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The Water Cooler: Michael Vick, From Prison to Destroyer of Worlds

Vick is wreaking havoc on defenses yet again. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

I’ve been a pretty big skeptic of the whole Vick situation in Philadelphia for the entire season. I didn’t like how the Eagles were handling Kevin Kolb situation and I also thought Vick would eventually fall on his face.

It’s pretty evident now that Michael Vick is a better quarterback than he ever was in Atlanta.

I don’t know what happened to this guy in prison, but maybe Ryan Leaf should have tried it out. I can see Vick throwing a slab of concrete through a tire hoop while he was in prison. Who knows? Perhaps Vick doesn’t feel anymore pressure. He’s playing like a little kid, enjoying the game without a care in the world. Continue reading

The Water Cooler

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The Water Cooler is a weekly look at the NFL. I’ll try to hit the high points on Sunday’s happenings. It just so happens that a lot of drama unfolded this week in the NFL.

The Vikings circus continues. They lost their second game in a row Sunday and it was their third loss in four games. The lone win in that stretch was a three point victory over the maligned Dallas Cowboys. Take your pick at which organization is falling faster. Minnesota lost 28-18 at New England. Randy Moss was double-teamed all game and registered just one catch. Brett Favre was knocked out of the game after taking a helmet to the chin which required eight stitches to patch up. I can’t say that I’ve ever seen Favre look that out of it.

I think it’s finally catching up to him. He took a beating yesterday and that was on top of his fractured foot. I’ll give it to the guy. He’s tough. I don’t think anyone will question that, but he’s also stubborn. He knows it. I know it. You know it. We all know it. It’s time for him to step aside. Favre even said in a post game press conference that he questioned why he was still playing.

Favre actually played a good game for the condition that he was in, but let’s look at the overall picture. His QB rating is a career worst 69.8 right now. His low is 70.2 back in 2005 with the Packers. He’s on pace to throw 16 TDs and 25 INTs at the moment and the Vikings are all but finished. There is a small chance of hope, but who really believes that? It’s time for Favre to hang it up. Continue reading

Michael Vick named Starter

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Philadelphia head coach Andy Reid pulled a 180 yesterday when he announced that Michael Vick was going to be the starter for the Eagles.

Look, I can’t say I blame him based on Vick’s performance but I still feel like this is the wrong move.

I thought the Eagles let McNabb go so Kevin Kolb could step in as quarterback of the future? You either go with the guy or you don’t.

I mean, if you’re gonna start Vick then you shouldn’t have let McNabb go to a division rival. Vick is exciting to watch, but I’m still skeptical here. I want to see him against a better defense. He hasn’t seen that yet. Teams are now going to gameplan with full certainty that Vick is the starter. It will make a difference.

Ultimately, I think Kolb will be the starter again at some point this year. I don’t think the Eagles are a playoff team with Vick or Kolb as the starter. Not with that defense.

I’m not sure what Andy Reid’s logic here is, but it’s only setting back Kolb’s progression as an NFL quarterback. Reid needs to show a little more confidence in Kolb. At least give him a chance.

Colts running game resurfaces in win

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The Colts defeated the New York Giants 38-14 Sunday night in Indy’s home opener.

The Colts defense was much better this week and the offense found balance. They didn’t allow the Giants to run the ball at will unlike with the Texans.

Joseph Addai and Donald Brown combined for 36 carries and 161 yards on the ground. This enabled the Colts to control the clock and game a little better. They had about 11 more minutes of possession than the Giants.

I really think this offense is at its best when they are running the ball like this. It’s a must.

It not only keeps the clock moving and the defense off the field, but also forces the defense to respect the ground game. That makes Peyton even more dangerous because he has one of the best play fakes in the game.

I don’t remember a time when Peyton had this many weapons on offense. This offense is still trying to find a balance and a rhythm. The best is still to come, but I was happy to see the run game back in effect.

Around the NFL

The New York Giants were embarrassed last night by the Indianapolis Colts. Peyton beat Eli once again and Brandon Jacobs accidentally threw his helmet into the stands.

It was another solid week of NFL football full of injuries, flops and surprises.

  • The New York Jets dismantled the New England Patriots 28-14 in East Rutherford, NJ. Mark Sanchez threw 3 TDs as the Jets shut down the Patriots offense even with an early exit by Revis. The Patriots couldn’t run the ball and Tom Brady threw two interceptions. Quite a statement from the Jets who are now 1-1. They travel to Miami next week for an AFC East showdown. The Patriots get the Bills at home.  Continue reading

The Steelers Defense is Hungry

Mike Tomlin has the Steelers defense back up to an elite level. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

It looks as though the Pittsburgh Steelers defense is back to a Super Bowl caliber level.

This is the team that isn’t supposed to be talked about in a positive way right now. Right? They can’t win without Roethlisberger, can they? After all, they play the Falcons and Titans to open their season. They’ll be lucky to win one of those games!

Well, so much for all of the talk. The Steelers are mad. Continue reading

Favre Has Four Turnovers

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Brett Favre might be second-guessing himself now.

Favre turned the ball over four times in a loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

In fact, the Vikings were so scared to put the ball in Favre’s hands that they ran the ball exclusively on their next to last drive. Not even a play action. The Vikings were stopped on 4th and Goal when Karlos Dansby halted Adrian Peterson’s progress.

Favre threw 3 interceptions, lost 1 fumble and was sacked 3 times. His QB rating was 44.3.  Ouch. His rating for the year is 56.1. Double ouch.

The Vikings are now 0-2 and have only scored 19 points in two games. Granted, the two teams the Vikings have played are no slouches but it’s still alarming.

This was bound to happen in one of these “comebacks”. It was inevitable. We all knew that he would make the decision to return to the NFL once again and fall apart.

If Favre and the Vikings don’t get it together against the Lions next week, then there will be a serious issue for Minnesota.