Going into the Thanksgiving slate of games I thought the Redskins-Cowboys game was the obvious game of the day. Two rivals teams with high powered offenses battling it out, boy was I wrong, this game was all Cowboys from start to finish. Redskins may have made the game look close with their 2 touchdowns in garbage time, but ultimately the Cowboys dominated this football game. Cowboys were able to finish off drives in the redzone going 4-4, meanwhile the Redskins couldn't quite do the same going 2-5 in the redzone. Cowboys executed and the Redskins didn't it's as simple as that. Kurt Cousins put up crazy flashy numbers, but at the end of the day his team was beat soundly by the Cowboys. Offensively the Cowboys didn't have their best game, Zeke got off to a hot start, but eventually he was slowed down being kept to under 100 yards. Dak had an efficient game, nothing crazy though, and the Cowboys still beat a competitive football team with ease.
Yes I'm now very afraid of how good the Cowboys are, they looked unbeatable yesterday, and I never say good things about the Cowboys. I still think the Giants will kick their ass in a few weeks, by kick their ass I simply mean win, just trying to sound more confident by saying kick their ass. Regardless of if we beat them, the Giants aren't winning the division this year, Cowboys are losing two games at most the rest of the season, and even that seems unlikely. What's even more unlikely is the Giants running the table the rest of the way, so a wildcard spot is looking like our only option, which to be completely honest with you I'm totally fine with. Giants are better as underdogs and on the road, especially in the playoffs, so have the division Dallas just pray you don't see the Giants in the playoffs because we own you in Jerry's World.
The best part from last night's game though was the Josh Norman, Dez Bryant, scuffle after the game. Apparently Dez and Norman were exchanging words after the game it got a little physical, nothing extreme, and it was broken up rather quickly. After that though it was talked about by each side in postgame interviews. Josh Norman said Dez threatened him saying he was going to shoot him essentially, but Dez later called bs saying Norman is lying about that, but did end up saying he will kick Normans ass though. I could care less what Dez said, its trash talk it's part of the game, obviously Dez isn't going to shoot Norman, this isn't the hood this is the NFL, but Norman telling reporters what's being said on the field is a snitch move. Norman talks smack to everyone, apparently making it very personal most of the time as well, so for him to be saying other people are taking it too far, and bitching about it is quite comical. Leave it on the field, don't go snitching to the media, how can anyone respect a rat like that, it's honestly embarrassing for the Redskins to have a player like that on their roster. I Hate both these guys for obvious reasons, but I'm with Dez on this one, Normans just a little bitch.
Thanksgiving got off to a great start with the early game, Lions were taking on the Vikings in a rare meaningful Turkey day game for the Lions. Usually by this point in the season the Lions are already way out of the playoff hunt, but to everyone's surprise this game was actually for the lead in the NFC North division standings, and just may have been the most important game of the day. The Vikings finally broke a 4 game losing streak last week when they beat the Cardinals, only thing about that game was the Cardinals have just as many if not more problems than the Vikings have right now, so that win didn't say much. Vikings had to come to Detroit to play a hot Lions team that had beaten them just a couple weeks ago. Detroit looked like they were going to have their way with the Vikings early, Stafford and company were moving the ball down the field with little to no resistance, and the Vikings were doing the same against a poor Lions defense. Inbetween the first and fourth quarter there wasn't much action and or scoring, the fourth quarter would make up for lack of entertainment throughout the game. The Lions would tie the game up late, then the Vikings would try to finish Detroit off without having to go to overtime. That hope didn't last long, that's the problem you have with Bradford, he can't win you games late since he's the definition of mediocre. He threw a pick early into the Vikings final drive that would set up the Lions for a game winning field goal attempt. Honestly, what is better than watching the Vikings continue to free fall from a 5-0 start, with Sam Bradford throwing a late game interception that cost his team the game. Minnesota falls to 6-5 on the season, Detroit takes the lead in the NFC North, and everyone in the football world is wondering what the hell is going on in that division. The Packers suck all of the sudden, the Vikings who looked like a possible Super Bowl contender are now a complete dumpster fire, and the Detroit Lions without Calvin Johnson are the division leaders. Yeah I think it's safe to say the earth has shifted off its axis, that's the only reasonable explanation for this madness.
After yet another game filled with drops from the wide receiving core, an Eagles fan has started a Go Fund Me account to raise the $2.3 million needed to absorb the cap hit from cutting WR Nelson Agholor. Agholor, who was the Eagles 2015 first round pick out of USC, has been underwhelming at best thorough his first year and a half in Midnight Green. Through 23 career games, the 20th overall pick has 50 receptions on 95 targets for 543 yards and TWO (2!!) touchdowns. Sportingcharts.com only has Agholor listed at one drop on the year (which I just don't believe) but last night was so horrible that I'd have to expose any NFL wide receiver who would've made this drop:
(I was just looking for a video of the drop. Suffice to say I got more than I asked for)
If there's anybody on this team who should love Nelson Agholor it should be Jordan Matthews. Matthews is listed at 4 drops this year and even that sounds like bullshit. Nelson just happened to have the worst drop of the year thus far so the pressure is all on him right now.
I say: why stop at Agholor? The entire WR core has been plagued by drops for the last two years now.
Here are the 2016 drops with Wentz:
(might wanna watch this on mute, unless you're as cynical as I am)
And just for good measure, let's watch them drop Sammy Sleeves' passes:
Most drops in the league last year. Isn't that nice?!
I'm sick and tired of watching NFL wide receivers drop the ball on a weekly basis. IDK whose worse at their craft at this point: kickers across the league or the Eagles receivers. Cut em all. The 2016 season is already over. Sorry that your receivers hate you Carson, your don't deserve this.
Also, I think the Eagles are the only team in the league who have zero capability of throwing the deep ball. I watched PIERRE GARCON, a 30 year old D3 product, burn a Packers defender deep last night. So why can't our 23 year old USC speedster figure out how to run straight faster than the guy covering him. That's literally the sole reason he was drafted. I guess we really DROPPED THE BALL on that draft pick. HA.
Live look at Eagles practice this week:
In this scenario, Ben is Nelson Agholor and Kevin O'Doyle is Carson Wentz. Adam Sandler is Agholor's dad, upset that his son is getting picked on by the big bad Ginger Jesus. Shape up Birds. Not for me. For Carson.
At the end of the game, Phil Simms and Jim Nantz sat there and said Doug Pederson should be proud of the effort that his team gave today. Uh yeah I sure disagree. The Eagles looked downright putrid today. The receivers can't catch. The line can't block. The secondary can't tackle. Nobody could tackle Russell Wilson. Nelson Agholor doesn't know where to line up and costs us a 60 yard touchdown. Nelson Agholor drops a huge 3rd and long pass that hits him in the god damn hands. And then just as a special fuck you to Philadelphia, Nelson Agholor catches a tough, meaningless two point conversion at the end of the game. Fuck you Nelson, don't get on the plane home. And for his partner in crime, Jordan Matthews, if you two don't learn how to do your job and catch the football (that's literally the entire job description) please just go play for Dallas.
Too many penalties (2nd in the league only to the god damn Raiders who usually play like the Mean Machine from the Longest Yard), too many drops, too many miscues. Wentz needs to figure it out. Shockingly Ryan "Fragile-Handle With Care" Mathews got hurt. Shockingly the big fuck Jason Peters got hurt for the 136th straight game. Shockingly, the Eagles can't beat the Seahawks. I hope the secondary is disrespected by the fact that Russell Wilson caught a touchdown on them because if not we can just start tanking for a receiver or a real lineman. FUCK the Eagles are so frustrating. My early death will be on your hands Doug and Carson. PLEASE figure it out.
In case you couldn't tell, our good friend Eat Dat Pussy 445 is unhappy with Nelson Agholor. Agholor dropped what would've been a huge 3rd down conversion late in the 2nd half with the Eagles driving trying to cut the Seattle lead. It wasn't his fault though. The pass only hit him right in the hands without a defender within 10 yards of him. Really tough play to make for an NFL wide receiver who gets paid millions of dollar to catch a football.
Hopefully Agholor keeps up this streak and fails to CATCH his flight back to Philly.
Finally, the #1 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft, Jared Goff, will take the field for the LA Rams this Sunday. No one has had worse quarterback play than the Rams the past two seasons as they rank last in basically every passing statistic. We've seen 6 rookie NFL quarterbacks so far this season, only two, Dak Prescott and Carson Wentz, have actually stood out as future franchise quarterbacks. Even they weren't supposed to be thrusted into the starting role like they were though, Dak got where he is now because Romo and the Cowboys backup both went down with injury, so they didn't have much choice. Wentz wasn't supposed to play either, many thought he wouldn't see the field at all this season, but the Vikings came calling, Sam Bradford was traded, and he was throw to the sharks as well. With the Rams situation it wasn't necessary for Fisher to throw Goff into the wild right away, he gave him time to get acclimated to being a NFL quarterback, and now the Rams have seen enough of Case Keenum, and are deciding to give Goff some real game experience. I like the move, there was no rush, I don't know why everyone was in such a rush to see him get put into the starting role, it's not like the Rams are going anywhere, pun most definitley intended. I think the Rams actually handled this situation to perfection, they have 7 games left, and they aren't making the playoffs so it's the perfect time for him to get accustomed to running their offense in preparation for next season. I don't think Goff will do anything close to what Wentz and Dak have done, but they also set the bar unusually high for rookie quarterbacks. Goff will have moments where he looks completely lost, but then he'll have his moments where you're like okay this kid has a future in this league, those are my reasonable expectations for Goff. Nothing too special, Goff will most certainly be an upgrade from Case Keenum in the long run, maybe even in the short run as well. Only thing is Goff will be compared to Dak and Wentz, which is just totally unfair, and that'll make him look a lot worse in people's eyes than he really is. Goff is a project, there's no denying that, but I think he'll be able to be a solid quarterback for the Rams for years to come.
6-3 has never felt so good, I don't know if that's because 6 wins was all we got last year, or that the Giants have yet to play a complete football game, and still managed to have 6 wins through 9 games. Last night was another perfect example of that, all night I had 0 confidence we were going to win that game, but when it came down to crunch time we were able to execute well enough to claw out another win. Sitting in sole possession of second place in the highly competitive NFC East along with sitting as the top wildcard team, I'm actually more confident now in the Giants than ever before because I know we haven't come close to reaching our ceiling yet.
Giants received the ball to start the game, normally I hate getting the ball first, especially since the Giants haven't scored a touchdown on an opening drive since week 11 of last season. Well, last night the Giants opened up the game with a beautiful 8 play, 80 yard drive, that resulted in a touchdown pass from Eli Manning to Jerell Adams. It was a perfect drive, Eli was 6/6, I was feeling good about things, maybe this was the week the Giants offense would finally mesh, maybe we'd finally return to last year's form, but I'd be wrong. Anyways the Giants defense came out let up a huge play to Tyler Eifert on some weird personnel group formation that confused the shit out of everyone, including the Giants defense. Bengals would take just 3 plays to tie the game up at 7 with an Andy Dalton to AJ Green touchdown pass to cap the drive. Giants offense came back out, looked nothing like they did on the first drive, and went 3 and out giving the ball right back to the Bengals offense, so much for everything coming together tonight. Luckily for the Giants this season our defense has decided to play out of their god damn minds, last year we were the second worst defense in the league, but that has all changed as this Giants defense has now become the foundation to our success. They'd be able to keep the Bengals offense to under 20 yards on each of their next three drives, which was much needed since our offense decided to fall back asleep. Eli threw an interception with about 5 minutes left in the half, the corner read it like his favorite magazine, and it didn't help that rookie wideout, Roger Lewis Jr., fell down on the play, boy did that young boy have an awful game last night. That's beside the point though, Bengals had the ball on our 7 yard line, but our redzone defense is the best in the league, and was able to hold them a field goal, which was huge shift of momentum back to the Giants. Eli, as he's done so many times after he's thrown a pick, comes back onto the field to lead the Giants on a touchdown drive, his quick memory is one of his best traits as a quarterback, nothing phases Eli. Giants went into halftime up 14-10.
Second half got off to an awful start, Giants special teams butchered the kickoff coverage, allowing the Bengals to get the ball all the way to our 13 yard line to start the drive. 2 plays later Jeremy Hill found the endzone, and just like that the Bengals were ahead, 17-14. Giants went three and out to open up the second half for their offense, Bengals got the ball back, drove down the field, and tacked on another 3 point with a field goal making the score 20-14. Giants followed that up with back to back abysmal drives and I was beginning to lose all hope in our chances to win this game. The defense was allowing us to hand around, they shutdown the Bengals for the rest of the game, after the field goal the Bengals had midway through the third that put them up 20-14, they only had 37 yards of total offense. Giants started their game winning drive from the Bengals 47 yard line, they got inside the 10 with ease, but were having some troubles getting it into the endzone. 4th and goal rolled around and Ben McAdoo with 14 minutes left in the 4th quarter decides to go for it instead of taking the three points to bring us within a field goal. McAdoo calls the perfect play, for the first time all season, and Sterling Shepard catches the game winning touchdown pass, the big gamble paid off, and now McAdoo looked like a genius, meanwhile for about 90% of the game our offense looked ineffective. Landon Collins would get his 4th interception in the last three games on the following drive, the Giants had a chance to extend their lead, and put the Bengals in a body bad. Instead Eli throws a deep ball into triple coverage, it gets picked off, and after one play the Bengals are back on the field. Didn't matter though, the defense was playing out of their minds, and Spagnuolo was releasing the Kraken on Andy Dalton. Giants sacked him twice on their final drive, the Bengals gave the ball right back to the Giants, and the Giants had a chance to close it out on offense, which is something we've struggled with all year due to our shitshow of a run game. To my surprise the offense was able to embrace the closer role, Rashad Jennings did a good job of getting the yards we needed to pick up first downs to ice this game. Giants win 21-20, advance to 6-3 on the season, and I'm getting way too excited. We have the Bears and Browns the next 2 weeks, so that should be 2 free wins as long as we don't wet the bed. At that point we'll be 8-3, barring one of the worst collapses in NFL history, the Giants should be able to pick a wildcard spot at the very least. If that's the case watch out NFL because the Giants tend to make noise when they can actually get into the playoffs, this defense is certainly competitive enough to go against anyone in the league, if we can just get the offense flowing like it was last year I'd say give us the Lombardi Trophy right now. Let's not forget this is the NFL and this is the Giants, nothing is conventional, and nothing is easy to predict with much certainty, so let's just wait it out while enjoying the ride.
I really did not think the Chicago Bears season could get any worse between injuries and bad play. Last weeks upset win against division rival Minnesota will certainly be the highlight of an overall depressing year for Chi-Town. It was announced earlier today that the only effective player on the offensive side of the ball Alshon Jefferey is going to miss four games due to PED use. He will be able to return week 14 against the Lions but the season for this team will be all but over by then. Not only do they have a miserable quarterback like Jay Cutler trying to lead the offense, but with the two best receivers on the team out and an unproven running back being the main point of attack the odds are not in their favor to pick up wins in the games coming up. The Bucs man handled this jv football team on Sunday and at this point i would not be surprised if the Bears got violated like that at least in half the games they have remaining.
A rematch of the Seahawks-Patriots Super Bowl of two years ago took place on Sunday night football and boy did it surpass all expectations. Going into this game I don't think anyone expected the type of close game we had two years ago when these teams faced off in the biggest game of them all, but that's exactly what we got in almost the exact same fashion.
Seahawks were having major trouble converting in the red zone early, they were able to move the ball down the field, but were struggling to get it across the goaline. Sound familiar? They settled for 2 chip shot field goals in the first quarter, but still trailed 7-6 after the first since LeGarette Blount was able to punch one in for a touchdown on the first drive of the game. The Patriot offense was a little dormant after that first drive, the Seahawks were rolling, and Russell Wilson would throw two touchdowns in the second quarter to Doug Baldwin as they were finally able to break through into the endzone. Luckily the Patriots were able to put together at least one more good drive in the first half as they scored once again on a LeGarette Blount TD run. The score was 19-14 Seahawks going into halftime and the Seahawks looked like the better team early, they got Brady to throw his first interception of the season, and they forced multiple 3 and outs so the defense didn't look outmatched at all despite playing a ridiculous amount of snaps in the prior two weeks.
The Second half adjustments are where teams make or break themselves, Pete Carroll, Bill Belichick, are two of the best in the business, and their teams came out firing in the second half. Patriots force a 3 and out to start the second half and they score on a 10 play 91 yard drive that lasted about 6 minutes. 21-19 was now the score, but wouldn't be for long. Seattle and New England would then exchange leads 3 times over the next three drives, Seattle hit a field goal to go up 22-21, then the Pats got a field goal to make the score 24-22, and then the Seahawks followed that up with another field goal to make the score 25-24 as Steven Hauschka was having a career day. Patriots would then come out looking to drive down the field and retake the lead once again, but a fumble by Julian Edelman gave the Seahawks the ball in Patriot territory giving them the opportunity to really put the pressure on the Pats. Russell Wilson who had an incredible game, threw his third touchdown of the game, and Doug Baldwin received his third touchdown of the game as the Seahawks regained the lead. Seahawks went for the 2PT conversion to try to go up by 9 and ultimately put the game outta of reach, but they failed. 31-24 was the score with too much time for Brady to drive the length of the field, and he would do just that. Brady got the ball inside the Seahawks 2 yard line on a dime ball for the ages to Rob Gronkowski. The Patriots needed a touchdown to tie the game and send it to overtime. With 45 seconds left, all their timeouts left, and their unbelievable ability of scoring in goal line situations, the circumstances didn't bode well for Seattle. Seattle wanted revenge though, especially Pete Carroll, who once coached the New England Patriots way back when. Well, the Patriots tried two QB sneaks with Brady, both of them failed, which almost never happens, and one of them he actually fumbled, but was able to fall back on it luckily enough. They also tried to pound Blount in since he'd already done it a couple times earlier in the game, that also failed. It was now fourth down with the game on the line, Brady gets Gronk one on one on the outside with Kam Chancellor, throws a jump ball in the back of the endzone, falls incomplete, great defense by Kam, Gronk is looking for a flag but doesn't get it, and the Seahawks exact their revenge winning in similar fashion to how the Patriots won the Super Bowl just two years ago. I doubt the Patriots or Patriot fans will care too much about this lose, I mean I'd definitley take the Super Bowl win over this one, and this game will mean nothing at the end of the season, but I guess it's a nice consolation prize for Seattle.