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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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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...
xraytheenforcer
Oct. 19th, 2011 03:39 pm (UTC)
I am so sorry that this year is going to be so bad for you guys. I hope that at least your Aussie-rules football team shows some spark.

Edited at 2011-10-19 03:39 pm (UTC)
smofbabe
Oct. 21st, 2011 12:15 am (UTC)
Footy season is already over and although we made it to the playoffs, we sucked in the first round. American football is a disaster: Dolphins are winless and the UF Gators lost their first-string quarterback and their season is effectively over. And the SF Giants, last year's WS champs, didn't even make it into the playoffs. Australian cricket is looking good, though :->
venardhi
Oct. 19th, 2011 12:06 am (UTC)
It isn't even that they don't suck this year, they're actually pretty impressive. I've been watching every SF game expecting it to all fall apart and yet here we are with great standing and (probably) weeks away from facing a serious challenge.

I am actually starting to be hopeful for the first time in years and it is a welcome change.
xraytheenforcer
Oct. 19th, 2011 03:41 pm (UTC)
Due to living on the East Coast, I've only seen a few snaps from the Niners this year, much to my chagrin. I'm hoping that I'll be able to catch a few games before the season ends, especially when I'm out West visiting the family for the holidays.
floodone
Oct. 19th, 2011 09:34 pm (UTC)
Are you saying the Lions weren't a real challenge? I watched that game, it came down to the final minutes. Yes they won, but it wasn't easy.
venardhi
Oct. 20th, 2011 05:43 am (UTC)
I meant going forward we're probably a few weeks away from another serious challenge. The Browns and Redskins don't exactly inspire fear this year but November looks a little tougher with the Giants and Ravens and if they're going to implode, I'd bet that is when it'll happen.

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