New year, new Bengals — just kidding.
The Bengals’ last game in the 2017 season was a win against the Ravens, and it propelled the Bills into the playoffs. Not only that, but the victory was tentatively a warm conclusion to the Marvin Lewis era. There were rumors that it would be his last game as Bengals head coach.
1. Colorado: How about the BuffaloesAfter being swept on a two-game trip to Oregon the week before, Colorado defended its home court by sweeping Arizona State and Arizona, the two Pac-12 frontrunners. Junior wing Namon Wright (16.5 points, 7.5 rebounds last week) should stick back in the starting lineup.
2. Ohio State: What a debut season for Chris Holtmann so far. Sunday’s decisive win over Michigan State moved the Buckeyes to 4-0 in the Big Ten a year after they finished 7-11 in the league. With zero bad losses so far, this is looking every bit like a tournament team.
3. Texas Tech: In keeping with Beard’s point about how easily things can turn in the Big 12, the Red Raiders have to travel to Oklahoma and then host West Virginia this week. Even splitting those dates with top-10 teams would be impressive. If they go 2-0 again, the rest of the league will be put on notice.
So as y’all know, this video mostly centers on NFL players. It does include skill-position players. The goal of the weekly video is showing the disrespect and savageness of blocks. I love seeing the finishes and, more importantly, the effort to finish and be nasty. I’m not sure any block better showed the ethos of this weekly video more than a college block.
Notre Dame might have the two best linemen in the country. They for sure have the best lineman to enter the draft in left guard Quenton Nelson. He has a legit chance to be a NFL All-Pro for years. So I started the video this week with his block. It’s just savage. He choke slams this defender and then … well, watch the video.
Next, it’s the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons beat the Panthers on Sunday to get themselves into the playoffs. If the Falcons can play to their ability, they can be unstoppable. Here is Ty Sambrailo entering the game as the sixth offensive lineman, and he just crushes this defender. He times up the hips and hands and blasts this guy. Then he comes back for more and finishes the block.