|Posted by Radatz on November 13, 2017 at 12:05 AM|
Well, well... an eventful week in the football part of football, most of it full of incredible lowlights. We had two touchdownbacks, crucial giveaways... amazing stuff. We had some pretender unmaskings. We crowned the worst team in football... and despite their being the only winless team left, it wasn't the Browns.
How bad were things? Exactly three teams looked impressive. They were:
1. New England --- dissected what once was the 'best defense in the league.'
2. New Orleans --- dissected what was once one of the best defenses in the AFC
3. Los Angeles Rams --- dissected what was once supposed to be a great defense.
SEA 22 ARI 16: Another TNF uglyfest, both unis and game. Awful football. The Cards were bad enough already with Palmer. Seattle still won by only 6. Didn't stop the gushing commentary. Youda thought you were watching the Niners and the Bears in the 80s. You weren't. Oh... Arizona is toast. You knew that.
NO 47 BUF 10: Since pounding Oakland the Bills have been barbequed by the Jets and exterminated by the Saints. Bufflin' their way to extinction. Toast.
GB 23 CHI 16: What? Hundley won a game. Of course it took John ("The Old") Fox challenging an out-of-bounds at the 1 and ending up with neither a touchdown nor a ball at the 1 but a touchback. Cleverly though, he didn't lose his timeout. Always thinking. Once every few years I start to believe a little in the Bears. Then something like this happens.
DET 38 CLE 24: For a looong time the Lions looked like Cleveland's first patsy. Ah, but with the Browns down 17-10 and a few seconds left in the half, Kizer opted to run up the middle. It didn't work. They couldn't line up in time to spike the ball. Amazingly they went into the 4th tied 24 all before the Lions got the idea.
PIT 20 IND 17: Indy led 17-3 at the half. But Doyle had oil (or a boil?) on his hands and couldn't hold a 2-yard pass, opting to hand it to a defender inside his own 10. Took Pitt 3 plays to score. Maybe from their own 40 they wouldn't have. That's why they're not real. That's why Indy is 3-7.
JAX 20 LAC 17 OT: Chargers had the lead and blew it. To Jacksonville. So much for filling that soccer field with fans. Maybe they have a movie contract. Of several 6-3 teams, at least the Jags look like they deserve it.
TB 15 NYJ 10: Another Toilet Bowl. The Jets were figuring on at least 3 picks from Jameis, but instead faced old pal Fitzy who, despite being average to lousy, tossed only one. There went the old game plan. Another pretender bites the dust. Tampa's already been chomping on it for a while.
TEN 24 CIN 20: Both these teams suck but one is 6-3, one is toast. Stolen with 36 seconds left.
MIN 38 WAS 30: When I heard the score early I figured Teddy was playing like he never left. Oops, it was Case. 304 yards. 4 TDs. The Skins gave it a try but it wasn't enough. The Vikes suddenly look like the NFCN fave, even to me. The Skins? Probably toast, but not just yet considering the NFC wild card situation.
LAR 33 HOU 7: The Texans are toast and they don't seem to care since they have an excuse. Not a reason, but a convenient scapegoat. Truth is they suck top to bottom. The Rams don't.
ATL 27 DAL 7: Speaking of excuses. Dak the Sack. Eight times. Any team that folds like the proverbial accordion when it loses a RB and a LT isn't very good. Or maybe the Falcons are back. Maybe I just saw a pig fly by my monitor, not a mosquito.
SF 31 NYG 21: Hail the worst team of them all. No, not the Niners. The Giants. Electrolux on steroids.
NE 41 DEN 16: The story of the game for Denver wasn't Osweiler. In fact, he was pretty good. The real story, besides special teams, was defense. Or lack thereof. Like Houston, a once-impenetrable D has become swiss cheese, at least against good competition. That's 92 points in 2 weeks... against Philly and NE. For NE, it was the revival of the offense in a historical snake pit. The score could've been even worse. Sic transit gloria Broncinum.
[email protected]: Carolina will become the worst 7-3 team in history.
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