The Bears may actually be mathematically eliminated at this point, as opposed to just done in my opinion. I didn’t bother looking it up, because it doesn’t really matter. Caleb Hanie’s numbers this season: 4 starts, 4 losses, 51 of 102, 613 yards, 3 TD, 9 INT, 41.8 passer rating. Yeah yeah, I know Mike Martz’s playbook requires a membership to Mensa to be able to throw a football to guys wearing the same color jersey as the one the QB is wearing, but something is telling me that Donovan McNabb may have played just a tad bit better than Hanie. The Bears were 7-3 a month ago and cruising toward the 5 seed. Now they’ll be golfing a in a couple weeks. I get that Jay Cutler got hurt, but it was as if the Bears had no idea that losing your starting QB for a few weeks is a possibility in the NFL. Bang up job, Jerry Angelo.
7 – Just not a good team
The Giants are now -38 in point differential on the season. That’s 12th worst in the NFL. They’ve lost 5 of 6. They’re dead last in rushing. 29th against the pass. 22nd against the run.
When the Giants were 6-2, they were +7 in turnover differential. That’s how they were winning some of those games. During their 1-5 stretch (albeit against better teams), they haven’t been winning the turnover battle, as they’ve been -4 in that department. It’s pretty simple, really… The Giants HAVE TO win the turnover battle against good teams to have a shot. Otherwise, with their downright bad defense, they’re just not good enough to consistently win.
6 – Sloppy, but effective
The Cowboys needed a win against the dreadful Bucs in Tampa Saturday night, and they got one. It wasn’t always pretty, but they stomped all all over the Bucs regardless. Jason Garrett and Co even rolled the dice a bit by resting DeMarcus Ware and Jay Ratliff for most of the 2nd half. Even when the Bucs scored without those two guys out of the game, the Cowboys didn’t panic and kept their 2 defensive stars out against the Bucs anemic offense. It’s not the way I’d have played it, but a tip of the cap… they got some much needed rest for two of their best (and dinged up) players.
4-5 (in whatever order you prefer) – In.
Barring some sort of catastrophic turn of events, you’ll be watching the Detroit Lions in the playoffs for the first time since 1937, and perhaps we’ll see yet another 1-and-done from Matty Ice.
3 – ???
Alright, so… the Niners haven’t even played yet this week, but I’m fairly certain they’re not moving from this spot no matter what happens tonight, so whatever. I’m going to break a self-imposed rule for a second, and talk about my fantasy football league. I’m playing cousin tonight for the chance to go to the Super Bowl. We’re tied at 112. I have David Akers. He has Vernon Davis. So yeah… I’ll be rooting for a kicker all night. This is a prime example of what makes fantasy football so simultaneously great and awful all at once.
2 – Great… at home… or in a dome.
Here’s what I wrote about the Saints last week:
The Titans are a decent team, but not on the level of the Saints, but it was a game that I thought the Saints could lose in Tennessee. And they almost did. New Orleans has to pray for another Niners loss (for that ever-important first-round bye), and for some other team to knock off the Packers in one of the early rounds of the playoffs, because they’re a completely different team away from the Superdome.
On the road, the Saints are 4-3 and score 25.1 points per game. That’s very good, of course, but not exactly all that scary. That’s the team that shockingly lost to the Seahawks in the first round last year.
At home the Saints are 6-0 and score 39.8 points per game. Very scary. That’s the team they had home field throughout the playoffs in ’09 that won the Super Bowl.
While the Saints weren’t at home, they were in a dome, and they stomped all over the Vikings.
1 – Imperfection
Mercury Morris and his douchebag ’72 Dolphins friends celebrate.
A “tear came your eye,” Mercury? Really?