1. Mark Sanchez had an awful game yesterday as everyone and their mother has pointed out. But Eli Manning wasn’t much better: He was 9 of 27 for 225 (99 of which came courtesy of Victor Cruz’s awesomeness), 1 TD, 1 INT. That’s his second bad game in a row.
2. Terrible safety play is an epidemic in the NFL. Think of your top 3 safeties in the league. Obviously, you got Ed Reed and Troy Polamalu, and then who do you take? In the NFC East, I think all 4 teams should be unsatisfied with their safeties. With the Eagles, Nate Allen can play and should be better with a knee that’s 100% throughout the entire offseason, but is Kurt Coleman really an NFL starter? Is Jaiquawn Jarrett a player? With Dallas, the Cowboys probably overpaid Gerald Sensabaugh a bit, but may have been justified in doing so as they could be doing a lot worse at safety. Meanwhile, Abram Elam is just a guy. In New York, where they use 3-safety sets quite a bit, Antrel Rolle and Deon Grant were both really bad this season. And in Washington, LaRon Landry can’t stay healthy. But I’ll say this, as a fan of an NFC East team, no matter how bad you think you may have it, you could be a Jets fan. I’ve never seen a safety with such an embarrassing lack of speed as Eric Smith trying to chase down Victor Cruz on his 99 yard TD on Saturday. No idea how that guy has a job in the NFL.
3. Apologies again to my Redskins readers, as I’ve been covering the other 3 teams a hell of a lot more for the last couple months, for obvious reasons. But fear not, your time (the offseason) will be upon us once again, and the focus will shift back your way in a week. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I kinda think I like what’s going on in DC lately. I got you guys earmarked as a legitimate contender in 2013 if the patient building continues.
4. If you said the Eagles season would be derailed because Michael Vick can’t stay healthy, congrats, you might have been right. Vince Young’s performance against the Seahawks was atrocious. Gotta wonder if that game is different with a healthy Vick. And do the Eagles lose to Atlanta Week 2 if Vick doesn’t have to leave that game?
5. The Cowboys scored 2 TDs against the Eagles this season, and looked like jackasses both times by emphatically spiking the ball in a blowout.
6. One matchup I watched all day was Justin Tuck vs Wayne Hunter. I thought that was a matchup Tuck had to dominate. He didn’t. For the better part of the day, Hunter won that battle. Tuck looked nothing like the star player he’s been over the last 5 years, but I’ll say this for him… On that QB waggle the Jets tried to run where Tuck was unblocked, he did a great job keeping contain on Sanchez, didn’t buy a pump fake, and closed in for the sack. He’s clearly not the same player, but that was a veteran savvy play. I think Tuck can contribute just by doing his job, but he’s not a guy that can be counted on to mke plays at this point. The Cowboys can probably rest easy giving Tyron Smith no help on that side.
7. I’m beginning to wonder if the Eagles are going to hang onto Juan Castillo next year. A couple weeks ago, that seemed like an impossibility. As my buddy Brian Solomon from McNabbOrKolb.com pointed out right after the Eagles knocked out Tony Romo:
Did you know the Eagles are now the 8th ranked D in the league? How is that possible? Well… they are:
And they have the Redskins next week.
8. The Cowboys have to make QB a priority this offseason. Jon Kitna is probably done, and Stephen McGee has not looked good anytime I’ve ever seen him. I’ll also note that Tony Romo is playing well and there’s little reason to think about replacing him in the near future, but the Cowboys need to keep in mind he’ll be 32 in April.
9. The “Tuck rule” is one of the worst rules in sports. Get rid of that nonsense. It cost the Giants a turnover. I also felt that Jeremy Kerley’s elbow did not hit the ground on the play that nullified a Giants TD. And there was a 3rd bad call I’m not recalling right now. Give the Giants credit. They overcame the officials and won anyway.
10. I’ve never seen an onsides kick after a safety. The Jets’ punter basically punted the ball into the turf. Very odd looking.
11. The Eagles are now 3-0 when Michael Vick pulls his socks all the way up.
12. Victor Cruz: 76 catches, 1358 yards, 8 TD. Wow.