Yesterday was a huge day of NFL football.Here’s what we learned:
The Eagles are toast. Philly now has to go 9-2 to make the playoffs. That’s a tall order with the Patriots, Jets, Cowboys (twice), Redskins (twice), Giants, and Bears still on the schedule. The run defence has been abysmal. The defensive scheme has been suspect. The offensive line can’t protect Mike Vick. And they’re as prone to silly turnovers and penalties as every other Andy Reid-coached team.
The Jets next two games are enormously huge. The Jets have lost three straight, but not all hope is lost. Everyone expected them to get blown out by the Patriots yesterday, but they ended up playing OK and were in the game until the last two minutes. Now they have Miami and San Diego at home — they need both of those games to avoid sitting with a 3-4 record going into the buy week.
The Steelers are rounding into form, while the Titans aren’t a true contender yet. Pittsburgh handled Tennessee with ease. Nice bounceback game for them after limping through their last two games against Indy and Houston. The Titans, on the other hand, can’t really be a legit challenge to Houston the AFC South if they’re getting throttled by 21.
Cam Newton is awesome. He lost again, but he looked great again. His stat line was far from Brady-esque. But he looked poised, and had his team in the game until the dying embers against a great Saints team yesterday.
The 49ers are essentially in the playoffs. They’re 4-1 in a division with three really bad teams. They if finish out the season at 6-5 or even 5-6, they’re fine.
Tebow time! Timmy started the second half against San Diego, and promptly stormed the Broncos back within two points of the Chargers. Denver eventually lost by 5, and Tebow didn’t look very good throwing the ball. But expect a lot of “Tim Tebow is a winner!” talk on ESPN this week nonetheless.
San Diego-Oakland is going to be a fun race. San Diego has grinded its way to a 4-1 record, while Oakland has looked much flashier at 3-2. But both teams should be in it until the end, and they play each other twice down the stretch.
The Colts might fall into Andrew Luck after all. When the Colts were killing the Chiefs early yesterday, it looked like Indy might win a few games with Curtis Painter at QB. But Indy revealed their true selves in the second half, and now they sit at 0-5.
Green Bay is the unquestioned No. 1 team in the NFL. They were down 14 points on the road in Atlanta. They then ripped off 25-straight points to win by 11. Easily the best-looking team in the league so far.
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