I was 13 – 2 and 1 last week!! Give it up! (I called a toss-up on the Vikings – KC game.)
Matt Hasselbeck: I don’t think that I’ve seen a quarterback, so late in his career, turn things around so much. The last several years Matt Hasselbeck has looked terrible in Seattle. I guess having a porous offensive line does that to many quarterbacks. Currently, Matt Hasselbeck has thrown for 1152 yards, eight touchdowns, three interceptions and has a quarterback rating 104.7. He is the fourth highest rated quarterback in the league. He is on fire.
Houston Texans: Last week, in my predictions, I said that Houston had to win this game. Although it wasn’t pretty, they came away with the win. It is time for us to begin to think of the Houston Texans as one of the best teams in the AFC. The Texans are playing pretty well on both sides of the football. Unfortunately, one of the best receivers in football, Andre Johnson, was injured. His status is uncertain. Arian Foster was outstanding in his debut. The Texans need a couple of their receivers to step up big time if they’re going to continue their winning ways.
Green Bay Packers/Aaron Rodgers: These guys didn’t even look like they were trying. Is hard for me to find another team that is playing in the same stratosphere as the Green Bay Packers. They’re playing both offense and defense extremely well. Aaron Rodgers is the best quarterback in the league right now. He has an outstanding receiver core. His offensive line is giving him enough time. The defense for the Packers is creating just enough turnovers and pressure on the quarterback to make it difficult or impossible to keep up with the high powered offense of the Packers. If they can stay injury free, these guys have an excellent opportunity to hoist the Lombardi trophy once again.
Baltimore Ravens: On national TV, the Baltimore Ravens took the proud New York Jets and gave them a spanking that we haven’t seen in several years. The Baltimore Ravens turned in one of the best defenses performances that we’ve seen all year. As a matter fact, it was one of the best performances I’ve seen in the past several years. Now the question is whether the Baltimore Ravens continue to play defense at this high a level. If they’re going to go deep in the playoffs, their defense must play exactly like this.
Matt Forte: Where has this guy been? I guess his performances have been overshadowed by both the good and the bad of Jay Cutler. On Sunday, he carried the Chicago Bears to victory. 25 carries for 205 yards! That’s an amazing performance.
Calvin Johnson: Eight touchdowns in four games. Calvin Johnson was one of the main reasons, see more of my rant below, that the Detroit Lions were able to humiliate the Dallas Cowboys at home. His first touchdown catch against triple coverage was truly a thing of beauty. This guy is one of the best receivers in the league. He reminds me of a young Randy Moss with his jumping ability and his ability to stretch the field.
Indianapolis Colts: Last night, on Monday Night Football, the Indianapolis Colts almost looked like an NFL team. Their quarterback, Curtis Painter, did not look completely inept. I’m still extremely disappointed in the Colts offensive line. They don’t seem to have the ability to move anybody off the ball. The Colts special teams are mediocre. I wish I could blame the Colts defense, but I can’t. The Colts defense was designed to stop an offense once or twice a game.
Philadelphia Eagles: I must start off by saying I’ve never liked the Philadelphia Eagles. I’ve had something against the Philadelphia Eagles since the early ’90s. I can, though, appreciate both good and bad football. Lately, the Philadelphia Eagles have been playing bad football. The formula for victory in the ’90s for the Eagles was a suffocating defense with an opportunistic offense. Since Andy Reid became head coach, the Eagles have had an explosive offense and a hard-hitting defense with some holes. With patience, you can beat the Philadelphia Eagles defense. Now, they are simply playing that well on either side of the ball. The offensive line for the Philadelphia Eagles is mediocre at best. Michael Vick, their multimillion-dollar quarterback, just doesn’t seem to be making the thoughtful pinpoint throws he was making last year. This may be due to his porous offensive line. There is no reason that a team with all of this talent should lose to the San Francisco 49ers. By the way, do the Eagles have any cornerbacks who actually like to tackle?
Dallas Cowboys: Oh my goodness. Some things have to be seen to be believed. How can you possibly lead 27-3 in the third quarter and lose the game? I wish I could blame Tony Romo for the Cowboys’ collapse, but I simply can’t. When you look at the game in total, you begin to see the Cowboys not being able to put this game away very early. The first hint came when the Cowboys had three chances inside the 10-yard line to score in the first quarter and decide to go for it on fourth down. (Now, remember the Dallas Cowboys let Marion Barber go. He was a beast on the goal line. The Cowboys have no back, that I’m aware of, who is able to hit a linebacker in the hole and run over him.) The dive play up the middle into the strength of the Detroit Lions defense was curious at best and stupid at worst. The Cowboys come away with no points. I don’t understand how you don’t get the ball to your best goal line player, Jason Witten. Week after week, the Dallas Cowboys secondary gets torched. Last year, the Dallas Cowboys secondary got torched. In the off-season, the Dallas Cowboys did nothing to shore up their secondary. So, it should be no surprise that our secondary is completely inept. The Cowboys need to call up Darren Sharper. We need a safety you can cover and hit people. We probably need another cornerback also, since Michael Jenkins has forgotten how to play that position. Finally, I need to say something about throwing three interceptions in the second half. It is simply mind-boggling. Tony Romo was nearly brilliant in the first half. What was he seeing? He throws in the triple coverage once. He throws the ball outside when it needed to be inside on his third interception. And on his second interception he throws the ball inside when the Detroit cornerback had an inside position in order to take away the slant with which the Cowboys had killed the Detroit Lions on the whole first half. Simply mind-boggling. No team needs a week off more than the Dallas Cowboys.