Strange Days Are Ruling the Season’s Start

Fine Fifteen

1. Denver (2-0). Just when you thought the season was setting up to be a nice little stroll to AFC home-field advantage, here are the 15 autumn days that will try John Fox’s soul: Nov. 17, Kansas City at home … Nov. 24, at New England … Dec. 1, at Kansas City.

2. Seattle (3-0). A nice afternoon scrimmage against Jacksonville Sunday. There were no casualties, which is all that matters.

3. New Orleans (3-0). Saints started 0-3 last year. Allowed 40, 35 and 27 points. Saints 3-0 this year. Allowed 17, 14 and seven points. Rob Ryan for mayor.

4. Chicago (3-0). Took the air out of Heinz Field in about 15 minutes. How about this: It’s Sept. 23, and the Bears have a two-game lead on the Packers in the NFC North.

5. Miami (3-0). Two straight cliffhanger wins, and this is what I like most: Ryan Tannehill, though taking a beating, is completing two-thirds of his passes and spreading the wealth to four different receivers.

6. Indianapolis (2-1). Watched most of the second half at San Francisco. That was no fluke win. Ahmad Bradshaw made the following statement: I count.

7. New England (3-0). First time since the 16-0 regular-season of 2007 that New England has started 3-0. I mean, just saying.

Talk Back

Have a question or comment for Peter? Email him at talkback@themmqb.com and it might be included in Tuesday's mailbag.

8. Kansas City (3-0). Quarterback Alex Smith has something in common with the rest of the KC offense: zero turnovers through three games. Not to rewrite history, or say the Niners made the wrong call on Alex Smith/Colin Kaepernick, but to refresh your memory about what a gutsy decision Jim Harbaugh made in benching Smith for Kaepernick last fall, Smith was 27 of 29 (.931) for 313 yards, four touchdowns, no interceptions and a 151.2 rating in his final passes as a 49er.

9. Baltimore (2-1). No Ray Rice with the explosive Texans coming to town, and the Ravens win by 21. That’s a big win for a team with a lot of new parts. And good contributions by newbies Daryl Smith and Tandon Doss (he’s sort of a newbie).

10. Cincinnati (2-1). This is an odd team. The Bengals can look like the Bungles, as they did in allowing Green Bay to score 30 points in a row Sunday. But then the D can rise up and bat three Aaron Rodgers passes down at the end of the game to preserve one of the wildest wins Marvin Lewis has ever had.

11. San Francisco (1-2). Last two weeks—Foes 56, Niners 10. Best line of the Aldon Smith stupidity, from Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News: “Aldon Smith was arrested at 7 a.m., one hour AFTER Kaepernick starts work.”

12. Dallas (2-1). The Cowboys are the class of the NFC East by default—though they played well in embarrassing the Rams. DeMarco Murray needs to stay healthy, or the over-reliance on Tony Romo will hurt their chances of playing deep into January.

13. Atlanta (1-2). Roddy White: seven catches, 56 yards. For the season. Don’t tell me that doesn’t hurt.

14. Houston (2-1). The Texans are better than they showed Sunday, but in their three weeks so far, they: overcame a 21-point deficit to win at San Diego, needed a huge late-game rally to beat Tennessee in overtime, and got whacked by the Ravens. Not good.

15. (tie) Tennessee (2-1). Sunday was the first day I have watched the Jake Locker Titans and said: I can see this guy being a good quarterback for a long time.

(tie) Detroit (2-1). The defense is making progress. Three foes have a composite 70.8 passer rating. The Lions haven’t been under an opposing passer rating of 89 for the season since the Joey Harrington Era.

The Award Section

The Browns got an encouraging performance out of Brian Hoyer (top left), along with some trickeration in the form of a Spencer Lanning TD pass on a fake field goal (top right). On Thursday, Justin Houston added 4.5 sacks to up his league-leading total to 7.5 (bottom left), while Marcus Gilchrist Sunday dropped an interception on the TItans' final drive that allowed them to continue down the field for the eventual game-winning touchdown.
The Browns got an encouraging performance out of Brian Hoyer (top left), along with some trickeration in the form of a Spencer Lanning TD pass on a fake field goal (top right). On Thursday, Justin Houston added 4.5 sacks to up his league-leading total to 7.5 (bottom left), while on Sunday the Chargers’ Marcus Gilchrist dropped an interception on the TItans’ final drive that allowed Tennessee to continue down the field for the eventual game-winning touchdown. (Adam Bettcher/Getty Images :: Bruce Kluckhohn/USA Today Sports :: Drew Hallowell/Getty Images :: Mark Humphrey/AP)

Offensive Players of the Week

Brian Hoyer, QB, Cleveland. Roll this one around in your head: The third-string quarterback for Cleveland won a road game over a 2012 playoff team and had a 30-of-54 performance in a stunning post-Trent-trade victory. (I understand the three interceptions are big minuses, but drive after drive Hoyer showed he belonged on this stage.) No way he can be yanked out of the starting job now.

Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, Indianapolis. You saw the will of a very good running back in the fourth quarter at San Francisco. Bradshaw, who had to hear for three days before the game that the Colts finally got a franchise back to shore up a weak position, came out and bled the clock in the fourth quarter like Emmitt Smith. He ran it 11 times for 62 yards when everyone in the stadium knew the run was coming—and when coach Chuck Pagano had Trent Richardson next to him on the bench for much of the quarter. For the day, Bradshaw ran 19 times for 95 yards in a win no one saw coming.

Defensive Players of the Week

Justin Houston, OLB, Kansas City. Hard to imagine any defensive player in any game this season playing any better than Houston did Thursday night in Philadelphia. Houston set the edge against the wide runs by Philadelphia, and tormented Michael Vick like he has been few times in his career. Houston, a third-year player from Georgia, is just 24, and we could be seeing the dawn of the career of the next great outside linebacker. Houston’s game in Philadelphia:

• 4.5 sacks, for 28 combined yards lost.

• Three passes deflected.

• One forced fumble.

• Two fumble recoveries.

Greg Hardy, DE, Carolina. Pretty tough to hold the Giants (at least the Giants of old) to 150 total yards and zero points, but Hardy and his friends in the Carolina front seven stifled Eli Manning all day and totally embarrassed the New York offensive line. Hardy: three sacks, eight tackles.

Special Teams Players of the Week

Spencer Lanning, P/K/holder, Cleveland. Hard to imagine a special teams player doing more for his team in a win. Lanning holds for kicker Billy Cundiff. He punts, and averaged 46.8 yards on five boots at the Metrodome Sunday. In the second quarter, from field-goal formation, he threw a perfect 11-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Cameron. And with Cundiff slightly injured late in the game, Lanning, who was a kicker/punter in college at South Carolina, entered and kicked the PAT on the final touchdown of the game. He’s the first man since Sam Baker of the Eagles in 1968 to have a PAT, punt and a touchdown pass in the same game.

Tamba Hali, OLB, Kansas City. Hali thought he was playing on the extra-point defense team when the Eagles scored their first touchdown Thursday night. But Philadelphia called for a weird formation, where only long-snapper Jon Dorenbos, the holder and kicker were in their usual spots. The other eight players on the Eagles’ conversion team were split left, with a huge gap between Dorenbos and the rest of the linemen. Behind the linemen was tight end Zach Ertz. Instead of snapping the ball for a PAT, Dorenbos lifted it off the ground and passed it sideways to Ertz, who immediate lurched forward trying to score the two points. But Hali, sprinting in from Ertz’s right, slammed him to the ground for no gain. Imagine how alert you have to be to anticipate this, and then to react to something you’ve never seen before and wreck it.

Tandon Doss, PR-WR, Baltimore. Cut and re-signed by the Ravens in their desperation for a receiver/returner, Doss made the play of the game in a 21-point Baltimore victory over Houston. Doss took a Shane Lechler punt at the Ravens’ 18, veered toward the right sideline, and sprinted/tiptoed for 25 yards of the trip. His 82-yard touchdown run was a tribute to his athletic ability and jarring speed.

Coach of the Week

Chris Ault, consultant, Kansas City. Andy Reid hired Ault, who coached Nevada and developed Colin Kaepernick into an NFL quarterback, in the offseason to help his team in a variety of ways. Ault’s job is shrouded in mystery. But you can see his effect on both offense and defense. Andy Reid has adopted some of Ault’s stuff into his West Coast offense—Pro Football Focus had Alex Smith lined up in the pistol eight times Thursday night—and he’s also been active in helping the Kansas City defense against the wide-open offenses the Chiefs will play this year. I can only guess why Ault’s role is top secret: Kansas City travels to Washington Dec. 8. Ault and Kyle Shanahan, before Ault took this job, exchanged some ideas informally last winter. I can tell you Reid’s staff values Ault highly, and he had a big hand in divining what Chip Kelly was doing on Thursday night.

Goats of the Week

Will Beatty, tackle, New York Giants. The Giants haven’t had a worse shutout loss in 40 years than the 38-0 job at Carolina Sunday, and it’s doubtful anyone played worse than the left tackle, Beatty. He was awful in the first half as the Panthers ravaged Eli Manning for six sacks, and he added two penalties.

Marcus Gilchrist, strong safety, San Diego. Gilchrist dropped the clinching interception with 44 seconds left in the fourth quarter (Tennessee tight end Delanie Walker helped with a hit, but this was 90 percent on Gilchrist), and that drop is a direct reason why the Chargers are 1-2 today and not 2-1.

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Danny5
Danny5

Peter Here is What I didn't like from last weekend:  49ers Coach Harbaugh trying to play stupid with the reporter that asked him about the dope that Aldon Smith had in the car.  Really Jim your going to try and act like you didn't hear about it, I mean that is what he told the reporter.  I heard about it myself while listening to some sports break on some radio station in Florida on my I Heart Radio APP and Jim is going to try and act like none of his Coaches, no one in that 49ers organization informed him that his star defensive player not only was DUI but also had dope- Don't buy it for a second, I also think Coach is two bit for allowing Aldon to play but not allowing the special teams guy from last year play after his DUI.  DOUBLE STANDARD exist, you have no credibility after this with your players Jim...classless moves on both fronts!

TheodoreTakeshi
TheodoreTakeshi

Nobody reads my blog or gives a rat about what I think about football, so I take it out on the world by sending Peter King hate mail that he probably won't read.  This makes me feel powerful.  Now if I can just move out of my mom's basement life would be perfect

newreader
newreader

Now that I think about it, this article may be just the thing that gets my junior high sister interested in the NFL.  Half the stuff in here would fit in the "Life & Style" section of the websites she reads.  I will just have her keep me posted on the latest trends and gossip of the NFL.  Sorry, but this is just weird.  I've switched from "newreader" to "noreader".  Am I missing something?

newreader
newreader

Peter King is like the Ryan Seacrest of NFL gossip.  Where's the football?

IdDoHannahStorm
IdDoHannahStorm

As to the use of the term "Redskins"

As a person who vehemently believes that the concept of gaining governmental power by circumstance of birth, and maintaining that power by bequeathing it to succeeding generations is fundamentally and morally wrong, I will no longer use the term "King". From now on, I will simply refer to a certain SI columnist as "Spanky"

Christopher Atwater
Christopher Atwater

One record that Favre and Manning share is throwing a game winning ball to a Saints defenseman to seal games in 2009.

MarkBray
MarkBray

I'm sure Lawrence Taylor appreciated your comment.  Way to stay classy there King!  Classless cheap shot about 2 men who have/had  personal problems. Look in the mirror once in awhile,  will humble you quick.


Jon8
Jon8

Three thoughts:

1) I was not one of those who agreed with the way Harbaugh handled Smith v Kaepernick. From a loyalty standpoint, I believed then and now, that Harbaugh owed his starter, Smith, his job back. , I saw the flaws in Kaepernick, flash and pizazz over strong and steady wins the race, so I am not surprised at the results so far this season!

2) Plaintiffs attorney Weiss has hit upon the goose that can continue to lay the golden egg in saying that the NFL was prepared to sell-out college football for any plaintiff's not signing on to the deal. Somebody is going to put a class action together against Major College's and their leagues and that will make the NFL settlement look like small potatoes!

3) The Newsroom is unwatchable for anyone except a Liberal like the guy who writes this column!

adplatt126
adplatt126

1) Broncos - Front-runner.

2) Seahawks- Impressive play thus far. Can they keep it up? I don't know, but they're damned good. Not a lot of weak links on this squad.

3) Colts - One loss to a very tough Miami team, that itself has an impressive record, a formidable defense and a quarterback coming into his own. The Colts are just difficult team to beat. They're well-coached and like the Chiefs, they always come to play.

4) Chiefs - Underrated quarterback, fantastic coach who knows how to motivate his players. Good play on both sides of the ball. As a Giants fan I always hated to play the Eagles under Andy Reid. Even when they sucked, they didn't suck. Expect more success.

5) Patriots - Lot of questions, but when you have Tom Brady, you're never out of the top 10.

6) Dolphins - A lot of questions, but great play thus far. If they continue to play at a high level consistently, and most importantly, continue to win, they may actually sneak into the top 5. A true dark horse.

7)  Saints - 3-0 and a proven history of success. Brees always competes. All the punditry in the world is not worth more than actual data. Seeing is believing. The Saints are contenders because they've shown themselves to be in the past; repeatedly. Plenty of questions, no doubt, but we've also received plenty of answers about the quality of this side.

8) Bears - 3-0, but look who they have played! They snuck through the first two! Not in the top 5. Sorry, guys.

9) Niners - Good team, many problems. Is Kaepernick really who many think he is, or should I say anointed him as? It doesn't look good. His consistency issues and lack of consistent success make this team look very troublesome. This all-star team is being thinned of its all-stars and is beginning to resemble a shell of its former self. Also, strategically, other teams have learned how to defend against its style, and overrun its vulnerable defense. I still expect them to slither or power their way into the playoffs, but a complete collapse and disaster of a season is also quite plausible. Hard to place this team now. I think they'll recover, but will they prosper?

10) Texans - I don't think this team has regressed much. They're quite good. I just think they lack some integral components.

11) Packers- Better than their record indicates. They did kind of have one stolen from them, after all.

12) Bengals - Solid team all around. 

13) Ravens - Not quite who they once were. Expect the Bengals and the Ravens to duel it out come season-end for that division title, because I don't expect either one to have a better record than Miami or KC, so if they don't take the division, they won't make the playoffs. Houston and Indy also might be in a similar situation, although both of them have a significantly better chance of making it in over Miami for the wildcard.

14) Falcons - Who is this team? I really don't know, but they're probably better than their record indicates. They've had a tough schedule thus far.

15) Cowboys- Big improvement from last year. Not really a competitor for the championship though. With Romo as your quarterback, dreams like that are a bit overwrought. Sorry, Dallas.

Biggest disappointments- Giants, Redskins, and Pittsburgh. The off-season will be long for those sides. Although at least for the first two, their division is wide open. 10-6 or 9-7 could potentially do it for either team in the NFC East, but don't expect any of them to go very far in the postseason.


Shane Mac
Shane Mac

Hey Peter King:

How does 

Ten Things I Think  I Think

Equal forty five?

dennis
dennis

Saints already ranked at number 3. What were those bozo "experts" thinking when they picked Atlanta to win the division and the Saints wouldn't make the play offs. Hello? Sean Payton is back and the defense is good enough, just as it's always been when he's been there. As if...

Iwawashi
Iwawashi

So called "Professional Journalists" are supposed to be objective and non-biased.   

Peter King is anything but, and is clearly a Dallas Cowboys hater, quick to kick them when they are down and loath to give them credit when they are up (if ever).  Last week he calls out the team's rookie center for one bad play when in reality T.F. has done an incredible job over the past few weeks (AND HE IS A ROOKIE!).  Then this week, the Dallas Cowboys play one of their best and most complete, dominating games in years and all he can do is call out Dez Bryant for offensive PI?  Seriously? 

That Peter King dislikes the Cowboys has been obvious for years, but this week it is so blatant that I can't let it pass without comment.

If you can't keep your personal grudges out of your work, then how about not saying anything at all?  At least that way you will keep some semblance of credibility.

CobyPreimesberger
CobyPreimesberger

also another offensive pi that should've been called on hunter who also pushed off clearly pushed off.  also on the game winning td that the bengals got if that had happened 2 minutes and 34 seconds later, it may not have been as bad, as the bengals would've gotten it but the ball would've been dead once it was fumbled forward because of the rule passed after the 1975 season i believe

Jean
Jean

The Idiots on Big Blue Interactive are sooooooo afraid to place Any blame on Jerry Reese ,Giants GM,for trading,dropping,players that the Giants desperately need.

SportPage
SportPage

King points out how ugly Houston's wins were, and says nothing about how New England is one of the worst looking 3-0 teams in several decades. Pats could very easily, and probably should be, 1-2.

Christopher31
Christopher31

I agree with Peter that Dez Bryant's red-zone catch against Cortland Finnegan was a textbook Offensive Pass Interference penalty as a result of a push-off. 

As a Cowboy fan, I couldn't believe he got away with it. But I'll take what I can get.

randomdeletion
randomdeletion

Still can't help but to overrate the Niners even after getting blown out and dominated two weeks in a row.  LOL

Didn't even address how stupid it was of you and every other pundit to not see the writing on the wall considering the Niners obvious failings.  1-2 and still in your top 15?  LOL  I mean if they barely lost the games I would agree with the idea of keeping them up there, but they didn't.  They looked terrible.  Like they aren't even a good team.  

Also 3-0, just saying is about as weak an argument as can be made to continue your love affair with the Pats.  Two rookie QB's on mediocre teams and a terrible QB who hates his coach in a melodramatic meltdown situation and you can still kid yourself into believing the Pats are a top 10 team?  Pretty pathetic.  

Braz14
Braz14

"How is that Dez Bryant red-zone TD catch not offensive pass interference? He pushed the defensive back down, then turned around and caught the pass. Yes, he and Cortland Finnegan both made contact, but Bryant extended both arms and pushed Finnegan down."

And Finnegan extended both of his arms too! Let them play.

Yieldman
Yieldman

When is Peyton going to pass Favre's interception record?  Just wonderin'...

Carnifex
Carnifex

Life-long Cardinal and Niners fan here and I'm starting to think that Jim Harbaugh is an average-at-best coach whose shortcomings were disguised by Andrew Luck during their time at the Farm. The game plans in the past four games (including last year's SB) were atrocious. Anquan Boldin bailed him out in week one, but I'm not going to be surprised if the Niners go to London 2-5.

M30
M30

PK ranking an untested Patriots team much higher than it deserves?  I'm shocked!

FredFlintsone
FredFlintsone

Miami 3 and 0. Pittsburgh 0 and 3. welcome to today's NFL where more than one undefeated team could easily be 0 and 3 and other way around too. 3 and 0 chiefs were last seasons last place team

Jim21
Jim21

What I don't get is this notion that Brian Hoyer learned volumes from Brady and the Patriots. He can learn all he wants but it still takes talent to win, ask Matt Cassel. 

jj55
jj55

Of course our resident lefty Peter King likes 'The Newsroom.' I made it through 3.5 episodes of that facile propaganda before cancelling my HBO subscription.

Jesus Hitler
Jesus Hitler

Not sure the glib Giants-Jets Super Bowl remark merited two mentions in  the same article.  I mean-- exactly who had forecasted this in the first place?  

Richard Long
Richard Long

Peter is calling out the refs for a blatant missed call. I watched a couple of other games and highlights and saw other botched calls, some were terrible and influenced the outcome.  And just think, everyone, including Peter, was bemoaning the replacement refs and how we need the "professionals" back.  I guess we now know why the refs were so against having alternates refs waiting as a part of their new agreement.  And you now see why the NFL was adamant about having them.

Pancho Villa
Pancho Villa

The "world" ain't watching Aldon Smith. Most people on the planet don't even know who the 49ers are, much less who Aldon Smith is. ... Hail to the Redskins.

Mike26
Mike26

@MarkBray It's not a cheap shot when the actions involved are 100% self-induced by someone too stupid or weak-willed to make correct life decisions.

IdDoHannahStorm
IdDoHannahStorm

@Jon8 As for Weiss, I'm not sure he sold out college football, but faced the real issue that if the plaintiff claims damages currently manifested are from the cumulative effects of blows to the head, the NFL is going to ask, "When did these cumulative effects begin?'  The answer, for most of these guys goes back to junior high or even Pop Warner.   Thus, any blame for damage is  only partially the league's.  If the NFL dumped it on the colleges, they can turn around and tag high schools.   The other hurdle players would have to face is their own willingness to place themselves at risk.  Part of the players culture is to "play hurt" and "walk it off".  How many times did these guys get their bell rung and continue to play?  If the coaches didn't notice they were dazed, did they hide it or did they admit to being woozy.  How often did a player insist that they were okay when asked, but they knew they were actually a bit out of it?  Going to trial would have been an iffy proposition that could take time that some guys can't afford, and could have resulted in not much more gain. 

Mike26
Mike26

@Shane Mac Wow, you're the 46th person to mention the 45 things...

Mike26
Mike26

@dennis Let's see how long it takes for the next "special program" to come out of NOLA before we starting licking Payton's lollipop.  The guy lost my respect - and that from many others - with not only the garbage he allowed to happen as HC but also the sickening coverup.  So roost all you want about the "rejuvenated" Aints, but no matter what happens people (outside NOLA)  will always question everything that Payton's teams accomplish.

Sdwalt
Sdwalt

@Iwawashi MMQB is a opinion column, he does not have to be non-biased at all. He writes what he wants, and you either enjoy it or you don't. I never have understood why people would get so upset over a free internet column.

arcitek
arcitek

@Iwawashi 

Actually, I was just thinking the same thing.  I have noticed the lack of anything positive to say about the Cowboys when something is being said at all in this column.  I am not saying there needs to be anything positive said but to always write the negative reeks of a biased opinion. There are many reasons to not like the owner or certain aspects of the team.  The game against the Chiefs was a good example of many things to be negative about on many levels.  However, if you want to point out the questionable non call of contact from Dez in this game with the Rams, then you should also point out the questionable contact call in the game last week with the Chiefs.  Obviously you could do this with most teams in most games but the point here is there seems to be a pervasive sense of biased negativity towards the 'boys.  Just saying.

opaque2
opaque2

@Christopher31  Of course you will.  He probably learned the technique from watching film of Drew Pearson

arcitek
arcitek

@randomdeletion  

What I like most is i am pretty sure it was this column or somewhere is SI.com that it was written during the pre-season that the 49's QB was one of the top QB's.  I am not saying that he is not good but we seem quick to anoint people  who have not really put in their time.  It was almost as bad as all of the Eagle fans believing the first game this year was a sign of things to come....this year.  Reality is a beech

Dana2
Dana2

@Yieldman Hint:   Never.   Lil' Abner will own that particular record for at least a half of a century.


Dana2
Dana2

@M30 along with a bunch (check the column again if you don't believe it) of other references to Boston, New England, New York 

fatboy King's east coast bias?    Nnaaaaahhhhhhhh  

(^^^)

Tommy K
Tommy K

@Jim21 amen brother, exactly my thoughts. well said

Shane Mac
Shane Mac

@jj55 What caused you to order HBO in the first place?  I'm assuming there are some very good shows/movies on HBO that you do enjoy.  So instead of just not watching 'The Newsroom' you give up the other shows to make a point?  That's pretty stupid.  Who knows that "The Newsroom" is why you dropped HBO?  Besides your family and possibly your cable provider and now us, your fellow MMQB commenters.   We are all very impressed by your self-righteousness.

Christopher31
Christopher31

@jj55
You're a hero to all of us, jj55.

Just wondering how you're going to get your fix of Bill Maher?

Carnifex
Carnifex

@Pancho VillaRedskins Redskins Redskins Redskins Redskins Redskins. There, I said the name of the 0-3 Washington franchise six times. Still not racist.

randomdeletion
randomdeletion

@Mike26 @dennis Oh please, as if every defense doesn't try to hurt the offensive players.  How naive can you possibly be?  Are you serious?  I am not a Saints fan.  I am a Texans fan, but I am not an idiot.  Every defense on every team, every game in ever year every play, has players that try to hurt the offensive players.  That is just how football is played.   The NFL wants that to change and I actually support that, but I am not stupid enough to think their hair brained lynch mob thing with the Saints painted the Saints as the only team that played football that way.  I watch all games every Sunday and that happens in every game.  It is being diminished, but get over yourself, it isn't because of the BS perpetrated against the Saints last year.  It is due to the daily fines and penalties for each individual hit.  

Jon8
Jon8

@Sdwalt @Iwawashi It is written as, and meant to be, a column that engenders debate and critique!

arcitek
arcitek

@Sdwalt @Iwawashi 

True and point taken. There is a place for people's opinions.   I would not say I am upset so that is an over reaction on your part.  I was only making an observation and since this is a forum, I reserve the right to make the observation.  You can agree or disagree.  Taking a cue from your own comment with a slight modification,  "I never have understood why people would get so upset" over a posting in a forum in a free internet column.

I guess I was misguided to think that someone might offer some good analyses, opinion and reviews for those of us looking for an informed overview of the week's events.  PK has every right to be a biased as he wants.  It is his column with his opinions as you pointed out.

SkeeterSkier
SkeeterSkier

@opaque2  
Drew's push-off was so subtle, it doesn't even compare; I can see how it wasn't called.

After Dez's catch, I kept waiting for the sky to rain yellow.

I kinda wish the rules would allow for a little more physicality...so what if there's a certain degree of pushing and shoving - as long as the players aren't grabbing cloth to impede progress, or they aren't just totally mugging one another, let up bump and fight a little!!!

beekay31
beekay31

@Dana2 @M30 I came over from the ESPN facebook apocalypse and am amazed how much the "experts" on this site try to mirror themselves with the "experts" on that rag.

spac3er
spac3er

@Carnifex  exactly what is a Redskin?  I know what an Eagle or Bengal is but some of these nicknames are confusing.  What are Browns or Packers?  Browns sounds racist and Packers is homosexual related?  I don't understand.  

Dana2
Dana2

@beekay31 @Dana2 @Yieldman   :D .... Eli's got a shot at the SINGLE-season record maybe - 

but the career record - nope - abner owns it indefinitely.

CharlesHenry3
CharlesHenry3

@Just sayin' @spac3er @Carnifex FYI - in case you're all not being sarcastic, the term "redskin" was an early reference to the native population found in the Americas by European settlers.  It referred less to their actual skin tone than to the paint that they wore, which was a reddish color.

In recent times, it has become increasingly considered an offensive term, even though the number of incidents where the term is used in a derogatory manner is miniscule to the point of nonexistence.

As a person of native ancestry, I do find that Peter is dramatically over-reacting, especially considering that the name of the team in question (Washington Redskins) was originally intended as a tribute to their coach, William Dietz, whose mother was of native ancestry.

Oddly enough, nobody who professes taking offense at the name wants to address the fact that in three different polls conducted over the past 10 years, the percentage of native American people who found no offense at the name ranged from 75% to 91%.  Even if only 75% have no issue, why is it so many others profess an issue?

I don't see this as something that will curb any racism, anymore than seeing the name on a team will encourage it.  Racism has not been lessened in recent years despite the outpouring of political correctness and the changing of so many team names.  Millions of dollars spent on team name changes, and yet there is no appreciable difference in what really matters - so what is the point? 

Just sayin'
Just sayin'

@spac3er @Carnifex 

Browns is named after the original owner, Paul Brown.

Packers were originally financed by the Indian Packing Company, a meat packing plant in Green Bay, hence the name Packers.

Not totally sure about the Redskin name. I believe it refers to the color of the warpaint that the Indians applied before going to war.

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