Don't expect this every week, but the games this week were so exciting I just had to comment. I guess you could call me The Sunday Night Quarterback. Well, you could call me that for all Sunday nights where there are not actually Sunday night quarterbacks playing in a game, which according to my calculations is just this week.
The first thing I learned this week, was that there is no way only three of thirteen home teams win. The crowd, the excitement, the fans, home field advantage really does count.
Second, never count out a good curse. Seattle, Shaun Alexander, Matt Hasselbeck, I'm looking your way.
Third, I hate when good television goes bad. I found some recordings of Boston Legal season one, and I noticed just how much decline there has been leading up to the current season. Much of this decline is just due to focusing far too much secondary characters and no where near enough to the core of Denny Crane and Alan Shore. The show was built on the back of William Shatner being well, the parody of William Shatner that everyone impersonates him as. The producers need to realize this and give us what we want, more William Shatner.
Without further ado, here are my thoughts for the week.
New York Jets 31, Detroit 24
I did the math and after gaining 129 yards on 20 carries, Jets' fourth round draft pick Leon Washington has the third most rushing yards of all rookie backs with 346, and that's with a solid 4.9 yards per carry. He is only 15 yards behind the leading rookie rusher, Laurence Mulroney. The Jets have only started featuring him in the past three games. It is very possible that if he continues this pace, he could wind up the leading rookie rusher. Who needs Reggie Bush?
Tampa Bay 23, Philadelphia 21
The Eagles are certainly learning how to lose with style. After New Orleans drove over eight minutes off the clock with the final drive, which included a few quarterback kneels, the Eagles lost this week at the last second on a 62-yard field goal. By Matt Bryant. 62-yard field goal by Matt Bryant, keep saying that to yourselves Philadelphians. The entire city should be put on suicide watch for the next few games.
New England 28, Buffalo 6
Besides a 74-yard kickoff return by Laurence Mulroney, this game was as devoid of excitement as any New England blowout tends to.
Green Bay 34, Miami 24
Now this is the Joey Harrington that we all know and love. Three picks seems about right. Lost in the whole Nick Saban should have taken Drew Brees over Daunte Culpepper hindsight thing, is how ineffective Ronnie Brown has been this year. Yes, he has accumulated a solid 464 yards for the season, but that is at a pathetic 3.8 yards per carry clip. I think we expect a little bit more from the second overall pick of a season ago.
Tampa Bay 23, Philadelphia 21
Yeah, I have already touched on this game, but that kick needs more attention. You are a head coach, you have the choice to send David Akers, Adam Vinatieri or Jason Elam to make a game winning 62-yard field goal in Tampa Bay. Do you send them or do you shoot for the end zone? These are some of the most clutch and strong-legged kickers in the game and you have to seriously question that proposition. Now replace them with Matt Bryant, he of a 78.8 career field goal percentage and having only made one of two attempts beyond the 50 yard line in his entire career. He who had previously had a season high of 30 yards, a kick that was made this game. Who the hell even considers sending his kicker out for 62 yards?
Cincinnati 17, Carolina 14
After taking a few weeks off, Cincinnati is back in the playoff chase.
Denver 17, Cleveland 7
Denver won a nice tune-up game on their way to host Indy next week.
Atlanta 41, Pittsburgh 38, OT
Big Ben was really starting to get it back. He was 16 for 22 for 238 yards and three touchdowns. Then he got knock out with a concussion. Surprisingly Charlie Batch did not lose the game for them as he went 8 for 13 for 195 yards and 2 touchdowns. Despite the win, Atlanta has to really question its defense that will allow over four hundred yards through the air, almost 200 of which came from Charlie Batch! Pittsburgh on the other hand needs a deep gut check. Cinncinati finally got back on the playoff boat and Baltimore despite offensive troubles is still a serious contender. Pittsburgh needs to really go on a role if they care to even attempt a Championship repeat.
Houston 27, Jacksonville 7
I'll just quote myself here:
Upset of the Week
I have no logical reason to make this pick. This is entirely a gut reaction.
I'll also mention this stat from Yahoo:
Only 4% of Pro Pick'em users chose Houston to win the game.
I am that good. Denny Crane!
Indianapolis 36, Washington 22
Manning and Co. finally go it going and didn't require some last minute heroics to pull off a win. Yeah, they handled Houston in week two as well, but Houston doesn't really count. I wonder though if Washington actually counts. The real test will be next week at Denver.
Kansas City 30, San Diego 27
This is starting to form a pattern for San Diego. This team has too much talent to lose games like these. It was said that San Diego had the best team to sit at home for the playoffs last year, and they need to win games like this if they want to avoid that title again this season. If the San Diego does miss the playoffs there is no chance that Marty Schottenheimer is retained.
Minnesota 31, Seattle 13
I think this game also needs a look back at my predictions:
7th week of the season and this is the first time I am picking for Seattle. Of course that means Seattle will probably lose.
Shaun Alexander has already succumbed to the Madden Curse. Matt Hasselbeck was just hit by the Chunky Soup Curse. Is this loss the start of the Super Bowl loser curse? If Hasselbeck is out for any extended period of time and Seneca Wallace is left at the helm then this might just be.
Oakland 22, Arizona 9
Very disappointing. I was really rooting for an 0-16 team.
Tampa Bay 23, Philadelphia 21
62-yard field goal. Matt $%^&ing Bryant. Seriously, put the entire city of Philadelphia on suicide watch right now. New Orleans was understandable. The entire NFL is in on the giant conspiracy to see them in the Super Bowl. But Tampa Bay? Rookie quarterback Bruce Gradkowski? Two picks by a possible Hall of Fame corner Ronde Barber is understandable. But Matt Bryant? 62-yard field goals?
Between Arizona/Chicago last week and the 62-yard field goal this week, there have sure been some great fourth quarters in the NFL this year.