Sunday, October 24, 2010

Some Observations

- First, the TNT NBA debut featuring the Heat is on Tuesday, not Thursday as I indicated in my previous post. Thursday would've been better.

- There seems to be some sentiment that there aren't any dominant teams in the NFL and that might be true. One piece of evidence used to support that position is lack of undefeated teams. This is a little misleading. It should be noted that what seem to be the top 4 teams at present -- Jets, Pats, Ravens, Steelers -- had four games against each other in the first five weeks. Against all other competition, those teams are 16-1.

- Miami is 0-3 at home and 3-0 on the road. Each of the three home losses have been at the hands of one of the teams mentioned in the previous bullet.

- The Giants will be the last team in the league to play a divisional opponent when they take the field at Dallas on Monday night. This is the latest that a team has played its first divisional game in NFL history. (I just made that part up, but it might be true)

- What's up with the Chargers? They're probably not very good, but still, this feels like a good time to bet on them to win the division. Their pre-season O/U was something ridiculous like 11.5, so anybody who has the under might be able to cash out rather quickly.

- What's up with the Saints? This one is more confusing -- San Diego has been on a downward trend for a few years now. Their running game and defense have been steadily deteriorating and the only thing masking it was their awful division. New Orleans is a bit more difficult to figure out. Teams favored by 14 shouldn't lose games that are over in the 3rd quarter. Either Drew Brees has a secret injury or he's tanking the season because he's just such a nice guy that he wants another city to experience the joy that he brought to New Orleans.

- The league leaders in interceptions: Charles Godfrey (4) and William Moore, Dante Parker, Earl Thomas, Alphonso Smith, and Nate Allen (3). What team do any of those guys play for? And which of them is a guy that I just made up? The's got a lot of players.

- For the record, those were the top 5 on the main ESPN stats page. There were a few more well known guys tied for 2nd -- Aqib Talib, Cedric Griffin, and Leon Hall.

- Poor Buffalo.

- Mike Singletary is building one of the more iron-clad cases for dismissal that we've seen in the past few years.

- The Lions are 1-5 with a +6 point differential.


At 8:45 AM, Blogger T.J. said...

Witnessed the Buffalo loss live. Was highly entertaining watching Ryan Fitzpatrick dismantle the Ravens secondary as if he was Marino.

At 9:14 AM, Blogger Geoff said...

I'll guess Dante Parker. And now I believe Deangelo Hall is your NFL leader in INTs. Cutler's fourth pick was the worst interception I've seen this season. Down 3 pts with the ball and tons of time, Cutler just lofts one downfield into triple coverage at a guy who's picked him three times.

Also, in the first half, much like in the first half of the Giants game, Cutler dropped back looking like he was waiting to be sacked. He wasn't even looking for receivers...was just scanning for on coming blitzers.

At 9:17 AM, Blogger Geoff said...

Czaban described the Skins this morning as "an 0-7 team dressed up for Halloween as a 4-3 team." I think that's apt. The skins have been extremely lucky so far this year...and the fact that they lead the NFL in turnover differential and are only 4-3 makes me think the second half of the season will be painful.

Lock this one up: the Skins lose to the Lions next weekend.

At 9:26 AM, Blogger mayhugh said...

I believe the made-up one is Alphonso Smith. Jerry has loved names starting with "Alph" since the "Alphonse FUN-EK-AH" incident.

Repeat after me: Zorn started 6-1, Zorn stared 6-1, Zorn started 6-1...

And that was only 2 years ago, so I don't want to hear about this "changing of the guard" crap.

At 9:28 AM, Blogger Geoff said...

Zorn started 6-2...not 6-1.

McNabb looks bad...but at least they take shots down the field...something that never happened in the Campbell era.

This team will hang around and go 8-8...unless my prediction that McNabb gets injured in week 11 comes which case they'll go 6-10.

At 10:19 AM, Blogger zman said...

The Ravens had the #2 pass defense going into their game against the Pats, and I think they had the #9 pass defense going into their game against the Bills. I am still stunned by Fitzpatrick's stat line yesterday.

Maybe Chan Gailey knows something? Maybe the Bills will draft a mammoth Pro Bowl caliber LT to anchor the line for the next 10-12 years and a resurgence of success will return to Orchard Park?

At 10:25 AM, Blogger T.J. said...

The Bears had seven 2nd half possessions yesterday. They resulted in six turnovers and a punt.


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