Miami Dolphins – This team could have easily given up nine weeks ago. They’ve yet to find a real quarterback. Their coach has not received a vote of confidence from the owner and has been under constant fire. Yet, somehow, the Miami Dolphins played some inspired football and soundly beat the Kansas City Chiefs. There was even a Reggie Bush citing.
New York Jets – I have been very critical of the New York Jets because they really haven’t been able to do what they want to do. They want to play suffocating defense and simply run the ball. That’s it. Their defense has been okay but not great. They’re running the ball a little bit better. Mark Sanchez is playing a little bit better. Very quietly, the New York Jets are 5-3.
New York Giants – In a very weird, déjà vu kind of way, the New York Giants played almost the exact same game against the New England Patriots as the Dallas Cowboys did. They tried to run the ball and control the clock. Unfortunately, their running game was not all that effective. So, they tried in the short passing game, which was more effective. They played the game extremely close to the vest. Just like in the Dallas game, when they got inside of the 20-yard line, they had to settle for field goals early. This allowed for Tom Brady to play inspired football and once again, go ahead late in the game. Eli Manning has made a career out of fourth-quarter comebacks. I’ve seen him on a number of occasions, against the Dallas Cowboys, play mediocre to awful football, only to come alive within the last four minutes of the half or at the end of the game to score a go-ahead touchdown. He did it again. (There’s been a lot of talk this week about Eli Manning’s claim that he is an elite quarterback. Eli Manning has a special talent. He is a good quarterback. He is a Super Bowl winning quarterback. He can do things that his brother Peyton cannot. If you look at his stats, he is a really good quarterback. He is a great. Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers are elite quarterbacks. Now, the other thing that I will say in Eli Manning’s favor is that he’s never had the receivers that these other guys have.)
Oakland Raiders – I just don’t understand how you allow Tim Tebow to have a quarterback rating of 98.1 against you. He was only 10 for 21 for 124 yards, but had two touchdowns. He also ran for 118 yards. I don’t understand it. You know going into the game that the strength of Tim Tebow is his ability to run the football, yet you allow him to run the college option and rollouts all day long. Craziness.
Philadelphia Eagles – What happened? Philadelphia simply destroyed the Dallas Cowboys on national TV just a week earlier. It is clear that the Chicago Bears are not the Dallas Cowboys. Andy Reid did not have two weeks to prepare and it showed. There were none of those special plays which broke open for 20 or 30 yards. The Eagles defense cannot stop Matt Forte. Jay Cutler had just enough time to make the throws down the stretch. The Eagles still have issues on both offense and defense. It is also clear they have talent, but..?