Pigskin Ponderosa

Sunday Pigskin Ponderosa: RG3 Rolls, Patriots Gag

I guess this means RG3 passed his concussion tests…

It’s Week 6 and there’s a whole lot of shaking going on.

BIGGEST SURPRISE OF THE WEEK: GREEN BAY SLAUGHTERS HOUSTON

Considering how Green Bay played five weeks into the season and the numerous injuries suffered to key players, the Pack crushing the previously unbeaten Texans, 42-24, was rather surprising.

Aaron Rodgers threw six touchdown passes in one of the great regular season performances by a quarterback in recent NFL history. It remains to be seen if the Pack is truly back but for now, they’ve at least silenced their critics.

As for the Texans, I’m not buying their passing attack fronted by a past-his-prime Andre Johnson and Owen Daniels.

If they want to get to the Super Bowl, that needs to get fixed.

NOT-SO BIGGEST SURPRISE OF THE WEEK: INDY FALLS FLAT AGAINST JETS.

One week after an emotional win over Green Bay, the Colts went on the road and took it on the chin in a 35-9 loss to New York.

The Jets abused Indy’s run defense with 161 yards rushing and three scores from Shonn Greene.

Meanwhile, Andrew Luck fell back to earth with a 22 of 44 effort for 280 yards and a pair of picks.

MOST OBNOXIOUS TWEET BY A VICTORIOUS HEAD COACH: JIM SCHWARTZ 

The Detroit Lions erased a 10-point fourth quarter deficit in Philadelphia and defeated the Eagles in overtime, 26-23.

After playing three quarters of uninspired and lackluster football, the Lions came alive when crunch time arrived.

https://twitter.com/jschwartzlions/status/257606737845170176

Detroit’s comeback gave Lions head coach Jim Schwartz plenty of fist-pumping opportunities.

As Randy Savage once said about Hulk Hogan, Schwartz is a hot dogger and a grandstander…but on Sunday, he was a winner.

MOST GENEROUS TEAM: NEW ENGLAND’S POOR EXECUTION FORTIFIES A SEATTLE COMEBACK

Bill Belichick suffered one of his worst regular season losses ever as New England Patriots head coach on Sunday when the Pats squandered a 23-10 fourth quarter lead.

Incredibly, it was his future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady that lit the fuse on the meltdown.

Granted, the defense wasn’t up to snuff but then again, is anyone shocked when they play poorly? Certainly, not at this point.

I’m as a big of a Brady supporter as you’ll find but he has to take the hit for yesterday’s loss.

Let’s take a look at how Brady’s precipitous decline sunk the Patriots:

  • Following a muffed punt snap by punter Jon Ryan late in the first half, the Patriots had the ball with :40 seconds remaining. Brady led the Pats down to the Seattle 3. With only six seconds left, the Patriots tried to run another play. When he fired incomplete with two seconds remaining, it appeared the Pats would escape with a field goal. Not so fast. The ghost of Super Bowl XLVI returned and Brady was called for intentional grounding, which resulted in a 10-second runoff. End of half. No points.
  • Up 20-10 in the third quarter and at the Seattle 43, Brady was intercepted by Richard Sherman on a long throw intended for Deion Branch.
  • Leading 20-10 in the fourth quarter on a 3rd and 1 from Seattle’s 6, Brady fired high to Welker and it was intercepted by Earl Thomas.

Even if New England gets points on two of those drives, it’s a different story. Instead, the Pats came away with nothing failed to apply the knockout blow.

Prior to the Seattle game, Brady had thrown just one interception this season.

Shady play-calling and highly questionable time management along with Brady’s mistakes opened the door for the Seahawks to pull off the upset.

Courtesy of WWE.com

MOST FRAUDULENT HONORARY CAPTAIN: JOHN CENA  

Since WrestleMania 29 is being held at MetLife Stadium next April, the WWE felt compelled to send one of their big guns out to support the Jets.

Prior to New York’s thrashing of Indianapolis on Sunday, WWE superstar John Cena cameoed as an honorary captain for the Jets.

It was an interesting conflict of interest for Cena, who is a big Patriots fan.

Benedict Cena.

WELCOME BACK TO PLANET EARTH: ALEX SMITH

When the Giants paid a visit for a rematch of last season’s NFC Championship yesterday (aka The Day Joe Buck Roamed The Earth), they would leave San Francisco the same way as last January…victorious.

New York’s defense forced 49ers quarterback Alex Smith into his worst performance of the season.

Smith threw for 200 yards but finished with three interceptions in New York’s emphatic 26-3 win over the 49ers at the ‘Stick.

Last season, Smith was intercepted only five times. Through six games, Smith has been picked off four times.

Whenever we forget about them, the Giants are quick to remind us that they are still the world champions, until proven otherwise.

BEST MEDICINE TO AN AILING CITY: RG3’s 76-YD TD Run. 

My buddy Kaz was at FedEx Field for RG3’s tour de force versus Minnesota. When Griffin rambled 76 yards for a decisive score over the previously 4-1 Vikings, my phone lit up.

“At FedEx Field. I am a witness. #RG3”

Preach.

Griffin’s score in the 38-26 triumph was much needed medicine for the D.C. area after one of the great MLB postseason losses of all-time authored by the Washington Nationals on Friday night.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR NEXT WEEK: WHERE THE “ELITE” MEET

Two of the NFL’s alleged “elite” teams will meet this Sunday when Baltimore visits Houston.

The winner will grab an early pole position as the leader for home-field advantage in the AFC playoffs.

Baltimore’s defense best buckle their chinstrap. With their defense ailing, here comes Arian Foster.

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