I’m not sure whether it’s the festive atmosphere or the egg nog, but
this weekend of football had me extracting a lot more of the better
things I noticed, in comparison to the ineptitude I usually observe and note.
A.J Green. This rookie is on the fast path to
being an elite receiver-if he hasn’t done it already. On Sunday he had
6 catches for 115 yards, but looked like a men among boys on the field.
He is a big play threat that is a top red zone option with his 6”4
frame, great hands and amazing body control in the air. He has 61
catches for 1006 yards and 7 touchdowns, while missing one game with a
knee injury and being beat up for a handful of other games. A weapon
like Green is a great weapon for a young offence that has plans on
doing future damage in the tough AFC North.
John Skelton. If you told Cardinals fans after
15 weeks they would be 7-7 and their franchise quarterback is coming
off a 300+ yards performance, I bet they would have taken that. Now,
tell those fans that it’s not their $50 million dollar man Kevin Kolb,
but Fordham’s John Skelton. Who would have seen that coming? Skelton
was magnificent Sunday, completing 28 of 46 for 313 yards and a
touchdown while leading the Cards to their 4th victory in as many
games. Skelton is 5-1 as a starter and now just finding a comfort zone
within the offence. Having Larry Fitzgerald and Beanie Wells as weapons
around you is helpful, but this big-armed signal caller has to have the
brain trust in Arizona questioning who their future QB will be.
Reggie Bush. If you say you saw this kind of
season coming from Reggie Bush, you're flat out lying. Bush had a career day
Sunday, rushing for 203 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries. Reggie
still has the speed to burn all 11 guys on the defense, but now he’s
showing the ability to run through them and get the important yards
needed to win games. He has 1295 combined yards and 7 total TDs while
being Matt Moore’s safety blanket during their 5-2 SU run. His success
will directly correlate to their success in the upcoming seasons, which
right now should have Dolphin fans optimistic.
Games That Stick Out
San Diego @ Detroit -1.5, 51.5
New York. The centre of the universe isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
First of all, California’s early 90’s hip hop was better than what New
York had and the Knicks have never passed the “Showtime” Lakers in terms
of league popularity in the NBA. In terms of football, both teams
are just mediocre. Yet, all the mainstream media wants to talk about is
where Eli stands among the “ELIte” (that thought alone has been seeing
that confused look Eli gets after he throws another bad interception)
or about Rex Ryan making another guarantee. Both teams laid a massive
shit on the field Sunday, giving up a combined 68 points, 720 yards and
19 accepted penalties. Both teams are average at best, and even though
both could make the playoffs, they will not be seeing my money in
These are two teams I would not want to face at this point in the season.
San Diego is going through their annual December hot streak, riding a three
game winning streak while posting over 30 points in all of those games.
For the Lions it’s simple: win and they're in. That Lions crowd will be
loud and will make an impact on a Chargers offensive line that has been
a mashed unit due to injuries. Even with such a high total, I would
expect both teams to come out with desperation and play a full 60
Atlanta @ New Orleans -6.5, 53
Monday Night Football takes their travelling circus to the Superdome
for what is a very important game for both teams. New Orleans still has
a realistic shot at a first round bye, while Atlanta is in the same
boat as the Lions - win and you’re in. The task for the Falcons is a
little bit more of an uphill climb for one reason alone - Drew Brees.
The Saints quarterback is on pace to break Dan Marino’s record for
passing yards in a season, a record he almost broke just a few years
back. Atlanta should see success airing out the ball on the 28th ranked pass
defense in a controlled indoor environment. Points should be scored,
records could be broken, and maybe, just maybe, Michael Turner will be
able to out run a linebacker this week.
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