Cowboys and Broncos flop, so who is the best team. Also, Terrell Owens, drama queen.
Brett Favre is again the greatest quarterback ever to play the game, throwing for six touchdowns against the Arizona Cardinals who were missing arguably their best defensive player, safety Adrian Wilson. Let’s put the loss of Wilson this way: Rotoworld said before the game to “upgrade all Jets” because the Cardinals were missing that one player. This follows a week of the media piling on Favre for his bad play against the Patriots and Chargers. Look, he’s a gunslinger. He’s going to take risks and put up crazy numbers at times. But then, say when you’re in overtime in the conference championship game, he’ll telegraph a pass right to a defender and throw a pick. Maybe they’re looking at 9-7, given their easy schedule. But I still see them as a .500 team at best. Even if Favre plays like Superman the rest of the season (which he won't), the rest of the team just isn't that good, and I'm starting to wonder if maybe it's the coaching staff.
Who’s #1? We have passed the quarter pole for most NFL teams and it is clear none are dominant. Heading into Sunday, most people would have called Dallas dominant, but not any more after the Cowboys lost at home, 26-24, to the Washington Redskins. Here is how I see the four unbeatens thus far.
John Madden put the Chicago Bears defense on the horse trailer for their goal-line stand in the fourth quarter on a Correll Buckhalter rush from the 1, but why is no one talking about the fact that the ball crossed the line of scrimmage? A shot from above showed the ball CLEARLY across the line; The Bears DIDN’T stop the Eagles on that play, the refs got the call wrong and the Eagles didn’t challenge the call. Another game where a ref’s incorrect call has a significant role in a game.
Rams coach Scott Linehan was fired Monday morning, and it’s no big surprise why. Just a few years ago they were one of the best teams in the NFL; now they are, quite clearly, one of the two worst teams in the NFL. Total defense: Ranked 31st. Total offense; 30th. I suppose you can make the argument that the Detroit Lions are the worst, and they have canned their incompetent general manager.
2) Buffalo Bills. After they woke up at halftime, they outscored the Rams 25-0 in the second half.
3) Carolina Panthers. They finally won a game at home and are clicking. One of the guttiest teams in the league; as Steve Smith continues to get worked into the offense, they will keep roaring.
4) Dallas Cowboys. Wow, what do you say about that loss at home? The Cowboys just didn’t come to play. As we’ve said, Wade Philips just isn’t the answer.
5) Philadelphia Eagles. Their two losses were two I expected them to lose. Now we’ll see if they can get on a run; if not, they’ll fall off this list quickly.
New York Giants (3-0): The Giants, off Sunday, have not lost since last year’s regular season. I guess the champs stay No. 1 until someone beats them.
Drama queen: Shocker -- The Dallas Cowboys lose and Terrell Owens bitches about not getting the ball enough (and he reportedly did not run hard on some routes).
From the Dallas Morning News:
So, the Cowboys went to Owens on 31% of their plays and he whines. With his narcissism and huge ego, TO is only happy if he's the star; some people never change.
Frauds: There are fast-starting teams I think that were exposed as frauds. The first is Denver (3-1), which was shellacked by woeful Kansas City, 33-19. The Chiefs are so bad they had scored 32 points all season! But the cure-all for any offense this season is to play the Broncos. In their last three games, Denver has allowed 38, 32 and 33 points. If not for a blown referee's call against San Diego, Denver would be 2-2. I don’t see the Bronocs’ defense getting much better, so QB Jay Cutler better be able to outscore teams each week.
Another fraud: My fantasy football team is 0-4. I am the Matt Millen of fantasy GMs.
MVP (Most Valuable Penis) Watch: The Washington Redskins are 3-0 since Chris Cooley showed his penis on his blog.
It would suck for Rodgers if he misses significant time after waiting patiently behind Brett Favre for three years.