Week Six: NFL Wrapup, Sort Of.
It seems I'm not going to get around to doing a full write up on last weekend's games, but man that was some good football. It seemed like every game ended on a last second play.
Take, for example, the Redskins-Rams game. Mommy and Me owner Amy and I were talking last weekend, and she was berating me -- appropriately, for not giving props to the Redskins. We talked about it, I agreed to write something here, but we joked that now that she went off about it, Washington would suddenly look awful.
Uh, yup. Losing to the Rams is pretty damn sorry these days. Not really sure what happened there. I do think the Skins are a pretty good team - and Jason Campbell looks like a real quarterback. Everyone has their missteps - see the Giants on Monday Night Football, looking pretty pathetic against the once woeful Browns. It's nice to see Cleveland get that offense back, but the Giants were supposed to be one of the really good teams.
The Dallas-Arizona game was crazy, ending on a blocked punt. While I never mind seeing the Cowboys lose, finding out that my starting fantasy QB Tony Romo is out four weeks kind of blunted that joy.
Then there was the Chicago-Atlanta game...which with :11 seconds on the clock, I was really impressed not only with Kyle Orton, but the way his team seemed really pumped up by him and that last second touchdown.
Well, almost last second, because with one play Matt Ryan tossed a bomb that got the Falcons into place for a game winning field goal.
That's a game. And Ryan in particular looks like the real deal. Very mature for a rookie QB with really only one decent receiver. When he and Michael Turner are both having good games, they can pretty much run with the big boys.
The 49ers, meanwhile, had one of the more crushing performances in awhile. I knew they had a bad schedule, and thought they'd lose to the Eagles -- but it turns out they didn't have to lose. They were up by NINE going into the fourth quarter...and they lost by fourteen. That's a 23-0 run by the Eagles in the fourth quarter. The Niners misused the clock both in play calling and worthless challenges, and it looked poor across the board. They are a better team - they have a credible offense most of the time. Their defense should be credible, but they have no pass rush which puts pressure on everyone else. (That includes first round pick Kentawn Balmer, who has barely played.) I suspect Mike Nolan is going to get fired at the end of the season (some have suggested it could come before their upcoming bye, but I'd doubt that), and that's fine -- but Mike Martz needs to let Frank Gore run with a lead before I'm ever going to fully trust him either.
I think there's going to be a week where Ronnie Brown has more passing yards than a starting QB. Charlie Frye or the Kansas City QB of the Week, I'm talking to you guys.
Anyhow, it's a fun season thus far (and that's even before the Cowboys doubled up on their Roy Williams quotient) and mostly because there's no obvious dominant team now, in either league. (Yes, the Titans are 5-0 but they are still the Titans. They're good, but I need to see more.)
Congrats again to the Notorious AIC for last week's win!