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  1. Zeus

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    1. Reversal of Fortune - Sunday was a highly unusual game to say the least. The Patriots played a sloppy, uneven, mistake-filled first half and opened the second half by handing the Bills a beautifully giftwrapped 68 yard TD that was a truly hideous display of defensive ineptitude. At this point, my fragile psyche was headed to The Dark Side, with visions of taking a 1-3 record into a suddenly ominous looking October schedule.

    Then, in a heartbeat, New England dropped the hammer with an offensive blitzkrieg the likes of which is rarely seen in professional football. The Bills, with their longtime division nemesis seemingly on the ropes, were blown of the field by New England’s frightening display of offensive firepower.

    2. Keep It Real - The Bills gave most of their linebacking corps the afternoon off on Sunday, choosing to focus on the New England passing game. The Patriots manhandled the voluntarily undersized Buffalo run defense to the tune of 247 rushing yards (6.2 yards per carry). Hope the local fans can maintain realistic expectations about the New England running game because that opportunity will not be there every week.

    3. Welcome Back - Life is always just a bit rosier when Dave Wannstedt is on the job somewhere in the AFC East. It’s all good and well to try to slow down the New England passing attack, but somewhere along the way during the six consecutive touchdown/320 yard onslaught, most anyone who is not cognitively impaired or otherwise unconscious would have come to the realization that things were not working out according to plan. But Coach Dave steadfastly clung to Plan A, much to the delight of the extended families of Stevan Ridley and Brandon Bolden.

    4. Say What? - The affable but increasingly clueless Peter King bestows co-Offensive Player of the Week honors on Kevin Kolb and Ryan Tannehill, the quarterbacks who took turns trying to give the game away in Arizona’s 24-21 overtime win against the Dolphins. It seems that turnovers when the game is on the line during the 4th quarter and in overtime are not as important as having good stats.

    5. Nolo Contendere – The Falcons and the Texans seem likely to clinch their divisions by Thanksgiving, if not Halloween. The ultra-early clinch is tricky business where keeping players focused can be a challenge. By the way, a bit too much noise from the Texans about being the Best Team in the League Right Now (whatever that means). Four games in, they haven’t accomplished anything yet.

    6. Punks – You may recall the Lions doing a lot of chirping after they knocked the Patriots around in a 2011 preseason game. The reaction seemed immature and way over the top; I remember thinking - these guys do not get it. And they still don’t. Now 1-3 and lucky not to be 0-4, the Lions are a waste of elite talent and prime example of what happens to a team that knows its Miranda rights better than its playbook.


    7. Safety Dance - Those who may be discouraged about the play of the Patriots’ safeties might take some small amount of solace in the difficulties encountered elsewhere at this position. Exhibit A is Carolina Panthers’ safety Haruki Nakamura, whose brutal afternoon against the Falcons included surrendering two TD passes to Roddy White as well as playing matador defense on Michael Turner’s 60 yard TD catch and run. But wait - there’s more! In a play you truly had to see to believe, Nakamura gave up a 59 yard pass completion to White on a play the Falcons ran from their own 1 yard line 59 seconds left and no time outs remaining. Matt Ryan threw a moonshot that Nakamura badly misplayed (the ball might have hit Nakamura in the heads had he just stood there), allowing White to make the reception which led to the winning FG for the Falcons.


    8. This Week at The Big Apple Circus - What are our green friends up to now?

    • The jets’ season is shaping up as an unimaginably foul, toxic green turd which is circling faster and faster in the bottom of the commode, soon to disappear entirely from sight. This is, of course, as it should be.

    • In being humiliated by the 49ers Sunday, were the jets shockingly inept or did they merely reflect the extent to which they have truly sucked all along? When 49er CB Carlos Rogers suggested that the pathetic jets quit on Sunday, Le Grand Rex said the team didn’t quit so much as there were just really, really tired. Maybe a little sad, too. But - mostly – really, really tired.

    • Meanwhile, the pressure mounts to replace the woefully overmatched Mark Sanchez with the massively overhyped Tim Tebow. As this space predicted just a few weeks ago, it's just a matter of time. As injuries mount, the jets’ lack of frontline talent and useful depth becomes increasingly apparent (see McKnight, Joe - CB). Another lopsided loss or two (well, the next one is already in the barrel Monday night against Houston), the New York Sporting Press will begin openly clamoring for the jets to tank the season and begin the process of anointing Matt Barkley and/or Geno Smith as the greatest QB of all time.
    • Local authorities in New York and New Jersey have begun gearing up for the convalescence of Santonio (the Sociopath) Holmes. Freed from the distractions of being a football player, Holmes is now expected to devote his full attention to his true calling – being a public nuisance and professional menace to society.

    9. Rematch #13 – Brady vs. Manning on Sunday. Hard to improve on that.
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    Did King actually say that about Kolb and Tannehill?


    I know King is prone to hyperbole, but that's off the charts, even by his standards.
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    Enjoyable read- thanks :)
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    Nice read, Z. I found your thoughts on the Lions particularly insightful. They truly are a team that on so many levels...simply don't "get it". Clearly its a function of a lack of leardership there, and the finger has to stop directly on Jim Shwartz's head

    Given all the publicity the BB experience in Cleveland has gotten this week, its not looking great for the BB Mafia. If Romeo, Pioli, and Shwartz don't get their acts together, BB might have them written out of the sequel for making him look bad. ;)
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    And as for the Jet implosion. The thing I find so shocking is how rapidly it all happened. Less than a month ago the Jets were in full "I told you so" mode after the Bills game, with Rex's claim about being the best Jet team he's ever had still ringing in our ears Its still hard to believe the Jets are STILL 2-2. Have you ever seen a 2-2 team seem so hapless and pathetic. What's worse is that their fans have also given up. Imagine a 2-2 team with a fan base that sees NO HOPE! You can't even go on Jet sites to gloat, because there is nothing you can post that hasn't already been said ....but by a Jet fan....and worse.

    There might be worse things than being a Jet fan, but I'm going to need some help in trying to think of any. ;).
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    Here's what he wrote:


    The Award Section
    Offensive Players of the Week

    Kevin Kolb, QB, Arizona. For dealing with the adversity of an eight-sack afternoon, for coming from 13 points down, for going 29 of 48 for 324 yards, with three touchdowns and two interceptions, and for getting the Cards to 4-0. The play I liked most: With Arizona down 21-14 with 29 seconds left in the fourth quarter, on 4th-and-10 from the Miami 15, Kolb zipped a pass to the right for Andre Roberts, who toe-tapped inside the pylon for his second touchdown of the quarter, forcing overtime. A Jay Feely field goal won it in overtime.

    Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami. After the crushing 24-21 overtime loss to the Cards, Tannehill was obsessing about his overtime interception that led to the winning points for Arizona. Good for him. He should be miffed, but when he looks at the tape today back in South Florida, he'll see many more good things than bad in his 26-of-41, 431-yard performance. So many big throws, the biggest being the well-thrown 80-yard catch-and-run by Brian Hartline. But consecutive plays in overtime of throwing behind Hartline, and then throwing while being smashed by linebacker Paris Lenon, leading to the fluttering interception that cost Miami the game, were two mistakes he'll have to live with.​


    Read more: Matt Ryan, J.J. Watt among the top stars of 2012 NFL season's first quarter - Peter King - SI.com

    King's point is that both guys played pretty well and Kolb in particular made a huge play at the end to tie the game. But both made critical errors in crunch time:

    • Kolb threw a brutal interception on 2nd and goal from the 2 yard line with about 7:30 left in the game and the Cards leading by 1.
    • Tannehill was sacked and fumbled on 2nd and 8 at the Arizona 49 with 3:00 minutes left and the Dolphins leading by 7.
    • Tannehill was intecepted near midfield with 12 minutes left in overtime, setting up the winning score.
    Looked to me like both teams were trying to lose the game. Never occurred to me that either QB would be anyone's offensive player of the week. Now Brian Hartline, on the other hand ...
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