If You Don’t Already Know, The L.A. Rams are The NFL’s Best

On Thursday night, the Los Angeles Rams took on the Minnesota Vikings in L.A. and it certainly didn’t disappoint. Personally, I saw these teams as the two best in the entire league. A possible NFC Championship preview. It was surprising to see this matchup as a Thursday night game rather than primetime Sunday night. Either way, we were able to witness the best battle it out to see who is currently the better team. The home team rose to the challenge.

I’m going to be honest, at first I wasn’t exactly sure who to pick in this game. The main factors I looked at for both teams were the defenses. Little did I know, both defenses weren’t going to play all that well. I’ll give the Rams a slight pass due to Aqib Talib being out. Having one of your pro bowl CB’s out is bound to cause you some trouble. Even then, I still thought they had enough defensive talent to not let Kirk Cousins do what he did to them. The Vikings QB torched L.A.’s defense for 422 yards and 3 TD’s on 36/50 passing but was somehow still in the shadow of Jared Goff. The Rams stud put up 465 yards and 5 TD’s on 26/33 passing. Near perfection. There were a total of FIVE receivers with 100+ receiving yards in this game. It was an offensive explosion, to say the least. The run game for both sides didn’t have too much success but Gurley put up a strong 83 yards. As for the defensive side, The Rams stout defensive line remained dominant against an already struggling Minnesota offensive line. Overall, it was a solid game and there’s no doubt the better team came out on top.

Through four games, the Rams have looked scary good. Sure, the defense had a rough night this week but it didn’t stop them from beating the second best team in the NFL did it? That’s the biggest perk about this Rams team that makes them so great. If the defense has a rough night, Jared Goff and the rest of the L.A. offense has so many weapons and so many playmakers to the point where they can put up over 40 points on you if need be. If the offense is struggling, they have one of the best defensive lines in the league and arguably the NFL’s best CB duo to lock down any opposing offense. The Rams are not just an extremely well-balanced team but they are terrifyingly good on both sides. Honestly, the Vikings held their own pretty well for what they went up against.

Plain and simple, this Rams squad is no fluke and expect to see that “W” next to their name quite a bit more times as the season continues.

– Collin Borron

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TGE’s 2018 Week 5 Top 25 College Football Rankings

1. Alabama (4) – PTS: 200 – LW: 1

2. Georgia – PTS: 192 – LW: 2

3. Clemson – PTS: 182 – LW: 3

4. Ohio State – PTS: 178 – LW: 4

5. Stanford – PTS: 164 – LW: 6 | + 1

6. Oklahoma – PTS: 160 – LW: 5 | – 1

7. LSU – PTS: 152 – LW: 7

8. Penn State – PTS: 140 – LW: 8

9. Notre Dame – PTS: 130 – LW: 9

10. West Virginia – PTS: 128 – LW: 11 | + 1

11. Washington – PTS: 126 – LW: 10 | – 1

12. Auburn – PTS: 118 – LW: 13 | + 1

13. Wisconsin – PTS: 96 – LW: 18 | + 5

14. UCF – PTS: 94 – LW: 15 | + 1

15. Michigan – PTS: 94 – LW: 17 | + 2

16. Miami – PTS: 86 – LW: 20 | + 4

17. Michigan State – PTS: 66 – LW: 22 | + 5

18. Kentucky – PTS: 58 – LW: NR

T19. Mississippi State – PTS: 38 – LW: 12 | – 7

T19. Texas – PTS: 38 – LW: NR

21. BYU – PTS: 36 – LW: NR

22. Oregon – PTS: 30 – LW: 19 | – 3

23. Duke – PTS: 24 – PTS: NR

24. Colorado – PTS: 18 – LW: NR

25. Texas Tech – PTS: 16 – LW: NR

Dropped from rankings: Virginia Tech 13, Oklahoma State 15, TCU 21, Boston College 23, Iowa 24, Texas A&M 25

Others receiving votes: NC State 14, Virginia Tech 12, California 8

Do you agree with our rankings or are we clueless and know nothing? Let me know and feel free to share your own top 25 with me on Twitter @CJBorron. I’m always open to talk some college football and would love to chat with some of my readers.

Be sure to follow the fella’s who helped create this poll: Dylan Hall, Joel Devick, and Daniel Kingery

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– Collin Borron

First-Year Coaching Struggles Reminds Fans That Success Isn’t Immediate

The expectations were sky high for a handful of first-year power 5 head coaches. Some of those expectations were higher than it was for others but overall, it hasn’t exactly been an ideal start for a lot of these coaches. Here are the three I’ve noticed struggling most.

Scott Frost, Nebraska

Nebraska managed to snag one of the countries best head coaches, Scott Frost over the off-season and his return generated an unreal amount of hype from Nebraska fans. Coming off an undefeated season with Central Florida just a year ago, Nebraska fans thought they got a coach that could turn their train wreck of a team to an immediate 9-10 win team. Obviously, this wasn’t a fair expectation in the first place but currently sitting at a 0-3 record, Frosts debut season couldn’t have started any worse. Having their week one matchup canceled, losing a heartbreaker to a tough Colorado team, absolutely embarrassed at home by Troy, and being slaughtered by Michigan, times are tough for Frost and his Husker squad right now. In the end, Scott Frost said it best: “It’ll get worse before it gets better.” He is right after all and I hope Husker fans don’t go ballistic after they struggle to get three wins this year.

Willie Taggart, Florida State

Where do I even begin with this team? With as bad of a start Nebraska has had, I think FSU is somehow off to an even worse one and they managed to get a win. How is that? Well, week one they got manhandled at home by Virginia Tech, barely defeated Samford out of the FCS and then went on to get destroyed by Syracuse. The Seminoles look awful and it doesn’t look like they are getting better any time soon. There has been countless videos, snaps, tweets, and more of FSU players dancing, dancing, and more dancing. I wish I had something positive to say about Taggart but honestly, there’s nothing to be happy about in Tallahassee right now. Let’s see how the Noles hold up against the mighty Huskies of NIU on Saturday.

Chip Kelly, UCLA

I will be the first to admit that I had way too high of expectations for Chip Kelly going into this season. I predicted he’d win 8-9 games his first year with the Bruins and it’s very clear that will not be happening. UCLA fell to Cincinnati, Oklahoma and Fresno State to open the season. Chip Kelly revolutionized college football with his near unstoppable spread offense at Oregon but now that the style has seemingly taken over the sport and he has been out of coaching for a while now, it’s safe to say he’s got some adapting to do. Kelly helped create the monster that is the spread offense but now he must figure out a way to stop it. I still firmly believe his future is bright at UCLA but it is just going to have to take a bit more time than I originally anticipated. To be honest, I was just really excited to see him coaching college football again. Can you blame a guy?

Overall, these three coaches seem to currently be having the most struggles with their new teams. To the fans of these teams and any other team out there with a first-year head coach, DON’T PANIC. It’s called a “rebuild” for a reason and it’s something that cannot be magically accomplished within one season. One has to remember that the majority of these coaches inherited a rather bad situation in the first place. I know it’s tough but please trust me. Being a Florida fan, it’s been nearly a full decade of “rebuilding” and the team is still not even near where they need to be. Every team goes through it. Some longer than the others but patience is key.

– Collin Borron

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Big 10 Disaster, Targeting Rule Controversy, FSU Dances to 1-2 & More – CFB Week 3 Recap (Ep.2)

The Collin Borron Show: Episode 2

Three weeks into the college football, we are beginning to see who’s legit and who has quite a ways to go. From the awful weekend in the Big 10 to LSU proving to be a true threat in the SEC, there’s a lot to talk about as we grow closer to week 4.

– Collin Borron

TGE’s 2018 Week 4 Top 25 College Football Rankings

1. Alabama (4) – PTS: 200 – LW: 1

2. Georgia – PTS: 190 – LW: 2

3. Clemson – PTS: 184 – LW: 3

4. Ohio State – PTS: 178 – LW: 4

5. Oklahoma – PTS: 168 – LW: 6 | + 1

6. Stanford – PTS: 156 – LW: 9 | + 3

7. LSU – PTS: 150 – LW: 14 | + 7

8. Penn State – PTS: 138 – LW: 11 | + 3

9. Notre Dame – PTS: 132 – LW: 8 | – 1

10. Washington – PTS: 128 – LW: 10

11. West Virginia – PTS: 122 – LW: 12 | + 1

12. Mississippi State – PTS: 108 – LW: 13 | + 1

T13. Auburn – PTS: 106 – LW: 7 | – 6

T13. Virginia Tech – PTS: 106 – LW: 15 | + 2

T15. UCF – PTS: 74 – LW: 18 | + 3

T15. Oklahoma State – PTS: 74 – LW: 23 | + 8

17. Michigan – PTS: 68 – LW: 17

18. Wisconsin – PTS: 66 – LW: 5 | – 13

19. Oregon – PTS: 62 – LW: 21 | + 2

20. Miami – PTS: 60 – LW: 20

21. TCU – PTS: 48 – LW: 16 | – 5

22. Michigan State – PTS: 30 – LW: 24 | + 2

23. Boston College – PTS: 20 – LW: NR

24. Iowa – PTS: 10 – LW: NR

25. Texas A&M – PTS: 8 – LW: NR

Dropped from rankings: Boise State 19, Arizona State 22, USC 25

Others receiving votes: BYU 4, Colorado 4, Missouri 4, Kentucky 2

Do you agree with our rankings or are we clueless and know nothing? Let me know and feel free to share your own top 25 with me on Twitter @CJBorron. I’m always open to talk some college football and would love to chat with some of my readers.

Be sure to follow the fella’s who helped create this poll: Dylan Hall, Joel Devick, and Daniel Kingery

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– Collin Borron

Arizona State-SDSU Ending Shows Why Targeting Rule Needs Tweaking

The college football day was wrapping up with the final games coming to an end when around 1 AM, I decided to turn on the Arizona State vs San Diego State game. Earlier, I saw SDSU was up 27-14 with under 3 minutes to play so I didn’t think much of it. Then just a few moments later I saw that the Sun Devils cut the lead to just a touchdown and had the ball. The second I changed my channel, it was fourth down as ASU threw it deep with under 10 seconds remaining and WR Frank Darby went up and snagged the ball with double coverage until an SDSU player came and drilled Darby in the head which caused the ball to become “loose” and apparently he bobbled it as he hit the ground.

Watch for yourself.

They reviewed the play for targeting and it was obviously called. They also reviewed the catch and ruled it incomplete. This is where it gets confusing. Frank Darby initially caught the ball. He then “lost possession” of it because of the illegal hit to the head by the Aztec defender. Due to targeting only being a 15-yard penalty, ASU was granted a first down and another shot at a hail mary.

This needs to be changed.

There is no doubt in my mind that this play should’ve been a spot foul. Darby had possession of the ball. It was a catch at the 1-yard line. The targeting is what caused the incompletion. San Diego State got rewarded for cheating. The hit looked very intentional and I can’t help but wonder if the player or team had this as a strategy for this situation. I’m hoping I’m wrong but either way, this shouldn’t be possible in football.

Arizona State should have had one more play at the 1-yard line after the targeting call but due to the rule, the Sun Devils only moved up 15 yards and had no choice but to heave up a hail mary. SDSU batted it down and won 28-21. I’m sure there will be a lot of talk about this play and the rule after tonight as there should be. I hope the NCAA fixes this rule before more teams get robbed by this foolishness.

– Collin Borron

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2018 Week 1 NFL QB Power Rankings

32. Nathan Peterman, Buffalo Bills

Week 1 Stats: 5/18, 24 yds, 2 INTs

It goes without saying that Peterman was by far the worst starting quarterback in the league week 1. Putting up just 24 passing yards simply won’t cut it, and he was quickly benched.

31. Sam Bradford, Arizona Cardinals

Week 1 Stats: 20/34, 153 yds, 1 INT

Arizona’s offense didn’t click at all in their opener. Bradford struggled to connect with his receivers and David Johnson was shut down in his first game back from injury. Bradford’s performance will need to step up if he wants to hold off Josh Rosen for the starting spot.

30. Eli Manning, New York Giants

Week 1 Stats: 23/37, 224 yds, 1 INT

You can’t blame Eli too much for struggling against a tough Jacksonville defense, but outside of rookie Saquon Barkley the Giants offense was terrible. Eli needs a big game against Dallas on Sunday night next week.

29. Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars

Week 1 Stats: 18/33, 176 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT

Bortles gets a slight bump ahead of Manning since he was able to lead his team to victory. Still, Bortles has not shown many signs of progression and will continue to rely on his defense to win games.

28. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions

Week 1 Stats: 27/46, 286 yds, 1 TD, 4 INTs

Clearly Stafford is not the 28th best quarterback in the league, right? He should inevitably rise up this list as the season moves on but his 4 interceptions leads to one of the worst season opening performances in recent memory.

27. Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans

Week 1 Stats: 9/16, 103 yds, 2 INTs

Mariota is another player that will rise up the rankings pretty quickly. He was forced to come out of the game with an injury, and when he did play, the lengthy weather delay strongly affected his play. No cause for concern yet with Mariota.

26. Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders

Week 1 Stats: 29/40, 303 yds, 3 INTs

Carr has taken a huge step down from the MVP caliber season he had just 2 years ago. The Raiders kept their Monday night game with LA close for most of the night, but 2 key late interceptions by Carr cost his team the game.

25. Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys

Week 1 Stats: 19/29, 170 yds

The Cowboys offense had a terrible start to the 2018 season. Dak wasn’t able to find the magic from his rookie year, and with Dez Bryant gone, their pass game was almost non-existent.

24. Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago Bears

Week 1 Stats: 23/35, 171 yds, 1 rush TD

The first game of the season went fairly well for Trubisky. He didn’t make any game losing mistakes, he just had to play against the legend that is Aaron Rodgers. Expect Trubisky to improve as the year goes on and make the Bears offense a little more of a threat in the future.

23. Case Keenum, Denver Broncos

Week 1 Stats: 25/39, 329 yds, 3 TDs, 3 INTs

Keenum looked just like we all expected in his Denver debut. Not only Keenum, but this entire Bronco team has so many similarities to last year’s Vikings. Three picks are slightly concerning, but Keenum is in good shape one game in.

22. Sam Darnold, New York Jets

Week 1 Stats: 16/21, 198 yds, 2 TDs, 1 INT

Darnold’s first throw as an NFL quarterback was as bad as it gets. Luckily he settled in after and had himself a pretty good game. It doesn’t hurt that the Jets defense was as dominant as it was. It’s only 1 game, but the early returns on Darnold look good.

21. Tyrod Taylor, Cleveland Browns

Week 1 Stats: 15/40, 197 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT, 77 rush yds, 1 rush TD

The numbers aren’t eye-popping, but Taylor did what he needed to keep Cleveland in the game. They couldn’t find a way to pull through in OT, but he did enough to hold off Baker Mayfield for the time being.

20. Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins

Week 1 Stats: 20/28, 230 yds, 2 TDs, 2 INTs

Nobody expected much out of Tannehill and the Dolphins this year, but they looked great in week 1. Tannehill fought through the lightning delay and let his team to a win. Strong start for Miami.

19. Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles

Week 1 Stats: 19/34, 117 yds, 1 INT

With Carson Wentz still not ready to come back, Super Bowl champion quarterback Nick Foles remains the Eagles starter. Foles didn’t look spectacular in their Thursday night opener, but he did what he needed to in order to get the win.

18. Alex Smith, Washington Redskins

Week 1 Stats: 21/30, 255 yds, 2 TDs

Smith was impressive in his Washington debut. He didn’t look as good as Washington’s defense, but he was efficient and didn’t make any costly mistakes.

17. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals

Week 1 Stats: 21/28, 243 yds, 2 TDs, 1 INT

Andy Dalton looked good in the opener. A lot of that is likely on the Colts terrible secondary. Still, after an almost pick 6 on his first throw of the game, Dalton only missed on 6 throws and led his team to victory.

16. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons

Week 1 Stats: 21/43, 251 yds, 1 INT

The former NFL MVP didn’t have a great start to the year. Once again, Ryan was able to move the football, but couldn’t find Julio Jones or anyone else in the red zone to help his team win.

15. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Week 1 Stats: 21/28, 417 yds, 4 TDs

Tampa Bay’s offense exploded against what everyone thought was a good Saints defense. Fitzpatrick might have had the best week 1 performance of any quarterback. Still, I can’t put him higher than 16 until I see it more than once.

14. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers

Week 1 Stats: 23/41, 335 yds, 1 TD, 3 INTs

James Connor looked good, but without Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh is going to struggle to win games. The weather did slow them down, but Roethlisberger had multiple chances to win his team the game and couldn’t come through.

13. Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams

Week 1 Stats: 18/33, 233 yds, 2 TDs

The Rams might be the most hyped team of the year after their roster overhaul. Goff and company didn’t disappoint, or did they? The Rams won without too much trouble, but they didn’t exactly look great in doing so. Goff had a pretty good game though.

12. Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers

Week 1 Stats: 15/33, 261 yds, 1 TD, 3 INTs

Garoppolo didn’t have a great start to the 2018 campaign, but who would when you open the season in Minnesota against that defense. Of course, he threw a couple picks and lost the game. He did have some really nice throws though and had a chance to steal the win late.

11. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens

Week 1 Stats: 25/34, 236 yds, 3 TDs

I did not expect Flacco to be this high on the list, but that’s the Buffalo Bills effect. Flacco and the Ravens offense had zero trouble moving the ball and scored 47 points as a result. Maybe this was just one good game for Flacco, or maybe the push from Lamar Jackson was exactly what he needed to return to his old form. Going up against the worst team in football helps as well.

10. Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans

Week 1 Stats: 17/34, 176 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT, 40 rush yds

There was a lot of hype surrounding the return of Deshaun Watson. He did look amazing in 7 games in 2017. Week 1 wasn’t the spectacular game everyone wanted, but he held his own against Tom Brady and New England.

9. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks

Week 1 Stats: 19/33, 298 yds, 3 TDs, 2 INTs

Seattle suffered a tough loss at Denver, but give credit to Wilson for standing in the pocket and taking a beating from Von Miller all day and still almost pulling out a win. A lot of people have been downplaying just how good Russell Wilson is, and no matter what the rest of the team looks like, he always gives them a chance to win.

8. Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers

Week 1 Stats: 34/51, 424 yds, 3 TDs, 1 INT

The Chargers offense started off slow but picked up as the game went on. Rivers looked like he always has, piling up yards while keeping his team in the game.

7. Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings

Week 1 Stats: 20/36, 244 yds, 2 TDs

Kirk Cousins looked like everything the Vikings were asking for when they signed him in the offseason. He wasn’t the most flashy passer on the field but made the throws necessary to win the game.

6. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs

Week 1 Stats: 15/27, 256 yds, 4 TDs

The Chiefs have made a few questionable decisions, trading up for Mahomes and then trading away Alex Smith after Mahomes rookie season to roll with him as the starter. After one game, it certainly looks like that’s paying off quite nicely for KC. The Chiefs look to have one of the most dangerous offenses in the league, and Mahomes to Hill looks like it could end up being one of the most deadly combos ever.

5. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts

Week 1 Stats: 39/53, 319 yds, 2 TDs, 1 INT

Andrew Luck is back. The greatest 4 words Colts fans could hear. If Luck had any rust from not playing in 2 years, he knocked it all off when he threw an interception on his first pass. After that, Luck settled in and had a great game, coming just 15 yards and a Jack Doyle fumble away from a week 1 win.

4. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers

Week 1 Stats: 17/26, 161 yds, 58 rush yds, 1 rush TD

The numbers weren’t huge, the team only scored 16 points, but Cam Newton’s impact is why he’s ranked so high. The former MVP is in complete control whenever he’s on the field, and he guided Carolina to an impressive week 1 win.

3. Tom Brady, New England Patriots

Week 1 Stats: 26/39, 277 yds, 3 TDs, 1 INT

There’s not much to say. Brady’s the GOAT. However, Houston’s defense did get in his face a lot in the opener. Brady still, delivered enough great balls to win the game. The only reason he’s #3 and not higher is simply because of how great the two above him were.

2. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

Week 1 Stats: 37/45, 439 yds, 3 TDs

The stat line says it all. Brees should pass Brett Favre and Peyton Manning for the all-time passing yards record this year, and if he keeps playing like this, he’ll do it sooner rather than later.

1. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

Week 1 Stats: 20/30, 286 yds, 3 TDs

If you watched the Sunday night game, you know why Rodgers is #1. He’s the best quarterback in the NFL, and showed that even when he’s hurt he can lead Green Bay to epic comebacks. There’s a chance Rodgers doesn’t play in week 2, and if he doesn’t his spot at #1 would temporarily go away, but as long as he’s playing, it seems Rodgers won’t lose the top spot

– Dylan Hall

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