NFL Week 3 Notes: 2008
September 23, 2008 11:46 PM
Week 3 notes on the National Football League
1) My relationship with the Oakland Raiders is that I always root for them to be more of whatever it is they are. Translation: when they're good I root for them to be better; when they're bad I root for them to be worse. I just try to be supportive in whatever it is they're doing.
For the record, I'm siding with Lane Kiffin over Al Davis. Davis has shown over the years he has no clue how to handle coaches properly. I have no doubt that Davis is being a complete dick to Kiffin behind the scenes as well as via the media.
2) Cheerleader of the week: Tessa of the Sea Gals (Seattle Seahawks cheerleaders). Nothing like a cute redhead to brighten your day.
3) The New Orleans Saints lost to the Denver Broncos. As expected, it was a shoot-out. Final score: 34-32. Both of these teams have strong offenses and average (at best) defenses, which means playoffs but no superbowl.
4) The Saints need to figure out what the hell they're doing in short yardage situations. This is two weeks in a row where they needed to convert a 3rd and 1 to effectively put the game away and couldn't accomplish it. For good measure, this week they also couldn't punch the ball into the end zone on 4 tries from the one yard line. The obvious question is: why is Deuce McAllister not put in the game for those situations?
5) What a boring slate of early games on Sunday. For the first two hours of NFL football the only interesting thing was Miami ahead of New England 21-6 at halftime.
6) My current Top 5: Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Tennessee Titans.
7) What an awesome slate of early games on Sunday! The Giants and Bengals went to overtime, Tampa Bay and Chicago went to overtime, and the Bills beat the Raiders on a last second field goal after a wild 4th quarter of swapping touchdowns. It's easy to love the NFL with games like that.
8) Is Matt Cassel aware that he has one of the best receivers in the NFL on his team? Do you think if Chris Carter or Michael Irvin was on his team he'd get away with targeting them only 6 times per game when other top receivers in the league are targeted more than 10 times (Dwayne Bowe, Calvin Johnson, Brandon Marshall, Reggie Wayne) per game? While that is troubling, it's likely not the real issue. The real issue is that as soon as Brady got injured, Moss went into Raiders-mode and stopped trying. He's not running particularly fast, he's not blocking particularly well, he's not doing much of anything. I wouldn't be surprised if Belichick pulls him out of the starting lineup if Moss keeps it up.
9) Fantasy tip: If you want to go for an upside backup QB, pick up Brady Quinn, he'll be playing soon enough. If you want to reach even further, pick up Drew Stanton, he'll be playing before the season is out.
10) The thing I liked most about Felix Jones's 60 yard touchdown run was T.O. kicking into gear and escorting Jones down the field to provide blocking on the way to the end zone. Veteran leadershp by Owens. P.S. Both of those dudes are pretty fast.
Bonus! New Orleans Saints notes!
1) Holy crap! The Saints got robbed by the referees! On a crucial 3rd and 1 in the 4th quarter a Denver linebacker was offsides but the ref didn't call it. If the flag is thrown the Saints would have had a new set of downs and a potential FG kick that much shorter.
2) Saints stat of the week: 315.3. Average passing yards per game for the Saints, which currently leads the league.
3) What is the real reason Deuce McAllister is not being put into games? Sean Payton keeps saying the gameplan calls for Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas. Ok, sure, but who comes up with the gameplan, coach? Why is McAllister not part of it?
4) Robert Meachem had his first legitimate big NFL play against the Broncos. He burned a safety for 74 yards. Last week he had a touchdown catch, but that was because the Redskins forgot to cover him as he strolled into the end zone and caught the easiest touchdown you'll ever see.
5) Welcome back, Mike McKenzie. It was great to see you out there breaking up passes, intercepting balls, and missing tackles again. Just kidding, you played a great game for it being your first one after surgery recovery.