Not everything was terrible for the Steelers on Sunday. Before Antonio Brown injured his leg, before Jesse James got robbed of the biggest touchdown of his life, before Big Ben showed us the soft underbelly of the fake spike play, there was injured linebacker Ryan Shazier waving a Terrible Towel to the joy and delight of 80,000 Steelers fans at Heinz Field.
“That’s as loud as I’ve heard it in a beginning of a game, Jim,” said CBS color man Tony Romo, who was subject to plenty of noise during a high-profile 13-year playing career. “That was rocking before that play from Brady. He had to turn around and look what was going on.”
I’m a bit leery of that report simply because the Jaguars’ receiving corps has been hit hard by injuries. The hunch here is that Westbrook (and teammate Keelan Cole) are capable of delivering solid outings in an appealing matchup against the Browns. Westbrook’s value to owners likely is delivered down the stretch of the season, and he has a chance to start making good on that value come Sunday. Westbrook is owned in less than 7 percent of ESPN leagues.
Oklahoma City center Steven Adams scored 25 points on 12-of-13 shooting, and the Thunder’s starters combined for 121 points as the Cavs were unable to do anything defensively.
“We gotta go back to the drawing board on that end,” said Isaiah Thomas, who finished with a season-high 24 points but was exposed on the defensive end. “As players, we gotta take pride in defense. We gotta take pride in getting stops as a group collectively.”
Earlier this season, Bill Belichick became the third-winningest coach in NFL history, trailing only Don Shula and George Halas. Given all the New England Patriots have accomplished with The Hoodie at the helm, it’s easy to ask: Is there anyone who can beat Belichick?
Well, actually, we don’t have to look too hard to find the man who has been Belichick’s Kryptonite.