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What We Learned After Week 10 In The NFL

November 16, 2009

09000d5d81439b00_gallery_600– The Packers are still very alive in the NFC playoff race.

– The Bears, not so much.

– Even with Kyle Orton struggling a little bit here and there, it still looks like the Broncos got the better of the Cutler-Orton trade. Cutler had 5 INT’s against the 49ers. No QB can have that many INT’s in any game.

– Titans are still alive for a Wildcard spot. Just thought I’d throw that out there. They killed the Bills 41-17.

– The Bills will have a new head coach next year. They might have a new city in a couple years (Toronto?).

– The Panthers are also still alive for a Wildcard spot after an impressive win against the Falcons. Unfortunately for the Panthers their remaining schedule includes games against the Dolphins, Patriots, Vikings, Giants and Saints. They’ll have to play great and hope the other Wildcard teams falter down the stretch.

– The Bengals will win the AFC North this year.

– The defending Super Bowl champs, the Steelers will be a Wildcard team.

– The Jets will not be in the playoffs this year. I think we already mentioned that on here, but just re-stating it.

– The Jags keep hanging around. The NFL franchise that everyone else keeps forgetting is even in the NFL.

– Pay no attention to this site’s “Lock of the Week”.

– The Chargers are suddenly 6-3. Even with Norv Turner at HC.

– Never bet on the Cowboys.

Other Observations

-After the Cardinals 31-20 win over the Seahawks, they now have a 2 game lead in the NFC West. With a somewhat easy remaining schedule, the Cards should win it. SHOULD is the key word here, you never know with the Cardinals, although it looks like they are clearly the best team in the Stinker Division this year.

-The Colts pulled out a miracle win against the Patriots at home. I’m sure most saw the game since it was hyped up like a Super Bowl game throughout the week. It didn’t disappoint, either. I’ve said before that I’ll be shocked to see the Colts in the Super Bowl and I still stand by that statement. The Colts defense couldn’t stop the Pats all game. The Pats were leading at one point 24-7 and then were up 34-21 with less than 4 minutes in the game. All this at the RCA Dome. It wasn’t even in Foxboro. I could see the Colts losing to the Pats, Steelers, Bengals, even the Chargers in the playoffs this year. Keep in mind that the Chargers have owned the Colts in recent years.

– The Bengals are for real. I’ve always been hesitant to put them in the contender status, but no more after another impressive win. This one against the Steelers. As stated on here before, the Bengals defense is better than their numbers would indicate and they definitely showed that all game against a really good Steeler offense.

– The Vikings came back from their bye and quietly won another game. It’s hard to not picture the Vikings and Saints in the NFC Championship game this year. The Vikes could present some problems for the Saints. Speaking of the NFC playoffs, it’ll be very interesting to see who gets the Wildcard spots at this point. The Vikes and Saints are virtually locked in at the 1 and 2 seeds. Cards look like they got the NFC West. The NFC East is up for grabs between the Cowboys, Eagles and Giants.  The 2 losers will be fighting it out with the Packers (5-4) and  Falcons (5-4),  while the Panthers, Bears and 49ers are all at 4-5. Should be crazy down the stretch.

– I’ve stated on here that the Broncos will not falter like the Jets did last year, but I may have to take that back after the Broncos loss against the Redskins. That’s a game you have to win if you’re going to be a real playoff contender. Could be a back breaker after the other recent losses. Plus, Orton got hurt. Ouch.

– Bad Coaching Decision of the Week – Everyone already knows this one. Belichick’s decision to go for it on the Pats own 28 yard line was simply crazy. Part of what makes Belichick such a great coach is his ability to think outside the box and be aggressive at the right times. This was clearly not one of those times. The Pats defense was playing well enough that you simply punt the ball. There was just over 2 minutes left in the game. Will that decision come back to haunt the Patriots? It could because right now the Bengals are in the driver’s seat for the #2 seed, believe it or not. And the Bengals have a fairly easy schedule the rest of the way. In other words, the Pats could’ve lost out on a playoff bye because of this loss and decision.

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Bobby’s Thoughts on the Midway Point and Predictions for the Rest of the Season

November 7, 2009

– The New York Jets will not be making the playoffs this year, losing at home to the Dolphins last week is a huge blow, knocking the Jets down to 4-4 instead of 5-3. Their remaining schedule is tough enough to prevent them from getting in (they’ll basically have to go 7-1 or at the very least 6-2 just to get a Wildcard spot). Sorry, Rex Ryan, the Jets aren’t going to the Super Bowl this year. Although I do expect to see a Sports Center clip of Ryan saying something crazy in a post-game news conference later this year.

– The Denver Broncos will not have a second half collapse like the Jets had last year, although they may end up with a record not quite as impressive as their current 6-1 record.

– What happened to Brandon Jacobs? It seemed like the media have totally forgotten about him and maybe for good reason. He has just under 4 yards a carry, just 2 TD’s and seems to be getting less carries as the weeks go by and is on pace for just over 1,000 yards, which isn’t that impressive really.

– Speaking of the Giants, they are not making the playoffs unless the Cowboys and Eagles implode, which could happen.

– The Cardinals have a relatively easy schedule the rest of the way, look for them to finish 9-7 or 10-6 which will be more than good enough to win the NFC West. Of course the Cardinals could easily end up 7-9 and miss the playoffs all together, this team is fairly unpredictable, but they do have an easier road than their closest competitor, the 49ers.

– If I were Jim Zorn I’d kick Dan Snyder in the nuts. Yeah, he’d get fired and possibly arrested, but wouldn’t it be worth it? The chances of Zorn being succesful in Washington with Snyder as owner is about the same as being successful as a  head coach in Oakland with Al Davis as owner. It just ain’t happening.

– If I were Philip Rivers I’d kick Norv Turner in the nuts. Yeah, he’s get fined and probably traded, but wouldn’t that be good for Rivers? Having Norv Turner as your head coach means you’re not going to get to the Super Bowl. Ever.

– Speaking of Rivers and the Chargers, I see San Diego fighting tough through the second half of the season, but it won’t be enough. With games against Philly, the Giants, Denver, Dallas and Cincy, I see the Chargers finishing 8-8 or 9-7 and just missing that last playoff spot (that spot is going to the Texans, who will make their first playoff appearance in franchise history).

– The Green Bay Packers are clearly at least a year away from being one of the better teams in the NFL as last week against the Vikings showed. They may make it into the playoffs but they’re not doing any damage if they get there this season. O-line needs to be improved, defense is still adjusting to a new 3-4 scheme, young players are still learning their roles, WR’s need to be more consistent. They may be really good next year, though. I will however have to change my Super Bowl prediction.

– What ever happened to Terrell Owens? Oh, that’s right, he went off to play for the Buffalo Bills which is like the NFL equivalant of being sent off to a Siberian prison. The less I have to hear of him, the better.

– Remember when former KC head coach Dick Vermeil said it was time for RB Larry Johnson to take the diapers off? It was true and funny then and it’s still funny now! And Johnson still needs to take those damn diapers off!! I think it might be too late actually.

– It’s almost like the defending SB champs the Steelers aren’t even playing this year, everyone is talking about the Saints, Colts, the Pats, the struggling Giants, the Ravens beating the Broncos. The Steelers are just quietly flying under the radar. The Monday night game in Denver could be bigger than a lot of people realize. If Denver wins, it could help them regain momentum and a possible #2 seed in the playoffs, but if Pittsburgh wins they in fact could end up with the #2 seed considering the relatively easy schedule they have the rest of the way. Huge game.

– If I were the Browns I’d consider firing Eric Mangini at the end of the season. I don’t see anything that he does that helps this team.

– The officiating in this league has continued to be a joke this year. I’ve given up posting weekly officiating posts. Just not worth it.

– You can just tell the media wants to jump back on the Cowboys bandwagon, but they’re a little scared. I’d be scared too with Tony Romo at QB and Wade Philips as head coach.

Biggest Surprises of the Year (In a Good Way)

1. Denver Broncos (6-1) – This one is a no-brainer. New, inexperienced head coach, new QB, new coaching staff. No one picked them to start the season like this. So far, so good.

2. Indianapolis Colts (7-0) – No doubt some picked the Colts to do well, but sitting right now at 7-0 with a new head coach, no running game, questionable defense and injuries is pretty impressive and pretty surprising. I guess Peyton Manning is the MVP of the league.

3. Cincinnati Bengals (5-2) – I thought the Bengals would be tough this year, but most certaintly didn’t see them starting off 5-2. With a bend but don’t break defense and a new ball-control offense the Bengals are finding ways to win games this year. Marvin Lewis is having one of his best years as a head coach so far.

Biggest Surprises of the Year (In a Bad Way)

1. Tennessee Titans (1-6) – Another no-brainer, who would’ve thought the Titans would be 1-6 right now? No one. Losing Albert Haynesworth might’ve been a bigger blow to the team than previously thought.

2. Carolina Panthers (3-4) – Considering how good Carolina looked last year it’s pretty surprising to see them play this bad for most of the season this year. Maybe it’s time to find a new coach.

3. New York Giants (5-3) – The Giants have a winning record but considering how badly the team has played in the past month it’s a little surprising.

Super Bowl Prediction

Steelers/Saints

Matchups To Watch In Week 3

September 26, 2009

Tennessee Titans (0-2) vs. New York Jets (2-0)– Last season the Jets went into Tennessee and gave the Titans a good ol’ fashion whooping and their first loss of the year. Titans could easily be 2-0 instead of 0-2 this season, but the bottomline is they will be in serious trouble if they lose on Sunday against the Jets, they simply need a win in the biggest way. Watch the hype start to rise on Mark Sanchez and the Jets if they pull out a win. Sanchez could have his biggest game as a rookie against a shaky Titans secondary. Titans QB Kerry Collins will have to get rid of the ball quickly against an aggressive Jets defense that hasn’t allowed a TD so far this season. A big play downfield may be there if the Titans look for it. This will be a very tough game for the Titans to win with the way the Jets are playing right now. The Titans could benefit from a Jets letdown after the emotional win against divisional rival Pats, plus Sanchez is still a rookie QB.

San Francisco 49ers (2-0) vs. Minnesota Vikings (2-0) – This might end up being one of the boringest games on Sunday but both teams are 2-0, so it’s worth pointing out this matchup. One of the favorites in the NFC, the Vikings have been fairly unimpressive outside of Adrian Peterson so far. The 49ers are a surprise team so far and have looked pretty good beating the two NFC West favorites, the Seahawks and Cardinals. Something has to give. If I were playing the Vikings I’d just put 9 guys up in the box to stop Peterson, I don’t think Favre has thrown a pass longer than 10 yards this season and the Vikes WR’s shouldn’t scare anyone. San Fran RB Frank Gore is one of the most underrated running backs in the league, partially due to the fact that he plays for the 49ers, but he had a huge game last week against the Seahawks. If he’s productive against the Vikes stout D-line, the 49ers could pull off the upset.

New Orleans Saints (2-0) vs. Buffalo Bills (1-1) – If only this game was played two months from now instead of this Sunday, the Bills might actually have a shot to slow down the Saints offense. The Bills best defense in this game will be their offense, if they can chew up the clock on long drives to keep the ball away from the Saints offense, they have a shot in this one. Here’s the big problem with that – the Bills run a primarily No-Huddle offense now, so that might be hard to do. I’d test that questionable Saints secondary a lot with deep balls to TO and Lee Evans. For the Saints, just keep scoring in the 40’s and odds are you’ll win. It’ll be interesting to see how long that holds up. It probably won’t stop this weekend, though. The Bills have to hope for some turnovers.

Carolina Panthers (0-2) vs. Dallas Cowboys (1-1) – It’s almost panic time in Carolina if the Panthers  lose this one. The Panthers might have a hard time moving the ball against the Cowboys tough defense, especially if Delhomme struggles again. If I were Tony Romo I’d just throw the ball to Jason Whitten every down. You can’t lose, unless you thrown an interception, which is always a possibly with Tony Romo. If the Panthers mix it up nicely on offense and Delhomme has a good game AND Romo gives some balls away, the Panthers can win this. Also, Wade Phillips is the Cowboys head coach, so you got that going for you, Panthers fans.

Miami Dolphins (0-2) vs. San Diego Chargers (1-1) – While the heavily-favored-to-win-the-AFC-West-Divison Chargers could easily be 2-0 right now, they could just as easily be 0-2, such is the way when your team has Norv Turner as head coach. It’s still early, but if the Dolphins lose this game there’s a very, very good chance they don’t make the playoffs this year, especially considering the Jets, Bills and Pats are in their division. LB’s Joey Porter and Jason Taylor need to keep the pressure on Philip Rivers as much as possible, the Dolphins offense needs to slow down the game. I wonder if Philip Rivers realizes that his chances of making the Super Bowl with Norv Turner as his coach is about .01%?

Denver Broncos (2-0) vs. Oakland Raiders (1-1) – The scariest thing about this game is both teams potentially could have winning records going into Week 4. At the very least the Broncos will have a winning record regardless going into Week 4 and that’s enough for one to stop and ponder things a while. Tom Cable is doing a good job so far as head coach in a tough place.

Indianapolis Colts (2-0) vs. Arizona Cardinals (1-1) – This could be a fun one. The Cardinals don’t want to lose another home game after the opening weekend loss to the 49ers, the Colts meanwhile want to keep getting as many early wins as possible to try to pull away from what could end up being a tough division down the stretch. A Cards defense that is still growing will face their toughest test of the year. The Colts defense had a very hard time stopping the Dolphins run game last week. It should be interesting to see how much the Cards try to run it.

What We Learned From Week 1

September 15, 2009

There’s was a lot of sloppy play as teams shook off the rust during opening week of NFL football. Let’s get down to business.

Tennessee 10, Pittsburgh 13 – The Titans offense needs to find a way to score more points, plain and simple, it could be their achilles heel all year. Kerry Collins looks solid at QB, just like last year. Big Ben continues to show he is one of the most clutch QB’s in recent memory. The Steelers defense needs Troy Polamalu back as soon as possible, just not the same defense without him, especially in the secondary. Santonio Holmes picked up right where he left off last year, he could have his best year of his career. The Titans secondary had 2 Pro Bowlers last year? Could’ve fooled me. Steelers pass protection looks improved from last year (so far). Titans will be very hard to run against (shocker!). Don’t be surprised to see these two teams meet each other again this season.

Miami 7, Atlanta 19 – It seems like it takes a Goddamn Christmas Miracle for the Dolphins to move the ball on offense. 2, 3 yard run here and there and a bunch of 5 yard outs to WR’s that aren’t even open. It’s almost a thing a beauty, almost. It’s obvious the Wildcat was born out of necessity. Matt Ryan should have an even better year this season than last.

Minnesota 34,  Cleveland 20 – Brady Quinn might not be the answer at QB, it’s still early but he had more than his share of blunders and he seems to lack much heart to be honest. The Browns seem to lack mental toughness, they gradually gave up as this game went on (they were leading at halftime). Favre may have a good season if he continues to simply dump the ball off at 5 yards at a time. The Vikings defense might be a little overrated.

Denver 12, Cincinnati 7 – Unless you’re a fan of one of these teams, it’s probably a good idea to avoid watching them play if possible. Like I thought, Cincy’s defense looks tough (outside the last TD), the irony is their offense doesn’t look so good. Kyle Orten looks to be a good fit in Denver’s new offense. Chad Ochinstinko is overrated and a wimp. So is Carson Palmer. Denver’s defense is mediocre and has to rely on the other team to make mistakes, like botched snaps on FG’s.

Dallas 34, Tampa Bay 21 – Dallas’ defense has a lot of work to do if the Cowboys are going to be a real contender this year, giving up 8 yards a run to twice-injured Cadillac Williams has to worry Cowboys fans. Tony Romo puts up good numbers against mediocre competition. Tampa Bay might win some games this year that they shouldn’t.

Philadelphia 38, Carolina 10 – This might be John Fox’s last year as head coach of the Panthers. Jake Delhomme now has like 20 INT’s in his last 2 games. Is Philly that good or would any team beat the Panthers with the way they played in this game? Time will tell.

Detroit 27, New Orleans 45 – Drew Brees is a TD machine, Fantasy Football nerds probably want to go out on a date with him. Saints D seems to be marginally improved, probably too early to tell, though. The team did give up 27 at home against the Detroit Lions. Matthew Stafford might have some real growing pains this year as a rookie QB, he had a decent first start all thing considered.

St. Louis 0, Seattle 28 – The NFC West might be even worse than previously thought and the Rams might be the worst team in the NFL. QB Marc Bulger might have a rough year, he looked very frustrated against the Seahawks. Matt Hasselback threw for 280 yards and 3 TD’s. Ouch, Rams fans. With the Cards losing at home, the Seahawks suddenly seem like heavy favorites to win the division but the season has just started.

Chicago 15, Green Bay 21 – Aaron Rodgers will make the Pro Bowl if his WR’s learn to catch the ball and his O-line learns to block. The RT for the Packers was owned all night. The Packers defense looks a lot better and more aggressive under new defensive coordinator, Dom Capers. Jay Cutler may have a rough season if he keeps throwing 20 risky passes up for grabs per game. That was his problem in Denver as well. He’s like the heir apparent to Brett Favre, talented, rocket for an arm, but questionable decision-making. Ironic that he plays for Chicago and not Green Bay. Jay Cutler doesn’t like to get hit. Chicago’s D looks the same as last year, great against the run, not so good against the pass.

Buffalo 24, New England 25 – I guess no lead is safe from the Pats. The Pats may struggle to run the ball this year. The Pats may struggle to protect Tom Brady. Brady and that offense have some rust to shake off. Trent Edwards is a pretty good QB. The Bills no-huddle offense may pose some problems for teams this year. The Pats defense has some big time question marks. The officiating is a joke in this league.

Bad Officiating Watch, Week 1 – UPDATE

September 15, 2009

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Tennessee vs. Pittsburgh – 2 horrible calls, Troy Polamalu is called for pass interference when he does nothing but stand his ground and looks back for the ball, Titans WR tries to run through Polamalu, grabbing at Polamalu’s jersey, the ref throws flag, should’ve been offensive pass interference. A defensive player is allowed his space, just as an offensive player is, horrible, horrible call.

Max Starks, Offensive Tackle for Pittsburgh is called for holding on Titans DE when does nothing but push the Titan player into the ground after the Titans player simply falls down after losing his balance.

Buffalo vs. New England – 2 horrible calls, Patriots NT Vince Wolfork is called for roughing the passer after tackling Trent Edwards by the legs as Edwards THROWS THE BALL. Not AFTER, but AS Edwards throws the ball. HORRIBLE CALL. What is a defensive player supposed to do in that situation, just give up on the play?? What a joke. Here’s a video below of the play in question. I hope Dick Butkus never sees this, he might have a heart attack.

Bills safety Donte Whitner is called for Spearing (15 yard penalty) when he hits a Pats WR that is clearly not down yet and clearly does not lead with helmet.

I’m sure I missed a bunch of other horrible calls from Week 1. If anyone knows of any other bad calls from Week 1,  let me know and I’ll post them!