Okay, so last week I was ready to declare the entire NFC less one or two teams dead. The AFC looked like the dominant conference, far and away. The one thing I have learned this season is nothing is predictable, both the Steelers and the Jets lose to NFC teams that looked lost going into this week. This season just gets stranger by the minute...here are my thoughts on week 8...
1. I am done picking the Dallas Cowboys to win anymore games this season. They got destroyed by the Jaguars in every facet of the game which I didn't think was even possible. Kitna threw for 379 yards but also threw 4 interceptions. Are the Jaguars the worst 4-4 team in the league?
2. The Bengals season is officially over, you can mark it down right now. They fell to 2-5 in the powerhouse AFC North and have no chance of making the playoffs. Carson Palmer has fallen from grace completely, he only completed 17 of 38 passes for 156 yards against the Dolphins at home. On another note, are the Dolphins the best team in the NFL on the road? They have beaten the Bills, the Vikings, the Packers and now the Bengals all on the road. Pretty impressive.
3. Anyone who knows me knows that I am not a Donovan McNabb fan but to bench him for Rex Grossman with 2 minutes left in a one score game, what is the philosophy behind that? He was your leading rusher for christ's sake. The loss of all of the Redskins running backs was the reason they lost this game and they seem to be reeling heading into the bye week. Should be an interesting two weeks for the Redskins who have had more off the field distractions than any team.
4. Poor Buffalo, still winless and still playing their hearts out. They have to be one of the best 0-7 teams in the history of the NFL, although, I am not sure they want that label. Kansas City finds a way to win but they need to figure how to score some points if they want to compete come January. When your running back counts for 238 of your 410 total yards, more than 50%, you need to go back to the drawing board and figure out how to spread the ball around.
5. When did the Packers defense turn into the New York Jets defense? They recorded the first shut out of the NFL season. The Jets, coming off of a bye on a five game win streak couldn't get anything going. If Sanchez has to throw the ball 38 times every game the Jets are going to be in a world of hurt. If you like defensive football then this was the game for you, three field goals was as much as either team could muster, pitiful.
6. Did you know there was a game played in London this weekend? The English cared as much about who won the game as the Americans did. Troy Smith, playing for the injured Alex Smith, was very productive and played a clean game with no turnovers. The Broncos have now lost two weeks in a row to the Raiders and now the 49ers, not a good stretch.
7. The combined offensive yardage in the Rams/Panthers game was 447 yards, that is fairly pathetic. Give credit to the Rams though, after a horrendous 2009 season they are 4-4 through 8 weeks in 2010 and right in the mix in the awful NFC West. Sam Bradford looks like the real deal and Steven Jackson is just a beast.
8. Just when you think San Diego's season is over they pull out a huge win. How is it that the Chargers start out so slow every year only to begin to play in November? The Titans had a chance to have a share of first place after 8 weeks of the season but they couldn't stop the Chargers from scoring. Vince Young gets injured again and if the Titans have to rely on Kerry Collins it will not work out for them.
9. Who would have thought the biggest shootout of the weekend would have been between the Buccaneers and the Cardinals? Welcome to the NFL Mr. Blount, he ran for 120 yards and 2 touchdowns and didn't punch any of his opponents in the process, that has to be a win for the Bucs! The Cardinals QBs combined for 4 interceptions, just another normal Sunday.
10. The big question of the week was finally answered at Foxboro on Sunday, yes Brett Favre started the game, but no he didn't finish it. If I have to hear all week about whether or not Favre is going to start this week I am going to go crazy. Who cares? The Vikings are 2-5 and look awful. On the other hand, somehow, the Patriots are the only team in the NFL with only 1 loss...can Brady win another Superbowl?
11. The Raiders have scored 92 points in their last two games, are you kidding me? Did they score 92 points all of last season? Where did this Jason Campbell come from? He throws for 310 yards and 2 touchdowns with no picks. This isn't the same guy that played in Washington. As a Maryland Alumni, it was nice to see Heyward-Bey actually do something in a game in the last 2 years.
12. I am going to congratulate myself now, I saw this coming, I saw the Saints beating the Steelers and if you watch our weekly video you will see the proof yourself. The Steelers were begging for a loss and the Saints were embarrassed last week at home. The most impressive thing about the victory is that the Steelers knew exactly what the Saints were going to do, pass and pass often and they still couldn't stop them. It will be interesting to see if this is the game that gets the Saints back on track.
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