Lamar Jackson Hits for the Cycle, Mac Jones Laps the OROY Field

Buddy of Walkthrough Michael David Smith reported for Pro Football Talk that Lamar Jackson recorded his eleventh profession “double-triple” in Sunday night time’s thrilling victory over the Chiefs: over 100 passing yards, over 100 dashing yards.

Here is the all-time double-triple record for each common season and postseason video games. Jackson is the profession chief with 11 double-triples. Michael Vick is second with eight. Colin Kaepernick, Donovan McNabb, and Russell Wilson are tied for third with 4. Tim Tebow and Bobby Douglass every solely had one double-triple, which is shocking. Vinny Testaverde had one, which is terrifying.

Groups are 38-20-1 traditionally when their quarterbacks file a double-triple: excellent however not spectacular. (Cam Newton pitched a 37-37 tie with the Bengals in 2014). You in all probability noticed the issue with the double-triple the second you noticed it: 100 passing yards shouldn’t be a benchmark of excellence by any means, particularly not within the trendy period. The double-triple record is basically an inventory of beginning quarterbacks who rushed for 100 yards, maybe as a result of they’re nice dual-threats like Jackson, or operating for his or her lives like Kevin Hogan in 2016, or had no thought what they had been doing like Johnny Manziel in 2015.

A greater two-way benchmark for dual-threat quarterbacks can be 200 passing yards and 100 rushing yards, a feat Jackson achieved on Sunday and 4 different occasions in his profession. Surprisingly, groups are traditionally simply 13-12-1 when their quarterbacks attain each thresholds. The stricter standards chops out lots of defensive showdowns received by Vick/Cunningham/Tebow varieties, plus the odd old-timey victory by somebody like Charley Trippi. Nonetheless, the 200-100 threshold offers a greater record of quarterbacks: Jackson 5 occasions; Wilson and Newton thrice; Josh Allen, Kaepernick, McNabb, Tobin Rote and Vick twice; plus Aaron Brooks, Cunningham, Marcus Mariota, Kyler Murray, Terrelle Pryor, and Steve Younger.

The 200-100 thresholds do not lend themselves to a catchy identify, sadly. So let’s add another criterion: three complete touchdowns, both passing or dashing. I hereby christen a 100-rushing yard/200 passing-yard/3-total landing efficiency “the cycle.”

Jackson reached the cycle on Sunday for the second time in his profession; he additionally did it in a 20-15 Ravens win over the Browns in 2019. Newton is the all-time chief with three cycles: two wins and that Bengals tie. Wilson additionally has two cycles, a win and a loss to the Rams, each in 2014. Kaepernick had two cycles, a win and a loss. Cunningham, Mariota, Murray, and Rote every had one cycle, wins for the primary two and losses for the second two. That makes a complete of 13 cycles in all of NFL historical past, with groups going 8-4-1 in these video games. (You may need to go off this list I used for the 200-100 club; I am not useful sufficient with PFR’s filters to combine and match passing and dashing touchdowns).

The cycle nonetheless does not correlate with successful as a lot as I would really like, and it is clearly skewed towards latest quarterbacks. Nonetheless, the truth that Jackson did one thing on Sunday that has solely been performed a dozen occasions earlier than is value celebrating, particularly when it contributed to an thrilling victory over the defending convention champions.

Whereas I’m making up new issues, a “tremendous cycle” is 100-plus dashing yards, 200-plus passing yards, three-plus touchdowns, and 0 interceptions. Jackson didn’t do this on Sunday, although he did it in that 2019 Browns victory. Wilson has two profession tremendous cycles, Newton two, McNabb one, and Cunningham one. It is really elite dual-threat firm. And Jackson is all however sure to finish up on the high of this very unique record in a couple of years.

Fast Hitters

Wednesdays at Walkthrough are all about quarterback messaging and expectation administration.

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Checks on Tua Tagovailoa’s Ribs Reveal No Main Points
Brian Flores responded to the information by naming the MRI machine a group captain.

Matt Nagy Asserts Andy Dalton Is the Bears Starter if He Is Wholesome
Nagy’s the man on the sinking ship who climbs onto the anchor.

Tyrod Taylor Will Miss A number of Weeks with a Pulled Hamstring
Deshaun Watson will miss with a number of months with … sheesh, simply brainstorming a Watson gag makes me wish to take a wire brush to my cerebellum.

Robert Saleh Praises Zach Wilson’s “Resilience” after the Jets’ Loss to the Patriots
“4 interceptions?” Saleh thought to himself. “Heck, Wilson is already enjoying the way in which Jimmy Garoppolo used to observe!”

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Walkthrough Tank Watch: New York Giants

Each Wednesday, Walkthrough will verify in on one of many NFL’s worst groups to find out what is going on improper, what (if something) goes proper, and what (if something) they will do to begin not off course.

The Giants Story so Far: The Giants have began out 0-2 for the fifth consecutive 12 months and are actually 18-48 since 2017, tied with the Jets for the worst file within the NFL throughout that span. They misplaced convincingly to the Broncos in Week 1 and a heartbreaker to Washington final Thursday night time, illustrating that they continue to be a notch under the NFL’s middleweights in Joe Choose’s second season, Daniel Jones’ third ,and Dave Gettleman’s fourth.

What is going on improper? The highlights:

  • The Giants play offense as if their goal is to accept a discipline aim on each drive and protection as if they’re genuinely shocked that opponents do not have the identical philosophy.
  • There is a preponderance of proof that Choose’s online game cut-screen drill sergeant routine has created a poisonous atmosphere. However perhaps that is all a media narrative and it is regular for a number of gamers to retire early in coaching camp, huge receivers to explode on the sideline and on Instagram, and so on., and so on.
  • We might sift by means of errors from the Thursday night time loss for specifics, however here is the underside line: the Giants have assembled (at finest) wild-card expertise, however their teaching employees will value them video games this season, and the entrance workplace is in denial in regards to the group’s trajectory.

Is Something Going Proper? The offensive line performed effectively regardless of accidents on Thursday night time. There’s nonetheless hope for the kids on that unit.

Daniel Jones ranks someplace between Jared Goff and Mitch Trubisky on the disappointing younger quarterback spectrum. He might putter alongside for years as a lower-tier starter who can win with bombs and sneaky (he is white!) designed runs if he finds himself on a group that is excellent at different positions. The Giants have little hope of turning into such a group, as a result of they’ve talked themselves into believing they already are. Jones would make lots of sense backing up somebody similar to Patrick Mahomes or Russell Wilson, and that is in all probability his future.

What Must be Performed? “Fireplace Choose and Gettleman” is just a little lazy and trite. The Giants aren’t prone to do these issues within the 2021 calendar 12 months. So let’s examine if we will change their mindset.

  • Escape the Bubble. The Giants group is trapped in an alternate-fact ecosystem. Of their actuality, they had been a authentic playoff group that acquired robbed in 2020. They had been additionally robbed by bad calls on Thursday night. Jones is an unappreciated Josh Allen 2.0, Saquon Barkley will revert to 2018 kind any day now (and that can really make a considerable distinction), and the Giants protection is like their 1990 protection, not a second-quartile unit bulwarked by maxed-out veterans. Somebody on the Mara possession stage must shake Gettleman and Choose by the lapels to attempt to snap them out of the delusion earlier than Gettleman begins holding press conferences outdoors of 4 Seasons Landscaping.
     
  • Speed up the Timetable. Alongside comparable strains, Gettleman has develop into a grasp procrastinator. Jones’ improvement is gonna take time. Barkley will seem like his previous self by Week 6 or so. Free beer tomorrow. Possession must set some objectives and ultimatums: a successful file in 2021 or else. That will in all probability simply trigger Gettleman to make panic trades and Choose’s rubber band to snap, however bringing the issues to a head is preferable than settling for an additional 12 months of stalling ways.
     
  • Repair the Crimson Zone Points. If Choose, Jason Garrett ,and Patrick Graham wish to save their jobs, they will begin with the crimson zone woes: eradicate the arch-conservative calls and penalties on offense, rethink a few of the bonkers ideas (“let’s depart some inside gaps uncovered on the 2-yard line”) on protection.

So How Unhealthy are the Giants? They’re completely able to beating the Falcons on Sunday and successful 4 or 5 extra video games this season. Wins in opposition to simple opponents are a combined blessing for this group, as a result of their braintrust will willfully misread them as vindication.

What’s Subsequent? The Giants go to the Saints and Cowboys after going through the Falcons, then host the Rams in Week 6. A 1-5 begin could also be a best-case state of affairs, and it might end in Choose shedding a locker room that he by no means actually managed.

Walkthrough Prop Watch: Offensive Rookie of the 12 months Race

Each Wednesday, Walkthrough will handicap the sector in an NFL awards race or another sort of futures guess.

Mac Jones is not the most effective Rookie of the 12 months candidate after two weeks. He is nearly the one Rookie of the 12 months candidate after two weeks.

Jones is +350 to win the OROY Award, which can be proof of how lukewarm each the home and the general public are about this 12 months’s rookies up to now. That moneyline would possibly enchantment to Patriots homers enamored with the cute lad within the Tom Brady pajamas, however there’s neither sufficient sizzle round Jones nor sufficient meat on that bone for the remainder of us.

Trevor Lawrence is sitting at +550, which seems like a shoulder-shrug of a quantity: why fiddle with it if nobody is enjoying it? Justin Fields sat at +600 on Tuesday whereas the world tried to interpret Matt Nagy’s mutterings in regards to the Bears quarterback state of affairs. Fields is a better play at that moneyline than Jones or Lawrence. If the award comes right down to “which quarterback rides his protection to essentially the most victories?” Jones has the sting. But when the figuring out issue is “who made essentially the most splash performs in low-scoring victories?” Fields has each an edge and a superior payout.

Trey Lance’s likelihood at OROY decreases each time Jimmy Garoppolo fingers off for a 10-yard acquire. Lance is now at +1000, whereas 49ers rookie operating backs Elijah Mitchell and Trey Sermon are at +2000 and +5000. Search for Shanahan to ship the triple knockout to all three rookies by rotating Mitchell and Sermon with JaMycal Hasty and Trenton Cannon in a manner that retains Garoppolo viable as a starter. (Additionally, each Mitchell and Sermon had been banged up in opposition to the Eagles).

It is value noting right here that Lamar Jackson did not obtain a single vote when he got here off the bench to steer the Ravens to a 6-1 file and a playoff berth down the stretch in 2018. Even Quenton Nelson earned a pair of votes that year! Voters are prone to make up their minds over the following month or so, then develop into too busy with different soccer issues to alter them.

Najee Harris is intriguing at +800. His 83 dashing yards and three.2 yards per rush after two video games are unimpressive, however backup Benny Snell has rushed simply twice, and Harris was 5-43-1 as a receiver in opposition to the Raiders. Eddie Lacy received OROY by grinding out high-volume manufacturing for an 8-7-1 Packers group in 2014, and it is easy to image Harris following an analogous path if the rookie quarterback race by no means materializes. If I felt compelled to position a guess, it could be on Harris.

No huge receiver has received OROY since Odell Beckham in 2014, however Ja’Marr Chase (+1000) might win it by default if he retains racking up the touchdowns. It is nonetheless a tall order. Chase might have a 1,000-yard, double-digit-touchdown season and nonetheless lose the race to a quarterback similar to Jones or Fields who helps his group squeak right into a ultimate wild-card spot. Chase can also be not prone to garner as a lot consideration in Cincinnati as Beckham attracted in New York.

Walkthrough is a Rondale Moore fan weblog, however +2500 is not tasty sufficient for a receiver pressured to share targets with DeAndre Hopkins, Christian Kirk, and A.J. Inexperienced. Elijah Moore’s +5000 is extra tempting, however Elijah and Rondale are usually not the identical man regardless of how typically I combine them up, nor are their circumstances remotely the identical.

No offensive lineman has ever received OROY, so Penei Sewell and Rashawn Slater at +6500 are pure schmuck bait. The truth is, the one offensive linemen to obtain Rookie of the 12 months votes since 2010 had been Nelson, Zack Martin, Larry Warford, and Maurkice Pouncey. No offensive tackles! Even the most effective rookie sort out will permit a couple of easy-to-spot, high-profile sacks, immediately submarining his awards marketing campaign. Guards and facilities have a greater likelihood of using their reputations to the underside of the poll. Walkthrough can not discover anybody providing odds on Creed Humphrey proper now, which might be an excellent factor.

As you could have found out, Walkthrough is much less serious about inserting an Offensive Rookie of the 12 months wager earlier than Week 3 than in taking inventory of why this 12 months’s rookie class has been so uninteresting up to now. A lot of the quarterbacks are both trapped on the bench or in dangerous conditions. The one workhorse operating again is caught behind a rickety line with a beer league softball pitcher at quarterback. The highest receivers and tight ends (Kyle Pitts, +2000, no thanks) are sharing targets with different high quality weapons on offenses in numerous states of rebuilding.

That leaves Mac Jones as nearly the one offensive rookie standing, which makes for some detached wagerers and plenty of semi-disappointed followers in Jacksonville, New York, Chicago, and so on., and so on.

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