Behind The Sticks
Shots With MZE
Behind The Sticks
Shots With MZE
Happy Week 2 Blitzers. A lot happened this week and just like the guys on the show said, there was a perspective adjustment for some teams. We lost Drew Brees and Big Ben to injuries, which could potentially derail their seasons. The Dolphins managed to lose even worse and trade their best player for another 1st round pick in the process. The Packers, Bills and 49ers all moved to 2-0 while the Browns appear to have righted the ship. Kansas City continues to churn out wide receivers while neither fake New York team can find an offense outside of their running backs. One thing that didn’t need a perspective adjustment is that we still miss Clippy. Stats Guy, I love you but a show producer, you are not. In case you missed this week’s show, you can catch it here but again, you didn’t miss much:
Demarcus Robinson (KC)
I could easily have put Patrick Maholmes here but he does what he did, Every. Single. Week. Instead, another Kansas City wide receiver exploded for one hell of a week. Patrick Maholmes is quickly becoming the new quarterback guru in that he can take any Joe Shmoe off the street and turn him into a stud wide receiver capable of shredding any defense. Demarcus Robinson was fresh off a one game absence and turned what was easily the best game of his career- 6 catches, 172 yards and 2 TDs. Perhaps it was that he was so well rested, or that the defense focused so much coverage over to Sammy Watkins. Whatever it was, Robinson went off. Personally, I chose the wrong KC wide receiver to roll with in fantasy (I picked Mercole Hardman) but moving forward I think it’s a crap shoot which one will go off on any given week.
Blitzed Stats: 6 rec, 172 yds 2 TDs
Russell Wilson (SEA)
All Russell Wilson did was go into Pittsburgh and come out victorious with a 28-26 win (no easy task whoever is at QB). He was vintage Russell Wilson evading the pass rush, getting out of the pocket and only missing 6 passes all day. His QB rating of 130.9 was nearly perfect and he added an additional 22 yards on the ground, picking up key first downs with his legs. Seattle is 2-0 and without Wilson under center, I don’t believe they’re undefeated and tied atop the NFC West with the suddenly resurgent 49ers. This Barkeep was impressed with Wilson’s performance on Sunday and was even angrier to see him sitting on the bench in favor of Carson Wentz in his fantasy league.
Blitzed Stats: 29 for 35, 300 yds, 3 TDs, 22 yds rushing
Lamar Jackson (BAL)
How do you not put the quarterback who put up 274 yards passing and 120 yards rushing into your players of the week? Baltimore is 2-0 and is one of the top offenses in the league. Lamar Jackson is the reason for that. Baltimore traded Joe Flacco- Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco- because they believed in Jackson so much and its paying gigantic dividends thus far. He’s electric and I’ll be the first to eat my words and say that I was wrong about him being a complete quarterback. I, for one, would not want to have the job of game-planning for Lamar Jackson.
Blitzed Stats: 24 for 37, 272 yds 2 TDs, 16 car, 120 yds
Odell Beckham Jr. (CLE), Patrick Maholmes (KC)
Mitchell Trubisky (CHI)
For a guy that was touted as a potential MVP candidate, Trubisky has been awful. Yes, I know he led them to the game winning FG but that doesn’t change his 16 of 27 for 140 yard performance while averaging 4.4 yards. His QB rating of 29.9 also doesn’t scream #2 overall pick. Chicago’s defense deserves better.
We don’t really need to beat a dead horse here but how does a professional team honestly tell its fan base with a straight face that its “trying to win” when it puts this product on the field? Its not fair to the players, the fans, the city and anyone that’s ever had to do with the organization. The ’72 perfect team must be pissed.
New England Patriots
Word on the street is that Robert Kraft and the Patriots organization “were not aware of the allegations of sexual misconduct against Antonio Brown” prior to signing him. You were, however, aware of them after and not only did you allow him to play but you made him a focal point of the offense against the worst team in the league. Additionally, you didn’t make him available to the media after the game was over, which is also against league rules. I’m not surprised. Neither is anyone else. Now get out of my bar.
10 Things I think I think after Week 2
1: I refuse to acknowledge the New England Patriots anymore in this column until I have to come playoff time. I’m disgusted that Antonio Brown stepped foot on the field this week.
2. The Bears may not be as good as I thought they were. The defense is still great. I’m worried about that offense.
3. Josh Allen is going to be really, really good when he puts it all together and he gets a true #1 WR. He doesn’t get enough credit.
4. I don’t care for the Dolphins but I feel bad for their fans.
5. Told you the Colts would still be pretty good.
6. Cam Newton’s shoulder is done. He may pull an Andrew Luck.
7. Patrick Maholmes will break every record Brady ever has. And I’m rooting for him to do so.
8. Drew Brees has been the epitome of health. You know it was a weird week when both he and Ben Roethlisberger go down at the same time.
9. Baker Mayfield to OBJ could be a very scary duo.
10. When’s the last time someone in the NFL missed a game for mono?
My Drink of the Week: New Orleans Saints Hurricane
In 15 seasons, Drew Brees has been the constant of health. He never misses games. Due to a freak accident, Brees is out at least six weeks after undergoing thumb surgery to repair a torn ligament. Not only is a great, record-breaking quarterback for the Saints, but he’s a better human being for the community in New Orleans. That’s why this week, the guys will drink to the Saints and have a traditional New Orleans cocktail, a Hurricane.
2 oz. light rum
2 oz. dark rum
2 oz. passion fruit juice
1 oz. orange juice
½ oz. fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon simple syrup
1 tablespoon grenadine
Garnish: orange slice and cherry
Blitzed Build: Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and strain into a hurricane or pint glass filled with ice. Garnish with a cherry and an orange slice.
The Saints are a talented team and Bridgewater is a capable backup who can hold the ship afloat until Brees returns. With games at Seattle, then home against the Cowboys and Bucs, on the road to Jacksonville and Chicago and finally back home against the Cardinals before their bye week, the Saints are more than capable of winning three, possibly four of those games that Brees will miss. If they can go 4-2 they will be in good shape. Don’t stress out Saints fans. I have faith in you.
That’s all for now Blitzers. I’ll be back again next week with my Week 3 review of the guy’s show and what they’ll be drinking next. As always, remember to always take Brady’s name in vein, tip your bartenders on the way out and if you’ve had too much to drink, give your keys to a friend.
The Blitzed Barkeep is a Buffalo Bills fan Blitzed Football's official bartender. You can follow him and suggest a drink for the guys on Twitter here.
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