The maligned Bengals coach has Cincy shocking the world at 5-2 this season and Lewis is very much in the mix for coach of the year. This team is legit. They play great defense and the Andy Dalton/A.J. Green rookie combination continues to impress.
Goat: Rob Ryan
The Dallas defensive coordinator mocked the Eagles, calling them the “all-hype” team. It was foolish and ironic, since he coaches for the Dallas Cowboys. And the Eagles went out and totally humiliated the Dallas defense. Fitting.
Guy: Eli Manning
Give him credit. Eli has 100 percent backed up his preseason chatter about being elite.
Goat: Olindo Mare
The Panthers kicker missed an easy 31-yard field goal with 26 seconds left to tie the game.
Guy: Steven Jackson
Rams linebacker James Laurinaitis told us on the SiriusXM Blitz, “Steven is the face of the franchise. Before the game, he told us that when you get hit in the mouth you can either go in the corner or you taste the blood and hit back. He said don’t worry about playing perfect football. Play hard and punch back.” And Jackson went out and gashed the Saints run defense in a stunning upset special. That’s awesome.
Goat: Sean Payton
He rightly questioned his team’s effort after the Saints debacle against St. Louis. It was an unacceptable follow to a 62-7 win. That’s on the coach. The defense looked inept.
Guy: Frank Gore
The Niners are 6-1 and in the driver’s seat for the No. 2 seed in the NFC (think about that for a second), thanks in large part to Gore’s 4th straight game of over 125 yards rushing and a touchdown.
Goat: Philip Rivers
The 4th quarter fumble in Arrowhead with his team driving to kick a go-ahead field goal was unreal. It’s been a terrible season for Rivers.
Guy: Ryan Fitzpatrick
We wrote in September that Fitzpatrick was a “franchise quarterback” in Buffalo. The Bills rewarded him with a deserved mega-bucks, long-term deal on Friday. Fitzpatrick went out and tossed a couple of touchdowns in a shutout win over the Skins