Monday Night Fallout
Sports has been very depressing in the past week, all the biggest headlines have nothing to do with a sport other than the athlete. Just negative situations that us, fans, shouldn't really have to deal with. We don't need to be in athletes' personally life, and yes they should act as role models, but society must realize they're human like the rest of us. So to all media outlets, I ask that you bring us back the game, go back to the field and report what's going on there, not outside of it, let CNN handle that.
Luckily, we had a weekend full of great games to keep us away from the madness, ending with thrilling Monday Night'er. Eagles and Colts, two potential playoff teams, in what turned into a crucial game at the end.
I couldn't have said it better Reggie Jackson. Even though I despise the Eagles (the hate is real), I have to applaud them for their 2nd half heroics. For the 2nd week straight, the Eagles erased a 10+ deficit in the 2nd half to win the game. In the first week, they came back from down 17 against the Jags, scoring 34 points in the 2nd half and allowing 0. Tonight, they outscored the Colts 24-10 in the second half. This offense can turn it on at any time and when they do, they will score fast. Chip Kelley has materialized the Oregon scheme, a fast paced run game, into the NFL's "Passing League", which some say would never work. He has added a pro style to it, but he has the backs he need for it to click
Imagine if Shady and Sproles played at Oregon with Chip Kelley; and I know they played at different time, but it's nothing wrong with saying "What If?". Coming into the season I had a feeling these two would be a dangerous combo but I also thought that without Desean Jackson, it wouldn't work. So far it looks like D.Jack won't be needed. Sproles, even though he is a running back, he can also be a big play threat as a receiver, similar to D.Jack. Monday Night, he caught 7 passes for 152 yards (targeted 7 times), with a 19 yard rushing TD. Now we all know how elusive Shady can be but now you pair him with another player that's just as, if not more elusive, to make up a dangerous backfield. Shady had himself a a cool day, 20 carries 79 yards and a touchdown, but Sproles was the star tonight. As a Cowboys fan, I can't lie, these two scare me.
Unfortunately, a couple bad calls had to help decide a winner for this game. Luck and the Colts did blow a 20-27 lead with 5 minutes left in the game, but a missed defensive hold resulted in an interception that put Philly in great field position to tie the game. It's funny how for the first two weeks of the season, we have seen the refs call horrible defensive holds but when the penalty is actually committed, they miss the call. Its terrible but I digress; until the next paragraph. The Colts was supposed to win this game, they were the better team for 55 minutes. Even the running game was on point with Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw. Trent did fumble the ball, which led to Eagles touchdown. That fumble was unfortunate because Trent was having a solid game up to that point. Luck and Ty Hilton couldn't connect on many passes, only 6 times from 11 targets, but Luck didn't have a great game, instead he was solid. Luck threw the ball 34 times, 3 of which were TDs, but only 172 yards threw the air. Now I thought the Colts were pretty balanced, 34 passes and 34 rushes, but some would say Luck should have been passing the ball more, especially on their last drive that went 3 & out, which is true. Franchise QB should be using his arm to win the game, not handing it off.
Now to these referees. I can only be but so mad at them because they are only doing their job. They're pawns just like the players, except they are actual robots, what the owners want the players to be. The league has saturated the game so much with so many judgement calls, that refs are having a hard time calling a clean game. And when I say clean, I mean a game where you barely noticed them. Nobody is expecting them to be mistakes-free but their mistakes shouldn't cost teams the game. The penalties have been horrible in the first two weeks, and it is truly killing the game.
What started out as "helmet-to-helmet back has now turned into " No Hard Hits". Good clean hits are being flagged and if this continues, a lot of teams will lose games because of it. Whether its the rules committee or the League or the office in New York, whoever, somebody has to fix these rules so the game can run smoothly again.