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Football thoughts – Week 14

Posted in Sports - football, mostly by EloiSVM42 on December 10, 2020

College: My beloved Oklahoma Sooners beat Baylor 27-14. It wasn’t a pretty win, but there were two reasons. First, Baylor has a pesky team and an infuriating quarterback who gives us fits. He graduates this year, and I will not miss him. Second, and more important. OU had double digit players not able to play due to COVID-19 concerns.

This sets up a Big XII conference championship game between OU and Iowa State. ISU beat us early in the season, but we are not the same team now as then. Many important players were not available for that game and the team overall was green as grass. We’ll do better next time, but it will still be an exceedingly difficult game. The Cyclones are a very good team.

The remainder of the schedule went pretty much by the chalk, at least those games that were able to be played, including the Aggies nice win over Auburn.

NFL: It was an unusual week in the league, including a Thursday Night Football game played on Tuesday night between my erstwhile favorite team the Dallas Cowboys, and the Baltimore Ravens.

There was nothing unusual about the game, just the day on which it was played. The game was like all recent Cowboys games. Dallas stunk on ice, 34-17. They are spectacularly bad. Terrible coaching, terrible defense, just terrible, period. Fortunately, I don’t care about the Cowboys anymore. I have a new favorite team – the Arizona Cardinals.

Unfortunately, my Cardinals lost also, to the Rams, 38-28. Overall, this was just a case of the better team winning. Arizona still has a way to go, particularly on defense, and the defense will not improve, I fear, so long as Kingsbury is the coach. I’m not sure he knows how to spell defense. He coached at the college level for a school not known for academics, and certainly not for defense.

The Cleveland Browns, the other team with a Heisman Trophy winning #1 draft pick from OU, upset the Tennessee Titans 41-35 and Baker Mayfield was rock solid.

In two unlikely results, The Giants upset the Seahawks, and the Redskins upset the Steelers, which means as Dallas is sinking down the crapper, other NFC East teams are pulling it together.

In the family feud, Tampa Bay was idle, but the Patriots pounded the Chargers 45-0, so Belichick and Cam Newton get this spotlight this week.

However, the most unusual play occurred in the Kansas City v Broncos game, when Tyreek Hill made a catch so improbable that Hill didn’t even realize that he had caught the ball. It was ruled a fumble, and Hill thought it must have hit the ground.

After it was too late, replay showed that it had been a catch, which led to some finger pointing between coach and receiver about why they didn’t challenge the play. My question is why isn’t the finger being pointed at the referees? They are arguably the worst team on the field week after week.

(In the Cowboys’ humiliating loss, they were the victims of among the most egregious missed calls I have ever seen in pro football, right up there to the injustice that kept Brees and the New Orleans Saints out of the Super Bowl a few years ago.)

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