Still undefeated: Kansas City
Still winless: Buffalo, Detroit, Carolina, San Francisco
Still sucking: my beloved Bears.
A little reality check for anyone who watched the Washington/Philly tilt: the Eagles are not that bad, and the Redskins are not that good. When Michael Vick got injured, we were shunted down an entirely different trouser leg of time (thanks, Terry Pratchett). Had Vick not gotten injured, he’d have continued running through that Albert Haynesworth-shaped hole in the Redskins defense all night long.
Of course, if your uncle had been a woman, he’d have been your aunt, since we are talking about “ifs.” But I digress…
The following information is for entertainment purposes only, you gambling degenerates: it doesn’t matter that his team looked like it put up more of a fight this past week, if the number in the left column doesn’t start changing very quickly, you’d be very smart to get in on a “When Will Mike Singletary Get Fired” dead pool, and it sez so right here that you pick Halloween or November 1st as the day Samurai Mike gets the chop. Ownership will have had eight games to evaluate Singletary’s ability to right a dreadfully wrong ship (again), and the cushion of a bye week to toss a glorified career assistant to the wolves while they work out a financial package suitable enough to get Bill Cowher or Jon Gruden back on the sidelines.
The Steelers might not have beaten the Ravens last weekend, even with Ben Roethlisberger, but, unlike my beloved Bears, they are the genuine article.
Speaking of genuine, Mark Sanchez continues to reward the Jets’ faith in him. It’s one thing to play big in big games, because one’s focus is a little sharper. It’s another to play big in games that you are supposed to win easily, which he did against benighted Buffalo.
Sanchez, Braylon Edwards (DUI notwithstanding), and LaDainian Tomlinson are making Mike Tannenbaum look like a genius this season. If they get anything out of Santonio Holmes, Tannenbaum’s a mortal lock for Executive of the Year.
Meanwhile, this is why Buffalo wasn’t any good before Bill Polian built something out of nothing, and why they will continue to be abysmal until they find someone in personnel who knows what’s what: Marshawn Lynch was worth…wait for it…a fourth rounder and a conditional pick from Seattle? Surely, someone in Buffalo must know that the Seahawks haven’t had a feature back since Shaun Alexander stole all that Microsoft money a few years ago. Lynch is going to start for Seattle, which puts his value at at LEAST a second round pick, not a fourth-rounder that will likely get cut before rosters get trimmed to 53 in the preseason…
Then again, knowing Buffalo, the fourth-rounder makes the roster because there isn’t anyone good enough to make him get a real job.
Do not sleep on New Orleans. They are not blowing teams out of the water this season, but they are not suffering for it. But for Garrett Hartley, this team is a gritty 4-0.
The Patriots hang 41 on Miami, and Randy Moss doesn’t register a single statistic. Fantasy owners across the nation had to be sedated.
By the way, if New England is shopping Moss to Minnesota, that was a nice showcase game. Of course, there has been the usual “there have been no talks” and “we’re not looking to move him” and yada yada yada. Seems to me that Buffalo was making the very same statements almost to the day they traded Lynch for a Curt Warner throwback…
The rich get richer: 3-1 Pittsburgh welcomes their two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback back into the fold, and 3-1 New York (Jets) give Mark Sanchez another game-breaker at receiver. Nice.
I wonder if Chargers GM A.J. Smith has ever heard of a Pyrrhic Victory?
Looking back over the last three seasons, 61% of teams that went 3-1 or 4-0 made the playoffs, hardly a guarantee, until you get the rest of the story (thanks, Paul Harvey): 22% of teams that went 2-2 or worse over that same stretch made the playoffs. In other words, anyone at 2-2 right now has about a 1 in 5 chance of making the playoffs, while anyone 3-1 (KC remains undefeated at 3-0) has around a 3 in 5 chance. Maybe it is how you start…
Call it a hunch, but Chris Johnson is hurting. Not hurting enough to miss game time, but hurting nonetheless. Check the difference between Matt Forte’s rookie and sophomore seasons; that wasn’t a sophomore slump he endured, but an injury that the Bears didn’t disclose, one that Forte played through all of last season, which greatly reduced his effectiveness. CJ isn’t running away from people the way he did last season, which suggests that he might have a hitch in his giddy-up (thanks, Bo).
The Lions might be 0-4, but there is nothing wrong with that offense. If they ever get the other side fixed (or, at least, not leaking so much), they are going to be a handful, and soon.
The best argument for putting Kurt Warner into the Hall of Fame is the Arizona Cardinals, circa 2010. Paraphrasing Gertrude Stein, there’s no “there” there.
Speaking of teams lacking that undefinable something, what’s going on with the Colts? All of a sudden, it’s like people aren’t scared of them anymore, even if Peyton Manning throws for more yards in a game than Jimmy Clausen will throw in half a season…
I believe in Sam Bradford. He might not be worth the money ($50 million? John By God Unitas wasn’t worth that, and he was only the greatest QB ever…), but he was certainly worth taking first overall and he seems to be tilting the “QB or WR” argument in favor of the QB. After all, as great as Larry Fitzgerald is, he isn’t making Max Hall any better, but Sam Bradford has introduced us to Danny Amendola.
I had no idea Terrell Owens had that kind of gas left in the tank, but it can’t be good when you get a T.O. day out of him and still lose…
…and I’m OUT like Owen Daniels…