Monday, October 24, 2016

NFL Fit To Be Tied In Week Seven

The NFL's most controversial week of the year ended Sunday Night with the most unthinkable outcome possible - a tie.  It was the first tie since the Bengals and Panthers raced to a 37-37 tie in 2014.

THIS JEST IN - The NY Giants will sign Peter Hermann and Mariska Hargitay to play special teams - they'll have to at this rate to wipe the egg off their face; regardless they clawed to the win in London as Case Keenum was picked off in the endzone in the final two minutes.    The London game is presented as a way for the league to reach a new audience - except that isn't happening with only one percent of England watching and the game never making any profit (a major part of the reason for the ultimate failure of NFL Europe).

The Patriots are now three wins away from becoming the first team that originated from the American Football League to reach 500 wins.   Their ownership of the Steelers - their eleventh win in the last sixteen meetings - also continued.

It's now becoming the same old Falcons after all.   In the game of the weekend the Chargers charged back from down 17 to stun the Falcons in overtime 33-30, handing the Falcons another loss, their second straight.   

While Jameis Winston has now won two straight for the Bucs, they picked a good foe to try and build more momentum against.   The quarterback efforts for the 49ers are quite ugly - Yo Gabba Gabbert  completed only 58% of his passes, but Kappa Kaepernick can't even reach 45%.   Only two words come to mind here for the Niners - Bend Over.  

The Chiefs have clawed their way back into the AFC West race while Drew Brees threw a killer pick-six, which helped the Falcons stay atop the NFC North.

The AFC East changed behind the Patriots, first as the Miami Dolphins busted out their old-school colors and logo design and Jay Ajayi joined former Buffalo Bill OJ Simpson (who did it twice) to post back-to-back 200-yard rushing games.   The game ended Buffalo's four-game win streak and gave Miami some potential momentum.

Meanwhile the NY Jets lost their starting quarterback, had to play Ryan Fitzpatrick, and they stunned the Ravens 24-16, leaving the Ravens with four straight losses and even bigger questions about their season going forward as they now look like a team that won't break 8-8.


You thought the Cardinals-Seahawks tie was ugly - the Eagles played poorly, the Vikings played worse, and as Scott Graham put it on Westwood One Mercury Morris and his 1972 Dolphins buddies busted out the champagne as another unbeaten wannabe bit the dust.  

What do the Titans have to do to beat the Colts?  This was their tenth straight loss and almost every game has been a bitterly close affair.  

While the Bengals got a much-needed win the Browns lost their starting quarterback again and suddenly it has become a real prospect to finish 0-16 - AJ Green's catch in traffic best symbolizes the failure that is the Browns organization.

With the Monday Night game still to be played, we've nonetheless seen enough to wonder what's next in Week Eight.

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