The Gase-Tannehill relationship is just starting to yield results (Credit: Eric Espada/Getty Images)
– Jim Bearor
Ugly animals don’t get screen time on Sarah McLachlan commercials, and you don’t see a lot about the Miami Dolphins on SportsCenter. Tony Romo thinks football is a meritocracy and I agree with him, but sometimes it isn’t covered as such. The Kansas City Chiefs don’t move the needle like the Dallas Cowboys do, and cute golden retrievers get more people to pick up their phone and donate to the ASPCA than some mangy one-eyed mutt.
I’m not suggesting we need more clips of ugly dogs or Chiefs highlights, but once in a while, it’s cool to acknowledge their existence. So in this article, I’m going to give some love to teams who get glossed over. These five squads might not be sexy but they’re worth keeping a tab on, because right now they’re doing a decent job of dancing in the dark, and I’m interested to see what they look like when the lights come on in the playoffs. Continue reading
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– Jim Bearor
Yes, Eli screwed up. Yes, Eli deserves a pass. I’m not going to defend him, because your opinion on Eli is what it is. He is who he is. He’s a leader, a champion, and occasionally the guy who throws a boneheaded interception to cost the Giants the game. Sunday was one of those occasions, and my rationalization of him didn’t make the ending suck any less. Continue reading
LeSean McCoy and the Buffalo Bills ran amok in Sunday’s home thrashing of the Arizona Cardinals (Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY)
– Bill Annechino
With another great football Sunday in the books (and the first official football Sunday of fall!), let’s take a run through the league and see what stood out. Continue reading
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Kirk Cousins and an 0-2 Washington team will head into the Meadowlands on Sunday, and their hopes of defending their NFC East title already is kinda sorta in the balance. It’s a long season, but a loss here would put them three games behind the Giants with an 0-2 divisional record. Big Blue has an opportunity to start 3-0 for the first time since 2009, or they’ll fall back to the pack and restore disorder to the NFC East. This is one of those games that only gains importance in the months after it’s played. But even just looking at it in the scope of the 2-3 Week old season, this is a big deal. Continue reading
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Who’s the real culprit for the Bills problems? Is GM Doug Whaley to blame? (Getty Images)
Jets @ Bills (Thursday):
So, by now everyone knows that the Bills’ insanely reactionary answer to Thursday night’s embarrassment was to fire offensive coordinator Greg Roman. Many people have also (correctly) pointed out that it wasn’t Greg Roman’s offense that gave up 37 points and 500 yards. I’ve seen various reactions from the Bills’ Mafia calling for Rob or Rex Ryan’s head, but that really misses the bigger point: Doug Whaley is the worst GM in football. Continue reading
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– Jim Bearor
Over the past couple months, I’ve been ingesting more than the standard dosage of NFL, and the side effects seem relatively mild so I don’t plan on cutting back anytime soon. My mind is usually all over the place anyway, but lately I’ve caught myself making ridiculous connections between things totally unrelated to football, and whatever player, team, or situation could be analogous to the subject at hand. I’m zoning out in the middle of conversations and wondering if I’m crazy for thinking the Broncos won’t make the playoffs, or if my expectations are too high for this whole RGIII renaissance. I’m reading articles, sifting through stats, and listening to podcasts whenever I can afford to – and sometimes even when I can’t – but this is all stuff I can live with. Football is life right now, that’s just the way it is. There are teams and players I’m more familiar with than others, but for the most part, I feel like I’ve got a solid grasp of the league in its current standing. That being said, the longer I spend trying to wrap my head around the NFC East – the division my beloved Giants call home – the less confident I am in my understanding of it.
~ Jim Bearor
It’s week 17 and the cream has risen to the top in the NFC. Unlike the AFC, which is made up of Tom Brady and five regular dudes, the NFC field has a “big three” that separate themselves from the others. The Cardinals, the Seahawks and the Panthers are the best teams in the NFC, and there’s a clear drop off after them.