I did 10 random thoughts this morning, but figured I’d keep going.
1) The Giants’ likely upcoming schedule if they keep winning: Falcons, @ Packers, @ Saints, AFC Champ.
2) The last time the Eagles picked 15th overall, they ended up with Jerome McDougle. The Cowboys have never picked 14th. The last time the Redskins drafted 6th, they took LaRon Landry. Some more useless factoids:
– The last ten players draft 6th overall: Julio Jones, Russell Okung, Andre Smith, Vernon Gholston, LaRon Landry, Vernon Davis, Pacman Jones, Kellen Winslow, Johnathan Sullivan, Rhan Sims.
– The last ten players drafted 14th overall: Robert Quinn, Earl Thomas, Malcolm Jenkins, Chris Williams, Darrelle Revis, Brodrick Bunkley, Thomas Davis, Tommie Harris, Michael Haynes, Jeremy Shockey.
– The last ten players drafted 15th overall: Mike Pouncey, Jason Pierre-Paul, Brian Cushing, Branden Albert, Lawrence Timmons, Tye Hill, Derrick Johnson, Michael Clayton, Jerome McDougle, Albert Haynesworth.
Just like any draft slot, it’s always hit and miss.
3) Victor Cruz: 82-1536-9. And he barely played the first 2 games of the season.
4) Heard a weird interview with Pat Hanlon on WFAN before the game last night. They asked him about Ramses Barden being inactive, and he basically said that Barden wasn’t playing because he sucked the previous week. What a dick move. Pat Hanlon is the head of PR for the Giants. It’s one thing to tell Barden that he wasn’t playing becuse he hasn’t been performing, but to go on the radio and volunteer that to the fans? Why? I’m no PR whix, but that’s not what a PR guy should be doing.
5) I’ve found myself saying “That’s one of the worst calls I’ve ever seen” a lot this season, but the personal foul the referees called on Reed Doughty yesterday was one of the worst calls I’ve ever seen.
6) I didn’t buy Mathias Kiwanuka as a linebacker this offseason. I figured the Giants would use him a lot as a blitzer, and he’d struggle doing everything else. After seeing him play a full season at LB, he’s far from perfect, and it’s pretty clear opposing teams try to get him in unfavorable matchups against TEs and RBs. But I’ll say this for the guy… He’s been outstanding in the run game. I didn’t expect that.
7) The Eagles’ OL was supposed to be their big weakness this season, and at times early in the season they struggled, particularly with the two rookies (Jason Kelce and Danny Watkins), and when Kyle DeVan was still on the team. But as the season progressed, it became one of the strengths of the team, and I think it’s fair to say it’s one of the better units in the league, and by far and away the best in the division. Jason Peters may have had the best season of any offensive lineman in the league, Evan Mathis played at a Pro Bowl level at LG, Todd Herremans, although inconsistent at times is an above average right tackle, and the two kids (using that term loosely with Watkins) will only get better, especially with a full offseason. Even the backups have been good. King Dunlap is a good swing tackle, and even filled in effectively at guard once this season. The Eagles have a lot to be encouraged about there.
8) Rex Grossman “only” threw one pick yesterday, but he tried his hardest to throw more. A bunch of passes hit Eagles defenders who simply weren’t looking back for the ball. He’s a free agent an won’t be back. John Beck is a serviceable backup, (I think?), and is under contract through 2012. He’ll be the one that sticks to backup the Skins’ mystery QB of the future.
9) “I’ve got to moooooOOOOOOOOoooooooooOOOOOOOOooooooooOOOOOOOoooooooooOOOOOOOOOOve like Jagger!” Most annoying stadium song ever.
10) The Giants are 3 point favorites over the Falcons. If you believe the thing where home field advantage means 3 points, that means that Vegas thinks the Giants an Falcons are even teams. I’m not so sure I agree.