Trickery is afoot. I haven't seen this many trick plays since the heady days in the late 1980's, early to mid 1990's, when Bill Cowher, Dan Reeves, and Jeff Fisher would fake punts, pull flee flickers and onside kick at inappropriate times. I gotta say, I kinda love it.
Manziel's acting job outshone his abilities as a receiver, and even the latter was pretty good. Too bad that play was illegal as hell. Even so, that bit of trickeration was truly epic. It made my day. I don't think we've seen the last of Kearse to Wilson, nor maybe Harvin to Wilson. And if Andy Dalton can finally find his consistency, he should have an illustrious career as a wide out. I was, however, dissapointed that J.J. Watt did not catch his second offensive touchdown. Missed opportunity, Houston.
The media power rankings have Cincinnati on top, and I don't think they are wrong. The Bengals look like the team to beat in the NFL, save for one looming question. Aaron Rodgers wouldn't, but both Peyton Manning and Phillip Rivers have gone right at Richard Sherman, and made the gains with authority. The Bengals don't play Seattle unless they both reach Arizona next February. But I will always question this: Can Andy Dalton face the Legion of Boom and not blink?
The byes begin this week, and I just want to say ... I hate them. I hate them here, I hate them there, I hate them pretty much everywhere. I would prefer a Sunday off, in week nine, when every team can rest it's wounded and gear up for the title push. But no. Someone suffering from fever dreams decided that we have to watch football every week from before Autumn to the celebration of Presidents day. Not the teams we want, of course, because we need a 17 week season, squeezed out of players only playing 16 and knowing the physical toll that takes. Last year's Super Bowl teams have a week off. And that means they then get to play 13 games straight. Meanwhile, some teams are just all about getting to game nine, so that they can rest up and be ferocious for the remaing 7. This is not equitable, and it stinks of league fixing.
Seriously, NFL. Take week 9 off. It won't hurt your profit, it won't hurt owner profit (still 8 games a year.) It won't hurt network profit. You aren't adding a day of business with week 9, you are thinning the fan pool that watches every other week. Fantasy football won't suffer, because the fans don't have to scramble for that rb3 to cover a bye week when facing their worst nightmare opponent. That forces work on people who really don't want to work for their fandom, and online or TV network profit. Week 9 (or maybe Thanksgiving weekend) people could spend a productive day, knowing that they aren't missing anything. This is our Football 'purge', the day we sigh and tune in with greater numbers next week because we love the game so, and we want to see what our team does with rest. It's a win-win. No one loses money.
For that reason alone, it will never happen.
New York Giants (1-2) at Washington (1-2) - Washington (45-14, Giants)
Green Bay 1-2) at Chicago (2-1) - Packers (38-17, Packers)
Buffalo (2-1) at Houston (2-1) - Texans (17-23, Texans)
Tennessee (1-2) at Indianapolis (1-2) - Colts (17-41, Colts)
Carolina (2-1) at Baltimore (2-1) - Ravens (10-38, Ravens)
Detroit (2-1) at New York Jets (1-2) - Lions (24-17, Lions)
Tampa Bay (0-3) at Pittsburgh (2-1) -Steelers (27-24, Buccaneers)
Miami (1-2) at Oakland (0-3) - Dolphins (38-14, Dolphins)
Jacksonville (0-3) at San Diego (2-1) - Chargers (14-33, Bolts)
Philadelphia (3 -0) at San Francisco (1-2) - 49ers (21-26, 'Niners)
Atlanta (2-1) at Minnesota (1-2) - Falcons (28-41, Vikings)
New Orleans (1-2) at Dallas (2-1) - Saints (17-38, Cowboys)
New England (2-1) at Kansas City (1-2) - Patriots (14-41, Chiefs)
Byes: Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, St. Louis, Arizona, Seattle
Last Week's Score: 10 - 6, 63% Overall: 27 - 21, 56%