You know how it works. 15 positive football observations, 7 “not so” positive football observations and one “oh no” moment from outside the world of football.
(As a reminder, we don’t do Baltimore Ravens analysis here. We do PLENTY of that elsewhere. This is about the rest of the world of football.)
15 Positive Observations…
1. If there are any tickets left for Towson-Delaware next Saturday at Unitas Stadium, get them now.
There was no 4th & 29 miracle this time around, just a good old fashioned butt kicking of William & Mary for Terrence West and the Tigers…
And now Towson has an undefeated record in the CAA (they’re tied with Maine for first place) and returns home to face the Blue Hens Saturday night.
I might go as Rob Ambrose for Halloween this year. He’s created more magic than Harry Potter.
2. I don’t think much of the “Tebow Time” monicker, but I’m happy for the kid.
I mean, I get it. Tim Tebow leads comebacks in consecutive games, so the late moments of games involving Tebow will now be known as “Tebow Time”…
I’m trying to figure out 67 more ways to put the word “Tebow” in this entry.
Yes, the Denver Broncos were TERRIBLE for most of their win over the lifeless Miami Dolphins. Who cares? Tebow was a winner, so America has a week to repeat his name over and over and over and over and over and over.
Tebow Tebow Tebow Tebow Tebow Tebow.
Demaryius Thomas was so excited about Tebow’s performance he decided to plant one on his quarterback…
That’s just plain beautiful.
3. Christian Ponder had a nice day and all, but Aaron Rodgers and Charles Woodson play for the Green Bay Packers. Who did you think was going to win?
At least things were interesting enough that you get the feeling the Packers MIGHT somehow be vulnerable. Maybe.
Brian Robison did something to TJ Lang during the game that made everyone in America uncomfortable…
4. It absolutely takes more time, but the end of the Wisconsin-Michigan State game was a reminder of how crucial it is to review every scoring play.
We should start by saying “thank God the replay officials in East Lansing got this one right”…
Doug Flutie and Gerard Phelan still have the greatest “Hail Mary” of all time (and I’ll assume Kordell Stewart and Michael Westbrook are still second on the list), but this was pretty awesome.
We can also all agree that if Russell Wilson and the Badgers had seen the ball again they would have won, right?
I’m certainly convinced of it.
5. Every establishment in Lubbock will now have a picture of Seth Doege with the words “his money is no good here” below it.
I’m not sure if you stayed up late enough (the game ended at about 1:30am) to watch all of Texas Tech-Oklahoma, but it turned out to be a really good game…
Apparently the Red Raiders didn’t get the memo that no one EVER beats the Sooners in Norman.
While OU is likely done (as far as the BCS Championship picture is concerned), their “Bedlam” date with Oklahoma State still looms large in the title picture after the Cowboys got another brilliant performance from QB Brandon Weeden in a win over Missouri.
By the way, Brandon Weeden is my age. Does that mean I still have a future in football?
6. There are four playoff spots to be had between the NFC North and NFC South. Because of this, the Chicago Bears and Atlanta Falcons picked up HUGE wins.
The Bears went to London and beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who never really looked in sync. This is why I never want to see the Ravens play across the pond…
The game involved a Matt Forte run that was so brutal it made two Bucs players run into each other…
The Detroit Lions have now lost back to back home games after falling to the Falcons Sunday at Ford Field…
The Lions have serious rushing issues, but still have Calvin Johnson. That should mean they’ll be okay. Miraculously for the Falcons, Matt Ryan survived a brutal hit in this one and came back to finish the game. That should mean they’ll be okay as well.
Also in this game, Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez passed Marvin Harrison for the 2nd most receptions in history, only behind Jerry Rice.
That’s actually really amazing.
7. Rex Ryan may be a lunatic, but on Sunday he was at least a victorious lunatic.
I like to think I appreciate a level of refreshing honesty from a head coach, but for some reason Rex just tends to come off as more of a horses’s ass than anything…
Plaxico Burress is 6’5″. It must be nice for the New York Jets to have a capable receiver that size. There isn’t one of those in Baltimore, and the Ravens still have to face the San Diego Chargers later in the season themselves.