Ernie Palladino plays Santa and hands out Christmas presents to New York sports icons.
The madness continued in Week 14. The Chargers bombed the Steelers in Pittsburgh, the Falcons get Cam’ed in Carolina, the Pats flexed their muscles against Houston and the 9-4 Ravens fired their offensive coordinator after blowing a game in D.C.
It was a tough week for the Top 10, as the Niners, Giants, Ravens and Bears all lost. The Steelers, Bengals, Seahawks and Redskins are all poised and ready to crack the rankings.
If the Giants are still feeling good about their one-sided win over the Packers, they will get embarrassed by the RGIII and the Skins this week.
Through 12 weeks, which team is the NFL’s biggest surprise? How about the Andrew Luck-led Colts, who are 7-4? The biggest disappointment? That honor goes to the dysfunctional 3-8 “Dream Team” Eagles.
The reason that college quarterbacks start right away is that they are far more prepared for the NFL game. College football coaches have far more detailed and challenging offenses and game plans than they did a generation ago.
Jets running back Shonn Greene has been nominated for the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week award for his tremendous performance in the Jets’ 35-9 win over the Colts this past Sunday.
Peyton Manning led the Broncos to a historic, improbable comeback over the Chargers after being down 24-0 at halftime.
This is purgatory for Jets fans like me. Look, I’m thrilled that the line was rejuvenated, if only for a week. But I don’t see how it will be enough to get New York to the postseason tournament.
Jets fans can now take a deep breath. If they can get to 4-4 at the bye, they’ll be alive and kicking.
Shonn Greene ran for a career-high 161 yards and three touchdowns to power a rejuvenated “Ground-and-Pound” offense that rushed for more than 250 yards.
Jets tight end Dustin Keller and rookie wide receiver Stephen Hill are active for the team’s game against Indianapolis after missing a few weeks.
The New York Jets thought they had the same when they traded up to draft Mark Sanchez fifth overall in 2009. Now, they won’t even commit to him as the starting quarterback beyond this week.
The Jets are not going to win the division, but they can take baby steps, and that will put them in contention for an AFC Wild Card spot. It looks hopeless right now, but the schedule makers have given them a chance to rise up out of the muck.
Drew Stanton’s time as Jets backup QB was brief — one week, to be exact. His reasons for signing and then asking out could provide insight into a franchise mired in Sanchez vs. Tebow.