Archive for November 17th, 2008

WATERCOOLER CHAT: TITANS STILL UNDEFEATED, GIANTS POWERFUL

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The Tennessee Titans put their undefeated streak on the line against the Jacksonville Jaguars.  The Jaguars have had a sub-par season due to some key injuries, but they are still one of those you-never-know teams, as any given week they can spring to life and beat anybody.  The Jags sprung out to a big lead on the Titans, getting two clutch touchdowns from their tiny running-back, Maurice Jones-Drew, and it looked like the Titans had finally met their match.  But, the Titans rallied back, not so much from their dual-headed RB ground game, but from a brilliant passing performance from Kerry Collins and his favorite receiver Justin Gage.  Collins threw for 230 yards and three TDS, and two of those touchdowns went to Justin Gage.  Gage finished off the day with a total of 147 yards, as the Titans took control of the game and improved to a perfect 10-0.  Tennessee 24, Jacksonville 14.

The day’s marquee match-up was a showdown of the explosive offense of New York Giants against the iron-wall defense of the Baltimore Ravens.  But… the Giants are just too powerful this season and Baltimore’s D was easy to dissect.  The Ravens usually stop opposing running games, but the Giants ran with ease.  Big man Brandon Jacobs ran for 73 yards and two TDs, and even 3rd string running back Ahmad Bradshaw had 96 yards on the ground for the G-Men.  Next week marks a huge showdown, as the NY Giants will head to Arizona to play the streaking Arizona Cardinals.  NY Giants 30, Baltimore 10.

Speaking of the Cardinals, they looked to do something this week that they hadn’t done in quite a while — win in Seattle.  The Seattle Seahawks have pretty much sat atop the NFC West for the past couple years, and they always used to demolish the Cardinals when they came up for a visit.  Larry Fitzgerald, the Cardinals star WR, told an Arizona paper that this season has been a thrill ride, but winning in Seattle would really make it special.  That would signify that things have changed for the Arizona organization.  Well, the Cards traveled to Seattle on a mission, and… prevailed.  Kurt Warner threw for his 4th straight 300-yards game, the Cards 3rd string running back, J.J. Arrington had two surprise TDs, and the talker, Larry Fitzgerald, had an amazing 151 yards receiving.  Arizona 26, Seattle 20.

This sets up a HUGE match-up next week, in what could be a preview of the NFC Championship Game.  The juggernaut NY Giants will head to Phoenix to take on Kurt Warner and the Cardinals.  This… is a can’t miss game, and won’t fall short in terms of excitement.  If the Cards edge the Giants, it will a big question mark on which team will represent the NFC in the Super Bowl.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

The BCS rankings were released in college football, but there was no shake-up whatsoever.  #1 Alabama.  #2 Texas Tech.  #3 Texas.  #4 Florida.  #5 Oklahoma.  Some key games are coming up, however, and if one of the top two teams loses, we’ll have a gigantic mess in the BCS rankings — not to mention more backlash against the a highly controversial BCS system.

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