Thursday, October 25, 2012
Behind The Scoreboard
If you all noticed going into week number seven, there were ties (3-3) among all the teams in the AFC East. How cool is that?
Of course, in this area you are not going to find a buckboard load of fans who embrace these particular teams. Although you just might have some unidentified person yell “Patriots” across a parking lot. The vast majority of the football lovers around these parts still cling to America’s team, the Dallas Cowboys. However, this season yours truly has noticed a lot more San Francisco 49ers flags flying from automobiles.
Of the tied leaders in the AFC East, Miami was off this week, so their record will be intact for another week. The Jets and the Patriots found themselves locked in a mortal battle for supremacy. It was a donnybrook and it drew a plethora of comments from disgruntled Jets fans on Monday, mostly panning Mark Sanchez and Rex Ryan (quarterback and coach). Most of the comments were not complimentary. The Patriots prevailed and moved ahead in the East. The fourth team in that front leading four, the Buffalo Bills took their weekend foe from the AFC South, the Tennessee Titans. The Titans were only 2-4 prior to the game but outlasted the Bills 35-34.
The last unbeaten team in the NFL also had week seven off. The high-flying Atlanta Falcons ran their skein to 6-0 with their victory over the struggling Raiders. Perhaps not a true test for the Falcons since Oakland was 1-3 at the time of the meeting. The exam room might be a bit more stifling for Atlanta on the 28th when they fly into Philadelphia to take on the Eagles (also idle on week seven). Their record in the NFC East is 3-3.
My favs, the Detroit Lions, were also on break on Sunday, having been matched against the Chicago Bears on Monday night. The Bears and the Lions are in the same division (South) in the NFC. The former leads the division and the latter holds down the cellar spot. These two have such a stellar competitive history, they always evoke the wonderful memories of watching them do battle with a basement full of fanatics in North Dakota. We were not really Bears/Lions fans per se; we just loved to see them play.
And yours truly is not making a big deal of this, but the old carousel is ginning already. The general manager of the Carolina Panthers was canned on Monday morning. After the Panthers were stopped by the Cowboys on Sunday, Cam Newton called out his team. He stated that he (Newton) was going to put up a suggestion box. Don’t know if one of the suggestions was to release Marty Hearney.
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