New York Giants 36, Philadelphia Eagles 31
Andy Reid plain got out-coached by Tom Coughlin in this game. Besides calling failed back-to-back handoffs on Philadelphia’s final possession, Reid made the inexcusable error of wasting his first challenge out of desperation on the first Brandon Jacobs non-fumble near the goal-line. I’ll never understand why some coaches challenge out of sheer hope for a miracle.
Speaking of Jacobs’s non-fumble, how many guys fumbled after being down by contact in this game? It seemed like every other play there was a non-fumble.
When Brandon Jacobs gets a full head of steam, he is the most difficult player to stop in all of football.
Not enough credit went to Philly’s offensive line. The front five held the Giants to no sacks. Jon Runyan was particularly effective working against Justin Tuck.
The rule about the quarterback’s entire body having to be across the line of scrimmage for it to be an illegal forward pass absolutely stinks. Guys can throw from a yard-and-a-half past the line. The NFL should change the rule and treat the line of scrimmage like the sideline, requiring both feet to stay behind it.
The thought before the season was that Brian Dawkins had one good year left in him. So far, he looks like he has at least three good years left.
The Eagles did not do enough to get Brian Westbrook involved, particularly in the passing game. You wonder how healthy he really is.
San Diego Chargers 20, Kansas City Chiefs 19
Well, I guess a win’s a win, right San Diego?
The Chargers have to be extremely concerned about their secondary. Not only is it failing to make plays – remember when Antonio Cromartie got interceptions? – but it’s failing to stop plays. Tyler Thigpen, who was working without the threat of a run game behind him, was 27/41 for 266 yards and three touchdowns.
Kudos to Chiefs president Carl Peterson for signing Mark Bradley. The oft-injured ex-Bear has tremendous speed and, if healthy, an underrated burst. Bradley had nine catches for 81 yards in this game.
I love seeing San Diego get screwed by the refs at the end of games (it happened again in this one with an interference call against Clinton Hart on Tony Gonzalez). The reason I love it is because we get to see the Furious Norv Face. Turner’s contorted redness makes him look like he’d literally spit venom. The Furious Norv Face is peerless when it comes to sideline anger.
Just a guess…CBS play-by-play announcer Gus Johnson (America’s favorite screamer) was using an old roster Sunday. Every time Chiefs linebacker Rocky Boiman made a player, Johnson credited current Vikings linebacker Napoleon Harris. Boiman is wearing the No. 50 jersey that Harris wore before getting cut by Kansas City a few weeks ago.
Indianapolis Colts 24, Pittsburgh Steelers 20
Luck does not exist when you go on the road and defeat a tough Steelers team. But if it did, you would have seen it favor Indy several times in this game, most notably on Peyton Manning’s first touchdown strike, in which Ike Taylor, in perfect coverage, tipped the ball to Reggie Wayne.
The Colts got the win, but they didn’t look sharp most of the time. Three things are missing from this offense:
1. guard Ryan Lilja – his absence hurts most in the run game
2. Marvin Harrison – he has little burst left and no longer gets under deep balls or makes tough snags in traffic.
3. The stretch play – Indy’s not running it as often or executing their play-action pass from it. My guess is Manning’s knee has something to do with that.
Ben Roethlisberger’s turnovers are becoming a problem. If he doesn’t throw two interceptions in this game (we won’t count the last one on a desperation heave), the Steelers probably win. Big Ben needs to focus less on making big plays and more on managing the offense.
Mewelde Moore found the end zone twice on Sunday, and thanks to fantasy football, the public opinion will be that he’s every bit as good as Willie Parker. But the reality is, Moore gained just 57 yards on 24 carries, with his longest run going for nine yards.
Troy Polamalu deserves to be mentioned in Defensive Player of the Year discussions, though not before teammate James Harrison.
Indy’s Pro Bowl safety Antoine Bethea has been mediocre the past few weeks, but he deserves much praise considering he’s spent a great deal of time at cornerback.
Carolina Panthers 17, Oakland Raiders 6
The Panthers were not sharp in this contest. Jake Delhomme had just seven completions and four ugly interceptions – and it could have been worse. DeAngelo Williams had 140 yards rushing, but 69 of them came on one, albeit great, play.
I’m not going to trash the Raiders this week. They all played hard and hung in there against an elite club, despite being short-handed.
How good is Nnamdi Asomugha? Matched up one-on-one against Steve Smith, the superstar corner caught as many balls as the superstar receiver: one.
If the Raiders linebackers classify as “a liability” against the run, then the Raiders safeties classify as “a joke.”
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