Victory Monday means passing grades!
Happy victory Monday, Tiger fans! Does it taste sweet and vaguely of pumpkin pie? That .500 feeling? Somewhat like success, but only slightly?
Only joking, of course. It’s always a good Monday when Mizzou is coming off a win, especially when that win, (a) came on the road (b) was against a division rival (c) came amidst injury issues at multiple positions (d) occurred with fewer players than the SEC guidelines dictate... OK, maybe we’ll stop there. Nonetheless, a win is a win is a win!
Like we do every Monday, we’re posting all the postgame grade cards up top. Drop one in the comments if we missed it! This week, the beat writers were generous, but not overly so. After all, the Tigers only won 17-10 and almost let Connor Shaw beat them from the sidelines. Has anyone banished him with some sort of spell yet?
- It’s a subscriber-only grade card from Mitchell Forde at PowerMizzou, so no giving anything specific away. I will say, however, that the grades seem appropriate given the way the game played out.
- It’s all passes from Souichi Terada, though one unit baaaaaaarely scraped by! Bet you can’t guess which one!
- At the Columbia Tribune, Eric Blum took down three major takeaways (yeah, I know it’s not, “grades,” sue me) from Saturday’s game, including some heavy praise for the defense. Blum also wrote in appreciation of Mizzou’s captains Nick Bolton and Larry Rountree III. We’ll just say he’s giving them both passes.
Yesterday at Rock M
- Fighting roster attrition, Mizzou has just enough to win on the road
- SBN Reacts: Mizzou fans are positive even without games
- SEC Recap: Week Nine
- Here’s your weekly Mizzou in the NFL recap:
— Sheldon Richardson continues to make an impact on the Cleveland Browns’ defensive line, logging four tackles and two QB hits in the Browns’ win over the Philadelphia Eagles. Jordan Elliott also chipped in a tackle.
— Terez Hall seemingly has a strangle-hold on a position in the Patriots’ defense, logging four more tackles for New England today.
— The Atlanta Falcons didn’t beat their division rivals today, but it was a good day for Charles Harris, who notched a sack and a pass defended off the edge.
— Finally, in what is quickly becoming a major talking point every Sunday for Tiger fans, let’s check in on our boy Drew Lock.
Xavien Howard intercepts Drew Lock on the opening drive for his NFL-leading 6th INT in 2020 pic.twitter.com/CxyE0QfEt7— Main Team (@MainTeamSports) November 22, 2020
Not, uh... not great. It should be noted, however, that the Broncos ended up winning with Lock compiling 270 yards passing and 23 more rushing. Sure, Drew is on a cold streak right now and the critics are piling on. But let’s take the advice of a local radio talking head here.
Josh Allen first 12 games: 52.8% passing 10 TDs 12 INTs 2074 yards 5 -6 as a starter.— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) November 20, 2020
Drew Lock first 12 games: 58.6% passing 14 TDs 13 TDs 2517 yards 6-6 as a starter.
The Josh Allen you see now is 3 years in.
Have patience, and you can be rewarded as the QB grows.
- In addition to the grade card from Forde, Gabe DeArmond wrote up 10 thoughts on the Mizzou win, as he is one to do. Subscribers only, though, sorry!
- Amongst Dave Matter’s notebook on Saturday’s win was a list of players and coaches who didn’t make the trip due to contact tracing issues. On an entirely different note, Ben Frederickson wrote his Sunday column about Mizzou Hoops and the confidence Cuonzo Martin is projecting about his team.
- Souichi Terada was prolific on Sunday. In addition to his grade card, the Kansas City Star beat writer wrote about the defense’s fulfilled promises at the end of the game, in addition to Eli Drinkwitz’s reaction to the team hitting the three-win mark.
- This seems like significant news...
I’m told four-star DB Isaac Thompson plans to visit #Mizzou this week. The St. Louis native has announced a commitment date of Dec. 4, most recently visited Michigan— Mitchell Forde (@Mitchell4D) November 22, 2020
Thompson, a major recruit out of St. Louis, has been trending toward Michigan if you believe in the recruiting sites. However, the Wolverines are struggling mightily and Jim Harbaugh’s seat is getting ever hotter. Drinkwitz is in prime position to pluck a high-major recruit out of his biggest local talent base.
- Drew Buggs is ready to make his one year as a Mizzou Tiger count.
- Speaking of Mizzou Hoops, here’s a lesson for all you future NBAers out there... #MizzouMade guys make money in the Association. Just saying.
Restricted free agent F Jontay Porter has agreed to a three-year, $6M deal to stay with the Memphis Grizzlies, agents Mark Bartelstein and Andy Shiffman of @PrioritySports tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 22, 2020
Congrats, Jontay! (Editor’s note: I don’t remember the specifics, but #MizzouMade Jordan Clarkson also locked up a hefty deal to return to the Utah Jazz)
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