Things I Noticed from Week 10 in the NFL

– I have decided to mix up the “3 things I learned from Week ? in the NFL”, and am now going to give you even MORE things that I have noticed from the given week, so that I can cover more teams, more NFL news and give you more insight.

– By the way, I like referring to myself in the third person now. I know the title of this column makes it seem like I do anyways, so I will embrace it. I am like The Rock, just not as rich, successful or powerful.

Jacksonville Jaguars (3-6) defeat Indianapolis Colts (0-10) 17-3

– This was Curtis Painter’s 3rd time in 4 games where he has thrown for less than 100 passing yards (94 passing yards, 2 interceptions). When Dan Orlovsky becomes a better option at QB than yourself, that is when you know you can’t play the QB position

– The Colts have the 2-7 Carolina Panthers next week and then Jacksonville once more before the end of the season. Those are the only 2 winnable….and I really am stretching the word “winnable”….games left on the schedule. The 2008 win-less Detroit Lions may soon have some company in that category.

– You know your receiving core is bad when your throwing to guys named Chastin West, Jarrett Dillard and Zach Potter. Right Blane Gabbert?

– What are the odds Stanford QB Andrew Luck is already looking for a place in Indianapolis?

New Orleans Saints (7-3) defeat Atlanta Falcons (5-4) 26-23

– Just a quick piece of advice for all aspiring head coaches out there. If you have the ball in overtime, and you are on your own 29 yard line on 4th down against one of the best offenses in the entire league, then seriously, DON’T GO FOR IT! I love Michael Turner, but in that situation, you have to punt the ball.

– Falcons Head Coach Mike Smith said the blame is on him and not the players. He is absolutely right. In such a close-nit playoff race, making decisions like that may come back to bite them in the end.

– Will the real Mark Ingram please stand up? 8 rushes for 11 yards? I realize the Saints are a pass-first offense, but just imagine how lethal they could be if they could get Ingram playing at a consistent level.

Houston Texans (7-3) defeat Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-5) 37-9

Arian Foster (17 rushes, 84 yards, 1 TD), Ben Tate (13 rushes, 63 yards, 1 TD) and Derrick Ward (11 rushes, 36 yards, 1 TD) all got on the scoreboard for the Texans yesterday. There might not be a better rushing attack in the entire NFL.

– The Texans do look good. In a Manning-less year, the AFC South is for the taking. But if you look closely, you will see that outside of the win against the Steelers, the combined record of the competition for the Texans has been 17-38. Even looking at the rest of their schedule, their remaining games are against teams with a 21-34 record. We may not know how good the Texans really are until the playoffs begin.

– Did anyone else notice that the Texans currently have the #1 ranked defense in the NFL? Wade Phillips, you genius you.

– Tampa Bay QB Josh Freeman is currently in a downward spiral. Another 3 interceptions against Houston, giving him 13 on the year. That is twice as much as he had in all of 2010.

Pittsburgh Steelers (7-3) defeat Cincinnati Bengals (6-3) 24-17

– Despite the loss, the Bengals can take a lot of positives away from yesterdays game. A lot of skeptics, including myself, wanted to see how Cincinnati could hold up against the beasts of the division in Baltimore and Pittsburgh. Yesterday, by sticking around with the defending AFC champion Steelers in a close contest, they showed that their early winning start has been no accident.

– I love me some Antonio Brown (5 catches, 86 yards). Brown and Mike Wallace give the Steelers a solid route runner and a huge deep threat. The Wide Receiver fort will surely be held down once Hines Ward walks off into the sunset.

Tennessee Titans (5-4) defeat Carolina Panthers (2-7) 30-3

– Hello, Chris Johnson (27 rushes, 130 yards, 1 TD). I am glad you remembered that you were once an elite Running Back in the NFL. Now lets not go back to our old ways ok?

– I wouldn’t look too much into Cam Newtons mediocre performance yesterday (23 for 40, 212 passing yards, 1 interception). Newton is currently suffering from shoulder issues on his throwing arm, and the Titans defense is actually not too shabby either. Give the rookie a Mulligan and just watch him destroy the 0-10 Colts next week.

– Am I the only person that thinks that the Carolina Panthers should not have given that new contract extension to DeAngelo Williams and just let Jonathan Stewart become the featured back? If your going to have Cam Newton do most of the teams rushing anyway, then why not get rid of Williams and let the vastly underrated Stewart get his chance? You don’t need both of them at this point.

Arizona Cardinals (3-6) defeat Philadelphia Eagles (3-6) 21-17

– Yes, you read the score correctly. The Cardinals beat the Eagles in Philadelphia. No excuses, Eagles. Does Philadelphia not realize that EVERY game from this point on matters if they want a chance of making the playoffs?

– Not to discount what the Cardinals did, but QB John Skelton actually had himself a decent showing (21 for 40, 315 passing yards, 3 Touchdowns, 2 Interceptions). He is now 4-2 as a starter, and might be giving the injured Kevin Kolb a run for his money…and his starters job.

– Will someone buy DeSean Jackson a new alarm clock? Maybe one with surround sound, and ultra-loud speakers surrounding it so that he can get his butt out of bed on time for team meetings. I don’t care if it was some ploy to hold out on the team until they give him a new contract, just act professional and do your job.

– Jackson or no Jackson, QB Michael Vick was just awful (16 for 34, 128 passing yards, 2 Interceptions). You would think he was playing the 85′ Bears defense out there.

Denver Broncos (4-5) defeat Kansas City Chiefs (4-5) 17-10

– How does a team win a football game when their starting QB only connects on 2 out of 8 passes the entire game? How does that same QB end up with a passer rating over 100 when…..he only connects on 2 out of 8 passes the entire game? I guess someone is really looking down on Tim Tebow.

– I don’t care that the Denver Broncos won this game with Tebow behind center. This doesn’t change the fact that he is not a good NFL Quarterback. Do you really think that this winning trend is going to continue when he puts up numbers like that? I’ll take the game against Detroit and evaluate that performance more than this affair with the lowly Chiefs defense.

– I never thought that handing off the ball to Lance Ball 30 times and connecting on 25% of your passes would get you a win in the National Football League. Boy, is my face red.

– How bad does this make the Chiefs look though? Losing to the win-less Dolphins, and then this stinker with Denver?

Dallas Cowboys (5-4) defeat Buffalo Bills (5-4) 44-7

– This was an important game for both teams who are by no means locks for a playoff birth with so many games left on the schedule. Dallas showed up, Buffalo didn’t.

– The Buffalo defense has to realize that it isn’t going to be able to get 4-5 takeaways every week. Tony Romo lit them up (23 for 26, 270 passing yards, 3 Touchdowns) and made them look like the Buffalo defense we were all accustomed to seeing these last few years.

– If the Dallas Cowboys had any common sense, they would just make RB DeMarco Murray (20 rushes, 135 yards, 1 TD) the lead back for the rest of the season. That offense wasn’t going anywhere with Felix Jones, who should only be a change-of-pace back in the NFL. Murray currently ranks 2nd amongst Running Backs in yards per carry at 6.7. Why ruin a good thing?

– That was pretty awesome when Bills Wide Receiver David Nelson scored a touchdown and ran over to give the ball to his DALLAS COWBOYS cheerleader girlfriend. The other girls must have looked at her and thought, “TRAITOR”.

St. Louis Rams (2-7) defeat Cleveland Browns (3-6) 13-12

– Did anyone watch this game? Neither did I.

– In all honesty, the Browns needed this win more than the Rams did. A botched field goal by kicker Phil Dawson put the nail in the coffin with 2 minutes remaining in the 4th. I never like to put blame on kickers, but 22-yard kicks should be guaranteed in the NFL. The snap was botched, so the place-holder deserves most of the scrutiny. Tough loss for Cleveland.

– I hope the Rams decide to use their draft picks this summer to give Sam Bradford some more weapons at Wide Receiver. Brandon Lloyd (4 catches, 48 yard, 1 TD) still has some juice left, but he isn’t the spring chicken he once was, and probably won’t maintain this level of play for much longer.

Miami Dolphins (2-7) defeat Washington Redskins (3-6) 20-9

– I guess the “Suck For Luck” campaign is over in Miami. I thought it would have been smarter for the Dolphins to continue to lose, because winning 2-4 games this season will do nothing to help spring this team forward in the right direction

– A nice little game for Dolphins RB Reggie Bush (14 rushes 48 yards, 2 Touchdowns). Maybe this string of success will lead to a reconciliation with former flame Kim Kardashian perhaps. We all know how she loves mediocre professional athletes. Too soon?

– My goodness. How desperate were the Washington Redskins for a win when they gave the ball BACK to…..Rex Grossman (21 for 32, 215 passing yards, 2 interceptions)? 5 losses in a row now for coach Mike Shanahan.

Seattle Seahawks (3-6) defeat Baltimore Ravens (6-3) 22-17

– Just when you think the Baltimore Ravens are getting their act together, they put up a stinker against a losing team squad like the Seahawks. I picked the Baltimore Ravens to be in the Super Bowl this year because they have the on-field talent to beat anyone in the league, but now I am starting to wonder if they are mentally tough enough to get the job done.

– 5 carries for Ray Rice? The little guy from Rutgers college is a top-5 NFL Running Back. He needs touches to be effective. A 52-5 pass/rush ratio isn’t going to get it done for Baltimore.

– On the flip-side of things, Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch put up impressive numbers (32 rushes, 109 yards, 1 TD) against a stout Ravens run defense. It is good to see Lynch enter “Beast-Mode” once again for Seattle.

San Francisco 49ers (8-1) defeat New York Giants (6-3) 27-20

– You win, 49ers. I believe, I believe, I believe. My doubt is gone. You are the real deal. I am sorry for ever lacking faith in you San Francisco. 8-1 is no fluke. You have a 5 game-lead in the division and are headed right to the playoffs. I salute you.

– Hopefully, RB Frank Gore’s (6 rushes, 0 yards) knee injury isn’t to serious and he can be back on the field next week. The 49er’s need Gore to be healthy to help keep this winning momentum going.

– QB Alex Smith (19 for 30, 242 yards, 1 Touchdown, 1 Interception) continues to impress me with his consistency and his on-field poise. His numbers won’t blow you away like a Romo or Stafford, but this guy deserves a spot in the Pro Bowl.

– To show that there are no hard feelings 49ers fans, here is Smashmouth with “I’m a Believer”. You have made a believer out of me, 49ers.

Chicago Bears (6-3) defeat Detroit Lions (6-3) 37-13

– With all the hype behind the Packers and Lions in the NFC North, I almost forgot about the Chicago Bears. I can’t anymore, because they are now tied with the Lions after dismantling them yesterday afternoon.

– The Lions really need to establish a running game (Maurice Morris 10 rushes, 44 yards), because 66 passes from any QB, let alone Matthew Stafford (35 for 66, 338 passing yards, 1 Touchdown, 4 Interceptions) is not a formula for success.

– Just imagine how more effective the Chicago Bears would be if they had a legitimate #1 starting Wide Receiver. No disrespect to a Johnny Knox (1 catch, 18 yards) or Earl Bennett (6 catches, 81 yards), but neither player strikes fear in any defensive secondary. RB Matt Forte (18 rushes, 64 yards, 1 TD) can’t be the only offensive threat on this team for them to maintain their success.

New England Patriots (6-3) defeat New York Jets (5-4) 37-16

– Just when you think Tom Brady (26 for 39, 329 passing yards, 3 Touchdowns) and the New England Patriots are dead in the water, they come out and put up an amazing performance against a top-ranked defense and AFC East rival the New York Jets.

– During the end of the 2nd quarter, Jets QB Mark Sanchez called a time-out without letting the play-clock expire, giving the Patriots more time to score a touchdown before the end of the half. Coach Rex Ryan called it “the stupidest thing in football history”. A little bit of an overstatement, wouldn’t you say?

– The Patriots needed this kind of effort to show the league that they are still in the mix to be Super Bowl Contenders. I won’t confuse the Jets offense with the offense of a Packers or Saints, but holding New York to 16 points and securing 2 interceptions off of Sanchez is something to be happy about moving forward for this young Patriots defense.

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3 Responses to Things I Noticed from Week 10 in the NFL

  1. roju_7 says:

    You really expanded this. You went from “3 Things” to all the games, but I think it was a good call.

    As for the Broncos (they are my team after-all). They just won their second straight division game. You can say that it’s the Cheifs and Raiders, but winning those division games can be hard. I also wouldn’t focus on the fact that Tebow only completed 2 passes, but more on the fact that they only attempted 8. Just like it’s tough for a RB to get in a groove only running it 8 times, it’s tough for a QB to get into one only throwing 8 times. I think Tebow has passed a lot better the last two weeks and the O-line is playing better. I know it’s the cool thing to rip on Tebow, but there were two or three easy drops from his receivers (if caught he would have been a respectable 5-for-8) and he ran the offense really well. Clearly the Cheifs couldn’t stop the run, so why pass when you don’t have to, right?
    I also think its important to note that while not being amazing numbers or anything, Tebow has 605 yards passing, 7 TDs and only 1 INT, with an 81.7 passer rating, as well as 320 rushing yards and 2 more TDs there. Most importantly he is 3-1 as a starter. Compare that to Kyle Orton’s 8 TDs, 7 INTs and 1-4 record. He may not complete a majority of his passes right now, but he isn’t turning the ball over and is WINNING. Don’t look now, but the Broncos are in a three way tie for second in the division, one game behind the Raiders.

    Other notes:
    – Completely agree that Murray needs to be the official starter. He is shredding defenses.
    – Please don’t start praising Romo, he really isn’t an elite QB, Buffalo just played awful.
    – As much as I like Alex Smith and think he’s been pretty underrated for a while, the 49ers offense does need Gore to recover soon.
    – Da Bears D was just plain vicious. And why do people keep kicking to Hester??
    – I think Mike Smith went for it on fourth down because he respected the Saints offense so much. I honestly think that he believed they would have brought it back down the field anyways and that’s why he went for it. I think it was a gutsy call, but not a bad one. Had it worked people would be saying that it was genius.

  2. Chris Walder says:

    I appreciate your perspective on Tim Tebow. You are a Denver Bronco fan and you support the QB and I can respect that. Watching the Broncos as an unbiased analyzer of football, I just can’t see how Tebow can make a career out this. He is winning football games now, and as you said, his numbers are in fact better than anything Orton was putting up for Denver. But how much longer can this really continue? He is 3-1, but look who he is beating….he knocked off a then win-less Miami Dolphins team that he needed a very improbable 4 minute really to defeat, and then 2 “pretenders” in Oakland and Kansas City. Denver has some tough match-ups ahead, starting with the Jets on Thursday, as well as a ticked-off Chargers team, the New England Patriots, Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills. The only true competition Tebow has seen so far is the Detroit Lions, and he buckled against that defense. I will say though that I am very surprised at the success he has had under center in Denver. He may be a nice temporary change of pace for Denver right now, but until he becomes an all-around better QB, then he can’t be the long-term solution for this football team. This is a passing league, and trick systems involving a QB who can run the ball in a system where you run 75% more than you throw just because your QB is inaccurate won’t cut it. He needs to learn from QBs like a Michael Vick, Cam Newton or even a Aaron Rodgers. QB’s that have found success throwing the ball and running. He has time to develop of course and actually become a accurate NFL passer, so I can be patient on that. Just right now, I don’t believe he is all he is cracked up to be. At least, in my opinion.

    • roju_7 says:

      I can respect that. At least you admit that he has time to develop. The one thing I can’t stand is when people talk about him like he’s been in the league a long time. He’s only a second year QB and I believe he will develop given the time and support. Speaking of Vick, he was a horrible passer when he came in the league, so that shows that it is possible to improve, given the support.
      I do look forward to seeing what he can do because, as you say, the real tests will be coming up through the rest of his schedule. But as for now, he is looking more comfortable in each game he plays. I’m excited to see what he can do the rest of the season and if he does get more comfortable and start throwing it more accurately.

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