Despite a lengthy lull after Andre Johnson sustained a right hamstring injury in the second quarter, I was impressed by the Texans victory over the Steelers. They harassed Ben Roethlisberger and a bad Steelers offensive line for most of the game and got the “win against a good team” that they needed. Don’t hand the AFC South though to the Texans just yet. Tennessee’s convincing victory over the Browns kept them tied with Houston at 3-1 on the season. With a very manageable schedule the rest of the way the Titans figure to be in the race for the division crown deep into December.
Simply put, the Lions capitalized on the opportunity to put together a dominant first quarter of the season and the Bills didn’t. And at halftime of each game that last sentence would have sounded crazy. The Bills had a 17-3 after the second quarter yet they let a struggling Andy Dalton thrive in the second half to lead the Bengals to a three-point win. Detroit, on the other hand, came back from a 20-3 halftime deficit and a 27-3 margin early in the 3rd quarter to stun the Cowboys. Why did they win? Because Tony Romo managed to impress a Romo detractor like me with a new level of ineptitude. Tony, you’re up 24 points early in the 4th quarter and you manage to throw not one but two pick 6’s and then another INT to set up Detroit’s game winning TD late in the 4th quarter? As Seth Myers and Amy Poehler would say, Really?
If you are a Ram fan and you like to have an optimistic outlook on life than focus on the fact that you have a good young quarterback in Sam Bradford. And then find something else besides your team to focus on because that is all you’ve got. St. Louis was a popular pick to win the NFC West but they can’t run the ball, they can’t stop the run or the pass despite Rex Grossman’s struggles yesterday and they are terrible offensively in the red zone. Doesn’t sound like a division winner to me. Their schedule gets a lot easier in the second half of the season but they could easily be 0-8 by that time. I would be very surprised if the 3-1 49ers don’t win the NFC Less (pun intended).
If you listen closely enough you can hear the Packers quietly heading into Week Five with a 4-0 record. No one is really talking about the defending champs but they have been very impressive in the early going. You can get on them for allowing 24.3 points per game in their first four games but at the same time they have yet to trail in the second half of a game this year. I don’t see a team yet in either conference that can stop Green Bay from repeating.
You can’t listen close enough, on the other hand, to hear the Eli Manning detractors because they are dead silent. Eli haters love to talk about his 25 INT’s from last year but they conveniently leave out the fact that he is at his best when his team’s fortunes look bleakest. In the same stadium where he led the Giants, in a game they trailed by four points with less than three minutes remaining, to a Super Bowl victory in February of 2008 Eli once again brought New York back from the brink of defeat yesterday to upend the Cardinals 31-27. Baby Manning has a lot of flaws but find me another quarterback not named Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers or Drew Brees who is better late in the game than Eli (Peyton doesn’t count since we have no idea when he will play again).
Why do opposing teams continue to kick the ball to Devin Hester? I can deal with the 73-yard kickoff return because it is difficult to kick it away from someone on a kickoff but the 69-yard punt return for a TD is inexcusable. The friggin ball was kicked on a line drive right to Hester. I wish I could say that sooner or later teams would learn to kick the ball out of bounds or in the end zone but we have been dealing with this stupidity by special teams facing the Bears for six seasons now. Honestly you are better off leaving him uncovered as a wide receiver than you are kicking to him.
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