OK so here we go, the unbeatens remain unbeaten and a certain team whom we all thought a contender, is in fact nothing more than a pretender. Only the Cincinnati Bengals could resort back to becoming the Bungles under coach, Marvin Lewis’ watch, once again !
I’m not saying that we shouldn’t have seen it coming but when you’re on appearance seen to be riding high. Only to fall back down to earth through your own sheer complacency. Then you’re deserving of your lot ! Somehow, in some way the Bengals managed to lose to Tom Cable’s hapless Oakland Raiders. What’s even more astounding was that the Raiders were playing with backup starter, Bruce Gradkowski. Never mind the fact that JaMarcus Russell was sitting on the bench preening himself like a Cheshire cat. Sorry, JaMarcus but your services mightn’t be needed for the foreseeable future by the Raiders’ team. They’ve got more faith in Gradkowski , than they could ever have gotten in you.
And about the only other surprise as to the result ,20-17, and the fact that Gradkowski threw for less than 200 yards. It may well have been the complete ineptitude shown by this Marvin Lewis coached team and that of its defense. And if you thought that was the Bengals only problem on the day. Then, guess again. There was sheer apoplexy and the Raiders’ fan got behind their team and literally willed them to victory , once they saw that the inevitable was about to happen. So now the Cincinnati Bengals are the ones left with egg to wiped off their sullen faces.
I don’t expect anyone to have braved their will to watch the Cleveland Browns and the Detroit Lions to battle it out amongst themselves. But given the fact the game was being televised by a broadcast network station as well the NFL Network. I can only surmise that were some amongst you, who saw fit to watch this particular game ? Obviously the honey to do list didn’t have the usual sense of urgency that one would come to expect. So I must assume that a large majority of the NFL loving male football fans had to have been watching this game. For myself, I sought to eschew that pleasure , as I merely sat about listening to some jazz from my surround sound theater system, while the game was on. The mute captured the affair perfectly , given the fact I wasn’t about to listen to the commentary, much less watch the game. The television was on but Miles Davis> was in full swing. Can you dig it man ?
The teams led respectively by their coaches,Eric Mangini of the Browns and Jim Schwartz of the Lions, would regale us , as to the abilities of their teams. Never mind the fact that the two teams combined have a record of 3-17. Somehow for myself, that doesn’t signify that one would be witnessing a great game for two teams struggling with sub-par records. But such are the vagaries within the NFL , that its erstwhile fans will have to make do with whatever they’re given.
And the two teams by way of competitiveness gave the fans they may well have welcomed. A game filled with high scoring ,with the teams being able to amass 75 points between the two of them. But there being very little defensive capabilities shown by either team. And with the Lions eking out a 38-37 win and with there being over 912 yards of offense emitted from this game. By comparison you can well understand that defense was at the minimum between these two defensively challenged teams. Lions’ quarterback, Matthew Stafford had a career day throwing for 5 touchdowns ,2 int’s along with 422 yards through the air.
Stafford’s opposite number, Brady Quinn threw for 4 strikes and 304 yards though the air. Essentially this became game of an allout air assault and a running game that was filled with displays of crushing and bruising runs all in an effort by the two teams to show that they can play some semblance of a game within the NFL. As to whether or not it can be described as being an entertaining brand of football. Well, one could surmise that if you like your brand of football being played with merely just offense by way of high scoring , very little defense from either side and little being shown in the way of creativity. Then I guess the brand of NFL football served by both the Cleveland Browns and Detroit Lions had to be to your liking ? Thankfully, there other games being televised by CBS , Fox and the NFL Network that provided for far more entertainment value in terms of NFL football being on display.
The New Orleans Saints were looking to join the AFC’s Indianapolis Colts as the only other team in the NFL to reach double digits, in terms of wins for the season. And their opponents on the day just happened to be coach, Raheem Morris’ thankless Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
While one cannot deny the fresh faced novice coach his fervor as to what Morris sees emanating from his team. His sound bytes are now coming off as being somewhat asinine, stale and quite frankly totally out of sync with what’s happening on the field concerning the team’s play. His latest ..’we’ll go out there and show improvement with each game and make the teams we play know that they’ve been in a fight. When your team is 1-9. I hardly think that the team has been giving their opponents much resistance to begin with. Not if you’re giving up on average over 378 yards, 29 points per game, you’re only scoring 16 points and eking out 270 yards per game,in total offense. To me and others, it’d suggest that your team is anemic on both sides of the ball. But one only can only assume that in Raheem Morris’ world, every cloud does have a silver lining and even when your team is getting its ass beat on a consistent basis, there’s something positive to be gained from it all. As to what that might be , who knows ?
Saints’ quarterback, Drew Brees rained down a torrent of abuse upon the Buccaneers, by completely blowing the team out of the water with a resounding 38-7 victory over their NFC South divisional rivals. In every facet of this game,the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were woefully inept.And playing in front of their home crowd fans, the display and effort put forth by the team can’t have been at all pleasing to the eyes of Buccaneers’ fans in attendance at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Sold out or not, these are some stark and thought provoking times for the fans of the Buccaneers and the organization as a whole.
Things are slowly spiraling out of control for the Buccaneers but the team’s coach and general manager are trying to put a positive spin on it all. As to the emotions of the fans, the die-hard amongst them will continue to support the team steadfastly. While others will no doubt seek to now desert the team after such a lackluster and unimaginative start to the season.
Am I now mistaken but wasn’t Jason Garrett , the Dallas Cowboys’ offensive coordinator meant to some kind of genius , wunderkind and offensive enfant-terrible ? Instead the Cowboys’ display against the lowly Washington Redskins was so embarrassing to watch. That I can only assume that either the tires on Jerry Jones’ highly paid and over-rated team had a flat. Either that or Wade Phillips’ playbook was written in Mandarin and not English.Therein, neither Tony Romo and his teammates could comprehend what was being asked of them. That might well be the only explanation that can be offered for such a moribund display by the team.
For four quarters watching the Cowboys and Redskins try and play a competitive game of football , was akin to watching an Animal Planet expose’ on the breeding habits of a hippopotamus. Stimulating on appearance at first, until you begin to realize that you’re going to have sit through at least three more hours of the damn program. And if you thought things couldn’t have got much worse ? Then, think again ?The Dallas Cowboys could only muster a measly 7 points on their way to victory over the Washington Redskins. Yes, that’s right, a measly seven points on their way to anemic and woeful 7-6 triumph over the Washington Redskins. Anymore displays of that nature by the Cowboys and you can count me in for a frontal lobotomy. And I’d dare say that the Cowboys’ fans might well be seeking out the same medical procedure ? But then again,Cowboys’ fans were never known to be all that bright to begin with !
There’s no other way to explain it but Josh McDaniels’ Denver Broncos have shot their load. Much like a guy who suffers from premature ejaculation. Quick to perform, as they started fast out of the gate at 6-0 but somehow they’ve forgotten that it’s not the speed at which you start. But the duration of the race and how you finish that elicits excitement. And on appearance alone this Broncos’ team is as flaccid as the male sexual appendage they now resemble.
The Broncos succumbed the high flying San Diego Chargers and a seemingly rejuvenated LaDanian Tomlinson. The Chargers’ running back had a thoroughly exhilarating game. And he was equally supported by his teammates and Norv Turner’s coaching staff alike.
The Chargers took apart the Broncos with all the ease that a thief would have, in breaking into an unsecured domicile. The Broncos made the task all the more easier with their inept defensive play with such a thoroughly unconvincing display at Invesco Field, in Denver. The result, 32-3, was an efficient ass kicking of the highest order. Leaving the bemused Broncos’ fans wondering what locomotive freight train they’d just been hit by. Never mind the fact that Broncos’ wide receiver, Brandon Marshall, in sheer frustration got into a sideline altercation with a teammate. It essentially summed up the Broncos’ afternoon.
Well, those are my thoughts on the eleventh week of the NFL season, thus far. Some games were entertaining in value, others not so much. In fact, one could best describe them, as being dogs with fleas on them ! While the more entertaining games, one would hope gives us something to look forward to, once the postseason starts to take shape. Which games if any, caught your undivided attention yesterday ?
Week 11 NFL Results
Miami Dolphins 24-17 Carolina Panthers
Indianapolis Colts 17-15 Baltimore Ravens
Buffalo Bills 15-18 Jacksonville Jaguars
Minnesota Vkings 35-9 Seattle Seahawks
Atlanta Falcons 31-34 New York Giants
Pittsburgh Steelers 24-27 Kansas City Chiefs
San Francisco 49ers 24-30 Green Bay Packers
Arizona Cardinals 21-13 St Louis Rams
San Diego Chargers 32-3 Denver Broncos
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Miles Davis Quintet taking flight with ‘ Round Midnight’. Featuring Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock,Ron Carter , Tony Williams and the man himself, Miles Davis. You’ve not listened to real jazz ’til you’ve listed this particular quintet.