FRAUD – The Los Angeles Rams
The Los Angeles Rams just lost to one of the worst football teams in NFL history. The 0-13, Adam Gase-led New York "Football" Jets just went on the road - across the country, no less - and into Los Angeles to beat the Rams and secure their first win of the season. Before Week 14, these same Rams were being looked at by many as a top team in the NFC and as a true top five playoff contender. Now people are going to dissect this Rams team on both sides of the ball after a brutal loss that leaves behind not a single excuse in its path. It’s not like the Rams didn't have anything to play for here, either. The Rams have a division title on the line, and they pretty much just handed that to the Seattle Seahawks with this embarrassing showing. This was the definition of lookahead game for Sean McVay & Co, as the Rams face the Seahawks in Week 15, and they simply showed no respect for the Jets heading into this Sunday upset for the centuries. I understand why they might've been looking ahead, but still, you simply can’t lose to the Jets at home with everything considered on the line. This falls on the entire team and coaching staff.
FRAUD – Ezekiel Elliott
This poor guy is getting ragged on following the Dallas Cowboy's upset victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Week 14, and he didn’t even suit up! The kid they call "Zeke" has done little to nothing this season when actually on the football field, and the Cowboys should plainly just move on from Ezekiel Elliott and promote Tony Pollard to the starting running back spot next season. The Cowboys need help in other areas of the field, too, and Pollard has not turned the ball over this entire season despite Ezekiel Elliott having five fumbles. It’s perfectly clear: if the Cowboys are looking to stay in tact and fill holes for the 2021 season, they need to dump Elliott and get something in return. Pollard can carry the load for this Cowboys backfield, and the only question that remains is can Zeke bring back any value for this team in a deal?
FRAUD – Sean Murphy-Bunting
This guy is being beat every week by the opposing wide receivers, and it's getting old. Tampa Bay's Sean Murphy-Bunting has been a guy to target week in and week out against the Buccaneers, and you saw Matt Ryan in Week 14 do the same. The Atlanta Falcons threw in his direction all day long, as Calvin Ridley erupted for 10 catches, 163 receiving yards and a touchdown, and Russell Gage had 5 catches and 60 yards with a touchdown as well. Murphy-Bunting was the victim of an extremely successful aerial assault once again, and the Buccaneers have a clear secondary issue that both starts and ends with Murphy-Bunting. This guy is going to cost the Buccaneers a playoff game, and it's coming sooner rather than later.
GOD – Miami's Defense
The Miami Dolphins are now 9-5 on the season, and they still have a rock-solid chance to get to 10 wins overall. The Fins' defense is one of the best in the league right now, and I don’t believe that anyone had that as the case entering the season. Miami held the division rival New England Patriots to just 12 points on Sunday, as the defensive back super duo of Xavien Howard and Byron Jones again shut down their opponent's perimeter wide receivers. The Dolphins offense? That was led by Tua Tagovailoa, Salvon Ahmed, Durham Smythe and Lynn Bowden Jr. Outside of Ahmed, Miami's offensive skill players did very little to contribute to this win. It was Miami's defense that stole the show on Sunday, as they have done for the most of the 2020 season, and they are pushing this team towards an inconceivable playoff berth.
GOD – Darren Waller
Darren Waller simply doesn’t get enough credit for his pro bowl level of play. Waller once again had a massive game against the Los Angeles Chargers on Thursday Night Football, catching nine passes for 150 yards and making the opposing secondary look straight up silly. Waller isn’t talked about by the media as one of the best tight ends in the game enough, but if there is an official top three tight end list out there somewhere, then Waller must be on it. Waller ranks 6th in catches this season (93) and 14th in receiving yards. He is also tied for 10th in touchdowns and 6th in first downs gained. This guy is in the prime of his career, and he will be asking for a hefty amount of cash in the near future. Pay the man, he deserves it.
GOD – Ryan Tannehill
Ryan Tannehill has played so well over the last two years with the Tennessee Titans that he has already made you forget that he played for the Miami Dolphins at one point in the past. Tannehill has played like a top 10 quarterback in 2020, and it’s very hard to argue against that. Tannehill now has 31 TD’s and only 5 INT’s this season, and he has also thrown 2+ TD’s in 11 out of 14 games. Patrick Mahomes, on the other hand, has only done that in 12 out of 14 games, and Mahomes has the same amount of interceptions. I’m not comparing "Tannethrill" to Mahomes per say, but I am comparing the value of Tannehill to most of the other quarterbacks in this league. This Titans offense is already dangerous with the man child that is Derrick Henry in the backfield, and Tannehill starting under center makes it that much more potent.