Week Three 9-Route

  • Never underestimate a Jeff Fisher squad.  I’ve learned my lesson.  Defense is stifling, stymied Eli and the Giants at will.  Can you name more than two or three players on this unit?  Couple Fish and its D with Chris Johnson and a recharged, recuperated, revitalized, reinvigorated, reinvented Vince Young…well, what I’m trying to say, why are we questioning this man?  He does more with less, more or less, he performs miracles.  He’s proven that he’s a winner.  Consider the turnaround from last week.  Don’t let your guard down on this Tennessee squad.  This is why I always pick the Titans to outdo the Texans.  For all those who fell in love with Houston way too early, I will allow you to jump back on to the bandwagon of Jeff Fisher and his troops.
  • Ponder the following: Kansas City Chiefs AFC West Champions.  Offense did damage against a vaunted 49ers defense.  Tricks were in effect on what was the most exciting play I’ve seen through three weeks.  Tony Moeaki one-handed TD grab made for the best catch of the season, Tony Gonzalez?  Matt Cassel? He looked his finest as a Chief.  Sharp.  He was the biggest question mark heading in for this club.  One of the most balanced teams in all of football.  Draft class paying big dividends.  Immediate impact.  Wait until Dexter McCluster gets more inserted into the scheme of things.  31 on San Francisco is quite impressive, 31 is also how many points they’ve allowed in three games if you cancel that cheap TD at the end by SF.
  • Minnesota and Dallas are still the top challengers to the champs.  Atlanta beat the champs, yet in doing so they needed a FG kicker to miss a 29-yarder.  What I like about what the Cowboys showed me was their defense.  They shut down a potent Texans scoring machine.  Mike Jenkins is easily a Top 5 CB.  He put the master lock down on Andre Johnson.  DeMarcus Ware is as good as they get.  They humiliated Houston in every way imaginable.  As for the Vikings, Adrian Peterson.  Let Favre smooth his back and get Percy Harvin more involved.  I don’t see anyone providing a tougher challenge except…
  • Mike Vick’s Philadelphia Eagles.  He’s playing like an All-Pro.  MVP?  Check out the D: 6 sacks, 12 tackles for loss, 11 QB hits, and 8 passes defensed.  Jeremy Maclin is special, now he’s starting to realize it.  He’s figuring things out, that’s scary.  Coming out of Mizzou he was the most talented player in the 2009 draft.  Jackson-Maclin, good nite.  Only team that can contain that in the NFC: Dallas.  Forget Donovan coming back to Philly, well, just for a moment, and reserve this date: December 12th, Sunday night in Dallas. That will decide the division.
  • Without Anquan Boldin the Baltimore Ravens are more than likely 0-3. Winless without Anquan. They traded a 3rd and 4th rounder in order to acquire him from Arizona.  Coup.  Highway robbery?  Came away as bandits.  Arizona got Andre Roberts (WR, The Citadel), a DE who goes by the name of O’Brien, and a CB called Jorrick from the deal. Prime example if you use your draft picks wisely, you can be successful in the NFL. Regardless of how well they draft and the way ‘Quan’s ballin’, his team is going to lose next week at Pittsburgh.  Lack of run game hurts.  Ray Rice is hurting both figuratively (have you heard his name -MIA?), and literally (knee).
  • Troy Polamalu is so good, he picked off a pass while resting on the sidelines.  He’s back, ready, and better than ever.  Steelers are #1 atop my Power Rankings replacing New Orleans this week.
  • My players of the week nominees: Austin Collie and Leon Washington. One guy we didn’t even know about heading into 2009, the other, got traded for an underachieving, overhyped RB from USC on draft day.  One drafted in the 4th round, the other dealt for a 4th round pick.  What does this tell us: Choose wisely in the mid-late rounds, you can find hidden gems that can turn out to be the difference some weeks in the NFL.
  • Mark Sanchez can lead the Jets to the playoffs.  I’ve changed my stance on this team.  Sanchez might be ready to take this team to big places.  Sanchez, not the defense, Sanchez.  I didn’t think he could do it this soon.  Along the way he will find that Dustin Keller is his go-to guy.  Kid is a game-changer.  Tremendous athlete.
  • Why not early playoff look:  NFC teams that are IN: New Orleans, Dallas, Minnesota.  AFC teams that are IN: Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, New England.  NFC teams that are on the fence: Chicago, Green Bay, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Atlanta.  AFC teams that are on the fence: Cincinnati, New York, Baltimore, Tennessee, Kansas City.  NFC teams that are feeling uh: New York, Washington, Seattle.  AFC teams that are feeling uh: San Diego, Houston, Miami.  The rest: prepare for April.  “If fail to prepare, you prepare to fail.” John Wooden.

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