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The Weekly Best

Welcome to the Weekly Best, where we gang tackle the best in football.

Best 0-4 in the NFC: The Saints.

Best 0-4 in the AFC: The Browns.

Best offensive rookie in September: RGIII of the Redskins.

Best defensive rookie in September: Chandler Jones of the Patriots.

Best check with Officer Barbrady: Roger Goodell says it’s okay for Sean Payton to attend the Saints-Chargers game as Drew Brees attempts to break Johnny Unitas’s record of throwing touchdown passes in 47 consecutive games.

Best division in football: Can it really be the NFC West?

Best division in football: Some will say it’s still the NFC East.

Best division in football: No one will say it’s the AFC South. 

Best turnover margin in the NFL: Belongs to the 4-0 Falcons (+10).

Best vote of confidence: Panthers coach Ron Rivera opted to punt on fourth-and-1 against the Falcons instead of trying to finish off Atlanta with a short run. 

Best vision: Is hindsight. The Falcons drove down the field for the game-winning field goal.

Best deep threat in NFL history: And Randy Moss is just along for the ride in San Francisco. 

Best football series on television: The NFL Network’s “A Football Life” has become destination viewing.

Best excuses for losing have evaporated: Now that the Steelers have Polamalu, Harrison and Mendenhall back. 

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Probable, Questionable, Doubtful and Out

Just as the NFL puts out an injury report on the likelihood that certain players will suit up each week (Probable, Questionable, Doubtful or Out), we rate the NFL schedule on the likelihood that games will be worth watching. Because let's face it, you can't watch them all.

Probable Game of the Week: Broncos at Patriots.

Thankfully this game is scheduled for the late afternoon, which promises a seamless transition from one game of promise – Eagles at Steelers – to this contest. Obviously there’s no guarantee that either of these games will be great, but on paper they would appear to be interesting and exciting, and that’s all you can ask for. If this game doesn’t live up to its billing, you’ll have these matchups to choose from in the late games: Seattle at Carolina; Chicago at Jacksonville; Tennessee at Minnesota; and Buffalo at San Francisco. Your Pro Bowl starting quarterbacks will not be seen in these games. 

The next time Tom Brady tackles Peyton Manning will be the first time. Hey, did you know that Brady and Manning are never on the field at the same time? It’s true! Know what else is true? No one is watching this game to see how Willis McGahee fares against the Patriots’ front seven. And no one is watching this game to see how Tim Tebow bounces back from last year’s playoff embarrassment to the Patriots. Which is good, because both of those storylines (Tebow’s, in particular) promise to be rather uneventful.

(Other games receiving votes: Falcons at Redskins; Steelers at Eagles.)

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Questionable Game of the Week: Texans at Jets.  

The Jets are not dead. Yes, the Jets lost their best defensive player to injury (Darrelle Revis) and they also lost a well-known wide out (Santonio Holmes). But it’s not like they lost their best skill position player. I’m not overly familiar with the Jets’ roster, but coach Rex Ryan said at the start of this season that this was his best team ever, so there’s no way losing Santonio Holmes (or Mark Sanchez or Shonn Greene or anyone else drafted in my fantasy league) could be that devastating. The Jets are obviously a team built around non-fantasy contributors. 

Let’s be honest, the Texans have very attractive uniforms. Even when David Carr was running for his life in the early years of the organization, you couldn’t help but think that he was able to absorb some of that punishment because he was wearing an enviable color scheme. If he’d been wearing something else – say, the creamsicle colors of the 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers – he probably would have been killed in the first half of his first game. But Carr is still in the league 10 years later, serving as the Giants’ backup quarterback. During mop-up duty against the Panthers two weeks ago, Carr was 1-of-2 for 4 yards. He also fumbled once and (for old time’s sake) took one sack.

Cowboys are now the second-best team in Texas. With a 4-0 record, the Texans are unquestionably the premier team in the Lone Star State. If the 2-2 Cowboys have any free time – ya know, like their bye week – they should watch the Texans to see how a class outfit runs its business. 

On paper the Texans seem strong on both sides of the ball. Other than having T.J. Yates as their chief protection against a Matt Schaub injury, they have no weaknesses. And we all know Schaub is impregnable, so we might as well hand the Lombardi Trophy to the Texans right now. 

(Other games receiving votes: Dolphins at Bengals; Bills at Niners; Titans at Vikings; Chargers at Saints.)

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Doubtful Game of the Week: Packers at Colts.

Can the referees once again make a terrible call that goes against the Packers? The odds say no; but my heart says, “Please?” 

No one likes it when calls go against their team. But the Packers are not my team, so it’d be interesting to see if Twitter can handle the traffic - #packersfanbitching – that would accompany another officiating snafu.

(Other games receiving votes: Ravens at Chiefs; Seahawks at Panthers; Bears at Jaguars.)

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Out Game of the Week: Browns at Giants.

I don’t like putting the Browns in this slot for the fourth week in a row, but I’m superstitious by nature, so they’ll remain here until they win their first game. Like you, I expect it to come this week. 

The Giants have a habit of playing to the level of their competition. (Remember their loss at home to the Seahawks last year? If you had them in your survivor pool, you sure as heck do.) Cleveland, while winless on the season, has played respectably in defeat. The Browns have lost their four games by a combined total of 25 points. Quarterback Brandon Weeden looked less than horrible versus the Ravens last week, passing for 320 yards. Is he the second coming of Derek Anderson, the legendary Browns quarterback who once made a Pro Bowl? Probably not. But Browns fans would be happy with even a faint resemblance of their 2007 quarterback. 

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Cameron Martin's Pregame Flyover column on the upcoming NFL weekend runs each Friday. He may be reached at cdavidmartin@yahoo.com. Follow him on Twitter @CameronDMartin.

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