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.
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??