Guess what? It's almost Thanksgiving! And, you know, being American, I love me some Thanksgiving. Some nice family time, some great food, some parade/dog show action, and some Thursday football. So, being the cool person I am, I'm gonna do a little Thanksgiving-style recap of Week 11 (I know, it's not actually Thanksgiving yet, but I do what I want here, people).
Five Things I'm Thankful for from NFL Week 11
1. Eli Manning's general ineptitude: A missed pass to Hakeem Nicks late in the game, an awful slide/dive that caused him to fumble (and would not have had he slid feet-first), and three interceptions (including one at the end of the game that caused my friend Alex to win his fantasy game by 0.04 points)
2. Brad Childress finally getting fired by the Vikings after a 31-3 shillacking (love that word) against their division-rival Packers. Hopefully Brett Favre will be next, because he just looks awful.
3. Dwayne Bowe, Arian Foster, and Greg Jennings, for making me look good in fantasy-- again.
4. Not being a fan of the Vikings (3-7) , Cowboys (3-7), or Giants (Eli Manning; nuff said). Although the Giants' Super Bowl win would be nice... Who would have thought that the Eagles' last five games of the season (against the Texans, Cowboys twice, Giants, and Vikings) would be a stretch that screams 5-0?
5. The Steelers laying a 35-3 smackdown on the Raiders and reminding them that they are, and will always be, the Raiders.
How about some Thanksgiving analogies? That would be fun.
White meat: The classic, favorite part of the turkey, always satisfying.
How about the New England Patriots? After a Super Bowl run earlier in the decade and a 16-0 regular season in 2007, the Patriots have been an elite team for years, and now they're back on top after a 31-28 win against the Colts. Granted, Peyton Manning threw a generally-ill-advised interception when the Colts were in field goal range late in the game, but...
Dark meat: Delicious, under-appreciated, a dark-horse perhaps?
Yes, I'm a homer. But I don't think that you can argue with the Eagles' 27-17 win against the Giants last night to take sole possession of first place in the NFC East. The Giants used a pretty good gameplan against Michael Vick, rushing on the left to force him to run right, which (being a lefty) almost guarantees that he's not going to pass it. The Giants eliminated the deep pass from the Eagles' offense, but we were still able to get it done. An explosive offense and opportunistic defense... hmm... sounds like last year's Saints?
Cranberry Sauce: Doesn't really look pretty, but boy is it sweet.
With three straight very late wins against sub-.500 teams (they beat the 4-5 Texans on a TD pass with ten seconds left this week), the New York Jets are giving their fans a pretty exciting run (trust me, I live with one). However, you gotta be at least a little bit worried about a team that's winning like that so often. Once they play teams that know how to win games late, they might have a little more trouble. Games against the Patriots and Steelers will show mroe about this team, but an 8-2 record is hard to argue with.
Stuffing: A mish-mash of foods that can be hit-or-miss depending on the chef or the ingredients
The Dallas Cowboys were 1-7 with Wade Phillips as head coach, and now they fire him and suddenly their offense is explosive despite lacking their starting/franchise quarterback? Some ingredients (quarterback) may be mixed-and-matched fine, but when you have a good base (talented skill players in Felix Jones, Miles Austin, and Dez Bryant) it might just be about the preparation (Jason Garrett vs. Wade Phillips)
National Dog Show after the parade: Not too many people are watching, but it's good anyway
Josh Freeman started 10 games last year for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and won 3 games, throwing 10 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. This year, he has started 10 games and won 7, throwing 14 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. Nobody's giving them any credit, but they have a young, solid quarterback, good young skill players in Mike Williams and LeGarrette Blount, and a defense that is 6th against the pass in an NFL that is all about passing these days. I don't know if they will be able to hold up against division rivals in New Orleans (7-3) and Atlanta (8-2), but they're giving it a good run without anyone caring much.