After a 4-1 week last week, I try to keep it rolling. I feel good about this week.
San Diego Chargers (+2.5) at Buffalo Bills
Pittsburgh Steelers (+3.5) at Carolina Panthers
Washington Redskins (+6.5) at Philadelphia Eagles
Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers (-3)
Denver Broncos (+5) at Seattle Seahawks
Detroit Lions (+3) over Carolina Panthers – LOSS
Chicago Bears (+6.5) over San Francisco 49ers – WIN (1)
New England Patriots (-3) over Minnesota Vikings – WIN (1)
San Diego Chargers (+6) over Seattle Seahawks – WIN (1)
Arizona Cardinals (-2.5) over NY Giants – WIN (1)
Overall record: 6-4, 6 points.
Man, what a game for Philly on Monday night.
This was an absolute thriller where so much took place; Nick Foles did not look sharp at all times but once again when it mattered he was able to make the plays that won his team the game. He finished with huge numbers; 21 of 37 for 331 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
His lone TD pass of the game to Jeremy Maclin tied the game at 27. His only interception was an unbelievable play by Greg Toler on a deep ball to Maclin that could have been thrown a little deeper. He’s going to need to be sharper simply put in order to silence the critics who are still expecting a sub 100 passer rating every week. That’s a little unrealistic.
This game will definitely go down as ‘the Darren Sproles Game’. Sproles had seven catches for 152 yards and four rushes for 26 yards and a touchdown. He took this game over in the second half and was so dominating that he single-handedly willed the Eagles to a come from behind win.
Other big things I remember from this game was a fumble from Trent Richardson that was lost and the Colts unwillingness to put the game in Andrew Luck’s hands at the end of the game, tied at 27. They ran the ball two straight times and then failed on a third down passing attempt.
Of course, many will talk about the poor officiating. A horse collar tackle was called on the Indianapolis defense bringing down Lesean McCoy which appeared to be a clean tackle; and there appeared to be some pass interference on the Philadelphia defense which was missed on Luck’s lone interception.
Nonetheless, the Eagles moved to an unexpected and unlikely 2-0 while the Colts remained winless at 0-2.
The Giants lost to the Arizona Cardinals at MetLife Stadium 25-14 today. My friends Alessandra and Carina were there at the game; the Giants had every opportunity to to win the game but still found their way to 0-2.
Eli Manning was “better”, but with that said; and I can’t believe I’m saying this about the only man to play QB for my wife’s team for the entirety of our relationship, it might be time for the Giants to start thinking about life after Eli Manning soon.
The latest Walter Football Mock draft (something I have followed for several seasons now just as a barometer of sorts during the current NFL season) got me thinking about Famous Jameis in that Giants blue:
Now his affinity for free crab leg dinners makes me think the Giants would stay away; but it’s about talent at the end of the day. And Jameis Winston in New York with something like the first or second overall pick in the draft would be one of those things that is too big for anyone to ever handle. Which is why it probably never happens.
My mind just got started wandering a little about this beautiful possibility. The Giants just seem like it might be time to rebuild quick. I can’t really see them moving on from Manning but if they draft Winston they could groom him for a year and see how the Manning situation plays out. If Eli struggles again this year over the course of the full year the Giants could still bring Eli back again next year for another attempt at figuring things out with Winston in the kitty.
I don’t want to see Winston end up in Houston, or Oakland. Dallas would be fun, but I think they’re going to play Romo until he’s a corpse. New York would be the most exciting landing spot for what I think is the most exciting player in college football entering the draft. We’ll see how it plays out, but I’ve already planted the seed amongst my wife and her friends who are lifelong Giants fans. They’re lukewarm at best on the idea. Their ties to Eli will run forever deep.
1. How many more Sunday’s until my daughter arrives? The countdown has officially begun. I figure my little girl will be here by week 11; November 16th. That means there are just nine more Sundays in what has been a lifetime of tradition until I am a father. It’s crazy to think about. I grew up watching this game as a kid and there are some things that still tie me to my childhood with watching the NFL this one day a week, and now I will finally have my own.
2. The Cleveland Browns upset the New Orleans Saints, 26-24. They didn’t take out nearly enough survivor entries. Johnny Manziel quietly made his NFL debut, handing off a couple times and throwing an incomplete pass. I can’t believe the Saints are 0-2.
3. Robert Griffin III, Jamaal Charles, Doug Martin, A.J. Green all deemed ‘hurt’ today.
4. The Cincinnati Bengals have done this before but they quietly look like a team who could be the AFC squad that steps up and challenges Denver this year. Andy Dalton seems like he has grown up. They had a convincing 24-10 win in Cincinnati over the Falcons. The Bengals really have it this year. I thought they were a sweetheart Super Bowl pick last year, and then Geno Atkins got hurt. Dalton is a year older now, and I feel like he’s destined to be something in the NFL. Something like an Eli or Matt Ryan; a successful QB.
5. My survivor pick; the New England Patriots, had an easy win over the Vikings in Minnesota. Surprised more in the field didn’t go with New England. My thought was there was no way Bill Hoodie is going to let his former student Matt Cassel beat him after the disappointing loss last week in the opener. The result was that Cassel threw four interceptions versus one touchdown. Patriots win 30-7.
6. I am glad the 49ers installed natural grass at Levi’s Stadium in the Bay Area. Good on them. I am so tired of field turf at every new stadium. I miss the grass in the days of my youth. I am watching the 49ers and the Bears as I type this. First Levi Stadium touchdown was a Kaepernick pass to Michael Crabtree. Let it be said, let it be written.
7. Cannot wait for next weekend’s NFL slate (always fun to look ahead). The games are absolutely insane, and the Eagles will get Kurt Cousins in Philly. The night will close with Pittsburgh visiting the 2-0 Panthers in Charlotte. The Panthers will be in those sick blue jerseys. There’s also the Weed Bowl rematch between the Broncos and Seahawks.
8. Speaking of the Seahawks; who looked unstoppable in the season opener, the Chargers took the fight to them today in San Diego. This is a game I really saw coming from a mile away. Russell Wilson was his usual solid self, but the ‘Hawks aren’t a team that can play from behind. Look at their rushing stats from today. Marshawn Lynch had six carries. Their leading rusher was Percy Harvin. If you can hang some points on them and get them into a game where they’re chasing scores, they’re beatable. My general feeling on them entering the season was that they’re going to slip some this season. The opener against the Packers made me re-think it. I am back to my initial gut feeling in that they’re obviously a good, but beatable team.
9. The Broncos will beat Seattle next week. I turned on the Broncos game today to see the Chiefs get a few cracks at tying the game from inside the 10 down 24-17; and I told my wife they would fail. They assuredly did fail. It was just like the Jets getting out to that 21-3 lead in Green bay. I wanted to tell my friend the Packers fan to calm himself. His texts went silent. Sure enough, the Jets fucked it all up and found their way to that 1-1 NFL parity that so many teams are already at. I just didn’t trust Geno Smith to go and get a game like that and I was right. He went 16 of 32, threw a pick, one TD, and generally looked like he always looks.
10. After the Eagles lose tomorrow night to the Colts, the NFL will have just six teams at 2-0: Carolina, Houston, Denver, Cincinnati, Buffalo, Arizona. Not a sparkling group and I would say only two to three of them will remain after next week. It’s just a league of parity and nothing you saw the week before meant anything. Every game is it’s own separate entity.
11. I think all of my fantasy football teams are going to be 1-1 after, with the exception of one. I don’t think anyone is going to 0-2. There’s even parity in fantasy football.