Monday, October 22, 2007
What we learned from Sunday's NFL action
During the Niners/Giants game, I was informed that the game following it would be Cowboys/Vikings. Considering Sunday's slate of extremely crappy games, that was a pretty good matchup. Yet when the Niners game ended, Fox cuts off and goes to the Niners post-game show called The Point After. So instead of watching a game featuring the NFC's best team and the current rookie of the year, I get a show recounting the beatdown the Niners took from the Giants. I don't know who was responsible for that, but you can go to hell.
1. The Patriots seem hell-bent on destroying every team in the league. They put on an absolute clinic in the first half against the Dolphins. And why were people saying the Dolphins might surprise the Pats in this game? I realize the Pats have always had trouble against the Dolphins, but the Dolphins are horrible this year. The Pats could have gone through the motions and won that game. It also looks like Brady is seriously mad that a lot of people said Peyton Manning was definitively the best QB in football after he won the Super Bowl last year. I wouldn't be surprised if Brady rips Manning's head off during their matchup later this year. Brady looks like a man possessed with becoming the best QB ever, and he might do it. Now, another question is, was putting Brady back in during the 4th quarter classless? I don't really think so, considering Cassell had just thrown an INT returned for a TD to put the Fins within 21 with 10 minutes to go. But the truth is it doesn't matter what I think at all. It matters what the Dolphins think. And considering these teams play each other again - it could be an interesting rematch. Would I be surprised if Brady gets his bell rung? Not really.
2. As crazy as it sounds, the Saints may actually get back in the playoff mix. Since Tampa Bay lost today, and Carolina has the excellent tandem of Testaverde/Carr, I actually think the Saints can do it even though I wrote them off last week. They play my inept Niners next week which could get them to 3-4 and put them right back in it. Granted they have to go play the Jags the week after that, but whatever. Their division is terrible. I think it also says something about the NFC that an 0-4 team can actually still get back in the playoff picture. And it's not good.
3. Tom Coughlin probably won't be fired at the end of the season if the Giants keep playing like they are. That's because since starting out 0-2, the Giants have won 5 straight and their defense has gone absolutely nuts. Osi Umenyiora is playing like the reincarnation of LT. Of course the question is how will the Giants do in the second half? They've been horrible in the second half in recent years. But right now, everything's clicking. Maybe Coughlin just finally pulled that stick out of his ass (Tiki Barber?). Whatever it is he did, it's working.
4. Considering the Dolphins and Rams don't play each other, we could have two teams that go 0-16. I'd actually be excited to see this happen. It's not every year you can see a team go winless, and it's arguably harder to do than go undefeated. I don't think it'll happen, but both of these teams are seriously awful. I can't see either of them winning more than two games.
5. The Eagles aren't going to make the playoffs. That game between the Bears and Eagles was huge on Sunday. Two teams desperate for a win, and the Bears got it. Plus in two weeks the Eagles have to play the Cowboys. Yikes. Combine that with the fact that the Giants have now won 5 straight, the Redskins are 4-2, and man, it's over. Not to mention that McNabb can't run anymore, he has no receivers, and Andy Reid is challenging Mike Holmgren for the title of stupidest coach of the year through Week 7.
6. Speaking of sucking, it's probably time we take the Mangenius title away from Mangini. Despite the whole world telling him he needed to go to Kellen Clemens, he stuck with Pennington. And as a result they lost to the Bengals. You're not going to the playoffs, you might as well go to Clemens now, at least see what you've got.
7. I should say something about the Chiefs/Raiders game because I watched it, but I don't care. It was like watching paint dry.
8. The Steelers are impossible to figure out. On their good weeks, they look like a team that could at least challenge the Patriots for a few quarters. But then they lose games to Arizona and a Denver team that easily could have been 0-5 entering Sunday night's game. Sure Denver was playing at home, but so what? The Steelers should beat them. I have no clue with this team anymore. They're like the UCLA of pro football.
9. Watch Monday night's game. It'll be good, I hope.