Pigskin Ponderosa

Sunday Pigskin Ponderosa: By The Hand Of Dez Bryant

A game of inches…

Monday will not be a fun day for Tony Romo and several others as another NFL Sunday came to an end.

BIGGEST SURPRISE OF THE WEEK: MIAMI BLASTS THE JETS AT METLIFE STADIUM

Straight out of the “Thorough Butt-Kicking'” division, the Dolphins bashed the Jets 30-9 at MetLife Stadium.

They did so without the services of quarterback Ryan Tannehill for much of the game.

Miami only gained 236 yards of offense but took advantage of a blocked punt and poor play from the Jets to win by 21.

In the game’s aftermath, Antonio Cromartie labeled Miami running back Reggie Bush as a punk.

Bush kindly pointed out that it appeared the Jets laid down…again.

Advantage: Miami.

NOT-SO BIGGEST SURPRISE OF THE WEEK: PITTSBURGH SOLVES RG3

RG3 received plenty of verbal bouquets over the past few weeks following some standouts performances.

Finally, he ran into a sizable roadblock named the Pittsburgh Steelers. Pittsburgh defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau crafted a game plan that limited the electrifying rookie quarterback to 16 of 34 passing for only 177 yards and a touchdown.

Griffin’s ground game was limited to just eight yards on six carries.

Pittsburgh’s collective gas tank appears to be running a bit lower than usual but they still had enough to thwart Griffin’s Redskins, 27-12.

WORST REACTION TO AN OFFICIATING CALL: DEANGELO HALL

Remember that line of logic regarding the players not respecting the replacement officials? Well, it appears one particular player doesn’t carry a respect card for the normal game officials.

During the fourth quarter of Pittsburgh’s 27-12 win over Washington, DeAngelo Hall took exception to what he believed was some poor officiating.

Hall cursed at a pair of referees; was penalized and then, promptly ejected from the game.

You stay classy DeAngelo.

FAVORITE PLAY OF THE WEEK: TONY ROMO’S PLAY ACTION TO NOBODY LEADS TO AN INTERCEPTION.

As you can see from the above pic, Tony Romo’s play-action fake to nobody didn’t exactly fool the New York Giants defense.

After trying to “deceive” the Giants, Romo haphazardly fired into New York’s secondary and was intercepted by the immortal Stevie Brown.

Romo threw four interceptions in Dallas’s 29-24 loss to the Giants.

So much for that ass-kicking Jerry.

FAVORITE PLAY OF THE WEEK – PART II: VICK BALLARD GOES HEAD OVER HEELS

The Indianapolis Colts are 4-3 thanks to a 19-13 overtime win over the Tennessee Titans.

Running back Vick Ballard scored in acrobatic fashion on a 16-yard reception from Andrew Luck to win the game in OT for Indy.

Hey, the Colts actually might be decent.

THE MOST STUNNING STATISTIC OF THE 2012 SEASON: THE KANSAS CITY CHIEFS HAVE NOT LED DURING REGULATION IN ANY GAME. 

While the Chiefs have a win this season, it came in overtime against the New Orleans Saints.

Otherwise, the Chiefs have been the NFL’s worst team by a country mile. Need proof?

Take a look at this screenshot taken during their loss to Tampa two weeks ago:

These numbers didn’t improve during a 26-16 loss to Oakland on Sunday.

Once again, they failed to take a lead.

DEAD MEN WALKING: PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

We’ll get into this in more detail for Wednesday’s Dynasty Tracker piece, but the collective lifelessness of the Eagles fan base has seeped into the team’s pores.

They played with zero verve and allowed Atlanta to walk into their building and pummel them into the ground, which has never happened to an Andy Reid-coached team in 13 previous games after a bye.

Atlanta’s 30-17 win was followed by a loopy Asante Samuel press conference where he openly took shots at Reid; Michael Vick saying that he is fully aware Reid is ready to bench him for Nick Foles; and Reid fielding absurd questions from the media.

The Andy Reid era is over.

Unfortunately, instead of a quick finish, we’re being dragged to the finish line.

WE’RE IN A DIVISION RACE BUT BY RECORD ONLY: SAN DIEGO LOSES TO CLEVELAND

So, the Chargers flew to Cleveland and scored six points?!?!!!?

The NFL head coaching unemployment line is going to have some pretty notable names in it.

You feel me Norv?

WHAT TO WATCH FOR NEXT WEEK: SLIM PICKINGS 

Week 9 is not exactly the NFL’s finest hour in terms of scheduling.

The fun begins on Thursday when Kansas City takes on San Diego. Wow, that’s a real five-star spectacular.

Elsewhere, Miami visits Indy in a battle of surprise 4-3 teams; Pittsburgh takes on the Giants; and Dallas tries to do something useful against the 7-0 Falcons.

Not the best of slates, but we’ll love it nonetheless.

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