Pretty good slate of games this weekend. Some brief thoughts now that their over:
Packers vs Seahawks- The Seahawks looked great when the snow was light. They were much faster than the Packers and they are serious ballhawks. Unfortunately, when the snow came down, their speed advantage was negated. I wish the Skins had gotten to play the ‘Hawks in that kind of weather. We could have taken them. At any rate, we can look forward to (or not look forward to if you’re like me) a whole week of “Brett Favre is great and no one will ever stop him” stories and “little Eli is all grown up” features when they take a break from oozing over number 4.
Pats vs Jags- The Jags gave it a fight for a little while. The crazy thing about watching the Pats (and I lived in Boston for seven years until recently so I know this first hand) is every time it is 3rd and 5 or so they get a first down by dumping it off to Kevin Faulk. Teams never seem to stop this. Faulk had five catches for 36 yards and by my unofficial count they went for four key first downs. I’ll give the Jags credit though. At one point on a 3rd and 5 I saw the Jags finally double cover Faulk with two linebackers. Unfortunately, that just opened up a first down for Wes Welker. I hate to say this, because I don’t like them, but I just don’t see anyone stopping them this year.
Colts vs Chargers- A hard fought game with some of the worst officiating I’ve seen. Bad spots. Poor decisions even during replay (that first quarter INT for the Colts was not an INT). A lot of indecisive calls. The phantom holding call on the Cromartie INT return. And I believe six personal foul calls which is an awful lot between two teams not noted for dirty play. At any rate, both teams gave it their all and the Colts have nothing to be ashamed of. We’ll see how they can come back, but with injuries to Rivers, Tomlinson, and Gates, I just don’t see how the Chargers can give the Pats a decent run. That’s a shame, too, since this is not the team the Pats crushed earlier in the season.
Cowboys vs Giants- As I’ve said, I don’t know which team I dislike more. What put me over the edge to cheer for the Giants has been the endless talk of Tony Romo and Jessica Simpson and the arrogance of Cowboys fans. The game was interesting, because it looked like the Cowboys could run on the Giants all day. But in the second half they seemed to get off that game plan. And by doing so, they allowed the Giants D-line to start pass rushing again and they gave Romo some problems. I’m shocked to say it, but Eli made some nice passes on 3rd downs and kept the chains moving. The Cowboys also had some untimely penalties that shut down drives on offense and extended drives on defense. I’m sure I’ll be reading about the conspiracy on the Landry Hat.
At any rate, nice games. I wish we’d have been a part of them, but oh well. Next year when we have the coaching sorted out. And speaking of coaching, that’s my next post. We’ll be handicapping the odds in just a few minutes.