Tuesday, October 20, 2009

That was fixed, right?

A game with four interceptions, four fumbles and fifteen penalties is probably going to give you whiplash. Consider the following sequence, where the Bears had first-and-goal at the Falcons' 1. A first down pass was incomplete, on second down the Bears fumbled and recovered, on third down they fumbled and lost it. The Falcons then drove all the way to the Bears 31 just to give it back on an interception.

Late in the game, the Bears were down 21-14. They drove to the Falcons 24, where quarterback Jay Cutler was sacked on second down. That made it third down and 17. The Falcons gave up a first down on a pass interference penalty, but it was no problem. The Bears threw an incomplete pass, then they incurred a five-yard penalty. On second and 15, they were penalized for holding. On third and 25, they made a stunning 24-yard completion over the middle, to the Falcons 5. On 4th and 1, 14th-year left tackle Orlando Pace inexplicably dove into the ground. The false start penalty made it fourth and 6, which the Bears didn't convert, losing the game.

This is why I don't watch NFC games. Then again, in the AFC, the Browns gave up over 500 yards of offense and the Titans gave up 59 points and over 600 yards. The Jets threw six interceptions as a team and somehow still managed to lose with only a couple of minutes left in overtime. They were, of course, playing the Bills, who did their best to lose this game, but the Jets simply were not to be denied. The Jets were so bad that the Bills' backup quarterback went 10-25, and he was the best quarterback on the day. The Jets' Mark Sanchez was 10-29 for 119 yards and five interceptions. The Bills couldn't give this one away, so they improved to 2-4, but the fans have already put up a billboard asking for Dick Jauron to be fired.

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