NFL Week 8 Review: The Good, Bad and Ugly

The Good:

Falcons fly high

Where’s the defense?

Atlanta remains as the only unbeaten team, and had to beat the odds to do so. Philly’s coach, Andy Reid, had never lost coming off of a bye week since he took leadership 1999. Many thought that a well-rested Eagles team might sneak up and deliver Atlanta their first loss of the season, especially since they were the Falcon’s first opponent with a winning record, but that didn’t happen. Atlanta broke out the gates early and never slowed their pace. Matty Ice delivered one of his most impressive games this season, completing 76% of his passes for 262 yards and three TDs. He displayed great pocket presence and linked up with Julio Jones on a 63-yard bomb. Overall the Falcons offense looked completely synced as their aerial attack led to scores on their first six drives. Final score: Falcons 30, Eagles 17

Teach me how to Dougie

“These Ninjas can’t hold me back!”

Doug Martin, running back for Tampa Bay, absolutely danced on the Vikings defense and totaled the best numbers of his short, rookie career. Martin found holes in the Vikings defense, and when there weren’t holes he shifted to create them. In total, Martin tallied 214 total yards, 135 of which were rushing. He displayed patience, balance and speed as he accounted for the majority of Tampa Bay’s offense and statistically lead in rushing and receiving. Watch out for him in future because this didn’t appear to be a fluke game. Final Score: Buccs 36, Vikings 17

Lone star

“The Redskins could have used me.”

Dallas didn’t have much to cheer about after an extremely painful loss to the Giants, but there was one bright spot. Overall, Dallas’ offense failed to produce, as expected under Romo’s leadership, but Jason Witten consistently performed. Hauling in 18 receptions, Witten set a NFL record for tight ends and broke the Cowboys team record he previously set. Those 18 receptions led to 167 yards. Witten continues to solidify his position as the best TE in Cowboys history, and a game of this magnitude was highly unexpected considering the many drops he had while returning from injury earlier this season.

The Bad 

St. Louis gets rammed in England

“We came all the way to London for this?”

Rapid rise in NFL popularity lead to international games played in London for the past few years. Fans in London appreciate the games, but I’m not so sure they’re satisfied with the product they received this year. New England felt right at home and blasted the Rams in epic fashion. From the Rams standpoint, how do you fold and give up 45 points? At some point integrity should kick in and lead to better play, yet they were just going through the motions. How can they help further the NFL brand when their product was equivalent to a flag football team? Final Score: Patriots 45, Rams 7

Butterfingers

RG3 had every right to be the most frustrated player this week. His Redskins were over-matched by a tough Steelers team and played like they believed it. Griffin stayed in the pocket and delivered several passes to his receiver’s hands, yet many passes fell to the turf. RG3 completed 16 of 34 passes, which is definitely something to frown upon, but his receivers dropped 10 passes. Consider the difference these drops could have made in potential scoring drives or maintaining offensive momentum. The Skins apparently had a popcorn party before the game. Everybody arrived with butterfingers.  I think its permissible to allow their receivers to wear Stick Em. Final Score: Steelers 27, Redskins 12

The Ugly

Retros

Pittsburgh decided to sport a vintage look… and it failed miserably. There aren’t enough words to describe how appalling their jersey’s looked. They were the 1934 edition for a reason and should have been left in the past. I wasn’t sure if I was watching a bumblebee documentary or watching convicts form a modern version of the gridiron gang.

NFL Week 4 Review: The Good, Bad, and Ugly

The Good:

Return of the refs

Who ever would have thought refs would be applauded?

Finally, the much awaited return of official referees arrived. Fans had to endure 3 weeks of replacement refs’ horrendous officiating: extra timeouts, free touchdowns, excessive defensive pass interference calls, phantom holding calls, etc– the list goes on. Fortunately, for fans’ sake, the Packers served as martyrs protecting the games’ integrity. Fans greeted regular officials with an explosion of cheers and a generous standing ovation upon returning during Thursday night’s football game. Final outcome: Better officiating, although not by much.

Last week: flat line, this week: Hartline and Tannehill revived in a Dolphins’ loss

Diving for every yard: The difference between 250 and 253.

Who is Brian Hartline? Since I’m sure you don’t know, he is the Miami Dolphins receiver that absolutely exploded in week 4. Hartline snagged 12 receptions for a Dolphins record of 253 yards and a touchdown. Yes, 253 yards, and that wasn’t a typo. In weeks 1-3 Hartline totaled 202 yards and no TDs, so he more than doubled his season’s production. If he’s available in your fantasy league, pick him up! He might be the perfect addition to fit your flex position until we’re sure he can produce consistently.

Hartline helped springboard his QB, Ryan Tannehill, to a record-setting day in his young, rookie career. Tannehill accrued 431 passing yards, although the effort came in a tough, overtime loss to ball hawking Arizona Cardinals. The confidence Tannehill gained will be helpful going forward, although he threw twice as many interceptions as TDs (2-1). Final Score: Cardinals 24, Dolphins 21.

Patriots go Buffalo hunting

Everybody’s involved.

New England appeared doomed by stagnant offense as the Buffalo Bills took a 21-7 lead early in the third quarter. It seemed like they would lose to another middling team and drop to 1-3 for the season. Then, they mounted up, grabbed their muskets and went Buffalo hunting. New England abused Jacksonville’s defense, running off 42 unanswered points. If any team struggles to play offense, they should watch this game’s tape. Players contributed from all positions. Two running backs, Brandon Bolden and Stevan Ridley, rushed for over 100 yards and combined for 3 TDs. Wide receiver, Welker, and tight end, Gronkowski, also added 100 yard games. It looked like a practice scrimmage at game speed because tackles weren’t made. Buffalo’s lackluster players insinuated a quitter’s mentality,which just may have led to New England finding their mojo. Final Score: New England 52, Bills 28

The bad & Ugly Combined:

Oh no! Romo

#47’s Reaction insinuates this was one of the housed interceptions.

The only people not saying “oh no” when Romo recklessly flung the ball was Chicago’s defense, who eagerly awaited every opportunity. Romo threw 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 INTs, tying the most in his career. Although Romo sported a Cowboys uniform, he was the Bears’ best player. Two of his interceptions were housed. Dallas scored 18 points, so Chicago technically needed one offensive touchdown to win. Romo’s questionable decision-making unraveled any chance Dallas had of winning. Usually Tony “No Show” has the patience to wait and save his awful games for playoff stretches, but why wait? Why not come out and stink it up on Monday Night Football when everybody is watching? Final Score: Cowboys 18, Romo and the Bears 34.

Grounded Jets couldn’t take flight

Another grounded “Jet” that couldn’t fly.

Have you ever gotten a “whuppin” for doing something you weren’t supposed to? Apparently the Jets are familiar with this feeling. Jets were created to fly, but their parents, the 49ers, grounded them and never allowed them to take flight. Was this great defense, or bad offense? Good defense leads to bad offense, so let’s assume both took place. Bottom line, New York couldn’t muster a single point – Zero, zilch, nada! After all, they only generated 145 yards of total offense, so at best they were in scoring position one time. One more week of this and the New York Fans will be chanting “TEBOW, TEBOW, TEBOW!” The prodigal return of the Jesus Quarterback is inevitable. Final Score: Jets 0, 49ers 34

Once again, the Raiders

That expression says it all.

I’m kinda tired of the Raiders landing here every week. One week after giving them praise, I’m back to blasting them again. Whats wrong in Oakland? Who’s to blame for their lack of competing? Injuries can’t excuse playing this poorly. The Denver Broncos hadn’t scored a first quarter TD this season until playing Oakland, who relinquished 10 first quarter points. Oakland lacked everything necessary to compete: confidence, tenacity and energy. Denver limited star running back, Darren McFadden (Run DMC), to 34 yards on 13 carries. Simple math confirms that’s less than three yards per carry. McFadden is supposed to break or allude tackles, not make tackles. Oakland’s sloppy arm tackling allows opponents to stretch five yard plays to 25+ yards. Big play threats always loom. The coaching staff must assume onus for this. We know they aren’t supposed to make tackles, but they are responsible for coaching discipline and fundamental principles like wrapping up. I have more to say, but I’m sure they will give me an opportunity to do so next week, so I’ll close with a quote from Carson Palmer, “It was nothing more than a good, old-fashioned butt-whupping.” Final Score: Raiders 6, Broncos 37.