NFL 2011 Week 8
You know, I was thinking during the day games on Sunday that there wasn't a lot of touchdowns being scored. Then came Sunday night, which pretty much balanced the scales.
Seahawks 3 - Browns 6: I want all of the 5 minutes of my life that Redzone covered this game back.
Falcons 23 - Lions 16: It's like San Francisco last week figured out what buttons to push to take down Detroit, then Atlanta came in and pulled off the proverbial ha-dou-ken all over again. Are the Lions in trouble? Depends on if they can bounce back and what happens with Chicago.
Texans 41 - Titans 7: Even NFL Redzone's Scott Hanson couldn't contain his glee over what Arian Foster did for his fantasy team. Tennessee and any fantasy owner playing against him probably wanted to vomit.
Tebows 18 - Dolphins 15: The final five minutes of regulation will make the Faithful forget about the first three and a half quarters. The final five minutes of regulation will make the detractors unable to get a word in edge wise about the first three and a half quarters.
Chargers 21 - Jets 27: I really want to know what was said in the post-game handshake. Norv Turner probably said something like, "Nice to see Plaxico not shooting you guys in the foot."
Bears 24 - Buccaneers 18: Apparently Tampa Bay doesn't do long trips all that well. Oh, I don't believe Matt Forte when he said he slept on the flight to London: I think he just ran across the Atlantic.
Redskins 20 - Panthers 33: Cam Newton's probably wondering where all the attention being showered on him went. And Mike Shanan should thank whoever infected Rex Grossman with that flu bug so he can turn around and say that even if he wanted to start Grossman, he couldn't.
Chiefs 28 - Raiders 0: Now I really, really want to know what was said in this post-game handshake. And Hue Jackson should be damn lucky Carson Palmer didn't get hurt when he was thrown to the wolves; clearly they have absolutely jack-crap going with Kyle Boller.
Steelers 32 - Cardinals 20: Really, Arizona? You scheme and plan to prevent Mike Wallace for beating you on a big play and what does he do? Beats you on a big play.
Rams 7 - Cowboys 34: Wait, Dallas has a running back now? Oh, wait, DeMarco Murry did it against St. Louis. Yeah, we'll wait and see how that pans out.
Packers 33 - Vikings 27: Of the games on Green Bay's schedule going forward, it was hard to imagine Minnesota being a potential trap game. Can this team run the table with the rest of the regular season? Somehow rookie Christian Ponder almost did it despite throwing two into the hands of Charles Woodson. Looking ahead, the Pack will have a tough go of it, with San Diego, a rematch against the Vikes, Tampa Bay, the Giants, and a double-shot of the Lions. The '72 Dolphins will have to keep their champagne on ice, but maybe they can pop the cork before January.
Colts 7 - Saints 62: This about sums things up as it sits for Indianapolis:
Ravens 7 - Jaguars 12: I think Baltimore just played their way out of the "Best Team in the AFC" conversation. Plus Joe Flacco being an elite NFL QB, etc.
Week 8 Pick'Em: Ah, now here's where things are getting interesting. Lots of us were flirting with the .500 mark this time around and newcomer hoosierjoe was the sole inhabitant of Perfection Island. I call it beginner's luck:
My record: 3-2
* = For some reason for your wild card you said Cowboys over the 49ers. Not going to ding you for it, just thought I'd point it out.
And the season to date totals:
My record: 28-7
Your guys' record:
Definitely starting to see some separation and hopefully this week will make things more interesting. On byes are Atlanta, Chicago, Green Bay, Oakland, New York Jets, and Tampa Bay. Our picks for this week include:
Vikings at Panthers: Ordinarily I'd says this would be a snoozer and given the full advantage to Carolina, but christian Ponder really showed up to ball against the Packers in his debut. He also has more weapons to choose from than Cam Newton and a better defense. Vikings.
Patriots at Steelers: With Baltimore getting de-feathered by Jacksonville, this game may end up deciding who the best in the AFC is. Both teams have good offenses, but I give the edge in this regard to New England, who can make star receivers out of nobody. And while one is tempted to point out that Pittsburgh traditionally has a good defense, they're not quite the Steel Curtain anymore. New England.
Cowboys at Eagles: Ah, another "Which team is coming to the game?" match-up. Is the turnaround in Philly for real or is Dallas the one who's playing a different tune. Kind of a coin-flip choice, but I'm leaning towards...Cowboys.
Chargers at Chiefs: The question here is if Kansas City's performance in Oakland was either trend or fluke. Unless Phillip Rivers tosses six picks, I'm going with fluke. Chargers.
For my wild card, I have the Giants over the Dolphins. Oh, and one last item of business: the best two captions to that photo of Jim Harbaugh and Jim Schwartz from last week. Get a room you two:
"Galileo, Galileo! Galileo Figaro!"
"We will not let him go!"
"Let him go!"
"We will not let him go!"
"Let him go!"
"No, no, no, no, no, no, no!"
Enjoy the week, folks.