Archive for October 1st, 2012

WATERCOOLER CHAT: FIRST FULL WEEKEND WITH REAL REFS

In the NFL, it was the first full weekend with the real referees back in action.  And since the response to the replacement refs were so horrible, the real referees are coming in with practical immunity — almost as if they they can’t be criticized because the fans now kno what their option is.

First up, it was the New York Jets hosting the San Francisco 49ers.  This was a much anticipated battle. The Jets looked terrible to be honest.  They couldn’t get any offense going, and the Niners defense was practically a brick wall.  Mark Sanchez threw for a grand total of a 103 yards, and that included an interception.  The Niners, meanwhile, were clicking on all cylinders, even their back-up quarterback Colin Kaepernick came in for a rushing touchdown. It was a blowout.   Jets head coach Rex Ryan said he’s giving his team 2 days off to think about who they want to be this season, because they’re going nowhere fast.  San Francisco 34, NY Jets 0.

In Buffalo, the Bills were hoping to beat the Pats on their home field again.  This is kind of becoming a David vs. Goliath rivalry.  The Pats have punished the Bills so much the past 10 years, and now that the Bills actually have a competitive team of sorts, they always feel they can take on Tom Brady and the pats.  That was the case in the first half, as the Bills pulled out to a 21-7 lead.  Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 350 yards and 4 touchdowns on the day.  Except he also had 4 interceptions.  And you just can’t give the ball over to the high-powered Patriots offense.  They scored on just about every possession. Tom Brady had 340 yards and 3 touchdowns, but the Patriots run offense got into it as well behind Stevan Ridley and Brandon Bolden.  Suddenly, what looked like a blowout turned into a blowout for the other team.  New England 52, Buffalo 28.

In Tampa Bay, we would be witness to Robert Griffin III finally becoming that game-winning quarterback the Redskins hoped he would be.  The Redskins got out to a sizable lead behind a rushing touchdown from Robert Griffin III and their running back Alfred Morris.  But then, the Bucs would battle touchdowns from their key players:  Vincent Jackson and LeGarrett Blount.  Soon, a field goal had the Bucs in the lead 22-21.  Then, it was the RG3 show.  He made the plays to march them down the field and put them in scoring position.  All this WHILE the speaker in his helmet failed (note:  all quarterbacks have a speaker in their headset for the coach to call plays too.  It helps when there’s a lot of noise.)  So he was out there on his own.  He put them in range, and then Billy Cundiff booted a 41 yard field goal to win the game for the Skins.  The Skins are now 2-2, and those losses come on 2 very winnable games.  This is a quiet team that could sneak up on people at the end of the season.  Washington 24, Tampa Bay 22.

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