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The NFL Returns

Football is back!!!

And life is... full of joys and pain, ups and downs.

My beloved Jets played the despised Cowboys in the season's first Sunday night game, and played... ah... not nearly as well as I would have hoped. Though there were high points. Revis, of course. Plaxico Burress looked pretty good for a guy who has been in prison the past two years. Dustin Keller was great, as always, and LaDamian Tomlinson had a few good moments. Even so, the Cowboys came to play, their Rob Ryan D was much tougher than I had expected, and Dallas looked to have the game wrapped up early in the fourth quarter.

Fortunately, their QB is still Tony Romo. Who played really well for most of the game, as he often does, only to commit some truly horrendous mistakes at the worst possible times, as he often does. Thereby losing the game. Which is what happened tonight, giving the Jets a great if improbable victory. I really do need to buy a cardiac defibrillator in Jets green; I swear, this team is going to kill me one of these nights.

Revis deserves a lot of credit for the Jets win. So does Mike Westoff, Joe McKnight, and the Trufant kid who ran in the blocked punt for a TD. Oh, and Jim Leonhard, who ran down what would have been the Cowboys' game-clinching TD and knocked the runner out of bounds inside the five, setting up the crucial Romo fumble that started the tide to turning.

But mostly of the credit goes to Romo.

As for the Giants... sigh... the less said, the better. They got embarrassed by the Redskins and Rex Grossman, f'r chrissakes. How humiliatin'. It could be a long season for Big Blue.

But hey... football is back!!



Sep. 12th, 2011 05:20 pm (UTC)
I blame Romo for that ridiculous fumble where he looked like Eli Manning, but that is all.

The interception was equal parts great heads-up play by Revis and terrible route running by Bryant. That third-down play was clearly a timing pattern where Bryant was supposed to run an out at the sticks, and the ball was exactly where it was supposed to be...but Dizzy Dez ran about five yards past his mark. Revis, knowing the down and distance and having help over the top, just sat on the first down marker and made the play. Not one of the "professional" commentators on ESPN or the NFL network even mentioned this, they just keep piling on Romo like they have beef.

I give Romo a lot of credit for accepting responsibility for his receiver's bone-headed mistake that cost them the game. Say what you want about the guy in pressure situations (I admit, he does choke in the playoffs), he is a leader and the other players respect that, even if the talking heads cannot.

The Jets looked pretty good, I thought. Dallas has a very good defense (Not as good as the Jets' D, but close) and Sanchez and Co. did enough to get the W.


George R.R. Martin
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