
God Bless the Internet.
We don't deserve Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Music Note this week.
Clem Snide is a band I started listening to last year. They're one of those "overnight sensations". That started in 1991... Apparently, a ton of you like them too as I've had a ton of email about him. Eef Barzelay is the singer here. He's got a chill Americana vibe and If that's your jam, I bet you'll like him too.
Lane Kiffin's back with big-time college football. Right where he belongs.
Dan Mullen arriving to the stadium for a SEC football game vs Lane Kiffin arriving to the stadium for a SEC football game pic.twitter.com/jKDB8Sm5mj— Gators Uniform Tracker (@GatorsUnis) September 26, 2020
Tom Pelissero is one of my favorite reporters. You know he was smirking with that last sentence...
There's a balanced offense. And then there's a Mike Leach balanced offense.
ya that’s balanced pic.twitter.com/u9zmdi5yt0— Nate Tice (@Nate_Tice) September 26, 2020
On that note, Leach is easily my favorite college coach.
Never change Mike Leach pic.twitter.com/ghFgCVzaGZ— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) September 27, 2020
Finally some common sense in the early/late game schedules last week. Why is this so difficult?
For the first time this season there are only 8 games in the early window and 5 games in the afternoon window today and to be honest it should be like that every week.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) September 27, 2020
I remember when everyone thought Cole Beasley was dumb for leaving the spotlight of Dallas for Buffalo. I think this is working out for him just fine.
Never let it be said the Broncos don't have a sense of humor.
Who's old enough to remember the tear-away jerseys? It's a different world...
You shouldn't need more reasons to distrust small sample sizes. But here's one just in case.
Entering Sunday, the Patriots ranked 3rd in the NFL in 3rd down offense, converting 54.5 pct of 3rd downs in 2020— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) September 27, 2020
The Raiders entered the day ranked last in 3rd down defense, allowing opponents to convert 58.3 pct of 3rd downs
Over their first 4 drives, NE are 0-5 on 3rd down
"He would have been a wide receiver if he could catch" is something said about some defensive backs.
Harrison Smith is not one of those defensive backs.
We can make this game too difficult. Some things are as simple as "Don't put a linebacker one-on-one covering Terry McLaurin."
I can't remember a time when there were more athletic tight ends in the game.
Hurdles are awesome.
Until they are not awesome.
Don't lose your fantasy football league...
This was his forfeit for finishing bottom in fantasy football ðŸ˜‚— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) September 29, 2020
(via jonfullerdesigns/Instagram) pic.twitter.com/oPkt5lfCM1
Hat Tip to David Dodds.
Never underestimate blocking after a pass reception.
I'm not surprised anymore by much of anything. But there seems to be a never ending supply of these...
I hope you find someone who appreciates you like Aaron Rodgers...
Remember this summer when we all were in love with A.J. Dillon's calves?
Are the Packers just toying with us? They're one of the best teams in the league and their first and second-round draft picks this year have barely seen the field.
The Bears are 3-0. They've scored 12 more points than their opponents this year.
But you know what? They only count Wins and Losses at this level.
It's three games, but Cam Newton seems to be having the time of his life.
“Bruh.” pic.twitter.com/Od4w9wPtXc— Ian Steele (@IanSteeleABC6) September 27, 2020
The "Was New England's success Tom Brady or Bill Belichick?" question was the big topic for this season. So far, it looks like the answer is "both". Nice.
This is not the normalcy I was looking for. Chargers down 5 on the last play of the game and they do this.
Here’s the hook and ladder by the Chargers. A better pitch and he scores pic.twitter.com/NLuidzjh1D— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) September 27, 2020
From the center of the field to the sideline 40 yards downfield. That ol' Noodle Arm Tom Brady I guess.
Yeah, Brady’s arm is shot...— Joe Bryant (@Football_Guys) September 30, 2020
Kyler Murray. Still ridiculous.
Somewhere Jerome Bettis is smiling...
The Browns are above .500 for the first time in six years. But don't worry, the Jets still haven't held a lead this year. So things aren't totally crazy.
Easy there, Rams fans.
Rams fans complaining about a pass interference call. pic.twitter.com/swuQ4cZBsg— Joe Bryant (@Football_Guys) September 27, 2020
Wrapping with this one. This is Brazilian pianist Joao Carlos Martins. From the Chicago Tribune, he was "Considered one of the great interpreters of Johann Sebastian Bach's music, the Brazilian classical pianist and conductor had retired last March after 24 surgeries trying to stop pains from a degenerative disease and a series of accidents. His limitations had forced him to work mostly as a conductor since the early 2000s."
Following several injuries Brazilian pianist João Carlos Martins lost the ability to move his fingers.— Rex ChapmanðŸ‡ðŸ¼ (@RexChapman) September 28, 2020
But after more than 20-years of being unable to play — a pair of “bionic” gloves are bringing him back.
He’s crying. I’m crying. You’re crying...pic.twitter.com/X7g6qU4zDR
Here's the thing. It's not about being a great piano player. The lesson here is don't take the things you enjoy for granted. Whatever that is. Think about what that is for you. And do more of it.
Thanks to Footballguys Keith Overton, Clayton Gray, David Dodds, and Corey Alan Carrender for the help on this one. If you've got a Random Shot of your own, send me an email at email@example.com.
Thanks for playing along and I hope you make the most of whatever you're doing in your life. Love your neighbor and stick together.
Peace and Grace to you.