Thursday, September 4, 2008

Tonight's NFL Kickoff Classic

Somehow the end of the last sentence of my previous post was deleted without my realizing it until after posting it. I was ending the previous entry by saying that I fully expect Terrell Owens, when through, to end his career in a Dallas Cowboys uniform. This was after I talked about WR Terry Glenn being released. I fully expect Terry Glenn to retire and I'm certain that so do the Cowboys or else he'd still be on the roster, expected to eventually come back. But the organization had to make a tough decision and Patrick Crayton has proven to be an adequate fill in. Crayton has the hands, and the quick feet, and he runs very good routes. And expect him to atone for that critical drop of that third quarter third down pass that would have probably enabled the Cowboys to seize control in the dissappointing playoff loss. Speaking of the Giants, they opened up tonight on Thursday at home against the Washington Redskins. The Giants dominated a game that probably wasn't as close as the 16-7 score would indicate. The Redskins offense was starting their first game in their new west coast system under new coach Jim Zorn. QB Jason Campbell struggled, constantly completing short passes that constantly left the Redskins a yard or two shy of the first down on fourth down in their own territory which meant PUNT CITY. They scored their one TD right before the half on a pass to WR Santana Moss. The Giants scored on the opening drive on Eli Mannings' bootleg from five yards out but were held to three FGs by 44 year old John Carney after that . All of the scoring was in the first half. The Giants patchwork D looked solid, bend but not break against an out of sync Redskins offense. The Redskins didn't even complete a pass to TE Chris Cooley until late in the fourth quarter if you can believe that. The Redskins D kept the team in it but in the second half but Washington was unable to sustain any drives. Manning threw a pick in the third quarter but it didn't cost the team. Sunday is only three days away. The Cowboys visit Cleveland to take on the Browns. The Browns are going to have to score early and often to have a chance, I predict. Their secondary is weak and the Cowboys certainly will look to take advantage of that. They'd better. Cleveland could make this a shootout, for they have some capable weapons on offense. The Browns are banged up in a lot of areas though. My prediction for the game : COWBOYS 37-24.

Also, in the college ranks. I like USC, I think that Mark Sanchez is the real deal at QB, looks like Matt Leinert. They are ranked number one(they buried Virginia on the road 52-7 last Sat.) and are idle this weekend before hosting number three Ohio State. Being in Utah, I am a diehard BYU Cougar fan and they look to be vying for a BSC bowl bid. But instate rival Utah might have something to say about that. The Cougars and UTes may very well BOTH be 11-0 when they meet in Salt Lake City on Nov. 22. If it's ever going to happen(where these both of these two teams roll into their Holy War match unbeaten) it's going to be this year.

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