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E40: Pocket Protectors [Raiders Recap + Bears Preview]

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Eric Eager and Nick Olson join Jayson Brown to recap the beatdown of the Raiders and to preview the upcoming Bears game.

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In this episode:

Eric Eager and Nick Olson join Jayson Brown to discuss the takeaways from the Raiders game, Kirk’s season to date performance, and our matchup vs the Bears.

Takeaways from the beatdown of Oakland

  • All 21-0 all the time
  • No need to show play-calling tendencies
  • Everson Griffen is back!
  • Dalvin Cook leading the league at 6.6 YPC and 4.1 Yards per Carry after Contact
  • Alexander Mattison is ballin!!!
  • How well is the running back playing?
  • How well they break tackles is a sticky running back stat
  • Yards after contact is bit more sticky
  • Hold the lead by running out the clock

How do we feel about Kirk Cousins?

  • PFF - 25th ranked
  • QBR - 28th ranked
  • DVOA - 20th
  • YPA - 11th

“Marginally above average”

How much should a QB’s performance be affected by the quality of opponent? Is the disaster in GB being held against Kirk too much?

  • Invites more pressure but lowered sample size increases volatility

Previewing Chicago

  • Similar to last year
  • Dragged down by Mitch Trubisky
  • Matt Nagy’s play-calling continues to be stellar
  • Stacked on defense
  • Akiem Hicks may not play
  • Khalil Mack is a one-man wrecking crew
  • Vikings should have the advantage in the air

“Raiders have some of the worst LB the league has ever seen”

  • Roquan Smith and Danny Trevathan are very good
  • Chicago Bears DL could be a problem
  • Vikings should have advantages all over when on defense
  • Big plays and turnovers should decide the game
  • Total for the game is 38.5; Chicago is currently favored by 2.5 (early action on Minnesota)

“Vikings are the more talented team but luck will likely decide this game”

Upcoming Projects

  • Spotlight on Irv Smith and C.J. Ham coming from Nick (maybe)
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