A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Super Bowl

Great set of games last weekend, and a great set of games next week. The emergence of strong defenses during the waning weeks of the 2018 season continued, and the defenses did make their collective presences felt. No one scored more than 24 points (Dallas), and the only blow out was Indy over Houston 21-7.

Funny though was the fact that the top two defenses, Chicago and Baltimore both lost their games. At home, no less. Former San Diego zoomed out to a big lead, and nearly screwed the pooch as they sagged their defense midway through the 3rd quarter, and let the iffy rookie Lamar Jackson get his feet under him and nearly pull off the comeback.

Chicago on the other hand was pretty much dominated all game, yet still had the game within their grasp as a 43 yard FG attempt hit the left upright, AND the crossbar. Lost in all the anger around that kick, if you are a bears fan at least, is that the kick was tipped by Treyvon Hester. Juuuust enough to push the kick to the left.

The other games? Indy is looking fairly scary these days as they ride their 10-1 record to Kansas City. Indy dispatched the Houstons fairly easily as Houston never got rolling, and Luck played well, and Indy ran all over the Texans defense.

The Seattle Dallas game was a throwback game as both teams ran relentlessly all game. To the detriment of Seattle in my opinion. Seattle’s run game was stuffed all day, but Carroll kept going back to it time and again. 34 rushes for Dallas, and 24 rushes for Seattle. Which doesn’t sound like much till you realize that Seattle only threw 27 times, and Dallas threw 33 times. Elliot ran for over 100 yards, and pretty much kept Dallas rolling as Seattle had big problems establishing the run and had a shitload of 3-and-outs.

Good bunch of games, though.

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15 Responses to A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Super Bowl

  1. unca_chuck says:

    Speaking of the National Championship Game, at what point will they just call it the Alabama Clemson game? They’ve played 3 of the last 4 games for the national title. Alabama has been in there a shit ton since 2009.

    • Winder says:

      Alabama has pretty much been an institution since I can remember. They have recruiting down to a science. I lived near Clemson in the late seventies for awhile and I don’t think they were very good at that time. Hopefully the grass in Levi’s will hold up and not make a mess of things.

    • rtfirefly says:

      From the book, not the movie:
      Forrest Gump was not accepted for admission to any college in the country (because he was obviously a moron).

      Except one. Bear Bryant’s Crimson Tide gave him a football scholarship. Good to know that some things never change.

  2. unca_chuck says:

    Hah! Yeah, Clemson used to be a verb. As in “You Clemsoned that all up.”

    Hopefully they beat Bama. Do want to see how Q WIlliams does. Anyone else we should be looking at, N?

  3. unca_chuck says:

    This freshman QB for Clemson, Trevor Lawrence, looks pretty damn good. These quick passes by CLemson are negating Q Williams. He’s not a quick-twitch guy.

    • NJ49er says:

      I’ll watch it on the DVR in coming days since I’m chained to the laptop now but, I’m willing to bet, the gameplan with Quinnen, is double team him, and get the ball out quick.
      He’s a pocket destroyer on the inside.

  4. NJ49er says:

    If Clemson puts this away tonight, it would be quite the honor to Dwight too.

  5. unca_chuck says:

    Yup. Clemson’s finest.

  6. unca_chuck says:

    Lawrence is a fucking stud.

  7. unca_chuck says:

    Back-to-back 3rd down one-handed catches. Clemson is rolling.

  8. unca_chuck says:

    New thread is up.

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