First off, the Cowboys. What the hell was that? The Bengals are the most defeated team in the entire NFL and they are there for a reason. Despite Chad's best efforts to "kiss the star" and whatever else one would call his lackluster performance that doesn't seem to measure up to the hype, the Bengals have racked up 5 losses so far and not a single win. But yeah, we all know the Begals suck and it's not because of stupid mistakes like the Cowboys make. They play fundamentally good football. It's technically all there. I don't know why it isn't clicking for them. They look good, even great at times on the field but they never seem to get to the end zone as often as one would expect.
But the Cowboys, this is the "team to beat" this year? That was an awful display! Again, what should have been a routing of the worst team in the NFL right now was a barely won contest finished off by the dumb luck of Patrick Crayton being in the right spot at the most opportune time. Unless it was Grabby McFingers' (Miles Austin) fault for going after a ball that wasn't thrown to him. It was hard to tell if one of them either missed a cut or was just over zealous. Either way, dumb luck. The whole game was a mess. Yeah, maybe I'm being harsh but this is not how the "team to beat" should be playing and there is a higher standard that they are held to because of that "title". They are capable of playing at that level, they have shown it already. Maybe they will find it this season. If they don't, I see Mr. Manning and the Giants waltzing to another Super Bowl and beating up on some unlucky AFC team. And yeah, I still think the Cowboys are over-rated. They aren't impressing me. They should be doing much more with this depth of talent.
On to bigger and better things! The Eagles! Wow! What happened to this team of teams? This underdog of epic proportions that was supposed to be the expected upset in the NFC east that was going to dominate offenses with smothering D and pummel defensive lines with a slippery and punishing running game? Oh, that's right, the Philadelphia Westbrook is injured and playing injured so they can go back to being the sucktastic Eagles. That was a horrendous display and I'm really not sure if this speaks volumes to the underestimation of the Redskins or if it's just another movement in the swan song of the failing Eagles. Either way, that was a BIG upset in the NFC Beast. I hope Philly gets their junk together and comes back in to it. But if the 'Skins beat the Giants on the 30th, they will have handed each NFC Beast team a defeat. I was surprised to see they beat the Eagles on Sunday. I wish I had had a chance to see some of the game. But I thought from the start of the season that the Eagles were over-rated and the Redskins under-rated. Now I think they are about even with the Eagles. And the Eagles' current record is deceiving. They are not a 2-3 team but I can honestly only see two more losses in their season if they start playing like a team instead of like a Brian Westbrook surround by a bunch of dudes in football jerseys.
And the Cardinals! Holy hell, where did they come from? Most of the talking heads on TV were signing off on this season and talking about who they were going to get to QB the team next year (cause that's the missing piece of their puzzle there) and then, BAM! The Cardinals trash one of the AFC elite! I was expecting them to do well against the Bills. They matched up well but never expected a 41-17 bitch slap like that! The Cardinals looked good...no, great! They honestly had me thinking "How awesome would it be to see the Cardinals get to the NFC Championship or even the Super Bowl? OK, maybe it's only awesome to me but that was an eye opener when I saw it during the Dallas game. I had to go check NFL.com to be sure I saw it right.
Green Bay needs to mortgage the stadium to pay for Brett Favre's return. Rodgers is not what everyone makes him out to be. When that team starts playing to a Rodger's play book instead of making Rodger's play to Favre's play book then they will do well. Until then, the ugliness just gets deeper and a bright, young QB is going to have his career put to shambles because of it. It's a sin and McCarthy should know better. And yes, I know Rodgers was injured and I'll give him that. But what I'm saying is that this kid is good, just not good enough to step into an offense, take over and lead. He's not a Brett Favre or a Tom Brady. He's honestly not just a Vinnie Testaverde or a Tony Romo either. He needs to work with a team and be part of a team. He doesn't stand out for anything other than being consistent. You can build a championship team around that. But you gotta build Aaron Rodger's championship team around Rodgers. Favre's championship team doesn't work. GB has the talent to adjust but if the coach doesn't put those wheels in motion, it doesn't work.
On that note, yay for Atlanta! Vick is quickly becoming a part of the past we don't talk about!
New England and San Francisco was closer than the score made it seem.
Pittsburgh barely beat Jacksonville in an ugly win that showed how beat up Big Ben actually is. He was limping at the 2 minute warning in the 4th after what wasn't a particularly brutal take down. He's hurtin' and I hope he doesn't get injured. As much of a benefit as a problem for the Steelers he is, they don't have anyone waiting in the wings that can lead this team IMO.
Indy finally eeked out a win against the Texans. I thought the Texans were gonna stroll through that one for the win. Glad I didn't have any money on it, I would have lost it.
So how'd your team do? Happy? Sad? Just want to bitch and moan? Go ahead! Let's hear it!