Obituaries: None this week
10 – 2 straight losses
The Bucs were sitting at 3-1 after the first quarter of the season and looking like a possible NFCS contender… until they entered the difficult part of their schedule: In San Fran, they got demolished 48-3. Then they beat a good Saints team, and it was like “Alright Bucs… I see you.” Then a loss in London to the Bears followed up by a rematch against the Saints after their bye week in which they were handled fairly easily.
Did anyone see Darren Sproles in that game, by the way? The Bucs’ D looked comically slow chasing him around. Anyway, the schedule doesn’t get any easier. They have the Texans at home, followed by a trip to GB. They have to win at least one of those. If not, the Bucs are probably headed to the graveyard.
9 – Life support
I don’t kill teams off until I’m about 99% certain they’re really done. I mean… I can’t have a team go to the graveyard and then make the playoffs. Death is not to be messed with. Not that I think the Eagles will make the playoffs. But they still can... I guess. They do anything short of winning each of their next 2 games (the second of which is in North Jersey), they’re done. They should probably start to write their living will.
(Side note – Never noticed this before, but from the link above, the team Death is playing with in Electronic Football where his guy is going in circles appears to be the Redskins, haha.)
8 – DeMarco
DeMarco Murray’s numbers in his first 3 starts – 55 carries, 466 yards, 1 TD
Reminds me a little of Miles Austin’s first 2 starts – 16 receptions, 421 yards, 4 TD.
7 – Should we start to pay attention?
Three straight wins, and 3 straight home games upcoming. I’ve been making fun of the Falcons all season for trading 5 draft picks for a rookie WR, when they have so many other holes. On Sunday, Julio Jones had his first TD catch (two of them actually). That took me by a bit of a surprise that he hadn’t scored until now. If you give up 5 picks for a WR, that player better become one of the undisputed 5 best WRs in the game. He may or may not get there, but holy crap, he had himself a game on Sunday. Watch what he does to poor Joe Lefeged (#35 on the Colts) at the 2:00 mark. Dignity… robbed.
The Falcons get the Saints at home this week. Huge game.
6 – I thought their OL was supposed to suck
The Eagles’ pass rush didn’t get so much as a sniff of Jay Cutler last night. Even when Cutler fell down on one play, the Eagles couldn’t get him. If that OL can continue to play like that going forward, this team is legit.
5 – Ndamukong Suh… The next Reggie White?
Since the Lions were on their bye this week, I figured we’d take a quick look at Ndamuking Suh. Google “Ndamukong Suh Reggie White.” Lot’s of comparisons there, huh? I think Matt Ryan might be the most overrated offensive player in the league. On defense, for anyone that thinks Ndamukong Suh is anything close to what Reggie White was early in his career, you’re probably younger than 35 years old, you have no idea what you’re talking about, and you may be helping Suh earn that overrated honor on defense.
|Reggie White’s first 4 years||Games||Tackles||Sacks|
|1987 (strike shortened)||12||76||21|
|Ndamukong Suh first 1.5 years||Games||Tackles||Sacks|
|2011 (through 8 games)||8||24||3|
Ndamukong Suh. Great young player, but he ain’t Reggie White. There may never be another Reggie White. So stop it with that foolishness.
4 – Should skate to an NFCE title…
…barring a Mets-like collapse. Huge win in NE, and from every Giants player quote I see, the team is confident. They believe. I mean that as a good thing. That shouldn’t be dismissed. Pats-Jets is going to get all the attention in the greater NYC metropolitan area this week, but I really think that Giants-Niners is the marquee game on the schedule.
3 –What are you, Saints?
I’m still having difficulty getting past their loss to the freaking Rams a couple weeks ago. I said it before and I’ll say it again – Sometimes the NFL makes no sense. Are the Saints in that upper echelon tier with the likes of the Ravens, Niners, and Steelers, or are they among the teams below that group that I remain skeptical about, with teams the Bengals, Pats, Giants, Texans, Lions, Jets, etc.?
Enormous game for the Saints this Sunday in Atlanta. If they take care of business, they’ll have a stranglehold on the NFCS. If not… they may be scratching and clawing just to make the playoffs until the final week this season.
2 – A #1 run D I believe in
When the Cowboys were the “#1 run D,” I wasn’t buying it. With this team, I most certainly am. Steelers aside, they might have the best set of 3-4 LBs in the league, behind the best 3-4 DE in the league, Justin Smith. Tough, tough team. They’re for real. The Pats game had juicier headlines, but this is a bigger test for the Giants.
1 – Still the best