Still Undefeated: Pittsburgh (3-0), Kansas City (3-0), Chicago
None of these teams is a mirage. We have a good team beating bad teams (Kansas City), and two good teams beating good teams (Pittsburgh and Chicago). It sez so right here that all three are already in the post-season tournament.
Still Winless: Buffalo, Cleveland, Detroit, Carolina, San Francisco
None of these teams is a mirage. While I will extend a bit of pardon toward Cleveland and Detroit (rebuilding razed franchises takes time), there is no excuse for Buffalo, Carolina, or San Francisco.
Garrett Hartley, please pick up the white courtesy phone…and don’t act surprised when you find the combination on your locker changed.
Meanwhile, the Falcons’ Matt Bryant had the stones to nail the gamer in overtime, on the road, in the midst of a hostile crowd gone rabid for their beloved Super Bowl champs. The Falcons are the truth.
Mike Singletary better start polishing up that resume, because it’s apparent that he’s not Mike Ditka-crazy, he’s Jerry Glanville-crazy. Firing Jimmy “Mumbles” Raye was only the start; he’s got to find other ways to motivate grown men, because it looks like they aren’t buying his Pop Warner-league style anymore.
Beating three-fifths of the league’s bottom-feeders is not a reason to start printing playoff tickets, Chefs fans…until you look at the division standings and see that everyone else in the AFC West is 1-2…then factor in that Kansas City already has a victory over what should have been the best team in the division (San Diego)…they might be a tad more legitimate than I think.
And can we FINALLY put Norv Turner on the hot seat? Please? There is no excuse for this team losing to both Kansas City and Seattle. None. In case it hasn’t become plain, the Bolts will never win the Super Bowl with Turner at the helm. They will never approach the Super Bowl with Turner at the helm. Norv Turner was, is, and always will be a glorified offensive coordinator looking for a stronger head coach to lean on.
Buffalo (!!) scored 30 points on New England’s defense. That is not a good thing for the Patriots. If they expect to figure in the AFC playoff picture, especially with the rugged defenses they’ll likely see in Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Chicago, and New York (Jets again), they’ve got to tighten up on that side of the ball because they will NOT hang 38 on any of the aforementioned.
Eli Manning, I…but…you…I mean…what the Cleveland was that left-handed thing you tried in a professional football game against grown menses? You are a Super Bowl champion and a Manning! Super Bowl champion Mannings do NOT make like Garo YeYepremian!
(Full disclosure demands that I admit to Eli Manning being my starting fantasy football quarterback in my big money league, which might explain my inordinate bitterness toward him this week…gaaaaah)
Anyone want to question Mark Sanchez’ credentials now?
Better yet, anyone else regret taking Shonn Greene ahead of LaDainian Tomlinson in their fantasy drafts?
(Okay, absolutely last fantasy point this week, and hopefully ever: Shonn Greene is why there is a dramatic difference between fantasy football and reality football. In fantasy football, it was assumed that he would have value as a starting running back because his team got rid of yardage machine Thomas Jones and brought in what appeared to be an over-the-hill LaDainian Tomlinson. As it turns out, Tomlinson has fit in nicely, Greene is just a complement, and anyone who took him early is probably at or near the bottom of their league right now.)
If you’d told a random Steelers fan before the season that his team would be at least 3-1 and possibly 4-0 before Ben Roethlisberger came back from suspension, he’d probably ask you when you had your last drug test…but that’s exactly where we find ourselves this week. If this team can beat Baltimore without their two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback, they might be able to run the table with him…and I mean all the way to Dallas. There’s not a more complete team in the NFL right now…
…except my beloved Bears, of course.
I’ve seen players come back from a lot of things, even prison (I’m looking at you, Jamal Lewis), but what Michael Vick is accomplishing for Philadelphia is almost like science fiction.
Watching Vic’s highlights, you’d think he visited Oscar Goldman after getting out of prison…
And, uh, anyone else notice how quiet it is on the Kevin Kolb Bandwagon these days? Seems like no one is questioning Andy Reid for throwing him under the bus anymore.
That was a head-turning beatdown that St. Louis put on Washington, for a couple of reasons. On one hand, forget about the Redskins contending this season. They couldn’t win with Donovan McNabb playing out of his mind last weekend, and they couldn’t beat the bonus baby Rams this weekend.
Perhaps it’s the distraction caused by the world’s first $30 million slave…
Meanwhile, the Rams might not be the easiest game on the schedule anymore, especially if rookie Sam Bradford continues to hold up his end of the bargain.
However, that hinges up on whether Steven Jackson is healthy enough to keep making Bradford smarter by 25 plays a game…
From the “I-Told-You-My-Beloved-Bears-Were-Good” Department – the Cowboys put it together and solidly thumped the Texans in what was actually a must-win for the boys from Big D. The Texans are for-real, and the ‘Boys needed this one after getting humbled at home last weekend.
Roy Williams even gets a pass from me this week…until he returns to form, that is. One good game doesn’t excuse an entire career of being softer than an eiderdown sleeping bag…
I am solidly wacko for (Joe) Flacco.
I believe Anquan Boldin would echo my sentiments after Sunday. Sometimes, teams make free agent moves that just don’t work (see Haynesworthless, Albert). Sometimes, teams make free agent moves that fill a specific need perfectly (see Peppers, Julius). In this particular case, Boldin going to the Ravens seems almost predestined. Pittsburgh/Baltimore is must-see football next weekend.
Quick AFC Overview: Their power teams are better than the NFC’s power teams, and there are more of them, but only Pittsburgh looks super right now.
Quick NFC Overview: Fewer power teams than the AFC, but the top 4 (Bears, Eagles, Falcons, Saints) can play with anyone in the AFC right now.
…and I’m OUT like Knowshon Moreno…