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Another convincing win for the Giants yesterday, though the opponent was the hapless Kansas City Chefs. "Our" Steve Smith looks like the real deal. A few more games like this and he will be "the" Steve Smith, and that guy in Carolina will have to become "the other" Steve Smith. Not so sure about Mario Manningham, who was dropping or bobbling every pass that came his way... but my, wasn't that touchdown run by Hakeem Nicks a pretty thing.

Eli's injury is a concern, though. Right now they are saying "bruised heel" and "no big thing." I hope they are right. If we have to go with Davis Carr for any length of time, the season is over, and I may finally be required to maim and kill Pat St. Denis. (I wish they'd kept the Hefty Lefty, I'd have more faith in him than David "Sack Machine" Carr).

The Scottish Kicker missed another field goal that he should have made. That is worrisome as well. Sooner or later his inconsistency is going to cost us a game. It almost cost us the NFC championship two seasons back in Green Bay. Yes, he made the game winning field goal, but only after he had missed two previous tries. They should have kept John Carney.

As for the Jets game... well, I never thought they would go undefeated. The good news was that Rex Ryan's defense had another great game, shutting down the high-flying Saints O for most of the contest. The bad news, of course, was Mark Sanchez. I don't blame him for the last two interceptions, which were desperation heaves in the final minutes of the contest. The first one, though, the pick six, that really hurt, and the fumble in the end zone hurt even more, negating as it did a heroic goal line stand by the defense.

Yes, I know, only a rookie, yadda yadda, growing pains, yadda yadda, he'll learn from this, yadda yadda.

So they lost, but to a strong team. The Saints are for real. Should be fun to see them take on the Giants in two weeks time.

Next week the Raiders come visit the Giants in the Meadowlands, led by my JaMarcus "I Complete More Than a Quarter of My Passes") Russell. The Jets are on the road for a Monday night game in Miami, where the QB doesn't have much more experience than Sanchez. Jets / Dolphins games are always exciting.

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ladybug679
Oct. 5th, 2009 09:24 pm (UTC)
Not to be confused also with Steven A. Smith...

(oh, and how 'bout my Skins finally deciding to come in from the parking lot and play some football in the second half yesterday!!)
josh_b_mcc
Oct. 5th, 2009 09:30 pm (UTC)
Sad and full of pain on my side...
I am really happy your teams are doing so good this year. As a Titans fan I am completely blown away this season. How does a team return 3 pro bowlers in the secondary and elevate the secondary coach to defensive coordinator and still end up with the worst secondary in the NFL? It hurts.

On the upside, to show how much faith I have in your teams I will mention that I benched Drew Brees in my fantasy league because I figured if anyone would shut down his arm it would be your jets D this year. I was right too. I also have Cotchery as my primary reveiver and he has been better than average if not always top 10 in my league. As long as they are thumping someone other than my lowly (this year) Titans I will keep cheering your teams on. If for no other reason than I absolutely hate the Pats and Eagles...
admiralbilko
Oct. 5th, 2009 11:38 pm (UTC)
Re: Sad and full of pain on my side...
I hear ya. Titans fan here as well. It doesn't help us that our special teams are awful. As for the secondary, well we don't have anyone, at least not in the Jags game. No Finnegan (hamstring), no Harper (went out with rib injury), no Vince Fuller (broken forearm).

That entire secondary was out for the game. And in the front, you have a decent run D, but nothing that can really pressure the QB and the passing attack. As for offense.. meh, we are decent offense with a mediocre, aging QB.

Not much good news can be made for the Titans. Their schedule gets even tougher over the next 4 or 5 games, and I honestly don't see where they can improve (for this season anyways).
valithor
Oct. 5th, 2009 09:33 pm (UTC)
I have to retire Carney from my fantasy team as NO is benching him again. Tynes may not be the most reliable, but he has done my fantasy team well. On the other hand, Smith was the sole factor that won for my team this week. I won by 19 pts and Smith scored 19 more than predicted. My opponent was also 20 in the red which was below even my predicted.(so now I'm 4-0-0 and leading my league :) )

Also there was other amazing news. I have 2 1yr-old dwarf hamsters named arya(who is half blind) and sansa(who is the more energetic and dominant one). Yesterday around 3 when I got home, Sansa was colder than room temp and totally limp. I picked her up and she was still taking short shallow breaths. I held her until I had to go to work and she gained enough energy to roll over off her back. When I got back from work she was cold, limp, and had her arms above her as her chest was rising and falling rapidly. I held her for the next 3 hours on my chest while hanging out with my friends. She was able to walk around in her tank last night and this morning I woke up to her back in her hampster wheel. Dese here are a'healin' hands, praise da old gods an' da new!!! Perhaps I am the red priest? LOL
bschrist
Oct. 5th, 2009 09:35 pm (UTC)
G-men
I really don't think the Giants would bee too bad off without Manning. Carr doesn't have the time spent with Smith like Manning, but his problem on the Texans was that he had no protection in the pocket. The Giant's offensive line takes care of that problem. I really don't understand what so many people see in Manning. Personally, I think half the league has better quarterbacks and Eli is just "not bad". I'd definitely rather have Ben, Peyton, or even Joe Flacco over Eli.
grrm
Oct. 5th, 2009 10:05 pm (UTC)
Re: G-men
Lack of protection was only part of Carr's problem with the Texans, I think. Yes, his offensive line was horrid, but his own flaws compounded the problem. He holds the ball too long, and is too quick to take off and try to run. Tendencies he stills exhibits with the G-Men, even though he is now behind one of the best offensive lines in the league.

Peyton is Peyton. But I'd take Eli over Big Ben or Flacco.
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thistle_chaser
Oct. 5th, 2009 09:36 pm (UTC)
I hate sports, especially football, but when you post about it it makes me smile. I'm happy that you have things you can enjoy! And I'm happier still that you post about them -- it makes me able to better picture you as a real, complete person instead of just a figure hunched over a typewriter. (Yes, typewriter, not computer. In my head, I always picture authors still using typewriters!)

Keep doing things you like and be as happy as you can be! :)
alwaysoptimistc
Oct. 5th, 2009 09:38 pm (UTC)
I have faith...
That Sanchez will bounce back.

I've been a big booster of his and obviously this Sunday's game was painful. But I think that it was him having a (really) off day rather than a sign of anything to come. I am sure that he will learn from this experience and be stronger for it (a theme that we all are familiar with, as seen often with our favorite ASOFAI characters [at least those characters still around]).

I would guess that most people, if they had been told that the Jets would start 3-1 would have been pretty happy. And those people will be even more happy next week, when I know that he will bounce back!

Congrats to New Orleans, you guys played well, took advantage of the opportunities and deserved the Win.
majkia
Oct. 5th, 2009 09:43 pm (UTC)
As a long time Geaux Saints fan, I still can't believe how good they are looking right now.
xraytheenforcer
Oct. 5th, 2009 10:09 pm (UTC)
Poor Sanchez -- this weekend's performance makes me want to pick him up for my "golf rules" fantasy helmetball team (possibly even replacing JaMarcus Russell?) for maximum crash-and-burn.
hominysnark
Oct. 5th, 2009 10:15 pm (UTC)
From one of the local sports columnists re: the Giants--

"Back-to-back games against Bucs and Chiefs. How many bye weeks do they get?"
benderbot2000
Oct. 5th, 2009 10:41 pm (UTC)
ha
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sensorglitch
Oct. 5th, 2009 10:21 pm (UTC)
I hate to gloat, but. GO SAINTS!
axechucker
Oct. 5th, 2009 10:21 pm (UTC)
Child Please.

My Rams got pasted by our hated rivals in San Francisco 35-0.

We're 0-4. We've scored a grand total of 24 points during those four games. Our opponents, conversely, have scored 108.

108 to 24, people.

Let that sink in, please, before anyone - even you sad Titans fans - complain about a bad team.

The '09 Rams are starting to look like the '76 Buccaneers.
bbeitel
Oct. 6th, 2009 06:25 am (UTC)
Re: Child Please.
Or the 2008 Lions. :P Seriously, I think the Rams have to start from the drawing board. They have some talent on defense and Stephen Jackson. Beyond that, they're woefully undermanned.
benderbot2000
Oct. 5th, 2009 10:45 pm (UTC)
Huge Saints fan...
I was really impressed by the Jets defense Sunday, they really kept Brees ineffective mostly. More impressive however (to me) was the Saints defense... and I only say this because we have never had a good defense in living memory. Our next game is against the Giants and, no offence, but I hope Carr is playing against us... we need all the help we can get against the Giants... and I don't think Eli is going to give us 2 touchdowns.

Funny how our last 2 games and the next one are against New York state teams (Buffalo, NYJ, NYG).
arthurtonypark
Oct. 5th, 2009 10:54 pm (UTC)
just askin...
Is life magical and full of pain? OR meaningless and full of joy?

I'm an optomistic atheist. So I pick meaningless and full of joy every time :-)

Oh, and thanks for teaching me everything I know about American football.
nycfalcon
Oct. 5th, 2009 11:08 pm (UTC)
The lack of sacks is a bit concerning. Or, disconcerting. Pierce is an excellent/smart LB and field general, but he's just to old and slow. The Giants need a serious upgrade to the LB corp.

This just in: Plantar fasciitis. Stretching, special night time boot, cortisone, lidocaine. He'll be fine. Phwew!

That Nicks run looked like a schoolyard play. "Our" Steve Smith is great, but I'd wait a couple more seasons before naming him "the" Steve Smith. That guy is pretty special. Can't you just see Manningham working on looking the ball in and catching with his hands this week?

Jets NEED receivers. Maybe they need to move Washington to slot. That'll open up the run game and give the kid someone reliable. Sanchez NEEDS coaching. Seriously. It's the 4th game and he's still has no concept of time and ball protection.

WOW! Great D. To do that to the Saints... Extraordinary.

Will the Raiders be last years Browns? Will the kid stop chewing his fingernails and learn? I'm staying tuned.
bbeitel
Oct. 5th, 2009 11:08 pm (UTC)
The Seahawks got thumped again,this time by Peyton & Co. Two meaninless TD's in the 4th Qtr made it look closer than it was. Until Mora figures out you can't win with Wallace without a running game, they're screwed. Please put the pass-run-pass-punt offense to sleep now!
bbeitel
Oct. 6th, 2009 06:54 am (UTC)
At least Brokenback...er Hasslebeck will be back for the J'Ville game. As long as they don't let M-J Drew run wild, I think the 'Hawks might win this one. Damn...I have Drew on one of my fantasy teams. Okay, he can score two TD's and run for 100 yards as long as the Seahawks win!
noahismyidol
Oct. 5th, 2009 11:40 pm (UTC)
I know you're talking but all I hear is

GEAUX SAINTS

princess_vernie
Oct. 6th, 2009 12:50 am (UTC)
WHO-DAT!
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ser_steveo
Oct. 5th, 2009 11:42 pm (UTC)
I'm getting pretty damn tired of this Chargers defense getting absolutely blown off the field on opening drives this year. They just play so soft it drives me nuts! Where is the fire? Where's the intensity? Not here that's for sure. Ugh...
hotclaws
Oct. 5th, 2009 11:52 pm (UTC)
The Saints are looking good,anyone coming up against them is going to have to have their A game for sure.?I love how Eli has developed and I'm sure he's as sick as I am with being compared to Peyton.Looking forward right now to see my Vikings in their super grudge game against Green Bay.
danbuter1
Oct. 6th, 2009 12:04 am (UTC)
I just wish the Steelers defense wouldn't pack up and go home at the end of the 3rd quarter. If the Chargers were a slightly better team, they would have won. This is the 3rd game in a row where the D just runs out of gas or something.

Also, I'd love to see the Jets make the playoffs, especially if they can knock the Pats out while doing it.
gh0ti_2
Oct. 6th, 2009 12:30 am (UTC)
I heard one pundit over the weekend describe the Giants as "the most complete team in the NFL". I'm not sure I'd go that far - they seem a little prone to silly errors at this point in time and the defense is hemorrhaging more points than it should against some pretty mediocre competition. Having said that, you can't really argue with a 4-0 record.

All eyes on that New Orleans tie, that will be a real test of the Giants all-round game, but especially their ability to shut down a really strong attacking unit.

Having watched the Dolphins several times this season, I'd expect the Jets to win quite comfortably. Henne, for me, is just not ready to go up against that hard-blitzing Jets defense - he had the old rabbit-in-headlights look to him when he came on against the Saints. Maybe a little premature to judge him coming into such a tough match, but this is after all, the NFL, and football is a tough old game.
infinite_hiatus
Oct. 6th, 2009 12:55 am (UTC)
I so wanted New Orleans to lose that game. Now they're 1.5 games up on my Falcons. I can't wait for that showdown.

Your two teams are a combined 7-1. I think you can live with that for a week. :-) And, in spite of what Flacco and Ryan did last year, it's not usual for a rookie QB to lead their team to the playoffs. I wouldn't consider it a bad year for the Jets if they don't make it.
bschrist
Oct. 6th, 2009 05:15 am (UTC)
That's the truth. As far as rookie QB's go, Sanchez is much better than I expected. I'm no a Jets fan and loved watching him spend more time in the dirt than completing passes against the raven in the preseason, but there aren't many QB's in the NFL that can throw better on the run. I chalk the interception up to rookie mistakes and see him as being a great QB in years to come which is something I still don't see Pennington as. Not to mention, as of yet the saints are still undefeated...no reason to give up hope.
metamorphage
Oct. 6th, 2009 01:13 am (UTC)
Ah, the eternal question: do I root for Chad Henne, or for the Jets?
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bbeitel
Oct. 6th, 2009 06:33 am (UTC)
I think the Vikings will have something to say to that if Favre stays healthy.
proudbronco
Oct. 6th, 2009 02:46 am (UTC)
Nice to see the Jets fairy tale end so soon. The Giants, in my mind, have been the best regular season team for the past 21 regular season games.

I love Denver. I love Brian Dawkins and Brandon Marshall. I love Josh McDaniels. I do no like the next 3 games (NE, @ SD @ BAL). Ugh 4-3 here we come.
drpaisley
Oct. 6th, 2009 03:13 am (UTC)
Deadspin pointed out that JaMarcus Russell's completion percentage Sunday was lower than Joe Mauer's batting average this season.

And yeah, the Chefs are going to be very bad for a long time to come, it would appear. At least the 49ers are looking good for a change.
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