There’s a New CJ2K
And it’s not Chris Johnson. Take a look at Calvin Johnson’s numbers this year. I distinctly remember a month ago when he hadn’t even caught a TD from Stafford all year. But he now has 4 TD’s in his last 4 games. Even more surprisingly, he is already at 1428yds for the season with 4 games still to play! Jerry Rice’s all time record is definitely within reach now that he’s within 400+ yds. Not only this, he could easily be the first WR to rack up 2000 yards in a season. He needs to average 143 yards over his last 4 games to do it. Seems a bit out of reach until you look at his last 5 games, 171, 140, 143, 207, 129. That’s an average of 158 over that span.
Ram’s Kicker Greg Zeurlein missed a 58 yd FG on Sunday, which is 5 yds shy of the NFL record. No kidding, the ball was 20 feet above the crossbar when it crossed. Easily would have been good from 70! I’d be curious to see what his personal best is in practice, and don’t be surprised to see him demolish the record at somepoint in his career.
So there’s a new trend going on in officiating, that I’m on the fence whether I like or not. New rules state that all turnovers and all scoring plays are reviewed without the need for a coach’s challenge. What I’ve been seeing is that on any “close” play, the refs call the extreme. Example, if somebody rolls into the endzone, they immediately call Touchdown because they know they can review it and overturn it if incorrect. If they make the correct call (when someone is down), it forces the coach to throw a challenge flag (which he may be out of). It would be interesting to see if the amount of officials’ reviews have gone up this year to prove this case. Yes, they’re getting the call right in the end, but what I hate about it is the fact that I have seen multiple instances where the refs call Fumbles or Touchdowns when it is obvious in real speed that it didn’t occur. Case in point, the Lions Texans game with the 80yd run after the guy was down. Refs should have blown it dead, but no whistle was blown because it would be a TD and forced to be reviewed. Of course we all know that this never happened…
Stat of the Week:
The Rams have a losing record, but are undefeated in their division (4-0-1)
Stat of the Week #2:
The 49ers are 8-2 against the NFL this year, but 0-1-1 against the Rams
Stat of the Week #3:
Both Jets and Cardinals QBs had a lower passer rating than if they would have thrown all incomplete passes
Stolen Stat of the Week #4:
For the 2nd time this season, the Seahawks won a game decided by an official review on the final play
A little humor…
Would like to offer my congratulations to Christian Ponder on getting engaged this past week. He’s going to be the first person in history to have a wedding but no reception.
Maybe his new wife can help him expand his horizons, as there’s a rumor he only shops at Wal-Mart. That’s because he can’t find a Target.
Quote of the Week:
“RGIII is so talented, even his fumbles look good!” TMQ
Proof the “Heart” wins games:
The dreadful 1-9 Chiefs rallied around their team and their coach to steal a win last Sunday. For a team that had given up for the season, take a look at what happens when you try. Jonathan Baldwin and Tony Moeaki both caught their first TD passes of the season, and Peyton Hillis ran for his first TD run of the year. Proof that “heart” can actually win games. Also, kudos to Brady Quinn, his post-game press conference was actually surprisingly eloquent and well said.
Charlie Batch had a truly special moment on Sunday. The week before, he got his first start in 3 years, and as a washed up 37 year old 3rd string QB, nobody was expecting much. He struggled mightily against a less than worthy opponent, throwing 3 INT’s against the Browns. Getting one more chance to prove himself, Batch brought it to the table. This time against division rival Baltimore, #2 in the conference, a must-win for the Steelers, on the road. Batch managed the game and put together the game winning drive against one of the better defenses in the league to pull out a win. It was touching to see Batch hugging Roethlisberger and Coach Tomlin after the game, ripped with emotion. Fun moment for us to see in sports.