Monday, October 31, 2005

NFL bits and pieces

I heard alot of radio hosts today say that despite his 5 interceptions, Favre kept his team in it. That can't be further from the truth. There are two reasons they were in that game: (1) the defense played another good game and almost bailed out the offense, and (2) Cincinnati didn't really look like they expected GB to win, and turned it on only when they needed to. The only reason GB was in a position to score in the first place was that the refs made a horrible pass interference call on the Bengals to give them about 50 yards of field position.

I was not nearly as surprised at Tampa losing as most people were. Chris Sims is not a good quarterback and I would NEVER trust him in a big game (see Oklahoma). Tampa played an easy schedule for the first 6 weeks and their record reflects that. Look for them to come back to earth the next few weeks.

Same goes for Washington. Has a team ever put up more than 50 points one week then get shutout the next? They had some miracle wins early, don't expect that to hold as the season progresses. On the other side of the ball, I'm really starting to believe in this Giant team. They have incredible talent at all of the skill positions, and their rookie corners really play the ball well. I think they'll win the East and possibly get a bye week in the first round of the playoffs.

Jacksonville needs to quit losing games they should win. No Bulger, Holt, or Bruce and they still can't pull out a win at St. Louis. This is becoming a theme for them-win a huge game and lose the next against an inferior team (they just beat Pittsburgh on the road and Cincy at home). They probably have the easiest schedule from here on out (two with Houston, one with Tennessee, Arizona, SF, and I think they still have Baltimore and Cleveland). If they can stay mentally focused, there is no way they can't win 10 games. I'm pretty sure Indy is the only team the face with a winning record the rest of the season.

Gutty win by NE last night, but they still have too many holes to fill in their defense for them to three peat. That being said, I will never count out Brady until they finally lose. He's the best quarterback in the NFL right now, hands down (no, Manning isn't better). I'll write more on that another day.

My players of the week have to be Steve Smith on offense and Tedy Bruschi on defense. Smith is a terror, and yesterday's 200 yard game against Minnesota showed that he is an elite receiver in this league, possibly the best in the game at the moment. Teams know Delhomme is going to him yet he still gets open and makes plays. I expect him to be all pro this year, barring injury. As for Bruschi, he didn't even have to make a play yesterday to get this award. This guy had a stroke less than 10 months ago and is back playing in the NFL. Unbelievable. I don't think anybody can put into words how incredible this comeback by him is. If you saw him shuffle out of the hospital in February, you had to be praying that he gets well enough so he can enjoy playing with his children, but NFL? No way, yet there was yesterday. He has a passion for the game that has very rarely been seen in our time and should be respected by any fan of the game.

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