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NFL Points: Week 10

Ouch, G-Men. One Sunday night win away from the inside track to the NFC’s top seed in the playoffs. That was the case for the Giants last night at the Meadowlands. And until just a few ticks before halftime everything was going as planned for the New York football Giants.

After a (seemingly) stalled Bears drive in the final two minutes of the first half, which left Chicago looking at a gloomy 3rd and 22 from its own 28 yard line, New York called a timeout so Eli Manning could have a chance to add to the Giants already-10 point lead. Except someway, somehow Thomas Jones took a handoff and picked his way through the Giants defense for a cool 26 yards.

Suffice to say ya don’t see that every day.

Rex Grossman then capitalized by throwing a 29 yard touchdown pass to Mark Bradley just before halftime. Might as well have been a wrench, because the G-Men just weren’t the same after that. Sure, they climbed back in the game, drawing within four points at 24-20 early in the 4th quarter. But for some reason Tom Coughlin opted to attempt a 51 yard field goal into an unsettled Jersey night. Jay Feely managed to kick the ball about 49 yards at best before it declined, end over end, right into the arms of Devin Hester.

A sufficient acting job (Hester feigned like he was taking a knee) and 108 yards later Hester had delivered the proverbial dagger to the G-Men on this Sunday soir. Then again, the Giants did not deserve to win the game. Turnovers, combined with poor coaching and special teams should not add up to victory in today’s NFL.

That said, the Giants need not panic. They do need to get healthy, though. While they could’ve beaten the Bears without Amani Toomer, Michael Strahan, Osi Umenyiora, and Sam Madison, they surely won’t have realistic Super Bowl aspirations without getting some of these guys back. While outside linebacker LaVar Arrington and Toomer are finished for the season with Achilles and ACL injuries, the news is not so grim for the others. Umenyiora and Madison are being evaluated on a week to week basis, while Strahan should be back by the beginning of December at the latest.

There’s no doubt in my mind that a healthier, more poised Giants team will go into Chicago in January and win the NFC Championship. Yes, I believe the Bears are overrated.

(Yes I’m calling the Giants to go to the Super Bowl.)

As for the other New York team…

Well all the Jets did on Sunday was march into Foxborough and beat the Patriots straight up. New England had not lost back to back games since December, 2002 (when, incidentally, the Jets beat them).

If you’re wondering what I’m implying by stating that the Jets beat the Pats “straight up”, it is to say they outplayed them in almost every facet of the game: they turned the ball over less, converted more third downs, had a shifty and devious defensive scheme that successfully frustrated Tom Brady, and handled the crappy Foxborough weather better than the Pats.

That’s beating the Patriots straight up. As opposed to what the Colts did last week. Because there is a difference. (Like the difference between going into a gun fight with a knife and taking a pistol, aiming it directly at your foot, and pulling the trigger.)

So here we are, with a bona fide race for the AFC East crown. Courtesy of a well-deserved, gritty Jets victory over New England. The good news for the Jets is their schedule is whispering 10 wins. Bad news for the Jets is the Patriots schedule is comparably easy. And the Patriots just lost twice in a row for the first time in a handful of years.

But, the Patriots, like the Giants, have injuries to address. Rodney Harrison is the most dire, as his absence can be sustained for the near future but not ultimately. For some perspective: since Harrison’s arrival in 2003 the Patriots are 42-6 with two Super Bowls when he’s the starting strong safety; they are 9-8, including a playoff loss, without him. Nuff said.

Fortunately, as opposed to last year when Harrison tore every ligament they have an name for in his knee, his current broken scapula should heal in time for him to be back to full strength by the playoffs (and likely before). So, like the Giants, barring any more physical setbacks, the Patriots will be the team to beat in January…

(Yes, I’m obviously the first calling a Pats-Giants Superbowl.)

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    conservative elements in our system is the
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    Christ.” – – – Dr. Gerald Beavan

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    into which they never enter and with their
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    Best wishes for continued ascendancy,
    Dr. Whoami

    P.S. Here’s some blogs that I found
    of interest
    as I negotiated my way
    through cyberspace:

    Every Student
    Religion Comparison
    Around the Well
    Danish Cartoons
    Arabic Cartoons
    Muhammad or Jesus???
    Answering Islam
    Is Jesus God?
    A Short Look At Six World Religions
    God’s Word in different languages…
    How to become a Christian
    Who Is Jesus?
    See The Word
    Watch The Jesus Movie
    Spanish Cartoons
    German Cartoons
    Chinese Cartoons
    Italian Cartoons
    Greek Cartoons
    Japanese Cartoons
    Portuguese Cartoons
    French Cartoons
    Hindi Cartoons
    Russian Cartoons
    ‘Thought & Humor’


    Only one of these is amalgamated with me –
    can you determine which one??? Tell me
    sometime what your thoughts are about
    all this:O)

    November 14, 2006
  2. dr. whoami's sanity #

    Hi, have you seen me. I’m lost.

    November 14, 2006
  3. Nate #

    Pats Giants Superbowl? Good god, that would be epic. I pray we have the opportunity to beat Peyton in the AFC Championship and then Eli in the Super Bowl. If we pull it off I’ll even jump in the stands and give their stupid brother Cooper a kick in the teeth to complete the Manning Dominance Trifecta. Ever notice how it looks like Peyton’s head looks like his dad stuck a football helmet on his soft little infant cranium and refused to take it off even when Peyton was crying? Freak. And no, I’m not bitter at all about the past two losses.

    Side note: I’d be interested to hear your thoughts on the Sox bidding for Matsuzaka. I have no idea if it is a good call or not, but I do love the prospect of drunk Japanese Sox fans replacing the “crazy Dominicans” that seemed to dissapear when Petey left.

    November 14, 2006
  4. WindyCity...Yamean? #

    Bears v. Pats Week 12….
    We’re gonna find out which team really is overrated…

    November 14, 2006
  5. WindyCity...Yamean? #

    And whatsup wit ur boy dr. whoami?

    November 14, 2006
  6. rif guy #

    yo i just wanna let u know that dr. whoami changed my life. plus, pats-38, gmanymen-12. maroney-4tds. holla.

    November 15, 2006
  7. Nate #

    I have it on good authority that Dr. Whoami is actually Chris Polizano…you heard it here first.

    November 15, 2006
  8. dr. whoaguy #

    this whole matsuzaka thing is fishy. and it blows my mind that (as i’m sure you all know because we all read the same articles) this bid was more than the opening day payrolls of 5 MLB teams! i don’t care who the guy is that does not seem reasonable.
    now the sox hand is totally forced, they have to sign this guy to avert a PR nightmare. yes they kept him away from the yankees, but there’s 30-some other teams to worry about, not to mention our own, which is currently lacking 3 starting position players.
    and i’m not convinced that when he finally does make the transish that he will have anything like the success he’s had in japan. weigh in Ballgame!!!

    November 15, 2006
  9. chrisarc #

    I’m not mad about the Domoorigato Mr. roboto sweepstakes really because if e don’t sign him we get the 51 mil back.

    Plus if we do get him the 51 mil doesn’t go towards luxury tax which is and important thing to remember as well.

    One thing’s thats pissing me off is everyone talking about how this is going to pay for itself when all the japs start buying Red Sox gear and shit….

    Now that’s all well and good but MLB splits up gear revenue (and tv revenue) evenly among the teams.

    I’m happy about the idea of having three pitchers hitting their prime in the rotation at age 26 except then I wake up and realize one of them is Bombs-Away Beckett, the other one (Papelbon) pitched about one inning per game last year, and the third one hasn’t thrown a single pitch in the majors.

    Should be interesting.

    November 15, 2006

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