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The NFL Puts A Hurting On The Saints

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Yes, bounties have been happening for as long as anyone can remember in the NFL.

Yes, violence is apart of the game and always will be.

And for those wondering… Yes, Roger Goodell did the right thing with his punishments handed down to the New Orleans Saints this afternoon following “Bountygate.”

The NFL suspended Saints coach Sean Payton for the entire season as well as new St. Louis Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams who was the man behind the controversy.

The league also suspended Saints GM Mickey Loomis for 8 games and assistant Joe Vitt 6 games.

All suspensions are also without pay… I hope Sean Payton’s been saving his money because he’s now out $7.5 million this year.

Goodell who has developed a reputation of coming down hard on players for their transgressions maintained that rep when it came to those in authoritative positions in this case.

The suspensions handed down were fair and balanced. Payton was responsible for allowing these practices to commence right in front of him and didn’t attempt to stop them.

Williams instituted a system that was about bringing injury to all of his opponents and he had been doing it for years dating back to his days in Washington. If anything Williams should have received two years as punishment for paying players to willingly injure others.

I’m also pretty sure that Loomis was well aware of Williams actions and did nothing to cease them as well.

Everyone involved was wrong and now they have to pay.

It leaves the Saints and Rams for that matter in a bad predicament.

Williams was supposed to take charge of a young Rams defense that has lots of talent but couldn’t flourish under former coach Steve Spagnuolo.

Williams turned the Saints into a defense built on causing turnovers and could’ve turned this unit around very quickly with staples like Chris Long and James Laurinitis already in place.

For the Saints it’s huge because Payton was not only their head coach but play caller as well. Payton was at the head of the Saints offensive juggernaut that torched defenses on the regular last season. Without him Drew Brees and company may trouble producing the same results even though most of their best parts still remain on offensive.

The Saints may have just gone from a Super Bowl contender to a team that will be in the chase for a Wildcard spot.

However, none of this is Goodell’s concern. Goodell has been preaching player safety and has been coming down hard on players in the NFL to follow his lead.

Today he let coaches and the heads of the front office have it. Follow what I say or get burned.

Today the Saints went down in a four alarm blaze.

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I Hate The Giants

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Let’s discuss the New York Giants for a minute.

I hate the New York Giants.

Every single season in the last 8 years this team has been a bunch of dogs in the second half of the season, rolling over and turning division leads to deficits. They go from a professional football team to a bunch of replacements that don’t deserve to be in the national football league.

It happened in Tom Coughlin’s first season, it happened during the Super Bowl run of 2007 (yep a few bad losses including a stinker versus Minnesota that had New York calling for Eli Manning’s job), it happened once Plaxico Burress shot himself in the leg, and it’s happening again right now.

But this collapse may take the cake. A close loss to the 9-2 San Francisco 49ers was acceptable. We showed we belonged in their class. The loss to the Philadelphia Eagles the next week however was disgraceful. There was no Michael Vick, no Jeremy Maclin, Vince Young in his first start of the year and the Eagles were reeling… And they pushed the Giants around like a bunch of sissies and left the meadowlands with another win.

It was the kind of loss that kills you as a fan. The Giants came off a tough loss, play a division rival that they beat weeks earlier and have clear advantages against and you lay that fat of an egg? It made me so mad I threw the tantrum of the year in public.

So now your division lead is gone, you look like absolute crap a week ago and you face Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football. You as a team give it all you got and take it to Brees and the Saints right?

Nope, well at least the defense anyway.

Eli and the passing offense looked in sync throughout the game while once again the run game was atrocious as Brandon Jacobs thievery of money for his performance of tip toeing to the lune if scrimmage was on display again last night.

(I hate Brandon Jacobs. Ever since he got paid his 6-4 270 pound frame has been worthless. He’s been a whiny, sulking, soft mess who has becoming a thorn in the Giants side. His end zone celebration last night when he wouldn’t leave the field was just another example of his immaturity and tge fact that he doesn’t get it. You’re down 18 points. Score and get the hell off of the field. Victor Cruz did it and he’s five years your junior in the league you jack ass. Jerry Reese please cut him.)

But the biggest offenders were the defense last night. That was a lazy, pathetic performance that disrespected the long legacy of toughness the previous Giant defenders invented. Leonard Marshall, Carl Banks, Lawrence Taylor, Michael Strahan and other legendary Giants defenders should be embarrassed to equate these bums with themselves.

Justin Tuck quit, the defensive line got pushed around, the defense was caught off guard and not properly set several times (this is an NFL team mind you) Antrel Rolle and Kenny Phillips decided not to attempt to make plays on the ball and stand flat footed in the secondary, Aaron Ross let Jimmy Graham go untouched for a score and Corey Webster gave up on a Pierre Thomas run and turned around and walked back to the bench even though Thomas was 8 yards from the end zone…

Yeah that was an epically long run-on sentence, the Giants can’t stop bad punctuation either.

Pretty much if your name wasn’t Manning, Cruz or Jason Pierre-Paul you had no right boarding that flight home because you showed no effort or care last night. Take the bus.

The crazy thing about it is even though the Giants looked like a minor league team last night, they are still only one game back in a horrid NFC East and play the Dallas Cowboys twice. The Cowboys play one of the easiest schedules in the league but haven’t looked impressive at all. Even if the Cowboys pull away there is still a shot at the Wildcard with the Bears struggling without Jay Cutler and The Lions losing ways lately and the fact that they just lost Ndamukong Suh for two games due to suspension.

In other words the Giants are still very much alive for the playoffs if they can show that they give a damn.

Coach Coughlin can yell all he wants but this team either wants it or it doesn’t. You can’t use excuses anymore at this point in the season. Just play the damn game and show some effort, because after last it’s hard to believe that this poor excuse of a team could be a playoff contender.

The Giants have five games to right the ship starting with the Green Bay Packers this week (pray for the Giants). They are in the midst of another late season collapse that could cost Coughlin and lots of players their jobs.

Do yourselves a favor and play like you give a damn over the next few weeks and earn a playoff spot that as of right now you don’t deserve.

Your fans and your coach is sick of this type of performance on the field, when will you all be as well?


The Seahawks Prove Us Wrong

The Seahawks and they're fans didn't have to apologize for making the playoffs at 7-9. However, we owe them an apology for doubting them.

I would like to take this time to make an apology to the Seattle Seahawks. I’m sorry for leaving you for dead before the game was even played.

I’m sorry for thinking that since you went 7-9 in the regular that for some reason that would carry over into the postseason and somehow hinder your play. I forgot that the regular season is the regular season and that the postseason is the postseason.

Let’s be real, no one had the Seahawks making out of the first quarter alive let alone contending in this game. From tv to radio to podcasts everyone had the Seahawks dead before the game was even played. However, it was with good reason, this team was terrible.

They lost all nine of their games by fifteen or more points, they ranked in the 20’s in total offense and defense, they won one of the worst divisions in recent memory with a 7-9 record making themo the first team to make the playoffs with a losing record. Of course no one had them picked, why would anyone expect this team to do anything but get destroyed by the defending champs on their home field?

Well apparently the Saints felt the same way and came out flat and let the Seahawks beat them down and send them marching back to New Orleans with an embarrassing loss.

The Saints jumped out to an early ten point advantage but soon became stagnant on offense and lost their rhythm, a problem that plagued them all year. Seattle took advantage thanks to a steady running game behind Marshawn Lynch and the hot game of Matt Hasselbeck, who overcame an early interception to throw three first half touchdowns and take a 24-20 halftime lead.

What was most shocking was how Seattle’s defensive line pushed around the Saints and were able to get pressure on Drew Brees and throw off his timing. Meanwhile Hasselbeck dominated New Orleans secondary and bludgeoned their pathetic safeties with great throw after great throw. The hip injury that plagued him all year was a non-factor as he looked like the former pro-bowlet that he was.

After his fourth TD toss in the third quarter put Seattle up by two possessions it was clear that the Saints were the weaker team on the field no matter the regular season record. One problem was that the Saints couldn’t run the ball at all (side note: if there wasn’t a more clear case that Reggie Bush needs to be cut then this was it. Bush is too soft to be an every down back in the NFL and lacks the proper instincts. Watching him hobble off of the field was like watching a replay of his time in the league. He has so much talent but just isn’t an NFL player and probably never will be. Looking back at that draft it seems like it was all hype and no results come to think of it. Look at Matt Leinart and Vince Young with Bush, they were the headliners the college stars that were going to be superstars and all of them have become bums. As bad as the Texans underachieve do you think they are happy with taking Mario Williams and not any of those three? I think so.), another problem was that there defense got totally man-handeled by a young and inexperienced Seattle offensive line. Left tackle Russell Okung held Will Smith in check from start to finish and the lSaints showed no real urgency to stop the Seahawks until the fourth quarter when Brees and company finally showed some life.

They'll be replaying the Marshawn Lynch run for years in Seattle.

After two scores and with their defense hanging on for their lives, the offense took the field with less than five minutes left and in dire need of first downs. Enter Lynch who was a cast-off of the Buffalo Bills and had been largely ineffective during his time in Seattle. Lynch picked up a first down on his first two carries of the drive and then reeled off one of the best runs in NFL history.

He burst through the o-line and ran through eight defenders in a wave of stiff arms, cuts and fakes en route to a 67 yard touchdown run that put Seattle up 41-30 and virtually sealed the game.

Once again the Seahawks beat up the Saints line and pushed them back to the Bayou and pushed themselves into the second round.

Stunning and jubilant all in one.

So now what do we do. Do we dare count them out or push them to the side? Uh, no. This is the playoffs and anything can happen, just ask the New Orleans Saints.

This 41-36 victory is further proof that nothing is ever certain and why games are played on the field because you never know what could happen. Like a 7-9 eleven point underdog beating the defending Super Bowl Champs in front of the loudest crowd in the league. No one saw it coming but that’s why you play the game, because you never know.

I think we all owe the Seahaeks an apology for that one.


The NFC Is Just As Good As The AFC

Matt Ryan and the Falcons might be the team to beat... in the NFL.

Maybe we should start rethinking this whole AFC is better than the NFC thing.

Think about it. A few weeks ago the top 5 on the NFL all hailed from the AFC. The Ravens, Steelers, Jets, Pats and Colts were all in our top 5 in some order with the Titans and Dolphins in the mix as well.

The Falcons, Packers and Bears were all after thoughts and the Giants, Eagles and Saints we we were iffy about. Now? Who wouldn’t take the Falcons and Bears over the Jets or Ravens?

After Sunday it’s become clear that the power in the NFL is just as big in the NFC as it is in the NFC. The Falcons sit atop the league at 9-2 in a loaded division with the Saints at 8-3 and the surprising, yet well playing, Buccaneers at 7-4 and they each play again in the last five weeks. With the Saints hard charging and the Bucs getting tougher with each week, the Falcons have no room to breathe easy.

However neither does the rest of the conference. With Matt Ryan behind center the Falcons have lost only one game at home in his two plus years in Atlanta… once. If the road to the Super Bowl does run through Atlanta then we should just pencil the Falcons in right now.

Problem is that they haven’t played the Bears and that rejuvenated defense that is playing like it’s 1986. Julius Peppers and company have a overshadowed a terrible offensive line that hasn’t gotten better. Yet it doesn’t matter. What they did to Mike Vick and the Eagles attack was mind bending. Four sacks, a pick that was Vick’s first all year and shutting down LeSean McCoy in a dominant performance that may finally have skeptics believing that the Bears are really good.

The Bears defense has turned them into a contender

Also, Jay Cutler is playing efficient, smart football… yeah, I just wrote that. He’s finally realizing that he doesn’t always have to go for home runs on every play. He threw for four touchdowns yesterday with no picks and no bad passes. His steady play gave Chicago’s defense room to be as aggressive as it was without having to worry about his mistake-prone ways.

They have a date at the end of the season with the Green Bay Packers who seem to have righted the ship after an early rough start due to a rash of injuries.

Aaron Rodgers is playing like the best QB in the league and that 3-4 defense les by Clay Matthews is looking like one of the league’s best heading into the home stretch.

The Packers hold pressing wins over Philadelphia and New York and go on the road to Boston to take on the Patriots in late November. Despite the loss on Sunday to Atlanta the Packers are still in great position to get a nber two seed in the NFC and a central division title.

The normally strong NFC East will come down to two enigmatic yet dangerous teams in The Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants.

The Eagles have looked in good in spurts, dominating Indianapolis, Atlanta and the Giants while looking terrible versus Tennessee, Chicago and Washington.

The offense has become the strong point of the team with the big play capabilities of Jeremy Maclin an DeSean Jackson and Mike Vick is an MVP front runner. The problem lies with their game to game consistency.

After destroying Washington on Monday night they almost let the Giants win a game that the Eagles should’ve won by 14 and then came the Chicago game where the Bears physically dominated them for four quarters and left the Eagles scratching their heads.

As good as they’ve been the Eagles need to put together consecutive good efforts if they want to go further than just a NFC East title.

Then there’s the 7-4 Giants who at one point were considered the best team in the NFC before injuries and the annual second half swoon kicked in. As good as they’ve looked the main issue for the Giants is turnovers… and lots if them.

They lead the league with 30 on he season which has overshadowed top 5 offensive and defensive units which have played outstanding throughout the season putting up points and getting to the quarterback (occasionally injuring them. They also lead the league with 5 injured QB’s at their hands.)

Unfortunaely that’s 7 well qualified teams for only 5 open spots (thank you pitiful NFC West). The race for the last two spots in the conference should be exciting as every team plays against each other in some fashion with Giants facing the Packers and Eagles, the Packers against the Bears and the Saints, Bucs and Falcons all with a game left against each other. It makes for some very exciting football down the stretch as the beat are goin against the best in the last 5 weeks.

Don’t sleep on the AFC however. This weekend the two main attractions in he league are on Sunday and Monday night as the Steelers go to Baltimore to face the Ravens and the Jets head to Gillette Stadium to play the Pats. Those two games should begin to decide the seeding in the AFC which seems to have its top 2 set with along the wildcard with the South and West a mess and seemingly non important.

However the rest of the season belongs to the NFC. The most intriguing and exciting teams and games will feature the conference that we all saw as an afterthought but might be the ultimate power in the league.

After ten weeks we thought we has the league all figured out. The AFC was the king and should’ve rolled to another Super Bowl victory. Then Tennessee fell off Baltimore, Jacksonville and the Jets fell to the best in the NFC in their stadiums and here we are wrong as ever. Hey it happens, I mean I did pick the Bengals to win the Super Bowl.


Thank You Cincinnati… For Nothing

You got some 'splanin to do Marvin.

I would like to send a thank you note to the Cincinnati Bengals. Thank you for making me look like a complete idiot. Thanks for making me believe that you guys would actually contend for a Super Bowl and that you were the team to beat in the AFC. Thanks for once again giving me and your fans a false sense of hope after an active off-season which made your offense look like an all-star team waiting to explode even though you have a mediocre quarterback (note to the reader: I KNEW CARSON PALMER WAS OVERRATED AND EVEN SAID IT AND STILL PICKED THE BENGALS TO WIN THE SUPER BOWL!!! UUUUGGGHHH!!!)

Thanks for roping me in at the end of last year with that supposed great defense that was top 15 in the NFL and that was without Antwan Odom who got injured in the middle of the year while leading the league in sacks. If you saw Sunday’s game versus Atlanta then you would realized that even if they had Lamar Odom they still would be a horrible defense.

Save for a great play by Adam Jones (the artist formally known as Pac-man) the defense got gutted by a potent Falcons offense that rebounded after a tough road loss in Philadelphia. Roddy White shredded the Cincy secondary for 201 yards and Michael Turner ran all over the front 7 to the tune of 121 yards. The defense couldn’t stop the Falcons attack from the jump as Atlanta built a 24-3 lead at the half  then eventually withstood a roaring charge by the Bengals offense to win 39-32. In all honesty, Marvin Lewis’s defensive background has done him no justice in Cincinnati. The man that helmed the Baltimore Ravens dominating defense has not been able to replicate that success in Cincy.

The Bengals have never been ranked in the top ten in total defense during Lewis’s tenure even with high draft picks that they have used for seemingly talented players like Jonathan Joseph, Leon Hall and Ray Maleluga. They can’t get any pressure on the quarterback and have been shredded time and time again.

However, a special shout-out goes to the Cincinnati offense and the aforementioned Carson Palmer. Thanks for making believe that Terrell Owens was the missing piece to your offense (though he has been spectacular). It doesn’t hide the fact that your quarterback is terrible.

Forget the gaudy stats for a minute, Carson Palmer is not an elite quarterback, nor should he be the starter in Cincy after this year. His inconsistent play mixed in with horrible passes have killed the Bengals offensive production all year long. It’s forcing them to be a pass happy team when they really need to feed Cedric Benson like a rabid wolverine. At this point I’m actually waiting for T.O. and Ocho to raise hell and turn on Palmer in an instant.

Roddy White had a field day against the Cincinnati secondary.

If the Bengals have any shot of making a playoff run then it has to begin next week at home versus Miami. The Bengals have to get Benson 25 touches and limit Palmer’s throws. They have to stop the run game of Miami which seems like an impossible task with the number 22 ranked run defense in the league. They have to slow down Brandon Marshall who after a non effective day versus the Steelers yesterday is licking his chops to get at the same secondary that let White go off yesterday. They have to do something to resemble the Super Bowl contender that they were supposed to be, and they have to do it quick.

They trail Pittsburgh by 3 games and still have them twice in the next month, not to mention Baltimore again, New Orleans, Indianapolis and the Jets. That’s 6 potential in-season playoff games that may make or break them.

Matter of fact, I’m changing my mind they won’t turn it around, they’re done. The Bengals will finish 8-8 and begin to rebuild again, a sound far too familiar in the Queen City. The Bengals fooled all of us with their hopes and dreams hiding the inconsistencies and lack of production in areas that now hinder them. I knew this… yet I still picked them to win it all. I don’t know what’s worse the way their playing or me picking them to win it all. Never again.

Special shout-out also goes to these teams for making me look bad:

-San Francisco 1-6. I picked them to win the NFC West, they lost to the worst team in the league after leading by ten. I love Mike Singletary but he may be shown the door at season’s end.

-New Orleans 4-3. Ladies and Gentlemen, the Madden Curse has found Drew Brees. Four picks against the Browns?… THE BROWNS?!

-Minnesota 2-4. Favre should’ve never left his tractor and he knows it. If you saw him after the game on Sunday night then you saw a beaten man who didn’t want to take anymore. He’s a walking Roberto Duran. Unfortunately for him there is still 10 weeks to go.