NFL Week 8 Notes: 2008
October 29, 2008 11:38 PM
Week 8 notes on the National Football League
1) The New York Giants continue to show their ability to turn up the defensive pressure to win games. They sacked Roethlisberger about 25 times. Also, Eli Manning continues to show his ability to be totally ordinary.
2) Cheerleader of the week: Jessica of the New England Patriots Cheerleaders. According to her bio she loves to eat banana splits. In case you were wondering.
3) The New Orleans Saints won a shootout with the San Diego Chargers in London. With both teams sporting high powered offenses and suspect defenses, you had to know the over was the smart bet. That was either two offenses who can't be stopped or two defenses who can't stop anybody. Or both.
The opening Saints drive lasted 9 minutes, but only resulted in 3 points. But that was the drive where I knew the Saints would win the game. Holding the ball for a 9 minute stretch in the first half goes a long way to tiring out the defense in the second half, and San Diego's defense was surely tired. I just didn't know the Saints defense would get equally tired.
4) Congratulations NFL officials, you've found a way to botch more games this year than in any year I can recall. This week it was the Falcons getting screwed when Mike Smith was not allowed to challenge a call on a supposed muffed punt. It's unfortunate Smith could not challenge due to his lack of timeouts available, that's the rules, so that's fine. But the call made by the officials was horrendous.
5) My current Top 5: New York Giants, Tennessee Titans, Washington Redskins, Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears.
6) Mike Singletary is taking charge of the 49ers in a very public way. I just don't know if the team is talented enough to win games no matter who the coach is. It's easy to like his style, I hope he doesn't go too over the top with it.
7) The Colts have had a stranglehold on the AFC South for years, this year the Titans are claiming it. I never would have guessed Kerry Collins would pile up wins like this, but with the assist of a dominant defense, he is.
8) Philip Rivers, on the final drive of regulation (not counting the hail mary play at the very end), underthrows two open recievers, takes a delay of game penalty, then throws an interception. Not exactly a clutch performance by ol' Philip. The Saints defense deserves credit for the interception, but the rest of it is on Rivers.
9) Fantasy tip: Give up. If your team has less than 4 wins don't even bother setting a weekly lineup because you suck.
10) Brett Favre leads the league in interceptions. LenDale White leads the league in touchdowns.
Bonus! New Orleans Saints notes!
1) Holy crap! The Saints beat the Chargers, just like I predicted last week. I'm a genius.
2) Saints stat of the week: 72. Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma leads the league in tackles with 72.
3) Saints are on their bye week now, what a boring week of games it will be without the Saints.