It is kind of funny. The talk was that the Dallas Cowboys could run the table. Seven wins in a row. Come on. When was the last time that the Cowboys won seven games in a row? A decade ago? Look, today showed us a couple of things. The Dallas Cowboys are not a playoff team. Sure, they could have made the playoffs at 8-8 or 7-9 (because the division is awful) and be booted in the first round.
Offense – The Cowboys just aren’t that good on offense. We fell behind early. We haven’t scored more than 25 points in a game in weeks. None of the Cowboy receivers can get off of press coverage besides Dez and he isn’t fully healthy yet. Williams was exposed during the Patroit game. He was completely shut down. We really haven’t had a running game. McFadden has been okay. Not great, but okay. Randle was a joke. It was unfortunate that Dunbar got hurt. Our offensive line hasn’t been as good as they were last year. So, when you can’t run the ball and your receivers can’t get open, you can’t score points.
Defense – Last year’s defense was magical. They were put together with duct tape. Basically, a bunch of nobodies were thrown together and somehow they played very well together. They forced turnovers. They tackled. They were flying around. This group is different. They aren’t protected by a Dallas ground game which eats the clock. They are average at best. There is no pass rush. Dallas is okay at stopping the run. We really can cover …sort of. That’s the defense in a nutshell.
So, this is the team that was supposed to make the playoffs? The Super Bowl? Come on. We need some players. We need a running back that can run over a few folks. We need a back-up quarterback who can push the ball down the field. We need a pass rush. We need a cover corner or two. I love Sean Lee, but he gets hurt a lot. We need a healthy Dez Bryant who can dominate. Finally, we need Jerry Jones to make good personnnel decisions (stop laughing)!!!
One thing you can say about the NFL is that… Okay, you really can’t say one thing about the NFL.
So one of the best matchups last week was supposed to be the Cleveland Browns versus the Cincinnati Bengals. Like many of these “great matchups” it didn’t turn out the way the experts had planned. The Cincinnati Bengals have been known for a solid running game and an outstanding, somewhat suffocating defense. They didn’t bring either. The Cleveland Browns really dominated this game on both sides of the ball. This game wasn’t close.
After two straight weeks of Ben Roethlisberger being near perfect, he crashed to earth with an abysmal performance against the New York Jets. Could this be the rebirth of Michael Vick?
If there’s a team that I really feel sorry for it is probably the St. Louis Rams. They are playing hard. Yet it seems that the ball just doesn’t bounce their way. The Arizona Cardinals were on the ropes. Yet, somehow the St. Louis Rams were unable to close a deal.
Probably the most exciting game of the week came from the San Francisco 49ers and the New Orleans Saints. New Orleans was down early but fought their way back. The game was tied at 24 and then overtime. Unfortunately, Drew Brees was trying to make a play and held the ball too long. He got hit from behind and the ball was recovered deep in New Orleans territory. A very weird field goal went through the uprights, giving the San Francisco 49ers their much-needed win.
If you really want to know about Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, look at their game against the hapless Oakland Raiders. Peyton Manning threw two interceptions in the first 10 minutes of the game. Things were looking bleak. Could it be that the Denver Broncos would lose two games in a row? No, not really. 17 points in the 2nd quarter and another 21 points in the 3rd quarter buried the Oakland Raiders. It was really impressive.
5 worst teams in the NFL: Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Jets, Tennessee Titans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Oakland Raiders.
The 5 best teams in the NFL: New England Patriots, St. Louis Cardinals, Denver Broncos, Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys
Congratulations to the Baltimore Ravens.
Did anyone notice that Joe Flacco seemed to play better than he ever had over the last five or six games of the season? His elevated play seems to correlate to Jim Caldwell’s being named offensive coordinator. Someone needs to give Jim Caldwell some props.
If you are the San Francisco 49ers fan, you have to be sick. The game was in your hands. You had the ball inside the 10-yard line with two minutes to play. The Ravens best run stopper, Haloti Ngata, was nursing a knee injury on the side line. Ray Lewis, future Hall of Famer, seemed a shadow of his former self. You have one of the best offensive lines in football. You have running back Frank Gore, who is known from getting those tough inside yards. He was having a great game (19 carries for 110 yards). Why didn’t the 49ers simply run the ball four times? Okay, you didn’t want to run the ball? How about throwing the ball to Randy Moss? Moss has made a living at catching the fade in the end zone. How do you not throw the ball at least once to Randy Moss?
Joe Flacco is about to seriously get paid. My guess – $18 – $20 million per year for at least four to six years.