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D.K. Metcalf, Justin Herbert, and Packers/Bucs Preview

Rising Star

In several offseason articles I mentioned D.K. Metcalf and how impressive he was in his rookie year. Both his physical features as well as his skill set. Metcalf is on pace to receive his first All-Pro selection. In just 21 career games he has instantly become Wilson’s go to receiver. After a strong rookie campaign of sixteen starts, 58 receptions, 900 receiving yards and seven Touchdowns he is truly blossoming into one of the best players in the league. In 2020, Metcalf has 22 receptions, 496 receiving yards, and five Touchdowns in just five games played. Metcalf was able to extend the game after hauling in a huge 4th and 10 catch. That conversion was followed by a 4th and Goal Touchdown catch to beat the Vikings Sunday Night. Talk about clutch.

The Rookie

I will come out and say it now. Justin Herbert is currently better than Joe Burrow and will be better than Joe Burrow for the duration of their careers. Yes, the Chargers have a much better roster than the Bengals but that still does not change my outlook. Herbert started the season on the bench. Due to some injuries to Tyrod Taylor, Herbert got his shot and oh has he lived up to the hype. His roll out to the right, 30 yard dime to Keenan Allen in the corner of the end zone for a Touchdown Monday Night was one of the best throws I have witnessed this entire NFL Season. Although Burrow may trump Herbert when it comes to confidence and leadership, Herbert has the athleticism and arm talent over Burrow by a sizeable margin.

 

Packers vs. Buccaneers

The afternoon slate this Sunday has a great matchup for America to watch. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers will travel south to Tampa Bay to lace up against Tom Brady and the Buccaneers. Aaron Rodgers has done nothing but light up the scoreboard each week for Green Bay this season. Green Bay is currently 4-0 and I do not see the Bucs giving the Packers their first loss of the season. Tom Brady was hit hard last week vs Chicago and I do not expect the offensive line to play any better. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are currently tied for most penalties in the league. Meanwhile, the Packers are 8th in the NFL with the fewest penalties. I expect Rodgers and the offense to continue to soar and beat Tampa Bay 28-23 in an exciting game where the Packers get a stop late in the fourth to seal the victory. Both quarterbacks should have solid outings but Rodgers has the better offensive live and more tenure in his system.

 

-Fred O’Brien (@FOBSportsNFL)

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