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Week 7 NFL re-caps, random thoughts, & opinions

Posted on: October 27, 2009 1:18 pm
Edited on: October 28, 2009 9:53 am



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.


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.



 - 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.

 Atlanta 21

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.

 Indianapolis 42

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.

 Minnesota 17

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. 

 Buffalo 20

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.

 Chicago    10

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 BearsCarson 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.

 Philadelphia 27

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.

Category: NFL

Since: Oct 27, 2009
Posted on: October 29, 2009 5:18 pm

Week 7 NFL re-caps, random thoughts, & opinions

You're idiots if you start next week. Lol, apparently they got your memo Charlie because Josh Freeman is now the new starter.

Since: Jun 30, 2009
Posted on: October 29, 2009 4:15 pm

Week 7 NFL re-caps, random thoughts, & opinions

Wow.  A little pissed off at your team, Charlie?  LMAO.  Well, kudos to you for not seeing your team through rose-colored glasses like most fans.  Hey, cheer up, man.  It could be worse.  You could have the King Of Turnovers - Jake Delhomme - as your starting QB.
LOL.  True that.  And, we're stuck with this guy as our starter.  Life could be worse, charlieinfl. 

Since: Jan 11, 2008
Posted on: October 28, 2009 3:46 pm

Week 7 NFL re-caps, random thoughts, & opinions

.......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.......
Wow.  A little pissed off at your team, Charlie?  LMAO.  Well, kudos to you for not seeing your team through rose-colored glasses like most fans.  Hey, cheer up, man.  It could be worse.  You could have the King Of Turnovers - Jake Delhomme - as your starting QB. 

Since: Aug 29, 2007
Posted on: October 28, 2009 10:04 am

Week 7 NFL re-caps, random thoughts, & opinions

DCcoach - thanks for your feedback and compliments.  Feedback for my blogs are always welcome regardless of whether you agree with me or not. 

Rick - thanks for the compliment as well.  Glad you both enjoyed it.  I do a couple of blogs per week, so keep coming back and I'll keep 5ing you guys. 


Since: Jan 10, 2008
Posted on: October 28, 2009 9:14 am

Week 7 NFL re-caps, random thoughts, & opinions

Great stuff Charlie.

Your comments on Tom Brady ring true, for now. Coming off an injury that devestating, I figured Brady to be less than "great" early on this season. But as we have progressed into the middle of the year, I believe he has made good strides week after week, the 2 INTs not withstanding. Wes Welker has been huge, no arguement there. Randy Moss on the other hand, has been dependant on Brady's performance.

Since: Oct 16, 2008
Posted on: October 28, 2009 9:06 am

Week 7 NFL re-caps, random thoughts, & opinions

Pittsburgh/Minnesota...I think you got it right in the last line. STATISTICALLY the Vikings dominated this game. As in final overall yards. That's it. No place else did the Vikings dominate this game. They made mistake after mistake, couldn't run the ball effectively with the #1 back in all the NFL and made some poor coaching decisions. Hard to call that dominating. When you look at stats at the end of the game, which is what you and others obviously did, you saw big numbers for Favre and the Vikes. Not a knock. Just saying it is impossible to watch every game and know what happened. Most people who did not watch the game in its entirety would look and say Vikes dominated offensively. Let's take a closer look at the numbers. The Packers had 74 offensive snaps to the Steelers 46. That is 28 snaps. At a minimal average of 3.5 yards a snap thats 98 yards. If you take Favre's average yards per attempt in the game (6.54) that equals 183 more yards just based on number of plays run. As far as being concerned offensively and defensively, sure Steeler fans have some concern about the offense, but it revolves around consistently running the ball for the most part. Again, if you look into the numbers you see Favre averaged 6.54 yards per attempt and Roethlisberger 6.73. Favre's 6.54/attempt is also lower than his season average of 7.37. Was it the best the Steelers have played? Probably not, but they came through and won. Bottom line that is all that matters. They have proven time and time again that they can win games on either side of the ball. By the way, one was an interception off the hands of Taylor, catchable, but not a great ball, the other was a fumble returned for a td. Great pursuit by the Steeler D. 
Please, understand, I am in no way knocking what you do. You obviously spend a lot of time and energy on this and do do a nice job. Just provoked some thoughts for me.  

Since: Feb 24, 2009
Posted on: October 27, 2009 6:51 pm

Week 7 NFL re-caps, random thoughts, & opinions

Good stuff as usual Charlie and rememeber when it come to your Giants falling off a bit the last two weeks it could always be worse you could be a Raider fan like me.

My only quibble is about the 49ers. I watched that game on Sunday and I see a team that is going to struggle the rest of the way. Alex Smith has had chances before and despite playing well against a Texans team that was on cruise control in the second half he hasn't shown much of an ability to be a starter.

The 49ers offensive line is weak and the scheme they want to run on offense doesn't fit Smith's skills. Add in the fact that this team had a very physical training camp that could have them wearing down earlier than other teams and I expect the 49ers to finish third in the NFC West.

I look forward to reading your blog next week.

Since: Sep 18, 2009
Posted on: October 27, 2009 5:32 pm

Week 7 NFL re-caps, random thoughts, & opinions

Good column.

My two cents on Steelers/Vikings from column and first reply post:

Peterson didn't make the mistake, Taylor did.  As a Steelers fan, after watching AP run over Gay, I'm sure glad Taylor was in.  I agree that the D won this game for us....but I disagree that the Vikings dominated.  With the two defensive TDs, the Steelers O didn't spend a lot of time on the field in the 4Q.  A LOT of the stats difference between the Steelers O and the Vikings O came late in the 3Q and during the 4Q.  Our defense held AP in check in rushing yards.  It also kept the Vikings out of the end zone on four plays from the 1.  (Our D and the Viking coaching staff that didn't pound it in with AP).  Our D was as dominating as the Viking O....they gave up a ton of yards, but TEN POINTS.  They outscored the Vikings O.  Our Special teams, or not so special teams, gave up the other 7.  In the red zone where it really counts, the Steelers D outperformed the Vikings O.

Since: Aug 29, 2007
Posted on: October 27, 2009 4:18 pm

Week 7 NFL re-caps, random thoughts, & opinions

Thanks for the feedback, JSB.  I always welcome feedback of my blogs.  Hope to see you around. 

Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: October 27, 2009 3:31 pm

Week 7 NFL re-caps, random thoughts, & opinions

        Like your analysis for the most part. A couple of
    things :  Ido not remember seeing as many just plain 'drops'
    of passes as I saw Sunday, and not by any means the Giants
    game__ there is an epidemic of receivers not catching the football
    on Very catchable passes.  Late in the Atlanta game, Ryan threw
    three 'perfect' passes that were dropped one after the other,
    late in the game, but with the Falcons still having a chance.
        There is another epidemic going around : Bad tackling.
    On third down, with the runner/receiver still 5 to 7 yards short
    of a 1st down, the guy who is 'right there' just ... whiffs.  This
    is not limited to one guy or one team.  
        Re the Viking'Steelers game :  Favre's late Interception
    was actually a Rare mistake by Peterson.  Favre gets charged.
    But if you were watching it, you could see the camera on Peterson,
    and he knew what had just happened.  I was very impressed by the
    Viking team, coming off a tough game against the Ravens.  I think
    we disagree on what Favre is bringing to this team.  I think he is
    doing a remarkable job.  Frankly, I think he may well have turned
    this team into a 'contender' status.

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