1) Redskins fans: What play call is this:
2) The Giants got kind of screwed on scheduling. This week, they face the Saints, who are coming off their bye. Sean Payton is an outstanding game planner. Give him and Brees two weeks to prepare for anyone, and that’s not easy. Payton is very Andy Reid-like in that regard. Then, next week, they get the Packers. With the Packers playing on Thanksgiving, the Packers then get 10 days to prepare for the G Men. That’s rough.
3) Speaking of Thanksgiving, I complain about this every year, and I will again this year. I’m sick of Dallas and Detroit getting major unfair advantages every year. For one, getting the home game on Thanksgiving is HUGE, as they have an extra day to prepare on a short week. But the thing that everyone forgets as noted in the above bullet point, they also get an advantage over the team they face the following week by getting 3 extra days of rest and prep. For a league that’s all about parity, how is this fair?
4) I think my favorite penalty in the NFL is intentional grounding. You can almost talk the referees into throwing the flag from your couch. For example (bias alert), Eli Manning had a pretty clear cut intentional grounding call Sunday night that didn’t immediately draw a flag, although having the advantage of seeing the entire field neatly on my TV screen, I instantly knew it was intentional grounding. Naturally, I said aloud to nobody in particular:
No flag yet.
Still no flag.
(NBC showing the replay).
“Not even close to being out of the pocket, not reasonably trying to complete a pass, no receivers reasonably in the area. Dude, that’s intentional grounding.”
(NBC crew noting that the referees are gathering to talk.)
“Good job, guys, talk it out. Throw that flag.”
Still no flag.
“THROW THE EFFING FLAG!!!”
Ref throws the flag… “Intentional grounding, number 10.”
5) At halftime during the Eagles-Giants game, Rodney Harrison went on a little mini-rant about DeSean Jackson immaturity costing his team. While I agree, can we maybe hear from somebody that didn’t routinely rack up dumb 15 yard personal fouls in his playing career?
6) This was one of my favorite tweets of the year, courtesy of Giants PR director Pat Hanlon (you’ll have to click the image):
Yeah, Pat. That tailgate is rockin’.
7) Is Chad Hall’s “trucking” rating in Madden zero? It should be.
8) Sav Rocca deserves a Pro Bowl nod this season. No way Mat McBriar should get in again this year.
9) Not sure who’s worse: Phil Costa or David Diehl.
10) The Cowboys-Redskins game reminded me of something that’s horribly wrong with NFL rules: How are there no challenges in OT? With NFL officiating as bad as it is, and as reliant as the officials are on replay correcting their mistake, we’re going to take away a team’s ability to challenge? Seriously?
11) We actually got a great QB battle from Tony Romo and Rex Grossman on Sunday. I thought both guys played really well.
12) I used to live in a town called Nutley, NJ, which is right in the neighborhood of East Rutherford, NJ, the home of the Giants and Jets. I worked in New York City. From a bird’s eye view, my office in NYC was almost exact 10 miles away from my home. Yet, from door to door, my commute generally took me a little more than an hour each way, every day. It’s actually how I got into writing about football in the first place – to kill time on my commute, but I’m getting off topic here. Anyway, I always find it comical when they show scenic shots of NYC coming in and out of the commercial breaks during Jets and Giants games, when I know that it likely took the camera crew at least an hour to get to their shot locations from East Rutherford.
13) You know at the end of the game when they have the red line superimposed on the field of where they think the team with the ball needs to get to for a realistic FG attempt? They had it at the Dallas 43 for Graham Gano, meaning that they think he can realistically hit a 60 yarder. I mean, I get what they’re doing – they’re going on the kicker’s career long. Let’s just do away with that line, and give the viewers a little more credit for their football IQ. I think we have a clue what FG range is.
14) Love the very first line of Chris Chase’s article about DeSean Jackson yesterday.
They don’t call him MeSean Jackson for nothing.
But… Do “they” call him “MeSean?” Who’s “they” exactly? Is this a nickname commonly attributed to DeSean Jackson? I mean… I AM an NFC East blogger, not to mention a writer for the Eagles site Bleeding Green Nation, so if there’s someone that would be familiar with that nickname for DeSean, I’d be a pretty good candidate. I mean, I know that back in the day, people used to call Keyshawn Johnson, Meshawn Johnson. I guess it would be pretty easy for hacky commenters (much less actual football writers) to simply make the transition from “Meshawn” to “MeSean.” That would of course ignore the fact that Jackson’s name isn’t even pronounced DEE-Sean in the first place, like it is with KEY-Shawn, but that’s not really even the point. Anyway, I guess I’m asking if maybe I’m just missing something? It “MeSean” a common nickname for DeSean? That’s a serious question. Can someone please answer that?
15) During the week, we heard from Rob Ryan that Anthony Spencer was going to have a big game. As usual (with Rob Ryan’s bluster and with Anthony Spencer’s penchant for disappointment)… Nope. Don’t be surprised in the slightest if the Cowboys look to draft a playmaker at OLB. With all the favorable matchups Spencer gets, he simply isn’t performing to the level that he should be.
16) After the Eagles-Giants game Sunday night, LeSean McCoy was asked if he had a chance to speak with Osi Umenyiora at all. Shady’s reply:
Pro Football Focus had Osi on the field for 53 snaps, which would make Shady incorrect. However, it’s understandable that Shady could have missed him, with Jason Peters engulfing Osi for 4 quarters.