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You Can't Win Them All

Well, at least my teams won one of them yesterday.

If you had asked me on Friday how this week's games would go, I would have told you that I expected the Jets to defeat Buffalo pretty easily, but that I was worried about the Giants against Philadelphia. The Bills had the worst defense in the NFL, after all, and were giving a rookie quarterback his first start to boot, while the Eagles were coming off a huge win where they scored 50+ points and would be going against a Giants D that had played one good half in three prior games.

Well, as Chris Berman likes to say, "that's why they play the games."

The Jets made the Bills' rookie QB Trent Edwards look like the second coming of Johnny Unitas, while my man Chad threw two ghastly interceptions.

Come the night game, however, the Giants D looked like what a Giants D is supposed to look like. A monster game by Osi, and the entire Giants defensive line... admittedly against a banged-up Eagles team that was missing their best running back. I've always been a fan of defensive football, and must admit that I enjoy games like this one much more than shootouts like the Giants/ Cowboys game that opened the season. The fact that we won this one and lost that one may be part of it too, but still...

This was a sweet one. It is always sweet to beat the Eagles, of course (almost, but not quite, as sweet as it is to beat the hated Cowboys), but it was especially sweet on a day when the Mets completed a truly epic collapse.

Next weekend the Giants play the Jets, so at least one of my teams will win. Going by the way the two teams played yesterday, you'd have the figure that the Giants will be prohibitive favorites. Which probably means that the Jets will win.

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zephee
Oct. 1st, 2007 09:06 pm (UTC)
So who are you going to root for. Its OK, you can admit you are pulling for Big Blue!
firerosearien
Oct. 1st, 2007 09:08 pm (UTC)
I was at the Jets game yesterday! (I have pictures if you need proof! http://puristbleedspinstripes.blogspot.com !)

Second row, end zone...which was great...except that the Jets lost and I got sunburnt.

Still, my friend and I began discussing what the over/under was before the Clemens/Pennington discussions would crop up..
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tom_gallier
Oct. 2nd, 2007 11:53 am (UTC)
Re: My Cowboys
The Romo-nator strikes again. How 'bout them Cowboys!
eureka00
Oct. 1st, 2007 09:10 pm (UTC)
My poor poor Bears...perpetually lost on offense. :(
nekokikichan
Oct. 2nd, 2007 12:05 am (UTC)
Yes : (
elmobob14
Oct. 1st, 2007 09:10 pm (UTC)
I think it's pretty clear . . .
I think that it's pretty clear from his third paragraph that the book is finished.

I'm mean, "that's why the play the games"! Obviously, it's a reference to the game of thrones.

I rest my case your honor.
mercury_glitch
Oct. 1st, 2007 11:04 pm (UTC)
Re: I think it's pretty clear . . .
Jets / Bills game is totally a recap of Stannis vs. Kingslanding.

Tyrion was a rookie still in his part for that battle. The D left in Kingslanding was small, and Stannis should have won (from what I remember) but it was all bumbled.

Clearly the reference to the books is so strong in this post to indicate the fourth is finished. It's got to be a sign!
Re: I think it's pretty clear . . . - theswornsword - Oct. 2nd, 2007 10:42 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: I think it's pretty clear . . . - mercury_glitch - Oct. 2nd, 2007 01:34 pm (UTC) - Expand
hippoiathanatoi
Oct. 1st, 2007 09:11 pm (UTC)
And now the Raiders pummel the Dolphins. Is it any surprise that Dolphin fans are being inundated with Ricky Williams' bid for reinstatement?

The Dolphins are the worst team in the NFL right now. *sigh*

Good on the Giants for their twelve sacks -- the Eagles offensive line could just have well sat back and taken a rest, for all the good they seem to have done.
cedunkley
Oct. 1st, 2007 09:14 pm (UTC)
I'm in full agreement that a Giant victory over the Eagles is topped only by a Giant victory over Dallas.

That was an historic game in many ways. Not only were all those single game records set or tied but Strahan passed LT (who was there on the sidelines) for all-time Giant sack leader.

Now, if only Notre Dame can finally win a game.
grrm
Oct. 1st, 2007 09:28 pm (UTC)
Strahan and LT
Of course, Strahan only passed LT because the NFL does not recognize LT's sacks from 1981, his rookie year. The stat did not become official until 1982. Otherwise Deacon Jones would hold all of the sack records. According to Deacon Jones, at least.

Strahan is now one up on LT in official sacks, and 8 1/2 behind in actual sacks.

If he can shake the rust off and have a good season, however, he should be able to make that up by the end of the year. With Osi playing the way he is, I would think opposing offenses are going to have to start double-teaming him rather than Strahan.

And the G-men also have Kiwi and Tuck. Really, if they stay aggressive, they ought to lead the league in sacks.
Re: Strahan and LT - jdawgx - Oct. 1st, 2007 09:43 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Strahan and LT - cedunkley - Oct. 1st, 2007 09:48 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Strahan and LT - princejvstin - Oct. 1st, 2007 09:52 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - layceeloo - Oct. 2nd, 2007 01:00 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - briennetarth - Oct. 2nd, 2007 02:44 am (UTC) - Expand
phillymos
Oct. 1st, 2007 09:50 pm (UTC)
Weirdness
We Eagles fans have often questioned Reid's tendency to draft Offensive linemen (no, not literally :P Though after last night it could be taken that way too) in the first round. But last night's game was a fine example on why it REALLY pays to have a line that can at least stop the defensive linemen in most non-blitzing situations. I thought Westbrook was the critical loss, but now will I certainly be praying for William Thomas' speedy recovery in 2 weeks. Even if Westbrook had been in the game I really don't think the score would have been much different. Maybe by 7 points at most.

The weirdest thing about yesterday was how little the loss bothered me, having basked in the joy of the Phillies' division-clinching win earlier that day. I'm sure I'm not the only one in this area a bit disoriented by the experience of feeling more affection and enthusiasm for the Phillies then the Eagles.
bojojoti
Oct. 1st, 2007 10:24 pm (UTC)
The KC Chiefs won! It was ugly, but it's a win.

I am so surprised.

Enjoy your favorite team match-up next week.
bojojoti
Oct. 1st, 2007 10:25 pm (UTC)
It was amusing to have the Charger fans chanting, "Marty! Marty! Marty!"
titakini
Oct. 1st, 2007 10:30 pm (UTC)
I never expected the Chiefs to beat the Chargers, but somehow they did! Guess I need to start watching at halftime from now on instead of watching from the beginning and getting so discouraged I turn the game off at halftime.
trooper221
Oct. 1st, 2007 10:43 pm (UTC)
Let me jump on the pile
and say how amazingly dominant the Giants defense looked.

That is how D is supposed to be played. Except for that 3 minute part of the 4th, where they let the Eagles make like 4 first downs in a row.

Other than that, they looked hungry.

My Pats get started in just under 2 hours. I really hope they can shut down Palmer's offense. I'm not worried about scoring points -- I just don't want a shootout on a hostile field.

The Jets looked terrible. Terrible. Against the BILLS? My Tony Eason poster get 6 points against the Bills! I'm telling you, it's Karma. Mangini's gonna go 1-15.
firerosearien
Oct. 1st, 2007 11:47 pm (UTC)
Re: Let me jump on the pile
It's because, since about 1998, the Jets are playoffs in even years and basement in odd years!
sixfeetabove
Oct. 1st, 2007 11:16 pm (UTC)
I have no idea who to pick in that Jets/Giants game in my pickem league at work. In fact, all of the weeks so far this season have been full of really tough games as far as picking a winner goes.

Given that this hasn't been a good season so far for the Jets I think I'll find myself reading your next book someday wondering how the 2007 NFL season influenced the writing.
aceface
Oct. 1st, 2007 11:23 pm (UTC)
As a Bills fan, I'm just glad they won a game; sorry it came at the expense of your Jets. I'm going to be at the Bills/Cowboys Monday night game next week so I'll do my best to cheer them on to another upset and continue the "Legend of Trent Edwards."
senorb
Oct. 2nd, 2007 01:58 am (UTC)
Trent Edwards
Trent Edwards went to my local high school (where he dominated by the way, undefeated for three years), but we never see Bills games out here. How did he look? I think it's great that he won the game, but I have to say, at this point I wish he was playing for SF.
Re: Trent Edwards - aceface - Oct. 2nd, 2007 02:28 am (UTC) - Expand
yayathered
Oct. 1st, 2007 11:26 pm (UTC)
I know I'm banal...
Hi George, I'm M.Rosaria, an Italian girl (so forgive my bad English, with whom I can express only banal ideas)
I've started reading your "A song of Ice and fire" two months ago, and I've been kidnapped by that world. It is fresh, direct, real and not too "spiritual" and, someway, "christian" like others fantasy novels.
I am a novelist too, or better, I've just finished writing my first novel :) and nobody has been a better writing school to me as your novels.
So I say thank you.
p.s. my nickname is “yaya” since I was a child: and now my sister, who read your novels before me, calls me "yaya the bitch". :)
lykophile
Oct. 2nd, 2007 12:04 am (UTC)
I'm a Packer fan and I say give it up for Brett. 422 and still just a good ol' boy from Mississippi. I'll hate to see him go.
murry_duck
Oct. 2nd, 2007 07:30 pm (UTC)
The Pack is playing like they did in years gone by this year. I love em win or lose, but Brett is still the best QB I have ever seen!
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