Monday, November 15, 2010
NFL Week 10: Seriously, What Is Going On?
This season has been tremendously exciting. But after yesterday, I think it's also fair to say that the season has been a little disorienting. Week to week, it seems no team is able to get any real traction. Who am I supposed to root for (or against) when a different version of every team shows up each Sunday??
Here are the 5 most surprising headlines from yesterday:
5. The Miami Dolphins win with a quarterback carousel - The Dolphins raised eyebrows during the week when Coach Tony Sporano announced Chad Pennington would be starting. Well, that lasted all of two plays. Pennington reinjured his shoulder, and let's face it, the man needs to retire. Newly demoted backup Chad Henne also got hurt, so after some wildcat offense, Miami gave the ball to...Tyler Thigpen? OK, sure. It worked. The Dolphins won, 29-17.
4. The Patriots take down the Steelers convincingly - One week removed from their hapless loss at Cleveland, the Patriots put on a show in Pittsburgh. What was most surprising about this game was the way that the Patriots won. We expect Tom Brady to be the deciding factor, and sure, he was great (4 TDs). But what surprised me was a defense that kept Pittsburgh out of the endzone until the 4th quarter (and had a TD of their own) and a running game that racked up 100+ yards against one of the league's best rushing defenses.
3. The Chiefs lay an egg against the Broncos - At the beginning of the season, there's no way this would have been news. But the Chiefs have been one of the NFL's surprises, whereas the Broncos have been right up their with the Cowboys as a big disappointment. It didn't look that way yesterday. At one point, the formerly 2-6 Broncos led the once 5-3 Kansas City by a score of 35-0.
2. The Cowboys beat up on the Giants - (And that is why we watch). What a bizarre win. The Giants, who have one of the best defenses in the league, made Jon Kitna look like John Elway.
1. The Jaguars win on a last-second Hail Mary - Hail Marys never work. Ever. Until they do. And when they do, it's something to see. The best part? Gus Johnson. Enjoy.