Jack Del Rio’s team was successful because it stayed in attack mode all throughout 2016. With Lynch, it just dials up the overall aggressiveness and attitude in a big AFC game like Sunday’s.
Don’t be fooled by the lack of a beastly box score. Lynch is already looking like everything the Raiders hoped he would be. Silver and Black, meet Black and Blue. It’s clear the newer, older Lynch is different from the young one, but that doesn’t mean he was any less effective for his current team.
“It’s just ignorant for someone to do that,” Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association President Steve Loomis told cleveland.com. “It just defies logic to me. The fact that management was aware of what they planned on doing, that’s as offensive as it can get.”
Emphasis on “toughest.” Denver and Los Angeles were very much the same teams. Trevor Siemian and Philip Rivers quarterbacked to a draw, each having stretches of success against difficult pass defenses with nasty fronts and stingy secondaries. There was a lot of spreading the ball around on short to intermediate routes and a few gritty chunk runs.
Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa made sure Von Miller wasn’t the most talked-about pass rusher in the game. The Broncos’ “No Fly Zone” held its position as the better combination of cornerbacks.
RC: Marvin Lewis is firmly on the hot seat after the Bengals went 6-9-1 last season. Despite taking the Bengals to the playoffs seven times and winning four AFC North titles in his 14 years as the team’s coach, Lewis has not won a single playoff game. The Bengals don’t appear to be in a position to contend with the Ravens and Steelers atop the division this year and, with the Browns making huge strides to improve their team in the offseason, the Bengals might be headed for a last-place finish. If things appear to be taking a turn for the worse, Lewis could be out by December.