Hello everyone and happy Monday! I’ve gotten a good amount of feedback from folks who have mentioned that they enjoyed the old Spotlight on Daily Sports Posts that I used t do when I first started the site so. Well, I like to consider myself a man of the people and so your wish is my command! I can’t promise the sports update will be every single day but let’s say most days for now and we’ll see where we go from there. Today’s update is going to focus entirely on Week 11 in the NFL and what we learned from the week. Let’s get right into it…
The New York Jets…Not a Playoff Team- I’ve showed a lot of faith in the Jets throughout the season and I have predicted that they were going to be one of the teams representing the weak AFC as a wildcard and while I can’t tell you which one of these mediocre tems in the AFC will make the playoffs, I can tell you it won’t be the Jets. If the Jets are going to make the playoffs they need to get to 9-7 which mean they have to go 4-2 over the final six games and I just don’t see it. This week’s brutal loss to the Texans was a real setback for the Jets because now they don’t get to face a FREAKIN WIDE RECEIVER AT QUARTERBACK anymore but instead get Tony Romo, Eli Manning and Tom Brady, the rest of the way.. Do you see this Jets defense stopping any of those three? I don’t either but let’s say you’re optimistic and say they can beat Eli, fine then do you see the Jets going into Buffalo week 17 and beating the Bills because that’s the other option. As much as it pains me to say it, I’d be much more willing to believe that the Jets will finish 7-9 then 9-7.
Fraud, Fraud, Fraud- The only good news as a Jets fan is that at least my team didn’t have the biggest collapse since the beginning of a promising 4-1 season. No way, that distinct honor goes to the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons have suddenly gone from 5-0 to 6-4 and they’ve done so in the ugliest of ways. It’s bad enough that you let Blaine Gabbert come into your building and beat you before your bye but now yesterday the Falcons allow 106 year old Matt Hasslebeck to beat them in their building as well. To make matters worse, the Falcons were up by two touchdowns and let the piss poor Colts defense hold them to a scoreless second half at the Georgia Dome! I really hope someone rises to the occasion and knocks the Falcons out of the playoffs because they are as fraudulent a winning team as can be. Too much talent to keep losing games the way they are.
The worst thing that could’ve happened to Peyton Manning- is that the Broncos went into Chicago with Brock Osweiler and left the windy city with a victory. The league was already ready to bury Peyton Manning and label him as washed up. Everyone has seemingly forgotten about how good of a career Peyton has had and instead all you keeep hearing was that he was done, that the Broncos playmakers and defense have been carrying him all season. Well, the fact that these same Broncos were able to go into Chicago with Brock Osweiler, making his first career start, and beat a Bears team that was playing good football, won’t stop any of that chatter. Now the question turns to if Peyton is able to return at some point this season, do the Denver Broncos even want him back? You would think the Broncos were 2-8 as opposed to 8-2.
The Cowboys Are Alive- Truth be told, the New York Giants are still the favorites to win the NFC East but the Cowboys now sit two games back and they have their Quarterback back! Even though Tony Romo looked a little rusty in Miami, the Cowboys were able to pick up their first win in 8 tries. Darren McFadden, of all people, rushed for 131 yards and you have to figure that if Matt Cassel was in at QB, he may not have even had 30 yards. Just the threat of having Romo back, opens up the Cowboys running attack because you expect them to pass every down. Just look at Demarco Murray last season as compared to how he’s looked without Tony Romo. The further good news for the Cowboys is that the Eagles were crushed by the Bucs at home and look lost with Mark Sanchez under center and the Redskins were embarrassed by the 10-0 Panthers. The bad news for the Cowboys is that now they welcome those same undefeated Panthers into their building in just four days in a must-see Thanksgiving matchup. Put the turkey on the snack tables because that is a game you won’t want to miss.
A Win’s A Win…But At What Cost?- This just isn’t the year for the Baltimore Ravens. Just two weeks after losing Steve Smith for the season, the Ravens lost both Justin Forsett for the season due to a broken arm and Joe Flacco for the season due to a torn ACL. That pretty much completes the laundry list of injuries to the Ravens this season and ends their disappointing year. The cherry on top? Matt Schaub will now be starting for them for the rest of the year.
Sweet Revenge- Just when it looked like the Bengals were going to push their matchup with the Cardinals to overtime, Carson Palmer drove his team right down the field in just a minute and three seconds to put them in position to seal the game with a field goal. It was an elite level performance by Palmer who sent his team to the number 2 seed in the NFC and sent his former team into a virtual tie with the Denver Broncos. How sweet it is!
And Then There Were Four?!?!- I know I know, there are only two undefeated teams left the 10-0 Panthers and 9-0 Patriots but there are actually 4 undefeated (with at least two starts) quarterbacks this season. Those four quarterbacks are Tom Brady, Cam Newtown, Tony Romo (3-0) and Matt Hasslebeck (3-0). Obviously the shocker of the bunch is Hasslebeck who has really turned back the clock off the bench for the Colts. Whether he’ll be able to do it for the next 5 weeks, while Andrew Luck is out injured, remains to be seen but he goes to show the importance of having a cagey veteran on the bench.
Well that’s going to do it for today but I’ll be back tomorrow with another sports update where we’ll have no choice but to turn our attention to a team streaking in the NBA and bringing back interest in the NBA altogether at the same time. Until then, what were your biggest takeaways from Week 11 in the National Football League. Let me know in the comment section below or on twitter @Daily_Spotlight