*Andy Dalton gets to headline the post, because today as I sat there and watched the Packers/Bengals game in Cincinnati work it’s way to a conclusion, I said to myself “If the Bengals are what I think they are (a Super Bowl type team) they find a way to win this game and not to lose it. They find a way to be different then the Bengals of the past.”
At one point, it got to 30-14 Packers. Things weren’t looking great. And then Andy Dalton started to get the ball to his playmakers. Sanu, Gio Bernard, and then A.J. Green. He hit Green with a beautiful 20-yard touchdown pass to cut it to 30-21 and hit Marvin Jones from 11 yards out to put the deficit to 30-27.
The Bengals play on fourth down to stuff the Packers RB Franklin was just incredible. He didn’t have the first down, but then the defense popped the ball loose. BUT OH LOOK THEY’RE GOING TO FUMBLE IT RIGHT BACK TO THE PACKERS! Tell me that wasn’t your thought? Terrance Newman picked up up and rolled to the end zone. Bengals win 34-30, and again the defense held on late. To me, this was one of the signature wins of week three. Andy Dalton was solid – he outplayed Aaron Rodgers – and went 20 of 28 for 235 yards and 2 TD’s with only 1 INT. A rating over 100. Most importantly he has beaten the Packers and Steelers in back to back weeks.
*I don’t see the big deal about the Packers. I’m just not that impressed. Sure they will have weeks like last week where Rodgers plays a perfect game and beats you. But overall they aren’t that scary. Paper champion defense that can be scored upon. Have to wonder if they’ll ever find it again under Mike McCarthy.
*And while I’m on the topic of over-rated: Carson Palmer. I have to say it, because I feel like some people actually think this washed up guy can play a little. He can’t. Maybe people don’t realize it because he’s been in the two abyss franchises of the NFL the past two years. But the guy is clearly holding a job in places that teams should go to someone younger or a guy who can be developed. He’s just so mediocre and I don’t think he inspires people around him to want to be better. Such a Palmer day in the 31-7 loss to the Saints: 18 for 35, 187 yards, no touchdowns, two interceptions. He’ll take his big check and head home, I’m sure.
*Tyrann Mathieu is well on his way to being a star. He had another huge sunday with an interception and ten tackles today. He needs in my fantasy lineup.
*I feel horrible for my in-laws, and Tom Coughlin (who just lost his brother). I feel bad for Eli. But I am happy for Cam Newton who had a really big day against the Giants in Charlotte. Carolina wins 38-0, and Cam throws for 223 on 15 of 27 including touchdowns to Brandon LaFell (2) and a beautiful bomb to Teddy Ginn Jr.
The Panthers defense looks absolutely nasty. They sacked Eli Manning seven times today, including three from Greg Hardy. News shook out shortly after the game that Ron Rivera was safe for the year. The Panthers have a real chance after their week four bye week to get on a roll, their next four opponents are very manageable before starting a brutal part of their schedule.
It was great to see Cam Newton have success today. Right here if you ever want to see the highlights.
*Brian Hoyer and the Browns get the win today in Minnesota. Jordan Cameron (three touchdowns) is going to be a semi star/pro bowl type guy. Really think that the Browns are screwing themselves for the long run by winning a game like this. They’re going nowhere with Hoyer at QB, that’s no secret. I do think he could be a good back-up (in the mold of a Kelly Holcomb) to whomever they draft in the first-round next year. But I think they’re already out of the Bridgewater sweepstakes. Their thought is they have the picks to move up to any slot but #1 overall where the Jaguars will select and they can at least get the second best QB in the draft.
*A couple more losses, and RG3 is going to wilt under the hot lights of the post game press conferences. I am telling you, the guy is not going to handle this losing well. It’s his turn to crash around in the waves a little bit. [Big win for the Lions today in D.C.]
*The Seattle Seahawks are the best team in football right now. I really like Russell Wilson, too. He had four touchdowns today, and the game ended up about like I thought it would; 45-17 Seahawks over the Jaguars, who are the most worthless watch in the NFL. I wish they would go ahead and move to L.A. so people would care about them again. I do want to make a point to start watching Seattle more often while Wilson is still young however.
*The crowning game of the day, you think I would forget? My Colts STUN the San Francisco 49ers in San Francisco! I am going to have a huge, full, elongated post on the subject tomorrow. I am really happy for Luck and the Colts who are now 3-1 and have a date with the Jaguars in Jacksonville. Andrew Luck is the perfect QB.
*I watched LT: Life & Times of Lawrence Taylor last night on Showtime. It was really good. I don’t think there is anything closer to L.T. in today’s game than Aldon Smith, literally. Smith said he would be entering rehab after playing in the game today.
*The Steelers are really bad. I can’t wait to see Mike Tomlin’s presser after this one if anything close to this Bears 24-3 lead holds up.
*Finally got back in the gym today. I really hope to keep this going. 30 minutes on the elliptical, and lifted my chest. Helps break up the morning before football comes on.