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Warning: My writing style is that of a rambling lunatic, I am not going to give you box scores and an Associated Press game review. If this is what you like I suggest you leave now.
This game review is from the standpoint of a Steelers fan so if you are a Browns fan there will be limited feel good talk about how Kiser looked decent for a rookie or the Browns defence played hard and look like they could be good one day.
Monsters of the Mediocre way
The Chicago Bears are a team I have followed most of my life, and one that has made an art-form out of being middle of the road. Rarely do the team wallow in the basement for long but equally the times near the top have been equally fleeting and torturously fragile. The past few seasons though, have been low points, with one of the Franchise’s periodic basement expeditions, culminating with a 3-13 record in 2016 – the worst record posted by the Bears in the 16-game season format (which began in 1978). However, an eventful summer at Halas Hall gives long-suffering Bears fans, such as myself, real hope that the good times are close. Close, but we’re not quite ready to deploy the landing-gear just yet.
Hopes, dreams and unusual realities for the Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jaguars have a winning record. That sentence hasn’t been uttered since week one of the 2011 season when, in front of 61,000 fans at Everbank Field, the home side ground out a 16-14 victory over the Tennessee Titans.
It was a superior defensive display that day too, but Jags fans have rarely seen a performance so dominant than Sunday’s 29-7 win over the Houston Texans, which ended with 10 sacks, a franchise best. Marquee free agent signing Calais Campbell picked up four on his own – another team record – as the Jags’ D repeatedly made light work of the Texans’ offensive line and drove opposition QB Tom Savage into the ground on multiple occasions.
It’s a familiar story to most NFL fans. The cycle of success and failure that comes with such a competitive league. The San Francisco 49ers are a better example than most. Within a completed pass of winning a Super bowl 5 years ago. An NFC Championship game the next year. Then a startling decline, 3 changes of coach in 3 years, and a heavy losing record in the last 2. The Faithful, as Niners supporters are called, are really having their Faith tested.