Another week and more drastic changes in the NFL! Just a week after the Buffalo Bills fired their offensive coordinator, the Pittsburgh Steelers have done the same which marks potentially the first time in franchise history that they have fired a coordinator during the season. The Bengals also lost Burrow for the year, and the playoff picture begins to get a little clearer.
Buffalo Takes Care of Business
The Bills did what they needed to do and put away the New York Jets this time. Allen was not great, but he avoided being catastrophic like he was in week one when New York absolutely stole a game in primetime. Allen had his third-lowest average depth of target and his third-fastest time to throw of the season, which both played key roles in Allen only being under pressure 12 times this week as opposed to the 21 against New York in week one. Buffalo needs to be able to bury inferior opponents, their margin for error is near zero now.
Kansas City Can’t Catch a Cold
A brutal loss in a Super Bowl rematch stings a little more for the Kansas City Chiefs as they had a prime opportunity to win it, and dropped the ball. Literally, Marquez Valdes-Scantling did what he is known to do and got behind the defense only to drop the ball that could not have been thrown any better. His career drop rate is 10.1 percent, which includes a 2021 year where he did not drop a pass. His drop rate in 2023 is 12.5 percent, the second-highest of his career behind only 2020’s 17.5 percent.
Pack Your Bags Matt Canada
The Pittsburgh Steelers fired offensive coordinator Matt Canada in the middle of the season. This marks potentially the first time in franchise history that the Steelers have made a chance like this before a season ends. The Matt Canada era in Pittsburgh was a regretful one. The Steelers were 1-14 in games when the opposition scored 23 points, with Ben Roethlisberger delivering that single victory. With 44 games of Matt Canada calling the shots on offense, Pittsburgh had no games with over 400 yards of offense, two games of scoring over 30 points, and 28 games scoring 20 points or less, stats courtesy of Daniel Valente. These next seven games may prove to be the most important of Kenny Pickett’s career, and important to see if Canada was the main problem.