The Tennessee Titans got the short end of a questionable call in the second quarter against the New England Patriots Saturday night.
After the Titans appeared to have forced the Patriots to a three-and-out, both teams lined up for a punt. After it initially appeared the Patriots would be called for a false start, the Titans were called for a neutral zone infraction, giving the Patriots an automatic first down on what was a fourth-and-10:
But he probably knew how that play was going to turn out. The Steelers ran a pitch on a fourth-and-1 from the Jaguars 21-yard line. It went poorly.
The Jaguars ended up jumping out to a 21-0 lead early in the second quarter, so it might not be the last time we hear Roethlisberger saying that.
The audible might have been thunder, but he’ll be saying the other phrase if this keeps up.
After an early exit from the playoffs last season, rumors swirled around Caldwell being on the hot seat. But the Lions signed him to a contract extension. Unfortunately for Detroit, it just missed the playoffs in 2017. So the Lions decided to pull the plug on Caldwell.
Detroit was always competitive with Caldwell at the helm, which is something the franchise hasn’t been able to do consistently years before Caldwell arrived. But the Lions never won the NFC North under him.
What plagued the Lions during Caldwell’s stint was inconsistent defenses and terrible rushing attacks. Detroit finished with the second-ranked defense in 2014 but failed to reach the top 10 during the following three seasons.
Atlanta looked the part of a road warrior in last Saturday’s 26-13 upset win over the Los Angeles Rams, improving to 13-5 SU and 11-7 ATS over its last 18 road games.
The Falcons have looked extremely sharp on defense over the last two weeks in holding one of the league’s top offenses to just 13 points last week and Carolina to only 10 points to clinch a playoff spot in Week 17.