NFL Buy or Sell: Post Week Seven Edition

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NFL Buy or Sell: Post Week Seven Edition

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Week seven of the 2022 NFL season was intriguing to say the least. Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady are under .500 which no one saw coming. Nobody expected the Seattle Seahawks, New York Giants, and the New York Jets to be above .500. Kansas City’s offense looks to be deadly, and the Los Angeles Chargers run defense is still bad despite investing resources to improve it this offseason. I will also gauge some head coaches who could be on the hot seat or their seats could be potentially warming up.

Buy or Sell: Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski should be on the hot seat.

It has been a difficult season for the Cleveland Browns. The team is 2-5 and they are reeling after suffering another tough loss to the Baltimore Ravens. It has led to Browns fans questioning whether or not the Browns should make a coaching change mid-season or after the season is over. The reason for Browns fans wanting Stefanski gone is well-documented below, and I will let you be the judge of the reasons and to see if they are valid reasons.

As you can see, the reasons are not valid. The Cleveland Browns have issues right now and firing a head coach will not solve those issues. Stefanski is a good head coach for Cleveland, asking for him to be fired because he doesn’t give Nick Chubb enough carries is silly. Additionally, giving up play-calling duties when the offense is literally top 10 with a backup quarterback in Jacoby Brissett is more reason to not let Stefanski out of the door. 

Stefanski drew criticism for throwing the ball on a short third down against Baltimore instead of running the ball, but the play resulted in an Amari Cooper touchdown that was wiped away due to offensive pass interference. 

The play-call was great but if the penalty wasn’t called we wouldn’t be having this discussion. Stefanski has areas that he can improve upon, which is red zone play calling and situational play-calling. However, firing someone who won Coach of the Year in 2020 with Baker Mayfield at quarterback is something that shouldn’t be discussed. Stefanski does have to make tough decisions in regards to the defense and special teams because those units have been underperforming this season but his job shouldn’t even be in question. 

Sell: Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski shouldn’t be on the hot seat

 

Buy or Sell: Cincinnati Bengals QB Joe Burrow has emerged as a top five candidate in the MVP conversation

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Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow had an interesting Sunday when the Bengals played the Atlanta Falcons. Brief summary: he lit up the Atlanta Falcons. His numbers at halftime looked a little bit like this.

Context matters, Atlanta was missing two of their top corners. AJ Terrell left the game with a hamstring injury and Casey Hayward was put on Injured Reserve earlier in the week. Burrow made some impressive throws against Atlanta including this touchdown pass to Ja’Marr Chase early in the second quarter. He also made history on Sunday as well.

His recent performances that he has had in the past two weeks against the New Orleans Saints and the Atlanta Falcons have led people to ask if Joe Cool has entered the MVP conversation.

Burrow has had a rocky start this season but he has rebounded which is good for both him and the Cincinnati Bengals. However, I am not putting him into the MVP conversation just yet. If I made my MVP ladder today Joe Burrow would be on the outside looking in. Burrow is a top-10 quarterback in this league, there is no denying it. However, his back to back good performances came against secondaries that were missing their top tier corners in Atlanta and New Orleans. If Burrow lights it up against his next two opponents in the Cleveland Browns and the Carolina Panthers, then maybe I would put him in the conversation. As of now, Burrow is not in the MVP conversation just yet. 

Sell: Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow is not a top five candidate for the MVP award.

 

Buy or Sell: The 5-2 New York Jets are more fraudulent than legitimate playoff contenders in the AFC

For the first time in a long time, the New York Football Jets are a respectable team. The Jets are off to their best start since 2010, with a record of 5-2. However, there are some questions about whether or not this team is actually legitimate playoff contenders. Chad Graff, who works for the Athletic and covers the New England Patriots put out this interesting tweet in regards to a chart in regards to the passing and running efficiency for every team in regards to their offense.

 Make no mistake, the Jets have outperformed their expectations this season but it is hard for me to take this team seriously and consider them to be playoff contenders in the AFC. The way that the Jets are winning, which is lean on the run game, take the ball out of Zach Wilson’s hands and play great defense is not sustainable. Eventually the defense will have an off day and Zach Wilson will have to take over and I believe he cannot do that. 

Zach Wilson has been relegated to being a game manager which is quite telling for a quarterback taken second overall out of BYU. The Jets are showing that they don’t trust Zach Wilson with the ball in his hands and that is not a good sign. Remember, when he was injured Joe Flacco took over as the backup and the Jets were pass heavy. If you look at who the Jets have played, you can make an argument that they haven’t had a quality win.

  • Week 2- Defeated the Cleveland Browns (Browns are 2-5)
  • Week 5- Defeated the Miami Dolphins (missing their starting QB Tua Tagovailoa)
  • Week 6- Defeated the Green Bay Packers (Packers are 3-4)
  • Week 7- Defeated the Denver Broncos (Broncos are 2-5)

If there is one 5-2 team that is giving me overrated vibes, it is the New York Jets. 

Buy: The 5-2 New York Jets are more fraudulent than legitimate playoff contenders in the AFC

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