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Life Is...

... full of ups and downs, isn't it?

The good thing about having two teams to root for in the NFL is that it greatly decreases the number of Sundays where you feel like pounding your head against the wall until your brains dribble out of your nose. Even if one team gets spanked, the other may win.

Last week it was the Giants who looked terrible in losing to the Cowboys, and the Jets who looked like world beaters in crushing the Bills.

This week, just the reverse.

Not much to say about the Jets loss in Pittsburgh. The Steelers are a damn good team, and they have always seemed to have Gang Green's number, at least since... well, forever. As sharp as Sanchez looked last week, this week he looked awful. His wideouts did not help much either. I lost count of how many balls I saw bouncing off Santonio Holmes. Kerley and The New Guy were non-existant. If this is the best we have at wideout, we need to resign Plaxico Burress tomorrow. Plax was always good for six down in the red zone. Our run game... well, it was unimpressive when Shonn Greene was running, and worse when he came out. And our vaunted Jets D is much MUCH less impressive without Darrell Revis. Where's the pass rush? Our big round one draft choice DE so far is doing an amazing impersonation of Vernon Gholston.

The Jets better show up next week and kick some Dolphin ass. If they lose that one, they could well be looking at 1-4, since they have the 49ers and the Texans the following two weeks, and the team I saw today won't stand a chance against either of those squads.

Thank the gods, old and new, I have my New York Giants too. Now THAT was a hell of a game. Not that the early action did not prompt a little head-banging, what with Eli tossing those three interceptions and all. That sound you heard was me, screaming, but Parris waved her magic Giants blanket and kept the faith, and in the fourth quarter Eli came roaring back... and how. Threw for something like 510 yards, I believe, which like the ninth best total ever for any QB in the history of the league, or something. From two touchdowns down, the G-men rallied to tie it up (with a 2 point conversion at the end, the real miracle, we NEVER make 2 point coversions), then went ahead by a TD... and then had Josh Freeman and the Bucs come right back and tie it up again with a touchdown of their own...

But they scored too quickly, and left Eli almost two minutes. That's ALWAYS a mistake. Just ask the New England Patriots. So Manning just drove them back down and did it all over again, scoring another go-ahead TD.

An incredible performance by Eli, and by his two favorite targets, Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz. Both were sensational today. Victor more than made up for all those drops last week against Dallas with 11 receptions for 199 yards, including an 80 yard TD that he dedicated to his grandmother, who passed away this week. Even with totals like that, he only had the second-best day among the Giants wideouts, since Hakeem Nicks racked up 10 catches for 199, despite coming into the game with an injured foot and then having his ankle stepped on so badly that he was limping and hobbling all through the last quarter. It was a great gutsy performance by Hakeem, who gave Bucs QB Aqib Talib a real schooling.

Some kudos are also due Giants TE Marcellus Bennett, who came through a great clutch TD catch after letting a couple of previous TD tosses from Eli bounce off his hands. If he'd caught all three, the game might never have been in doubt. Bennett has been inconsistent so far, but he certainly flashes plenty of talent. If he starts showing it every play, he could be a hell of an addition to the offense.

Also, the G-men seem to have found a terrific backup RB in Andre Brown, who has been on the team for three years and never done a thing... but today Ahmed Bradshaw went out early with a neck injury (hope it is not serious, Ahmed's a favorite) and Brown came in and ran all over the Bucs. Suddenly Big Blue's run game was the smashmouth style I remember from days of yore. Brown also had the wits to go down on the one yard line when the Bucs were trying to let him score at the end of the game. Nice to see that too. I hope to see more of Brown in the weeks to come, he could well be the complement to Bradshaw that we need, a new younger version of Brandon Jacobs, running hard right up the middle.

Speaking of the end of the game, though... one hates to pile on, but damn, that was a bush league move that the new Bucs coach pulled at the end of the game, having his line smashing into the Giants when Eli was kneeling down to run out the clock. Good way to injure someone. Yeah, I know you came from college, but this is the NFL. Game's over, guy. Deal with it. It may have been legal, sure, but it was classless. And if you keep doing stuff like that, you may be headed back to college sooner than you'd like.

Anyway... we won one, we lost one. Just like Hugo night. Seems to be a theme of late.

Oh, and the Pats and Cowboys lost. Icing on my Big Blue cake.



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Sep. 17th, 2012 04:16 am (UTC)
It makes me unreasonably happy that you love my NY teams so much. Icing on the cake that is Westeros...
Michael Howley
Sep. 17th, 2012 04:31 am (UTC)
Yardage Galore
I'm a little curious about your thoughts on the Jets and Giants defenses. Wins are wins, sure, but the points against are a little staggering for both teams.

My Lions, meanwhile, continue to display a tendency to revert to what we affectionately refer to as "The Same Old Lions." Stupid penalties, awful tackling, and an embarrassing number of pass attempts that make you wonder if you're watching the same game as the quarterback. They have so much potential, but they can't seem to string more than two decent quarters together!
Ken Burnside
Sep. 17th, 2012 05:10 am (UTC)
Da Games
The game against the Steelers was a bad set of matchups all around; the good news is that when the Jets face them again in the playoffs, age and athleticism will help against decrepitude and injuries.

You're welcome with regards to Dallas. That was the kind of Seahawks football I've been seeing flashes of for the last two years. Trench warfare run stopping, ball hawking defense, special teams...now, hey, we've suddenly got a quarterback who's actually mildly above average, and have wideouts who don't cover their faces with their hands when something is thrown their way.

Whoda thunkit?

Having seen how cleanly the Cardinals shut down New England, I don't feel quite so badly about losing a squeaker to them in Week 1.
Brian Meise
Sep. 17th, 2012 05:19 am (UTC)
Great signs from the Giants
The first half of the Giants game made me think we were going to see the Eli of old, and I was nervous. THANKFULLY Eli turned into the ELIte QB that he is and threw for 250 yards in the 4th quarter.

Andre Brown sure was a surprise. Ran with power and had the moves, a great combination. If Brown follows his performance up next week with similar results, maybe Bradshaw should get a little nervous. We can't afford to have the worst rushing attack in the NFL again.

The receivers were great today. CRUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUZ!
Sep. 17th, 2012 05:50 am (UTC)
I love that we love the same teams and hate the same teams. Go Giants and Jets!
Sep. 17th, 2012 06:11 am (UTC)
I'm starting Eli Manning in one league and the Jets' D in both of my leagues. Guess which one's getting benched. (Though boy, did Manning have me wringing my hands early on!)
Sep. 17th, 2012 06:16 am (UTC)
Bad on you, coach Schiano
Kneeling is a courtesy. Eli could have tried to embarrass you further. The next guy just might - evil Bill would with gusto. You were vanquished this week. Accept that and prepare for the next. You are a senior manager for a billion dollar business. Act like it.
Sep. 18th, 2012 03:25 am (UTC)
I agree. Don't forget all the other teams will see this and I wouldn't be surprised if guys start clipping Tampa players "just in case"?

In any case, Steelers win! I do admit they seem to do well against the Jets. Not sure why.
Colty Harrison
Sep. 17th, 2012 07:40 am (UTC)
George, why are you a NY football fan? I know you live in Sante Fe (I'm not stalking, I just read every word of the books you publish), but did you live in NY at some point? If not, why the love for NY and not Cowboys, which are closer to your area (cowboys fan here).
Sep. 17th, 2012 10:07 am (UTC)
Replacement Refs
Just wondering how you're feeling about the replacement refs? I'm not mad at them, per se, but I just feel like there were a LOT of weird calls yesterday in both those games.
Sep. 17th, 2012 06:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Replacement Refs
We need the real refs back, is how I feel.
Re: Replacement Refs - nycfalcon - Sep. 17th, 2012 11:01 pm (UTC) - Expand
Sam Crecelius
Sep. 17th, 2012 01:21 pm (UTC)
Five hundred and... What the hell!?!?!?
That's what won the Giants their last two Super Bowls - they just never seem to go away, and you never know what Eli may pull out of his... hat.
Sep. 17th, 2012 01:23 pm (UTC)
Revis really is a game-changer.
btw: great job on "Wait, wait, don't tell me."
Sep. 17th, 2012 01:39 pm (UTC)
"Kudos" is singular, comes from Greek, I think.
Sep. 17th, 2012 02:26 pm (UTC)
The Jets better show up next week and kick some Dolphin ass.


Miami has the Dolphins, the greatest football team.
Sep. 17th, 2012 06:43 pm (UTC)
They were the greatest... in 1972.
(no subject) - annulvapore - Sep. 17th, 2012 06:52 pm (UTC) - Expand
Sep. 17th, 2012 02:56 pm (UTC)
As a Cowboys fan, I have to say that the Cowboys played so terribly that I was actually worried they were going to somehow retroactively lose the Giants game.
Sep. 17th, 2012 11:04 pm (UTC)
Ha! That has to be the funniest comment on GRRM's blog I have ever read.
Sep. 17th, 2012 03:17 pm (UTC)
Potential to be a great season all around, fortunately. At least for my 3 favorite teams.
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