Week 9 Observations

The best thing that could happen to Jason Garrett would be for his kicker and punter to resign mid-game. There's no doubt Dan Bailey and Brian Moorman already feel bad for enabling that kind of cowardice.

It would be nice if Doug Martin (four catches, 21 yards) were more involved in the passing game.

The Colts had four receivers with 75 or more yards.

Even though he managed 6.5 yards per carry, C.J. Spiller had just six carries. He also caught all five of his targets for 63 yards.

Arian Foster had a decent game with 24 carries for 111 yards and a score, but against the BIlls that's almost like getting shut down.

If everyone knew what we know now, where should the Bears defense have been drafted before the season? Late-first round?

Chris Johnson getting 141 and a touchdown in a blowout isn't that surprising as teams don't care about the run as much when they're way ahead.

If you were drafting for the rest of the year, how many receivers would you take ahead of Brandon Marshall? Less than one?

Guessing on the impact of injuries is always tough. Jordy Nelson was cleared without qualification and failed to catch a pass on one target. Calvin Johnson was rumored to be limited to third down work - if he played at all - and caught seven of eight targets for 129 yards. At least it reminds us not to take unsourced rumors too seriously.

I don't understand what changed when the Panthers were supposedly going to Jonathan Stewart as their lead back. Stewart had 10 carries while DeAngelo Williams had six - this in a game they were leading most of the way. And maybe the Panthers defense is actually good now.

Christian Ponder had another abysmal day with just 63 yards on 22 attempts. You'd think when Adrian Peterson went for 17 and 182, that would make things easier on Ponder, too.

It chaps my hide to no end that ATL kicked that last-second field goal to cover the spread. They had 4th and 2 inside the Dallas 15, and they were up three. There were 17 seconds left. If they go for the first down and make it, it's over. If they fail, then Dallas gets the ball with no timeouts and 17 seconds. How is Dallas going to get down field, stop the clock and get the FG team on? Moreover, a TD still beats you whether it's 3 or 6. And you have to kick the ball off rather than have them pinned inside the 15. The right call was to go for it, but the obvious call was to cover the spread. It was the opposite of what Jim Harbaugh did against Seattle in declining the safety.

Eli Manning had an abysmal game against the Steelers, some of which had to do with Pittsburgh's defense - which is legitimately good against the pass - but Manning's now had three subpar games in a row. The offense as a whole seems stale - defenses seem to be covered Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks better, and the Giants haven't come up with creative adjustments.


By: jnowak2799
On: 11/5/2012 7:28:00 AM
In theory there would be LESS than 17 seconds left in the game, also you open up the opportunity for a blocked field goal, also give Dallas a chance to return a are right, the best choice would of been for Atlanta to go for it on 4th and 2 at the Dallas 15...............the majority of people will say what are you talking about they won the game it was the right move, just because you get the winning outcome doesn't mean you made the right mathematical decision. What Atlanta did was actually make their odds of winning go from 98% to about 96% by kicking that FG, its only a 2% difference but its a difference. (these percentages are not actual, they are my estimate). I have watched a lot of football, I saw the Music City Miracle, I've seen Brandon Stokely catch a 92 yard TD pass in the final 10 seconds of a game, it happens.

What Chan Gailey is doing in Buffalo by not running C.J. Spiller is crazy yo. C.J. Spiller is averaging 7.2 yards a carry through 8 games played, the great Jim Brown who has the record for yards per carry averaged 6.4 yards per carry in 1964...........It reminds me of Jamaal Charles in 2010 when he was averaging 6.38 yards a carry and Charles ended up getting less carries than his teammate Thomas Jones who averaged 3.7 yards a carry. What will be even more interesting is if the Bills end up having two running backs rush for over 1,000 yards and end up 5-11 or 6-10, its actually a sign of the times, the NFL is strictly a passing league now, running the ball gets you nowhere, it barely gets you in the playoffs, how many Super Bowl appearances do Arian Foster, Adrian Peterson, LeSean McCoy, Ray Rice, LaDanien Tomlinson, Barry Sanders, Frank Gore, and Clinton Portis have......yes I omitted Emmitt Smith, Marshall Faulk, and Terrell Davis but those RB's had Troy Aikman, Kurt Warner, and John Elway as their QB's.............All I know is as of recent years some very average running backs are walking around with Super Bowl rings 2011(Ahmad Bradshaw) 2010(James Starks) 2009(Pierre Thomas) 2008(Willie Parker) 2007(Brandon Jacobs & Ahmad Bradshaw)........All these guys play to win the Super Bowl, the Super Bowl is the Holy Grail, its my favorite and saddest day of the year every year, you don't win the Super Bowl with the STUD running back, you don't even sniff the Super Bowl with the stud running back let alone the playoffs, you win the Super Bowl with the GOLDEN ARM QB, Now I'm done.
By: jnowak2799
On: 11/5/2012 8:41:00 AM
Dallas hit a long pass the week before with a few seconds left in the game to apparently win the game against the Giants, until replay showed Dez Bryant had a finger out of bounds, would of been weird if this week he caught a bomb and stayed in bounds and won the game.
By: matthewthill7
On: 11/5/2012 10:35:00 AM
Part of the reason Charles and Spiller have good metrics is because their usage is limited. Do you want your RB to get 6+ YPC, or do you want him to have 290 rushes? Can't have both.
By: Chris Liss
On: 11/5/2012 11:14:00 AM
Charles did it with 200+ carries in 2010.
By: Kevin Payne
On: 11/5/2012 12:42:00 PM
Interesting Spiller stat -in the four games in which he's had 12 or more carries he's totaled 53 carries for 450 yards (8.5 YPC) and 3 TDs.

The four games with 8 or fewer carries he's totaled 25 carries for 112 yards (4.4 YPC) and 0 TDs.
By: jnowak2799
On: 11/5/2012 4:30:00 PM
By: jnowak2799
On: 9/16/2012 2:42:00 PM CJ Spiller now has 29 rushes on the season for 292 yards, the Bills refuse to use this guy, CJ Spiller has done this over about 5 quarters of work, 3 quarters last week and 2 quarters this week, they barely used Spiller in the 2nd half this week, they were up by so much.

I wrote this after week 2, now were going into week 10 C.J. Spiller has 78 carries for 562 yards, Chan Gailey deserves to be fired.
By: Erickson
On: 11/6/2012 7:29:00 PM
Chan Gailey is just doing his predecessor a favor by protecting Spiller from aggravating his shoulder before next year. He's a humanitarian!

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