Tag:JaMarcus Russell
Posted on: October 26, 2009 10:03 am
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3-Way?

Tie for the NFC East division lead, that is.  If the Eagles beat the Redskins tonight (which should happen, considering how terrible the Skins have been), the top three teams in the division will be at two losses, with the Giants on top because they haven't had their bye week yet.

Giants vs. Cardinals

And speaking of the Giants, how disappointing was that?  I went to bed feeling sick because of that loss last night.  Though it looked like Eli would drive back and tie the game, he uncharacteristically threw an interception in the clutch when Steve Smith wasn't able to wrestle the ball away.

Steve Smith actually had a fantastic day, making a few key 3rd down catches, and remains as Eli's safety net.  Kevin Boss took a HUGE shot but held onto the ball, gaining a ton of respect from me and many other Giants fans.  Nicks, despite the fact that his TD was very lucky, is emerging as one of the Giants better receivers, and I'm hoping he'll continue to improve.

But one guy I just can't stand is Mario Manningham.  I don't like his attitude, his effort, and most of all, his hands.  He dropped an easy touchdown pass which would have put the Giants down by 3, instead of having to settle for a FG.  Eli, who was shaky all game, threw a perfect pass to him, but he dropped it.  This guy had character issues in college, which is why the Giants were able to get him in round 3 of the 2008 draft, but he's dropped many key passes so far.  Give the ball to Nicks or Smith.

Blowouts

Six games this weekend were decided by more than 28 points.  Most surprising of all these games was the Bengals domination of the Bears, and Palmer's 5 TD game.  Many people (including myself) thought that the Jay Cutler acquisition would benefit the Bears greatly, but he's been wildly inconsistent over his first 6 games.

Also, I can't stand the fact that the Raiders still want to start JaMarcus Russell.  He was terrible, and at least Gradkowski gave people the impression that he could play above a 60 passer rating.  The worst part is that Russell doesn't take any blame, while the rest of his team does.

Eagles vs. Redskins

As a Giants fan, I would love to see the Redskins pull off an upset to take down the Eagles, but I really don't see that happening.  Andy Reid is too good of a coach to let his team lose back to back games to below average teams. 

Posted on: October 22, 2009 11:28 am
 

Week 7 Picks

Many of my ridiculous picks looked brilliant last week, giving me a 10-4 boost... overall record is at 49-40.  Shall I be equally as ridiculous this week?  All I know is that this week has a bunch of good games, my favorite being the Steelers and Vikings game, at Heinz Field.  The Steelers have come back from a 1-2 start, winning three straight, while the Vikings beat a very good Ravens team last week.  Anyways, here are the picks, according to the line as of Thursday:

Green Bay (-6.5) over Cleveland.  As bad as the Packers offensive line may be, the Browns as a whole are pretty bad.  After shutting out the Lions, I could easily see the Packers winning another 20+ point game.  With no answer for their quarterback position, how do the Browns put up enough points?  Yeah, they scored well against the Steelers, but the Steelers cannot close games this year. 

San Francisco (+3.5) over Houston.  Many people are quickly jumping off the 49ers bandwagon, but I still like their chances.  Houston has been wildly inconsistent, and I think a strong ball control team could beat them this week.  With Frank Gore, the 49ers can control the clock, and keep the ball away from Shaub.  Plus, Crabtree might have an impact.

Kansas City (+4.5) over San Diego.  I really like the chances of the Chiefs pulling this one out, especially at home.  The Chargers have a ton of weapons, and are probably the smart pick in this game, but the Chiefs have been looking better and better every week.  Both teams basically have to win to stay in playoff contention.

Indianapolis (-13) over St. Louis.  I think that Steven Jackson will finally get his first TD, and the Rams offense will probably score more than their 9 point average per game... but it still won't matter.  With two weeks of rest and preparation, Peyton Manning will be able to pick apart their defense even easier.

Tampa Bay (+14) over New England.  This is an unpopular pick, but hear me out.  The Patriots will still win this game, but there are too many factors in this one (being in London) to not take these points, at least in my eyes.  I just don't see the Patriots blowing a team out two weeks in a row, even if it is the Bucs.

Minnesota (+4) over Pittsburgh.  I've been doing very well picking against the Steelers because they usually win it in close games (relative to the spread), so I'll do it again.  Like in previous weeks, the Steelers will probably win the game, but they can't close.  Favre usually takes advantage of those types of teams...

Buffalo (+7.5) over Carolina.  This is a funny pick because I love the Panthers running game, and still have faith in Jake Delhomme.  The Panthers can't win big, though, and I like Fitzpatrick.  Bottom line, this is going to be a rushing game, and usually that means the score is going to be close.

New York Jets (-7) over Oakland.  Despite losing three in a row, the Jets defense will EASILY be able to handle JaMarcus Russell.  I'd be willing to say that Sanchez will be better (how can you get worse?) and Braylon Edwards will get the ball more often.  I picked the Raiders last week because I didn't like the Eagles defense, but the Jets D is much better.

Chicago (+1.5) over Cincinnati.  I strongly believe that the Bengals will not make it to the playoffs.  Why?  Yeah, they were a miracle play from starting 5-0, but look at their wins.  Benson and Ochocinco had to have an above average game in each, but they barely won.  Plus, losing Odom is bad when you're playing Forte and Cutler.

Atlanta (+3.5) over Dallas.  Dallas is favored?  Really?  They're something fundamentally wrong with that team, and I can't quite pinpoint it, but it has to do with Wade Phillips.  Bill Parcells left him with a dynamite team, and Phillips couldn't manage to win a playoff game.  Now the team is going downhill, and they'll be looking to hire Shanahan or Gruden next year.

Miami (+6.5) over New Orleans.  I'm a complete sucker for the wildcat.  Wildcat!  I actually don't know who will win this game, but I do know that Miami will try to control the ball.  This means a lower score for the Saints.  The Dolphins may lose just like they did against the Colts, but it will still be close.

Arizona (+7) over New York Giants.  I'm just terrible when it comes to Giants games.  It's probably because they're my favorite team, but I just hit it wrong every week.  Why am I taking the Cardinals?  The Giants secondary is banged up again, and Larry Fitzgerald is a beast.

Washington (+7) over Philadelphia.  I've always thought it was the playcalling that was the problem in Washington.  And their ownership.  And their ridiculous spending.  But still, a switch in the playcalling might take the Eagles by surprise, who are already reeling because of that awful loss in Oakland.

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Posted on: October 19, 2009 9:05 am
 

That Was Depressing...

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. 

Next Week:

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!


Posted on: October 5, 2009 3:46 pm
 

Giants vs. Chiefs

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.
 
 
 
 
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