Super Bowl Madness Podcast with Wonder

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Week 17 Odds and Ends


Wonder’s back with a final wrap up for week 17.  Lets go first with one of the most exciting games

Lions at Packers- Rodgers sits but Flynn passes for 480 yards and six touchdowns…AGAINST A TEAM THAT WAS TRYING TO WIN.  So a little disconcerting for the Lions, but, they showed that explosive offense and it’s interesting to see how much money that performance is going to get Flynn as he probably pulls a Kevin Kolb, or a Matt Hasselback, to start for somebody. Whether it be Seattle, Washington, or Miami. The question is whether it is more Flynn or the system…we shall see

49ers Rams- 49ers Desperately needed this one, they go out to a 34-13 lead and then they let them back in the game which was amazing for their defense to do that and give up 17 points in the fourth quarter. I do think Harbaugh is doing great with keeping Smith under control but I will say that the 49ers offense still has question marks. Particularly- Frank Gore isn’t Frank Gore right now. As for the Rams-firing Spagnuolo, I think they should have given him one more year. They have had massive injuries this past year that gave them no chance. They need to focus on drafting offensive linemen and wide recievers.

Jets Dolphins- The Jets get embarrassed on national TV. To see the disgrace that is commonly referred to as Santonio Holmes, acting like a two year old on and off the field.  Just disgusting. Dolphins played ok the second half of the year but they need a big time head coach and they need an infusion of talent. Moore has been ok but he just isn’t the answer. I do know that Sanchez is not the answer for the Jets. You need an incredible defense and running game to win with him. It’s scary.

Bears Vikings- Totally meaningless. Except to Giants fans, to make sure Allen didn’t break Strahan’s sack record. As I stated before the draft Christian Ponder is not the answer and if he is the answer then I want to know what the question is. Bears had a lot of bad luck this year let’s face it. They were contenders. They couldn’t survive the losses of Cutler and Forte. It’s the NFL.

Bills Patriots- I don’t think in the history of football you have seen one team score three straight touchdowns and then see the other team score the next seven. It has never happened before (at least we don’t think so) and it will never happen again (we don’t think so).  It just goes to show you just how pathetic the Patriots defense can be to give up three TDs and 250 yards in the first quarter. I don’t think their defense can get them to a Super Bowl if they have to go through both Pittsburgh and Baltimore. If they get Cincinatti in round two then they are the favorites!!

Saints Panthers- I don’t know how you stop the Saints at home. It will be interesting when the host the Lions, it will be high scoring and there will be a lot of balls in the air. But I expect Stafford and Johnson to show up for that game. The Panthers they just gotta work on their defense. A lot of hope for the future with Cam, stinks that Smith will be a bit long in the tooth before they really hit their stride.

Redskins Eagles-Redskins show their true colors and the Eagles show a little bit of what their true colors could be. When the Eagles are at their best they are scary. It’s impossible to defend them. I think they made a big mistake keeping Andy. That’s not to say they won’t turn it around, I just think it was time for a change. They need to move forward and just get rid of DeSean Jackson and move along.

Colts Jaguars- As I’ve stated before it is so 1000% to draft Luck and trade Manning for whatever the market will bear.  Assuming that Manning can even play again or pass a physical, which I seriously question. As for the Jags, similar to Ponder, if Gabbert is the answer then I want to know what the question is.

Titans Texans- Titans needed to win and they won it. Texans needed to win it but they tried to anyway. I feel bad for the Texans. If they were healthy then they really really would have had a good chance of going the distance. Titans gave a good effort, just missed out on the tournament. Good job by Munchak. Well see if Locker can be the QB next year.

Bucs Falcons- Losing ten straight. Wow.  Way to go Rhaeem Morris. Couldn’t find a faster way out of Tampa Bay. Falcons are a tough team who can run. Jones is a beast. It’ll be interesting to see what they do with the Giants. Ryan has got a lot to prove in winning a playoff game.

Ravens Bengals- Ravens totally dominated the games. They are just a much better team then the Bengals, who were able to backdoor their way in. Good future though.

Steelers Browns- Pitt just hasn’t really looked in sync but somehow they have managed to win these games. I know Big Ben is hurt. Losing Mendenhall hurts. I still think the Steelers will crush Denver. The question is how they do the next round in either New England (presumably) or Baltimore (if CInci beats Houston). Baltimore then New England is a tough road. Much better for them if Houston wins. In Cleveland, Holmgrem is still suffering from his God complex. They are just not very good. I kind of like McCoy but he is just not big or strong enough to make it in the league. We shall see…

Chiefs Broncos- What an ugly game. Horrible to watch. As bizzare as it sounds, if the Chiefs had not lost the previous week in overtime (after having the game-winner blocked in OT) the Chiefs would have won the west. I think they are a better team then Denver with more potential. Tebow is showing his true colors now. His unbelievably lucky run has caught up with him.

Chargers Raiders- I can’t believe the Chargers kept Norv. How does beating the Raiders save his job. I do like Rivers, they have a lot of good playmakers, they seem to have gotten thin on both lines over the last few years. I don’t know if it is bad drafting or bad luck but the Chargers used to control the LOS over the last few seasons. That wasn’t the case this year. As for the Raiders—Hue Jackson had it right they didn’t even show up the last few weeks. Absolutely horrible. From 7-4 to 8-8. Losing McFadden hurt. And obviously losing Campbell hurt because he was doing a good job. Palmer, ugh. They do have a lot of talent and a lot of speed so we will see.

Seahawks Cardinals- First off let me congratulate Skelton on a great season. It is a true testament to his abilities. When I evaluated him I said he needed a few years coming out of Fordham to adjust to the NFL, but if you sit him on the bench and let him learn he has got an NFL arm. If he could ever get the mental part down he could be a steal. That’s why I said before the draft that he could be a good one. He was shoved into action a bit early but he certainly has shown a lot of potential. I’m not sure Kolb is better than John Skelton, especially with some seasoning. Seattle just needs a QB, if they can get one, that team could be OK for the next few years. Tate has shown he is the real deal. Rice and Lynch are darn good too.

Giants Cowboys- Well they certainly handed it to the Cowboys. Bottom line is the Giants played a weak game vs the Jets and managed to win. They did the same vs Dallas in the third quarter and still managed to win. They are headed to the playoffs. I think they beat the Falcons but I think it’ll be a close one. Can’t take Atlanta lightly. As for Dallas, Jerry Jones confirmed this week that he is not giving up his position as el jefe. It is absurd. He is destroying that team with his ego. I think its time that the NFL, Roger Goodell, steps in. This is an embarrassment to the league, to allow Jerry Jones to just make that franchise about him.

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