Monday, January 10, 2011
PYB looks back at the NFL weekend that was as we ponder why the Auburn line for tonite's BCS game has dropped from -3 to -1 in the last day. Are we missing what the public sees, or are we on the side opposite of the suckers?
New Orleans at Seattle: Loud home crowd. A few Saint mistakes. Two scat backs (Reggie Bush and Julius Jones) filling the RB position with both Chris Ivory and Pierre Thomas out. Said scat backs getting hurt and leaving Deshawn Wynn as the only back left. Perfect formula for premature end to the New Orleans' title defense.
New York Jets at Indianapolis: The Jets get by at the end due to some mismanagement by Indy and the fact that Peyton Manning was missing some major weapons in Dallas Clark, Austin Collie, Anthony Gonzalez and a couple linemen. Revis shutting down Reggie Wayne didn't help the Colts. Mark Sanchez will actually have to pretend he's an NFL quarterback for four quarters if they hope to win at New England.
Baltimore at Kansas City: Ray Lewis. Ed Reed. Terrell Suggs. Matt Cassell. One of these kids is not like the others. Cassell showed his inexperience, as did Todd Haley when he abandoned the running game after Jamaal Charles long TD run, (10 total carries), as did Dexter McCluster with his untimely fumble. Ed Reed showed why he is one of the league's toughest warriors, as the Raven defense covered up the fact that Joe Flacco is the NFL's most overrated player.....for at least one more game.
Green Bay at Philadelphia: Say what you want, but Michael Vick put up big numbers despite being saddled with poor play calling, lack of running game, injury-decimated defense and Andy Reid clock management. You know, more of the same from Philly's postseason cookbook. Lesean McCoy looked like the most special player on the field Sunday, but of course Reid didn't feed him the ball. Couple that with Desean Jackson's leg injury and the fact that the Birds' nearly won was amazing. David Akers' uncharacteristic miss cost Philly, but he's saved their bacon in the past. The Eagles will never win a Super Bowl until there is a power running game to rely on and Reid realizes how to manage the last five minutes of a game. His errors are laughable to high schoolers playing Madden '11.