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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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mickey2093
Oct. 19th, 2011 01:58 pm (UTC)
oops - giants/patriots
My bad - i meant giants - and sure, it was a long time ago, but still...
cricket_bugg33
Oct. 19th, 2011 06:39 pm (UTC)
We (my husband and I) started listening to your books in April when the HBO show came out. Yesterday we finished. LOVE LOVE LOVE the show and the books!!! We even had you sign our books when you came to Denver in July - YAY!! So, I finish the book and look at your "unblog" and you are talking about football? WHAT?? You can't have any free fun time - I need the 6th book - yesterday!! sheesh!! I'm very excited about season two (and book 6) Congrats on the Scream award and the Emmy. We were shocked Mr Dinklage didn't thank you for the wonderful character you created. We figure you have killed him off in the first paragraph of book 6!! When I met you and told you I was on book three you told me to buy kleenex - well you should have said to keep on buying them - book 5 was devastating!!! So, now that I have said my thing - get back to that book!!! No more fun for you!! BTW thanks for the wonderful books - jamie
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cricket_bugg33
Oct. 21st, 2011 12:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the article link - it makes sense. I love that author too - the Graveyard book was lovely!! I was just being funny though. It's ok that you didn't get that, I just hope GRRM does.....
floodone
Oct. 19th, 2011 09:30 pm (UTC)
My good sirs, I believe you are all overlooking how bad the Colts are without Peyton Manning taking snaps. When we finish at the bottom of the barrel, we will draft Mr. Luck and retain divisional dominance and conference relevance for another fifteen years.

Although I would be just fine if they didn't do that because they won some damn games. Watching my team lose constantly hurts. Not sure how the Lions fans suffered through it for fifty years. I would go crazy.
lancecria
Oct. 20th, 2011 05:48 am (UTC)
Suck for Luck
Dolphins fan here. Though I hope and wish for Andrew Luck to end up in Miami, the scary part is that he can choose to stay at Stanford for his senior year...and then who the heck are we gonna get?
axisv
Oct. 20th, 2011 07:40 am (UTC)
Giants
I can't figure these guys out. They lose to the lowly Seagulls at home, and then beat one of the better teams in the NFL in the Bills. It seems like another team comes to play every week.

bookish_adw
Oct. 20th, 2011 09:54 pm (UTC)
I fear for the Giants too.

I am so happy with the progress the Giants have made. I too am a bit fearful of their chances progressing because of their tough schedule. My husband thinks that they are the most frustrating team to watch,especially last game. They don't capitalize on the breaks, and they make bad judgments calls, they get penalized for doing stupid things ( like false starts). I agree with his thoughts, because I saw it as well. If we can clean these silly mistakes and be consistent ( consistency is something Giants lacked ,in my opinion), then we should be fine. But, you never know what can happen on any given Sunday.
vikjha
Oct. 29th, 2011 06:44 am (UTC)
are my redskins still just a joke? :(
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