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Hopes and Fears

Both of my football teams won this weekend.

New York Jets 24
Miami Dolphins 6

New York Giants 27
Buffalo Bills 24

A victory is a victory, and two victories is nice... but these two did not leave me wanting to post "life is magical and full of joy." I still have hopes, but I have fears as well.

The final score of the Jets game on Monday Night Football looks convincing, but that's misleading. It was a pretty shaky win over an awful opponent, a winless team starting a backup quarterback. And even so, it was far from convincing. The Jets O began the game with four three-and-outs and did not get a first down until midway through the second quarter. The only Jet who truly impressed was Darrell Revis. Revis is the best cornerback in the NFL, almost everyone agrees, and yet the Dolphins came out throwing at him and kept it up all game. Miami squandered at least three TD chances in the first half, and their star receiver dropped balls, ran out of bounds on what might have been a long TD, and gave up a pick-six. I really don't know if the Jets won the game so much as the Dolphins lost it.

(FWIW, I think Miami may be a top contender in the Andrew Luck sweepstakes. I just hope they don't win it. I suffered through a couple decades as a Jets fan, having to face Dan Marino twice a year. I don't want to go through that again, should the Fish get this kid who is supposed to be the best QB prospect since Elway. So please, win a few games, Miami. Just so long as one of them is not against the Giants two weeks from now, or the Jets in the rematch. You can beat anyone else you please. Starting with the Pats and Bills).

The real test for the Jets will be next week, when they face the Chargers. San Diego is not Miami. If Gang Green can take them down, maybe they are for real. If not... well, it could be a long season. The schedule from here on is a meatgrinder.

As for the Giants... they defeated a much stronger team in the up and coming Buffalo Bills. Corey Webster had a Revis-like afternoon, the pass rush looked fierce (and will get fiercer when Justin Tuck returns), Ahmed Bradshaw came alive and ran the ball well, and Eli was sharp. Even so, it was a near thing. With the score tied, the Bills were driving deep in Giants territory and were already in range for a go-ahead field goal when Ryan Fitzpatrick threw his second INT to Webster. Great play, Corey. The G-Men are now 4-2 and leading the NFC East, which is pretty good for a team that many people said would finish at the bottom of the division. So they're in it. But I'd be lying if I said I was confident in their prospects going forward. That lost to Seattle leaves lingering doubts, and they have some tough tough games coming up.

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lodengarl
Oct. 18th, 2011 06:53 pm (UTC)
Congratulations!
Thanks for beating the Bills. Even with Carson Palmer, every loss to an AFC team will help our bid to make a playoff run!
gonzagylot00
Oct. 18th, 2011 06:57 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't be too worried about the loss to the Seahawks, it was a fluke to lose the game in that fashion.

I'd be more worried about the Jets if I were you.

Assuming the Patriots take the division, the Jets will be competing with the following teams for one of the two wildcard spots:

-Bills
-Steelers
-Raiders
-Bengals (it's weird to consider them a contender)
-Texans

That means that Jets have to be better than 4 out of 5 of those teams. That's a pretty tall order.

I shouldn't talk too much trash though, it doesn't look that promising for my Eagles.
xraytheenforcer
Oct. 18th, 2011 07:04 pm (UTC)
The Jets-Dolphins game was awful. Both teams should be flogged and the wounds salted. At least one person on the boards speculated that the Dolphins deliberately sandbagged the game for the Suck For Luck sweepstakes. I don't necessarily believe that they'd stoop that low, but it sure as hell looked like they were gunning for the gutter.

I'm still shocked that the Niners don't suck. It's been so long since we had a decent team, I'm feeling a bit of fan whiplash and paranoia at the positive results. O_o
smofbabe
Oct. 18th, 2011 08:35 pm (UTC)
At least one person on the boards speculated that the Dolphins deliberately sandbagged the game for the Suck For Luck sweepstakes.

I don't think it takes any extra effort on our part to suck...
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coaldustcanary
Oct. 18th, 2011 07:58 pm (UTC)
I think, for all the Giants' faults, they're in the best position to take the division this year.
trilambdas
Oct. 18th, 2011 08:09 pm (UTC)
SD vs NYJ
You and me both! I'm your resident SD fan... it's funny because your sentiments about the Jets are pretty much the same way most SD fans feel. Our wins are wins yes, but all were dubious. I know that a horrible team in the NFL has a chance on any given Sunday because match-ups can cause problems (see Tampa last week against SF against how they played this week against NO). It's a weird league, so yes, this next match-up will be a good barometer. I think both teams are talented but I have to like SDs chances now that they can RUN and the Jets are having a problem stopping the run (see Raiders game). Good luck none-the-less!
PS. Yes, I'm still sick to my stomach from the Kaeding playoff blunders in years past.
PPS. Did you pick up a little tension between Gruden and Jaws last night?
smofbabe
Oct. 18th, 2011 08:34 pm (UTC)
After this appallingly awful season, at least we should get some reward out of it. *sigh*
voyder
Oct. 18th, 2011 09:02 pm (UTC)
Raiders
Hey George, I am a Raider fan. What do you think of the Carson Palmer acquisition?
grrm
Oct. 18th, 2011 09:11 pm (UTC)
Re: Raiders
Well, you paid an awful lot for him. That makes me wonder.

Still, if he can lead you to the playoffs, it will be worth it. Carson Palmer at the top of his form is an upgrade over Jason Campbell... although I am not sure Palmer can still play at the level he once did. His last year in Cincinnati was underwhelming.
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driftinscotty
Oct. 18th, 2011 09:22 pm (UTC)
Dolphins Fans' Take
Sorry, George, but I think the Phins have the inside track on the young Mr. Luck. I wouldn't have thought it until last night, but they looked absolutely dreadful. I've never seen so many talented players look so inept in the same game. That game last night has me feeling that Miami is about to come apart at the seams, and if it does, they'll be lucky to win 2 games against their tough remaining schedule. As a Dolphins fan, I can't root against my team, but Andrew Luck would certainly cure a ton of decade-long ills.

By the way, your lack of confidence in the Jets is well-founded. Against any other opponent, they would have been pile-driven into the turf last night.
rainbow_connec
Oct. 19th, 2011 01:02 am (UTC)
San Diego may not be Miami, but they're still San Diego. I think we'll be fine. Right Mark Sanchez, right????
Carl Terwilliger
Oct. 19th, 2011 01:13 am (UTC)
QB change?
Are you satisfied with M. Sanchez? I just don't see him taking you to the promised land. Its hard for me to watch the Jets offensively...Only reason I watch them is because I have their D in fantasy football lol.
malimar
Oct. 19th, 2011 02:56 am (UTC)
It's so weird being a Buffalonian this year. Jokes about the awfulness of the Bills are older than I am, but apparently we've got a really strong team this year. Seems like the city's been going crazy after every game this year.
ferniesauru
Oct. 19th, 2011 05:47 am (UTC)
I was just a wee lad when Marino was around. Just two or three years of Dolphins' competence wouldn't be too much to ask for! I'm not for throwing games but I hope the cards fall right and we get a little Luck-y. Maybe then we can sweep the Jets every year!
Joseph Romel
Oct. 19th, 2011 06:30 am (UTC)
So bummed about the Bills game. The Giants' pass rush was excellent, but receivers the corners beat on both of those interceptions, and had Fitzy not underthrown both balls we'd be having a very different conversation today. He's been underthrowing receivers all season, and it has finally come back to bite him--and us. He's as good as anyone in the underneath game, but going deep is an entirely different story.
shsilver
Oct. 19th, 2011 01:06 pm (UTC)
Unrelated, but I wanted to make sure you knew that a Jeopardy! question yesterday asked for the name of the television series based on the Song of Fire and Ice by George R. R. Martin. The contestant got the answer correct.
mickey2093
Oct. 19th, 2011 01:53 pm (UTC)
Jets/Patriots
I was just wondering - you really really hate Belichick - but didn't he work over at the jets some years back? did you hate him then, also, or is it just a "us against them" kind of thing. he's the same person - with the same values, and the same talent - so what changed other than his affiliation?
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