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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??

“Pick Six” for Week 6

Oakland @ Atlanta – Do you think the bye week made the Oakland Raiders any better? Do you think a 1-3 team that must travel west coast to east coast can beat a very good 5-0 Atlanta Falcons team? Matt Ryan showed last week that while his offense can stumble from time to time, he has the team around him that can get things fixed and rolling the right way in order get the W. I look for the Falcons to rebound offensively and put the Raiders away early. Look for the Falcons to keep Richard Seymour & company quiet.

Falcons are favored by 8.5 and should easily cover this at home.

Dallas @ Baltimore – Dallas is coming off a much needed bye week where Romo needed that time to forget about his MNF performance against the Bears. Problem is, the book has been written on Romo and distributed league-wide. If you let him sit in the pocket, he will kill you. If you put pressure on him, he scrambles around and usually will get rid of the ball earlier than he wants to. I used to be a big Romo supporter, thinking he had the goods to succeed in this league but he doesn’t learn from his mistakes. Sure there are times he extends plays and looks brilliant but will usually follow that up with a pick. Baltimore has a tough defense and Ed Reid is not a guy you want on the other side of the ball when you have a tendency to throw int’s.

If Dallas can win this game, it will certainly quiet critics for a few days. If the Ravens get the win, Dallas will go back home 2-3 and all the critics will wonder if this team can ever put it together. With Jerry as a GM, the answer is no to that question. Ravens are coming of a disappointing win in KC so look for them to try and step it up.

Ravens favored by 3.5 and I think the win and cover.

Indianapolis @ NY Jets – Give the Jets credit, they hung with the Texans last week and had a chance to get the W. It’s surprising because the offense that Sanchez has to work with is pitiful. How many balls did the Jets receivers drop? Tebow comes in for a play here and there and it just doesn’t work. The  Jets running game isn’t thrilling me either. Indy is coming off an emotional win at home against the Packers. They fought and fought back and in the end they got the win. (Nice goal line awareness by Reggie Wayne)This game basically comes down to Luck v Sanchez. Who can bring it? Can the Colts keep riding the emotional Pagano storyline? I say Indy wins this one because Luck has more to work with.

New England @ Seattle – Even when Seattle isn’t a very good team, playing in Seattle is always a problem for the visitors.  Brady and his offense will have to be in sync because the Seahawks have an aggressive front that can disrupt Brady’s rhythm.  The Seattle secondary could easily cause problems for Brady as well. It’s no secret how important Wes Welker is to the Patriots offense so Seattle will need to minimize him.

Patriots D also have to be up to the task because if they aren’t Marshawn Lynch could have a big big day.

Patriots are favored by 3.5 and that is a tough one. If New England can win this game,  I think it would be REAL close but I think the home field is too much and I take Seattle to sneak out the win.

NY Giants @ San Francisco – Stop me if you’ve heard this before…NFC Championship rematch. San Fran is on a roll but to be fair, they’ve beaten the Jets and then the Bills. That’s not a very tough schedule now is it? The Giants are coming off a win against the Browns, a win where they saw Bradshaw hit the 200 mark.  Here is why I see the 49ers winning this game. On the 49ers side you have Brandon Jacobs and Mario Manningham who have probably been counting down to this game since the days the Giants decided they weren’t worth the money. Gore looks MUCH better than he did last year so the Giants will have their hands full there. The Giants have been struggling at getting to the QB so if that continues this week, Alex Smith will have a field day. I know Manning is on the field and he’s excellent in games like this but I thought NY was lucky the last time they came to San Fran and I don’t think they will be as lucky this time.

Niners favored by 5.5 but I think they only win by 3

Green Bay @ Houston – What will the Packers do this week?  If Green Bay watched the MNF game closely last week, they will find their key to winning this game The Jets did a great job at shutting down Andre Johnson and the Texans didn’t have much of an answer for that. If Green Bay can shut down any passing threat then they could focus on stopping the run.

As for Houston, with Cushing done for the year, they are forced to play without one of their leaders and best defenders. That’s tough. It could be a rallying point or it could be a long night.  The Texans have some adjustments to make and if they let the Packers hang around like they let the Jets hang around on MNF, there will probably be only one undefeated team left come Week 7.

I’ll go Packers in this one because I think the Cushing injury is just too big on a short week.

Could Owens Help Out Gang Green?

So, not to sound like the movie “Speed” but…. “Pop quiz hot shot, name the Jets receiving corps.” I bet most of you out there just failed our little pop quiz.

I honestly feel bad for Mark Sanchez. The Jets top three projected receivers for the 2012 season — Santonio Holmes, Stephen Hill and tight end Dustin Keller — were out with various injuries for last night’s matchup with the Houston Texans. (Holmes is out for the year with a knee injury suffered in last week’s loss to the San Francisco 49ers.) So now Sanchez gets to try and throw the ball to guys named Kerley, Cumberland and Schilens. I don’t mean to offend these guys but it’s no secret that this isn’t the scenario that the Jets drew up in camp, that these three guys would be the top 3 receivers. On top of not having decent receivers to help him out, the moment he made a mistake last night, the entire stadium started chanting Tebow’s name. We knew this was coming, everyone knew in March that this was coming but I still feel bad for him. And no, I am not a New York Jets fan.

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