Sometimes a team with lesser talent, but more focus and determination humbles a very talented team. What makes a talented team a good team is the ability to identify the issues, quickly make adjustments and play to their full potential. Good teams comeback. Sometimes the comeback is after a shocking first half. Other times it is after a devastating loss. This weekend some good teams bounced back. Others were humbled, so we’ll see in the weeks to come if they are truly good teams.
There was not any movement among the top 10 teams in the BCS Standings. Some exciting games over the weekend, but the race for the championship remains the same. Oregon survived a close game with California and won on the road 15 – 13. Auburn’s starting quarterback, Cam Newton, got the team together and they beat George 49 – 31 after trailing 21-7. Wisconsin continued its fight for the Big Ten title by punishing Indiana 83 – 20. Steve Spurrier has officially turned things around at South Carolina. In 2005, he took over the program, which had only won more than 8 games in a season twice in the school’s history. South Carolina’s 36 -14 victory over Florida secured the schools first SEC East title and trip to the SEC Championship game.
This weekend Oregon #1, Auburn #2 and TCU #3 do not play. As a result, none of the games this weekend will have an impact on the BCS Championship Game. Look forward to Thanksgiving weekend when Oregon plays Arizona #22 and Auburn plays Alabama #11.
NFL Week 10
The Cleveland Browns’ luck ran out against the New York Jets. Their two-game winning streak with surprising victories against the New Orleans Saints and the New England Patriots ended yesterday. The New York Jets did not dominate, but as good teams do they pulled it together and won in overtime, 26 – 20.
Detroit Lions fans can’t get a break. Just when they were getting excited about their future, they are reminded of the shameful records that they hold and humiliated in a game that they should have won. It was called the Futility Bowl, because both the Detroit Lions and Buffalo Bills just seem incapable of success. Going into the game, Buffalo had not won a game this season and Detroit had not won on the road since 2007. In a messy game filled with penalties and punts, the Buffalo Bills beat the Lions 14 -12 and get their first win of the season. The Lions now hold the record for most consecutive road losses with 25. What makes this worse is that they took the record from themselves.
The Dallas Cowboys got a makeover and things look better already. Team owner, Jerry Jones, fired Head Coach, Wade Phillips last week. Jason Garrett is the interim coach charged with salvaging the Cowboys season and at least look like a decent team. He is off to a good start. They looked like the talented group that people thought would contend for the Super Bowl prior to the season. Even with back up quarterback, Jon Kitna, starting, Dallas made a lot of big plays and beat the New York Giants, 33 – 20. And it was on the road.
The New England Patriots bounced back after their embarrassing loss last weekend to Cleveland. Patriot QB, Tom Brady, had three touchdown passes and even scored a touchdown. The Steelers defense was not able to contain him at all. Meanwhile New England’s defense sacked Steelers QB, Ben Roethlisberger 5 times. New England won on the road 39 – 26.
Are you ready for some football?
Tonight Monday Night Football is in the nation’s capital. The Washington Redskins are hosting the Philadelphia Eagles at FedEx Field. Redskins QB, Donovan McNabb is playing his old team on national television. The Redskins won earlier this year in Philadelphia, but Michael Vick did not play the entire game. He went out early in the game with a rib injury. Vick is back and with him in the pocket, the Eagles are a tough team to beat. On top of that, I feel like Redskins Head Coach, Mike Shanahan is full of shenanigans. In their last game two weeks ago against the Lions, Shanahan put McNabb on the bench supposedly because he did not know the two-minute offense. Really? A 12-year veteran, pro-bowl quarterback can’t learn a two-minute offense in 6 months? Since then the reason for the decision has changed to hamstring injuries and cardiovascular endurance problems. As I said: SHENANIGANS! With this type of decision-making and Vick having a spectacular season, the Eagles will win and tie the New York Giants for first place in the NFC East.
MNF is at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN. If you’re in DC, you can join us at Degrees in the Ritz-Carlton Georgetown.
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