Sunday, October 26, 2008

Monday Morning Quarterback Week 8

Monday Morning Quarterback Week 8

-“Winning solves all problems”: After a week of turmoil in Big D this past week, the Cowboys were able to squeak out a 13-9 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. WR Roy Williams got his first TD, the offense did not commit a turnover, and punter Sam Paulescu (playing for the injured Matt McBriar) made a momentum changing tackle over Buccs return man Clifton Smith that sparked the entire team. While the Cowboys may still be a mess, this helps sooth the pain before heading to play the defending champion New York Giants next week.

-“What do you mean you didn’t start Seahawks FB Leonard Weaver in Fantasy Football this week?!”: The man wearing neon green shoes had 4 catches for 116 yards and 2 TD in Seattle’s 34-13 win over San Francisco. Weaver is the first receiver to reach the 100-yard mark for the Seahawks this season; taking 7 games to do so.

-“Title Bout: Manning vs. Roethlisberger”: This battle of 2004 1st rounder Super Bowl wining quarterbacks, scheduled for 60 minutes, came down to a defensive battle and a back-up long snapper. Despite Big Ben’s 4 INT, the Steelers were up 14-12 deep into the forth quarter before replacement long snapper LB James Harrison (playing for the injured Greg Warren) sailed a snap over the punter’s head for a Safety to tie the game up at 14 a piece. Giants QB Eli Manning hit a wide open TE Kevin Boss for a TD to seal the game 21-14 and stake their claim as the NFL’s best team.

-“Joe Flacco, master of all trades?!”: The Baltimore Ravens rookie QB can do it all. He was 12 for 24 for 140 yards passing and 1 TD; he racked up 23 yards on 4 carries and scored a rushing TD, and oh wait, pulled in a 43 yard catch from back-up QB Troy Smith to lead the Ravens to a 29-10 win over the Oakland Raiders. Before we know it, LB Ray Lewis will have him playing defense.

-True or False: Has Cleveland Browns RB Jamal Lewis broke 100 yards rushing in a game yet this season? (Answer below)

-“If you don’t think I’m the best WR, then you better check your references!” –Carolina Panthers WR Steve Smith to NFL Films: After further investigation, we are starting to agree with Smith as he pulled in 5 catches for 117 yards and 2 touchdowns in the 27-23 win over the Arizona Cardinals. He also gets ‘brownie points’ for giving his first TD ball to fellow teammate FS Ken Lucas, whom he was suspended 2 games earlier this season for a training camp fight.

-“Detroit Lions = every team’s Homecoming Game”: The silver and gray extended their NFC best ‘losing’ streak to 7 games after falling 25-17 to the Washington Redskins. The Lions gave up 439 total yards with the Skin’s QB Jason Campbell tossing for 328 yards, RB Clinton Portis rushing for 126 yards and WR Santana Moss receiving 140 yards. Moss also took a punt return 80 yards to the house to seal the deal in the 4th quarter. Are the Lions heading to 0-16?

-“Ted Ginn Jr., welcome to the NFL!”: The Miami Dolphins 1st round draft pick in 2007 stuck it to his critics (who have begun labeling him with the ‘B-word’ aka BUST) to rack in 7 catches for 175 yards in the team’s 25-16 win over the Buffalo Bills. The former Ohio State playmaker looked very Buckeye-esq. busting out a 64 yard reception from QB Chad Pennington. The Dolphins have been waiting for someone to step up at WR and they may have found their man.

-“Is that David Beckham playing QB for the New Orleans Saints or Drew Brees?!”: The London, England fans couldn’t tell the difference because their ‘home game’ QB Brees decided to light up Wembley Stadium for 339 yards and 3 TD in the Saints 37-32 win over San Diego. The potential league MVP showed 83,000+ London ‘chaps’ why the Chargers should never have let him go in the first place.

-“Best Post Game News Conference Award” goes to new 49ers Head Coach Mike Singletary: After getting spanked 34-13 by the Seattle Seahawks, the former Hall of Fame Linebacker gave a passionate and inspiring media session discussing why he benched his QB JT O’Sullivan and why he needed to apologize to fans. In regards to TE Vernon Davis who was told to leave the game in the 4th quarter, Singletary told him “he'd do a better job for us right now by taking a shower and coming back and watching the game than going back in the game, simple as that." Well, at least he didn’t tell them to “crown their @$$” like Dennis Green would have…

-Answer: FALSE; Cleveland Browns RB Jamal Lewis has yet to break 100 yards this season, but he did log 81 yards on 20 carries and a TD in the Browns 23-17 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

-“What do the numbers 11, 7 and 3 have in common?”: According to New York Jets QB Brett Favre, (11) represents his league leading INT total, (7) of which have come in his past three games and (3) that ended up in the Kansas Chiefs hands on Sunday. Despite the turnovers, the 18th year ‘ageless wonder’ was able to squeak out 290 yards passing and 2 TD in the 28-24 comeback win over the Chiefs.

-The “Energizer Bunny Award” goes to Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson: The stud WR from the ‘U’ pulled in 11 catches for 143 yards in a lopsided 35-6 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. In the past month (4 games), Johnson has recorded 41 receptions for 593 yards and 2 TD. He keeps going, and going, and going…

-And Finally…

-“Sorry Matt Ryan, but Sunday belonged to the city of Philadelphia”: Not only did the Eagles usher in a 27-14 win over the Atlanta Falcons, but the Phillies won Game 4 of the Major League World Series 10-2 over the Tampa Bay Rays. Also, the NHL hockey Philadelphia Flyers won 3-2 over the New Jersey Devils. And if you didn’t care for sports than you were probably rocking out to Classic Rock Legends “The Who” playing next door at the Philadelphia Wachovia Center. Somebody get me a Cheese Steak!

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