I admit it. I changed the channel at 35-12. I think it was when Myles Gaskin got injured. I mean the game was over, right? It’s really not important that the hapless Bengals scored 23 points in less than 5 minutes against us. It sure did make for a more interesting ending though. Bengals fans were probably getting pissed, and I bet some Dolphins fans were getting excited that we might get a better pick in the draft. In the end a Jason Sanders FG won it and all that went away.
How about that Ryan Fitzpatrick? No running game, adequate pass blocking at best, and this guy just keeps throwing TD’s and moving the ball up and down the field. 52 pass attempts, 419 yards and 4 TD’s. Unbelievable. DeVante Parker and Mike Gesicki do NOT have the seasons they are having w/o Fitzpatrick. I firmly believe that. This guy is playing out of his mind. His escapability out there is uncanny and his running ability shocks team week in and week out. He keeps so many drives going by eluding the rush and getting positive yards. Major props to Ryan Fitzpatrick who I admittedly didn’t want to see at the helm. I had hoped Josh Rosen would be leading our team but I’m happy that I got to see football worth watching this season because of Ryan Fitzpatrick.
I don’t stress over blowing a 23 point 4th quarter lead because this has been declared a stress free season and it’s legitimately been just that. The only thing that upsets me are injuries. Myles Gaskin left with an ankle injury and his status for next week is unclear. That’s a good sign as far as I’m concerned, I thought it was bad. We’ve had a record number of players that have been on this roster so what Brian Flores has been able to do with that is impressive.
DeVante Parker. The boy went over 1000 yards receiving this past Sunday. 64 receptions for 1065 yards and 9 TD’s with a 16.6 yards per catch average. If he had more catches he’d be in some elite company. Mike Gesicki now has 47 catches and 536 yards and 4 TD’s. He’s just getting started . . . These are things that get you pumped about next season. Draft well, bring in some more talent in the trenches on both sides of the ball, and we should be on our way to being a very tough team to beat. Flores has a bunch of no-names right now. He’s done amazing things. If you bring a bunch of names in here the whole dynamic changes. It may be harder for Flores. No joking. It’s easier to get guys who want to be on a roster to play hard for that spot but bring in a bunch of big name players who believe they’re already there and it’s more difficult to keep these players lit. It will be great to have more talent but I’m very interested to see how Flores handles these new guys. It’s why I feel that we may not necessarily be looking for the big names but possibly more unsung talent. In other words maybe not Tua or Young. We’ll see.