Even though they are division rivals, I feel just terrible for the Cardinals. I know every fan base minus maybe the Patriots has the “woe is me” approach, but the Cardinals can definitely be up there. They’ve had YEARS of mediocrity, never in the playoffs but too good for the #1 pick. All of a sudden they get Kurt Warner, and have a Super Bowl win locked down only to have heartbreak happen. They’ve been solid since, but have lost several playoff games. They finally get Adrian Peterson, who absolutely goes off in his resurgence. Enough so that Larry Fitz was talking about the “rings” they would have had if AP had been there the whole time. Flash forward 1 week, Palmer gets hurt and is out for the season, Bruce Arians (a coaching genius) is talking about not returning, and AP regresses to Saints-like numbers. They were a playoff caliber team as of last week, and it looks like they’ll lock up pick #8 again.
Stat of the Week:
Bears CB Eddie Jackson is the first defensive player to have 2 75+ yard defensive return TD’s in a game.
Stat of the Week #2:
There are 3 QB’s in the league who have thrown for more INT’s than TD’s this season (looking at at least 75 attempts). Two of them play for Cleveland…Fun fact, I decided to save a stat for next week but didn’t want to re-number all of these. I had to come up with one more stat, which is how I discovered this gem!
Stat of the Week #3:
Since halftime of the Super Bowl, the Patriots have outscored the Falcons 54-7
Stat of the Week #4:
The Packers will have more regular season games this season without either Aaron Rodgers or Brett Favre at quarterback than in the last 25 seasons combined.
Stat of the Week #5:
Carson Wentz is leading the league in TD passes, with 17. Deshaun Watson is tied for 2nd with 15,
Stat of the Week #6:
Antonio Brown is averaging almost 20 yards per game more than the AJ Green, who is 2nd in this category
Stat of the Week 7:
The Ravens scored 40 points and had only 13 complete passes. Last week the Bears won with only 4 complete passes.
Stat of the Week 8:
The Rams are leading the league in points per game, and have won more games by Week 7 than they won all of last season
- The Saints have won 4 straight after starting 0-2
- The Jets are 2 blunders away from being 5-2.
- For all you Vikings fans, Case Keenum started 4-2 for the Rams last year before falling off into oblivion
- The Eagles have the best record in the NFL
- The Chargers have said they are struggling to study film on the Patriots because everything after the 3rd quarter is obscured by fog
- What happened to the Broncos? They were 3-1 but have gone on to lose back-to-back to bad teams
- If the Playoffs were to start today, not one division champ from last year would repeat in the NFC
A moment of Silence:
For Joe Thomas’ snap streak, ending at 10,363. It seems like this only became news this year, but these are Cal Ripken-esque numbers that are unheard of and will likely never be broken again.
Adventures in Browns-Land
The Browns seriously can’t catch a break. Coach Hue Jackson declined an offensive facemask on 3rd and 1. So instead of being 3rd and 16, it’s 4th and 1. The Titans lined up as to go for it, and caught the Browns offsides on a hard count. 1st down Tennesee.
Replay is getting worse:
It feels like replay is confirming wrong calls this year, or at a minimum making the game worse. It has already determined a least 2 games (Golden Tate TD, and Jets TD last week), and I’m probably missing some. It
Adventures In Fantasy:
This year has been absolutely dreadful for yours truly. I was 0-6 in one league, and 1-5 in another. I won both games this week though! Thus giving me more wins in one week than I had the previous 6.
Guest Spot! Poem sent by Keith Smith about the Packers:
Draft and develop is what they say
Yet teams gain yardage every play
Capers has never heard of a press
3rd down defense is the biggest mess
They say without Rodgers they can’t win a game
Brett Hundley proves, there’s nothing to a name
You can’t fire a staff with rings
But what about the scouts, who show them things?
The Packers suck and that is that
Heads need to roll, so Rodgers doesn’t Pack.
Maybe he’ll come back in time, and perform miracles without a hitch
If your forget their name, just call them the Green Bay Rodgers, in a pinch
Maybe if they get that high draft pick,
They will take a player who will stick
But that is asking quite a lot,
Considering the coaches that we’ve got
Don’t dare question them, they are the best
While we watch another Sunday
Our defense fails the test
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Meme of the Week: