The San-chize makes history, Jets shoot to 3-0

This game was interesting from the start of Sunday morning. The temperature was 66 degrees and it was rainy at the Meadowlands. A stark contrast from the conditions Mark Sanchez played college ball in at USC.
Sanchez once again answered the bell. He went 17 for 30 for 171 yards. He threw for two touchdowns and ran for another. He hit Ben Hartsock (OSU graduate) for a touchdown off a beautiful play fake. He hit Jericho Cotchery 8 times for over 100 yards and another touchdown.
Basically what I got to see as CBS switched over to this game to show us the end, was the Jets defense pounding Kerry Collins and blitzing the Quarterback on any down in any situation. Rex Ryan is a lot like his daddy. They’re for real. They’re going to hang around all year. And they’re going to do it in an entertaining fashion.
I’m excited to go to the sports bar this weekend and watch them take on New Orleans for what should be one of the better games of the weekend.
Does Sanchez remind anyone a little of Derek Jeter?

Giants shut out Bucs 27-0

Another week, another impressive victory for the New York Giants. Eli Manning went 14/24 for 161 yards and two touchdowns, to go along with no interceptions to highlight the Giants offensively. Manning was aided by his running game; Ahman Bradshaw went for 104 yards on 14 carries and Brandon Jacobs went for 97 yards and a touchdown.
Manning finished over 100 in rating for the second straight week. He’s now the third rated passer in the NFL. The Giants might be getting great value on Manning’s contract, as was recently discussed in a NY Magazine Article.

Steve Smith caught 7 balls, one that went for a touchdown. Mario Manningham added four catches. Sinorice Moss caught one ball for an 18 yard score.

Turning my back on my team for the last time

I’m done with them. Forever, and for good. I’m truly done being a Cleveland Browns fan. I’m not going to miss it.
Brady Quinn has lost his starting job. I don’t need to speak on what kind of train wreck the organization is. I want Sundays to be fun again. The Browns don’t deserve my devotion. So I’m going to pick a new team. I’m narrowing the field of fun teams to watch. When the Browns went away in 1996, I pulled for the Packers. Now I’m going to head to the sports bar every Sunday and pull for either the New York Jets, the New York Giants, the Atlanta Falcons, or Green Bay Packers. Organizations that do things the right way.
I like the Jets a lot. I like Mark Sanchez. I like Coach Rex Ryan. Although I’ve liked the Giants for a long time (since 2004 when I started dating a New Jersey girl), that would be kind of copy catting. I need my own new original team. So by this weekend, I’m going to select a brand new team. And I’m thinking it’s going to be the New York Jets.
The Browns are something I’m going to leave in my rear view. And I don’t care how fucked up that really is. I know a lot of lifelong Browns fans who feel the same way. Maybe someday, I’ll come back. I reserve that right. But I’ll never root for Eric Mangini. That franchise is snakebitten, and they won’t be missed.

Five Pick Friday: The Flu Bug Hits

So I’m a day late with Five Pick Friday. I woke up Friday morning feeling as sick as I ever have before. This morning it was even worse. I’m pressing on, and I’m gonna get my five picks down before I lay down on my death bed.

The game everyone will have an eye on will be the FOX National game of the week: the Falcons travel to Foxboro to take on Tom Brady and the Patriots. Bill Belichick got shown up by a young QB last week, and I don’t like the odds of it happening again. The Patriots will win this game.
The Jets welcome the Tennessee Titans to town. I think Tennessee finds a way to beat Rex Ryan’s team. I don’t think Jeff Fisher will be out-gunned by Ryan. The Titans win by a touchdown at the Meadowlands.
Another showdown with Pittsburgh and the Bengals that people seem to have an interest in as a big game. Folks, do you realize that Ben Roethlisberger has lost only 1 start in his life in the state of Ohio; dating back to his High School days? The Steelers will win this game.
The Indianapolis Colts go to Arizona. I like the Colts to win. And if I don’t finish this post I’m not going to get it finished because I am literally struggling that badly.
Upset Pick: For this week’s upset pick, I like the Buffalo Bills to knock off the New Orleans Saints. This is a winnable game at home for the Bills who should be 2-0 and the New Orleans defense looks like it can be had on the right day.

Last Week: 3-2 (Nailed the upset pick)
Overall: 7-3 (.700)

The 5 year anniversary links

I’ve been with my girlfriend for five years today. Hard to believe. She’s grown from a young lady who used to give me a hard time about drinking too much and spending too much time on projects like this very blog to my best friend and someone who I’m sure will always be a fixture in my life. Just thought that after five long and wonderful years with someone; it was worth a mention even if this is a football blog.

Here’s some links:

-A recap by Peter Kings of last night’s exciting Monday Night Football game between the Dolphins and the Colts. [SI]

-Matthew Stafford is struggling early for Detroit. [ESPN NFL Nation]

-The Jets just seem to have Tom Brady’s number. [Pro-Football Reference Blog]

-Wade Phillips & Jerry Jones after the Giants loss this past Sunday evening. [Kissing Suzy Kolber]

-Analysis on everything that is wrong with the Browns offense. [Cleveland Plain Dealer]

-Brady Quinn, still the starter for now. [PFT]

-The ever important power rankings. [ESPN NFL Nation]

-Hopefully, Brady Quinn can take advantage of a banged up Baltimore secondary (but he probably won’t). [Cleveland Plain Dealer]

-Mike Lombardi’s full weekend round-up. [National Football Post]

-Patrick Willis is the face of the 49ers franchise. [Pro Football Weekly]

-Kind of a sad day for me, Plaxico Burress is going away for a few years. [NY Times 5th Down]

-Ted Ginn Jr. had 11 catches last night, but the ball he didn’t catch would have won the game for the Dolphins. [NFL Fanhouse]

-More fodder from the Giants 33-31 win over Dallas on Sunday Night. [The Blue Screen/NYDN]

-Finally, Larry Fitzgerald’s brother got in some hot water over Twitter. [Deadspin]