Buccaneers blow 24-0 lead to lose to Redskins 31-30

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Well that sucked. There came a point in the game where I just knew; I told my wife as I watched with her and my daughter, that the Buccaneers were going to lose this game. I’ve seen this type of NFL game many times in my life. And sure enough, things broke just right for the Bucs to lose this game and allow the Redskins their largest comeback in franchise history.

It wasn’t all bad. Jameis Winston threw the ball as well as he has in his pro career today finishing 21 of 29 for 297 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions. The throws he made on touchdowns linked above were awesome. I think that throw to Evans was the new best in his pro career. Winston made other high octane throws like this 25-yarder to Mike Evans, and this for 29 yards to Louis Murphy, and Evans again for a 24-yard gain; and so many others that didn’t make it into a highlight reel. The guy really deserved to get the win today.

And Doug Martin was phenomenal again. He’s a really good NFL back at the time being.

After this fumble recovery for a touchdown by Mister Howard Jones, I really thought this was going to be a complete blowout and was concerned the Buccaneers passing game wouldn’t get their numbers. Man how I wish I could have that concern back.

Washington then went to work. Kirk Cousins tallied 338 passing yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions in his own right. That’s how bad the Tampa Bay secondary and defense played as a whole. Jordan Reed had 11 catches for 72 yards and two touchdowns, including the one that sealed the inevitable fate of the Buccaneers on this Sunday.

This reminded me so much of a Cleveland Browns loss, it really did. Mike Evans was awesome today; he showed how dangerous he and Winston could be every week if that was the game plan. And no one got hurt. You look around the league at some of the gruesome injuries and you’re just lucky that we will for sure get to see these guys next week. But Tampa Bay and Lovie Smith let this one get away. They won’t be .500 again this year. This was the big swing. Jameis Winston’s finest day as a pro was wasted by a futile effort from his own defense.

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It’s Sunday

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It’s Sunday. I can’t believe it’s already week seven.

The Jacksonville Jaguars and Buffalo Bills starting doing battle at breakfast in London. It’s a nice way to start a Sunday. It’s only telecast on Yahoo via the internet.

We’ve got the Buccaneers in Washington, the Giants hosting the Cowboys, and then the crown jewell game of the day; the Eagles and the Panthers in Carolina on Sunday Night Football.

The Weekend in Football

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I used to do these a lot more, but life got complicated and I got sicker. It’s sapped me of some of my joy. I’ll do my best here.

FRIDAY

  • I watched the A Football Life: Steve Largent on NFL Network. Really enjoyed it. What a great person and man. Inspiring.
  • It was Olentangy Orange (my wife’s school) last football game. We didn’t make it to any HS games. It’s not easy when your kid goes to bed at 6 PM. We had dinner with my family instead.
  • Warren Moon’s football life is on now.
  • #18 Memphis beat Tulsa 66-42!

SATURDAY

  • #1 Ohio State at Rutgers 8 PM
  • #15 Texas A&M at #24 Ole Miss
  • #6 Clemson at Miami
  • #9 Florida State at Georgia Tech
  • #3 Utah at USC
  • Washington at #10 Stanford
  • My wife and I are taking our 11-month old to a pumpkin patch. Somewhere. I love that kid so much!

SUNDAY (holy shit, it’s week seven)

  • Well, there’s the 9:30 AM simulcast of Jaguars vs. Bills on Yahoo from Wembley Stadium where Bret Hart dropped the strap to the British Bulldog (R.I.P.). I’ll get up, get some coffee, and watch that for sure.
  • At 1:oo, the Buccaneers and Jameis Winston play in Washington. They have to have this game. They can get to .500! Biggest game of the season so far for Tampa Bay.
  • New Orleans at Indianapolis – I really can’t wait to see Andrew Luck respond. Two fun but mediocre teams playing in the dome.
  • At 4:25 ET, Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants. You’ve got Matt Cassel headed to the Land of the Sopranos. My wife’s team will be on the main tv. This game falls during when my daughter gets so pissed off and gets tired.
  • Sunday Night Football: Philadelphia at Carolina. The Grandaddy of them all so far this year. Panthers on SNF with a chance to keep proving they’re for real. I think they’re going to wear the all black uniforms.

Picks:

[ESPN] [PFT] [Walter Football – Early Games] [Walter Football – Late Games] [Cousin Sal] [Bill Simmons Guess The Lines] [Colin Cowherd] [CBS Sports] [Pick Watch]

Another week of the Bengals proving they are as legit as it gets

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[Bengals 34, Bills 21]

Andy Dalton and the Bengals just won’t stub their toe. A lot of people thought this would be an ambush with the Bills playing at home and getting points this week. It was snowing before the game in Buffalo as I sat at my moms with the crockpot going, our baby sleeping and hanging out with my wife.

Dalton answered the bell: 22 of 33 for 243 yards, three more passing touchdowns, no turnovers, and a 118.6 rating. He hit Jeremy Hill, Marvin Jones, and Tyler Eiffert for touchdowns. Just before Jones’ touchdown, he made the play of the day. That’s what we are seeing right now in Cincinnati – a team that buys into their formerly embattled Quarterback – they’re going out and going to battle for him and making plays for him. Dalton has been sacked just six times in six games; none today.

The Bengals are 6-0 for the first time since 1988 when I was just five years old.

The Bills went with E.J. Manuel today and he was okay; 28 of 42 for 263 yards and a touchdown. He threw an interception. The Bengals held off a very spirited game from Lesean McCoy: 17 carries for 90 yards and a touchdown. Sammy Watkins caught a touchdown pass but left the game on crutches with an injured ankle.

The Bengals get a bye week then head to Pittsburgh for the real test. That is a team Dalton has struggled with some.

But right now, the Bengals are so much fun and passing tests week by week. A.J. Green was isolated in this game and didn’t have much action to speak of and Cincinnati still found a way to get it done today.

Cam Newton STUNS the Seahawks in Seattle

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I can’t believe the Panthers won this game. And honestly what a win, what a football game. The Panthers are 5-0 for just the second time in their team history.

And in his career, I don’t know if Cam Newton has made a bigger, more beautiful throw that this one. I swear I thought Ron Rivera would just play for the tie as usual. But on the road in a hostile environment, with seemingly nothing to lose; Rivera let his quarterback turn it loose and rip it. Newton led the Panthers on the fourth of four 80-yard touchdown scoring drives.

Newton had an up and down day, 20 of 36 for 269 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. He also ran for their first score of the day. But this one was clearly not about stats – it was about finally conquering the beast that Seattle has been for Carolina.

Newton was 12 of 15 for 169 yards in the fourth quarter.

Carolina battled back all day long. After jumping out to 7-0, they fell behind all the way to 20-7. Then it was 23-14 with about four minutes to go in the game when Newton hit Olsen down to the one and set up a Jonathan Stewart rushing touchdown.

The Panthers got the ball back before the two minute warning – a big holding call against Seattle set them behind schedule and Carolina stamped them out in three downs after a first down strike to Jimmy Graham gave them a fresh set of downs.

I’ve never felt like the Carolina Panthers were more legitimate. They really don’t have a lot on offense and aren’t a team that can really play from behind multiple scores. But Cam Newtown with a supporting cast of Devin Funchess, Greg Olsen, Ted Ginn, Philly Brown, and Jerricho Cotchery and a sledgehammer defense seem to be just getting it done week by week and this is obviously a high-character group that loves playing eachother. There are a lot of high grade players on their defense and when they get a good performance, they give Cam the ball with a chance to win every week.

Today’s win was just incredible. A landmark win – like when they beat the Patriots on Monday Night Football a few magical seasons ago.

It’s Sunday

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It’s Sunday, and don’t know how many we ever have left. I’m at my mom’s like the old days when the Bengals would do battle; and I would go to my grandmothers. Only now I have the child – 11 months old today – and I’m just trying to enjoy the day with my family.

The Bengals are on the road in Buffalo. I’m thinking of those Riverfront Sunday’s and that green turf. Boomer under center. The Cincinnati Bengals could go to 5-0 today.

I’m going to watch the Red Rifle Andy Dalton, eat some good food, and enjoy my family. I went to church and read the bible today. I am thankful for today.