13) 49ers had a 16-yard edge in average field position, improved to 8-1 on Sunday, holding off the Giants 27-20 at Candlestick. Giants got inside the 49ers' 20-yard line four times, managed only one TD, two FGs.
12) Chicago crushed the Lions 37-13 but scored only one offensive TD, and that came on a 30-yard drive. Devin Hester ran a punt back for a TD and the Bears' defense ran two INTs back for a score, as Stafford broke the index finger on passing hand, but continued to play (poorly). Why?
11) Detroit-Chicago game started at 4:15, and went to the half at 6:01. By the way, it is officially stupid to punt the ball to either Hester or Patrick Peterson. Isn't that obvious by now????? Punt it out of bounds.
10) Saints lost the coin toss in all ten games this year, and they also lost the coin toss before overtime in Atlanta. Referee hosed the Falcons on a first down spot/replay overturn in OT, then Mike Smith went for it on fourth down and cost his team the game.
Actually throwing the ball to a fullback on 3rd-and-short is one of my pet peeves in football. Fullbacks get paid to block, not to handle the pigskin, especially in a situation where the game is on the line. Throwing to their fullback was stupid and ultimately a fatal mistake.
9) At 2:10 Sunday afternoon, Tony Romo was 18-19 for 237 yards with three TDs. Jessica Simpson probably texted him by 2:30.
8) Bengals started three drives in Pittsburgh territory, and managed only a field goal and two INTs on subsequent drives. They lost 24-17, so you do the math. Baltimore's loss in Seattle helps both teams.
7) Alex Smith has played for seven offensive coordinators in his seven years as quarterback of the 49ers.
6) Last team that was 3-6 but wound up in playoffs were Jacksonville Jaguars, way back in 1996. Coached by a guy named Coughlin.
5) All four NFC West teams won Sunday; how long has it been since that happened?
4) According to NFL.com, Rams have seven players on their roster with a number in the 50's; three of the seven went to BYU. All seven are white. Would it kill the front office to get some linebackers who can run fast? Would this be a bad thing? Not talking about Lauranitis, he's very good.
Cleveland lost because their long snapper bounced a snap to the holder as the Browns were trying a 21-yard FG in the last 2:00. Not the prettiest of games. Watching it I'm wondering, how the hell have the Browns beaten three teams? Teams they've beaten: Seattle-Miami-Indianapolis. Oh.
3) Odd scheduling: Chicago's next four games are against the AFC West. Very strange, especially this late in the season.
2) Under was 10-5 Sunday, as over bettors need psychiatric help; there were only five defensive TDs and two special teams TDs Sunday, and the Bears had three of them. Over the last five weeks, as defenses have now more than caught up to the offenses, under is 45-22.
The new kickoff rule is hurting scoring. For the year, 177 of 334 drives (53.0%) started 80+ yds from end zone. (That is eliminating drives at end of each half that aren't completed). When teams have to drive 80+ yards to score a touchdown, not many touchdowns are scored.
1) You can't be minus-3 in turnovers and miss a 23-yard FG and expect to win an NFL game, epecially against the Patriots. Seven of 15 losers this were minus-2 or worse in turnovers- they lost by average score of 33-11. After than the Packers, I have zero idea who the second-best team is, but it ain't the Jets or the Ravens, who have lost to Jaguars/Seahawks.
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