Still Winless: Buffalo (0-6), but not for a lack of trying.
Still Employed In Defiance Of All Known Laws Of Logic: Wade Phillips, Mike Singletary, Lovie Smith, Josh McDaniels, John Fox.
Still Awful: my beloved Chicago Bears.
Basically, this week showed that nobody knows nothin’…except that my Bears stink.
Kansas City hung 42 (!!) on Jacksonville…and that wasn’t the biggest blowout of the weekend.
Tennessee hung 37 (!!) on Philly…and that wasn’t the biggest blowout of the weekend.
Buffalo put 34 (!!) on Baltimore, and Cleveland broke out the whuppin’ stick (30-17) over your defending Super Bowl champions New Orleans, and none of these were the surprise scores of the week.
Surprise Score 1: Washington gets 6 (!!…okay, enough with the exclamation points) turnovers from Chicago and manages only 17 points. This game should have been an epic blowout, just like…
Surprise Score 2: Oakland goes to Mile High (yes, I know it’s called something else, and Mile High is just cooler) and hangs 59 (!!!) on Denver.
Okay, the Washington/Chicago game was a mud-fest; both teams struggled mightily against game defenses all day. In the end, Washington was thismuch more effective than Chicago was…but Washington and Chicago don’t really have a rivalry to speak of.
In Denver, they circle Raiders Day on the calendar. The Orange-and-Blue Faithful turn out in their thousands to heap scorn upon Al Davis’ ragtag bunch of thugs and villains, and the local eleven are supposed to oblige their fans by putting righteous boot to felonious rear end in the name of all things Bronco…or, to at least have tried to do so.
This past Sunday, they couldn’t have rolled over any better if they were Lassie’s stunt double.
The stat lines weren’t much, but the future of the NFC is Josh Freeman’s Bucs versus Sam Bradford’s Rams.
Cleveland’s big win over New Orleans might not be the stay of execution for Eric Mangini that some think. This team will still finish with no more than six wins this season, which will give Mike Holmgren all the reason he needs to go get one of those three Super Bowl champion ex-coaches floating around out there (and I’m looking at you, Jon Gruden).
This means that should-be-embattled Bears GM Jerry Angelo had better be asking the McCaskeys to search their sofas for loose change, because getting the coach that will turn this franchise around will cost, big-time. This is the litmus test for this franchise going forward, because it is beyond all doubt that the house will be swept clean after the season: if the Bears spend wisely, they will spend big and get a guy like a Bill Cowher or a Jon Gruden to come in and give this team its identity. If they spend parsimoniously, they will get some middle-of-the-road career assistant who interviews nicely. Judgments will follow…
I love seeing both the Jets and the Patriots at 5-1 atop the AFC East, especially considering the bad blood between the two franchises. Monday Night Football on December 6th might set a ratings record this season.
It might be time to call Todd Haley’s Chiefs for real. That wasn’t just 42 points they hung on Jacksonville; that was a notice served on the rest of the league that they are what their record says they are (thanks, Bill).
On a day when Baltimore’s usually-stalwart defense failed them, the Ravens offense rode to the rescue in an unexpected shoot-out with Buffalo. That ain’t good for the rest of the AFC field.
Peyton Hillis redefines the term “load.”
And speaking of former Razorbacks done good, Darren McFadden is officially justifying all the hype he had coming out of Arkansas. Normally, running backs don’t take three seasons to get this good (either they already are, or they never were), but these are the Raiders we are talking about; it might have taken this long to find an offensive line combination good enough to keep the skill guys from getting killed on every snap. Now that we are seeing what a fully-realized McFadden looks like, the Raiders may no longer be the butt of AFC West jokes anymore.
Nope, that would be San Diego. Only a Norv Turner-coached team could be (as we speak) statistically ranked number 1 in both offense AND defense, and yet be 2-5 on the season. I mean, there are a lot of fair-to-middling coaches out there that couldn’t mess something like that up, but there’s ol’ Norv The Idiot, arguably possessed of what should be the best team in football, dead last in the second-worst division in football and already 2.5 games behind divison-leading Kansas City.
The only way either Turner or A.J. Smith keep their jobs after this season is if they have incriminating photos of owner Alex Spanos.
Not that Cincinnati can take advantage of it, but Terrell Owens has a lot of gas left in the tank. The problem for him is, as always, the baggage he inevitably brings. What contender will take a chance on him at his age with his issues, even if he’s still capable of putting 200 yards of receiving on someone in one game?
Which 4-2 team is no one talking about? Indianapolis. That could mean that they are laying in ambush, ready to pounce on anyone underestimating them. But if they lose this week to Houston (again), it could mean that their window of opportunity has closed.
…and I’m OUT like Tony Romo…