The Dobbins Report – 10/26/18

I’m Tiera Dobbins, N The Zone Network‘s newest NFL contributor, and I want to welcome you to the first edition of “The Dobbins Report.” This week let’s focus on the AFC North.

The Cleveland Browns have gone into 4 overtimes in the last 6 weeks and Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker missed his first PAT in his career, it is spooky times in the NFL. The Pittsburgh Steelers enjoyed their Bye week during Week 7 and due to losses of their divisional foes came out on top of the AFC North.

Although LeVeon Bell is still a no-show, the Steelers are now sitting at #1 in arguably the toughest division in football.

Week 7 is now behind us and Week 8 started last night with a somewhat interesting matchup, but finally, Brocktober is almost over! Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans had a field day with the Miami Dolphins defense. Watson threw for 5 touchdowns in their 43-23 win over the Dolphins.  Though the Texans won their fifth consecutive game, Texans WR Will Fuller tore his ACL.

So, for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Steeler Nation there are two questions: Can the Steelers remain in the #1 spot? And Where is LeVeon? The most important question is, can the Steelers remain leading the AFC North?

In Week 8, the Steelers will face the Cleveland Browns. Another tough AFC North matchup for some diehard fans. These two teams have met for their Week 1 opener the last few years and whether they meet in Heinz Field or First Energy Stadium the black and gold usually comes out victorious. Their meetup in September, both teams somewhat wrapped up Week 1 both victorious… kind of. Browns and Steelers ended regular overtime tied 21-21, now week 8 is here and it’s time to make this division even more interesting.

Le’Veon Bell

Since Week 1 one thing has remained the same and that is there is still no Le’Veon Bell. But Pittsburgh has been doing just fine with running back James Connor surprising not just the NFL but his own team; even getting a shout out from Bell after the Steelers 28-21 defeat over the Cincinnati Bengals.

As for the Browns in Week 1, Tyrod Taylor started as QB against the Steelers defense, but now we have Baker Mayfield bringing the spark the Browns have needed.

This 1:00 p.m. matchup will be another great game to grab a Pumpkin Beer or an IPA to see how the cards fall in this AFC North Matchup! Maybe Le’Veon will be doing the same.

You can find me on Twitter, @_Dobbins_

Don’t forget to check out my interview on N The Zone this week with Palmer Alexander below!

N The Zone SEASON 4: Tiera Dobbins 10-21-18

Elite NFL Quaterbacks

Eli Manning, Tom Brady, and Ben Roethlisberger

Ashley Wright 

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The quarterback position is one of the most challenging and vital positions in the NFL. It may also be one of the most analyzed positions. Arguably, the greatest debate that surrounds the quarterback is what makes them elite. Household names such as Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers have almost become immune to the debate however other quarterbacks such as Eli Manning and Joe Flacco have been questioned about their elite status.

When Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz suffered an ACL tear in a Week 13 win against the Los Angeles Rams many people thought their Super Bowl LII hopes were out of reach, some even thought they would lose the game. Nevertheless, Nick Foles stepped in and shocked majority of NFL fans. Not only did he win the game in Los Angeles but he has led the Eagles to Minneapolis where they will face Tom Brady and the Patriots in Super Bowl LII.

In Minnesota Case Keenum took the place of Sam Bradford who suffered a knee injury in Week 1. Keenum may have had the most shocking success in the NFL this season. He led the Vikings to a 13-3 record, and the NFC championship game. The story here is without Nick Foles stepping into Carson Wentz’s place, and without Case Keenum filling in for Sam Bradford the Eagles and Vikings probably would not have enjoyed so much success. Is it possible that their incredible seasons now make them elite quarterbacks? Many NFL fans think Carson Wentz deserves to be in NFL MVP talks but what has he accomplished other than winning a divisional championship?

In the case of the proven quarterback such as Eli Manning, what does it take to make him elite? He is top ten in multiple categories including fourth quarter comebacks, touchdown passes, and passes completed. Manning also has four Pro Bowl selections, two Super Bowl rings with MVP honors to match them both, and he beat conceivably the best quarterback ever in Tom Brady in both championship seasons as a wild card in the playoffs. Even with all of his accomplishments he is oftentimes snubbed on elite quarterback lists. Joe Flacco is also a proven quarterback who is underappreciated when it comes to elite quarterback talk.  Flacco is a Super Bowl winning quarterback and I can see the argument coming in saying, “well the Raven’s defense carried Flacco to the Super Bowl.” If you look at the numbers, it isn’t true at all. When the Ravens won the Super Bowl in 2013, their defense ranked in the middle of the league. They were 17th in yards per game, 10th in yards per play, and 20th in rushing yards per game. The Ray Lewis retirement journey may have been a major highlight, but Flacco played his best football during that playoff stretch. He finished the playoffs with 11 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. Joe Montana is the only other quarterback to do that. I am not saying Flacco is the best quarterback, but he was the main reason the Ravens got to and won the Super Bowl. Granted he has not played nearly as good since his Super Bowl win but he has been riddled by injury much of the time.

So what does it take for a quarterback to be considered elite? Super Bowl wins? Touchdown passes? Conference championships? Individual records? Whatever it is…many deserving quarterbacks get overlooked when it comes to the debate.

The A-Train Rant 11.0!!!

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Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday filled with joy, laughter, and sports. But even during my Thanksgiving holiday…I still found the urge to supply a rant.

  1. Mike Tomlin and Jason Kidd are both jerks. I REALLY lost a lot of respect for both coaches especially Mike Tomlin after he decided to pull some crapola on Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones. But Jason Kidd’s antics were no better. A soda? In the closing seconds of a ballgame? That’s pure stupidity on both ends. Kidd got a $50,000 fine for his stupidity. Tomlin will get his as well. I’m glad both of them lost their respective games. Tomlin’s days are numbered anyway. He thought it was so funny that he pulled the stunt. When that pink slip appears for him and he’s no longer the head coach, I’ll laugh at that.
  2. Kanye West says he is “the reason that Air Jordans are still popular today.” WOW. (laughs) Yeah right. And I’m the reason why Wheel Of Fortune is still on the air too.
  3. No more halftime shows during Thanksgiving games. Save that for the Super Bowl. And I hate it then too.
  4. EA should make only football and soccer video games.

Enjoy your Black Friday, enjoy the college football weekend season finale and more NFL action.

Back at it on Monday.

The A-Train