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Mike Handzelek's NFL Week 9 Analysis/Review/Notes/Power Rankings


By: Point Shaver Handzelek
Date: Nov 11, 2021
   
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Sunday, November 07, 2021 Tennessee Titans vs. Los Angeles Rams (NFL) - 8:20 PM EST Premium Pick Pick: Point Spread: -7/-115 Los Angeles Rams Rating: 9* Mike's Strongest Play On The Board Full Prep (LOSS) Look for HC & offensive guru Sean McVay (his offensive averages 30.6 PPG) to get innovative as usual. He won't give away too many secrets (have an away MNF NFC West game with the 49ers on deck) but will try & control tempo using QB Matthew Stafford (22/4 TD/INT ratio, 2,477 passing yards, 68% completions, sacked 8 times). Stafford not only has key cog WR Cooper Kupp (63 receptions for 924 yards & 10 TD's), but has 3 other pretty good WR's in Robert Woods (458 yards & 4 TD's), Tyler Higbee (272 yards & 2 TD's) & Van Jefferson (392 yards & 3 TD's). They'll face a Titans' defense that's ranked just 24th versus the pass for DC Shane Bowen. The true test has to be how Tennessee & QB Ryan Tannehill (whose O-Line hasn't protected him e well-24 sacks) handle life without brahma bull RB Derrick Henry (averaged 30 rushes per game until injury) who went down to a Jones fracture (stress fracture to the 5th metatarsal bone in the foot) last week (should be out at least 8 weeks). How will they compensate? I say you don't! There's no total replacement in the NFL for the total body of work Henry has given his team over the past few seasons. NOBODY can gain yards AFTER contact like him. However, OC Todd Downing will ATTEMPT to use RB & 3rd-down specialist Jeremy McNichols & "out of the frying & into the fire" RB Adrian Peterson whose last regular season game was last year. Tannehill's success has been predicated on the run. In fact, without Henry in the lineup, he's failed SU on all occasions. They'll be facing the smothering buzz saw 3-4 defense of DC Raheem Morris that not only lead the NFL in sacks with 25 but they're # 1 in interceptions with 11. Besides having their 3 top sack leaders in OLB Leonard Floyd, DT Aaron Donald & NT Sebastian Joseph-Day, they've recently added OLB Von Miller (might not play) from Denver to bolster an already elite pass rush. My bottom line says it's going to be tough knowing the Titans ALSO enter this game with WR's A.J. Brown (knee injury) & Julio Jones (hamstring injury) both probable but not close to 100%. Expect CB Jalen Ramsey to probably be matched up with Brown. Does this game have blowout potential? Yes it does. But because of a divisional game on-deck & Tennessee's dog numbers, I feel the Strongest Play On The Board Full Prep Play has to be on the Moneyline. We're off to SoFi Stadium in prime-time to play the LOS ANGELES RAMS for the "W"! NOTES/POWER RANKINGS: Tennessee HC Mike Vrabel was licking his chops when he saw that McVay put out his Rams' offense in a majority of straight drop backs & "11 personnel" situations to combat the Titans' defensive schemes that included 36% blitz packages. I guess that 49ers' games is a game McVay has to have this week. Do you think L.A. saw what the Bills' tried to do in Jacksonville earlier & failed? The Rams were very disappointing but we're moving on! Let's say one thing about the MNF taunting penalty on the Bears' Cassius Marsh by Referee Tony Corrente. It may be within the rule (which not too many fans want), but you DON'T throw a flag WAY after the action has taken place. Because he hesitated THAT long, he should have not thrown it @ that point. It's a shame the FG Pittsburgh scored had a big outcome on the SU win. Ok' let's move on to my half-way point NFL Power Rankings. 1) Arizona Cardinals -- It's not back when backup Colt McCoy can lead you to a convincing win. 2) Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- It's not bad when you're off the bye & now have to take on the WFT & the Giants. 3) Los Angeles Rams -- Off a bad loss but still arguably the best team. OBJ can make or break this team. 4) Tennessee Titans -- 4 dog wins in a row has them here. How do they handle the favorite role now? 5) Green Bay Packers -- Are things now back to status quo @ Lambeau with Rodgers? 6) Baltimore Ravens -- Lamar Jackson's playmaking capabilities have elevated them. Will their defense improve though? 7) Dallas Cowboys -- All eyes are on on Dak Prescott & the running game. 8) Buffalo Bills -- QB Josh Allen's prep was atrocious! There's no doubt their running game success will dictate how well they'll do the next few games. 9) New England Patriots -- They've earned a Top 10 for now. Will they stay here after this weekend & improve on a 1-4 SU home record? 10) Los Angeles Chargers -- Back-to-back home games with Minnesota & Pittsburgh should tell us where they're going. 11) Pittsburgh Steelers -- Let's say they're awful fortunate to be # 11 right now. They now get Detroit though. 12) New Orleans Saints -- It was a tough loss to divisional Atlanta. Let's see how they do on the road @ Tennessee without Winston. 13) Kansas City Chiefs -- I look for Mahomes to step it up in Las Vegas. 14) Cleveland Browns -- There's no distraction now for Mayfield. Can he make the throws versus NE? Near Misses: Cincinnati Bengals -- Burrow & Co. are on their bye week with Las Vegas & Pittsburgh coming up. Stay tuned! Denver Broncos -- They're a DANGEROUS team if they can land Russell Wilson as their QB of the near future. Las Vegas Raiders -- A team holding on after all the turmoil & strife they've endured the past month. Mike Handzelek's NFL & CFB Last 12 -- 10-2 for 83% Mike Handzelek's 2021-22 NFL Overall Record: 15-10 for 60%
 


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