Archive for September, 2010


Week 3 NFL Wrap-up

Yes, I realize I’m a day later than last week and I’m sure you were all waiting on pins and needles for my post…talk to Third Base – they scheduled me a double yesterday. Either way, now you get a bonus write-up of Monday night’s game as well. I will start off this post by saying that the “jersey curse” is still holding strong. For the last three weeks of football, the team whose jersey I have worn to work has lost. Case in point:

1. Week 1 Sunday – DeMarcus Ware – Dallas Cowboys – Cowboys lose to Redskins, DeMarcus Ware gets a stinger in his neck.

2. Week 1 Monday – Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – Chargers lose to Chiefs, Rivers has a breakdown on the field.

3. Week 2 Sunday – Vince Young – Tennessee Titans – Titans lose to Steelers, Young gets benched.

4. Week 3 Sunday – Houston Texans (You better believe I did this on purpose!) – Texans LOSE to Cowboys!!!!

So yes, jersey curse lives on and I am a happy girl because my Cowboys finally showed up to play some football on Sunday.

COWBOYS over TEXANS – This game at least got me an edge in my pick ’em league. Not many had faith that the ‘Boys would beat the Texans who looked strong in weeks 1 & 2. I had a feeling it was time for the team to show up. And show up they did. 4 sacks (2 by my fave DeMarcus Ware), and some explosive offense, including a coming out party (FINALLY!) for former Longhorn Roy Williams. This is the Cowboys team that experts were predicting to go to the Super Bowl…let’s hope they stick around for awhile.

TITANS over GIANTS – The Titans don’t ask a lot of Vince Young when they are playing their game, just not to make errors – Chris Johnson runs and the defense forces turnovers. That is exactly the game they played Sunday and it worked. Giants were an absolute mess with three turnovers, two missed field goals and five personal fouls. Coughlin has got to get his team under control if they want to turn this season around.

BENGALS over PANTHERS – Despite the lopsided score, this was definitely not a pretty game for the Bengals. Palmer had two interceptions and Benson a fumble for the winning team, but Clausen just could not get it together for the Panthers, committing four turnovers himself. Of note in this game, Cincinnati has a trio of great receivers. For the third week in a row, Jordan Shipley has been hanging right with the second receiver, be it Chad Ochocinco or Terrell Owens in stats. This week he had 3 catches for 37 yards, including a long of 22 (3  more yards than Ochocinco).

STEELERS over BUCCANEERS – The Steelers are way better than many thought they would be without their starting or even backup quarterback. In his first start in three years, 35-year old Charlie Batch took the black and gold to a romping over the Bucs this week. Batch had 186 yards and 3 touchdowns and actually made the Steelers look like more than just a great defensive team. I just don’t think the Steelers can win another Super Bowl though…Seven-burgh just doesn’t have quite the same ring.

PATRIOTS over BILLS – The Bills were hoping for a spark by switching up their quarterback this week and they definitely got it. The change was not enough to best the Pats, but Ryan Fitzpatrick had a pretty darn good game. This one was a shootout that I think the Bills might have won were it not for a few costly errors and the fact that they couldn’t convert in the red zone and had to settle for field goals on three first-half possessions. Looks like the Bills liked what they saw Sunday though, as they cut Trent Edwards yesterday.

CHIEFS over 49ers – Alright, alright. I said last week I still wasn’t sold on Matt Cassel and he looked great this week. Surprisingly, the Chiefs are now 3-0 and Cassel is leading the team to their success; this week with 3 touchdowns, including an awesome fake play and a 45-yard bomb to Dwayne Bowe, who my fantasy team thanks for finally showing up this season. 49ers just could not get it together offensively and as a result fired their offensive coordinator on Monday.

RAVENS over BROWNS – Joe Flacco came out and hushed the Ravens doubters, returning to form with 3 touchdowns to Ravens off-season pick up Anquan Boldin. Boldin proved the Cardinals were crazy for letting him go and the Ravens offense made up for their slacking defense who let Browns’ Peyton Hillis to have a career rushing day, didn’t force a turnover and allowed their first touchdown of the season.

VIKINGS over LIONS – Brett Favre really needs to retire…again. He is looking less and less like he can keep up with the pace of the game. Despite the win on Sunday, he looked awful, throwing two interceptions and taking several hard hits. Star running back Adrian Peterson carried the Vikes on his shoulders with a little help from a defense that held Lions’ Jahvid Best to only 26 yards.

FALCONS over SAINTS – Saints fans now know how Cowboys fans felt in Week 1 – You think you have a win, but then, NO! That blocked field goal didn’t count because your coach called a time out. This is one instance where trying to ice the kicker really backfired on the Saints. I’m wondering if all of the good kickers went off to play soccer or something. It seems a lot of good teams that have had historically consistent kickers (see Raiders later) have been having big issues this year. Kickers can win or lose games for you. I think some of them need to start practicing. Both of these teams definitely came out gun-slinging on Sunday and Brees and Ryan looked sharp. The Saints running game was lacking though and certainly had analysts kicking around the words “Super Bowl hangover” on Sunday night. My take? They are still 2-1 and this was far from a blowout.

RAMS over REDSKINS – Oh boy. Skins faithful are turning on McNabb already…didn’t see that one coming. Despite their highest rushing numbers of the season, the Skins had problems converting on third down and their defense wasn’t strong enough to stop the Rams, even without Steven Jackson. Lots of people saying Sam Bradford is the next Peyton Manning after this one. It’s going to take a lot more than a win over the Skins to impress me. He put up decent numbers this week, but face it, the guys from OU, I’m not convinced..yet. #Hookem

EAGLES over JAGUARS – Michael Vick for MVP?! The talk has already begun. Hold on guys, it’s week 3…and the Eagles beat the Jags..Really? Yes, Vick looked great this week and made Andy Reid look like a genius for making him the starter, but let’s see a real test before we start anointing Vick “the great one” this season. However, this is definitely the Michael Vick that I was really excited about coming out of VTech. Say what you will about his choices off the field, the guy is a baller.

COLTS over BRONCOS – Peyton. Peyton. Peyton. All day long. Even though Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton had a career-best day, it wasn’t enough to stop the rolling offense of Manning and company (insert whatever receiver shows up here). The Colts defense stopped the Broncos touchdown attempts five times in the red zone.

CARDINALS over RAIDERS – Ugh. Janikowski killed the Raiders in this game with three missed field goals. Is he getting too old or did he just go out and party too hard last night? Get it together kicker. The Raiders need all the help they can get. Neither team looked really good on offense, but Gradkowski threw for more than double the yards Anderson did, giving the Raiders a chance to win it.

SEAHAWKS over CHARGERS – I’m definitely never wearing my Philip Rivers jersey again. The kid threw for 455 yards on Sunday – unbelievable. However, Leon Washington had an amazing day with two monster kickoff returns putting the Seahawks up over the Chargers to end it.

JETS over DOLPHINS – My pick for game of the week this week. Great Sunday night game, although Miami’s bright orange unis were blinding. Explosive offense, with some amazing catches by Braylon Edwards and Brandon Marshall; some key defensive plays and solid quarterbacking by both Sanchez and Henne made this an exciting one to watch. Still my pick for toughest division of the year right here.

BEARS over PACKERS – I will be honest on this one. Was absolutely rooting for the Pack to win this one until I was exposed to some of the loudest, most obnoxious Packers fans ever last night. Everything the ref called was wrong apparently and the Packers should have definitely won that game. I saw it differently. The Packers played sloppy, their awesome defense led by Clay Matthews played ugly and their offense was far from sharp last night. The Bears are now the only 3-0 team in the NFC and are making their hometown Chicago proud. Hopefully they can avoid the Chicago curse and not let those fans down in a couple of weeks, but we shall see.

Monday Morning Quarterback – Week 2

I was planning to do this post last week as well, but honestly was so bummed about the Cowboys debacle of a game on Sunday night that I had to put the post on hold. After the Cowboys second loss yesterday, I have resigned myself to the fact that it just might not be our year and the show must go on. So here goes….my quickie wrap-up of the NFL week 2.

PACKERS over BILLS – Don’t think this outcome was a surprise to anyone. Aaron Rodgers is starting to really come into his own and look like the QB that is the reason the Pack let Favre go to the Jets. The Packers D is also looking really strong and I expect them to have a solid season if Clay Matthews Jr. and company can stay healthy. The Bills? Oh, the Bills..I hope no one really thought T.O. would be the answer for them last year. They still need a lot more athletes to become contenders. Today they announced that Fitzpatrick would be their starter for next weeks game against the Patriots.

DOLPHINS over VIKINGS – I personally loved this game. If you know me, you know my opinion of Brett Favre and how I think he should have just hung up his sneakers with Green Bay. All hatred aside for the Vikes, I have always had a soft spot for the Dolphins. Maybe it’s their far-from-intimidating teal and orange team colors, or the fact that they have my favorite dread-locked running back? Either way, it was good to see them win this one and I don’t think the Pats and Jets will have this division locked up as tight as some may think.

CHIEFS over BROWNS – Just barely. After the Chiefs’ Monday night performance last week, I think everyone expected more. I’m still not sold on Cassel as a premier quarterback.

BEARS over COWBOYS – Wow. Just wow. I am a fan and always have been, but I really want to know what anyone was thinking picking the Dallas Cowboys to go to the Super Bowl this year. It looks like they just can not get it together on offense this season and they clearly still have big problems at kicker (can we pick up a soccer player?). On the flip side, glad to see that Jay Cutler got to have a coming out party this weekend with 3 touchdowns. I think he’s a better quarterback than he’s looked since he has been with the Bears. Cowboys need to make some changes quick to salvage the season – next week at the Texans would be a good time to start that comeback.

FALCONS over CARDINALS – Who would have thought that getting rid of Matt Leinhart would have made the Cardinals worse? Kidding aside, Anderson is no Kurt Warner, Fitzgerald is still not looking 100% and the Falcons just ran all over the Cards defense. Even with injuries to their top backs, Atlanta’s Jason Snelling came in and got the job done for the Falcons. Pick him up for your fantasy league if someone hasn’t already scooped the guy.

BUCCANEERS over PANTHERS – Lots of talk about concussions this week. Matt Moore started for the Panthers, but was benched in the 4th quarter in favor of rookie Jimmy Clausen. Panthers made a lot of errors and the Bucs capitalized on their opportunities. Nice start for Tampa Bay.

EAGLES over LIONS – Oh how I love a good quarterback controversy!! Despite the fact that Kevin Kolb has been named the starter, Michael Vick showed this week that he can lead this Eagles team to victory. In my opinion, Kolb has failed to really impress and Vick’s stats do show signs of the talent everyone knew he had coming out of college. It will be interesting to see how this quarterback battle plays out over the season. In other news, the Lions, even without Stafford, are no longer awful.

BENGALS over RAVENS – Despite the fact that the Bengals have arguably one of the best 3-receiver groups in the league (and yes, I do count Shipley among that trio – he had only 2 yards less than Ochocinco this week), this game was all about defense. Ravens errors led to this Bengals win, specifically four interceptions by Joe Flacco…ouch. Even the Flacco faithful are calling for Marc Bulger to get a chance at the helm.

STEELERS over TITANS – Another game won by the defense. The Steelers managed to pull this victory off even without the help of their backup-starting quarterback Dennis Dixon. Biggest misstep in this game in my opinion though? Pulling Vince Young in favor of Kerry Collins. Vince is known for his ability to come back from tough games and to me this just showed that the team still does not have faith in him as their starter. Collins did not fare better, as his first series was ended by an interception.

BRONCOS over SEAHAWKS – This was not the Tim Tebow show…Kyle Orton all day long over the Seahawks. There is a reason the Broncos picked him up from the Bears. If he keeps playing like this, I doubt we will see as much of Tebow as we will his #1 selling (STILL!!) NFL jersey.

TEXANS over REDSKINS – This was definitely my pick for game of the week. Not only was I happy to see a division rival lose, it is good to see the Texans finally getting it together. I feel like the franchise has had so many things go wrong – pretty face David Carr never lived up to expectations behind a horrible offensive line, the team was severely criticized for their draft pick of Mario Williams (who has turned out to be an excellent pickup), sigh. And FINALLY icing the kicker worked! Go Texans..but please lose next week.

JETS over PATRIOTS – Although Randy Moss won the “I’m justifying my high-dollar contract” battle over Darrelle Revis in this one (that one-handed catch = cha-ching!), the Jets came out on top and Mark Sanchez started looking like the quarterback the Jets thought he was when they drafted him. Hoping this 3 touchdown outing shows the Ravens defense is just that good last week, rather than the Jets offense is awful.

CHARGERS over JETS – Hooray Philip Rivers! My fantasy quarterback had the kind of day he needs to have every week, racking up 3 touchdowns and 334 passing yards. Ryan Mathews is still not looking like the first-round draft pick the Chargers wanted, as he left the game early with a leg injury and also fumbled for his second straight week. Antonio Gates is still proving that with a great tight end you don’t need a big receiver (Vincent Jackson, you paying attention?).  On the other hand, the Jags are just BAD. Garrard was picked off four times by three different defensemen…ugh.

COLTS over GIANTS – Peyton is the better Manning quarterback.  The end.

Tonight’s game is Saints vs 49ers and I’m in San Francisco!! How did I miss this fact?!?! Oh, I’m wearing a Saints t-shirt and watching the game with a bunch of 49ers fans tonight apparently. Hilarity ensues.

I love NFL football. The weekly anticipation for games, the trash talk, the fantasy leagues, but most of all, I love me some Pick ‘Em. Just straight-up, win/loss record, no points or goofy rankings.  Simply, “Do you know your stuff?”  Of course, the thrill of the season always has some upsets and stunners, but that’s what makes it exciting.  So, how well do you trust your instincts?  Enough to beat me?  If you think you have what it takes, join my Pick ‘Em League.  It is $20 to play – all fees must be paid in person or via PayPal (jdfaught@gmail.com) by September 15th to be eligible for the cash prizes.  First pick must be made one hour prior to Thursday night’s kickoff in New Orleans.  Sign up here. The password is: texasstars

In Austin, Texas, football season starts FOR REAL this Saturday.  The Texas Longhorns open up their season on the road this year against Rice University in Houston. While they are projected to romp all over the Owls and the game should be a cakewalk, that does not mean that anyone is slacking on the tailgating preparations or game day plans. This fall, you will likely find me slinging drinks at Third Base Sports Bar downtown on game days. Football season is our busiest time of the year and it is tons of fun to watch games with a big crowd. I will be decked out in Longhorns gear on Saturdays and an appropriate NFL jersey on Sundays.  I will gladly wear a non-Cowboys jersey if it is provided to me (and it’s not the Eagles, Giants or Redskins) on game day to help support your favorite team – I wear a kid’s medium or woman’s small. If I can ever sneak a Saturday off, I will likely be tailgating with Royal’s Lounge.  My friends at Royal’s sure know how to pre-game (and game…and post-game) – I’ve known these boys since college and their tailgates never disappoint. Rumor has it they have made some improvements to “Champ” this off-season and this year will be rolling out the Sheriff’s Pudge, a new industrial smoker “that’s large enough to cook a Colorado Buffalo on.”

The following week, the NFL will kickoff with a big Thursday night game and then my beloved Dallas Cowboys will face hated rivals, the Washington Redskins on Sunday.  I drafted my fantasy football team last night, well sort of drafted my team. Somehow I was talked into picking up a shift at work and totally forgot I had my draft!  Luckily one of my tables was conducting their draft and I was able to make a couple of picks for my team. I ended up with QB – Phillip Rivers, Matthew Stafford, RB – Michael Turner, Ryan Mathews, Pierre Thomas, WR – Chad Ochocinco, Dez Bryant, Bernard Berrian, Derrick Mason, Dwayne Bowe, TE – Chris Cooley, K – Nate Kaeding, Defense – Baltimore, NY Giants. Overall, not too shabby, but will be interested to see if the computer did better than my couple of picks in Phillip Rivers and Baltimore D.

Lastly, I am starting a Pick ‘Em league. Rules are simple – straight up pick win/loss every week, one point for every game you get right except Monday night, which is worth 2 points, $20 per player, winning pot is determined by the number of players.  If you are interested, email me at txstarsgirl at gmail. All are welcome to play…this should be fun! If we get enough players, I will also throw in some random prizes throughout the season to keep it interesting. Can’t wait!!