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NFL Week 8: Random Thoughts, Musings and Other Observations - This Is Sports Zone

A week of rivalries and QB battles as the Giants took on the Cowboys, the Dolphins played the Jets, Peyton Manning faced Drew Brees in a Super Bowl rematch of sorts, and Tom Brady and the Patriots went to England to play Sam Bradford and the Rams.

-The Giants and Lawrence Tynes held off the Cowboys 29-24 in a game Dallas did everything to lose.  In a turnover laden first half that resembled a blooper reel more than an NFL offense, the Giants grabbed an early 23-0 lead which the Boys actually were able to come back from, even taking a 24- 23 lead late in the 3rd quarter.  But a Lawrence Tynes field goal, coupled by an inexplicable fumble by Felix Jones which led to another Tynes field goal saw Dallas once again trailing by five.  Tony Romo threw 62 times, completing 36 of them for 437 yards, with 18 completions and 167 yards to Jason Witten alone, while Miles Austin added 9 for 133, with Dez throwing in 5 for 110.  But Romo was picked four times, including one with a minute remaining, which actually didn’t hurt the Boys, and they actually got the ball back with 44 seconds left.  Dez actually made the play of the game, a circus catch in the end zone which was originally called a touchdown until review showed his fingers hit the ground out of bounds, overturning what was a spectacular play by a guy who needed to make one badly to redeem himself.  Shame it didn’t count.  And so the Cowboys lose yet another game they probably could have won, what a shock.

–  I could talk about that game for an hour, so we’ll move on.  The Dolphins spanked the Jets 30-9 after a week of trash talking from both sides.  Ryan Tannehill was hurt early, Matt Moore had a decent game, but a blocked punt and a recovered onside kick saw the Dolphins set the tone early, and the Jets never got back in it.  What the hell is the point of Tebow if he’s just going to stay on the bench?  Mark Sanchez isn’t a terrible QB, but Tebow should be used at least a for a couple of series if the Jets are going to be this bad.

– Starting the QB Battles segment: Peyton Manning and the Broncos torched Drew Brees and the Saints36-17; Sam Bradford hit Chris Givens for a 50 yard TD score to give the Rams a 7-0 lead brfore Tom Brady thunderpunched the Rams for 304 yards and 4 touchdowns in a 45-7 rout; Matt Stafford and the Lions held off Russell Wilson and the Seahawks defense 28-24 in a game that saw Stafford throw for 253 and 4 TDs while rushing for another one and Titus Young have his biggest game of the season with 2 of those scores and 100 yards; Matt Ryan and the Falcons jumped out to a 24-7 lead by halftime and the Eagles couldn’t answer, leaving the Falcons 7-1 and Michael Vick looking at the very real possiblity of being benched for Nick Foles, plus Andy Reid possibly looking for employment elsewhere at the end of the season if things can’t turn around.

– In other news, Trent Richardson’s 26 yard score in the first quarter was good enough for the Browns to beat the Chargers 7-6, as T-Rich lit up San Diego for 122 rushing yards on 24 carries; Andrew Luck and the Colts narrowly snuck by Matt Hasselbeck and the Titans in overtime, as Luck found Vick Ballard for a 16 yard TD strike almost five minutes into the OT period; With Jordy Nelson a game- time scratch for the Packers, Donald Driver caught his first TD pass of the season, as Green Bay beat the Jaguars 24-16, in a game where a QB threw for over 300 yards and it wasn’t Aaron Rodgers; and Jamaal Charles pulled a No- Show in the Chiefs loss to the Raiders, with only 10 total yards in the game.

– That Doug Martin is really good, between him and Richardson, two of the top 10 running backs in next year’s fantasy draft look to be the two backs taken in the 1st round of the 2012 draft.  Martin had 214 total yards and two scores during Tampa Bay’s thrashing of the Vikings on Thursday night, and Josh Freeman continued what could be his best season so far, as he threw 3 total TDs to go with 262 passing yards.

-San Francisco just completed their 4-game sweep of the Tigers to win the World Series for the second time in three years, each one seemingly catching everyone by surprise.  After winning six times while facing elimination in the first two rounds of the playoffs, the Giants shocked everyone by sweeping the Powerhouse Detroit Lions, who boast the Triple Crown Winning Miguel Cabrera, and of course, Justin Verlander, whose thrashing in Game One set the tone for things to come, as the Giants never let the Tigers off the mat, and put the game away on a Marco Scuturo RBI single in the 10th, scoring Ryan Theriot, and Sergio Romo struck out the side in the 10th to seal the win and the Series. Pablo Sandoval wins the MVP, and deservedly so after his 3 home run performance in Game 1.  So much for that whole “how are they going to score without Melky Cabrera” argument, right?

– The NBA season starts on Thursday, and it already kicked off with a bang this weekend, as the Oklahoma City Thunder traded Sixth Man of the Year, James Harden to the Houston Rockets, after failing to come to an agreement on a contract extension.  The Thunder’s road to the Western Conference this year becomes slightly more difficult losing such a versatile player like Harden, but they got a great return, bring in former All- Star Kevin Martin, along with rookie Jeremy Lamb and two first round picks, one possibly being a top- 10 pick.  Along with fellow Perry Jones, Lamb could be a solid building block for the Thunder’s future, and between the two of them, along with Martin’s scoring ability, they may be able to match Harden’s productivity, and the picks will benefit the Thunder long term, but the road back to the Finals for the Thunder might just have gotten tougher.

– The NFL trading deadline is this week.  Trades I’d like to see happen- DeAngelo Williams to the Packers and Tim Tebow going… anywhere if the Jets get some thing worth while for him, because they clearly aren’t trying to play him so there’s no real point of him being there.

Enjoy the Monday Night game folks, and be safe from Hurricane Sandy.



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