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Seems like there's always a week one or two upset that catches the eyes of the top 10 National Championship contenders and the fans who follow them. Appalachain State over Michigan, Jacksonville State over Virginia Tech and now UL Monroe takes down #8 Arkansas coming from 21 points down. As Chris Berman always says at least once a weekend during football season, 'That's why they play the games".
How great was it to see Connor Dietz, who completed 10/19 passes for 127 yards at least take some chances down the field? Of course Air Force has thrived in the triple option rushing attack for quite sometime now, but playing virtually mistake free almost resulted in another upset that would have easily knocked the Wolverines from the rankings.
Kansas St ran for 295 yards and limited Miami to just 40 on the ground in one of the more lopsided losses in Miami's history. Collin Klein needed to complete only 9/11 passes for a cool 210 yards and a TD. while running for 3 more. The Wildcats improved to 6-0 at home against BCS non-conference opponents under Bill Snyder, who has the program he elevated to elite status humming again. Kansas State hosts North Texas next Saturday, which means it likely will be 3-0 heading to No. 5 Oklahoma on Sept. 22.
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So lets get it started again. Wishing everyone an awesome football season and lots of spooky magic
Ya know Im gonna buy the point where needed. Going easy as we head into the season. Like a couple totals as well.
Seattle Over, Green Bay Over
Monday's List of 13: Wrapping up Opening Day in the NFL.....
13) Bronco fans have to be happy as hell, watching Peyton Manning lead Denver to a 31-19 win over Pittsburgh; Steeler defense never stopped the Broncos after the first quarter (36 plays, 291 yards on last four drives that weren't kneel-downs at the end of each half).
12) Robert Griffin III's first six passes were all behind the line; his 7th pass went for an 88-yard TD, as Washington took advantage of a Saints' squad that doesn't have its head coach, and is learning a new defense. Redskins posted a 40-32 upset in the Superdome; three 1st round picks for RGIII didn't look bad on this day.
Redskins averaged 11.5 yards per pass attempt. best in NFL; Jets' 9.9 was next-highest figure. Could've won big bucks betting that exacta.
11) Teams that scored a TD on defense or special teams were 4-5 this week, surprisingly bad; Miami's punt return TD was their only touchdown all day. It doesn't help that the Dolphins' best WR might be their rookie starting QB Taneyhill, who played WR for two years at Texas A&M.
10) Michael Vick had a brutal day, with one TD and four INTs on his first 14 drives of the day, but he led the Eagles 91 yards for a TD when it mattered most, and the Iggles escaped the Dawg Pound with a 17-16 win.
9) Atlanta led the Chiefs 20-17 in Arrowhead when the Chiefs missed a game-tying 40-yard FG with 9:07 left in third quarter; they went into the tank after that, and got drilled 40-24 in their home opener.
8) Kevin Kolb came off the bench to save Arizona after John Skelton hurt his ankle; he led the Redbirds to the winning score in a strange 20-16 game when the refs gave Seattle an extra timeout in the last minute, when Seahawks had the ball inside the 10-yard line at the end of the game.
All 16 Seattle points came on drives that started in Arizona territory.
7) Green Bay ran ball 14 times for 45 yards, not winning numbers; they lost 30-22 at home to San Francisco, which ran ball 32 time for 186 yards. You're not beating good teams without some balance on offense.
6) Jets hung 48 points on Buffalo, scoring a defensive TD and one on a punt return, proving for the 10,000th time that exhibition games mean next to nothing- they converted 10 of 14 on third down in crushing Buffalo.
5) We're charting plays of 20+ yards this season, think its an important statistic. In 14 games this weekend, there have been 117 explosive (20+ yard) plays, an average of 4.2 per team.
Chicago led league with nine explosive plays Sunday; Carolina/Indy both had seven. Rams/Seahawks had the least (one each) and both of them lost, too. Anyway, we'll track it this season to see if it is significant.
4) Breaking down explosive plays by downs, we find that 47 of them came on first down, 46 on second, 20 on hird and four on 4th down. Think there are teams out there who aren't aggressive enough on first down.
3) Home favorites are 4-5 so far this week, home dogs 3-2 (2-0 in divisional games). Over is 8-6 heading into the Monday doubleheader.
2) Teams with a positive turnover ratio are 8-2 this week; only Rams (+3) and Browns (+1) lost, and both those teams were winning in the last 90 seconds. Young teams need to learn how to finish off close games.
1) Five rookie QBs started this week; they went 1-4, 2-3 against spread, with Redskins only team to win. RGIII didn't play like a rookie.