Pittsburgh Steelers: The Steelers’ offense has oddly malfunctioned through six weeks. It’s hard to envision them making a change, but the signs are evident.
New Orleans Saints: Drew Brees is synonymous with the Saints, and so far this season, he’s still playing at an elite level. But he’s also 38, and this offseason the Saints can get out of his contract at minimal cost. The Saints have been mediocre for years, surrounding the incredible Brees with a shoddy roster. Now might be the time to truly start over.
Making the first road start of his career in a tough venue in Baltimore, DeShone Kizer struggled early in the first half before being forced from the game with migraines. With Kizer out, Kevin Hogan entered the game for the Browns and took the offense 84 yards down the field in five plays for a touchdown.
Philadelphia also needs to stick more with Jay Ajayi, who got only 15 carries in relation to nine for LeGarrette Blount against Atlanta. Ajayi is the more effective back, inside and outside. Blount will be stuffed even worse against a Vikings front that can swarm his deliberate running style. Contrary to popular belief, Ajayi is better built than Blount to get the tough yards between the tackles when not much is there.
It’s a no-brainer for the Eagles to run more to the right behind center Jason Kelce, guard Brandon Brooks and tackle Lane Johnson. That also means going away from Everson Griffen and Linval Joseph, where Brooks can dominate Tom Johnson and Lane Johnson can get the better of Danielle Hunter.
That two-tiered personnel plan will give the Eagles the best chance to have viability on the ground. But it will have limited success unless Foles can open up the passing game.
It also could have been interpreted as a vote of confidence in the performance of Blandino, who had earned respect in most teams’ front offices for the manner in which he did a very demanding job.