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BlindSite 11-10-2008 10:57 PM

Week 10 Breakdown
 
Though I endeavor to include all top performances and as many great plays and players each and every week, time and space means that there will be a few I miss. This is no reflection on the team or me as a fan or writer, in some cases it’s just unlucky they're not included. Enjoy.


Break out Performer
After weeks of seeing the Cleveland browns struggle and appear as a shell of their former selves, it was nice to see Brady Quinn break into the starting line-up and play extremely well in their loss to the Denver Broncos. His 23 of 35 for 239 yards and 2 touchdowns is about as perfect as it gets for a first time starter. Though the Denver defense isn't exactly elite Quinn's play was markedly better than Andersons and his appearance in the line-up appeared to revitalise a struggling offense. For a team that is very clearly in need of a number of pieces its loud and clear that they're at the very least set at the quarterback position for the years to come.

For the first time in nearly a decade it appears the Jets have made a good draft choice at the tight end position. Dustin Keller a rookie had his first hundred yard day against the St Louis Rams. The Favre connection is a strong one and I don't think its a stretch to say that the former Perdue Tight End will see his name called a number of times before the end of the schedule.

Coaching Comments
When Lane Kiffin was fired I thought that it was possibly the worst move Oakland could possibly make, but after watching the Raiders face Carolina on Sunday it appears it just might be the right move. Oakland is probably one of the most talented teams at some positions but is a team rife with what can only accurately be described as head cases. The release of Hall to free up cap space and remove a distraction has lead to the team gelling almost instantly.

Though the offense was strangled by Julius Peppers and Carolina's linebackers the Oakland defense put together one of the best performances I have seen against a far superior team. The Oakland linebackers and secondary just might form on of the best back units in the NfL and Tommy Kelly just might have been worth the price tag in the offseason. If the Raiders can find a decent balanced defensive end the defense will be complete. What they really need, and its abundantly clear is an offensive line as over the weekend, Backups Gary Gibson, Charles Johnson, not to mention the starting four tore the line apart. Julius Peppers was like a man amongst children and will probably be the subject of several terrifying nightmares for Kwame Harris and Andrew Walter for a few more nights at least.

QB Watch
Tyler Thigpen is the real deal. It’s no coincidence that since the chiefs have been starting Thigpen their team has been very different. Combined in his last three starts he's thrown for over 700 yards and six touchdowns for no interceptions. His poise and execution has been impressive and its shown on the score line. In those three games the Chiefs have faced the defenses of the Jets, Tampa Bay and San Diego and though the Chiefs lost all three of those games they lost them by a combined eight points and after being thrashed earlier in the season by all comers, that's impressive.

Rookie Watch
The Play of the rookie wide receivers in Josh Morgan, Eddie Royal and DeSean Jackson just to name a few cannot be ignored. With no receivers being taken until the second round, intelligent reasoning would suggest that if the draft were tomorrow the draft order would look very different. With DeSeason Jackson Brian Westbrook can have some pressure eased off him and in San Francisco Josh Morgan has become a consistent play maker on a young struggling team. Eddie Royal up in Denver has made a statement just about every week when he's been targeted early and is playing no small part in the emergence of Jay Cutler into the upper tier of NFL Quarterbacks.

Homer Corner For the third time this year the Carolina offense has been pathetic. The first game they lost against Minnesota and the second game against Tampa they were blown out. Thank the football gods for the defense who turned in a great performance against a truly inept and weakened Oakland offense. Though the team is hungry, dominant and sitting atop the NFC at 7-2 one has to question a few things.

Can this team be consistent when it counts and which team will come to play in the next few weeks when the schedule takes a tough turn. The next two weeks against Detroit and Atlanta are very winnable, but facing New Orleans, Tampa, Greenbay, Denver and the New York Giants to close out the season, that majority of which will be played away its hard to gauge the team's final record.

It’s also becoming clear that the Panthers need to find some competition and an heir apparent for the QB position. While as a fan I love Jake Delhomme and he's achieved and fought for more for the Franchise than any other player in the team's history he's 33 and has never really been a consistent force. With him probably having another two years tops as the team's starter as a fan I'm curious as to when and if the franchise will look for his replacement.

Other Stuff

Though Arizona beat the 49ers and at times a very good team can be taken to task by a motivated, otherwise pathetic foe. But, Arizona still doesn't not have the discipline in regards to penalties and fundamentals to be considered an Elite unit. While I like their offensive power and their defense is beginning to emerge, I cannot see their defense being good enough to keep them in games with other NFC power houses, especially those in the NFC East. I also think that their defense is the sole reason they lost to Carolina and will truly be the reason why though they make the playoffs they see an early exit. That being said if their secondary and defensive line continues on schedule, and Warner sticks around at a high level, they'll be a solid team next year and more prepared to make a serious run at the title.

tjsunstein 11-10-2008 11:14 PM

Break out performer should go out to Marques Colston. He's back. 7 Catches for 140 Yards. Good stuff.

AlexDown 11-10-2008 11:15 PM

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Julius Peppers was like a man amongst children and will probably be the subject of several terrifying nightmares for Kwame Harris and Andrew Walter for a few more nights at least.
No Kidding, what a game.

Three sacks
Seven tackles
Three tackles for loss
One QB hit
Two Pass defenses
Two Forced fumbles

tjsunstein 11-10-2008 11:18 PM

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Originally Posted by AlexDown (Post 1307146)
No Kidding, what a game.

Three sacks
Seven tackles
Three tackles for loss
One QB hit
Two Pass defenses
Two Forced fumbles

Wait, if it wasnt a sack then a QB hit is a fine! Get the check book ready. Make it out to Mr. Goodell err I mean the NFL.

Shane P. Hallam 11-10-2008 11:28 PM

I'm pretty sure Oakland's defense is pretty horrible, and just had one good game (though it was more Carolina playing poorly I imagine). I don't think that defense is close to anything, and firing Kiffin was still a bad move.

Dr. Gonzo 11-10-2008 11:32 PM

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Originally Posted by JBond93 (Post 1307164)
I'm pretty sure Oakland's defense is pretty horrible, and just had one good game (though it was more Carolina playing poorly I imagine). I don't think that defense is close to anything, and firing Kiffin was still a bad move.

But anyone who plays Carolina tough has to to be great don't they? The Oakl D put on a game for the ages.

illmatic74 11-10-2008 11:32 PM

In the last two games the Raiders are averaging 1.94 yards per pass attempt not sure it relavent but that is very funny to me.

Menardo75 11-10-2008 11:35 PM

Should add Jason Hill to the breakout list.

fenikz 11-10-2008 11:40 PM

wow you people are too fickle, last week we manhandle the st. louis rams and everyone hops on board this week we win close in a pressure situation and everyone says we aren't worthy

a win is a win is a win, we played the 2nd toughest NFC schedule over the 1st half and went 5-3, we have the 3rd easiest NFC schedule in the 2nd have and start it off with a win

tjsunstein 11-11-2008 12:25 AM

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Originally Posted by fenikz (Post 1307188)
wow you people are too fickle, last week we manhandle the st. louis rams and everyone hops on board this week we win close in a pressure situation and everyone says we aren't worthy

a win is a win is a win, we played the 2nd toughest NFC schedule over the 1st half and went 5-3, we have the 3rd easiest NFC schedule in the 2nd have and start it off with a win

Exactly, its not the BCS. No style points awarded.

d34ng3l021 11-11-2008 12:40 AM

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Originally Posted by tjsunstein (Post 1307144)
Break out performer should go out to Marques Colston. He's back. 7 Catches for 140 Yards. Good stuff.

Clearly you didn't watch the game. He got most of that stuff in garbage time, after the Falcons went up 27-6 in the 4th. Not breakout performance esque, but it was just a good game.

vidae 11-11-2008 12:54 AM

Tyler "The Truth" Thigpen baby!

awfullyquiet 11-11-2008 01:02 AM

i'm kinda bummed that no mention that the titans were actually contained for two quarters. the thunder and lightning in len whale white and chris johnson were contained. everyone's fear that 'can kerry collins pass the ball' if they shut down the run was resounded yes.

none of that?

i think that may have been some of the bigger news this week.

BlindSite 11-11-2008 01:09 AM

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Originally Posted by JBond93 (Post 1307164)
I'm pretty sure Oakland's defense is pretty horrible, and just had one good game (though it was more Carolina playing poorly I imagine). I don't think that defense is close to anything, and firing Kiffin was still a bad move.

After this statement I have to question whether or not you've seen them play this season.

While the Carolina offense's terrible play made them look a lot better. Tommy Kelly was extremely disruptive, Asomugha shut down Steve Smith and the safety play was excellent. Kirk Morrison is recognised as one of the best MLB's in the NFL and Thomas Howard has been a solid contributor for quite some time. Their defense isn't horrible by any definition of the word. The issue is more that their offense cannot sustain a drive.

Besides which as I mentioned there was a noticeable difference from how they have played, to how they did play.

Dr. Gonzo 11-11-2008 01:13 AM

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Originally Posted by BlindSite (Post 1307296)
After this statement I have to question whether or not you've seen them play this season.

While the Carolina offense's terrible play made them look a lot better. Tommy Kelly was extremely disruptive, Asomugha shut down Steve Smith and the safety play was excellent. Kirk Morrison is recognised as one of the best MLB's in the NFL and Thomas Howard has been a solid contributor for quite some time. Their defense isn't horrible by any definition of the word. The issue is more that their offense cannot sustain a drive.

Besides which as I mentioned there was a noticeable difference from how they have played, to how they did play.

So you are questioning whether or not he has seen them play when you have only watched them play once against the Panthers. Nice.

tjsunstein 11-11-2008 01:26 AM

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Originally Posted by d34ng3l021 (Post 1307265)
Clearly you didn't watch the game. He got most of that stuff in garbage time, after the Falcons went up 27-6 in the 4th. Not breakout performance esque, but it was just a good game.

Didn't watch the game at all, you're right. Looked at my fantasy team and there he was with those stats. 7 catches for 140 is impressive whether its garbage time or not. Ask Calvin Johnson.

BlindSite 11-11-2008 01:39 AM

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Originally Posted by Dr. Gonzo (Post 1307300)
So you are questioning whether or not he has seen them play when you have only watched them play once against the Panthers. Nice.

I saw the game against Denver, the Jets game, half the SD game and the Carolina game. That's 4 games. The problem in oakland isn't the defense.

Besides which, who cares? All that matters is that Tom Cable has them playing better than Lane Kiffin did, which if he can coexist with management is clearly a better long term or even short term option for the franchise.

Firing a head coach who has his team losing, doesn't talk to his defensive coordinator and can't cooperate with the people upstairs is still a bad decision if his replacement has the team playing better and is living in peace with his owner and GM?

Right now based on the games I've seen. Cable has the team playing more competitive football than Kiffin did.

d34ng3l021 11-11-2008 01:48 AM

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Originally Posted by tjsunstein (Post 1307314)
Didn't watch the game at all, you're right. Looked at my fantasy team and there he was with those stats. 7 catches for 140 is impressive whether its garbage time or not. Ask Calvin Johnson.

Its not really that impressive. He was basically a non-factor throughout the game. Did not even enter the redzone.

BlindSite 11-11-2008 04:41 AM

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Originally Posted by d34ng3l021 (Post 1307331)
Its not really that impressive. He was basically a non-factor throughout the game. Did not even enter the redzone.

Yeah, I watched the replay last night between Atlanta and New Orleans and their offense was pwned until the last quarter when it didn't really matter.

bored of education 11-11-2008 06:39 AM

This rookie clas of WR's is just amazing. Not only understadning the game with some great route running but they have picked up the NFL game speed so quickly. Hmm that sounds funny.

I like your lil tidbit about Thigpen. CHiefs are 5 plays from being above .500 which is a bright spot for the future. Once they learn to win, it will become 2nd nature.

21ST 11-11-2008 06:56 AM

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Originally Posted by bored of education (Post 1307404)
This rookie clas of WR's is just amazing. Not only understadning the game with some great route running but they have picked up the NFL game speed so quickly. Hmm that sounds funny.

I like your lil tidbit about Thigpen. CHiefs are 5 plays from being above .500 which is a bright spot for the future. Once they learn to win, it will become 2nd nature.

I wish the redskins could have gotten atleast one of thoes amazing rookie recivers

bored of education 11-11-2008 06:59 AM

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Originally Posted by 21ST (Post 1307413)
I wish the redskins could have gotten atleast one of thoes amazing rookie recivers

They missed the boat homie!

21ST 11-11-2008 07:10 AM

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Originally Posted by bored of education (Post 1307414)
They missed the boat homie!

yeah big time

T-RICH49 11-11-2008 07:37 AM

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Originally Posted by vidae-KC (Post 1307286)
Tyler "The Truth" Thigpen baby!

Oh Yeah Thigpen is the Real Deal!!

giantsfan 11-11-2008 07:58 AM

Tyler Thigpenzzzzzzz?


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