Deep Football Thoughts Week 14
Hey Bleed Big Bluers. I hope you all had a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving, and didn’t kill anyone on Black Friday…only in this country on the day after giving thanks for things that mean so much to us do we go out and pummel people for an X-Box. America the Beautiful indeed.
Before we get to the fantasy plays to help in your fantasy playoffs and the picks against the spread this week, I would like to answer a question from a Twitter follower.
I got a tweet the other day from NY BROWNBOMBER @Lar09NY He tweeted..
“@Trifecta24 can we get a written piece on Eli the turnover machine this season.”
Well @Lar09NY, first off thank you for the question. I really do appreciate the fact the you are enjoying my posts and actually care about what I think on the matter.
I addressed this matter back in week 6 after the loss to the Bears. Eli had 15 picks at the time. I broke it down like this dude…
15 INTERCEPTIONS—LETS TAKE A CLOSER LOOK –
MINUS 2 – 2 OF THOSE PICKS ARE OFF TERRIBLE BAD LUCK BOUNCES (DALLAS-OFF SCOTTS ARM – DENVER-OFF DUDES FOOT)
MINUS 6 – GO BACK AND WATCH THE FILM. 6 OF THE 15 INTERCEPTIONS ARE DUE TO WR’S (NICKS 1 TIME AND RANDLE 5 TIMES) RUNNING THE WRONG ROUTE.
MINUS 1 – CRUZ GET THE BALL PUT IN HIS HANDS AND THE BALL IS RIPPED AWAY FROM HIM. (Eagles game) HOW IS THAT MANNINGS FAULT?
MINUS 1 –NICKS STOPS RUNINNG ON A SLANT ROUTE AND THE CORNERBACK PICKS IT OFF…
THAT LEAVES 5 INTERCEPTIONS THAT ARE MANNINGS FAULT…INCLUDING THE ONE AT THE END OF THE BEARS GAME.
Is that the whole story? No. Eli hasn’t played well at all this season. Rule 76 – No Excuses Play Like a Champion.
But I do have a hard time putting all the blame squarely on his shrugging shoulders. Along with the bad routes, bad bounces and miscommunications, the most telling stat when talking about Eli Manning is this one…
Eli has been sacke 31 times with 4 games left. His career high prior to this year for a full season is 30. Let that sink in.
This entire team has been a clusterfuck this season NYBROWNBOMBER. I am not giving Eli a pass, I think his play this year at times has left much to be desired. But I do not think he is alone, and a QB who thinks he is going to get smashed on every throw can not be successful on any team. The Giants have underperformed as an entire offense. The line, the backs, the receivers and Eli. I don’t think you can blame all the turnovers on him at all. That being said it would be nice to see Eli grab someone by the facemask after running the wrong route, but other than that, Eli is Eli. If the Giants make the right moves this off season I see Eli as being a strength for this franchise for the better part of another decade. IN REESE WE TRUST.
If any other Bleed Big Bluers have any GMEN questions and care to hear my opinion on them, or just have a comment, I urge you to hit me up on the Twitter (James Doino @Trifecta24), on the Facebook (James Doino) or hit me up via email at firstname.lastname@example.org (Please put something in the subject field like “Bleed Big Blue Question” or something like that) This is your website Bleed Big Bluers and we want you to be involved and heard through out the Big Blue masses… Thank you NYBROWNBOMBER as you may have started something here….
FANTASY PLAYS THIS WEEK — THE PLAYOFFS ARE HERE…LEGGO!
QB’S — CARSON PALMER (CARDINALS) — JOSH MCCOWN OR JAY CUTLER (BEARS) — TONY ROMO (COWBOYS) — ALEX SMITH (CHIEFS) — JOE FLACCO (RAVENS)
RB’S — CHRIS IVORY (JETS) — DEMARCO MURRAY (COWBOYS) — ANDRE BROWN (GIANTS) — DANNY WOODHEAD (CHARGERS) — LAMAR MILLER (DOLPHINS)
WR’S — ROD STREATER (RAIDERS) — ANDRE HOLMES (RAIDERS) — DWAYNE BOWE (CHIEFS) — MICHAEL FLOYD (CARDINALS) — MIKE WALLACE (DOLPHINS)
TE’S — JARED COOK (RAMS) — JORDAN CAMERON (BROWNS) — BRENT CELEK (EAGLES) — GREG OLSEN (PANTHERS) — MARTELLUS BENNETT (BEARS)
PICKS AGAINST THE SPREAD — LAST WEEK WE WENT 3-0-1
SEASON RECORD — 35-35-3
SAINTS -3 OVER THE PANTHERS — PANTHERS ARE 0-10-1 IN THEIR LAST 11 GAMES AGAINST THE SPREAD WHEN THEY ARE UNDERDOGS BY LESS THEN 10 POINTS.
SAINTS 27 PANTHERS 17
RAMS +6 OVER THE CARDINALS — ONE OF THOSE DEFENSIVE GAMES THAT COMES DOWN TO A FG.
CARDINALS 16 RAMS 13
CHIEFS -3 OVER THE REDSKINS — I THINK THE CHIEFS TURN IT AROUND AGAINST THE SKINS THIS WEEK — BIG TIME.
CHIEFS 27 REDSKINS 10
BENGALS -6 OVER THE COLTS — COLTS LOOK LIKE THEY HAVE TAKEN A BIG STEP BACK AND BENGALS ARE A DIFFERENT TEAM AT HOME.
BENGALS 31 COLTS 16
UPSET OF THE WEEK —
LIONS +3 OVER THE EAGLES — NICK FOLES HASN’T SEEN A PASS RUSH LIKE THIS ALL SEASON…ADD THAT TO STAFFORD TO MEGATRON AND I WILL TAKE THE POINTS. FOLES THROWS 2 PICKS IN THIS ONE…
LIONS 27 EAGLES 21