I know a lot of people will be angry with me about the comparison I’m about to make but it’s necessary because watching NFL football is like watching some college football teams. A lot of the teams in the NFL play like the teams in the SWAC. SWAC is the acronym for South Western Athletic Conference. The majority of the teams in the SWAC believe outscoring the opponent is the way to win football games. Therefore, instead of incorporating defense and the running game into their systems, they just pass, pass, pass and hope at the end of four quarters their team has the most points. Well, this kind of football is what fans are seeing with the NFL and it’s an absolute joke. Trent Dilfer has made a point of saying that NFL football “is sloppy” the last couple of weeks and he’s right.
The devaluation of the running game and the lack of defense displayed by NFL teams is part of the reason most of the teams don’t do well and the reason teams are plagued by the coach and quarterback merry-go-round. The truth is fans would like to see more defensive played games combined with a good running game. It’s nice to see a QB throw a long pass but that’s not what fans want to see all the time.
Now on to the recap and I’m starting with the teams that play like SWAC teams:
Patriots vs. Eagles: Although the Eagles won, I am not going to waste any more time than I have to writing about them because we all know the Patriots should have won the game. The question now is why did the Pats lose? All of the analysts said it was because of the injuries on offense, which is very true so what does that tell you? What the analyst should have been saying was that since the Patriots offensive game was off the lack of defense utilized by the team was exposed. It is obvious that the Patriots defense is practically non-existent and the team depends on Tom Brady and the offense to score points and keep them in the game and that is what happens. The Eagles scored at will yesterday, the score doesn’t reflect how lopsided the game really was. The Pats win a lot of games for a couple of reasons and they are as follows:
- Their division sucks so they don’t have a lot of competition;
- They have a fairly easy schedule throughout the season;
- Gronk is 6’6” and weighs approximately 260 pounds so he is tough to defend; and the biggest reason is:
- Tom Brady throws a lot of short passes, controls possession of clock so he runs a lot of time off the clock and ultimately scores. It’s a brilliant plan as long as your offensive weapons are healthy.
Bears vs. 49ers: I will not waste time talking about the 49fers because the Bears should have won that game. Jay Cutler put up 21 points, put the team in field goal range twice to win the game and the punter missed both of the field goals. The media needs to get off Jay Cutler’s back. The problem with the Bears is the same as the Patriots and other NFL teams, no defense. The Bears allowed Blaine Gabbert to run a 44 yard touchdown, really? The lack of defense has plagued the Bears for years and all the media wants to do is harp on Jay Cutler because he is not throwing passes all over the field. He shouldn’t have to. The Bears were playing in Chicago; they scored 21 points which was more than enough to beat the 49ers and they were in field goal range twice. If the Bears had a good defensive unit, like the one headed up by Mike Singletary that would not have happened.
Packers vs. Lions: The Lions had this game won but allowed Aaron Rodgers to toss up a “hail Mary.” Where was the defense?
Jaguars vs. Titans: The team that scores the most points wins. The Titans won.
Texans vs. Bills: This was just another whoever scores the most points wins. The Bills won.
Panthers vs. Saints: The Panthers have a very good defensive unit so the Saints should not have scored 38 points. However, the Saints do have the tendency to play well in the Super Dome. Let’s be clear, the Saints defense is terrible so they are all about passing the ball and trying to win by outscoring their opponents, which is stupid because not only is their defense terrible they don’t really have a running game so all they have is Drew Brees passing the ball and being picked off.
Bengals vs. Browns: Did the Browns management expect the 3rd string QB to really be able to compete with the Bengals? That’s a rhetorical question. The coach nor the organization needed to know what Johnny Manziel was doing on his day off since it didn’t impact the team. There is not a company is this country that will question its employees about what they’re doing on their off days, unless they want to be sued.
Ravens vs. Dolphins: Now some of you may want to say since this was a low scoring game, and the Dolphins won, the defense was on for both teams. Actually, both teams are just bad. The Ravens are bad because they’ve endured a lot of injuries this season and the Dolphins have been bad since Don Shula retired.
Seahawks vs. Vikings: Coach Carroll is getting back to the kind of football the Seahawks are accustomed to playing and winning. He should not be concerned about what the media is saying about Russell Wilson needing to stay in the pocket and pass the ball more. Don’t change the formula that made you a winner. We’re seeing signs of a resurgence of the Seahawks defense and that’s what fans like and want to see. The Seahawks defense shut the Vikings run game down and kept them from scoring in the air. DEFENSE WINS GAMES AND CHAMPIONSHIPS!!!
Jets vs. Giants: We all know that the Giants do not have a defensive game. Can someone tell me how does a team with a two time Super Bowl MVP QB continue to lose on a regular basis? The Giants have two of the best receivers playing and they scored 20 points while the Jets scored 23. I cry foul!!!
Arizona vs. Rams: The Cardinals have a good defense and a strong offense. The Rams are up and down.
Chiefs vs. Raiders: The Chiefs are finally playing the way we know they can. Both teams have good defensive units but the Chiefs are a better team. The Raiders have a ways to go.
Broncos vs. Chargers: The Broncos played a good conservative game, which is what you do with the backup QB. I saw Brock throw a long pass that was missed by the receiver and I said out loud, “don’t do that again, you’re not ready for that.” What did he do on the next possession, threw a long pass and it was picked off. Fortunately, they were playing the Chargers so it didn’t hurt them but had they been playing a better team, it could have meant the difference between winning and losing. The Broncos have a good running back, utilize him and pass when necessary.
Steelers vs. Colts: The Colts are missing Andrew Luck and Big Ben is a terrific QB.
Cowboys vs. Redskins: The Cowboys neither the Redskins should be excited about this game, except the Cowboys can give kudos to their defense because it kept them in the game without their leader, Tony Romo. The Redskins were at home with their starting QB and could not beat a 3rd string Cowboys QB. By the way, the Cowboys had three (3) turnovers and the Redskins still could not capitalize on the mistakes and that’s because of the Cowboys defense.
DEFENSE WINS GAMES AND CHAMPIONSHIPS