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Week 12 – Things That Caught My Eye

When you are facing any opponent, be it an inferior one or one that should run you out of the building, when you are facing them with your 3rd string QB, your 3rd starting QB in as many weeks, you as a team need to step up. Early on in the Pittsburgh / Cleveland game, it looked like the Steelers were going to do just that, step up but then the fumbles started coming. And they kept, coming and coming. They fumbled the ball 8 times, lost it 5 and then watched Charlie Batch throw 3 picks. Here’s the part that kills you if you are a Steelers fan. You’ve turned the ball over 7 times and you are driving with a chance to actually put you ahead on the scoreboard. THAT’S how bad the Cleveland Browns are. Of course the Steelers would cough it up one more time killing any chance of winning that they had but to say you had a chance while turning it over says a lot about a team. In most cases, turning the ball over 8 times would have the local high school team blowing you out.

Pittsburgh has to fix this in a hurry if they expect to survive without Big Ben. We knew the Baltimore games would be a dog fight without him but thought the Cleveland game was a gimme.

 Jets Need To Start Over

We have to go back to Thursday Night for this one but the New York Jets have become laughable at this point. I think the Jets have reached the point now where it is time to blow this team up and start over. The Rex Ryan era has to come to an end. Once again they’ve taken a back seat to the Giants and really this run they’ve had under Rex Ryan has been nothing but loud mouthed and overhypedBut that’s the kind of guy Rex Ryan is and that’s the kind of team he’s running and obviously it just isn’t working. Give New England credit, they are just crushing anyone and everyone in their way but to let the other team score 3 touchdowns in the span of :52 seconds it just inexcusable . The “Butt Fumble” will be shown on blooper reels for years to come so congrats Mark Sanchez, you did leave the NFL a highlight that will be with us long after you aren’t. Apparently, Fireman Ed is bailing on this team and you won’t see him at games anymore. Maybe that’s a good thing, maybe they can get a new image now because to me,  Fireman Ed is the perfect symbol of what the New York Jets are, loud and obnoxious.

Dallas Too…

Another team that’s laughable at this point also played on Thanksgiving. As far as I’m concerned, as long Jerry Jones wants to call himself a GM, the Dallas Cowboys are going nowhere. They will never get a qualified coach and will never get the team run correctly. Of all the GM’s in this league, the Cowboys are run by the most unqualified GM. We couldn’t say that for a long time because Al Davis was in charge in  Oakland but since the moment Al Davis passed through the Pearly Gates, Jerry Jones took over that honor. Give Dallas some credit, they made a game of it and almost came back but to lose, at home, on Thanksgiving, to a rival, a rival with a QB I was screaming for Dallas to trade up and get it just embarrassing. They needed that game to have a prayer at the playoffs.

A few other things to note:

4th and 29 and you let them get a 1st down?? SERIOUSLY? Hey, if you’re the Cowboys, maybe you can talk Jerry into giving up control, talk Jimmy into coming back because Norv Turner is going to be looking for work. Dave Wannstedt might be looking for work as well as Buffalo isn’t very good.

Give San Fran credit, I thought switching up QB’s at this point might prove to be a dumb move but Colin Kaepernick looked pretty good yesterday.

Eli owns the Packers, there’s no other way to put it. A lot was made about Clay Matthews standing on the sideline last night but in the last 3 meetings, the Giants have put up 35 or more whether or not Matthews is in the game.

And finally… is the next Philadelphia Coach sitting in the broadcast booth tonight watching his future team??

NFC Playoff Picture

So I logged on to NFL.com this morning like I usually do to catch up on some NFL news and I was greeted by this picture and the question underneath it.

What’s wrong with this question? I’m sure you picked up on it immediately but if not, exactly how do you consider the Philadelphia Eagles a playoff contender? At 3-6, they would realistically have to lose only 1 game from here on out in order to go 9-7 which might be a record that gets you a Wildcard. They certainly aren’t going to leap frog over the rest of the NFC East and win that division.

So that got me thinking about the playoff picture. We are going into Week 11 so it’s not too early to start thinking about it. Today I will focus on the NFC whereas tomorrow I will focus in on the AFC.

Current NFC Playoff Picture:

1. Atlanta Falcons (8-1)
2. Chicago Bears (7-2)
3. San Fran (6-2-1)
4. NY Giants (6-4)
5. Green Bay (6-3)
6. Seattle (6-4)

In the Hunt:

Minnesota (6-4)
Tampa Bay (5-4)
New Orleans (4-5)
Dallas (4-5)

Let’s start with the in the hunt teams. Dallas has a somewhat easy schedule here on out but looking at that “easy” schedule, I see 3 division game which are always a toss. At best, I can put the Cowboys at 5-2 the rest of the season but more realistically I can put them at 4-3 which has them 8-8, not a playoff team. The ONLY way they get in is knocking the Giants out in the NFC East. New Orleans has the Niners, Falcons and Giants on their remaining schedule. Like the Cowboys, I can’t put them better than an 8-8 record. Tampa plays New Orleans, Atlanta twice and at Denver. That’s 4 losses my book, which put thems at 8-8. Minnesota has to play Chicago twice, the Packers twice and the Texans. That’s BRUTAL but if they can find a way to win those games then they have a chance but they won’t. That pretty much takes all the “in the hunt” teams out of the picture with the exception of Dallas who could capture the NFC East.

As for movement from the teams that are sitting in the playoffs at the moment, I will say that NY will hang on to the NFC East and that the Packers will catch the Bears and win the NFC North. I’ll keep the rest of the team’s right where they are, which means my playoff picture will look like this:

Atlanta and Green Bay get a first round bye.

Seattle travels to San Francisco while the Chicago Bears hit the road to take on the defending Super Bowl Champion New York Giants.

What do you think??

Week 10 – Things That Caught My Eye

It’s been a while and I do apologize. I live in the Northeast, NJ to be exact and the past few weeks, mother nature has not been a friend but that’s all history now. Now, let’s talk a little Week 10.

Many teams I’m sure felt this way this week

No People, It’s Not Tebow-Time

People aren’t going to believe me when I say that I am not a NY Jets fan because it always seems that my columns start with talk about the Jets. I’ve said before and I will say it again, I don’t think Tim Tebow has ever been or ever will be the answer in NY.

Granted, Mark Sanchez isn’t a great QB but the Jets problems run deeper than the guy throwing the ball. They are just a bad team but Tebow isn’t a better QB than Sanchez. He’s different, it creates a different feeling to the offense but I don’t think that Tebow-time would be successful in NY.

I’m not a fan of the product that the Jets put on the field. Rex Ryan is a great defensive guy but as a head coach I think he lacks. Even his defense is suffering at this point. Tony Sparano, well let’s just say when my team let him go, I was extremely happy. I don’t think he’s very good at what he does either. Matt Cavanaugh I know little about but Sanchez isn’t progressing under Cavanaugh’s reign so maybe it’s time to take a good hard look at the coaching staff.

The Jets are 3-9 if you go back to Week 15 of last season. Only Cleveland and Jacksonville have been worse in that span. That’s bad, especially when you remember that this team was on the cusp of going to the Super Bowl.

Despite my constant negative outlook on the NY Jets, I thought their performance on Sunday was even more embarrassing that I could have imagined.

Dallas Is Still In it

Thanks to a Giants stunning loss, the Cowboys win in Philadelphia keeps America’s team in it for now. First, let’s look at the Giants. I was shocked to see that the Giants lost big to Cincinnati but a quick txt message to a buddy of mine told me that the Giants have never won in Cincinnati but they don’t play very often.

I wasn’t expecting much out of the Cowboys. I did expect a win because Philly is just playing very poor football right now. You can’t succeed if you can’t protect your QB, which they can’t do. Give Dallas credit though, their defense did a decent job but if they want to be successful in this league and get to the next level, you know, that level the Giants usually play on, they need to minimize those long plays they give up.

Speaking of Still In It

Who Dat I speak of?? Yup, the Saints are in the hunt even though they started out 0-4. I never once questioned their ability on offense, I mean who in their right mind would ever question Drew Brees? It was their defense we questioned and whether it be a lack of practice time or a lack of chemistry, they seem to have figured it out. I think they could be dangerous to the other teams trying to get a wildcard spot. Of course a wildcard means a road game which means an early exit for New Orleans but six weeks ago, most had buried the Saints.

All in all an entertaining week of football. Lots of head injuries which raises the safety questions once again but still entertaining. I can’t believe we are already through 10 weeks of football.