Tuesday, October 7, 2008

NFL Weekly

New York Giants: The New York Giants dismantled the Seahawks on their way to a 4-0 record and I have definitely been impressed with what they've done this year. You can count me as one of the people who thought that the Giants would have a letdown this season, but they actually look like they might have improved. Right now you have to say that the Giants are the best team in football. They are the defending champs and they have been playing great football. The only negative thing I can say about them right now is that they haven't really beat anyone other than a sluggish Washington team in Week 1. Their other 3 victories came against St. Louis, Cincinnati, and Seattle, who have combined for 1 win among them. Their schedule doesn't get much harder the next few weeks with games against Cleveland and San Francisco. It gets a little tougher for them after that because they play at Pittsburgh, home vs. Dallas, and then at Philly. It will be interesting to see how the Giants make it through that stretch of games.

Philadelphia Eagles: I had mentioned last week how the Eagles loss to the Bears is one of those games that is going to come back to haunt them. Well, after this week's loss to the Redskins, they are now in the NFC East basement and 2 games back in the loss column behind both Dallas and Washington. Don't forget that both of those teams own victories over the Eagles as well. This is definitely bad news for the Eagles, who right now are looking like the odd team out in the NFC East. They got more bad news on Sunday because Brian Westbrook broke two ribs and it is unclear what his status is for the Eagles' Week 6 game against San Francisco. Philadelphia is certainly not out of it, but by losing to Chicago in Week 4 in a game they should have won, they have dug themselves into a nice little hole. The Eagles might have to win all of their remaining games in the NFC East if they want to have any chance of making the playoffs this season.

Indianapolis Colts: The way the Colts beat the Texans on Sunday was truly disgusting. They had no business winning that game and if it wasn't for Sage Rosenfels trying to be a hero then the Colts would be sitting at 1-3 right now. Rosenfels fumbled twice, which led to two quick scores for the Colts, who scored 21 points in the final 4 minutes and 4 seconds of the game to overcome a 17 point deficit. Then with his team driving down the field to get into field goal range, he threw an ill advised pass that got intercepted by the Colts. The worse play of all was the first fumble by Rosenfels, which Gary Brackett returned for a TD. Rosenfels tried to scramble for a first down on 3rd and 8 and right as he was about a yard or two short from the first down he decided to jump in the air like he was friggen' Superman and he was twirled around and hit, which caused him to fumble the ball that led to a TD for the Colts. Stupid, stupid, stupid play by Rosenfels, who should have slid even if it would have meant no first down for the Texans. They would have still been up by 10 points with about 4 minutes to play and the Colts would have had to spend some time driving up the field. It's possible even if the Colts did score that they wouldn't have gotten the ball back to be able to tie or take the lead. That one play changed the game and Rosenfels cost his team a win and helped the Colts out a great deal in the process. The Colts are lucky to be 2-2 right now, because they are very close to being 0-4 right now, although they probably should have beaten the Jaguars, who they lost to on a last second field goal. Either way, they have not been playing well and I do not think they are a lock to make the playoffs by any means.

Peep the video of the awful play of Rosenfels below:

Other NFL News:

- Tony Gonzalez broke the NFL's career record for yards receiving by a tight end . Gonzalez now has 10,075 career yards receiving. The record was previously held by Shannon Sharpe.

- Buffalo QB Trent Edwards had to leave Sunday's game against Arizona after suffering a concussion. He is still having post-concussion symptoms and it is uncertain how long he will be out. Luckily for the Bills, they have a bye this week. J.P. Losman filled in for Edwards at QB and finished the game 15-21 with 220 yards passing and both a passing and rushing TD, but he also threw an interception and lost two fumbles.

- This one came out of nowhere but Kurt Warner is considering retirement after this season. Warner is still playing well and it would seem like he could be a quality QB for a few more seasons.

- St. Louis Rams tight end Randy McMichael is out for the season with a broken leg. The way the Rams have been playing, he's probably better off missing the rest of this season.

Fantasy Stars of the Week:

Deangelo Williams: 123 yards rushing, 25 yards receiving 3 TDs (1 rushing, 1 receiving)

Brandon Jacobs: 136 yards rushing, 2 TDs

Aaron Rodgers: 313 yards passing, 3 TDs

Fantasy Waiver Wire Pickups of the Week:

Kyle Orton, QB, Bears: 334 yards passing, 2 TDs

Steve Breaston, WR, Cardinals: 7 receptions, 77 yards receiving

Greg Camarillo, WR, Dolphins: 6 receptions, 68 yards receiving, 1 TD

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