Some observations of this past weekend’s games…
I haven’t seen that many props since Carrot Top
We’ve seen our fair share of outrageous end zone celebrations – The Sharpie, the Pom-Poms (both courtesy of Mr. Owens), but this week’s game raised the bar (or should I say lowered it), on post-score celebrations. T.J. Duckett must have forgotten the score when he chose to do a little dance after scoring Atlanta’s first touchdown to make the score 31-7. Manning proceeded to drive his team down field in five short plays finishing the drive with his fifth TD pass of the game as if to say, “Dance to that!” If Manning took offense to that celebration, how do you think the Giants felt when Joe Horn pulled out a cell phone from behind the goal post and attempted to make a phone call after a touchdown catch? What about Mr. Owens himself throwing snow into the stands at chilly Cincinnati? Or how about Chad Johnson answering Owens’ taunt by pulling out a pre-made sign after a touchdown stating, “Dear, NFL: Please don’t fine me”? Here’s an idea you wacky, zany, trash-talking players: leave the props to the comedians and stick with what you do best which, for those of you that may have forgotten, is playing football. The story out of New Orleans isn’t the four touchdowns and the 119 receiving yards by Joe Horn, nor is the story about Aaron Brooks and his career-best five touchdown passes. Instead, it’s about a cell phone. Nice work Joe. I would have never thought a 45-7 win could be so embarrassing.
Vick vs. Manning. Verdict: KO by Manning
What was seemingly a showcase of two of the best quarterbacks in the league, turned into a slaughter real quick. Granted, the Falcons are going through some changes having fired head coach Dan Reeves mid-week, but it was as though the Falcons brought a knife to a gunfight. It certainly didn’t start off the way the Falcons would have hoped as Vick fumbled on Atlanta’s first possession. On the Colts very next play, (BANG!) touchdown, Manning to Reggie Wayne. Two possessions later for the Colts (BOOM!)….and no, this is not another John Madden rip-off, but the sound effects from the gun the Colts brought to the gunfight. I wish I could add those cheesy fight graphics from the old Batman TV show in places like this. Now where was I, oh yeah….another Manning touchdown this time to Brandon Stokely made it 14-0 and it was over. From then on, the Falcons were moving like an animal just waiting to be put out of it’s misery. For every step forward Mike Vick took last week against the Panthers, he took two steps back against the Colts. The final numbers on Vick: 6-19 passing, for 47 yards, no TDs and 1 INT. On the ground, Vick didn’t fair much better posting only 30 yards on four carries. Things got so bad that by the time Doug Johnson came into the game, even the vultures had left the Falcons for dead. Just another week in the NFL. You expect a close matchup and you get a massacre.
Who needs defense when you have refs!
The Seahawks entered this week’s game against the Rams trailing them by two games in the NFC West. Seattle had the advantage in division record at 3-0 as the Rams were sitting at 3-2. If Seattle had any hopes of taking the NFC West crown away from St. Louis, who has won the West twice in the past four years, they needed the win this week. Things started out right for Seattle after pinning the Rams deep in their own territory, they sacked Bulger in the end zone to take a 2-0 lead. But, this is the Rams and the game is in St. Louis. The chances of a 2-0 Seattle lead standing up under those circumstances are less than the odds of seeing Mike Martz and Brenda Warner posing for pictures at the Rams Christmas party this year. The Rams drove down the field on their next two possessions to take the lead 14-2. The teams traded punches until the fourth quarter when the Rams took the lead 27-22 with less than two minutes to play. With Seattle moving down the field, Hasselbeck threw a deep ball to a seemingly open Bobby Engram. As Engram ran the post pattern towards the middle of the field, an unsuspecting obstacle tripped up Engram on his way towards the Hasselbeck pass: a referee. The back judge was running with Engram and the defenders turned back to look for the ball and he tripped over his own feet and ended up in the line of fire. The pass fell incomplete and so did the Seahawks chances at the NFC West title. Talk about being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Instead of a potential game-winning touchdown, it’s just another road loss for a team struggling to stay in the playoff picture.
Mama, I’m coming home
You can bet that several teams in the NFL are cranking Ozzy on way home from yet another tough road loss. It’s not only the dregs of the league that are suffering road woes this season. The Vikings and Ravens who are both battling for a playoff spot have lost four straight games on the road. The Seahawks lost their sixth game of the season this past week, all of which have come on the road. San Fran is 0-7 and the road this year, but that pales in comparison to the Lions. Detroit lost it’s 23rd consecutive road game this past Sunday tying the NFL record set by the Houston Oilers in the early 80s. Next week, the Lions head to Carolina looking to avoid becoming the newest measure of road futility. Never have the lakes of Michigan looked so good.
Some other passing thoughts….
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. How do I know? Is it the cold weather? Is it the snow? Nope. It must be December since the Dolphins have officially begun their annual nose dive. Forget Groundhog Day, this is the best indicator that the winter season is upon us.
It’s a good thing Paul Brown stadium isn’t a dome because the egos of Terrell Owens and Chad Johnson wouldn’t have fit under the same roof.
Priest Holmes has 22 rushing touchdowns on the season. That’s five more rushing touchdowns than any TEAM in the NFL.
The Broncos won another close game this past week defeating the Browns 23-20 in overtime thanks to a yeomanly performance out of Clinton Portis who carried the ball 38 carries for 129 yards and two touchdowns. All that work may have come at a price as Portis injured his right leg towards the end of overtime. The injury does not appear to be as serious as was once thought, but it still warrants some concern from Portis owners across fantasy nation.
Playoff Update: Six teams have officially clinched a playoff berth. In the AFC, it’s the Patriots, Chiefs, and the Colts. In the NFC, it’s the Rams, Panthers, and the Eagles. The rest of the spots probably won’t be determined until week 17 so kick back and enjoy.
Until next week…