Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

25 Sep 2017

Monday Morning Digest: Making the NFL Great Again

The day that Sticking to Sports became an act of civil disobedience.

Posted by: Mike Tanier on 25 Sep 2017

10 comments, Last at 27 Sep 2017, 1:13pm by mehllageman56


by jtr :: Mon, 09/25/2017 - 8:37am

Disagree that the Bears offensive line deserves the best of the week award. The Steelers generated a lot of interior penetration against the run yesterday, they just consistently let it go to waste by either missing tackles in the backfield or getting beat to the edge before they could lay a hand on the tailback. The Bears' awesome performance on the ground had more to do with good running back play and sloppy defense than it did with good line play IMO.

by Chip :: Mon, 09/25/2017 - 11:17am

Sure, Howard and Cohen were great. But did you see some of those holes? The Oline created massive holes in the running game - some where 5-7 yards wide. I could have gained 4 yards with my 5-flat 40 speed.

A Good RB + Good Oline = ~225 yards on the ground.

by serutan :: Mon, 09/25/2017 - 11:46am

Agree. I think the award should have gone to the Titan's O-line for grinding down
the Seahawks D.
Was wr

by TomC :: Mon, 09/25/2017 - 8:18pm

I'm OK with the award going to the Bears OL, but one nitpick is that Grasu went out early with a hand injury, and most of the game was Whitehair at C and backup Sowell replacing Whitehair at G.

by mehllageman56 :: Tue, 09/26/2017 - 4:40pm

Javon Hargrave is a monster. Wish the Jets had drafted him. Too bad for Pittsburgh the rest of the defense isn't like him.

by jtr :: Wed, 09/27/2017 - 8:12am

Heyward has been playing great at DE and Tuitt should return any week to add a lot of disruption at the other DE spot. The three of them together is probably as good as any 3-4 DL group in the league. Pittsburgh has a really promising defensive front, but Tuitt, Watt, and Dupree have all missed time this season, so they haven't had a chance to get their best defensive front out there. And for some reason, they're stubbornly keeping Hargrave in the 3-4 nose role when I think he could contribute some interior rush in the nickel as well.

by mehllageman56 :: Wed, 09/27/2017 - 1:13pm

Hargrave needs to be on the field in passing situations. Guy had 29 sacks his last two years of college. I could see how using him in the middle could hurt the run defense, since he's not a road grader like Casey Hampton, but he is great at getting penetration. Heyward has turned it on; I thought the Jets robbed the Steelers, getting Wilkerson ahead of him, but Heyward has improved a lot over his first couple of years, and Muhammad is not what he used to be, either because of that leg injury in 2015 or the contract. Either way, the Steelers' defensive line looks set for the next couple of years.

I should have commented, too bad the rest of the Steelers defense didn't play like Hargrave on Sunday. The Steelers' front seven should be an asset in their quest for another ring this year. The secondary is the issue, and if the front seven can apply enough pressure, perhaps it won't matter.

by ChrisS :: Mon, 09/25/2017 - 12:26pm

"Golden Tate touchdown was nullified by the latest codicil of the Calvin Johnson Rule (which, loosely interpreted, states that the Lions are forbidden from winning games on borderline touchdown catches)" It does feel that way sometimes, but I think it was the right call

by JoeyHarringtonsPiano :: Mon, 09/25/2017 - 12:38pm


by TomC :: Mon, 09/25/2017 - 8:16pm

The Lions (and Tate specifically) did benefit from at least one "what the hell is a td catch" ruling, when Tate was stripped of the ball just after crossing the plane of the goal line by a bears db. It was not late in the 4th quarter, but the td did provide the winning margin.