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Win One, Win One

Hey! Cool! The Jets and the Giants BOTH won this week.

That doesn't happen very often.

Sometimes life IS magical and full of joy.

The Jets flew to London to play the Miami Dolphins. The Hapless Dolphins, as it turned out. The final score was 27-14, but the game was not nearly as close as that would suggest. The Jets pretty much dominated from start to finish, even with the refs doing all they could to help the Fins. (That first Miami touchdown was a gift, coming after a 'drive' that consisted of two phantom pass interference calls that took Miami almost the length of the field).

Miami was supposed to be good this year with the addition of Ndomukong Suh -- some pundits were even picking them to topple the Pats in the AFC East -- but it appears that was mirage. Suh was a fearsome run-stuffer in Detroit, but in Miami he has been a total non-factor. Yesterday the Jets ran all over the Fins; inside, outside, up, down, and through. Chris Ivory is a good running back, yes, but he had a career day yesterday, and looked like the second coming of Jim Brown. And who knew that Ryan Fitzpatrick could run? (Hint: I don't think he can. Except against Miami).

Gang Green is now 3-1. I don't think they are as good as they looked yesterday, but they may just be good enough to mount a playoff run. We'll know for sure when they face Brady and the Pats and Evil Little Bill. Meanwhile, the Dolphins just fired Joe Philbin, their head coach. After what they showed in Wembley, that's no big surprise.

Back home in the US, the Giants went up to Buffalo and beat Rex Ryan 24-10 in a game that all the talking heads picked the Bills to win. The G-Men appear to be better than most of the pundits predicted going into the season, and the Bills worse. Buffalo did a lot to beat themselves yesterday with 17 penalties... including a number of unsportsmanlike conduct and unnecessary roughness calls that speak to a startling lack of discipline.

As dominant as the Jets looked in London, the Giants looked ever MORE dominant in Buffalo... for the first two and a half quarters. Eli and the offense were passing and running up and down the field, and the D would not even allow the Bills a single first down. But, as happens all too often with the G-Men, all those yards did not necessarily translate into points, and when Buffalo finally started to come to life midway through the third period and into the fourth, I started having nightmares of another game slipping away. The Giants, after all, had blown double-digit fourth quarter leads to Dallas and Atlanta in the first two games of the season. For a while, it looked as if that might happen again. All the momentum had shifted.

One play changed all that. On third and three, Eli made a short toss to RB Rashad Jennings in the flat, and Jennings escaped what looked like a sure tackle for a loss and took the ball all the way down the field for a TD, blasting through two more Bills en route. A great run by Jennings, poor tackling by the Bills, and it should have iced the game.

But, you know, it didn't. The Giants still made it way harder than it should have been. Later that quarter, with less than four minutes left, a series of flagrant fouls by the Bills had the G-Men all the down inside the ten, first and goal. They were up 24-10 by that point. A field goal would have given them a three-score lead. All they needed to do was run the ball, run the ball, run the ball... either blast in for a TD, or, if stuffed, kick the FG to go up 27-10. Buffalo would have burned its time outs. Game over.

But no. Instead Ben McAdoo decides to get cute. No runs to burn the clock. Instead Eli attempts a pass to Odell Beckham Jr that went incomplete, then fires a pass to Reuben Randel that gets intercepted. No time run off the clock, no Buffalo timeouts burned. Hey, let's give the Bills another chance, why don't we?

It was Eli's first INT of the season... but why the HELL was he throwing in that situation? No good reason. A FG is just as good as a TD in that situation. The playcalls were as inexplicable as those at the end of the Dallas game. Fortunately, this time it did not come back to bite the Giants in the ass.

With Dallas losing, the Giants, Cowboys, and Potomac Drainage Basin Indigenous Peoples are all 2-2, and the NFC East is up for grabs. Here's hoping the Giants grab it.



Oct. 5th, 2015 06:47 pm (UTC)
Even though it is early Giants right now look like the favorite to win the NFC East with Dallas hurting and the Eagles in a free fall. Giants Patriots Superbowl how funny would that be?
Oct. 5th, 2015 07:17 pm (UTC)
Re: Giants
G-Men could win the NFC East, but that does not mean Superbowl. The Seahawks and Packers and maybe even the Cardinals would still stand in the way.
Oct. 5th, 2015 10:01 pm (UTC)
Re: Giants
Similar opinions here. I'd be happy if the Giants get to the big show this year, I'd consider that a victory myself, just to see them take the field. Very happy with how the Jets did this week as well. Very Very happy, our neighbors thought something was amiss with the hoopla here this weekend.

George, I'm glad you have such a passion, and not just passion, but a really solid knowledge and understanding of the NFL as well as its history which is obvious. I enjoy reading your posts regarding the NFL, and always come here after game days to read your thoughts.

What a fantastic corner of the web this is, where Joe Public has access to a great and famous author and creator of art as well as various other things like TV (Beauty/Beast comes to mind mostly) and so forth. I feel it's very special, and RARE, that we can come and interact with you George, and I really appreciate how respectful you require people to be, and the standards set and applied to everyone so we can all feel free to exchange ideas with one another in a respectful way.

This is truly a great place, and I just wanted to say thanks.
Oct. 5th, 2015 10:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Giants
Hey, you're most welcome. It's appreciated.
Oct. 5th, 2015 06:49 pm (UTC)
NFC East
Lucky for you the Pats are going to destroy the cowboys next week with all their injuries. The Saints and Falcons will likely also beat the Eagles and Redskins respectively. Your G-Men will likely pull ahead in the coming weeks. As for your Jets, the Pats are far and away the best team in the game right now, Belichick isn't stepping down from Iron Throne just yet.
Oct. 5th, 2015 06:50 pm (UTC)
Potomac Drainage Basin Indigenous Peoples? Uh oh, you've outed yourself as an old TMQ reader now. :)
Oct. 5th, 2015 07:16 pm (UTC)
Guilty as charged.
Oct. 5th, 2015 06:55 pm (UTC)
Blue and Green make... something
Giants defense looks like a MONSTER. And monster defenses win championships. Imagine if the offensive line can get things together... the Giants will be unstoppable.

Jets look good too. I think this is going to be an interesting year for them.
Oct. 5th, 2015 07:09 pm (UTC)
New Coach
Miami looked awful. They looked like they had no drive.

Well they finally let the coach go, something they should of done years ago.
Oct. 5th, 2015 09:01 pm (UTC)
Chris ivory
George, Chris Ivory is from my hometown of Longview, Tx. Just a little over an hour from Nacogdoches, TX where you were in February! You should come do a book signing here! We have a Books A Million and a Hastings! (Longview population 80,000) I need to be sent on an epic task to gain entry into The Brotherhood Without Banners!
Oct. 5th, 2015 09:08 pm (UTC)
RE: Chris ivory
As you can see in my picture, it looks like you thought I might have been the Mountain himself! I can complete tasks that require feats of great strength! Or just find pizza haha.
Oct. 5th, 2015 09:55 pm (UTC)
Thanks to the Jets, the Dolphins released their horrible coach today. The Dolphins is one of the most talented teams, yet, I can sum up the demise in one statement: "Bubble screen three times in a row."
Colty Harrison
Oct. 5th, 2015 10:51 pm (UTC)
Your hatred of the cowboys makes me cry
Oct. 5th, 2015 10:58 pm (UTC)
Yeah, we looked awful. At least this time, they were embarrassed enough to make a token gesture and fire our coach. Although our starting QB apparently has no class either *sigh*

Edited at 2015-10-06 09:06 am (UTC)
Oct. 5th, 2015 11:09 pm (UTC)
The Bills are a nontrivial part of why I miss drinking. Jesus fuck, what the hell were they doing out there?

Nice to see the hung around, despite giving up basically the length of the field, TWICE, in penalties, and lacking two of their offensive big guns.

Looking forward to BUF/NYJ games this season, though they're both obviously still playing for the wild card with the goddamned patsies still fucking all and sundry.
Oct. 6th, 2015 02:10 am (UTC)
I thought the Giants were gonna get the living caca beaten out of them in this one, but instead the opposite happened. Giants have actually looked competent this season and not like ADD children. Never thought I'd say this, but they have a good shot at winning the NFC East. Watch out for Philly though when they take off.
Patrick Shramm
Oct. 6th, 2015 04:47 pm (UTC)
Bye Week
At first glance at the schedule, I thought the early bye week for the Jets was unfortunate. Now I couldn't be happier it's week 5. Seems like there are a lot of players nursing injuries. We also get a certain someone back in action for week 6, barring any legal setbacks. Excited to see this defense take on the Pats in week 7.
Win Schellens
Oct. 6th, 2015 07:07 pm (UTC)
Patriots and #DefendTheWall

I was curious to know your thoughts on New England Patriots fans' use of "#DefendTheWall". In case you're unfamiliar with it, it was a rallying cry of sorts regarding Deflategate.

The perception of many Pats fans is that Deflategate was a witchhunt against Tom Brady where his guilt was a predetermined decision, and that the Well's Report skewed its facts in order to fit Roger Goodell’s narrative. Many Pats fans believe that Roger Goodell gauged public outcry about cheating allegations and came down very hard on the Pats without giving due consideration that he may not have cheated at all. This on the heels of looking incompetent for giving Ray Rice a slap on the wrist for domestic abuse and, when the video emerged, having to backtrack and ban him indefinitely based on public outcry. So rather than potentially be embarrassed again if he didn’t punish someone harshly enough, he chose to come down wildly hard on someone who may have actually violated no rules.

Pats fans treated the public outrage against the Patriots, the NFL’s willingness to smear Tom Brady, and the assumption of guilt until proven innocent as a siege of sorts – likened to the Wall of ASOIAF being attacked. So #DefendTheWall emerged with New England fans, regarding standing strong against the NFL’s bumbling treatment of the investigation and their smear campaign against Tom Brady.

Now to the point of my question, if I can ever get to it: How do you feel, as a Jets and Giants fan, about Defend The Wall being applied your Patriot archrivals? And as a follow up, is there any doubt in your mind about Tom Brady’s guilt?
Oct. 6th, 2015 07:52 pm (UTC)
Re: Patriots and #DefendTheWall
I wasn't aware of it until now. Needless to say, I don't like it.

Of course, there are other walls. Hadrian's. The Great Wall of China. The one Donald Trump wants to build.

I think the Pats and Evil Little Bill have a long history of playing fast and loose with the rules. Sometimes they violate them, but even when they don't, Evil Little Bill finds loopholes and cracks. "Unwritten rules" and "gentlemen's agreements" and such mean nothing to him, as he has proved many times. It is win at any cost in Foxboro.

Whether Brady was guilty or not, I cannot say. But destroying that cellphone sure raises my suspicions. A lot like Nixon erasing those crucial eighteen minutes of tape.
Alexander Pendergrass
Oct. 7th, 2015 04:20 am (UTC)
I want offer say a hearty hear-hear to gman109's comment about the atmosphere and graciousness of this blog...

But mostly, I just want some condolences about what happened to the Lions last night. Stafford has a perfect final drive, moving 90 yards in the toughest stadium in football, and then...catastrophe coupled with an all too familiar fucking over by the refs. Why is it always the Lions? That whole fiasco hurt worse than any football moment has ever hurt. That's saying a lot coming from a Lions fan.
Oct. 7th, 2015 08:36 pm (UTC)
The Lions are plainly still suffering from Bobby Layne's curse.


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