Watching the Kansas City Chiefs take on the Denver Broncos while recording this episode of Triple Zeros, the Chiefs have one thing other teams simply do not: Patrick Mahomes. Antonio Brown made quite the exit from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers sideline against the New York Jets. But after he threw Tom Brady under the bus, he better hope he’s right about Bruce Arians and the Bucs treatment of his ankle injury. Do the Cincinnati Bengals run the AFC North now? Having Joe Burrow under center sure helps. The Las Vegas Raiders should give Rich Bisaccia a legitimate shot at the head coaching job. And Jim Harbaugh could still come to Chicago if the Bears give Ryan Pace the proper role with his anticipated new title. Plus, which division leaders can we trust heading into the NFL Playoffs next week?
On the NBA side, Klay Thompson announces his return this Sunday when the Golden State Warriors take on the Cleveland Cavaliers while there is a chance the Los Angeles Clippers get Kawhi Leonard back this season too. Meanwhile, finally healthy and playing well, DeMarcus Cousins got cut by the Milwaukee Bucks in a move intended to maintain roster flexibility (he’s since signed with the Denver Nuggets). The Chicago Bulls are getting All-Star love while the Atlanta Hawks got some tough love from their general manager.
Triple Zeros: Does Los Angeles Chargers head coach Brandon Staley trust the analytics too much? He certainly doesn’t think so. Urban Meyer’s tenure with the Jacksonville Jaguars couldn’t end soon enough judging from the statement by rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence.
It might be difficult for Chicago Bears fans to hear, Aaron Rodgers probably isn’t going anywhere. Plus, is Baker Mayfield right about the NFL’s handling of COVID testing after several games get re-scheduled this weekend?
Speaking of, over 70 players have gone into health & safety protocols in the last week with the number growing every day. Are we nearing a pause for a couple of weeks is in order for teams to get healthy? Kevin Durant isn’t here for the backhanded compliments Skip Bayless tries to give him despite the latter’s insistence he “loves” the MVP hopeful.
As for the award, Zach Lowe of ESPN thinks it is stupid for Nikola Jokic to be left out of the NBA MVP discussion. And, with Zion Williamson needing an injection to speed up the healing process in his foot, things are murky as ever with regards to the future for the New Orleans Pelicans.
In this episode of Triple Zeros: the NFL kicked off Week 12 on Thanksgiving with the Chicago Bears beating the Detroit Lions and delaying what most believe is to be the inevitable firing of head coach Matt Nagy though, per ownership prior to the game, the two things were never related. Also from this game, Dan Campbell has many likable qualities, but is coaching one of them? In the best game of the day between Derek Carr’s Las Vegas Raiders and Dak Prescott’s Dallas Cowboys, the biggest takeaway could be that both teams are enigmas. Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills trounced a group of players claiming to be the New Orleans Saints. How much stock can we put in this win after the losses they’ve had?
In the NBA, the Chicago Bulls have shown an impressive level of adaptability as they sit near the top of the East. Meanwhile, Trae Young’s Atlanta Hawks have gone streaking in a good way to get themselves back into the thick of things. The Golden State Warriors are still atop the standings as is Stephen Curry in the MVP race. But the Phoenix Suns and Devin Booker have won 15 straight and are the reigning Western Conference champions. And the Los Angeles Lakers are finding new ways to struggle.
This episode of Triple Zeros: Week 10 in the NFL kicked off with an upset as Tua Tagovailoa came off of the bench to help the Miami Dolphins topple Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens. Aaron Rodgers took a much different approach to his second appearance on the Pat McAfee Show in two weeks. Russell Wilson is set to return for the Seattle Seahawks as they take on the Green Bay Packers after missing half of the time expected with his fractured finger.
On the NBA side, Damian Lillard joins the chorus of players unhappy with the enforcement of the league’s tweaks to shooting fouls. Rich Paul says the Philadelphia 76ers are making Ben Simmons‘ mental state worse. And the Chicago Bulls could be without center Nikola Vucevic for the next 10 days as he goes through health and safety protocols. All of that and much more!
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