Week 13 Thoughts: MNU

I’m going to start with the games that I actually watched at least some of.

* The Bengals got killed 35-7. They were beaten in all 3 phases of the game. While there is hope for the Bengals in the future, this game proved that they still have some work to do before they catch up to the Steelers.

*Tebow brought the Broncos back again, this time against the Vikings 35-32. Willis McGahee has looked like a beast since Tebow has taken over. Maybe the Broncos have a playoff chance after all.

*Even when the Packers don’t have their best game, they still find a way to win. His receivers were dropping passes all day, but Aaron Rodgers still brought them back to beat the Giants 38-35. It was an awesome game to watch.

*I only watched a few minutes of the Saints/Lions game, but I really didn’t miss much from what I saw of the highlights. The Saints pretty much dominated, beating the Lions 31-17. The Lions have fallen apart, and now stand at 7-5 after starting the season 5-0.

Onto the games I didn’t see any of, except for highlights.

*Only one thing of note happened in the Chiefs 10-3 victory over the Bears, and that was the injury to Matt Forte. The Bears’ offense revolved around Forte, especially with Jay Cutler being injured, and without Forte for at least 2 weeks, their playoff chances are all but gone.

*The Eagles implosion continued as they lost to the worse-than-average Seahawks 31-14. Marshawn Lynch had another “Beast Mode” run, and it was awesome.

*The Colts at least made the score respectable in their loss against the Patriots, 31-24. Dan Orlovsky, of running out of the back of the endzone fame, had what will probably be the best game of his career, completing 30 of 37 passes for 353 yards and 2 TDs.

*The 49ers spanked the Rams 26-0. Nothing else really needs to be said about this game.

*Ray Rice rushed for over 200 yards as the Ravens destroyed the Browns 24-10. The only reason I cared about this game is that I have Rice on my fantasy team.

*Dallas drops another December game they should have won, this time losing to the Cardinals 19-13. All talk after the game was about Jason Garrett icing his own kicker at the end of regulation, leading to his kicker missing a game winning field goal. All I can do is laugh at them.

*I don’t know how the Falcons lost to the Texans, even though the Texans were down to their 3rd string rookie QB and with Andre Johnson injuring his other hamstring in the 3rd quarter.

There’s a few games I haven’t done, but they really didn’t matter to me. So in the interest of saving the best for last, here goes my take on my Panthers:

The Panthers finally put together a complete game, owning the Bucs 38-19. Cam Newton ran for 3 TDs and threw for another. His best stat of the game? No turnovers. Stewart and WIlliams combined to rush for over 100 yards and 1 TD.

The defense finally had a good game, holding Tampa Bay’s offense to less than 300 yards, allowing only 78 yards rushing on only 2.9 yards per rush. Where has that been all year? I know some people will say, “Yeah, but the Bucs were without Josh Freeman.” So what? Freeman hasn’t been all that good this year anyways. He sure as hell isn’t as good as he was last year.

I just hope that both sides of the ball learn from this game and keep it going. If the defense can stay with it, it will take some pressure off of the offense. If Cam can continue to limit his turnovers, something he hasn’t been doing to well all year, then this will be a dangerous team.

*Monday Night Update: The Chargers finally showed up for a game, beating the Jags 38-14. Granted, it was against the Jags, but San Diego’s offense finally looked like they should have all season. If only they could play this way all year…

Week 8 Thoughts

* While he might be able to pull one out against the winless Dolphins, against a good team like the Lions, Tim Tebow looked lost. He was 18 for 39 passing with one interception and 3 fumbles. Be careful what you wish for Denver fans, cause you just got it.

* The Panthers are pissing me off. They should’ve been able to beat the Vikings. Cam put up good numbers again, and didn’t throw a pick, but he lost 2 fumbles. Also, our kicker missed an easy 31 yard field goal attempt that would have sent the game into overtime.

* Both the Giants and Ravens looked like crap in the first half of their games against teams they should have owned. They were able to pull out wins, Ravens over the Cardinals and Giants over the Dolphins, but the games should never have been that close. The Dolphins will probably be firing their head coach within the next few weeks, if not sooner.

* Congrats to the Rams for getting their first win of the season by shocking the New Orleans Saints. Steven Jackson looked like a beast.

* The Colts got killed again. Pack for Indy, Andrew Luck.

* DeMarcus Ware had 4 sacks, but those were the only 4 plays that the Cowboys were able to stop the Eagles, who scored on their first 6 possessions and ended up winning 34-7.

* Buffalo looked good again as they shut out the Redskins 23-0. The Bills also gave Ryan Fitzpatrick a 6 year extension during the week. I bet the Redskins are wishing they had a quarterback right about now.

* The fuckin Patriots lost,which is always great. Fuck the Patriots.

* With the exception of his 2 interception throws, which were both horrible, Andy Dalton and the Bengals looked good, beating the Seahawks 34-12. If it’s not there, Andy, don’t try to force it to Green. He’s a beast, but even he can’t protect you from every bad throw.

Thoughts on the game

My brother and I went to the Panthers/Bengals game last night. I know it’s only a preseason game, but I saw a few things that troubled me about how the Panthers played.

1. Cam Newton sucks. Sure, he made a few plays with his feet, but his throwing was atrocious. I’m not saying that he will never become a good starting quarterback in the NFL (although I don’t think he will), but he’s nowhere near ready right now. I would rather see Clausen or Derek Anderson start at this point. Cam needs to sit on the bench for at least a few games. Start Clausen for those games, if he plays like he did last year, bench him and put Cam in. I have a feeling that if they start Cam game one, he’ll just be a more mobile version of Jamarcus Russell.

2. The Panthers defense needs some work. Our corners were constantly getting burned. They said Gamble left the game due to a thumb injury. It wouldn’t surprise me if they took him out because he was playing like crap. Also, the defensive line was getting pushed around whenever the Bengals ran the ball. I know that the defensive tackles are both rookies and they need some experience, but if they’re going to be the starters, they need to grow up quickly.

3. The running game looked pretty weak, as well. Preseason is when you’re supposed to work out the kinks in the system, and I know they took DeAngelo Williams out after the first quarter to make sure he didn’t get injured, but they were using the wrong backs on the wrong plays even before they took him out. They were pounding Williams up the middle, which is what they should have Stewart doing. They had Stewart running sweeps, which is what Williams should be doing. This is Rivera’s first year, but come on. Anyone who has ever seen a Panthers game should know that.

4. People in Cincinnati are crazy. Before we even get into the game, some guy in front of the stadium, holding a sign that said he was homeless, went nuts and started kicking a garbage can. On our way back to the car, after the game was over, some weird bitch was walking around with a puppet. Dumbass people…