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The Observation Deck

Some observations of this past weekend’s games…

Uh-ooooh, it’s Magic! When Doug’s with you…

Boston College fans rejoice! There has been a Doug Flutie sighting in the NFL and despite being 41 years young, Dougie can still bring it. Playing for the struggling Drew Brees, Flutie completed 21 of 29 passes for 248 yards, throwing two TDs, no interceptions and running for two more TDs in the 42-28 victory against the Vikings who have now lost three straight games. The newly discovered passing game, opened up the field for LaDainian Tomlinson to do some serious damage against a suddenly suspect Vikings defensive unit. The 48 points were easily the highest total for the Chargers who have scored 14 points or fewer in five of their nine games. I hope Drew Brees gets comfortable holding the clipboard as you can bet Flutie will be under center next week against their division-rival Broncos in Denver.

 

Jags keep chopping away, take out the Colts

While I still think the ax in the locker room is a ridiculous idea, something appears to have “clicked” for the Jaguars on Sunday as they defeated the Colts 29-23. One big reason behind the Jaguars victory was rookie QB Byron Leftwich who did not have any turnovers after turning the ball over 15 times in his first five starts. The 152 yards rushing by Fred Taylor didn’t hurt either. Not only did the trash-talking Taylor rumble for a buck-fitty, his 32-yard touchdown run with just over a minute to play in the game turned out to be the game winner. The Colts were without the services of Marvin Harrison for most of the game after he strained his hamstring in the first quarter. Peyton Manning still managed to throw for 370 yards, but his second interception sealed the deal for Jacksonville as Deke Cooper picked off Manning with :17 seconds left to play. Things don’t get much easier for the upstart Jaguars who face the Titans, Jets and Bucs in the next three weeks but head coach Jack Del Rio will have his team continuing their lumber-jacking ways as they try and carve out some respect out of this season.

 

Look out Kansas City, here comes the Bengals?

They may not be 9-0, but the Bengals have won three of their last four games including a 34-27 win over the Texans on Sunday. Despite Corey Dillon missing the game with a strained groin, the Bengals ran the ball 57 times for 240 yards and three TDs including 43 carries, 182 yards, and two TDs for Rudi Johnson. Chad Johnson supplied solid offensive numbers once again (9 catches for 89 yards), but it was what came out of his mouth that was the biggest story. Following up his predictions of victory from last season (he predicted victories on two separate occasions only to have the Bengals go 1-1 in those games), Johnson has predicted that the Bengals will knock off the undefeated Chiefs next week. The Chiefs who made mince meat of the Browns this past week defeating Cleveland 41-20, have kept quiet about Chad Johnson’s antics thus far. Look for the Chiefs to let their play do the talking next week.

 

Just call the Falcons David, as in the Giant killers

Before last week’s Falcons-Giants game, you couldn’t click a fantasy football web page without reading about how much damage the high-powered Giants offense will do the NFL’s worst defense in Atlanta. When all was said and done, the Falcons held the potent Giants offense to 7 points in a 27-7 victory. The chant in the Meadowlands was “Fire Fassel” and to make matters worse, Jeremy Shockey left the game with a sprained knee and it’s believed that he’ll need 6-8 weeks to recover. I don’t think you’ll hear any “time to throw the chips in the middle of the table” speeches this year from Fassel as his Giants are now 4-5 and are looking up at the rest of the NFC East. As for the Falcons, head coach Dan Reeves notched his 200th victory after seven straight losses thanks to the running of Warrick Dunn and T.J. Duckett who combined for 211 yards rushing and three TDs. Isn’t it a coincidence that Michael Vick is slow to recover from his injury while his teammates struggle at 2-7? Something tells me that if the Falcons were 5-4, Vick would find a way to play but, to steal a line from Dennis Miller, that’s just my opinion, I could be wrong.

 

Some other passing thoughts….

What’s up with the Seahawks? Just when they seem ready to remain atop the NFC West, they play a stinker against the Redskins turning the ball over three times and are now tied with the Rams at 6-3. Until Matt Hasselbeck proves he can dominate a game, I’m not sold on him taking this team deep into the playoffs.

It looks like Parcells still knows what makes Bledsoe tick. Bledsoe was drafted by Parcells when he coached the Patriots, and this past week, Parcells and his Cowboys kept a steady stream of pressure on Drew and it worked. Bledsoe completed only 17 of 34 passes for 104 yards as the Boys won 10-6 to go to 7-2 as the Bills drop to 4-5. Talk about a reversal of fortune from week one. The Bills throttled the Patriots 31-0 and had people talking Super Bowl. The Cowboys lost to the Vick-less Falcons 27-13 and had Dallas folks talking about a rebuilding year. Things sure can change quickly in this league.

There’s more than one Moss to be reckoned with in the NFL these days. Santana Moss has seven TDs in the Jets last five games including three games of 100+ yards receiving.

Let me get this straight…Marshall Faulk: 20 carries, 48 yards. Torry Holt: 3 catches, 38 yards, no TDs. Marc Bulger: 13 of 26, for 110 yards 0 TDs and 2 INTs. Total net yards for the Rams: 121. Final Score: Rams 33, Ravens 22. Weird, wacky, wild stuff.

With the first pick in the 2004 NFL draft, the Oakland Raiders select…

If Dave Wannstedt still has a job by Christmas, I’ll be convinced that he has compromising pictures of Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga at the Doll House in Fort Lauderdale.

Which Carolina staff member is now unemployed after allowing the self-proclaimed “Carolina Prowler” speak over the stadium scoreboard taunting Bucs Warren Sapp and Simeon Rice? Rice got two sacks after the verbal assault and the Bucs quickly took a 24-20 lead. Had the Panthers not rallied to win 27-24, something tells me Cubs fan Steve Bartman would have had a new roommate. I just hope the the Prowler is house-broken.

Until next week…

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