Posted on: October 19, 2009 9:06 am
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Posted on: October 19, 2009 9:05 am
Saints vs. Giants:
Looks like the Giants aren't as good as I thought! Their defense was almost non-existent, and Eli did not look comfortable. I can't even begin to express how disappointing that loss was. And what the heck is wrong with Brandon Jacobs? Bradshaw continues to play pretty well, but Jacobs just doesn't have the magic that he had last year.
Now I hate it when Patriots fans make excuses for why their team lost, so I'll try not to be "that guy," but there are a few (and I mean very few) good things to take away from this game. First, the Giants have been so terribly banged up in their defense, that I think they could have held the Saints to a little less points. Aaron Ross and Michael Boley both didn't play, and Kenny Phillips is out for the season. Also, that is one brutal stadium to play in. My hat is off to those Saints fans, they are truly the 12th man.
I also think that the Giants needed to be knocked back to Earth. After playing 5 teams that probably won't make the playoffs, they needed some good competition, and they certainly got it from the Saints.
Also, the Eagles lost! To the Raiders! Are you kidding me? I'm hoping the Eagles are truly THAT bad, because they play them in Week 8.
Other thoughts about the week:
Where to start? I'm absolutely loving how well Favre is playing. I've loved this guy since I was young, and can't stand it when people think he's "washed up" and an "egotistical maniac." The guy was completely exploited by the media and his "indecision" was completely overexaggerated by the media. Anyways... what a great game. Many will point to the Vikings win as lucky, but being lucky is just a product of being well-prepared, and it seemed as though the Vikings were able to outplay the Ravens defense, at least early on.
I honestly don't think that the Ravens are as bad as their record indicates at 3-3. The one thing they really have going against them is the strength of their division, even with the loss of the Bengals. Just like that, the Steelers are tied for first!
As for the New England/Tennessee game... what the heck? I originally got really angry at the Patriots for running up the score, but from what I can tell they actually tried to lay off, but the Titans defense was THAT bad. I guess we can finally say that the Titans are just a bad team. Brady looked comfortable too, which is a scary thought.
Bad Bad Games:
I've got to go back to the Eagles game, solely because I think it's hilarious. It's great when Eagles fans think their defense is so fantastic, and then JaMarcus Russell, the worst QB in the NFL, puts up over 200 yards on you. How can Andy Reid let that happen to Philly? That was not McNabb's fault either, he had zero time in the pocket and their receivers did a poor job getting open. The Raiders pass defense is actually a little above average.
Speaking of teams that shouldn't have won, how about those Bills? They played poorly and didn't quite deserve to win, but Sanchez gave away that game. Fitzpatrick wasn't great, but do you consider playing him instead of Trent Edwards? At least Fitzpatrick tries to make plays to put them in a situation where they can win.
Finally, it's nice to see Matt Cassel get a win, even if it is against the Redskins. He is a pretty good quarterback but has no run support. The Skins are just terrible too, from top to bottom.
Broncos vs. Chargers:
Since I have no allegiance to either team (besides fantasy players), I hope this is a close game. Or perhaps a blowout so I can go to bed early. Either way, I'm excited for this game, mostly because I want to see if the Broncos can go to 6-0 against a bitter AFC West rival. They are the real deal, but can be considered one of the top 3 teams in the league if they win.
Look at these great games... Minnesota at Pittsburgh, Chicago at Cincinnati, New Orleans at Miami, Arizona at New York Giants, Atlanta at Dallas. Plus, who doesn't want to see how many points the Colts can put up against the Rams? Should be an interesting week, and I'm sure I'll somehow find a way to drown my sorrows from the Giants loss!
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Posted on: October 5, 2009 3:46 pm
The score really didn't quite indicate how well the Giants dominated the Chiefs. Cassel had two garbage time TD throws, and Larry Johnson did basically nothing against the Giants maligned defense. I'm honestly shocked at how well the Giants passing game has been going, even though they haven't really had a challenge so far.
I'll start off with what I'm concerned about. Obviously the biggest concern at this point is Eli Manning's ankle/foot. Such a strange way to get injured. It seems as though he'll be available for next week, and let's be honest, David Carr could probably beat the Raiders. He's certainly better than JaMarcus Russell. If Eli does play, they will most likely run the ball more, and perhaps put in Carr if they lead by enough at the half or end of the 3rd quarter.
One major thing I'm a bit concerned about is the upcoming schedule. The Giants have a bye week at week 10, but face (after the Raiders) the Saints, the Cardinals, the Eagles, and San Diego. Assuming they beat the Raiders, I would hope the Giants could win 3 of those 4 games reasonably. 2-2 in that stretch would be okay, landing them at 7-2 at the bye.
Going along with the schedule concern, these upcoming games will really test the Giants ability to defend the long ball. Drew Brees can clearly punish defenses with a deep ball, as can Warner, McNabb, and Rivers. The Giants also don't have the luxury of an early bye week where they can rest their injured players. And boy do they have an injured secondary. This could turn into the perfect storm in late October and November.
As for the good: the Giants are 4-0, with two division wins. A win against the Raiders would go a long way considering their upcoming schedule. A healthy Eli Manning means pressure off the running game, and the combination of Jacobs and Bradshaw has been stellar lately. They've both on pace to run for more than 1,000 yards this season, and Manning over 4,000 yards passing.
Their defensive line has done a great job of confusing offenses, and spreading the wealth around their expansive depth. They will HAVE to use this to their advantage against their ugly 4 game stretch. If they can heal their wounds and focus on the game ahead of them, I could realistically see them at 8-1 going into the bye week, though 7-2 wouldn't be the end of the world.