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I was really happy with last night’s game. It was truly the perfect opener for Dallas. It followed a perfect weekend with my daughter, perfect weather; it felt like the perfect fall weekend.
I guess the thing that struck me in last night’s 19-3 victory in Dallas most prominently was the speed of their defense. From Demarcus Lawrence to Sean Lee to Jaylon Smith and the young corners; Dallas’ defense was the X-factor of this game that wasn’t expected.
Dak Prescott had another nice mistake-free game in going for 267 yards, a touchdown, and no interceptions. Zeke Elliot ran for 104 yards and had a lot of body blows.
Here’s Dak to Witten for the game’s only Touchdown:
So the Cowboys are to 1-0, and moving on next week to Denver. It was a fabulous opener. One of the best I’ve seen in a long time that brought me imminent satisfaction. I love this team!
It’s the night before game night. In just 24 hours from now, we’ll know our fate. The fate of the Dallas Cowboys. And likely what we see during the day will amaze us, frustrate us, and be completely unpredictable.
Tonight I watched the Oklahoma Sooners dismantle the Ohio State Buckeyes in Columbus. And it reminded me an awful lot of opening night with the Patriots being blown out in New England by the Kansas City Chiefs.
On this same day, Georgia snuck past Notre Dame in South Bend 20-19 and USC dismantled Stanford 42-24.
But tomorrow is the main course. The Giants are installed as +4 underdogs, and I tend to think that whether Dallas wins or not, you take the points in a match-up like this. I actually expect the game to go under I believe. And I could see the Giants once again beating the Cowboys. This is a big, big game to begin the season.
I just want to see Dak Prescott have a big game, and a clean game. Just protect the ball and move the chains, maybe execute on a key big throw or two and further what he did last season.
I’ll go with a score prediction I guess to end the post. Cowboys 23, Giants 20.
[Cam Newton Highlights]
Cam at the New Meadowlands. This was the day that Cam Newton proved he was the best player in the entire NFL. No matter how much longer I live, I will remember his day on this day.
Newton is the MVP. One friend said regardless of what happens (after the Panthers blew a 35-7 lead), put Newton’s name on the MVP trophy right now. Another said I wouldn’t be in the fantasy football finals without Cam; but that he is the real deal. This was a friend that doesn’t give props to other athletes easily. There’s not a man alive that could turn his head to this season; to this performance.
He threw for 340 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions. He ran for 100 yards on the dot. He put his team on his back and continued his absolutely legendary season for the ages.
This could have been a big win for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to get to 4-4. Instead, they lost 32-18 again in front of their home crowd. Jameis Winston 19 of 36 for 247 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions, and he did have a rushing touchdown.
Mike Evans was the story in this game, so many drops. Winston has went 123 passes without an interception.
When I got the alert on my phone, I found the news a bit surprising that Eli Manning wanted to be the NFL’s highest paid player.
When I relayed the word to my wife, a die-hard Giants fan; she said that she didn’t fully buy it and that it’s probably being driven by the agent (Tom Condon). Condon is quoted in the article as saying that Manning is uniquely fitted to be the QB of the Giants because he’s unflappable in the monstrous media market that is the Big Apple.
Still, this news has to have a shrivel of truth to it – Manning would shoot down the reports in some way if it weren’t. Eli wasn’t regarded as a top QB, yet had a fine year last year with 30 TD’s, 14 interceptions, and 4,410 passing yards with a 92.1 QB rating. Those are really good numbers. Manning will be 34 this season.
I’ve always seen him as a lock to be a Giant for his entire career. That said, I’m not so sure if Manning doesn’t back off this desire that the two sides come to an agreement. Reports are that there are significant gaps between the team and Manning right now.
All in all, it wasn’t a bad NFL Sunday the day before my 32nd birthday. Ironically, probably my last without being a father. I got to have dinner with my family and watched my wife’s team go to Seattle to battle the Seahawks in the rain and elements. My dad watched the game with me and I really enjoyed myself for a couple hours. I love this time of year with the good football on and the holiday commercials starting and there’s an authentic chill in the air that lets you know what time of year it is.
The Seahawks won the game 38-17 to put a lid on the four-team teaser I bet, one I shouldn’t have had if not for a birthday miracle score late by the Steelers. Russell Wilson ran for 107 yards and a touchdown, while Marshawn Lynch scored four.
This was the Sunday that Carson Palmer tore up his knee, the same knee he tore up the last time I watched the Bengals with my grandmother, God rest her soul.
This was also the Sunday that Matthew Stafford and the Lions put together a last second drive to beat (and cover) the Miami Dolphins in Detroit.
A pretty exciting Sunday, even if I’m stuck in purgatory with no particular team at the moment. I cannot wait to meet my little daughter. As long as I have her, I have everything I need. The NFL has always been pretty good to me on my birthday weekend. Lady Luck shined upon me just enough today.
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.