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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!!

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jamesovei
Sep. 12th, 2011 01:53 pm (UTC)
There's one team that is almost guaranteed to beat the Cowboys and, sadly for the Cowboys, that team plays in every one of their games.
jeffxandra
Sep. 12th, 2011 02:08 pm (UTC)
Don't give Revis too much credit
They went after him early and often and were effective. Yes, Revis got the INT, but that wasn't your standard Revis Island, more Revis Isthmus
lilpix33
Sep. 12th, 2011 03:01 pm (UTC)
I got the only fun I'll have this season most likely: a Bills win. Next week is forecasted to be destruction at the hands of the Patriots.
mfanderson
Sep. 12th, 2011 03:42 pm (UTC)
I love you George, but...
...I love my Redskins more. ;)

It was a win-win day for 'skins. First we beat our division rivals (your Giants (sorry)) after losing to them the last seven times we matched-up. Then your Jets beat the Cowboys. That was beautiful. Anything that makes Romo lose confidence is good for us.

It's good to see the Redskins at the top of the division. But who knows how long that will last.

fan_of_happosai
Sep. 12th, 2011 04:58 pm (UTC)
Re: I love you George, but...
If last year was any indication, I recall the Failskins were at the top of the division for like the first 4-6 weeks.
Re: I love you George, but... - mfanderson - Sep. 12th, 2011 10:40 pm (UTC) - Expand
falseprophet81
Sep. 12th, 2011 03:48 pm (UTC)
Jet...
The Jet's game was interesting...yeah Romo managed to lose the game for the Cowboys. Now with how the Bills played last night...For once the Patriots could be in last place in the AFCE.
nycfalcon
Sep. 12th, 2011 03:49 pm (UTC)
Nice to see some NFL posts
I had grown so accustomed to your posts that last season felt like something was missing. Hopefully you will continue to have the time to kick back and knock back a few this season.

The Giants... looks like they won't be a good team until maybe, hopefully three or four games into the season. If they stay like this for the entire season we will be saying goodbye to Tom, Kevin and dare I hope Eli. Eli's improvement just isn't there. His passes are too consistently poor to expect his receivers to be consistently good. There-in lies one of the major differences between big bro and little bro.

The defense is still lacking in overall speed. With the quality of receivers in the NFC East the Giants could end up with 5 or 6 losses in their own conference alone.

There is a very bright spot. J. P. P. Hopefully we'll have a healthy Tuck.

The J, E, T, S, were extremely entertaining. What an amazing fouth quarter for them. Fortunately for them Bryant hadn't learn how to hydrate, limber up and warm up properly. That could have gotten ugly in a hurry. Revis Island reemerges from the depths. And Plax... when Sanchez figures it out, the Burress-Holmes tandem will be spectacular. Even though Plax has an axe to grind with the Giants he even managed to help them. That block on Jenkins was brutal. That kind of hit lingers in the mind if not the body for a long time.

For a first game especially given the off-season issues both teams played a very high quality of football. I imagine the day had something to do with the commitment to focus by both the coaches and players. While the Jets comeback wasn't quite Mike Piazza-esque, it was thrilling.
dajamieson
Sep. 12th, 2011 03:59 pm (UTC)
In the good news - Panthers might actually have a half-way decent quarterback. Maybe.
tehuti
Sep. 12th, 2011 04:26 pm (UTC)
Thank all the gods we have football this year! Who knew figuring out how to split umpteen-gagillion dollars would be so hard?

As a fellow fan of the Big Blue, I hear your pain. That game was damn near unwatchable. I'm looking forward to my Patriots playing tonight to ease the pain.

As for the Jets, if I were a fan (which I'm obviously not, see above), I would not be happy with what I saw last night. Yes, they pulled one out of Romo's backside, and it was an exciting game to watch. And as a dedicated Dallas hater, I enjoyed watching them blow a game they had won. But the Jets did not deserve to win. Dallas lost the game much more than the Jets won it. Did Dallas show us how to deal with Revis Island and the vaunted Jets D last night? We'll see as the season goes on.

Bill Staar
Sep. 12th, 2011 05:03 pm (UTC)
Rex
George:

An idea for Tyrion's next pal: a loud, tall, obese, funny guy with a foot fetish named "Rex." Let's do this.
Cody Burt
Sep. 14th, 2011 02:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Rex
House Ryan

Sigil: 11 men tackling 1 on a green field.

Words: Let's go get a goddamn snack!
Re: Rex - nycfalcon - Sep. 14th, 2011 11:02 pm (UTC) - Expand
i_am_just_chris
Sep. 12th, 2011 05:18 pm (UTC)
Football
Mr. Martin,

I have to start by saying, I'm a huge Patriots Fan from your home state. The Jets are our biggest rivals but I expected better from them. Sanchez himself, made errors that were just as baffling as Romo's. Luckily for the Jets, they're still facing the same old Cowboys. The Cowboys secondary on defense barely kept up and the fact that Romo kept passing the ball when they were up by 14 points was atrocious! The Jets need to go back to their running game here or there is going to be some serious problems when they face us (New England). As for the Giants, well...its the Giants. Can't wait for Season 2 of Game of Thrones by the way!
death_panel
Sep. 12th, 2011 05:20 pm (UTC)
Romo
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.
trebla1972
Sep. 12th, 2011 05:46 pm (UTC)
Ugh
That was painful. I fully expected a loss. Dallas is rebuilding the offensive line and are learning Rob Ryan's defense on the fly. Before the game, had you told me they would have loss 27-24 I would have been content that they stuck with the Jets. But to dominate and then fall apart? sigh.

People are dog-piling on Tony Romo and rightfully so. That pick was horrid. But the calls for them to get rid of him are ridiculous. Unless they can make a trade for Brady, Brees, Peyton, Rivers, Rodgers, Roethlisberger, or Vick they can't do better than Romo.
dizzy34
Sep. 12th, 2011 07:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Ugh
Yeah Romo has his faults but the fact of the matter is that there are only a handfull of teams that would take the quarterback they have over him. He just needs to get that Favre-idis out of his system in a big way.
Joonas Tammjrv
Sep. 12th, 2011 09:37 pm (UTC)
i am sure nfl is great, but i wont never understand why its called football.
falseprophet81
Sep. 13th, 2011 02:07 am (UTC)
Because the ball is a foot long.
avaserenity
Sep. 12th, 2011 10:44 pm (UTC)
The fact that you are a Jets fan makes me....*head explodes*

Why are you so awesome?
joker5769
Sep. 14th, 2011 10:09 pm (UTC)
I'm a Ravens fan, purple power!!! Totally slaughtered the Steelers last Sunday! Hopefully same thing with the Titans this coming Sunday. :-)
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