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Patriots top Jets in ugly game; previewing Sunday’s games

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Is there still time for the NFL to take back their Thursday Night Football idea? Last night’s game between the Patriots and Jets was just downright ugly. Both offenses struggled to get going, the players on defense looked out of gas midway through the 3rd quarter and to add insult to injury, a storm decided to show up at halftime. Despite all of those factors, Tom Brady was still able to (somewhat) lead the Patriots to a 13-10 win over the Jets. Throughout last night’s game, I didn’t know who Brady was throwing the ball to half the time. But luckily for New England, the Jets were even worse when it came to offensive production. Geno Smith looked decent in the first half, despite not throwing a pass for touchdown but when it came to the 4th quarter, it was all downhill. A couple of dropped passes might be a bit to blame but Smith ended up with 3 interceptions in the 4th quarter to seal to win for the Patriots. I’m all for more football whenever possible but not if it’s going to make the game this sluggish and inefficient. Things got really ugly at the end of the game (pictured above) as a scuffle broke out between the teams, resulting in two Jets players being ejected. Maybe, because of all the circumstances, last night was made for a bad game. Next week’s game (Chiefs at Eagles) should provide a better product but we’ll have to wait and see.

Luckily for us, last night’s game wasn’t the most promising game of the week. Not even close. The only game that has the chance to be worse than last night’s is definitely the Jaguars in Oakland to take on the Raiders so avoid that game at all costs. Great slate of early games. I’ll of course be watching the Cowboys-Chiefs game in what feels like a game that will show us just how good both teams are after a 1-0 start. I’ll also be watching the Packers-Redskins game because one of those teams will come out of that game 0-2 and could spell doom for their season. It’s VERY rare for a team to start with two losses and make the postseason in that same season. Am I the only on who thinks that the Dolphins might be good? At the very least they’re the team that starts off 4-0, gets some buzz, comes back down to earth and ends the season 6-10. It’s either them or the Titans. Has to be an AFC team because the NFC is way too stacked for a dark horse team to really make some noise. The late afternoon games will revolve around the Broncos in New York to take on the Giants. It will definitely be a great game to watch but with respects to both Manning brothers, they’re not playing the game of the week. Everyone knows Sunday night’s game that has the 49ers in Seattle is THE game to watch. I might even wait until after the game to watch Breaking Bad like I did during last Sunday night’s game. That’s the potential between these two teams.

Enjoy the games everyone. Should be another great Sunday of NFL football.

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Leftovers after a crazy Thanksgiving day in the NFL

 

Depending on how your team performed yesterday, you were either thankful they played or thankful that they were finally off your TV screen. Unfortunately I was part of the latter as my Cowboys decided to participate in their game until after halftime but we’ll get to that. First things first:

What was Jim Schwartz thinking when he threw the challenge flag? I understand that emotions sometimes make you do things that aren’t entirely logical but everyone knows that every scoring play in the NFL is reviewed. Even plays that are clearly TDs are looked at a couple of times over. The Texans took advantage of the break and rallied to tie the game late and take the victory 34-31 in OT against the Lions. The controversial scoring play didn’t doom the Lions, they actually scored another TD after that but it still lingered throughout the rest of the game and was one those obvious “what if?” plays. This loss essentially eliminates any realistic chances of the Lions participating in the postseason and it puts Houston one step closer to securing  the best record in the AFC.

The second game brought forth another classic NFC East rivalry game between the Redskins and Cowboys (isn’t that kind of ironic considering the holiday? Redskins against America’s Team?) but it can only be considered a game if both teams play in the first half. RG3 was spectacular (20-28, 311 yds, 4 TDs, 1 int, 29 rush yds) to lead the Redskins in beating the Cowboys 38-31 and suddenly put them in the running to win the NFC East. The Cowboys looked like a different team in the second half and rallied within one score but once again it was too big a hole that they’d dug themselves into. Both teams are now looking at Sunday night’s game, hoping for a Giants loss.

The final game on Thanksgiving between the Patriots and Jets was one-sided to say the least. How did the night go for the Jets? Well if Mark Sanchez getting tackled and fumbling because of his lineman’s ass (pictured above) doesn’t tell you, I don’t know what can. The game was over by halftime but particularly in the 2nd quarter when the Patriots scored 35 points, including 3 TDs in a span of 53 seconds. Tom Brady was crisp and the Patriots offense didn’t miss a beat even though they’re without Gronkowski, easily the best tight end in the league. As the Patriots finished the 49-19 victory many Tebow chants were heard from the crowd but once again, number 15 was not seen taking a snap.

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Texans remain undefeated as they take down Jets on MNF

It didn’t come as easy as the Texans planned but they did get the win against a Jets team in the middle of turbulent times. Texans RB Arian Foster led the way (29 car, 152 yds, 1 TD) as they held of the New York Jets late in the 4th quarter to take the victory 23-17.  By statistical reasoning, this is the best Texans team of all time, being the the first that they have started 5-0 in franchise history. From the eye test, it looks like they’re the Super Bowl slightly over Atlanta because of their elite running game and superior defense. As the season progresses it will be seen whether or not these two undefeated teams can keep the pace. On the other hand, the Jets woes continue at the worst times. Just as the Jets were driving late in the 4th quarter, Mark Sanchez throws another interception to kill all momentum. This time it pretty much gave the Texans the win so the question remains: is it Tebow Time for the Jets?

I wasn’t able to make a post yesterday due to real life getting in the way but I still have some lingering thoughts now that week 5 of this season has settled. What are the chances the Packers aren’t very good? Crazy to think about it after their record last season but a good team doesn’t give away a 21-3 lead to a rookie quarterback. Is this Vikings team a legit contender to make the postseason? One of these surprise teams will free fall, it happens every season. It’s between the Vikings and the Cardinals, let the games begin! The Saints got their first victory of the season late Sunday but it felt more like a choke by the Chargers than a rally by the Saints. After two weeks of absolutely demolishing teams, the 49ers will get a nice test this weekend when the Giants (the ultimate road team) come to town.

My upset pick (Browns keeping it close against the Giants) showed some real life early in the game but even the Giants woke up and the Browns became the Browns. That’s what I get for bragging about the previous week.

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