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Life is magical and full of joy.

Nice wins by both the Jets and Giants yesterday left me feeling jolly by night's end. (And believe me, I could use it. I still can't shed the last dregs of the crud I got on the way back from Australia, the Irish trip is bearing down like a freight train, and for whatever reason I am sleeping very poorly of late).

The Jets beat Buffalo pretty much every way one team can beat another. Offense, defense, throwing, passing, you name it. Well, okay, it was only the Bills, and they look pretty woeful this season... but this is the sort of game that the Same Old Jets of years past would have blown, coming off their emotional, hard-fought victory over Miami the week before. The Jets of old were infamous for losing games they should have won. Sanchez is showing real signs of improvement, the D was solid, and the running game showed up big time. Congrat to LaDainion Tomlinson, who ran like a mother and seems to have found the fountain of youth. Shonn Green got 100 yards as well, and we even had a Joe McKnight sighting (though I still miss little Leon). And next week we get Santonio Holmes back! That should make the O even more formidable.

The Giants game was much closer. I love good defense and I got plenty of it in this night game between two of the NFL's most storied old-time franchises, the G-Men and the unbeaten (previously) Chicago Bears. Ten sacks, and there could easily have been more. Both Jay Cutler and his backup Todd Collins knocked out of the game, leaving someone named "Caleb Hainie" as QB of the Bears. "Caleb Hainie" sounds like a character out of PETTICOAT JUNCTION, but actually he outplayed both Cutler and Collins in his brief stint. Even so, the game was in doubt well into the fourth quarter. The Bears D, while not as sack-happy as the NY D, was equally stout, and Eli and the boys could not seem to get anything going. All those three-and-outs were especially galling since out new punter really sucks (where have you gone, Jeff Feagles? Manhattan turns its lonely eyes toward you!), so every exchange worsened our field position.

For most of the game the G-Men clung by their fingernails to a 3-0 lead, knowing that one good Bears play was all it would take to put them behind. But finally in the last quarter, to my relief, Eli and Ahmed and Hakeem Nicks made some plays, and the G-Men survived a couple of bad fumbles, scored a pair of touchdowns, and put this one away. Whew.

The Jets have the Vikings next week. The G-Men have to face the red-hot Houston Texans. Uh-oh. We better come to play for that one. Meanwhile, I have a week to savor these wins.

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db1869
Oct. 4th, 2010 08:54 pm (UTC)
The Jets have to play the Vikings on MNF. I know the Vikes are down this year but a bye? :)
grrm
Oct. 4th, 2010 09:12 pm (UTC)
Ooops. My mistake. Let me fix that.
dothraki
Oct. 4th, 2010 09:13 pm (UTC)
Here's what really impresses me about the Jets' start: They're 3-0 in their division. That really puts the New England Cheatriots behind the 8 ball. As for the Giants... I don't know. Their defense has won them two games. Otherwise, they don't look sharp. :(
dizzy34
Oct. 4th, 2010 09:26 pm (UTC)
The Bears
I still don't understand how the Bears went 3-0 with that swiss cheese O-line. If there's a team that got off to a good start and is bound for a colapse I think it's them.
ext_275358
Oct. 4th, 2010 10:09 pm (UTC)
Re: The Bears
Seriously. I think if you discount the 4th quarter, the giants defense gained more yards than the offense.
illuminatedwax
Oct. 4th, 2010 09:44 pm (UTC)
I'm a Bears fan, but I think both sides were pretty sad states of affairs. The Bears were phoning it in by the fourth quarter. Not much you can do when your O-line is made of traffic pylons.
solanocard
Oct. 4th, 2010 10:26 pm (UTC)
Crud and poor sleeping
I hope you are getting your vitamins. As for your poor sleeping, if it is breathing related, it is likely due to the crud. I had that problem in early September, ruined my vacation to Winnipeg. But after my sinuses cleared up, I started wearing those Breath Right nasal strips. I found I could breath better, and wearing them to sleep seems to stop me from snoring, and I no longer get elbowed in the ribs by wife, so I have been sleeping much better.
coltaine777
Oct. 4th, 2010 10:51 pm (UTC)
bills fan
Well George, Jake Locker will look good in a Bills uniform next yr...thanks for the help...
stormswift
Oct. 4th, 2010 11:08 pm (UTC)
Normally I root for the Giants against anyone because it pisses off my Patriots-loving roommate, but now that my hometown team isn't a huge embarrassment, TEXANS ALL THE WAY! I'm VERY excited for that game.
kotite4ever
Oct. 4th, 2010 11:53 pm (UTC)
Jets!
Glad that you got a chance to check out the Jets-Dolphins nailbiter, and the Bills win was certainly enjoyable. Yes, it was "only" Buffalo, but both Miami and New England struggled to put them away. Not the Jets - they STEAMROLLED them from start to finish, which is what good teams need to do when playing an outmatched opponent.

As for the Giants...yikes. Their defense was good, but Chicago was a sham 3-0 if there ever was one. You'll know a lot more about Big Blue after the Texans game, I reckon.
also_huey
Oct. 5th, 2010 12:01 am (UTC)
From the heart of dinkytown I stab at thee, George R.R. Martin.
greggenator
Oct. 5th, 2010 12:15 am (UTC)
New York, New York
Good luck to your Giants, but I have to root for my home team. Go Texans.
julia_reynolds
Oct. 5th, 2010 02:11 am (UTC)
I had LaDainian Tomlinson on my Fantasy roster this week for 27 points. He really came through for me, almost enough to make a Titans fan to say "Go Jets!"
hitman8d
Oct. 5th, 2010 02:32 am (UTC)
Texans vs Giants
I love you! But, for this week, we are adversaries.
I got to root for my Houston Texans. We've been starving for a Winning NFL Team here for over a decade. And we finally have something to root for.

Time for the second half of our Manning Sandwich.
lordbronco
Oct. 5th, 2010 02:38 am (UTC)
College Ball!
Gahh-NFL I've backed away from all my life.

But College Ball-Oregon is lookin' real good.

U of O (hate them) is now third in BCS.

Don't get me started-QBs who can run-like Vick-who has been justifiably wounded are what the 21st century is going to look like.

gahh-I got started, I will stop now.

bbeitel
Oct. 5th, 2010 05:10 am (UTC)
Re: College Ball!
PAC-10 ball will be interesting this season. Oregon looks for real, but they seem to lay an egg somewhere down the line to a bad team (like Cal last season). It's a shame for teams like Boise State and TCU that the BCS (Bull Complete Sh*t)can't be replaced with a 16-team playoff. Save the Toilet Bowl games for the 6-5 teams, and make the mid-major bowls after Christmas mean something! Then use the Rose, Sugar, Cotton and Orange Bowl as the quarter-finals. Have the Fiesta Bowl and another Bowl host the Semi-Finals and create a true National Championship Game. Make these games mean more than millions of dollars to the AD's of the schools invited!
bbeitel
Oct. 5th, 2010 04:55 am (UTC)
The Jets demolished the Bills about as bad as St. Louis demolished my Seahawks. Losing to the Rams is shameful, especially a week after beating a Playoff team in San Diego. The Giants game was absolutely painful to watch. It should have been about 24-0 Giants at Halftime. Coughlin's gameplan in the first half seemed to be "how many play-action passes can I complete without running the ball?" The answer: Not many! Ugly! Very ugly, considering the Bears' O-line looked like Swiss Cheese and the mice named Umeniyora and Tuck were enjoying healthy slices of Cutler cutlets! I thought by halftime that the G-Men would set a league record for sacks, but lose 7-3 on a pick-6. Thank the Seven that they remembered Ahmad Bradshaw in the second half! For a 17-3 game, it should have been more like 41-3.
lordbronco
Oct. 5th, 2010 05:24 am (UTC)
Civil War Game: UO vs OSU
Named not for the historic Thingie on East Coast of America, but for something new here in the 21st century.

Yes, OSU could literally knock UO out in BCS contention for Fiesta Bowl in the final game of season.

OSU will never place anywhere other than Pac-10 whatever.

But I'm a Beaver, the Ducks...they are rich.

Alabama needs an ass-whuppin'.

I said I'd stop-I talk too much!

Best all! :-)

bbeitel
Oct. 6th, 2010 01:57 am (UTC)
Re: Civil War Game: UO vs OSU
I honestly thought Stanford would beat them (the Ducks). If I had to pick an upset, it would be UW, not OSU...although the Beavers have a decent team. I really want someone to beat Ohio State, because they are horribly overrated. I don't see anyone beating Alabama this year. I think they will run the table and repeat. Just too much talent on both sides of the ball. I wouldn't mind seeing an Alabama/Boise State National Championship. Of course, for that to happen, Oregon has to lose. I'd root for the Smurf Turf boys, but they'd get whipped.
hippoiathanatoi
Oct. 5th, 2010 10:59 am (UTC)
41-14, Pats over the Dolphins. 17 of those points by New England's special teams.

Ugh.
eureka00
Oct. 5th, 2010 01:56 pm (UTC)
Was a tough night to be a Bears fan...
deleigh
Oct. 5th, 2010 04:38 pm (UTC)
RAMS!!!
Rams fan here. I forgot what it was like to care about the NFL. Anyone else notice the great turnaround that is going on in STL right now? Sam Bradford has the rams playing great right now and with how bad the NFC West is right now, they have a realistic chance of making the playoffs.
bbeitel
Oct. 6th, 2010 01:50 am (UTC)
Re: RAMS!!!
Yeah, makes me want to upchuck! Whoopty-doo, the Seahawks signed Marshawn Lynch. Wonderful! Now RUN THE DAMN BALL! No more chuck-and-duck offense with Hassle-on-his-back! Oh, yeah; and don't turn the ball over! Whoever finishes .500+ in the NFC Worst is going to the playoffs.
will_belegon
Oct. 6th, 2010 03:29 am (UTC)
Ladainian
I was happy to see L.T. looking like his old self... My team loyalties will always lie with the Chargers but that doesn't mean I have to root against a class act like Tomlinson simply because he left town.

I hope he has a great season... and the Jets lose to the Chargers in the AFC Championship Game. *nods*
ext_277288
Oct. 6th, 2010 08:48 pm (UTC)
Jets
Agree on the potential for the Jets to lose this one as so many previous Jets teams would have. Im loving the way Sanchez has responded after the Baltimore game. 8TDs/0ints so far! After 12TDs and 20ints as a rookie I wasnt sure what to expect from him this season. He did start looking better toward the end of the year in 2009, and it should be pointed out that 17 of those 20 picks came in 5 games. Now the Jets are getting Revis, Holmes and Pace back just in time for Favre and newly acquired Randy Moss. Cant wait for monday nighht
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