Overreaction Monday: Week 8 Edition

Posted: November 1, 2011 by dontbeskerritt in NFL

This is a little late for Halloween, but just in time for NFL Week 8.  Remember earlier this season when the Steelers, Chiefs, and Eagles were left for dead.  Well after this week its safe to say that it’s the week of the Living Dead! That’s why we do overreactions every week, so you don’t fall into the trap.

1. Pittsburgh Steelers

Remember when everyone said the Steelers were old and slow?  Remember when the Steelers had no offensive line?  Well, the Stillers fans definitely don’t remember (you can’t tell them anything, anyways) and the NFL is starting to forget.  How did they beat the vaunted Pats offense and hold them to 17 points?  Just like the Jets in the playoffs last year, the Steelers gave the Patriots a totally different look; straight up man-to-man.  The Steelers, perfecters of the zone blitz, just manned the suddenly average Patriots receivers to death.  They got physical with the Pats’ receivers and threw the timing off of their routes.  In the end, Brady has his lowest passing total of the season and now the Steelers look AFC contenders while their next opponent, the Ravens, look like pretenders.

2. Kansas City Chiefs

This one is harder to explain because I don’t follow the Chiefs regularly.  But my buddy at work does (he’s from Kansas) and this is what he says. “The Chiefs lost Eric Berry (week 1), their best offensive player and Jamaal Charles (week 2) which knocked them on their heels.  But they regrouped, almost beat the Chargers in Week 3, and righted the ship.”  Now it helps when you can regroup against the Vikings, Colts, the Raiders with no QB, and the Chargers who can’t handle snaps.  It also helps when you have Miami and the fighting Tebows next on your schedule.  They’re gonna need all the momentum they can build because they start a 5-game death march starting at New England on the 21st.  But with Dwayne Bowe, Steve Breaston, and now Jon Baldwin, I like their chances better.

LeSean McCoy...Scaring NFL Defenses Straight

3. Philadelphia Eagles

Oh the Iggles.  Who would have thought my reverse jinx of the Eagles in the playoffs would be a prophecy.  But didn’t the Eagles look like the 2nd best team in the NFC when they mollywhopped the Cowboys yesterday?  Michael Vick was awesome, LeSean McCoy was awesomer.  McCoy is a problem, I don’t even know how you can stop him.  Oh yes I do; Andy Reid.  Reid remembered that McCoy was on his team and fed him the pill constantly.  Vick did his thing; audibling several times to beat the blitz to get first downs and scores.  No big plays, just moving the chains.   With the lead, the front-running Eagles defense was able to terrorize Tony Romo all night.  This is the Eagles team we expected to see.  There was too much talent, especially offensively, for this team to be left for dead.  Now they are right back where they need to be, second place in a mediocre division.  If the Eagles get in the tournament in January it would be that much more fun.  I’m not saying they are going to win it; on the contrary that Cowboys victory will give the Eagles fans just enough false hope to crash and burn in January (like the fans did this October (Phillies, and last May (Flyers, Sixers), and last January (Eagles) bwahahahah).  So Fly, Eagles, Fly for now, so your fans can Cry, Iggles, Cry in the Playoffs.

But for all these teams, welcome back to the land of the living.  It wasn’t the same without you.

  1. Randal says:

    LeSean McCoy better handle the pill a lot better as the season goes because he is carrying it as if it’s a loaf of bread…

  2. LBC says:

    Amazing how 3 teams in NFC East are 3-4 but all 3-4 records mean completely different things.

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