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WTHWWT – Week 10 (Ray)

We’re keeping this short.

Minnesota 28 Green Bay 27

Blow up the run defense. They couldn’t stop John Madden in a wheelchair.

Tennessee 21 Chicago 14

The Titans are the worst team in football.

Miami 21 Seattle 19

Seattle should fold. Nobody cares about that team.

New England 20 Buffalo 10

Learn how to beat the Patriots if you want to win the AFC East.

Indianapolis 24 Pittsburgh 20

Who cares who won? Lose/lose situation.

New York Giants 36 Philadelphia 31

Man, I did really bad this week.

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November 9, 2008 Posted by | Football | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What the Hell Were We Thinking Week 1 (Ray)

Welcome to the first edition of “What the Hell were we Thinking.” Too many times you see predictions on websites and after the week of football is over, nobody reviews their predictions. Not anymore! (on this site anyway). I have a lot of writing to do after week 1. Don’t get on me about it. Without further ado, let’s review my stupid mistakes.

Atlanta 34 Detroit 21

Please tell me you did not have Atlanta scoring 34 points with a rookie quarterback in his first game. This completely threw me for a loop. Jon Kitna gave his 10-win guarantee again and the Lions come into Atlanta and go down 0-21. Uh… How did this happen? Well, Matt Ryan’s first pass as an NFL QB was a 62-yard touchdown to Michael Jenkins. NOBODY predicted that one. The story of this game was RB Michael Turner. No longer in Ladainian Tomlinson’s shadow, Turner simply put up 220 yards rushing and 2 TD. That along with Matt Ryan having no turnovers made Atlanta’s offense look fantastic

Stat of the Game: Total yards Rushing – ATL 318 DET 62

Baltimore 17 Cincinatti 10

This is a game I should have thought about more. The Bengals are now looking at running back at committee no matter what they want to tell you. Releasing RB Rudi Johnson for Chris Perry and Kenny Watson? Bad move. But wait. Perry carried the ball 18 times for you! Huh? He only got 37 yards off of 18 carries? Ouch. His longest run was 9? I know Baltimore’s D is good but wow. You can do better than that. That is what this game came down to like the Atlanta game: rushing.

Stat of the Game: Total yards rushing – BAL 229 CIN 65

Buffalo 34 Seattle 10

Kudos to Nathan for getting this one right. The Seahawks recievers look like the old ones again: Bad. If you look at the stats this game should have ended in a tie. Basically everything is close to equal on both sides. The only difference is Buffalo took advantage of their opportunities. QB Trent Edwards made no mistakes and RB Marshawn Lynch was good enough. The battle here was one on special teams. A blocked FG helped Buffalo as did a Roscoe Parrish punt return. Say what you want about special teams. But it is definitely a game breaker.

Stat of the Game: Buffalo had 13 points off special teams and a blocked FG

Tennessee 17 Jacksonville 10

This was one of the shockers for me in week 1. Jacksonville is a really good team that doesn’t make very many mistakes and has a good running game. At least, last year they did. The running game for JAX was non-existent with a total of 14 carries between Maurice Jones-Drew and Fred Taylor. Those carries netted an amazing 31 yards rushing. Seriously? This is your bread and butter Jacksonville. Big dawgs gotta eat! QB David Garrard was not his usual self throwing 2 interceptions (Remember he didnt even throw a pick last season until around week 10). Let me give credit to the Titans though. Their running game looked great led by rookie Chris Johnson who carried the ball 15 times for 93 yards.

Stat of the Game: Jones-Drew/Taylor 31 yards rushing. Lendale White 40 yards rushing.

Carolina 26 San Diego 24

My fingers hurt. Am i done yet? 3 more games to do? Crap… OK this game was won on the last second so I shouldn’t take much heat for it. I know one thing; this better not start another 0-4 start for the Chargers. You cannot keep getting off to slow starts on the league. It will come back to bite you and the “Fire Norv Turner” signs and chants will come up again. Carolina was 1/4 in the red zone with the 1 being the game winner. This should have been San Diego’s game and they blew it. There is no excuse for allowing that touchdown drive. It didn’t help that LT was not over 100 yards. I am pretty sure when he is over 100 they have a damn good record. Carolina should have lost this game, but maybe this is a sign of things to come.

Stat of the Game: The game-winning touchdown drive by Carolina.

Arizona 23 San Francisco 13

Why do you do this to me Arizona? The last two years I had faith that you could make it to the playoffs, and now I doubt you once and you blow it in my face. This was a VERY even game. Kurt Warner looked OK but was nothing special, while Edgerrin James got to the 100 yard mark. QB JT O’Sullivan was decent but failed to connect on a touchdown pass and fumbled the ball more times than you can say “the” in a day, and Frank Gore did look good but should have been fed the ball more. This game was down to turnovers and turnovers only. San Fran better get their QB situation figured out or give O’Sullivan a tutorial on how to hold onto the ball.

Stat of the Game: SF 5 fumbles, 4 lost

Chicago 29 Indianapolis 13

This was the biggest upset of week 1. I figured Peyton Manning would have a field day against Chicago, especially opening their new stadium. Quite the opposite. QB Kyle Orton did exactly what he was supposed to do for Chicago – not make any mistakes. The Bears did what they do best which is run the football (Matt Forte 23 Att 123 yds 1 TD) and play good defense. If the Bears can play like this the rest of the way, they might actually contend for the NFC North division. That is one big ‘if’ though. I think the Bears will go back to their old selves next week, same with the Colts. Yin and Yang must be balanced.

Stat of the Game: 3rd down efficiency – CHI 10/16 62% IND 5/11 45%

September 8, 2008 Posted by | Football | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment