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Monday Night Observations
I won’t lie. I was watching the edited version of that game while getting into a huge battle on NOSTR, the first one I’ve ever had. On NOSTR they don’t care what you post about the Middle East or the pharmaceutical industrial complex like they do on Twitter. But come at them about their anonymous handles, and you really kick up a hornet’s nest.
In any event, this game went almost as well as I needed it to. The Cowboys covered, Dak Prescott and CeeDee Lamb finally had decent games, and no one else really went crazy for my opponents. Unfortunately even with Lamb and Prescott balling, I lost my Primetime matchup by four points, less than the different between D’Onta Foreman (active) and Saquon Barkley (on my bench.) If that team wasn’t drawing dead before, it is now.
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Prescott didn’t just have good stats, he played great, avoiding the rush, buying time, picking his spots to scramble and making accurate throws on the move. He looked like the guy from the last few years and could have had a huge day but for a few near misses. (Michael Gallup dropped a perfectly thrown deep ball to the end zone, though Gallup had his jersey grabbed.)
Tony Pollard did damage as a receiver, but he just can’t get going on the ground. Had he taken that 60-yard catch to the house, I would have won my matchup.
Justin Herbert slings the ball in a way that reminds me of Dan Marino. Zips it down the field with such ease. I erroneously faded 31-YO Keenan Allen this year. He hasn’t slowed down at all, and they look to him near the goal line too.
I have to ask this every time I watch a Chargers game: why on earth did they draft Quentin Johnston in the first round if even after Mike Williams is out for the year they didn’t plan on using him at all? Imagine how buried he’d be if Williams were healthy. Your first-round pick is supposed to contribute right away for a (supposed) contender.
Austin Ekeler got stuffed on the ground and had a modest game overall, but 18 touches means he’s completely healthy again.
The Chargers are now 2-3, though all three of their losses (and the win against the Vikings) could have gone either way.