Pigskin Ponderosa

Sunday Pigskin Ponderosa: Chuck Strong

Amen.

Separation begins in the NFL as we begin to find out who is for real and who is going to be watching the NFL playoffs from a stool at Applebees.

BIGGEST SURPRISE OF THE WEEK: PACKERS BLOW 18-POINT FIRST HALF LEAD; LOSE TO COLTS 30-27.

Ladies and gentlemen, we may have found the league’s next great quarterback.

Green Bay led 21-3 at halftime and appeared to be on their way to a 3-2 record. That’s when Andrew Luck and Reggie Wayne went to work.

Indy outscored the Pack 27-6 in the second half behind Luck’s 362 yards passing.

Meanwhile, Wayne went bonkers by hauling in the game-winning score and posting a career-best 212 yards receiving.

Green Bay tried to rally late but Mason Crosby’s 51-yard field goal try hooked to the left.

Dedicating this game to head coach Chuck Pagano, who is hospitalized while dealing with leukemia, the Colts overwhelmed Green Bay in the game’s final 30 minutes.

P.S. Green Bay may not make the playoffs. Cheers.

NOT-SO BIGGEST SURPRISE OF THE WEEK: BUFFALO GETS THEIR WILD WINGS BARBECUED BY THE 49ERS, 45-3. 

The Buffalo Bills surrendered 621 yards to the 49ers in a 45-3 annihilation in San Francisco but that wasn’t the most eye-catching stat of the day.

Within that yardage output, the Bills allowed a 300-yard passer and allowed the Niners to eclipse 300 yards rushing, which is a first in NFL history.

That is not bad defense. That is atrocious defense. Horrific. Terrifying. Disgraceful. Abominable.

What?

I said woeful.

Over their last six quarters of football, the Bills have allowed 90 points.

Unacceptable. Embarrassing. Shameful.

How does that $50 million of guaranteed money of Mario Williams taste now, Buffalo?

Williams has a sack and a half more than me in 2012.

Anyway, the 49ers luckily don’t play all 16 games against the AFC East. They’ve won their last two games – against the AFC East’s Jets and Bills – by the combined score of 79-3.

WORST DEMONSTRATION OF BALL SECURITY: MICHAEL VICK

NFL Network ran Vick’s post-game comments from last Sunday night, during which he said he knows how to hold on to the football when necessary.

Well, guess what?

He doesn’t.

Vick lost his fourth and fifth fumble of the season against Pittsburgh yesterday, including one inside of Pittsburgh’s 5.

Vick’s fumble into the end zone proved pivotal. The Eagles lost 16-14.

Through five games, Vick has committed 11 turnovers.

When asked about it after the game, he was far from worried.

Just great.

WORST DECISION: RG3 SHOULD HAVE JUST RUN OUT OF BOUNDS

Robert Griffin III displayed the eternal struggle for quarterbacks that like to wander outside the pocket.

When Griffin tried to lead a second half Redskins scoring drive, he swung out right deep in Falcons territory to pick up yards.

Instead of a touchdown, RG3 met Atlanta Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, who proceeded to knock him the eff out.

Griffin left the game with a mild concussion.

Next time, just run out of bounds, RG3.

WORST QUARTERBACK BATTLE: JOE FLACCO VS. MATT CASSEL

While fans in Foxborough were treated to another installment of Tom vs. Peyton, Kansas City received the equivalent of watching Ishtar on loop for three hours.

For some reason, the sports media powers that be insist on propping up a potential “Joe Flacco is an elite quarterback” storyline.

Thus, I have an assignment for anyone who reads this blog.

Dig up regular season games of Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Eli Manning, and Aaron Rodgers (the NFL’s unofficial quarterback illuminati) since Flacco’s rookie season in 2008.

See how many times they duplicated this boring, nine-point producing, stat line:

13 of 27,  181 yards, 0 TDs, INT

Granted, you’ll find a few clunkers from those quarterbacks over the last four years. However, Flacco’s performance on Sunday is quintessential Flacco.

It’s who he is…an inconsistent quarterback.

Despite his solid start this season, he hasn’t posted consecutive games of a 90 passer rating or better through five games.

Then, there was Cassel, who made Flacco’s performance look like first ballot Hall of Fame worthy stuff.

The mediocre duo combined to finish 22 of 42 for 279 yards with three interceptions.

America deserves better from its quarterbacks (and it’s Presidential candidates).

WORST THROW OF THE WEEK: CAM NEWTON SHORT-HOPS A POTENTIAL GO-AHEAD TOUCHDOWN PASS. 

Speaking of bad quarterback play, Cam Newton was back at it in Carolina again.

Facing a stout Seahawks defense, Newton stumbled to a 12 for 29, 141 yard-effort.

Despite his struggles, Newton’s Panthers had a chance to take the lead late in the fourth quarter. With the game in the balance, Newton had an open Ben Hartsock in the end zone.

Instead of throwing a frozen rope, the second-year quarterback short-hopped a pass that was probably better suited for the MLB playoffs.

BEST CAMEO APPEARANCE BY A SUSPENDED HEAD COACH: SEAN PAYTON 

See what happens when Sean Payton is allowed to show up to a Saints game?

New Orleans won their first game of the season on Sunday night versus San Diego.

Payton was granted visitation rights from Roger Goodell so the suspended Saints head coach could watch Drew Brees make NFL history.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR NEXT WEEK: REVENGE OF THE NERD. 

A humdrum Week 5 will be followed a raucous Week 6 card which includes some real bell-ringers including a rematch of last year’s NFC Championship when the Giants visit San Francisco.

Elsewhere, New England’s hot offense heads to Seattle; Philly hosts Detroit; and the Packers and Texans get together for Houston’s first-ever Sunday Night Football foray.

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