The game of chicken that has been going on between the Jaguars and Jalen Ramsey is finally over, as Jacksonville has ceded to his demands for a trade.
Ramsey will now head to the defending NFC Champions, the Los Angeles Rams, while the Jaguars will recoup a huge haul of draft picks.
The Rams continue to make win-now moves, in hopes of winning a Super Bowl sooner rather than later. They no longer have a first round pick for the next five years after making this move.
It is a risky gamble to go without that level of draft capital for an extended period of time, especially in a salary cap sport like the NFL.
The Rams now have to pay Ramsey top dollar to remain in Los Angeles, after already paying Aaron Donald, Jared Goff and Todd Gurley in previous offseasons.
How they make all that money work is going to be a difficult task, but the on-field result is going to be great. Especially this year.
You can make the argument that the Rams now have the best two defensive players in the NFL, or at least the league’s top corner and top pass rusher.
Being able to thrive on multiple levels of the defense can once again turn the Rams into a Super Bowl contender.
The Rams have really hid the skids over the last month, dropping three straight games after starting the season 3-0. Two of those games have come against division rivals, as the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers have beat them in back-to-back weeks.
Both of those teams have already won five games, with the Seahawks being 5-1 and the Niners being 5-0.
Ramsey could be the spark plug the Rams desperately needed to reset their season and make another Super Bowl run.
Myles Garrett Heading Towards Suspension After Swinging Helmet in Brawl
The Cleveland Browns were cruising to a division rivalry victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night when disaster struck.
Cleveland’s defense played exceptionally well all game, getting to Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph with ease and forcing him into throwing four interceptions.
Then the entire mood shifted, as the Steelers and Browns finished the game with a brawl that was highlighted by Browns defensive end Myles Garrett ripping Rudolph’s helmet off and the using it to strike his bare scalp.
The scrum seemed to begin when Rudolph took offense to the way Garrett hit him and can be seen trying to take off Garrett’s helmet.
Garrett then retaliated in the worst way imagainable, resulted in one of the dirtiest acts you will ever see in the NFL.
After the game, Baker Mayfield was interviewed and asked about the incident and to his credit, he did not side with his teammate for his misguided actions.
With the NFL’s focus towards player safety, especially in regards to head injuries, they are sure to take swift action against Garrett for hitting Rudolph.
It is not out of the question to potentially see a season-ending suspension due to this incident, which would be a huge blow to the Browns and their fleeting playoff hopes.
Garrett is going to learn his lesson for this mistake, but it will be a very costly lesson to learn.
Colin Kaepernick to Workout for NFL Teams on Saturday
We are three years removed from when Colin Kaepernick first took a knee during the national anthem, creating widespread controversy.
The movement Kaepernick sparked was very divisive, as he hoped to bring light to racial inequality and police brutality in this country. While Kaepernick was lauded as a hero by some, he was also antagonized by others and ultimately became a martyr for his cause as he lost his job because of his protest.
No team in the NFL has been willing to sign Kaepernick since he became a free agent in 2017, but maybe tides are turning as the NFL has set up a workout for Kaepernick to meet with all teams interested in his services.
It is worth noting that Kaepernick filed a grievance against the NFL in 2017, claiming that team owners were colluding to keep him out of the league. The trial never went to court, with the two sides agreeing to a confidential settlement in February.
While the NFL is giving Kaepernick another opportunity to return to the field, it is fair to question if this is a disingenuous ploy.
Reports indicate that Kaepernick’s representation was told of his workout on short notice and only had a few hours to accept the invitation. It is also being held on a Saturday, which is atypical for this type of a workout.
The odds are still stacked against Kaepernick, with a return to the NFL not being guaranteed just because some teams are going to watch him workout.
One team would still have to be brave enough to bring on all of the publicity that would come with signing Kaepernick, which teams have been hesitant to do in the past.
Still, the bottom line is that Kaepernick is far more talented than some of the quarterback’s we have been watching play over the last couple of years and should still be playing in the NFL.
In Kaepernick’s last season, he had a great 4:1 touchdown to interception ratio with 16 touchdowns and four interceptions thrown.
While he may not be a top starting quarterback in the NFL anymore, it is hard to believe he couldn’t outperform someone like Bryan Hoyer, who just lost a game for the Indianapolis Cots on Sunday.
There are plenty of teams that could use Kaepernick’s services this season and beyond. The question is if any team will actually jump at the same opportunity they have shied away from for three years now.
Seahawks Give the San Francisco 49ers Their First Loss in NFC West Showdown
The San Francisco 49ers cruised through the first half of their schedule, winning eight-straight games to start the season.
Featuring a great defense and a dynamic running game, the 49ers looked like the best team in the NFC before facing their toughest test of the season on Monday night against their division rival, the Seattle Seahawks.
Seattle has a solid defense in their own right, but the distinguishing factor proved to be the quarterback position, as Russell Wilson is having an MVP-caliber season.
Wilson ended up getting the job done, handing San Francisco their first loss in an overtime affair.
If you want any indication of how back-and-forth this game was, take a look at the win probability chart as momentum shifted countless times throughout the game.
San Francisco jumped out to an early 10-0 lead in the first quarter and really dominated the entire half in general.
One big turning point came in the second quarter, as Jadeveon Clowney scored the first touchdown of the game for Seattle on a fumble recovery.
Clowney had to be the Seahawks MVP in this game, as he was constantly blowing up plays at the line of scrimmage.
The stats don’t even tell the full story of how incredible Clowney played, putting Jimmy Garoppolo in terrible positions all night long.
Seattle began to run away with the game in the second half, scoring 14 unanswered points to a take a 21-10 lead going into the fourth quarter.
Then it was Wilson’s turn to have a costly fumble, as DeForest Buckner made an incredible play for San Francisco to score a momentum-shifting touchdown on a strip-sack.
The Niners converted the two-point attempt to cut Seattle’s lead to a field goal, once again making it anyone’s game. Ultimately each team traded field goals, with San Francisco sending the game into overtime at the end of the fourth quarter.
Seattle won the coin toss to receive the ball first in overtime and Wilson promptly marched his team down the field in search of the game-winning touchdown.
Wilson then made the most shocking mistake of the day, throwing just his second interception of the season.
Garoppolo was able to get his team into field goal range, but unfortunately for San Francisco, starting kicker Robbie Gould was injured and unable to play this week.
That put rookie Chase McLaughlin on the field in the most pressure-packed moment of the season and the young kicker folded under that pressure.
To get a better understanding of how wide left the kick was, here is the view from the tunnel.
The missed field goal opened the door for Wilson and the Seahawks, as they ultimately got the job done to win their second-straight overtime game.
The win opens up the NFC West division race, as the Niners now have just a half game lead on the Seahawks for first place.
Seattle now has their bye week, so they could be in first before they take the field again on November 24th.
The best part of this season’s rivalry between the Seahawks and the 49ers is that the two teams will meet again for the last week of the season, with the division and a first-round playoff bye likely hanging in the balance.
After watching this Monday night game play out, this matchup has proven to be must-watch television moving forward.
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