There were some definitive losses in the NFL on Sunday. San Diego showed they aren’t even willing to put up a fight in the sub-par AFC West. The Bills, despite a much better effort, ended any hopes of taking advantage of a strong start to the season. The Bears showed that life without Cutler could be very trying. But, most of that was dwarfed by what the Eagles did Sunday. A quick, 10-0, tease against New England, followed by 50 of the worst minutes of football you’ll ever see. The defense was torched. The offense was incompetent. DeSean Jackson was benched. Vince Young flashed his noodle arm, and the gluttons for punishment I call season-ticket holders started their official mutiny with a series of, “Fire Andy,” chants. Andy would claim after the game that he didn’t hear the fans. Does mean the chants didn’t exist?
I think those enterprising fans on Sunday broke the seal for in-game Reid-bashing, and the rest of the Eagles home slate (thankfully only 2 more games) will feature similar fan reactions the moment the Eagles fall behind. The season-ending contest against Washington, which will likely be putting a cap on a 5 or 6 win season should be especially venomous–that is if people even bother showing up. It was a wasted year for the Eagles, who regressed in just about every phase of the game except for those directly involving LeSean McCoy. About the only debate left is, can the front office eat Andy’s deal if it gets bad enough? Would they even consider it? We know the defensive coordinator will fall on the sword again, but how many bullets can a man of Reid’s proportions dodge?
I should have looked up the odds on Patrick Peterson returning another punt for the Cardinals. At least I could have hedged my bets. Even with his track record the odds must have been pretty high, because no one in their right mind would expect the Rams to allow Peterson to do it again. Wrong. I think my relationship with P-squared has gotten off on the wrong foot. He seems to have a vendetta against me, and there is no angst on my side at all. I’m just watching in disbelief and hating on his quarterback. Where is the ,”all he does is win games,” hype for John Skelton? You talk about no-frills.
BCS interlude. Georgia is the only team that stands in the way of an LSU/Alabama rematch for the national title, and I’m not entirely sure they won’t play that game regardless of the outcome this coming Saturday. Somehow by blowing out an average Auburn team, Alabama erased any doubt that they deserve a rematch. After watching a bit of college football over the last two weeks, I realize that probably is the game that everyone wants to see, but I don’t understand what happens if ‘Bama wins a tight contest. That result doesn’t seem fair to LSU. Doesn’t a perfect regular season earn them the right to play someone new, even if they’re not as good? Back in the days of NFC dominance, the 49ers didn’t beat the Cowboys or Giants in the NFC title game and then pass on the Bills for a rematch with the same team simply because everyone knew the Bills and the AFC stunk. Anyway, I’d like to see Wisconsin play LSU. I know rolling up Penn State isn’t anything special, though PSU’s defense had a pretty good year, but the Badgers are two pretty lucky plays away from being unbeaten and have serious offensive fire-power. They should roll MSU, and then whoever they play in the Rose Bowl.
Here’s a random NFL observation. How are these borderline awful teams putting together solid defenses while the upper echelon of clubs have trouble stopping scout teams? I watched a good portion of the KC/Pittsburgh game last night (I don’t know why) and the Chiefs were relentless of defense. Their offense buried them all day and still they had Pittsburgh in knots, and the Steelers are pretty strong offensively. Palko turned the ball over 3 times in the span of about 4 minutes and they never broke. They can cover, they can tackle and they get pressure. What a concept. But, they aren’t alone. Jacksonville, Cleveland, Washington, Seattle…none of these teams are any good on the whole, but you’ll have your hands full on offense against them. Have they developed these defenses out of desperation? Do the Packers inherently have less intensity on defense, because they know Rodgers is going to hang 30-35 regardless?
Five Fantasy Eye-Pokes, Random Blow-Ups of the Week:
1. Reggie Wayne. Does anyone in the universe still own Reggie Wayne? Wayne was on my can’t cut list for a while, I finally got rid of him and it only took the guy 3 months to have a decent game. Constantly targeted, soft-schedule, but keep getting out-performed by Pierre Garcon. Nice swan song, Reggie.
2. Matt Forte. Matt Forte owners getting a little nervous? That workload taking a toll? Everyone who took Forte was in self-congratulation mode through 9 weeks, but now we can’t pencil in those 20 points a week anymore. Especially with Hanie at the helm.
3. Vincent Jackson/Philip Rivers. Shonn Greene Perpetual Trophy.
4. Maurice Jones-Drew. How is this guy still healthy? How many times did I pass on him and make a knee joke? And, how is he productive when Jacksonville’s offense has absolutely no other option. Blaine Gabbert offends your sensibilities. They went back to McNowCown. Ugly.
5. Peyton Hillis. It wasn’t a good year to draft a Peyton. I think Hillis owners (if there are any left) had finally come to terms with his horrid season. But, he’s back, and he got just enough touches and just enough yards that you’ll now be debating whether to play him. Trouble.
Arbitrary, but Definitive Top-10:
- Green Bay–They’ll go 15-1.
- New England–Everything is Clicking Again.
- Baltimore–I guess that was a good win on Thursday.
- San Francisco–Re-gress-ion. REGRESSION!
- New Orleans–Only if they win tonight
- Pittsburgh–Didn’t impress in K.C.
- Houston–I think T.J. Ford is their starting QB.
- Atlanta–Could be dangerous come wild-card time.
- Oakland–Snag Palmer off waivers.
- Dallas–Can’t keep them away longer.