Week #8 of the NFL Season provided more than it’s share of story lines and highlights. First of all…Did I read the Box Score correctly? Did my eyes truly see what my brain dictates? Any fan of the NFL has to know where I am going with this. Yesterday we not only witnessed history, but we also witnessed what is referred to as “MEGATRON.” The Dallas Cowboys-Detroit Lions Game from yesterday will be an instant classic forever. First of all, it was amazing enough to witness Calvin Johnson haul in Fourteen Passes for 329 RECEIVING YARDS. By the way, his 329 Yards was the second highest single game total to the Ram’s Flipper Anderson’s 336 Yards, and that game went to overtime. But what made yesterday’s game even more impressive was the circumstances, the pre game drama/hype, Dez Bryant’s circus act on the sideline, the Cowboy’s almost near win, and the last minute comeback that was lead by the Lion’s Matt Stafford.
Calvin’s 14th Reception was indiciative of the way the entire game went. Calvin began the day with an 87 Yard Reception. He had six catches of over 20 Yards on the day. He only scored one touchdown but barely missed two more. He lost a fumble while going in the end zone and also was tackled at the one on the last drive, before Quarterback Matt Stafford punched in the winning touchdown on the ground, with fourteen seconds left. Pretty ironic eh…14 Receptions for Calvin Johnson and the Game Winning Touchdown was scored with fourteen seconds left…just saying. On the day, Johnson single handedly had more yards on offense than Dallas, Washington, Minnesota, Miami, New England, New York Giants and Jets, Philly, Jacksonville, Pittsburgh, Oakland, Atlanta, Carolina and Tampa Bay had all day. He also had more receiving yards than all but three quarterbacks had passing (Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, and Matt Stafford…his own lol.) Finally, take note that this was Johnson’s Sixth 200 Yard Receiving Game in only his past 27 Games. The Great Randy Moss only had ONE 200 yard game ever in fifteen years! There have only been four receivers to ever eclipse 300 Yards Receiving and two of them are Johnson and Anderson.
I hate to focus on this one game, but its hard not to after watching history. The Cowboys came into the game leading the NFC least and would go two games up on Philly with a win. We will get to Philly next. Dez Bryant, the Cowboys stud receiver, had yapped earlier in the week that he could do anything Calvin could do. Well, I guess Johnson made hime eat crow. Bryant had an excellent game for any receiver’s standards, over 125 Yards Receiving and two touchdowns. However, Bryant was shown that he is no Decepticon. And Calvin Johnson did all of this without showboating or any other kind of bravado. In contrast, Bryant was observed yelling numerous times at Quarterback Tony Romo, Jason Witten, and the coach. Bryant was carrying on for some reason, I guess he did not like getting upstaged by Johnson after he talked all of that smack. Anyways, Bryant is good but he also had another receiver, Terrance Williams go for 100 Yards and a score, and the Cowboy’s star Tight End Jason Witten was double teamed nearly the entire game, giving Bryant many one on one opportunities. Wow…what a game, they will be talking and writing about this performance for decades.
Ok, 10 in a row. What does that stand for you ask? 10 Straight Home Losses for the Philadelphia Eagles would have been the correct answer. Yes, the Eagles lost their tenth straight home game, which has to even more show how futile this team is right now. Already down Nick Foles with a concussion, Michael Vick left the game in the Second Quarter with another injury. It is not known how long that Vick will be out. However, one thing that is known is that Matt Barclay is nowhere near the Quarterback of the future for this team. The Eagles came into this season with high hopes and expectations after the firing of Andy Reid and the hiring of Chip Kelly. Well, who would have known that Kelly’s Eagles would be 3-5 and sinking fast, while Andy Reids’ Chiefs are 8-0, atop the AFC. Kansas City is trying to go from worst to first. Forget that Andy Reid had to be let go. This has to be stinging Eagles fans to the core, seeing Reid coach a team with a mediocre Quarterback to a perfect record. Well, I have ONE WORD…Defense. The Chiefs have the best and the Eagles have the worst. I do not care how good your offense is, without a Defense you will fail.
Let’s put this in perspective. The last time the Eagles won a game at home was 383 Days ago, when they beat the New York Giants. The last eight Game home losing streak for the Birds was 70 years ago!! As mentioned on Comcast Sports Net in Philly, 142 Million Babies have been born, 35.6 Million Commercial Airlines have flown and landed, Peyton Manning has thrown 49 Touchdowns and the Sixers have made over 518 Three Pointers. Wow. This has gotten ugly. And in case you have not noticed, this team is getting better no time fast. They are going no where on a freight train, this train has totally gone off the track. The Eagles will be lucky to finish .500 this year while the Kansas City Chiefs are on their way to the Playoffs. Playoffs? Are we talking about playoffs? Yes Andy Reid is on the road to victory. As the high flying Eagles have been grounded.
Let’s take a look at some off the other highlights of yesterday pass. Drew Brees threw for 300 Yards and 5 Touchdowns as the Saints rolled to another win to go to 6-1. The 49ers smoked the Jacksonville Jaguars in London. And no, it was not raining this game. The Denver Broncos scored 38 unanswered points as they demolished the Washington Redskins. Peyton Manning once again had 300 yards passing and threw four touchdowns. He even uncharacteristicaly threw 3 Interceptions. The Bengal’s other wide receiver not named AJ Green had four touchdown receptions. Yes thats right…Marvin Jones their third receiver had four scores. Quarterback Andy Dalton had five total touchdown passes, tying a career high. So, last week was the week of injuries and this week was the week of infamy. The Miami Dolphins jumped out to a 17-3 lead against the New England Patriots before crumbling to the ground. They also lost star wideout Brandon Gibson for the season. Man there have been a shit ton of injuries in the past two weeks, especially at wide receiver.
Green Bay smoked the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday Night Football. They actually ran for three scores. Washington lost RG III to an injury once again. The Bronco’s lost star Tight End Julius Thomas to a foot injury, but it was confirmed today that there are no major issues and he should be back. New orleans Saint’s Tight End Jimmy Graham had two touchdowns on one leg. Matt Stafford ran in the game winning score to sink the Cowboys after faking a spike and waltzing into the end zone, a la Dan Marino. The Chiefs remained unbeaten. There were so many incredible moments Sunday, I am sure I have missed some. Frank Gore had two more touchdowns to take the league leading rushing total to eight. Gore is also third in rushing yards.
In conclusion, Sunday was a record setting day for the Detroit Lions. Matt Stafford and Calvin Johnson were a two man wrecking ball. Dez Bryant needs to eat more wheaties because he just got punk’d. And then we had the Baseball Game. For the second night in a row, the World Series ended in a way that had never been saw before. The previous night, the Saint Louis Cardinals had been awarded the win as the winning run was tagged out at home after obstruction by the third baseman. HUH??? Yes, this is actually a rule. And then last night, with one on and no one out, Carlos Beltran (one of the all-time greatest post season hitters) up to bat, and the baserunner is picked off at first to end the game.
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