Here are my re-caps, random thoughts, & opinions on NFL action in week 7. Enjoy:
NY Giants 17 FINAL
- This wasn't simply a poor performance by the Giants. This was an outright debacle. Coming off a humiliating loss to the Saints, I thought the Giants would come out with intensity and focus at home against the Cardinals. Instead, Giants fans were treated to a lethargic offense and a defense that didn't push it into gear until the Cardinals had the lead. Not only did they lack intensity and focus; they lacked discipline. Brandon Jacobs ran the ball well, so I have no idea why they abandoned the running game. Between the dropped passes, bad throws by Eli, the interceptions, the fumble by Bradshaw, the lack-luster effort by the O-line, poor pass protection, poor coaching, poor playcalling, poor tackling, poor run defense, poor special teams, poor effort, poor focus, poor execution.............(well, you get the picture), I'm not sure what ticked me off the most. And, what gets me is the players don't seem too worried about it. "We're 5-2. It's a long season. We're not worried..." is what we're getting out of them in the media, as if denying there is a problem or ignoring it will make it go away. Call me crazy, but I don't think anyone on the Giants should be complacent after a performance like that. Not much to be encouraged about right now if your a Giants fan. Credit the Cardinals for having the focus and intensity the Giants should have had, and getting a big win on the road to get themselves back into first place in their division.
NEW ORLEANS 46
MIAMI 34 FINAL
- I don't care how good the New Orleans Saints are. There's no way you should lose a game after having a 24-3 lead late in the 2nd QTR. The Dolphins had a great game plan; then got away from it in the 2nd half. Where were the turnovers, QB pressure and sacks by the Dolphins defense in the second half? You cannot rest on your lead and turn the ball over against a team like the Saints. This was another game that made me sick to my stomach. Kudos to the Saints for not giving up and showing perserverance on the road in a tough environment. This team looks unstoppable right now. Drew Brees is the best he's ever been.
NEW ENGLAND 35
TAMPA BAY 7 FINAL
- Let me first say that I have never agreed with putting regular season games in London. Sure, the NFL makes money off of it. But, why help their economy and take a home game away from one of our cities? Gee - I dunno - maybe we should concentrate on playing more games in the US in cities like - duhhh, I dunno, maybe Los Angeles? Anyway, analysts will say that Tom Brady is back, and he's the best there ever was, he's the best there ever will be, no one even comes close, he's this, he's that..........whatever. But, aside from marrying a supermodel and running up the score against a dead Titans team, he's done nothing special this season. He had two picks Sunday against a defense that's ranked 30th in the league. Wes Welker, who is the REAL MVP of that team, had another impressive 10 reception performance. On the flip side, it's about time they got Josh Freeman on the field. Your season's over, Tampa Bay. You're 0-7. You traded up to land Josh Freeman. May as well play him and see what he's got. You're idiots if you start Josh Johnson next week.
NY Jets 38
Oakland 0 FINAL
- Now, THIS is how you bounce back from a tough loss. For the second week in a row, the Jets rushed for over 250 yards. Sanchez didn't have to do much in this one. Rookie RB Shonn Greene figures to see much more playing time going forward with Leon Washington out for the season. Braylon Edwards' arrest could be a possible team distraction going forward. On the flip side, benching JaMarcus Russell won't fix this teams problems. The coaching staff and the front office are the problems. Fix your issues there first, Al Davis. And, while you're at it, let someone else take a stab at GM duties.
Dallas 37 FINAL
- Once again, Michael Turner can't get it going, and it is catching up to the Falcons. Not a good sign when your back-up RB; who only carried the ball seven times, leads your team in rushing. The defense let the Falcons down as well and didn't have any answers for Miles Austin. On the flip side, Austin is becoming one of the fastest rising stars in the NFL. Look for Cowboys opponents going forward to key in on trying to stop Miles Austin. The Cowboys have some momentum and find themselves just 1/2 game out of first in the NFC.
St. Louis 6 FINAL
- I give all the credit in the world to Rams RB Steven Jackson. He is basically the only scoring threat on the team; yet still manages to put out a great effort and performance week in and week out. Players on bad teams often give up, but Jackson has not. He still gives 100% on every down. I respect that. Players around the league can learn a thing or two from this guy. The Rams defense DID hold Peyton Manning to just 235 yards, but gave up three TD's. On the flip side, Peyton Manning continues to lead one of the best passing attacks in the NFL despite the absence of a consistent running game. He is neck-to-neck with Drew Brees in the MVP race. The Colts are now 6-0 and face a tough test this Sunday against a 49ers team looking to get back on track.
Pittsburg 27 FINAL
- This was a sloppy win, but the Steelers will take it. The two interceptions returned for TD's bailed the Steelers out in this one. Otherwise, the Vikings pretty much dominated this game. If you're a Steeler fan, you have to be concerned not only with the O-line, but with the defense as well. YES - they scored two TD's, but also gave up 334 passing yards to a 40-yeard old QB in Brett Favre who didn't exactly have his best game. Credit the Vikings for coming into the home of the Superbowl Champions and taking it to them. Statistically, the Vikings dominated, but the two INT's for TD's is what did them in.
San Diego 37
Kansas City 7 FINAL
- The Chargers bounced back nicely in this one; limiting the Chiefs to under 100 yards passing. Philip Rivers had an unspectacular, but solid day; hitting 268 yards passing. However, the Chargers still weren't able to get their running game going. Tomlinson was held to 71 yards on 23 carries; barely over 3 YPC. On the flip side, the Chiefs get a sorely-needed bye week to figure out why their $64 million QB hasn't made a bigger impact. Where was the team that almost upset the Cowboys?
San Francisco 21
Houston 24 FINAL
- The 49ers impressed me in this one despite losing the game. The defense really stepped up in the second half. They were down 21-0 when Singletary made a gutsy move and changed QB's. It was time for the change anyway. On a day when Frank Gore was held to 32 yards rushing, the 49ers almost overcame a 21 point decifit to win the game. Alex Smith - who only played the second half - only had 58 less passing yards than Matt Schaub. Vernon Davis is having his coming-out party this season, and is quickly emerging into one of the better TE's in the league. Don't be shocked to see him in the probowl. As for the Texans, they simply disappeared in the 2nd half; being outscored 21-3. That has to concern you if you're a Texans fan. The Texans need to play an entire game the way they played the first half. The Andre Johnson injury could spell disaster if it is more serious than anticipated.
Green Bay 31
Cleveland 3 FINAL
- The Packers simply dominated this game in every conceivable way possible. Probably the biggest thing to take away from this game is the improvement of the offensive line. Aaron Rodgers was not sacked in this one. Ryan Grant got his game going, averaging over 5 YPC, and Rodgers completed 75% of his passes. On the flip side, Derek Anderson is dead last in the NFL in passer rating. That's right. Not even JaMarcus Russell's rating is THAT low. He has completed 1/3 of his passes and has a rating of around 40; yet Eric Mangini is telling the media that he's sticking with Derek Anderson because he gives the Browns the best chance to win. Huh? The Browns have scored 20 points in their past three games. That's 6.67 points per game, in case anyone's counting. Derek Anderson has completed 21 passes in his past 13 quarters. Most NFL QB's top that in one game. And, THIS is who Mangini thinks gives the Browns the best change to win? Wow. Is he really THIS dumb? Or, is Mangini perhaps putting his apparent personal vendetta against Brady Quinn ahead of winning? Either way, I would be shocked to see Eric Mangini EVER coach another football team after this season. I'll say it again - WOW.
Carolina 9 FINAL
- Jake Delhomme passed for 325 yards in this contest. Impressive, right? The problem is he threw three INT's and zero TD's. Solid games by Steve Smith and DeAngelo Williams went to waste in this one. Don't be shocked to see a different starting QB for the Panthers on Sunday. ESPN analysts suggest that benching him just for a couple of weeks will help the team. I say he should be done as an NFL starting QB. Face it, his career is over. His best years are so far gone, you can't see them. If Jake Delhomme is on your fantasy team, the time to dump him would be now. As for the Bills, there weren't dazzling in this one, but they'll take it. The win gets them out of last place in the AFC East. Look for Ryan Fitzpatrick to start again this Sunday for the Bills.
Cincinnati 45 FINAL
- Now, THAT's how you bounce back from a tough loss. Perhaps the Giants can learn a thing or two from the Bengals. Cedric Benson ran the ball like a man possessed. The Offensive line had their way with the Bears. Carson Palmer only had 4 incomplete passes all day. Chad "Ochocinco" had a season-high 10 receptions on the day. The entire team played with an unsurpassed focus and determination. As for the Bears, Jay Cutler did what he could, but got no help from his defense at all. Where was the Bears defense? They didn't show up for this one. I'm not even sure they got on the plane to Cincinnati.
Washington 17 FINAL
- It wasn't exactly pretty, but the Eagles will take it. McNabb was held to 156 yards passing, and DeSean Jackson, despite having only one carry, led the team in rushing. The good news for the Eagles is they get a Giants team next week that's lethargic, disinterested, dispassionate, detached, clueless, complacent, lazy, pathetic, undriven, unmotivated, uninspired, undetermined, undisciplined, unfocused, soft, predictable, lack-luster, gutless, spineless, worthless, useless, pulseless, scrotumless, careless, characterless, effortless, putrid, non-chalant, and suddenly doesn't seem to care when they lose games. A win at home next week puts them in 1st place in the NFC East. As for the Redskins, the lone bright spot has been the defense. They shut out the Eagles in the second half. The fact that the defense didn't give up is a testament to their character. If there's one thing Redskins fans can be proud of, it's the never-quit attitude of the defense. They have played well.