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What We Learned After Week 9 In The NFL

November 9, 2009

09000d5d81406e36_gallery_600– The Giants will not be making the playoffs after losing at home against the Chargers. I’m already writing them off, especially with such a brutal schedule the rest of the way.

– The Cardinals continue to be one of the most unpredictable teams in the NFL. After losing 34-21 at home against Carolina, they go on the road and spank the Bears 41-21.

– The Buccaneers will not go winless this year. Way to go, Bucs!

– The Packers are officially in trouble of making the playoffs this year. Losing to the Bucs could be devastating. It at least shows the Packers are not serious contenders this year.

– The Saints defense has scored more points than the Browns offense so far this year. Just for this statistic alone the Browns are officially the worst team in the NFL this season.

– Seahawk fans may not feel like their team actually won yesterday. After being down 17-0 to the Lions in the 1st quarter the Seahawks managed to scrape out a win, but not after playing a pretty poor game against one of the bottom-dwellers in the NFL.

Matthew Stafford is playing like a rookie QB.

– The Chicago Bears will not be making the playoffs this year.

– The Titans have not been officially eliminated from playoff contention. Just sayin’.

Other Observations-

– The Bengals defense is playing better than their actual numbers are showing. They had arguably their most impressive game of the season against the Ravens this weekend, shutting down Joe Flacco and the Ravens offense for most of the game in a huge divisional showdown. The secondary is playing a lot better of late.

– I’ve touted the Ravens as contenders all year, but losing like they did against the Bengals has to be pretty concerning for Ravens fans everywhere. The offense isn’t progressing as the season goes on and the Ravens defense is clearly aging and the team is not adequately replacing the older players. Losing Rex Ryan has been huge. I’m not ready to completely write this team off, but it’s not looking good.

– The Texans played their hearts out against the Colts in Indianapolis. If not for a goal line fumble and/or a missed FG in the last seconds of the game, the Texans might’ve won, but that’s what separates the best from the rest. The Texans still haven’t taken that next step. I do have to question some of the overly safe playcalling by the Texans offense in this game. A lot of run plays on first and second down even though the Colts were missing half their starting secondary and the fact that the Texans are a passing team.

– The Colts beat the Texans to remain undefeated but consider this – Peyton Manning had 40 passing attempts in the first half (!!!) and threw for over 200 yards but the Colts were only up 13-3 at halftime. That is precisely why I’d be surprised if the Colts make it to the Super Bowl. For an 8-0 team the Colts haven’t exactly be overly impressive.

– The Miami Dolphins know how to play against the Patriots. Even though they lost 27-17, the game was a lot closer than the score indicates. The Pats defense seems to struggle against the Wild Cat formation and the Dolphins defense knows how to play against the Pats passing game. They just single covered Randy Moss and covered the short passing game, which is the Pats bread and butter. Almost worked Sunday, but not quite.

– It looks like the Cowboys defense may have finally turned a corner over the past few games. Constantly underperforming for most of last year and into this season, the Cowboys defense is finally playing up to it’s potential. Defensive line is getting good pressure on the QB and the secondary, which has long under achieved, is finally playing great.

– Bad coaching decision of the week – Trailing the Cowboys 20-13 with just under 5 minutes left in the game and with NO time outs left, Andy Reid elects for the team to attempt a 52 yard FG. The ball barely breaks the crossbar. Why is this a bad coaching decision? Well, for one it’s a 52 YARD FIELD GOAL ATTEMPT. There’s a decent chance your kicker won’t even make the field goal, which would give the Cowboys the ball near midfield. But even if he makes it (which he did) the Cowboys get the ball with just over 4 minutes left, your team has no time outs left and all the Cowboys have to do is pick up a couple first downs to run out the clock. Which is precisely what they did. But even if you force the Cowboys to punt you will have no time outs left AND you still need a TD with little time left! Andy Reid can put together a good team but his on field decision making and clock management is very questionable at times.

– Horrible officiating watch – There were a number of bad calls on Sunday. In the Texans-Colts game there was a horrible unnecessary roughness call on a Texan defensive back when he hit Dallas Clark around the shoulder pads as he was attempting to catch a ball. Why is that a penalty?? There was a strange defensive offsides call on the Texans defense that helped the Colts to keep a drive alive. I sure didn’t see it on the play. Of course CBS never showed a replay so we’ll never know for sure whether there was offsides or not on the play.

In the Lions-Seahawks game there was a pass interference call on a Lions DB, even though a.) the ball was uncatchable and b.) if anything there was offensive pass interference on the Seahawk WR on the play when he grabbed the Lions DB. The Seahawks would go on to score on that drive.

In the Dolphins-Pariots game the Dolphins had to challenge a play where Miami QB Chad Henne was hit as his arm was going forward and lost the ball but the refs called it a fumble and the Pats recovered it. It’s totally ridiculous that a team has to use a challenge on a play where it’s clear and obvious that the play is not a fumble. There was horrible pass interference call on a Pats DB, when Miami’s WR Ted Ginn basically ran into him. Last time I checked a DB is allowed his space on the field. Is there a rule that I’m not aware of where a DB has to get out of the way of a WR? Pretty sure that’s not in the rulebook.

In the Cowboys-Eagles game there was horrible unsportsmanslike conduct call on Eagles DB Assante Samuels, even though he helped up the player he was supposedly taunting! I still don’t understand how the Eagles didn’t get a first down on the QB sneak by Donovan McNabb in the fourth quarter. Just a horrible spot by the refs. The Eagles challenged the spot on the field but it was bizarrely upheld, even though it was clear that McNabb had gotten the first down.

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Horrible Officiating Watch, Week 4

October 6, 2009

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Baltimore vs. New England Ron Winters and his officiating crew is by far the worst crew in the NFL. Just God awful, the NFL should be more than a little embarrassed by their performance in this game and just about every game they do. Horrible roughing the QB call on defensive end Haloti Ngata of the Ravens on a huge 3rd down incompletion early in the Ravens-Pats game, in which the Pats would go on to score a TD to take the lead. Tom Brady is out of the pocket and Ngata puts his hand up to block the pass and is called for barely touching Brady’s helmet. What is Ngata supposed to do in that situation? Change the way he plays and not put his hand up in fear that he’ll make incidental contact with a QB’s helmet thus giving the opposing offense more of an advantage? Ridiculous.

There’s another horrible roughing the QB call on LB Terrell Suggs when he barely makes any contact with Brady. I guess the NFL passed a memo to officials stating “Anyone that touches Brady will get flagged.” On this play, Brady actually waved to the official for a flag AND GOT IT. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? WAY TO GO, WINTERS!

Phil Simms, who covered the Ravens-Pats game, is a compete moron when it comes to these horrible calls, stating “you can’t protect the players enough”, uh, it’s FOOTBALL, where guys are hitting each other at full speed and they do wear pads!! He says the “players will adapt to the new rules” and ruin the game in the process?? So far they haven’t “adapted” since some of these rules run totally opposite to what football is and what these guys have been taught throughout their careers as defensemen.

Another horrible call in the game was an offensive P.I. call on Ravens WR Derrick Mason on 1st down completion that is called back. There’s was no push off, just brief incidental contact as Mason ran an in and out route.

Also, it’s apparent that the Pats are allowed to run pick plays and never get called for it like some other teams.

I’m not one to put too much into “Spygate” I give the Pats full credit for their SB wins but this game was totally one-sided in terms of officiating, and it’s not the first time this year the officials favored the Pats in a game. The NFL should be embarrassed by this. It’s good to see Ravens head coach John Harbaugh mentioning it in his post-game press conference and some in the media pick up on it. Hopefully Winters and his crew are suspended. Doubtful, though since the NFL hasn’t done anything to improve officiating over the last few years.

In other games –

Seattle vs. Indianapolis – A lot of dubious illegal contact and holding calls on the Seahawks in the 1st half of the Seahawks-Colts game. Of course CBS never showed any replays of the penalties in question so we’ll just have to assume the officials did a great and fair job in some early crucial downs in the game(yeah, right).

New York Jets vs. New Orleans – Horrible helmet to helmet call on FS Darren Sharper in the Jets-Saints game where he lead with his shoulder. Just ridiculous.

Dallas vs. Denver – Horrible PI on Denver CB Andre Goodman(?) on a big third down incompletion in the 4th quarter giving the Cowboys a 1st down. If that’s pass interference then I guess any sort of contact at all between WR and CB is not allowed anymore in the NFL. If anything it was offensive pass interference with a push off from the Cowboys WR. Horrible job, officials.

The next play the Cowboys get a phantom holding call after a big run. I guess this is the NFL’s way of making up for the previous bad call? How about not calling the initial BS pass interference call on the previous play instead?