Some observations of this past weekend’s games…
Forget Godzilla vs. King Kong, we got TO vs. the Freak
The Vikings-Niners game was supposed to be a showcase of two of the best WRs in football. But with Dante Culpepper out and Randy Moss experiencing back pain, one would think that the Garcia/Owens connection would be the one to watch. Once again, the NFL never ceases to amaze. Backup QB Gus Frerotte steps in for Culpepper and proceeds to throw for 267 yards including 172 to the Freak for three scores. Jeff Garcia looked like the second-stringer throwing for 108 yards on 11 completions out of 23 attempts with three INTs before being relieved at the start of the fourth quarter. What about TO? Well, you can just guess how he felt. After the Niners failed to convert a fourth-and-1 on a running play, Owens could be seen on the sidelines berating offensive coordinator Greg Knapp. Even Jeff Garcia appears to be getting tired of Mr. Sharpie’s act. Garcia was quoted as saying, “Either we’re all in this together, or some changes have to be made. This is a team effort, and there’s not any one individual that is above the team.” Just remember Jeff, there’s no TO in team.
Tuna won’t be on the menu anytime soon at the Meadowlands
The Parcells aura is stronger than ever after the Boys defeated the Jets on their home turf. The Dallas win marked the second win in a row at the Meadowlands for the Boys as Dallas beat the Giants in a memorable game on Monday back in week two and had a bye in week three. That means the Cowboys have more wins in the Meadowlands than the Giants and Jets combined! Who says you can’t go home! Parcells obviously didn’t do it himself. Troy Hambrick matched his best day as a Cowboy rushing for 127 yards and a TD. The Cowboys defense kept things close as Roy Williams forced Curtis Martin to fumble as the first half was coming to a close, changing a potential TD run into a Dallas touchback. The Tuna has the Boys playing sound, fundamental football right now. Unfortunately for Dallas, last week’s game marked the last time that Parcells will get to enjoy the confines of the Meadowlands this season.
Great Coogely-Moogely! The “Chefs” are unstoppable!
Not going anywhere for a while? It doesn’t look like K.C. is leaving the the top of the AFC West anytime soon thanks to Dante Hall’s game-winning kick return. Not only has the defense of the Chiefs raised some eyebrows, Hall’s third kick return for a TD in three games has solidified himself as the premiere threat on special teams. Oh yeah, Kansas City also has some guy named Priest Holmes but he wasn’t the lead story this past week as he was “held” to 90 yards rushing and did not do his “jazz hands” heading into the end zone this past week. Hall’s game-winner along side three INTs and three sacks from the defense kept the Chiefs without a blemish in the loss column for the fourth straight week. This was a dangerous trap game for the Chiefs who face division rival Denver next week in a battle of unbeaten teams, but Vermeil’s team is focused and looks to be the most balanced bunch yet. Grab yourself a Snickers Chiefs fans and enjoy the ride.
The battle of the young guns in Houston
Give the Jaguars some credit. Rather than sitting back and letting Mark Brunell finish what appears to be his final meaningless season with 0-3 Jacksonville, the Jags inserted rookie Byron Leftwich into the starting lineup this week against the second year Texans to start to gain some experience. Although Leftwich made a few mistakes in the air, including three INTs, it was a costly fumble with just under three minutes to play in the game that hurt the Jags the most. Jacksonville led 20-17 before the fumble and was looking to run out the clock. After Leftwich gained six yards on a scramble the play before, he was scrambling for a nine-yard gain when he coughed up the ball giving the Texans one last shot to tie the game with a field goal and head into overtime. Too bad for the Jags that Texans head coach Dom Capers had another idea. On fourth-and-1 from the Jacksonville 1 yard line, rather than kick the field goal to tie the game from shorter than extra point distance, Capers went for the win. When David Carr’s crossed the goal line on a QB sneak Capers looked like a genius. Now that’s what I call, “Time to Cowboy Up!”
Some other passing thoughts….
Not to say the Bengals haven’t experienced winning in a while, but once the Browns-Bengals game had been decided, the Bengals tried to give head coach Marvin Lewis a Gatorade bath celebrating his first win as a Bengal. One problem: they missed. Lewis took some Gatorade off the side of his leg. Man, the Bungals can’t even do that right!
Was anyone else happy to see Tennessee lay the “Boot” to Pittsburgh this week especially after Joey Porter showcasing his new QB sack move?
Nice move getting suspended this week, David Boston. At least the Chargers couldn’t have used you against the Raiders in overtime or anything. That’s how you make friends with your new teammates.
You got to hate losing to a fantasy team that didn’t play Peyton Manning or have a healthy Clinton Portis. Ouch.
I know I mentioned this above, but I still can’t get the image of Terrell Owens pacing back and forth yelling at the top of his lungs as offensive coordinator sat on the bench watching Owens’ every move. If Greg Knapp was Greg Knapperelli, I have a feeling Owens would have mysteriously “disappeared” this week.
The Dolphins don’t play and they end up in first place after week four when both the Bills and Patriots lose. That’s like coming back from vacation and finding a paycheck waiting to be cashed.
The Colts dismantling of the Saints on Sunday night was downright embarrassing. I had that train-wreck feeling just watching it.
Undefeated teams update: All six undefeated teams from last week (Vikings, Colts, Broncos, Panthers, Seahawks, and Chiefs) either won or did not play due to a bye week. If this keeps up, the ’72 Dolphins aren’t going to be able to chill their champagne until late this year.
Until next week…