Welcome to Week 11 Blitzers. Boy was I wrong on last week’s game of the week prediction. Being a devout member of Bills Mafia, I can attest that 95% of the NFL did NOT see that coming. The other 5% that claims they did, clearly needed a breathalyzer test before they left the Blitzed Bar after drinking those delicious Roaming Buffalos.
I would like to thank the guys for the heartfelt compliments this week regarding my drink concoctions so far. I can honestly say that I’m happy that I’m able to recommend both a tasty and intoxicatingly influential product for them each week. I like to measure my drinks by how well the guys can speak by 3rd and 4th down as well as how difficult it becomes to say things such as “McVay”. Seriously guys, is it that difficult to say “McVay”? Based on the amount of laughing I did, the difficulty the guys had talking and the fun they had this week, the Roaming Buffalo got a 9.5 out of 10 on the Blitzed Booze Rating Scale. You can listen to the podcasts yourself to see why it’s so entertaining.
Week 11 provided plenty of entertaining studs itself. First, a fun fact for all you Blitzers out there- did you know that Boston and Massachusetts banned happy hour? That’s right. No wonder no Patriots players ever get on this list. Just kidding. This Barkeep just doesn’t like them. New England actually did make this week’s list but it’s not for the same reasons as our Blitzed Coach alluded to on the podcast. (*shakes head disapprovingly*) Let’s recap Week 10 Blitzed_barkeep style.
Week 11 Happy Hour Studs:
Mitchell Trubisky (CHI)
Have yourself a week Mitchell Trubisky. The 2017 2nd overall pick of Da Bears is truly coming into his own this year and he put on a show against the team that shut down the ‘oh-so-great’ Tom Brady in Week 3. Your next round is on me, sir.
Week 11 Blitzed Stats: 23-30, 355 yds 3 TDs 0 INTs (W 34-22)
Ben Roethlisberger (PIT)
Every time you think Big Ben might be slowing down, he turns in another performance like this. Pittsburgh hit Carolina so hard on Thursday night, Cam Newton’s clothes came back INTO style. They were quick, efficient and struck from everywhere on the field including the longest scoring play in the Steelers storied history. This bartender was seriously impressed.
Week 11 Blitzed Stats: 22-25, 328 yds 5TDs 0 INTs (W 52-21)
The New England Patriots are like Monday mornings. No one likes them yet everyone has to deal with them every, single week. However, Monday mornings are so much better when the Patriots lose. The Titans harassed Brady so much in this game that he was pulled mid-way through the 4th quarter for Brian Hoyer, unable to finish his 300th game. Too bad. No one on Team Blitzed is shedding any tears. Instead they’re raising their glasses while yelling ‘Titan Up!” Well Done.
Baker Mayfield and Nick Chubb (CLE)
How do you not put this Dynamic Duo on this list of studs this week? One woke up feeling dangerous and the other made the Falcons defense look foolish all day. The decision to fire Hue Jackson paid immediate dividends as the Browns looked like a team finally ready to say ‘enough is enough’. I just ask one thing Baker- make sure you even out that tan before any more tighty-whitey advertisements.
Week 11 Blitzed Stats: Mayfield- 17-20 216 yds 3 TDs 0 INTs;
Chubb- 176 yds rush 1TD, 3 REC, 33 yds 1 TD (W 28-16)
This week’s studs delivered some special plays and certainly impressive stats. Well, this week’s game of the week es muy especial tambien. La problema es que el campo era tan malo que la NFL decidiò mover el juego a Los Angeles. Solo porque el juego no està en la cuidad de Mèxico, no cambia mi selecciòn para el juego de la semana. Esto podrìa ser una vista previa del Super Bowl 53. That’s right, your Barkeep knows a little Spanish too. If it were still in Mexico City, the drink of the week and this column would have had a much different theme. Unfortunately, I’ll translate and tell you that the field conditions were so bad, the game is not in Mexico City anymore and was moved back to Los Angeles. Either way, it could be a preview of Super Bowl 53. International or not, my game of the week is the Kansas City Chiefs (9-1) vs the Los Angeles Rams (9-1). The drink of the week might not be as multi-cultural as I had originally planned… however it promises to be just as delicious.
Kansas City Ice Water:
1 oz. Gin
1 oz. Tito’s Vodka
½ oz Triple Sec
1 dash(es) Grenadine
1/4 oz. fresh squeezed Lime Juice
Lemon Lime soda (sprite or sierra mist)
Blitzed Build: Combine gin, vodka, lime juice and triple sec with ice into a shaker. Shake vigorously and strain into a pint glass over rocks. Fill with lemon lime soda. Add a splash of grenadine or cherry juice to give it the red Chiefs color. Garnish with a lime wedge.
First, why is this my game of the week? Both offenses are highly potent. The Rams are 2nd in the NFL in rushing (144.8 yards per game), 2nd in total yards per game (448.0) and 3rd in scoring (33.5 pts per game). The Chiefs are right there with the Rams and rank 3rd in total yards (423.1 per game) and 2nd in scoring (35.3 pts per game). Both teams have MVP candidates in Todd Gurley (LAR) and Patrick Mahomes II (KC). The result of all this offense? Only the highest Vegas over/under lines in NFL history at 63.5 and what’s sure to be an explosive, highly competitive contest.
So let’s drink some Kansas City Ice Waters and have some fun. Both teams showed up to Mexico City. They stayed the week to get some sight-seeing in before the game. Jet lag plays a major role here and both offenses fail to live up to the hype. Deciding that Mexico City was more fun, someone breaks out the bottles of tequila that got snuck into the stadium. An impromptu fiesta at half-time ensues and helmets turn into sombreros. Football takes a backseat while Mahomes, Goff, Gurley, Hill, and Hunt quit football to pursue their life long goal of forming a mariachi band. They call themselves ‘Los Jefes’ and perform their first song for the random ‘Tour of the Stars’ bus that somehow got lost and found its way into the LA Coliseum.
Cameras flash while off in the distance Aaron Donald sacks a piñata, bursting it open. Mini Oscar-shaped chocolates burst out. Johnny Depp, Robert Downey Jr. and Matt Damon sprint onto the field and begin fighting over the chocolate awards but are seen quickly being ushered off by the LAPD while yelling ‘But it’s the only time we’ll ever get one!” The referees decide that since Hollywood-Hell has broken loose, they would enlist a running clock. LA somehow manages a last second field goal and wins the game 3-0.
Well that was fun. Instead of the Kansas City Ice Waters, let’s slow down and have some regular water. I gave you the stats above, and in all reality this should be a high scoring game. The difference here is that the Rams defense has been vulnerable of late while the Chiefs defense has been rather good over the past 5 weeks. My bold prediction for this week is the Chiefs make a stand when they need it most and will hand the Rams a 2nd loss on the year. Final Score Prediction: Chiefs 49 Rams 45.
Well Blitzers, that’s all from your Blitzed Barkeep for now. Remember to drink responsibly, take Brady’s name in vain and always give your keys to a friend if you’ve had too much. Tune in to the Blitzed NFL podcast this Tuesday to hear the guys review this week’s drink of the week and recap all of the action during Week 11.
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