Let’s overreact to NFL Week 17: Can the Bucs repeat? Is the Cowboys’ offense Super Bowl-caliber?
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Sitting home on a Sunday afternoon thanks to a COVID-induced Week 17 bye, my socially distanced family and I settled in around 1 p.m. ET and flicked on Sunday Ticket looking for some stuff to react to. To overreact to, ideally.
We were not disappointed.
Did Bengals wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase really just convert a third-and-27? To get over 250 yards for the day? And did coach Zac Taylor really decide to pass up a game-winning field goal just because he couldn’t stomach the thought of giving Patrick Mahomes the ball back with the AFC North title on the line? And did it work???
Did Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford really just turn the ball over for a third time against Ravens third-stringers but then pull another game out of the fire with a touchdown pass to Odell Beckham Jr. of all people?
Did the Titans score 34 points against a Dolphins defense that had given up more than 20 only once in its past seven games? And did they take over the AFC’s top seed along the way?
Did the Giants finish a game with minus-10 passing yards? Like, 10 fewer passing yards than I had this week?
Are the Raiders really going to make the playoffs?
Are the Buccaneers about to lose to the Jets? (No, of course not, but whew.) And what exactly happened with Antonio Brown?
It was a wild Week 17 early window, for sure, and it offered no shortage of overreaction fodder. But out of all of those, we have to start with the champs, who might have had the weirdest day of all.
The offensive attrition is going to be too much for Tom Brady and the Bucs to overcome
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