NFC Obituary/Hierarchy with Week 9 in the books

Graveyard:

Obituaries: None this week

Hierarchy:

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.

The Bears own the Eagles :(

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
1985 13 100 13
1986 16 98 18
1987 (strike shortened) 12 76 21
1988 16 133 18
Ndamukong Suh first 1.5 years Games Tackles Sacks
2010 16 66 10
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.

What'chu talkin' about Willis?

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

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  17. Tim Rice says:

    Id say RW is a close secod. To the one and only Lawrence Taylor.
    Coming from a Redskins fan.

  18. BigTTech says:

    I always knew Reggie White had been special, but being a cowboys fan I’d never really cared enough to look much deeper than that, but wow….. those numbers are video game good. Wish I’d been old enough to watch him play.

    1. Free Plax says:

      Reggie White God rest his Soul, was a big time pain to play against, same with the late Jerome Brown. I like Suh, but he is not even close to what Reggie was.

  19. Jay Walker (GIB) says:

    I think you can write the Eagles off for a wildcard, entirely. NFCE or bust. Their only shot is with the Giants coming out of the next 5 weeks at 2-3 or worse. The Eagles, in-turn, must be a solid 4-1 or better. Highly unlikely considering the Eagles havent beaten a good team yet. But they do know how to have have a lead in the 4th qtr. /meansnothing

    If the Eagles go 2-0, with the Giants going 0-2 the next 2 weeks, then i’ll start to get excited again. But at this point, i am totally pessimistic.

  20. Imp says:

    Why would anyone compare White to Suh? White was a DE, Suh is a DT. Two completely different positions. Besides, Suh is awesome, but he’s not “Best Defensive Player in NFL History” awesome.

  21. brisulph says:

    Eagles are like the Duke Blue Devils… they are not dead until they are 100%, completely buried. More lives than a cat, those teams.

  22. Free Plax says:

    One more thing, please don’t ever put the Met’s and Giants in the same sentence again, some of that Met black cloud might start affecting my Gmen. LOL not that you wouldn’t mind.

    1. There’s a method to my madness.

  23. packimop says:

    Eagles are dead. Tiebreak losses to Falcons and Bears who will be fighting for the wild card. Detroit likely to go 11-5. Maybe if Detroit goes 10-6 and somehow doesn’t hold the tiebreaker against the Eagles I could give them a chance.

    I’m durpressed.

    1. Free Plax says:

      Fat Lady is warming up for Philly, but I agree with Jimmy, you can’t kick dirt on them till they hit 7 losses

      1. Fat Lady just drank her herbal tea and is standing at the edge of the stage.

  24. Immynimmy says:

    Suh has been playing his disappear act this year. Many Lions fans are dissapointed that he hasn’t been the disruptive force that he was last year. If anything, he’s a very good Warren Sapp.

  25. The Legend says:

    I’m 22 & think it’s ridiculous that Suh gets compared to Reggie, even though I was young when it happened I’m still pissed that idiot didn’t offer Reggie anything to stay in Philly

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