NFL Week 9 Notes: 2007
November 8, 2007 5:56 PM
Week 9 notes on the National Football League
1) Outcomes that surprised me: Detroit Lions killed the Denver Broncos. San Diego Chargers lost to the Minnesota Adrian Petersons.
2) What the hell happened to the Chargers? They couldn't stop one guy? ONE GUY?! I mean, was the Vikings' passing game so scary that the Chargers defense couldn't concentrate on the running back? Were they playing dime packages out there or something? Pathetic.
3) Mike McKenzie intercepted a pass and returned it for a TD against the Jaguars. Great play. As a fan, McKenzie is a mystery. Is he a leader on the Saints defense, or just a player? There's something about him that is likable, people want him to do well. And when he makes a big play like that, he seems like one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL. But I've also seen him make his fair share of mistakes. Blown coverages, dropped interceptions, poor tackles, the usual stuff that afflicts DBs. I can see his skills, I wish he utilized them more often, I wish he would get more interceptions in the course of a season.
4) Current Top 5: New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts, Dallas Cowboys, Pittsburgh Steelers, New Orleans Saints, and New York Giants. The tradition I started last week continues ... my top 5 contains 6 teams. That's how I roll.
5) If the Patriots go 19-0 this year, there will be no asterisk next to the accomplishment. I don't care what that old man Don Shula says. Spygate is not anything the same as Barry Bonds juicing up to grab the all-time home run record. The patriots were caught cheating, recording the signals of opposing team's coaches, and were punished. It's not like the entire Patriots team took a daily regimen of steroids.
6) Did you know that Ben Roethlisberger has thrown 20 TDs in 208 pass attempts and 137 completed passes? That's a touchdown for every 10 pass attempts or every 7 completions. The prolific Tom Brady throws a TD every 9 attempts or every 7 completions. Tony Romo throws a TD every 14 attempts or 9 completions. Payton Manning throws one every 19 attempts or 12 completions. Did you know Roethlisberger had been playing that efficiently? I did. He's my starting fantasy QB.
7) Brett Favre watch: another game, another win. Grandpa squeaked one out on Kansas City. Now they are 7-1. Can they keep this up? Let's take a look at their upcoming schedule: Minnesota, Carolina, Detroit, Dallas, Oakland, St. Louis, Chicago, and Detroit. They'll lose 2 of those games, maybe 3, which would give them a record of 12-4. Yup, looks like they can keep it up.
8) Isn't the Chargers defense supposed to be, you know, good? There is only one player on Minnesota's offense that needs to be accounted for, Adrian Peterson, who ran wild and unchecked by San Diego. Peterson is either the best player in the league, or Norv Turner is continuing to cast his spell of bad luck on the teams he coaches. Or maybe both.
9) Fantasy tip: You should be starting all your Saints. Drew Brees, Reggie Bush, Marques Colston, David Patten, and Saints Defense. Stay away from Olindo Mare. He sucks balls.
10) There are so many games that I just don't care about lately. Last week there was Buffalo/Cincinatti, San Francisco/Atlanta, and Houston/Oakland. Could those games be any less relevant to the NFL? I don't think so. This week has Buffalo/Miami, Denver/Kansas City, Chicago/Oakland, and Cincinatti/Baltimore. Yawn.
Bonus! New Orleans Saints notes!
1) Holy crap! The Saints are on a 4-game winning streak, and are only a half game out of first place in their division. On Inside the NFL last night, Dan Marino guaranteed the Saints would make the playoffs and play in the NFC championship game. Dan is correct.
2) Saints stat of the week: 7. Your New Orleans Saints have not allowed 100 yards rushing to any of their last 7 opponents.
3) The Saints easy schedule in the season's second half will propel them into the playoffs, but it won't do them any favors in terms of getting prepared to play in the playoffs. If they have to play Dallas or Green Bay in the playoffs, are they going to be prepared for it? After playing St. Louis, Houston, Carolina, Tampa, Atlanta, Arizona, Philadelphia, and Chicago, will they have been tested? Will they have the mettle to make it through the playoffs? Perhaps overcoming an 0-4 start is all the challenge they need for one year, just the same, I won't be feeling very smug when they head into the playoffs.