FRAUD – Cam Newton
It’s official - Cam Newton isn’t that good. He had one good game, sure, but his play has been terrible since. Just two touchdowns on the season and seven interceptions. He hasn’t even totaled 1,000 passing yards yet and we are heading into Week 8 of the 2020 season. Newton ranks 29th in overall QBR and that’s only in front of a few other QB’s who have started games - Darnold, Haskins and Lock, just to name a few. If another Browns WR happens to throw a TD this week, then he and Cam will be tied with two passing TD’s on the season. Yikes. The bottom line is that the Patriots offense as a whole isn’t very good, but Newton should be far better than this nonetheless. His wardrobe seems to be his main focus before and after games. He simply won’t be in the league much longer if he continues to play like this.
FRAUD – David Montgomery
Look, David Montgomery needs to be the bell cow for this Bears team - they simply don't have any other options - yet he simply isn’t getting the job done. Montgomery sits with only a handful of running backs in the league that are surprisingly bad right now. He ranks 41st in yards per carry and sits behind guys like Benny Snell, Jamaal Williams and Rex Burkhead in that category. Those guys, however, are second string running backs for a reason, whereas Montgomery is on the field for almost every single down. Even Christian McCaffrey, who has only played two games, has four touchdowns to Montgomery’s one. The Chicago Bears might need to make a major move (or two) at the trade deadline for a new back.
FRAUD – Mike McCarthy
This guys stinks. Green Bay held onto Mike McCarthy's dead weight for a few years too many, and now Dallas is going to learn this the hard way. Clearly McCarthy has turned himself into a “yes man," and the bottom line is that McCarthy can’t do anything without an elite - and healthy - quarterback under center. Dak Prescott isn’t elite by himself, but this Dallas offense could be. He clearly can’t make it work with the talent he has around him, and he’s also allowed his defense to be the worst in the league. McCarthy is turning a super bowl contender into an organization that looks like a rebuild is right around the corner. In three years, maybe less, this guy will not be a head coach in the NFL. Mark my words.
GOD – Tom Brady
Tom Brady is showing that he can get the job done if you put the right pieces around him, even in the year 2020. Credit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers organization for doing that, too, but let’s give the old(er) guy some credit at this stage of his career. Brady is in the MVP conversation, and nobody thought that was possible coming into this season. He is coming off one of his best games in recent years, and he is changing the game at the quarterback position for the guys behind him in the NFL. Brady is a true blueprint of how to become a lifelong quarterback in this league, and he's continuing to prove the doubters wrong, no matter the year.
GOD – Frank Gore’s Legs
Give the guy credit for playing this long at the running back position. Seemingly every week Frank Gore suits up and plays, and he sits third all-time in rushing yards. He has passed Barry Sanders and Adrian Peterson, who is also still chugging along. Gore is just 1,069 yards behind Walter Payton for second all-time in NFL rushing yards. Look, Gore has played on some bad teams over the years. But he still produces better than some starting running back who are far younger in the NFL, no matter what situation he finds himself in year to year. Gore is on pace to fall well short of 1,000 yards this season, sure, but if signed next year, he will likely break Walter Payton's all-time rushing yards. We've gotta give Gore and his legs some credit for all the hard work they've put in on the gridiron over the last decade and a half.
GOD – Jaylon Smith
Talk about being left on an island with this Dallas Cowboys defense. Clearly Jaylon Smith is one of the better players in the league and his stats back that up - Smith leads the league in tackles at 75, to go along with seven tackles for loss and two pass deflections. Had the Cowboys been winning games this season, Smith could also be in the conversation for defensive player of the year. We might just have to give it to him anyways, because the only stops the Cowboys are getting these days are because of Smith. The bottom line is that Smith is "good," and that's the best thing we can say about the Dallas defense.