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Here We Go Again

Well, my NFL season got underway this morning pretty much as expected: with the Jets losing.

They were playing another rebuilding team from the AFC East, the Buffalo Bills. One of the weaker teams on their schedule, yeah... but they still managed to lose, and look terrible doing so. The Bills gutted Gang Green with their running game, going right through the line... where, as it happens, Sheldon Richardson used to be standing.

On the good side, our first round draft choice looked pretty good.

The rest of the team, not so much.

And instead of playing either of the young QBs, to see what they've got and maybe watch them develop, we played the old guy, Josh McCown, a 38 year old journeyman on his 8th team. Sorry, I just don't see the point.

It's going to be a long long season for fans of Gang Green.

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Lorinda Dishington Ortiz
Sep. 10th, 2017 09:06 pm (UTC)
It Could Be Worse
I don't know much about football, but my husband, who is a New York fan, wants me to let you know that it could be worse. They could still have Sanchez. He also says 2018 will be better as long as they don't win more than 3 games this season.
Marcus Musick
Sep. 10th, 2017 09:25 pm (UTC)
On the bright side, the Jets will be competing for the #1 pick. They need a franchise QB if they hope to turn things around.
gonzo21
Sep. 10th, 2017 09:27 pm (UTC)
Would Kaepernick not have been better than McCown?
grrm
Sep. 10th, 2017 09:53 pm (UTC)
Maybe. Depends on what your goal is.

If the goal is winning four or five games this year, yeah.

If your goal is eventually winning a SuperBowl, no. Kaepernick will never lead a team to a SuperBowl.
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dunknegg
Sep. 11th, 2017 12:02 am (UTC)
NFL
I wish your Jets success in getting Darnold if that is their goal as it appears to be. The Giants, I wish them a long quiet flight home tonight. Go Boys!

Edited at 2017-09-11 12:06 am (UTC)
Alexander Pendergrass
Sep. 11th, 2017 12:13 am (UTC)
The Lions took me for a ride this afternoon. Started awful and then crushed the Cardinals, who were favored to win. So far so good!
Creed Borden
Sep. 11th, 2017 08:56 am (UTC)
Sorry about both the Jets and Giants losing, especially at the hands of the Cowboys. I hope the Jets use their early round draft pick to pick up Darnold or Rosen, that team needs a franchise QB. You also have to wonder if the clock is ticking on Bowles, he hasn't had a winning season yet. I guess the bright side is that the Patriots lost in a horrible fashion on Thursday night.
Ana Rivera
Sep. 11th, 2017 12:35 pm (UTC)
On a sadder note
Good Morning George & (Everyone)...
9/11 The North remembers. 😢

House Lannister 4ever! 🦁
Peter Davies
Sep. 11th, 2017 12:45 pm (UTC)
I would love to hear your thoughts on the Giants game! Personally, although it was surprising and disappointing, I don't think they played quite as badly as the score suggests. The defence looked competent - not superb, but not at all bad, and you have some excellent players in the likes of Landon Collins, etc.
The O-line is weak, but Eli has shown in the past that he can manage behind a weak O-line so all is not lost, and you'll have OBJ back soon. It was a frustrating game. They didn't play up to their potential.

It feels like quite a strange first week in the NFL! The Bengals being held to zero, the Giants only managing a field goal, and the Patriots looking a bit lost and clumsy. Frustrating injuries too, for Allen Robinson and Danny Woodhead.
mktesq
Sep. 11th, 2017 01:21 pm (UTC)
Cowboys
George: I bet you a milkshake on your FB page that my 'Boys would beat your Gints. You didn't accept it, but I will allow you to go double or nothing with me when we come to the Meadowlands. My guess is that Eli will be in traction by then because if the Cowboys can ring up 3 sacks on him, my oh my, he will be like a pinata at a 5 year old's birthday party.

chazzym
Sep. 12th, 2017 08:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Cowboys
Ah, come on. Give the Cowboys' D a little more credit than that. They might not have a superior pass-rushing beast, but I think our front seven is actually pretty solid, and will be even more solid once David Irving comes back. Show a little love!

And besides, a piñata at a five-year-old's party is actually pretty safe. Speaking from personal experience, grownup spectators standing around the piñata are actually in more danger. :-)

Edited at 2017-09-12 08:38 pm (UTC)
harryberger89
Sep. 11th, 2017 01:38 pm (UTC)
Football and Tanking
Tank for a quarterback. Apparently this years QB draft class is deepest it has been in years. Trust the Process!
Robert Leibowitz
Sep. 11th, 2017 01:43 pm (UTC)
Miserable
Ugh,

After having to suffer through the Mets season watching the Giants offense play so flatly last night was zero fun to watch. I guess it only can get better from here especially when Beckham returns. At least the defense looked good!
angelos_l
Sep. 11th, 2017 01:52 pm (UTC)
Your posts have made me interested in American football. Are there any specific games or moments that you recommend watching? I'm still literally clueless about the history of the sport, so any small guidance would be welcome!
grrm
Sep. 12th, 2017 05:50 am (UTC)
Obviously my own memories are colored by my love of my own teams, but some of the most iconic games are the Jets win in SuperBowl III and the Giants upset of the unbeaten Patriots.

For a broader view, NFL Films has a terrific series of highlights from every SuperBowl, first to last. Aside from my New York teams, a particular favorite is SuperBowl IV, where Chiefs coach Hank Stram was wired for sound.
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JOHNLENON2
Sep. 11th, 2017 02:04 pm (UTC)
hopefully not a 0-16 season but yeah the rebuilding process will be dark and full of terror
Joe Watson
Sep. 11th, 2017 02:19 pm (UTC)
In last year's first NYG/Dallas showdown, 19 points wasn't enough for Dallas to win. This year, 19 points was enough for a blowout.

The Giants' offense is totally different with no OBJ. They can't run the ball and none of the other WRs look to pose a threat. And why was the O-line not addressed in the off-season?

Having said all that, Dallas' front line on defense looked dominant, and they'll be getting players back, too.

Week 14 at MetLife should be a totally different game, assuming OBJ is back.

George and other Giants' fans, I wish you good fortune in the wars to come... Now how 'bout them Cowboys?!



Edited at 2017-09-11 05:20 pm (UTC)
Nick Ohlheiser
Sep. 11th, 2017 02:47 pm (UTC)
The Jets and Bills were smart to blow up their teams while the Patriots are at their peak. I've been too hurt too many times to be optimistic about the Patriots getting drubbed in the opener. Its too early in the college season to be sure, but there's currently there are two to three quarterbacks that have the talent to actually deserve to be taken in the Top 5.
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