5 Things We Learned: Suggestions Are Welcome Edition

1) The AFC belongs to the Houston Texans. The Texans embarrassed their competition on Sunday, in the form of the Baltimore Ravens by hanging a 40-spot on them. The Texans are in a class of their own. There are only two other teams in the AFC that may be able to give Houston a run for its money and they are the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos. Thankfully for Houston, they face the Patriots in a couple of weeks, and we will get to see a (hopeful) preview of the AFC Championship Game.

2) Cam Newton equals Vince Young. Both men enjoyed great success on the field during their college football days. Both saw themselves go very high in the draft. But as we are all witnessing, neither of them knows how to deal with losing a few games.
Cam’s post-game interview had “I’m about to lose my mind if we win again,” all over it. The fact is, the guy is not ‘The Guy.’

He is used to being coddled, and now that he is being asked to step up and be a leader, he is having a difficult time playing a different role. Cam couldn’t lead me to the water at a beach, let alone lead his teammates in a game for 60 minutes.
3) Just give Robert Griffin, III the Offensive Rookie of the Year Award now! Is this even up for debate? Nope, didn’t think so. The guy is putting his team in a position to win week in and week out with very average wideouts. Had it not been for the subpar coverage of cornerback DeAngelo Hall on Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz, RG3 would have come in the house of the defending champs and shown up Mr. 4th Quarter himself, Eli Manning. If the Redskins get a themselves a good wide receiver, who can stay healthy (Yes, I’m talking to you Garcon), they will have a great offense for years to come.
4) No one wants to play vs. the Chicago Bears defense right now. And you can’t blame them! That defense is making quarterbacks around the league fearful to snap the ball on long plays, knowing that the fast pass-rush is headed their way. Over their last 4 games, the Bears have held their opponent your scoring 3 times. This defense looks eerily similar to a 2006 Bears group that was able to carry the franchise all the way to a 2006 Bears group that was able to carry the franchise all the way to a super bowl trip. Stay tuned…

5) You can confidently pick up the quarterback playing vs. New Orleans, and the runningback facing Buffalo each week and be confident in them going off! The Saints rank 30th in net passing yards per game, while the Bills are dead last on the NFL in rushing yards per game. The rankings speak for themselves. Feel comfortable acquiring each of these position players vs. these two teams going forward.

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-Cam Newton will be asking for even more suggestions after the Chicago Bears are done with him.
-If Michael Vick has another 3 turnover game, he’ll be benched.
-The Falcons will NOT be undefeated after Sunday.

This week’s recipient of The McKayla Is Not Impressed Award goes to the human suggestion box, Cam Newton. No one feels sorry for you. Not because you are making millions of dollars playing a recreational sport, but because you lose like a 5-year-old in a game of Red Light, Green Light. You put on that sulky Jay Cutler face and expect people to feel sorry for you. Keep your chip up and learn to lose like a man, instead of whining to the media that you are running out of solutions. Here’s a suggestion, learn to hit your wide-open receivers in the red zone.

5 Things We Learned: The Game is 60 Minutes Edition

Week 2 saw a lot of highs, lows, and many in between performances. Without further ado, here are the 5 things we learned from Week 2.

1- Teams that looked sensation in week 1, came back down to Earth this weekend. You may be wondering who these teams are, and they go as follows:

The New York Jets came spiraling down to earth after a complete dismantling of the Buffalo Bills in Week 1. Granted, the Jets were without their best defender in Darrelle Revis, and last season’s team leader in receiving yards, tight end Dustin Keller, the way they played terrible. On the flip side, the Pittsburgh Steelers were also without their elite defenders, Troy Polomalu and James Harrison. The Jets were expected to take advantage of those key injuries and failed to. The offense looked good on one drive where Mark Sanchez was able to connect with Santonio Holmes on a 14 yard touchdown pass. The rest isn’t worth mentioning. Sanchez missed his receivers at times, his receivers missed the ball at times, and the spark the Jets had in week 1 was also missing from the game as well.

The Dallas Cowboys, riding a tremendous season opening win at the hands of the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants, fell victim to the Seattle Seahawks. As you may recall, the last time Tony Romo and Co. visited Seattle, they left the game feeling very sleepless to say the least. This time was slightly different, as the Seahawks put the game away earlier than anyone expected. These are your current generation’s Cowboys folks. They go out and win a game against a really good team, then they lay an egg the following week against a lowly team like the Seahawks.

The Denver Broncos also hit a roadblock in the form of the Atlanta Falcons. Peyton looked like he was in character for a commercial, and his objective was ‘how can I make the Falcons defense look elite?’ He would have received an Oscar for the performance he put on, because he executed that role down to a ‘t,’ or in this case ‘I” for interception.

2- One guy can really lose your team a football game. Insert Washington Redskins wide receiver Josh Morgan jokes here. Josh Morgan committed one of the dumbest and most selfish penalties in the history of the NFL. But let’s not forget that Cortland Finnegan was able to get away with the initial push of Morgan, which occurred right in front of the referees. Lesson learned: The referees never seem to notice the first contact.

3- If you didn’t think it was possible, the replacement referees took another step backwards and became worse. All the blame can’t be placed on these men and women because they were ‘promoted’ to a level they were clearly not ready to officiate. In the Jets/Steelers game, there was a phantom defensive pass interference called charged to Ike Taylor. Video link after the jump.

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In the the Sunday Night Game of the Week (49ers/Lions), there was a play in which quarterback Matthew Stafford was sacked while trying to evade a tackle. The real-time game footage clearly shows that Stafford’s knee makes contact with the grass. The replacement officials missed this entirely, and allowed Stafford to get back up and continue play, which resulted in the Lions losing 6 more yards. This mishap led to the Lions having to challenge the play in order to stay within field goal range.

Then, there is the one hour long first quarter that the entire country had to sit through this past Monday night. At what point does the NFL reach out to its veteran officials and negotiate in good faith, allowing a fair and reasonable deal to get done? The amount of bad calls will only increase as the season progresses. If your team hasn’t been on the wrong side of a blatantly obvious call, give it time, because it’s coming.

4- Football is a 60-minute game. Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano will make sure you know that going forward. By now, everyone knows about the kneel down heard ‘round the world in the Giants/Bucs game. It was totally uncalled for to say the least. Sure, Schiano is giving everyone the impression he is trying to change the culture down there in Tampa Bay, and that is commendable, people get it, but going 100% on a play in which you know the offense is surrending…you’re better than that Schiano. That is not the way you go about showing your fan base and the football world that you want to be taken seriously as a franchise. What worked for Rutgers, should stay at Rutgers. This is the NFL and you better believe teams took notice of what happened at the end of the game, and the Bucs will have to deal with it in the coming weeks.

5- You cannot hit the panic button on an 0-2 team…just yet. This means you New Orleans. The last team in the NFL to start a season 0-2, and then win the Super Bowl was the New York Giants in the 2007 season. If that team could finally get it going after surrendering more than 90 points in the first two games to the Packers and Cowboys, surely Drew Brees and Co. can go marching into their next two games and rewrite their season. Stranger things have happened in this league, so don’t count the Saints out…yet.

Honorable Mention


-Drafting Chris Johnson is the worst decision you probably made in your fantasy draft. It’s up there with your decision to sit back on Adrian Peterson because every “expert” informed you he would not be close to 100% until mid season.

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-The Ravens/Patriots Sunday night game will be the one everyone is talking about next week at the water cooler.

-The Patriots are going to look ‘human’ without Aaron Hernandez. What does human consist of? Oh you know, any other above average offense which contains a solid quarterback, 2 strong options at wide receiver, a decent, yet vastly unproven running back, and a more than serviceable tight end. Thus, they are not going to scare anyone with that offense. The Cardinals sure welcomed the one tight end formation in the second half of their win over the Pats last Sunday.

-This is the year of the backup running back!

-The NFL will not have turn-around games every week next season. It benefits no one but the NFL, and can lead to more injuries because of the shorter rest between games.

-The Saints are going to rout the Chiefs this weekend!

The McKayla Is Not Impressed Award for Week 2 goes to Atlanta Falcon Michael Turner. Congratulations Michael! He scored a 1 yard touchdown on Monday night and wanted to celebrate after the game. He took celebrating to a whole new level though, when he decided to go out and get a DUI later that evening.

According to police reports, Turner went to Magic City, an infamous strip club in Atlanta, after the game. Turner told the arresting officer that he did not remember how many shots he had while there, but that it “was less than 10 shots, but approximately five,” said the officer.

Michael Turner, clearly you can score yourself a touchdown in the NFL, so why not score yourself a ride home from your post game celebrations?! McKayla is not impressed!

SB XLVI: It’s more than a Game

The biggest game of the year is now 2 days away, and with each passing minute the anticipation grows stronger. From a casual perspective, this game may see like just another Super Bowl between teams you may have zero interest in because you do not live in the northeastern region of the U.S. However, true fans of the sport will tell you that this game is going to define careers and shake up the NFL for years to come.

Should Brady and Belichick pull out another Super Bowl win, it would be the duo’s 4th ring in 5 tries. This would undoubtedly grant Brady and Belichick keys to a higher penthouse suite than ones they were already living in. Brady would be leaving a room that he shared with Hall of Famer Troy Aikman, and moving in with Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana. A win on Sunday would elevate Brady from not just one of the greatest quarterbacks of the 21st Century, but to one of the greatest of all time (G.O.A.T.).

As for the mastermind that is Bill Belichick, he would receive an upgrade from bunking with the legendary Joe Gibbs, to being roommates with Pittsburgh Hall of Fame head coach Chuck Noll, the only man to win 4 Super Bowls in NFL History. Similar to Brady, this would establish Belichick as the G.O.A.T. as well.

Big Blue’s leading men, Coughlin and (Eli) Manning stand much to gain if they can once again pull off the upset versus the New England Patriots. Manning’s 2nd Super Bowl victory, in his 8th year as a starter, would certainly back up his claim from the beginning of the season when he stated he felt he was in the same Elite class as Tom Brady. Manning would leave a very crowded room of one and done Super Bowl champions such as Brad Johnson, Brett Favre, big brother Peyton and Trent Dilfer, for much preferred company with Hall of Famers Roger Staubach, Bart Starr, and John Elway. Doesn’t sound like bad company at all considering he would be 1 behind good ole Tom.

Sports experts say that a 2nd consecutive win versus Brady and Belichick would put Manning and Coughlin on the fast track to Canton, Ohio. While the Manning Hall of Fame bid is certainly up for debate, Coughlin’s certainly is unquestionable. With a win Sunday, he would be tied with Lombardi, and 1 behind his best friend Bill (Belichick). Also worth noting is that he would have coached a team to 2 Super Bowl victories having only played 1 home game in the process. Impressive is an understatement.

Whether you are a die-hard fan of these 2 teams, or someone who will only be watching for the commercials, this will be a game that you will forever remember as an outcome that changed the NFL all-time rankings lists going forward.

Jimmy Lips