What We Learned: NFL Week 8
Shady put on a show on Sunday Night Football, rushing for 185 yards and 2 touchdowns against the league’s number one rush defense. McCoy is making a strong case to be mentioned among the NFL’s elite running backs. He ranks second in terms of rushing yards with 754 and is as explosive with the ball in his hands as anyone in the NFL. Shady McCoy is doing it all and it’s just a matter of time before he’s mentioned in the same sentence with the like of Adrian Peterson.
After Monday night’s debacle I’m absolutely convinced there’s something wrong with Philip Rivers, whether it be mental or physical. Rivers is considered by many, including me (see my qb rankings here), to be a top 5 quarterback in the NFL, but thus far he’s been far from it. Rivers leads the NFL in total turnovers with 16 and interceptions thrown with 11. In fact, his measly 7 touchdown passes is good for 23rd best among quarterbacks, putting him behind players like Kyle Orton, Alex Smith, and rookies Cam Newton and Andy Dalton.
The Redskins have been one of the most unorganized teams in the NFL since Mike Shanahan took over as head coach. The Skins fell to 3-4 as they were blanked for the first time in Shanahan’s entire coaching career. Shanahan has had tussles with former players Albert Haynesworth and Donovan McNabb and is insistent on screwing with the quarterback and running back positions. In my opinion, he’s widely overrated as a head coach and should be kissing John Elway’s and Terrell Davis’ feet for putting him on the map.
Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs have shown a ton of resolve and fight over the last 4 weeks, going a perfect 4-0 and climbing out of an 0-3 start to sit atop the AFC West. Matt Cassel has built a nice rapport with new receivers Jonathan Baldwin and Steve Breaston while linebacker Derrick Johnson and cornerback Brandon Flowers have solidified themselves among the best at their respective positions. I look for the Chiefs to definitely stay in the hunt for the division crown.