How the hell can I explain it ? Well I can’t but for some improbable reason the New England Patriots‘ offensive line can’t seem to get going. And when it comes to the defense it’d appear that they can’t seem to stop the run , even if their lives depended on it. The travesty today was seeing this team seemingly having victory within their grasp , only to go on and lose the game to the Denver Broncos in overtime.
The 20-17 loss was a bitter pill to swallow but made even more so , given the fact that they had this game well within their grasp. But what was even more unacceptable was seeing the Broncos’ quarterback Kyle Orton outperform Tom Brady in the most inexplicable of ways. Now comes the hard part accepting that the Broncos are unbeaten and are in-fact 5-0. While the Patriots now fall to 3-2 within the AFC East . Speaking as die-hard fan of the New England Patriots fan, I’m now at a loss to explain the direction that this team is said to be going in. Bill Belichick and his coaching staff must now seriously look at the defense and systematic but unwarranted errors that are being made. What also needs to be looked at also is the anemic productivity in terms of the running game.
Do we really need to continue to witness the abhorrent play of the Oakland Raiders and in particular the play of the team’s quarterback JaMarcus Russell ? This player has not only regressed physically but also mentally as a member of this so called team ! His confidence is shot to hell and he’s become more of a liability for the Raiders – than the entire team going down with the H1N1 virus . The 44-7 rout that the team suffered at the hands of the New York Giants was about as clinical as they come. At no time during the four quarters of the game , did you ever feel that the Raiders were capable of actually doing something worthwhile on the field of play. The team is ill disciplined and has no leadership on it whatsoever ! What makes the situation even more untenable , is the lack coaching coming from Tom Cable and his staff. It’s almost as if no one on his staff is capable of doing anything that would make the team seemingly, competitive . Well , the off the field turmoil has made the team somewhat of a laughing stock but then again when hasn’t this franchise been a laughing stock over the last decade ?
History is about to repeat itself without a doubt this season. It is my firm belief that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will most certainly lose all 16 regular season games . This team under the coaching rookie, Raheem Morris just doesn’t know how to win. Nor are they liable to at this juncture. It is beginning to look a certainty that they will join the Detroit Lions as being only the second team in NFL history to lose all 16 regular season games , since the league went to that specific schedule. This a really bad team that’s horrendously coached and what’s even worse is the very fact that this team is completely bereft of talent on both sides of the ball. And can we now stop making the excuse of the team sought to rebuild for the future ? I was always under the impression that when one goes about building anything , you went about it by assembling it with talent on both sides of the ball.
The team hasn’t had a draft pick over the past eight years that has amounted to much. Assessing talent for the Buccaneers is almost on par with the productivity we see coming from within the halls of Congress. It borders on being minuscule in terms of anything tangible coming out of this , it remains to be seen. But clearly the franchise and the ownership in terms of the Glazer family clearly have their mind on their other sporting interest – which happens to be the English soccer club , Manchester United of the English Premiership League (EPL). That investment has reaped some dividends but at the same time it has become a financial burden that continues to weigh heavily on the bottom line. Having purchased the team by leveraging it with a mountain of debt ($1.1billion), the Glazers now find themselves in a position where the payments being made on the principal plus interest is having a startling effect on that investment overall.
The Philadelphia Eagles with Donovan McNabb and Michael Vick in tow – had this Buccaneers’ team on their heels from the moment the game commenced. And there was little done to suggest that the Buccaneers would prove to be even a test for their NFC East opponents. While the Eagles are on the ascent up the NFL food chain , the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are slowly becoming the cannon fodder upon which other teams within the NFL can feast and ravage upon. And unfortunately this is liable to be happening for the foreseeable future as there’s little to suggest that either Morris or the team GM Mark Dominik can do to turn this team around. Both are way in over their heads and they’re seemingly making all the rudimentary mistakes that one would come to expect from two inexperienced individuals who’ve been thrown to the wolves , like lambs to the slaughter. There wasn’t much that we could further learn from the Bucs’ 33-14 defeat at the hands of the Philadelphia Eagles. Other than to suggest that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers might just be one of the worst teams in the NFL.
In all honesty for those of us who were unfortunate enough to witness that diatribe served up by the Cleveland Browns and Buffalo Bills . Then we ought to consider ourselves extremely lucky that this game didn’t go into overtime. I for one believe that the NFL should be in some way charged with fraud and perhaps a complaint could be lodged with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) ? Because clearly the product served up for the public’s consumption on Sunday afternoon,in no way could that be interpreted as being football. Especially with what the vast majority of us are use to seeing within the NFL. It gives cause for great concern that these two teams could only muster up nine points in an entire game. And that the Browns’ quarterback Derek Anderson could only amass 2 completions throughout the entire game . Weigh that stat, in terms of the 17 attempts made by Anderson and you have to consider that as a monstrosity . The end result was a 6-3 win for the Cleveland Browns over the Buffalo Bills. And to top it all , Anderson’s quarterback rating may well go down in history as being one of the lowest ever registered in an NFL game. That qb rating for the game even though as they say in a game ….. a win is a win . But Anderson’s stats for the diatribe served up was in-fact a 15.1 qb rating for Sunday’s game in Orchard Park , New Jersey.
Suffice to say that the Bills’ and Browns’ fans, in attendance can’t have been pleased with the spectacle served up for their entertainment pleasure. But that would allude to the fact that there’s allegedly parity within the NFL ? Not judging by this episode or the mere fact of the number of truly bad teams that there now are , within the NFL !
I’d like to think that things are going to get better as the season progresses. But merely for Sunday , in some ways it was a good day. But then again within the NFL for a number of team it was not !
As Ice Cube says …….”Today Was A Good Day. But in some ways it wasn’t all that great for others ! Especially for a number of teams within the NFL .