What We Learned in Week 8 in the NFL:
- San Diego out Browns the Browns
- The Patriots should play every game in London
- Jets get housed by Dolphins at home
- Cowboys have genius play calling
- Cam Newton is still pouting
- Steelers bumble bee uniforms sting RG3
Am I right or am I right about Steeler Nation being a happier place to be after a win? The Steelers put together their best overall performance of the season on Sunday afternoon but we’ll get into that a little later. We got cheap shots to take. First up; my favorite overrated quarterback, Philip Rivers. San Diego, which of course is German for “a whale’s vagina” played as such in Cleveland. The Chargers failed to reach the endzone the entire game thanks to some bad drops, bad punts, and the super inefficiency of Rivers. The Browns scored one touchdown on a Trent Richardson run and that proved to be the only points they needed to get passed Norv Turner’s Chargers. Why does that guy still have a head coaching job again?
Tom Brady and the Patriots treated the London fans to an offensive explosion on Sunday afternoon and it got me to thinking. Aside from the gratuitous Gronk spiking the ball highlights, I rarely heard much about the Patriots this week with them being in London. Can they just stay there then? It solves so many problems. Goodell gets his European franchise and the rest of us get saved from constant Patriots coverage. They can come back in the states to lose in the playoffs again just like every other year for the past 7 years. Think about it Rogeez, it’s a win-win.
The Jets are playing so crappy lately now the fans are calling for Tebow over Sanchez. It’s been clear this season so far that the Jets acquired Tim Tebow from the Broncos purely for the headlines. The play selection they’ve put him in for and the opportunities they haven’t put him in for have been baffling to say the least. Tony Sporano is supposed to be this wildcat offensive mastermind and the Jets offensive play calling has been embarrassing. The Dolphins lost rookie QB Ryan Tannehill in the first quarter to a knee/quad injury but didn’t skip a beat to roll over the pathetic Jets 30-9.
Speaking of genius play calling, how bout dem Cowboys? The Giants opened up a 23-0 lead on the Cowboys in the first half of the game and looked to be about ready to roll them over completely until the Cowboys were able to take the lead back in the 3rd quarter. Terry Bradshaw actually called it in the pregame show on Fox in response to Jimmy Johnson predicting Eli would throw 3 INT’s; Bradshaw said Romo would throw 4. Bradshaw was correct. With the ball late in the fourth quarter and all of their touchdowns Jason Garrett calls for pass plays on 3rd and 4th and one. Genius. Cowboys lose; Giants have a commanding control over the NFC East.
Jay Cutler and Cam Newton faced off in the battle of the pouty quarterbacks, which came down to a battle of field goals. Cam Newton had a much better game than he has had of late, but still managed to work 2 INT’s in there. The Panthers had the lead late but with a few seconds left Bears K Robbie Gould hits a 41 yard field goal to give the Bears the victory and send the Panthers home at 1-6. It still remains to be seen how Newton’s post game presser will be broken down and analyzed for body language and emotion but clearly even Jay Cutler thinks Cam pouts too much.
Yum yum bumble bee, bumble bee tuna. The Steelers bee-like throwback uniforms swarmed over the Redskins to remain undefeated at Heinz Field so far this season. Ben Roethlisberger had an outstanding performance with 222 passing yards, 3 touchdowns, and no sacks or interceptions. Jonathan Dwyer has the Steelers first back to back 100+ yard rushing games since Willie Parker in 2008. Yes that means that Mendy has never had back to back 100+ yard rushing games. Interesting. Aside from a punt return debacle that included Antonio Brown running backwards into the endzone for a touchdown called back for penalties, the Steelers made no mistakes the entire day. They reduced RG3’s 70% completion rate to less than 50% and allowed him only 8 rushing yards. The Steelers played so soundly, RG3 was at one point called for offensive pass interference. Redskins DeAngelo Hall was ejected from the game in the fourth quarter for arguing with a ref. Who would have thought the Steelers would play a game that will end up with a sure-fire fine for a player on the opposite team? Now the Steelers will take this newfound momentum on the road next Sunday against the Giants. Who knows what the decisions will be at running back as Dwyer has certainly out-performed his 3rd string status. Should be an interesting week to see how the injury report shapes up and who gets the ball next week. Bring it on Week 9!
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