Another week down in the NFL, so lets look at week 10 for a moment. The game of the week was the game that could be a Super Bowl preview
Bears vs Texans. This game was as good as previewed with two dominate defenses just showing out.The game had a total of 6 turnovers, 2 credited to the Texans and 4 credited to the Bears. Even though the bears won the turnover battle, the Texans came out with the win 13 -6. Only 1 touchdown was scored all game, that should basically give you a an idea of how both defenses did. Matter fact let me break down 3rd down efficiency of both teams. The bears were successful on 3rd down only 2 times out of 13 and the Texans ended the game being 3 out of 14.
The only bad thing about this was that Jay Cutler left the game with an injury, The irony of this situation will be discussed later on in this blog. Matter fact let me go ahead and discuss it now.
This week the NFL had a game that ended in a TIE.
That right people, a regular season game can end in a tie. There is only 1 quarter of overtime in the NFL, if neither team scores, the NFL officially ends the game. Scores are the same, guess what? that is a TIE. Obviously one of the players from this game decided two years ago he enjoyed the game of football, because it obvious he was not watching 3 years ago when McNabb made the mistake of saying he did not know a game could end in a Tie.
Did not watch this game, but one of the outcomes of this game was the injury to 49ers QB Alex Smith. Yes that is the other half of the Jay Cutler injury.
Going into week 11 you have 3 key NFC QB injured and leaves NFL fans relying on their backup to pull out a victory. Now the Irony of this situation is 2 out of the 3 teams are playing each other this week. Both the Bears and 49ers are going have to rely on their back ups Jason Campbell (Bears) and Colin Kaepernick (49ers). The only problem with this scenario is that this could very well be a preview of the NFC Championship game. Instead of that preview, we basically seeing which teams back up QB can stand the pressure of literally being thrown to the wolves? Both teams have dominate Defenses, and one team has mastered scoring on their side of the ball.
The question has to be when deciding who will win is, which defense properly welcome the opposing sides QB into this season? One can not deny that both team have talented back up QBs. Jason Campbell is the only one that has the experience being a starting QB and has had his ups and downs as a starter. Colin shows great potential of being QB 1 in the future of some NFL franchise that might can steal him away from the 9ers. So there is no easy win or this defense is going have a feeding frenzy next Monday, but it will be very interesting match up.
The other QB that went down was one that was fighting for his future job and his coaches. Vick went down in his match up against the Cowboys. Before this game I said the key to victory would be the Dallas Defense, which is a dominate force and Romo mind frame. Do not get me wrong, I think Romo is a great QB who is in a bad situation. Just looking at the game one play comes to mind, the Cowboys coaching staff calls a draw play and after the failure of the play, one could see the displeasure on Romo face that they ran that play. Wait I think I am confusing my games but anyways, Romo is not happy with the play calling and that transition into a player not playing well at times. Like any job, if you do not 100% want to be there it will show into your work performance.
As for the Eagles, since that was the original reason for this section of the post, It seems that both Vick and Reids days in Philly are a distant memory by next year. In my opinion could be a good thing for both of them. Vick’s problem is the Eagles line and Reid needs at least a year away from football in my opinion after the death of his son, especially the way that he left the world.
One of the Black and Blue division of the NFL has a Key match up, Steelers Vs Ravens. In this match up the Steelers have a couple of key players missing and of course the Ravens are missing their biggest piece Ray Lewis. Back up QB Byron Leftwich
is not a back up that does not know how to be QB 1, but the thing is since leaving the Jacksonville Jaguars, he has not found much success. Now he is about to go up against a defense with a very strong rep that they make sure they live up to. Even though they been struggle as of late, they are still not one to sleep on. This has one to believe that the Ravens now own the AFC North if they are able to win this week match up.
With all of that said my picks and upsets for this week
Dolphins over the Bills
Falcons over the Cards
Browns over Cowboys (Upset)
Packers over the Lions
Bengals over Chiefs
Redskins over Eagles
Buccaneers over Panthers (close game)
Texans over Jags
Saints over Raiders
Broncos over Chargers
Colts over Pats (Upset)
Ravens over Steelers
49ers over Bears