Found November 12, 2012 on
Waiting For Next Year:
New Orleans Saints
New York Giants
Kansas State Wildcats
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Who caught your eye? Did someone stand out? Who blew it? That’s what were interested in this morning. Winners and losers.
Just because your Cleveland Football Browns were given the week off doesn’t mean that we joined them. Plenty of football — both good and bad – to talk about, so let’s dig in…
WINNER: Jabari Greer, cornerback, New Orleans Saints — Needing a big play with the unbeaten Atlanta Falcons threatening to take a late-game lead with a fourth-and-goal play, it was Greer who stuck to Roddy White through an entire crossing route, jamming his arm in the way of the ball as both men fell to ground in the end zone. The Saints, with the dramatic home win, not only gave the Falcons their first loss despite a 441-yard effort from Matt Ryan, but kept their playoff hopes alive after a first-half that has been anything but ideal. Can they keep it rolling?
LOSERS: The New York Giants — Really? You’re the defending Super Bowl champions? Tom Coughlin’s crew was torched by Andy Dalton from the onset; let that one soak in. Eli Manning was roughed up for the second straight week, but the true issues exist in the secondary that only the Cleveland Browns could not find a way to exploit. The 56-yard first-quarter touchdown from Dalton to AJ Green was reportedly the 46th catch of at least 20 yards allowed by the Giants defense. This, my friends, is no way to live in a passing league.
WINNER: Adrian Peterson, running back, Minnesota Vikings — My knees creek when I get up to get something off of the printer. Peterson is just a few months removed from ACL surgery and is playing like he’s 23-years old. Peterson added another 171 yards on Sunday, his second consecutive game of at least 170 yards, taking him north of 1,100 yards in just 10 games. If anything, this should give some solace to Browns fans who are concerned about the knees of Trent Richardson. Three cheers for modern medicine.
LOSER: The BCS — With Alabama losing to Texas A&M on Sunday, talks are that even if Kansas State and Oregon, presently ranked No. 1 and No. 2, respectively win out, No. 3 Notre Dame will find a way to sneak into the top two within the next two weeks and play for a National Championship. This could be a premature “loser” tag, but this is the reason that the four-team playoff is being instituted — the computer-toting, money-grubbing crooks have to be stopped. If one can’t find a narrative in a Kansas State-Oregon match-up (you know, considering that Colin Klein is presently the near-unanimous choice to win the Heisman) than it says more about them than it does the teams involved.
WINNER: Browns fans — Specifically those in the Cleveland area. You couldn’t possibly ask for a better weekend — 60 degrees, sun and no Browns to raise your blood pressure. Perhaps you even got something done around the house in between the bevy of games we were afforded with the Browns being on a bye.
Your turn, kids. Who are your bye week winners and losers?
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