TK’s Take NFL Tuesday
Week 3 started with a thorough beating of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by the Atlanta Falcons 56-14 and those 14 points by Tampa were during “garbage time.” If you are a fan of the Buccaneers, I personally feel sorry for you as you join Jacksonville as the two worst teams in professional football, and yes it is time to panic. We finally heard from Roger “The Hammer” Goodell, who looked small, scared, and unprepared as he emerged from his eleven day hiding place. Goodell spoke, and nothing he said showed leadership or direction, and left me more certain than ever that he is no longer fit to be the commissioner of the NFL.
Goodell’s saving grace just may be the fact that the country is transfixed by football and there was a rematch of the Superbowl that actually lived up to the hype. We had DeSean Jackson returning to Philadelphia seeking revenge on a team that cut him for alleged “gang ties.” We had the reeling San Francisco 49ers going against a 2-0 Cardinal team that many didn’t give a chance without Carson Palmer. We saw a season ending injury on a sack dance, and a broken arm on a horrific hit in Carolina, and a touchdown RECEPTION by QB Andy Dalton. Yes, week three had it all.
This season has been full of surprises. The San Francisco 49ers, Indianapolis Colts, Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans Saints, and Green Bay Packers are all playoff teams and teams expected to be good; they are ALL 1-2. Out of this pack of would be contenders panic needs to begin in San Francisco. The 49ers score on their opening drives and have not scored a touchdown in the 2nd half. They should be 0-3 but Tony Romo was Tony “Oh No!” in week one and put my Cowboys in that whole. From the bay area to Green Bay is where panic should also be setting in. Aaron Rogers and that offense is anemic! Rogers does not have the weapons he needs and Mike McCarthy literally threw Eddie Lacy completely under the bus, blaming the 2nd year back for the Packers woeful start. McCarthy stated, “I’m not going to do this anymore. I don’t correct individuals in the media. We’ve seen the film, corrections have been made, our running game wasn’t nearly what it needed to be. Not even close.” Newsflash, you have no other option, your wide outs should be on special teams and you’re not blocking for this kid. (In all fairness he did fumble and said fumble was ran back for a touchdown and he was tackled in the end zone for a safety. Although, that is play calling.)
There are 3 teams that have yet to lose a game. They are: the Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Bengals, and Philadelphia Eagles. Out of that group I only think Arizona and Cincinnati are contenders, thus making the Eagles pretenders. Now, I’m not “hating” on Philadelphia as some of you may think. This is strictly numbers, and while Philadelphia has a sexy offense their defense is ranked 27th in total defense. The Bengals and Cardinals? In total defense the Bengals are 17th and the Cardinals are 7th. Philadelphia is 6th in total offense, the Bengals are 7th and Cardinals are 18th. Now I took advanced placement calculus, but I’m sure Sir Isaac Newton would agree, a simpleton can do the math and see that if the defense can stop you and put up more points than you, YOU ARE NOT GOING TO WIN. Philadelphia may go 4-0 as they face the 49ers next week at San Francisco while both Arizona and Cincinnati are on a bye.
The winless teams are still Tampa Bay, Oakland, and Jacksonville. Jacksonville is the worst of the 3 being outscored by 75 points already in this young season. Of the 3 who can at least make this a .500 season? Tampa Bay because they actually have good coaches and if they give him enough time Lovie Smith will turn that team around. Jacksonville and Oakland I’m sorry for your luck. Especially Raiders Nation, I’ll never forget the first time I went to Canton, Ohio and saw your fan base in the Hall. A once proud franchise is a laughing stock for a decade. Jacksonville, you haven’t been good since Tony Boselli and Mark Brunnell.
The rest of the league is either 1-2 or 2-1, I told you not to get overly excited about Buffalo and I was right, the Bills were spanked at home by the San Diego Super Chargers 22-10. I told you Dallas would be better if they continued to run the ball. DeMarco Murray leads the league in rushing and Dallas has the number 3 rushing offense in football. Less Romo, Dez is still getting his, that defense will continue to play up for Rob Marinelli. New England has me a little concerned but they seem to always find a way to win, Cleveland has been in all it’s games so hang your hats on that. The Bears, looked great at times on Monday night. Their defense is banged up, but they stepped up their play. One thing is clear, Geno Smith is NOT the answer in New York and the Giants aren’t going to start 0-6 as they beat the Texans on Sunday who I reminded you started last season 2-0 and finished 0-14. We’re not ready to panic in Houston, we’ll see what they do at home this weekend against those shaky Bills. Carolina, looked small against Pittsburgh and Cam Newton is up and down again. Both are now 2-1.
Finally, the rematch between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos was worth the hype. People thought Denver was going to get punked again, not on Peyton Manning’s watch. The Denver Broncos gave Seattle all it could stand at home. Seattle won in overtime, with Peyton not getting a chance to bring the Broncos back, again. To force the game into overtime Manning lead the Broncos on what I will call ‘The Drive Too.” For my youngsters, in 1987 John Elway took the Broncos in a span of 5 minutes and 2 seconds, led his team 98 yards in 15 plays to tie the game with 37 seconds left in regulation. Denver won the game in overtime with a field goal, 23–20. Denver would go on to lose the Superbowl but as long as I live, I’ll never forget that DRIVE, and how it broke the heart of the Cleveland Browns who were the home team. Manning took the Broncos 80 yards in 41 seconds AND had to convert a two pointer to tie. It was the game of the week, it’s should’ve been the Sunday night game, so the entire country could’ve seen the game.
What was the NFL thinking? Oh, I forgot no one in the league office has two working brain cells that aren’t fighting each other… See you Friday I’ll give my picks and start ’em and sit ’em.
Philadelphia eagles via NFL.com
Cincinnati Bengals via Bengals.com
Arizona Cardinals via pregame.com
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TK’s Bio: Terrence Kyrell Hodge I was born 9/13/79, in what was then W. Berlin Germany, to Qualise and Lieutenant Tyrone Hodge of the United States Marine Corps. He lived in London England and graduated from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor in 2000 with BA in English and Political Science. Terrence writes about any and everything. Terrence is planning a series of novels that are works of “faction” part factual (nonfiction) and partly fictional. He plans to bring a dual vision of American and European observation and opinions to PMA. He will bring blunt honesty with a sense of comedy. He says “I will write wherever I’m needed as I am NOT a one trick pony.”