Week 9 is a wrap, and we have the 5 things we learned here at Swickass.
1. Last week in my 5 Things from Week 8 I called the Jets defeating the Saints, due to their odd and even season. The Jets have won all of their odd number games this year, and lost all of their even number games. And it continued Sunday as they defeated the New Orleans Saints 26-20. Geno Smith went 8-19 for 115 yards with no INTS, and the Jets running attack got going as Chris Ivory rushed for 139 yards on 18 carries and a touchdown against his former team. The Jets have a bye week this Sunday, but you can pencil them in to win next Sunday at Buffalo.
2. If you thought Peyton Manning was going to be the only QB this season to throw for seven touchdowns in a game you were wrong. As Nick Foles became the seventh quarterback in NFL to throw for seven tds in a game as the Eagles annihilated the Raiders 49-20. Foles had a crazy stat line as he went 22/28 for 406 yards to go with those 7 touchdowns and he had no INTS. Remember Foles had a great game against the Bucs earlier this year, and followed it up with a awful game against the Cowboys the following week. Lets hope Foles remains hot when the Eagles take on the Packers this weekend.
3. Don’t look now, but we had a CJ2k citing over the weekend as Chris Johnson exploded for 150 yards to go with two touchdowns on 23 carries. As the Titans defeated the Rams 28-21. CJ wasn’t the only running back that feasted on Sunday, as St. Louis Rams rookie sensation Zac Stacy rushed for 127 yards on 27carries to go with 2 touchdowns. Lets see if CJ keeps it up this week against Jacksonville.
4. Tom Brady looks like he got back into his groove as the Patriots defeated the Steelers 55-31. Brady 22-33 for 432 yards for 4 tds. Brady will only get better as the games get more meaningful.
5. Bears get a huge win on Monday night. In a game where the Bears weren’t favored to win by many experts. But they got the job done as they defeated the Packers 27-20. Aaron Rodgers left the game early in the 1st quarter with a shoulder injury. Then it turned into the backup bowl. As the Bears were already without starting QB Jay Cutler who’s nursing a groining injury. They got a big boost from backup QB Josh McCown and star running back Matt Forte. McCown went 22-41 for 272 yards and 2 touchdowns, while Forte rushed for 125 yards and scored one td. Aaron Rodgers found out later that he had fractured collarbone which is expected to sideline him for 4-6 weeks. Lets see if Seneca Wallace can carry the Packers for the next several weeks as Rodgers recovers. We hope Rodgers has a speedy recovery.
Another Football week has come and gone. I have the Five Things We Learned from Week 6.
1. That Kansas City Chiefs defense is legit. I wasn’t too sure if I should believe the Chiefs hype, but I’m a true believer of their defense. Chiefs defense continued their dominance Sunday as they defeated the Raiders 24-7 to reach 6-0 on the year. The Chiefs sacked Terrelle Pryor 10 times. If the Chiefs get some contribution from players on offense not named Jamaal Charles, they should be in great shape.
2. We have a QB controversy in Philadelphia. Due Michael Vick hamstring injury which he suffered in last weeks game against the Giants. Nick Foles got the start Sunday, and he didn’t disappoint. As he went 22-31 for 296 yards with 3 TDs, and the Eagles defeated the Bucs 31-20. Let’s see if Foles continues his hot play this Sunday against the Cowboys, and if he does who will be the QB in Philly once Vick is healthy?
3. The Texans lose 4 in a row. It’s shocking that this team lost 4 in a row, due to their high expectations coming into the season. But it’s even more shocking to see them get embarrassed at home like they did against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday by losing 38-13. To make matters worse, Schaub suffered a gruesome leg injury that Texans fans cheered about. I know it’s been a disappointing season for you Texans fans, but have some respect. I never like to see any athlete get injured. I wrote last week about staying with Schaub for the rest of the year, and then addressing the QB situation at the end of the year because I didn’t think TJ Yates or Case Keenum would make a difference. But due to the Schaubs injury Yates was forced into action, and he proved what I said last week was correct. Throwing two interceptions (one was taken back for a TD). There’s a dark cloud over Houston right now. I wish the Texans signed Matt Flynn, and let him be the starter while Schaub is out. That would be a great punishment for the fans that cheered for Schaubs injury on Sunday. But too bad the Bills signed him today.
4. Just because Tom Brady isn’t having the kind of year we’re accustomed to seeing, we can’t forget about how clutch the man is. But if you forgot, he reminded us on Sunday. As he lead the Patriots down the field in the closing seconds to defeat the New Orleans Saints 30-27. The Patriots are now 5-1 on the year, and look like the favorites to win the AFC East. Sorry to all the Patriot fans that left the game early, and didn’t witness Brady throw a TD with 5 seconds remaining to Kenbrell Thompkins.
5. Last but not least, I have to show some love to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Although they didn’t win, they didn’t allow the Broncos to cover the 27 pts they were given in Las Vegas betting lines. Instead the Broncos pulled away late to defeat the Jaguars 35-19. This will probably be my first, and last post about the Jaguars all year. So I had to make sure I made it a good one! And if you’re keeping score at home the Jaguars are 0-6. While the Broncos are 6-0.
Top 5 Things We Learned From Week 2 Of The NFL
1. EJ Manuel looks like a star quarterback. Buffalo Bills look like they finally got it right by selecting Manuel in the 2013 NFL draft with the 16th pick overall. Manuel has looked great early on in his short NFL career leading the Bills to a nine play 80 yard drive to defeat the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. If this was just a taste of Manuels potential Bills fans should have a lot to cheer about for several years.
2. Aaron Rodgers is by far the best NFL quarterback on the planet. Rodgers torched the Washington Redskins on Sunday going 34-42 for 480 yards with 3 touchdowns. Rodgers made it look like he was playing a quick game of seven on seven with his receivers against the Redskins secondary. Look for Rodgers to have another fantastic season.
3. Jay Cutler is showing he’s in need of a payday. Bears fans had another game that went to the wire on Sunday and once again Jay Cutler stepped up and lead the Bears down the field to win the game. On the final drive Cutler went 7-9 passing and lead the Bears 76 yards down the field to beat the Vikings 31-30. If the Bears were smart they’ll pay Cutler soon. They don’t want to be in the same situation the Baltimore Ravens were in last years, and we all know how that turned out.
4. When the Seahawks are at home they’re impossible to beat. With the help of the 12th man the Seahawks manhandled the 49ers on Sunday night 29-3. Colin Kaepernick looked like a shell of himself managing just 127yards through the air with three interceptions. Richard Sherman shut down Anquan Boldin after Boldin was unstoppable last week vs the Packers. Look for the 49ers to seek revenge when they matchup with the Seahawks again on December 14th.
5. Although the Patriots are 2-0 Tom Brady needs some help on offense. Tom Brady is in a tough position with the Gronk injured, Danny Amedola injured, and Aaron Hernandez in jail. If you’re a receiver and can run routes correctly you should attempt to tryout for the Patriots. Maybe it’s time for the Patriots to kick the tires on Terrell Owens or even Ocho Cinco. Ok I was kidding about Ocho Cinco, but you get what I’m saying