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The following thoughts are fraught with keen insight, sophomoric attempts at humor, and grammatical errors:
- Tim Tebow worked his magic again Thursday night. After 55 minutes of looking like the worst quarterback in the league, he then authored a 95-yard game-winning drive against the inconsistent Jets. Both teams are now 5-5 and heading in opposite directions.
- Jake Plummer was asked by Denver media what he thinks of Tim Tebow. His opinion is that he likes the unconventional way with which Tebow is winning games, but is fed up with the words “Jesus Christ” coming out of Tebow’s mouth. I have two thoughts about Plummer’s, um, thoughts. One, who the hell cares what you think? Two, you’re right. I don’t have a problem with Tebow’s faith, but the inordinate amount of time he speaks about it wears on me and makes me not really care what he has to say. He sounds like a broken freakin’ record.
- Cincinnati and Baltimore played an extremely exciting game Sunday, in which the officials played a part in two crucial plays in the game. The first was the reversal of Jermaine Gresham’s touchdown catch. The reversal was wrong. Gresham caught the ball, got two feet inbounds, and crossed the goal-line. Anything that happens after that doesn’t matter. The second play was on a fumble that hit the ref, making the ball bounce the other way toward a Raven’s defender instead of a the two Bengals that were there ready to recover it. I know the ref is considered part of the field, but when the ref is 70 he just isn’t quick enough (or fast enough) to keep up with this game. Get younger refs.
- Maurice Jones-Drew’s imitation of Lebron after he scored on the Browns was hilarious.
- The Browns win an ugly, ugly game against the Jags. Both of these teams are just horrible on offense and painful to watch. On the bright side for the Browns, Chris Ogmonnaya recorded 100 rushing yards and looks better than Peyton Hillis or Montario Hardesty have looked all year. So there’s that.
- After throwing four picks last week, Matt Stafford started out with two more against the Panthers before eating a can of Popeye’s spinach and busting out 5 touchdown passes on the suspect Panther’s defense. Looks like he finally figured out he to throw with that broken index finger.
- Tony Scheffler should score all the time (ha, ha). He did the “flash mob” dance after scoring this week. Nice.
- After being a huge disappointment after being drafted by the Lions a few years ago, Kevin Smith whipped out 200 all-purpose yards on the Panthers. Now, I know it’s against the Panthers, but Kevin Smith had never done that before and the Lions desperately need a running game if they want to win some playoff games.
- Cam Newton has put up plenty of impressive numbers this year, but unfortunately he’s also put up a bigger number that’s not so impressive. Interceptions. Like the 4 he threw against a mostly inept Lions defense. Watching the way Cam plays it’s sometimes hard to remember that he’s a rookie, but he’s making some pretty costly mistakes. Once he gets that under control….look out.
- Newton also scored his 9th rushing touchdown of the year Sunday, which is a record for a rookie quarterback. Impressive. Most impressive.
- Lagarrett Blount’s epic 54-yard run against the Packers was reminiscent of Marshawn Lynch’s epic run against the Saints in last year’s Wild Card playoff game. If you haven’t seen it, kindly click here and enjoy.
- The Bucs gave the Packers all they could handle, but the Packers still won and still look invincible. I stand by my 19-0 prediction for this team.
- Buffalo and Miami played Sunday and they’ve been at opposite ends of the spectrum all year. The Dolphins started out the year looking like the worst team in the league and the Bills started out looking like one of the best. Now its the other way around. Matt Moore and Reggie Bush have looked like Pro-Bowl caliber players the last three weeks and I can’t explain it.
- I also can’t explain why the Bills suddenly suck. They have lost no one to injury, and there’s been no coaching changes, yet they’ve been blown out the last three weeks. I don’t get it.
- The Vikings lost Adrian Peterson for a while with a high ankle sprain. Doesn’t really affect their season since they suck this year anyhow.
- Carson Palmer has been extremely efficient since the Raiders lost to the Broncos two weeks ago. He’s not throwing many incompletions and the Raiders are pounding the ball on the ground and winning games. Perhaps Hue Jackson knows what he’s doing afterall….we’ll see.
- Christian Ponder is having his ups and downs during his rookie season. He looks good one minute, then throws three picks while losing to the Raiders. I think he’ll eventually be a good quarterback once the Vikings have some decent receivers for him to throw the ball to.
- The Cowboys did their best to make the Redskins look good, but ultimately failed. They win in overtime.
- Deangelo Hall said after the game that the Redskins should cut him because of his inability to cover Dez Bryant. The sad thing is, he’s one of the best players on the team…and he sucks.
- Not much needs to be said about the 49ers/Cardinals game. The Cardinals were destroyed by the Niners, who rolled on to 9-1 for the year.
- In a “who’s dumber?” contest, Cardinals’ Early Doucet and Niners’ Dashon Goldson scuffled and threw punches…at each other’s facemasks. Really? How stupid are you two?
- This week’s Toilet Bowl pitted a bad Seattle Seahawks team against an even worse St.Louis Rams team The Seahawks win. Nothing really special happened here.
- The Falcons and Titans played a close one. Matt Hasselbeck went down and rookie Jake Locker came in and led the Titans on two scoring drives to make the game close. No word yet on how long Matt will be out. Chris Johnson also went back to sucking this week, running 12 times for 13 yards. The Titans have to be ecstatic that they signed him to a big-money contract.
- Meanwhile the Falcons continue to roll. Their offense is still firing on all cylinders. I bet the Chargers are wishing they had kept Michael Turner, who added another 100-yard game to his resume.
- Jay Cutler was impressive again in the Bears win over the Chargers, however it will likely be his last game of the regular season. Cutler has a broken thumb on his throwing hand and is out 6-8 weeks. The job now falls to Caleb Hanie, who will likely hand the ball off to Matt Forte. A lot.
- The Chargers are now 4-6, and I still see no late season surge from them. Rivers is making too many mistakes. Hell, he had a pass intercepted yesterday on a ball he was trying to throw away. It’s that bad.
- The Eagles beat the Giants 17-10, and many people were praising the efforts a Vince Young and I’ve even heard a prediction that the Eagle will run the table and make the playoffs. Look, beating the Giants was huge and they are a good team, but watch the game. Young threw three picks and the Eagles didn’t play well, the Giants just played worse. Eli turned the ball over twice and the Giants only managed 29 yards on the ground. What a miserable performance by the G-Men.
- The Pats mopped the floor with the Chiefs last night in Foxboro. Without Matt Cassell, the Chiefs looked shakier than normal, even though their defense held the Patriots to only 10 points in the first half. The Pats exploded in the second. The Pats tight-end duo of Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski is virtually unstoppable. You can’t cover them in addition to Deion Branch and Wes Welker. If the Pats don’t fix their defense, however, they won’t go too deep into the playoffs.
- Rex Ryan was fined $75,000 for cussing at a fan last week. When asked about the fine, Ryan said, “I don’t want to be a black eye on the league.” It’s a little too late for that.
That’ wraps up my random, incoherent thoughts for Week 11 in the NFL. So long!