The Cowboys' 21-7 victory over the Panthers Monday night put the finishing touches on another wildly entertaining weekend of football. Fans were treated to memorable performances and dramatic finishes, as well as a few flame outs and meltdowns.
It’s never okay to kick a man when he’s down, unless that man collects millions of dollars while making a fool of himself on national TV.
Jake Delhomme looked terrific in marching the Panthers 90 yards down the field late in the first half. Unfortunately, he looked awful on their other nine possessions. He underthrew Muhsin Muhammad twice on deep balls. The first was intercepted. The second led to a drive-killing offensive pass interference call.
While Steve Smith was the culprit on Delhomme’s second pick, it appears Jake has lost his mojo. Once an energetic and fiery competitor who inspired his teammates by example, he now appears tentative, confused, and frustrated. Both his throwing arm and his approach to the game have lost their sizzle.
Head coach John Fox, offensive coordinator Jeff Davidson, and anyone else involved with the play-calling, deserve credit for the second half goose egg the Panthers laid. Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams combined for 14 rushing attempts all night. Jake Delhomme threw 33 passes. The game was competitive and low scoring.
Panthers fans are scratching their collective heads.
Brett Favre turns 40 in two weeks, but he decided to celebrate his birthday a little early. His last second, 50 yard bullet to Greg Lewis gave the Vikings a 27-24 victory over the visiting 49ers.
The surprisingly reliable Favre has his Vikings at 3-0 and has just one turnover on the year.
Many wondered if Favre would be capable of winning games for the Vikings with his arm, as opposed to just handing it off to the best running back in the world 30 times a contest.
Favre proved Sunday he still has a little gas in the tank.
However, if Vikings Coach Brad Childress hopes to have a healthy Favre leading them to the Superbowl in four months, he might want to tone down the play calling.
Forty-six pass attempt for Favre and 19 rushes for Adrian Peterson is the perfect formula to produce a broken down, 40 year old QB leading a spectacular December nose dive.
Childress would be wise to flip the script immediately. The Green Bay Packers, the Vikings' opponent on Monday night, have forced seven interceptions, but are allowing nearly 130 yards a game on the ground.
On Sunday night, Arizona speedster Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie graciously acted out a defensive back’s worst nightmare in just one quarter. The Cardinals led the Colts 3-0 after 15 minutes. In the second quarter, Rodgers-Cromartie stole the show.
First, his blown coverage allowed Reggie Wayne to make a graceful one handed TD catch.
Young Colts receiver Pierre Garcon took over from there.
Garcon literally ran over Rodgers-Cromartie after one reception, picking up an additional ten yards and leaving the would-be tackler behind. Later, he burned the inexplicably over confident CB for a 53 yard score.
The Patriots defeated the Falcons on Sunday, 26-10. After another early drive fizzled near the endzone, Tom Brady threw a hissy fit. Brady’s in game behavior the last two weeks has proven once again: Just because you are a jerk, doesn’t mean you can’t marry a beautiful woman.
The Lions finally won on Sunday, thanks in part to the Redskins' inability to score one yard TDs. For the second consecutive week, Clinton Portis was stopped on fourth-and-goal. Offensive “wizard” Jim Zorn appears to be a play calling muggle.
Last week after a Browns' practice, rookie Coye Francies took exception to some “friendly” hazing, producing a brief, chaotic locker room skirmish. Once the dust settled, star wideout Braylon Edwards shouted, “Welcome to the Browns’ locker room!”
That embarrassing incident, combined with a dreadful performance against the Ravens on Sunday, has led to a pronounced spike in paper bag distribution in the Cleveland area.
Under Eric Mangini, the Cleveland Browns have officially taken on the dubious title of the NFL’s worst team.
Mangini’s old team, the New York Jets, is off to a 3-0 start, led by affable rookie Mark Sanchez. The Jets' 24-17 victory over the Titans on Sunday was aided greatly by Tennessee special teamer Ryan Mouton’s pair of fumbles and Kerry Collins’ thirteen consecutive incompletions.
Speaking of not catching passes, Buffalo’s Terrell Owens saw his streak of 185 consecutive games with a catch come to an end Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.
Adding insult to injury, the Bills dropped the contest, 27-7, and Owens had to endure being repeatedly goaded by the media’s attempts to provoke a trademark T.O. post game-diva meltdown. For now, Owens is maintaining his composure.
At some point a franchise becomes so pathetic; it is no longer funny to mock them.
On a related note, Oakland QB JaMarcus Russell threw for 61 yards and two interceptions in a 23-3 loss to the Denver Broncos. Seventh overall pick Darrius Heyward-Bey has one catch in three games.
Finally, first year Seattle Seahawks head coach Jim Mora Jr. takes the cake for his despicable post game remarks. Following his team’s 25-19 home defeat to the Chicago Bears, Mora blamed the loss on the kicker. Like a playground bully picking on the smallest kid in the sand box, Mora puffed out his chest, shook his head, and called Olindo Mare’s 4 for 6 kicking performance, “Not acceptable.”
All of the following information was conspicuously omitted from Mora’s classless finger pointing: two turnovers, a failure to reach the endzone on 11 of 12 drives, coughing up a 13 point lead, and the defensive breakdown and poor tackling that led to Devin Hester’s game winning TD.
Unlike the head coach, scapegoat Olindo Mare took responsibility for HIS OWN actions, admitting HIS contribution to the result the TEAM earned.
Mora and Mare will be among the many players and coaches seeking to pick themselves up and erase regrettable week three performances going forward.