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The Age of the Defense is Over

I’m sitting here with the smell of turkey in the air wondering why we always have to watch the Lions on Thanksgiving. Man that turkey smells good, I’m hungry. I seem to remember when the Packers played on Thanksgiving. I would have rather seen them play, at least they are exciting to watch. Did I mention the turkey smells good?

A Night to Remember

The most memorable game I remember involving the Packers was in 2003 and it was a Monday night football. This also happened to be the day after Brett Favre’s dad had just passed away. Pretty sure I teared up a bit watching Favre absolutely playing lights out. My parents teared up a bit as well, they’re Raider fans and that’s who Favre torched that night. What we didn’t know is what a precursor to the new NFL that game would become.

During that Monday night game, Favre was just chucking the ball downfield without a care in the world. Steps back throws the ball deep, rolls to the right throws the ball deep, up 34-7 throws the ball deep.

Last Sunday we saw the Saints dismantle the Eagles. But during the fourth quarter, they were up 38-7 and on fourth and 6 with no F’s given, Sean Payton calls up a deep pass to Alvin Kamara for a touchdown.

The New NFL

As I am getting ready to feast on a delicious bird, I recall the Chiefs and Rams game we all had the pleasure to feast on last Monday. Sean McVay calls up plays for Jared Goff to go deep. Big Red, Andy Reid tells McVay to hold his beer and Mahomes chucks the ball downfield. We saw 105 points scored in that game on Monday night. The most total points scored in an NFL game since 2015 when the Giants and Saints combined for 101 points.

This type of game is what the league wants. How many times have you seen the game ticker go by on your TV and you see the Jets beating the Titans 9-6 and say to yourself thank God I’m not watching that game. We want to see playmakers making plays and that’s what we saw Monday night. Great players were making great plays and were rewarded with points. Because of that, we were rewarded with an amazing game that many people would love to see as a rematch in the Super Bowl.

Now, there were a few people complaining about the lack of defense in that game, let me break off a few stats for you. Three defensive touchdowns, seven turnovers, and eight sacks. The defenses were making some play as well. The Saints, Rams, and Chiefs are all averaging over 35 points a game. Patrick Mahomes has already broken the record for most touchdowns thrown in Chiefs history. People are asking if the 2018 Rams are better than the greatest show on turf. And we already saw Payton doesn’t care what the score is, he is going to drive it down your throat, fourth down or not.

The Age of the Offense

Remember when people said defenses win championships? The age of the defense is over, the time of the offense has come. Because defensive-minded coaches are not adapting to the new way to play in the NFL, they are being left in the dust. The coaches that scheme to slow the game down and want to keep it close will not survive in this new NFL.

There is a reason why the Saints, Chiefs, and Rams only have four losses between the three of them. If none of them make it to the Super Bowl this season it will be the biggest upset we’ve seen in a long time. Time to go eat some turkey, Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

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Matt Woolsey

Matt Woolsey

Writer San Francisco 49ers Desk at Sports Talk Line
I was a December baby born in 1980. Married to my beautiful bride Jen for the past 15 years, and father of 3. Been a 49ers fan since the days of Joe Montana, Steve Young, and Jerry Rice. I've been playing fantasy football for almost 20 years, been playing dynasty for the past 5 years. All I can say is I love the game.

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