NFL Week 12 Wrap: Historic QB Performance, Benching “The Don” Plus More (Part 1)

Posted on November 24, 2008. Filed under: NFL | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Week 12 gave us a little bit of everything.  As I wade through the empty cans of whoop ass littering the NFL landscape, I see the monumental benching of a franchise QB, comeback wins that will go a long way in solidfying playoff contention, the last unbeaten team falling, and a surprising upset of a division leader by a team whose ruthless leader can be found at thrift stores shopping for wind pants and jogging suits . . .

Man, do I love football.

Here are my miscellaneous musings and insightful insights into the week that was:

FORGET THE TITANS:  Tennessee’s winning streak came to a crashing halt as the Jets came into Nashville and throttled the NFL’s last unbeaten team.  The green machine steamrolled the once mighty Titans by a score of 34 – 13 and didn’t even give the music city maestros a chance to be competitive.  By winning the time of possession battle by a ridiulously large margin of 20 minutes and 30 seconds (Jets 40:30 and Titans 19:30), the tauted Tennessee defense tired quickly and the game plan of short dink and dunk passes combined with Leon Washington’s 10 yard per carry average and 2 rushing scores made quick work of their so-called “Tencious D”. 

FUN FACT: Brett Favre has passed Dan Marino in the record books yet again to win as a quarterback in 32 different stadiums, the most since the Super Bowl era (1966 – for those not up on football history).  Dan Marino took down opponents in 31 different venues.   

ONLY 5 QUARTERBACKS HAVE DONE IT:  And no, the NFL’s favorite son is not one of them, but his back up is . . . Matt Cassel recorded back to back 400-plus yard passing games becoming only the 5th QB to sling it four lengths of the football field or more in consecutive games since the merger (once again, for those who don’t know, that’s 1970).  He joins Dan Fouts, Dan Marino, Phil Simms and . . . Billy Volek?  What ever happened to him?  Anyway, besides the latter, Cassel in is some pretty good company.  Sorry Billy, you had your time, but you just don’t belong in that group.  Will Matt Cassel?  I’m sure we’ll have a chance to find out . . .

FUN FACT:  Cassel DOUBLED Tom Brady’s number of games with a 400-plus passing performance – for his career.  Is that chowdah or a quarterback controversy I smell brewing in New England? 

STEELERS DEFENSE IS BETTER THAN ADVERTISED:  Yeah, I know it’s hard to believe the vaunted Dick LeBeau scheme could be even better than their #1 ranking, but they are.  For those don’t follow the Steelers or watch their games, not only does the D have to play against opposing offenses and the more than occassional flag happy official, but they also have to protect against . . . their own sad punter, Paul Ernster, who with a 32 yard average constantly gives adversaries good field position and forces the D to step up their play.   

BREAKING NEWS:  Mike Tomlin must have been looking over my shoulder this morning because that sorry excuse for a punter, Paul Ernster, was just released . . .

I have to run, but I have more thoughts to share about Week 12 so come back soon and check out the rest.  Feel free to comment!

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