FMQB: The Only Person who should be benched is McAdoo’s Barber!
I swear on everything Holy I wrote this on Monday!
“One really has to wonder if Eli Manning will be a Giant next year. QB’s like Josh McCown, Tyrod Taylor, Jameis Winston, Jacoby Brissett, and Ryan Fitzpatrick all have better passer ratings than Manning. He would be 37 going into next season, I think there’s a high likelihood he either retires, or sticks around to groom a top 3 pick in the draft.”
I promise you I wrote that on Monday before the news! He was officially benched on Tuesday. In my opinion, this is complete crap. First off, you’re not going to learn anything new or get reps for a QB you’ve never seen before (Geno has been a starter for multiple years). Second, it’s Week 13 and they’re officially out of the playoff race. Third, this is your franchise QB and one who has brought you two Lombardi trophies. You owe it to him and his 13 year career not to end his streak of starts. Just let him ride out the season, and have a closed door meeting with him saying that he’s not your franchise QB, and they can either trade or release him. This action alone makes McAdoo’s firing justified.
- Rams have a tough schedule to end the year, but pretty surprised to see them knock off the 8 game win-streaking Saints.
- Wow, the Chiefs have fallen on hard times.
- I’m no doctor, but Aaron Rodgers sure seemed like he could throw the ball fine going into Sunday night.
- In 3 plays, Garrapolo had the first TD for the 49ers after Beathard played the entire game. Just saying…
- Two surprises of the week: Cardinals and Blaine Gabbert knocking off the Jaguars, and the Packers playing tough against the Steelers and barely losing.
- You have Antonio Brown and Julio Jones on one level, and then there’s every other receiver in the league.
FMQB: ARRRRR You Ready for some Football!
Avast ye! Mike Zimmer, that seadog, returns from a brush with Davy Jones’ Locker to coach the Vikings again. He’s not one to walk the plank and scuttle the season, so his team said Ay Ay captain and will give it the ol’ Heave Ho to take down those landlubber Jaguars and plunder a win in order to continue their quest for playoff booty….Sorry I couldn’t help myself, but why couldn’t they have been playing the Buccaneers or Raiders this week. WHY?!?!
We’re down to the final 4 weeks of the season with everybody on the same slate having played 12 games. The teams that make it to the playoffs always seem to be on a 5-1 or 4-0 streak, so keep an eye out for the streaking teams. As always, my favorite internet tool is back with the playoff machine! http://www.espn.com/nfl/playoffs/machine
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There have been 2 points I feel like we’ve seen week after week this season. First, crazy comebacks. Second, teams that tie up the game with barely any time left, and then somehow getting the ball back and kicking a game winning field goal. Two games featured both instances occurring on Sunday. The Vikings were down 20-13 with less than 5 minutes in the game. After a long drive to tie the game, the Bears had 1:49 to either win the game or send it into OT. Not only did they go 3 and out, but the Bears had 2 incomplete passes which stopped the clock for the Vikings (they never had to call a timeout on this drive). Bridgewater then went 48 yards in 4 plays, 36 yard FG is good. Boom!
The second game was the high scoring slug fest between the Giants and the Saints. In the 4th Quarter, the Saints were actually up 42-28. The Giants then scored 3 unanswered TD’s in less than 8 minutes to take a 49-42 lead. Then it was the Saints turn to comeback, scoring with only 36 seconds left to tie the game at 49. Overtime, right? Wrong! In a terrible turn of events, the Giants went incomplete pass, short completion (Giants timeout), and then incomplete pass to take a whopping 16 seconds off the clock. Then in another debacle, the Giants punted and allowed a 24 yard return before the Punter mauled the guys facemask, adding an extra 15 yards. The Saints then kicked a 50 yard field goal to win the game 36 seconds after they tied the game.
Sorry for that crappy pun, but Tony Romo squashed any questions that he should be playing on Sunday. Granted, he was playing Jacksonville, I could probably throw 300 on since they don’t blitz. But the panicking Dallas crowd has hushed for the moment as
Six TD Bonanza:
For the third straight week, a QB has thrown 6 TD’s. Aaron Rodgers had to show up the others though, and throw all 6 of his in the first half. I remember watching a Sunday night game in the early 2000s with Manning playing against the Saints (it’s pathetic that I remember this, I just looked it up and it was 2003). He also got it early, and I remember practically praying to see him toss a 7th and tie the record. Even 6 at that time was unheard of to me. But we’ve actually seen 6+ TD’s 14 times since that Sunday night in ’03. This is proof the game has changed.
The Game that Could Have Been:
It was rather disappointing to see Tony Romo didn’t play on Sunday, with what could have been an awesome regular season matchup, and still has the potential of being an NFC Championship preview. Still, you gotta think the Cardinals are legit. Only team without 2+ losses, and the first to hold DeMarco Murray to under 100 yards. They have also beaten the Eagles and Cowboys in back to back games.
Rams Strike Again!
I reverted to my days before the ability to watch most games, staring at a Gamecast and waiting a minute between plays to read the text of what happened. Having them get into field goal range with plenty of time left was nerve wracking. At that point OT seemed like a given, if not the win. They had 3 plays within the 2 yard line, and couldn’t punch it in. Admittedly, the Kaepernick fumble was very controversial, and after seeing highlights I think he actually scored, but the Football Gods rewarded the Rams after blowing 2 big leads.
The Game that Could Have Been #2:
The Patriots Broncos matchup also ended up being a little bit of a dud. Of course everybody freaks out at the fact to see a matchup with 2 of the greatest QBs in NFL history, but you expect a game like last year and not a 22 point thrashing. Brady has dominated the series between the 2 QBs, going 11-5.
Welcome to a special Super Bowl Sunday edition of FMQB! We are finally here! Why there are 266 games prior to this one will all be decided in ONE…FINAL…GAME. Last week was FMQB’s bye week (perhaps a mistake), but hey, I only have 3 things to talk about. The Super Bowl and the 2 games last week, so let’s take a look at 2 of those games which decided how we got here.
Patriots at Broncos:
There were a few key points to why the Broncos won this game. The epic matchup between Brady and Manning soon turned into Peyton making plays and Brady making mistakes. Right away, Brady missed on a wide open receiver downfield, overthrowing a sure TD. It happened at least 3 times that game, and those minor mistakes alone killed the Patriots. The Broncos defense also showed up this game, holding LeGarrett Blount to 6 yards rushing (after a 166yd and 4 TD game last week). But the most telling stat of the game was the pressure on the quarterback. Brady was hurried 6 times, and sacked twice. Manning had an incredible stat line, with 0 hurries, 1 hit, and 0 sacks! That dominance by the offensive line is how Peyton was able to complete 32 passes for 400 yards. Continue Reading
Divisional Round Recap
Saints at Seahawks:
Battling the wind, rain, and earthquakes whenever the Seahawks scored is a tough battle. What’s even tougher is trying to win after failing to score the first 3 quarters is dang near impossible. Jimmy Graham had 0 catches (if you don’t count the garbage time reception). I would say the Seahawks played a solid game. Nothing flashy, but a lot of running and taking advantage of points where necessary. Russell Wilson was 9-18 with 103 yards. This won’t cut it against the Broncos, but could against the 49ers. The Saints still had a shot at it until Colston decided that the guy 7 yards ahead of him was considered a “lateral.” I won’t harp on him too much, but why not step out of bounds with 8 seconds left on the 36 yard line. You get another shot to get 10 yards and could have a 25 yard throw to tie the game! I guess the play was drawn up and practiced during the week (meaning the Saints thought they would be down or lose the game), would have been crazy if it had worked.