Saturday, November 1, 2008

Here's Looking at You...

Eyes is done and I found a great stat that should make us all feel a lot better about this season on offense. Without further ado, here's this week's taste:

Last week's Eyes wasn't far off, on anything but the score that is. But why dwell on the past? Especially when the most hotly anticipated game of the year is coming up tomorrow night. It's finally here! Colts vs Pats, let the hype...just sort of peter out. This season hasn't gone the way fans of either one of these once dominant teams have wanted, but with one eye on the past and the other on the future, it's easy to miss seeing just what will happen this week. Be watching for:

1. Points. Neither one of these teams is really clicking right now, although the Pats have had a couple of solidish games in a row. The big weakness on both clubs is in the secondary, where the Pats got old fast and the Colts got injured. Now New England has also lost cheater/thug/team leader Rodney Harrison forever and the Colts lost the only viable nickle back on the roster in Marlin Jackson. Wes Welker and Reggie Wayne may be in for huge games.

2. Watch for a course correction. Everyone has been questioning why Peyton Manning has had such low numbers. Some of that is due to injuries to himself and the offense culminating in a massive loss of practice time. Some has to do with a brutal schedule of pass defenses. In just 7 games, Manning has played 4 of the top 5 defenses in terms of passer rating. In fact, he's played the three best in consecutive weeks. Both the Titans and the Packers allow opponents under 60. The Ravens and Bears join the Bucs in the top five. The truth is that the Colts ran into the worst kind of opponents at a time when the running game was struggling and the passing game was out of sync. New England's opponent passer rater is almost 90. Manning is going off this week.

Here's the rest of this week's Eyes

JC sends in a picture of his Halloween exploits. Why so serious?

Bob Sanders may well have fathered this kid. Holy crap. Thanks Shake for the link.


Demond Sanders said...

JC, you need help brother.

JC said...

I had a shrink but she said I was giving her nightmares so she cut me off.

Serious note:


Either we get blown out or win a close game, I'm going with the former but the latter would not shock me at all.

Having no Sammy this week means K-Faulk will have to get the majority of carries and that, for lack of a better term, sucks.

Shake'n'bake said...

The secondary worries me. Best case Hayden is 100%, and Ratliff can play as a nickel corner. That still leaves Tim Jennings starting on the outside, and that's in the best case.

JC said...


Troy Murphy is still in the NBA??

Deshawn Zombie said...

That's the single meanest thing you could have said about our team.

Shake'n'bake said...

@Bob M

check this kid out. They posted it at the fanhouse. Best 9 year old in football. youtubage

Deshawn Zombie said...

Greatest thing I have ever seen.

Shake'n'bake said...

That's on the same level as the Reggie Bush high school highlights. He's just so much better than everyone else on the field.

Bob M. said...

That link rocks. I may adopt #1 to be a mentor for my 8 year-old. He turned a 5 yard hook into a long TD reception and about 10 "tackles" for a loss yesterday, but 5 on 5 flag football is different than the real thing. He's super eager to start hitting in pads next year. I can smell a divorce coming from this.

DS/DZ, the Eyes had a few stellar comments--still not sure what to make of the gaydar/KD Lang reference, but I'm laughing (and frighteningly, curiously, aroused). Might want to brush your teeth after semi-vomiting into your mouth--acid is bad for the tooth enamel.

Go Blue! 8th b'day party tonight, family over, house full of kids, Bob watching in the basement. Just like the Balt game last year... and that one went well.

Bob M. said...

I'm sorry, I see a QB split out wide and I flatten him just for the sake of it.