Football Thoughts – Week 17

Posted in Sports - football, mostly by EloiSVM42 on January 7, 2022

I don’t know what to think about this week’s NFL games. Nothing went the way I hoped and little the way I expected.

The Dallas Cowboys reverted to their underachieving form, and the Arizona Cardinals made fools of them. I could just acknowledge that Dallas got beat by a better team with a much better quarterback, but it was worse than that.

Dallas stank on ice, and this is one of those games where much of the loss can be pinned on the $75 million quarterback and the head coach, who suffered another time management failure.

McCarthy couldn’t decide if the Cardinals were going to go for it on fourth down or kick a field goal, so he panicked, peed his pants and called his last time out, which he needed at the end of the game and didn’t have.

If you don’t know which it’s going to be – going for it on fourth down or kicking a field goal, and time for a decision is running out – just defend the potential fourth-down play and don’t worry if it turns out to be a field goal attempt. The same set will work either way. What a moron.

Also, early in the game, the Cardinals were getting ready to punt at a time that fairly screamed fake punt. In fact, I did scream fake punt at the tv to warn the Cowboys, but no, they didn’t listen to me and were caught off guard.

The Cincinnati Bengals upset the Kansas City Chiefs. I wasn’t expecting that, but then again, I wasn’t expecting Joe Burrow to develop so quickly, and I sure as hell wasn’t expecting the Chiefs to be so stupid as to play one on one against Chase and not double team him. I can’t tell how the Bengals will do in the playoffs, but I can guarantee they won’t see single coverage on Chase again. “Double, double toil and trouble.”

I was hoping the Vikings would upset the Packers, but I didn’t expect it to happen, and when Cousins couldn’t start, I knew it couldn’t. The Pack had their way with the Vikings, and they look like the team to beat in the NFC to me. Rodgers is playing lights out and deserves the MVP.

The Buccaneers did win their game handily, which I did expect, but I didn’t expect the Antonio Brown meltdown, though I should have. He was bound to do it sooner or later.

Brown is crazy, rabid-ass nuts. He is self-destructive, and he takes others down with him. He does need professional help, but he isn’t going to get it from the NFL.

When it comes to talent, NFL owners are as big whores as any walking 7th Avenue in New York. They will forgive and rationalize anything. To paraphrase one sportswriter, if you’re not in jail, you play.

But Brown didn’t play. He walked out on his team in the middle of a game, and that’s a no-no. If all owners care about is whether you can play, then they can’t use Brown.

Pundits are saying Brown will show up in the NFL again someday, given what whores the owners are, but I’ll take the over, because what Brown did was not only to violate the if-you’re-not-in-jail-you-play rule, but he also reflected badly on the League in public. It’s hard to hide that kind of whorishness and hypocrisy. I think if a team tried to sign Brown, the Commissioner should veto anything like that as being detrimental to the game. I hope so. We’ll see.

The three OU QB Amigos did pretty well this week. I’ve written about Murray above. Jalen Hurts and the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Washington Redskins handily, and Hurts looked good doing it. I hope this is the end of the is Hurts the guy talk; it certainly should be.

Baker Mayfield and the Browns lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers, but in a way, he won. First, Mayfield has been playing hurt for almost all of the year, and that nightmare is now coming to and end. He won’t play in the last game but will have surgery immediately instead, to be ready in time to next season.

Second, he didn’t play well, but nobody really noticed because it was Ben Roethlisberger’s last game and all eyes were on him, as they should have been. Roethlisberger didn’t play well either, but he won, and his career is shoo-in Hall of Fame. I’m happy for him.

As an aside, I thought Browns’ head coach’s play calling left much to be desired also.

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