What could be better than three NFL contests on Thanksgiving Day? Three good NFL contests, that’s what. These games all look like clunkers to me. But watch out! Surely there’s a trap here somewhere! Admiral Ackbar?
Thanks Mike M.
DETROIT +7 over New England. Ndamukong Suh, welcome to the National Stage.
New Orleans -4 over DALLAS. Not yet sold on the Dallas Run The Table bandwagon.
NY JETS -9½ over Cincinnati. I hope Rex has the boys looking a little sharper in this one. Anyway, you know I think the Bungles stink.
Last year, Brett Favre played lights out – a career year – in quarterbacking the Minnesota Vikings to the NFC Championship Game. This year, Brad Childress begged Favre to come back (according to reports just Google it or trust me), perhaps thinking that this was the year the Vikings would finally break through and lose the Super Bowl again to break their tie with Buffalo as the losingest team in Super Bowl history.
Well, that’s not gonna happen, because Brett Favre stinks this year. Now that you’ve fired Childress, maybe Minnesota will finally figure out what anyone who’s watched football since 1997 knows: Brett Favre will end your season with an interception.
Last year, he only threw 7 all season. Still, he heaved up an interception in New Orleans to end the season. Just as he has done against Miami, Seattle, the NY Giants, the Philadelphia Eagles. And maybe more. That’s just off the top of my head. In fact, Brett Favre Interceptions That End Seasons even have their own facebook page, right here.
This year, the story is even worse. My favorite statistic of all is: wins. If you win, I could care less about the other numbers. So first off: he ain’t winning. I don’t understand why that’s not enough to make a change at quarterback, but, OK. That’s the coach’s call.
Only wait, in the case of Favre, it apparently isn’t. Childress was shown the door earlier this week. And remember how Eric Mangini was shown the door after the Jets collapse in 2008? Coach – and team – killer. Imagine the mess that would have ensued in NY had Favre taken the Jets to the AFC Championship that year.
By The Numbers
Let’s take a look at Favre’s QB Rating. It stinks. I mean, really stinks. Name a quarterback who isn’t Matt Moore, and Favre’s rating is worse. 32nd. His rating through 10 games is 69.8. This puts him below such luminaries as Alex Smith and Derek Anderson. The man is a full 10 points behind Shaun Hill. Don’t believe me? Here are the QB Ratings at NFL.com.
He has thrown more interceptions (17) than anyone else in the league. He has lost 5 fumbles. He’s given the Other Team the ball 22 times. Let me write that out: Twenty-Two times.
Might As Well Have Forfeited Two Games
Forget time of possession. Let’s just talk number of possessions. Surprisingly, I found it difficult to find an authoritative article on the matter. But buried here in this Advanced NFL Stats article, the author figures the average is 11.5, so I’ll run with that.
That means that Favre basically has given away nearly 2 full games worth of possessions.
What To Do?
I’ve no clue. If the Vikings don’t like Tarvaris Jackson, why is he on the roster? I had to go do some investigating to find out that the other quarterback on the roster is one Joe Webb, a 6th round draft pick. Coincidentally, I discovered that no less than Fran Tarkenton suggested publicly that Joe Webb should be starting. Might as well, I think.
I sure don’t think there’s any point in paying Brett Favre $1 million per game to finish 5-11. He’s done, has no part in the future, and I can’t imagine he’s worth a damn in the locker room.
Cut him and let him join Randy Moss in Tennessee. They seem to be having some Quarterback Problems, too.
Peter “uh, you know, uh, eh, uh, I would say this, uh, you know, uh” King writes in his column today that he’s received a lot of email to the effect that readers “hate Big Ben and think he had it coming.” To wit:
You know what? I have no problem with what Richard Seymour did. I don’t know what Ben Roethlisberger was doing, and I don’t care. He just ran right up into Seymour’s face, which I don’t believe he had any business doing, and Seymour had him take a seat, pretty much like he deserved. My question: Will the league take Roethlisberger’s taunting action into account when they determine Seymour’s punishment?
To which King responded that this is preposterous, etc.
In hockey, if a guy starts yapping and gets in your face, you drop your gloves, punch him, and go sit in the penalty box for 5 minutes.
So hockey is better because you don’t have to hear Peter “Phumpher” King pontificate about a stupid incident like this.
Here we are in the home stretch. Or, at least, the second half. The injury lists could fill a museum – and the NFL wants an 18 games schedule. Brian St. Pierre is starting a professional football game, people. What has this league come to?
Certainly not its senses.
Oakland +7 over PITTSBURGH. I dunno why, I’m just guessing like everyone else.
NY JETS -6½ over Houston’s Annual Swoon Platoon.
Baltimore -13 over CAROLINA. See also: Brian St. Pierre. Wouldn’t be surprised to see a fan from the stands at QB by the third quarter.
TENNESSE -7 over Washington. Perhaps you feel McNabb is due to Break Out. Perhaps you think the Skins Defense will show up this week. Perhaps you are a fool.
DALLAS -6 over Detroit. It is no small measure of the Lions’ Miserable History that this season feels like a success. They are 2-7 people. The Cowboys are a Monstrous Disaster at 2-7. Jon Kitna’s Revenge? Really? It’s come to this? Wow.
MINNESOTA +3 over Green Bay and Favre retires, fading into the sunset. No, wait. Somebody told him the Vikings play Washington next week. He’ll be back.
Buffalo +4½ over CINCINATTI on General Principle. Ryan Fitzpatrick has a far better TD-INT ratio than Carson Palmer, and a better QB rating. Of course, the Bungles have one more win than 1-8 Buffalo.
JACKSONVILLE -2½ over Cleveland. Just keep handing off to MJD, baby.
KANSAS CITY -7½ over Arizona. That Super Bowl mirage a few years ago? That was about it, Cardinal fan. Back to the basement with you.
NEW ORLEANS -11½ over Seattle. Man Seattle is an annoying team.
Atlanta -3½ over ST. LOUIS. Atlanta just might be a real good team.
Tampa Bay +3½ over SAN FRANCISCO. No way the Niners luck out again this week, right?.
NEW ENGLAND -4 over Indianapolis. Closer line than I thought.
PHILADELPHIA -3½ over NY Giants. Basically, the same small hope I held out last week I am carrying into this week.
Denver +9½ over SAN DIEGO. I have no clue as to either team, and neither do their coaches.