Welcome to Squeak-By-Week, a.k.a. Week 2 of the 2013-14 NFL Season. A week in which 10 out of the 16 games played ended with score differences of a TD or less which proved good/great for some of our players and awful for others. Now THIS is how I like football! Close, good games, my friends!
I swear, if Gronk and Danny Amendola don’t get back into New England’s lineup soon, Tom Brady may just pop a neck vein and bleed out. Dayem, he was p*o’ed Thursday night, and who could blame him? In what has been so far this season’s ugliest contest, between dropped and missed passes by both teams, New England barely edged it out a 3 point win over the Jets. Also edging with a 3-point victory were the Chargers over the Eagles, putting Chip Kelly at even two weeks in. Wait…what? San Diego actually held on to WIN? With Rivers at the helm (flashback to Week One)? Yep, mostly because he played out of his mind, going 36-of-47 for 419 yards with three touchdowns. All was not rosy for the Bolts though, after losing starting receiver Malcom Floyd to a stomach wrenching hit early in the third quarter. Boy, that was nasty and checking it out is not for the queasy. Like me. Although he was able to fly home with his team, his availability is unknown. We’ll toss some world famous S.I. Mojo his way though, just to be sure.
In the week’s one-point is all it takes crowd, we have Chicago over Minnesota 31-30 in a game when Jay Quitler actually didn’t and with ten seconds left, managed a game winning TD toss. Though he stunk up the joint in the first half as Ponder playing his usual self, he came back in the second half with some decent play on way to an almost victory. AP who is not his usual self, struggled to get 100 yards in the game. One wonders when he’ll finally get things in gear given the explosiveness he played with last year. Freaking Bills. Seriously. No lie, not 5 seconds after I yelled (quite sarcastically) to my buddy Ty about his pick of the Bills over the Panthers did EJ Manuel connect with Stevie Johnson for a touchdown with two seconds remaining. Which goes to show you, WAIT for the fat lady to sing. Always wait for the fat lady to warm up her pipes, peeps.
OK, gotta do this – give Kansas City some MAJOR props for pulling out the 1-point poocher against the Big D and let booger bear bask once again for the second week in their greatness. After all, booger has been playing with us year after year and has had to read about her team in the negative much more than the positive. Not this week as they go 2-0 on the season, already winning as many games as all of last year, so here you go, booger – just for you:
I may have to stop my usual venting about Ryan Tannehill, as the Dolphins upset the Colts at home with a 24-20 win, going 23-of-34 – and 10-13 in the second half – for 319 yards and a touchdown despite being sacked five times. Not a bad start for Miami – going 2-0 on the road. Meanwhile, the Lions flipped the switch on their great play opening week to lose to Arizona in AZ with bumble after bumble for a total of eight penalties for 101 yards. It didn’t help that Reggie Bush gimped around much of rest of the game after taking a helmet hit on his left knee in the second quarter, but the good news is Ndamukong Suh didn’t hurt anyone “unintentionally” *cough,cough*.
For the second week in a row, the Texans managed to pull out a win on the last play of the game, beating Tennessee by 6. This ending had a never ending feel to it, with it taking three kicks, two time outs, and finally a no good call to send the game to OT. After winning the coin toss in OT, Shaub connected with rookie DeAndre Hopkins twice to take the ball to the 2 and then in for the two-toe-tap and the win. Meanwhile, Joe Flacco welcomed his second son 30-minutes before kickoff on Sunday and then went out and beat the Browns. Now THAT is completely fortunate scheduling on several levels.
Despite being up three touchdowns in the second quarter and losing five starters to injuries, the Falcons managed a TD gap win over the Rams. Helped in part by one of my favorite plays, a pick six, by Osi Umenyiora. Check out the big guy’s run and his ode to the Lion King TD celebration: http://sports-kings.com/downanddistance/watch-big-man-run-umenyioras-pick-six/ Drew Brees also coughed up a pick six as well as being sacked four times with another interception to edge out Tampa Bay for the fourth straight time, 16-14. Looks like the weather wasn’t the only ugly thing going on there. Speaking of ugly, Oakland played Jacksonville for the win as the Jags start cementing their quest for the #1 Draft Pick in 2014.
Then there were the blow-outs. Older brother Peyton beat out Eli for the 2013 Manning Bowl championship, going 3-0 against his sibling there and keeping the Blue Men winless thus far. It has to suck for Eli to know that four of his team’s six turnovers were on him. Meanwhile, here I sit hoping Montee Ball can get his stuff together. After going 655 career carries and 802 career touches before his first and only fumble in college in 2012, he managed one in the opening drive for the Broncos. In the end zone no less. I’m holding off getting his jersey. Oh, and thanks, Sad in AZ, for this Manning Family Chuckle:
Cheddarheads are still in the afterglow of Aaron Rodgers personal best 480 yards, 4 touchdown performance to beat the Redskins at Lambeau and being just north of the all-time single-game passing record of 554 yards by Norm Van Brocklin. Surely it helped that Washington has given up 71 points in their first two games. While in the end Griffin didn’t exactly suck, throwing for 320 yards and three touchdowns with one interception, the dude isn’t running like he used to, managing only one yard on four carries.
After an hour long delay because of lighting, the Seahawks finally took to dismantling the 49’ers at home, not only winning the game by a rout of 29-3, but also setting the record for the loudest NFL stadium, reaching 136.6 decibels at one point which is akin to standing next to a jet engine. Nicely done, 12th Man. Nicely done. One would have to think the noise contributed to an off performance by the 49’ers, given their win last week against Green Bay and to Colin Kaepernick’s worst game of his young career, with just 127 passing yards and four turnovers. Wilson didn’t fare too much better, going just 8 for 19 and 142 yards, but the star of the night was Marshawn Lynch who had 28 carries for 98 yards with two touchdowns and 135 total yards.
Full disclosure time. I watched one play of the Monday Night game. Dancing with the Stars was on and I wanted to laugh at Keyshawn. Don’t be a hater. I heard Cinci won and found this awesome quote from rookie Giovani Bernard (great name!) about his 27-yard TD (apparently one of two on the night): "I saw green grass," said Bernard, a second-round pick from North Carolina. "Once you see green grass, you've got to take it. You don't get many chances like that. When you do, you've got to take it."
As in life, Giovani. As in life.
This week brought some movin’ and shakin’ to the top ten, with six players busting in with their picks for Week Two. Yme came out on top with 12/16 correct and the closest (though a wee bit over but closer than the rest) on the tie-breaker score with 34.
CONGRATS, YME! Woo Hoo!
In second place, jumping up 4 spots from last week, we have purplejacket4 also with 12/16, while Yours Truly rebounded a whopping 13 spots from last week’s brain fart to come in third also with 12/16 but with a higher and over tie-breaker. A gaggle of prognosticators correctly chose 11/16 to round out places fourth through eighth with kernel and ray-ray sharing not only the correct pick totals but a tie-breaker of 24 for a fourth place tie. The same goes for fifth place with FacePunched and MissesJai with 11/16 and a tied tie-breaker of 44 as well as sixth place for JustmeVa and dirk pitt with a tied tie-breaker of 48. In seventh place, we have sportsfan with 10/16 correct and a tie-breaker of 38, along with tesla, also with 10/16 and an over the score tie-breaker of 50. Rounding out the Top Ten we have CharlieFoxtrot with 9/16 correct with a tie-breaker of 25 and lingerdog also with 9/16 correct with a tie-breaker of 41.
Week Two starts our cumulated totals chart, and in first place overall with 24 total points we have JustmeVa. Congrats, JustmeVA!!! In second with 23 is purplejacket4, while in third also with 23 (higher tie-breaker) is MissesJai. In fourth place, we have Yme with 21, while fifth place goes to FacePunched also with 21 (same tie-breaker stuff – you get it by now, right?). Rounding out the top ten in a couple of groups are sportsfan and tesla with 19 for sixth and seventh respectively and kernel in eighth, ray-ray and ninth and busting into the top ten, our man lingerdog all with 18 points. Phew. I need a beer! Is it 5 o’clock yet?
Newbies and those with first or second weeks like my first week please don’t despair! There is A LOT of football left, and with upsets surely to happen as we go forward, amazing things can happen with just one good week! Trust me – I speak from experience!
It’s feeling like we’ve got the kinks worked out of getting picks in – just a couple of reminders like: make sure they are in by the posted deadlines, chose a team for each game and don’t forget your tie-breaker scores. Also, if you pick and go back for corrections, make sure you are doing so before the pick deadlines.
N.F.L. Games – Week Three
Thursday, September 19th
7:25 PM CT
Kansas City at Philadelphia
THURSDAY PICKS DUE BY 5 PM CT WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18TH
Sunday, September 22nd
Green Bay at Cincinnati
St. Louis at Dallas
San Diego at Tennessee
Cleveland at Minnesota
Tampa Bay at New England
Arizona at New Orleans
Detroit at Washington
NY Giants at Carolina
Houston at Baltimore
3:05 PM CT
Atlanta at Miami
3:25 PM CT
Buffalo at NY Jets
Indianapolis at San Francisco
Jacksonville at Seattle
7:30 PM CT
Chicago at Pittsburgh
Monday, September 23rd
7:30 PM CT
Oakland at Denver – TIE-BREAKER GAME
SUNDAY AND MONDAY PICKS DUE BY 11 AM GAME DAY SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22ND
Have fun everyone! Good luck!