Tuesday, October 09, 2007

NFL week 5 wrapup

  • I didn't see a lot of football this weekend, so I didn't know what people were talking about with the Trent Green play. Now, I've seen it. Don't bother telling me that's a legal play (I'm talking to you, Peter King) - it may well be, but it shouldn't be, and Travis Johnson has every right to be extremely ticked off at Trent Green. Not only did Green go at his knees, he went at his knees from the blind side. Green didn't walk off the field, but it was his own fault. Johnson was lucky to walk off the field.

  • Coach "throwing up in [his] mouth" last night - Dick Jauron. The Bills led the Cowboys all the way, despite scoring a grand total of 3 points with their offense on the field. After stopping the 2-point conversion with 20 seconds left, all they had to do was cover the onside kick. They failed to do so. The Cowboys, with no timeouts left, hit a pass and stopped the clock on a spike with 1 second left in field goal range. Buffalo caught another break, when replay revealed that TO had dropped the ball (AGAIN!) and Dallas was down to 13 seconds. One play went out of bounds with 7 seconds left at the 43. Here's the part that kills the coach. With seven seconds left, the Cowboys have to get another 7 or 8 yards. There are two ways for Buffalo to lose - the Cowboys scoring on a 43 yard touchdown, or hitting a 7 yard out and getting out of bounds before the clock runs out. That's it. They want the Cowboys to throw the ball to the middle of the field. Bunch the corners on the outside, don't let anyone catch the ball and get out of bounds. Three step drop, Crayton catches the ball, steps out of bounds with NO BUFFALO PLAYER NEAR HIM. It's like they didn't understand the situation. Very frustrating to watch, and I didn't really care who won.

  • Evidence that you should be listening carefully to what I say (and the pickin's are slim this week):

    NY Jets at NY Giants - "The Giants can be beaten deep, but not by the Jets. Chad Pennington may be one of the smartest and most accurate quarterbacks in the NFL, but he can't throw the ball more than 20 yards without it floating. The Jets have got to have perfect drives that take lots of plays to score. They won't have enough of them."

    Seattle at Pittsburgh - "Both of these teams have lost to the Cardinals, in Arizona, by similar margins. Seattle actually was closer to winning in the desert than Pittsburgh was. The Seahawks are also nursing a grudge, operating under the delusion that the officiating cost them the game the last time these two teams met, in Super Bowl XL. Regardless (and I'd love to be wrong) the Steelers win pretty easily."

  • Evidence that you should be listening carefully to what I say (and betting the opposite [and this evidence continues to pile up]):

    San Diego at Denver - "As unimpressive as the Broncos have been thus far, if the Chargers can't beat the Chiefs at home, what reason is to expect them to go in to Denver and win? I can't see one."

    Dallas at Buffalo - "[The Bills will] play tough again, but not tough enough to stay within two touchdowns of a Dallas team that looks like a real team and not an NFC pretender."

  • For the week:
    Winners: 11-3
    ATS: 6-7-1

  • For the Season:
    Winners: 49-27
    ATS: 39-32-5

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