Last year, we had “Tank for Tua.” This season, it’s “Tank for Trevor.”
At 6-foot-6 and 220 pounds, Clemson junior quarterback Trevor Lawrence has general managers salivating for April’s NFL Draft. And my question is, does Lawrence even want to play for the Jets? Can you imagine a “Tank for Trevor” campaign going awry if the kid pulls an Eli Manning and forces a trade?
Jeff Sherman from the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook is updating us on Twitter with “Will the NY Jets go 0-16 in the 2020-21 season?” tweets. The No is -550, with the Yes bringing back +425. There are 14 losing teams, half of which have at least one win. The Jets have the zero.
Let’s look at those seven teams, in the reverse order, where I can see Lawrence thriving.
7. Texans — They have Deshaun Watson, and any thought of diverting from what he’s built would be insane. The team let Bill O’Brien drive finger-flipping Deandre Hopkins to Arizona. No shot Houston should part ways with Watson.
6. Bengals — Joe Burrow is the real deal, and I actually think Cincy is better than its one victory. This team needs help on defense, not another top-pick quarterback.
5. Jets — I’m sure the team is ready to concede Sam Darnold is not the answer, but I’m not sure the prize package wants to play for this train wreck of a team. Adam Gase is on the hot seat, and Lawrence could make demands on who he’d want to play for before even agreeing to sign.
4. Jaguars — Speaking of making coaching demands, can you imagine Jacksonville dialing Lawrence’s cell phone, and the demand on the other end includes a package with Clemson coach Dabo Swinney. It was something I heard on a national sports radio show and it stuck. I certainly can see the Jags moving on from Gardner Minshew.
3. Vikings — This is actually one of the better fits schematically, as I think Lawrence and Dalvin Cook would be dynamic in the backfield. Minnesota would immediately contend for an NFC North title. Problem is, this team is fully invested in Kirk Cousins, who has a contract that carries cap hits of $31 million in 2021 and $45 million in 2022.
This is actually one of the better fits schematically, as I think Lawrence and Dalvin Cook would be dynamic in the backfield. Minnesota would immediately contend for an NFC North title. Problem is, this team is fully invested in Kirk Cousins, who has a contract that carries cap hits of $31 million in 2021 and $45 million in 2022Joe Burrow BALLED out today despite the loss:
ðŸ”¥ 440 Total Yards
ðŸ”¥ 4 Total TDs pic.twitter.com/9znwVgeZqK
— ESPN (@espn) October 25, 2020
2. Falcons — Lawrence is a Georgia native and grew up cheering for the Dirty Birds. This would take a major decision in moving away from Matt Ryan, who has a $23 million base salary due next season. If there is one team I could see dealing for Ryan, considering the way Jerry Jones has treated Dak Prescott, who now has a long road to recovery, it’s the Cowboys. (left eyebrow raised here). If Dallas deals for Ryan, that would open the door for Atlanta to try and get Lawrence.
1. Giants — Daniel Jones has not turned out to be the quarterback I thought he’d be and would be in the third year of a four-year contract. If this team is in position to grab Lawrence, this is the place he should be if he wants Big Apple money and allure.
Colts at Lions +3: This defense has gotten better the last two weeks, especially on the front line. After giving up more than 170 yards on the ground through four games, Detroit has allowed a total of 110 yards rushing in wins over Atlanta and Jacksonville. LIONS
Vikings at Packers -6.5: Green Bay endured injuries to key players, and still dominated Houston. Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams are still the league’s most prolific pass-catch tandem, and Minnesota doesn’t have the personnel to stop them. PACKERS
Titans -6 at Bengals: Had Tennessee beaten the Steelers, I’d be looking at Cincinnati in a letdown spot for the Titans. But now the one-win Bengals will be getting the Titans in a bounce-back spot, carrying momentum over from that second-half surge against Pittsburgh. TITANS
Rams at Dolphins, Total 46: I wasn’t buying the Rams and their four wins over the NFC East contingent. But that defense was impressive Monday. This week Tua Tagovailoa makes his first start. Meet Aaron Donald. The Fins’ defense has allowed 13 or less in three of six games. UNDER
Raiders +3 at Browns: The Raiders are 1-2 at home and 2-1 on the road, including a victory in Kansas City. The 45-20 loss to Tampa Bay was not indicative of the game, when you consider Las Vegas trailed 24-20 at one point. Looks like a trap to me. RAIDERS
Chargers -3 at Broncos: I’ve already told you I’m becoming a Justin Herbert fans. That power arm has seen him complete 9 of 18 for 569 yards and four touchdowns on passes for more than 20 yards. That vertical game is getting fun to watch. CHARGERS
Last Week: 3-3