NFL 2013: Week 8
* Chad Henne has thrown for 300 yards in back to back games. That hasn’t happened in Jacksonville since Byron Leftwich, way back in 2004, in that brief period of time when Leftwich hadn’t yet been injured at the NFL level. And that happened only once. The time before that was Mark Brunell in 2000.
* Let’s put it this way: Mark Brunell had back-to-back 300 yard passing games as a Washington Redskin (in 2005) more recently than the Jags had one before Henne’s past two games. This is the offensive futility I have cheered for for so many years.
* The Patriots got hosed by that call at the end of the game, right? Except apparently they had already been warned about doing it by the officials earlier in the game. The Jets reportedly spotted the Patriots breaking this rule in prior games, and told the officials to watch for it. Seemingly another case of Belickick’s disinterest in rule following biting him and the team.
* Josh Gordon trade rumors heating up. Obvious landing places include San Francisco, who has a bounty of draft picks from which to deal, and Indianapolis, who look capable of a Super Bowl run this season, but just lost Reggie Wayne.
* Fun fact: the Browns already hold not only the Colts 1st round pick (Trent Richardson), but also their 4th round pick (traded during 2013 draft for Cleveland’s 3rd round pick, used to select Montori Hughes). It would only be fitting if they trade even more picks for Gordon.
* I heard the Colts dressed a whole lot of DBs this week. Like 10.
* Some fantasy football idiot tweeted a death threat to Brandon Jacobs, demanding Jacobs perform to a certain level on Monday night. Not only are death threats, even as jokes, completely distasteful and inappropriate, but what level of fantasy moron do you have to be to take things that seriously, yet fail to bench Jacobs, who hadn’t practiced all week and was progressively downgraded on the injury report over the weekend?
* How did the Cardinals not manage to be the ones that traded for Bryant McKinnie? I guess they figure they aren’t playoff competitors this year, so why chase a veteran stop-gap? That does make sense, but they’re gonna get Carson Palmer K-I-L-T killed.
* Jeff Garcia reached out and offered his services to the Browns.
* I have to confess, I enjoy football games on weeknights a whole lot. Thursday and Monday games are my favorite. On Sundays, it’s hard, because I feel like I need to not spend my entire Sunday in front of a television. But on weeknights? Screw it, I spent the whole day working, I watch guilt-free.
Cowboys @ Lions: Dallas has been about as up and down as a team can be. Their win over Philly last week was never in doubt, but the 17 points scored was hardly inspiring. Detroit was obviously better last week with Megatron back to health, but it wasn’t enough to topple the Bengals. Detroit has some issues at offensive tackle, where injuries forced rookie LaAdrian Waddle onto the field. If the Lions are lucky, DeMarcus Ware won’t yet be back in the lineup for Dallas.
Steelers @ Raiders: A battle of 2-4 ball clubs. Pittsburgh hasn’t been as bad as that record indicates, and both of their wins have come in the last two games. The Raiders, though, have played a brutal schedule (their losses: Indianapolis, Denver, Washington, Kansas City - teams with a combined record of 20-6). Fun fact: the Raiders haven’t won a game following their bye week in 11 years.
Jets @ Bengals: An interesting matchup of two teams who have good records, yet are by far the lowest scoring teams to have those records. The Jets has scored only 12 touchdowns, putting them tied with Oakland and Houston, and ahead of only Pittsburgh (9), Tampa Bay (9) and Jacksonville (7 little miracles). Their 134 total points scored put them well below every other team with a winning record, and below every .500 team as well, along with a few losing records. Cincinnati’s 148 points puts them a little higher, but below every winning team except… the Jets.
Falcons @ Cardinals: Nothing has gone right for Atlanta this year, but at least after a bye week of rest, they can still come out and whip Tampa Bay. They’ll get another someone-their-own-size matchup this week with Arizona, and the NFL’s most hapless offensive line. The Falcons have Osi Umenyiora, who only plays like 5 snaps a game now, but still brings a pass rush when he’s on the field. He’ll have ample opportunity to notch some sacks this week. Still, the Falcons have been bad enough that the Vegas betting line has the Cardinals favored to win, for the first time this season.
Redskins @ Broncos: Manning and the Broncos were revealed to be mortal against the Colts, although in this case, “mortal” means “still frackin’ dangerous”. Beating the Broncos is going to require a high scoring affair. Suddenly, though, the Redskins are playing like a team that can play in high scoring affairs. RG3 looked something like himself for the first time last week against Chicago, and the ground game got rolling with a Morris/Helu backfield pairing. Still, keeping pace with Denver at Mile High is a tall order, and it’ll be a longshot.
Week 7 Results:
zellbrigen 26: 3-2
Jolly Bill: 2-3
Season to Date:
Jolly Bill: 18-7
Secret Asian Man: 15-15
zellbrigen 26: 3-2
Tempest Blayze: 2-3