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Around the NFL 12/22/10
By Jason Lewis (Sports Editor)
Published December 22, 2010

DeSean Jackson

Note to all punters, kicking the ball to the Philadelphia Eagles DeSean Jackson (Long Beach Poly HS), will lead to points going up on the opposition’s scoreboard.
Photo by Jeff Lewis

By Jason Lewis
Sports Editor

Michael Vick and DeSean Jackson… wow!

To say that Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick and wide receiver/punt returner DeSean Jackson (Long Beach Poly) are putting on a show would be an understatement.  They are making a mockery of NFL defenders. 

The Eagles were down to the New York Giants by 21 points in the forth quarter, in a game that may have decided the NFC East winner, and Vick put the team on his back, play after play, drive after drive, and willed them back into it. 

Well, the Eagles did get some help from some Giant flubs, such as not having the hands team on the field when the Eagles attempted an onside kick.  The Giants must have been the only ones not to see that coming. 

The straw that broke the Giants back was the final play of the game, with the score tied and the Giants having to punt the ball.  Common sense says kick the ball out of bounds, away from Jackson.  Looks like the punter didn’t get Giants head coach Tom Coughlin’s message, because he punted a low line drive in the worst place, right down the middle of the field. 

This is where Murphy’s Law took affect.  What ever can go wrong, will go wrong, and the Giants figured that out as Jackson was clowning down the sideline for the game-winning touchdown. 

Jackson, who likes to make a production out of crossing the goal line, decides to hang a left and run parallel to the goal line.  Some people said that he was trying to run out the clock.  Ah, no, the clock hit zeros when Jackson was around the 20 yard line, and the clock is big as day in the back of the endzone.  Dude was clowning like he was playing John Madden Football on Playstation.

The Giants punter is taking all the blame for the loss.  But is it really his fault?  Did he blow a 21-point lead at home?  After his punt, couldn’t his teammates simply have made a tackle?  Really thinking about it, if he did kick that ball out of bounds, the Eagles, who had all of the momentum, would have gone on to win the game in overtime. 

So the punter was really not at total fault.  But with all that being said, man, punt the ball out of bounds! 

Well that just sucks for the Giants.  They held a 21-point lead, were on the verge of taking control of the division, and now, yeah, that just sucks.

As for Vick, this guy is in the MVP discussion.  The only other player in the running is New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.  It’s going to be a very close race over the last couple of games, and it is going to be tough for Vick to take it from Brady, because Brady and the Patriots have been blowing out playoff contenders over the past month. 

Playoffs taking shape

This past weekend, and for the next two weeks, for teams in the playoff race it’s must win, and the New York Jets, more than anybody, needed a win badly this past Sunday.
They were facing a three game losing streak at the worst possible time, and they had to take a trip to Pittsburgh.  That had loss written all over it. 

But the Jets gutted a hard fought victory out, and they more than likely will lock up a wild card berth within the next two weeks.  Even with the loss, the Steelers can still win their division or get a wild card spot, but the Baltimore Ravens made the race for the AFC North really tough when they were able to knock off the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints.  The Steelers and Ravens are now tied with two games remaining. 

The AFC South and AFC West, yeah, who really cares?  The Indianapolis Colts aren’t the team that they’ve been over the past 10 or so years, and the Kansas City Chiefs are nothing to get excited for. 

The San Diego Chargers and Jacksonville Jaguars are on the outside looking in at this point and will need to win out and get some help to get in.

The NFC, outside of the West, is very intriguing.  It’s coming down to the wire for a few teams. 

The Atlanta Falcons and Eagles are the cream of the crop, but the Chicago Bears are sitting on 10 wins right now and have locked up the NFC North.  With quarterback Aaron Rogers injured, the Green Bay Packers can forget about catching the Bears, and their chances of making the playoffs are looking pretty slim.

The Saints aren’t the team that they were a year ago, but they still have the firepower to do some damage in the playoffs, and they look like they’re pretty much in as a wild card.  The Giants look like they will get the other wild card.

As for the NFC West, the St. Louis Rams and Seattle Seahawks are tied for first place with 6-8 records, and the San Francisco 49ers, who continue to get blown out and are only 5-9, and only a game out of the division lead.  That’s just horrible. 

Donavan McNabb likely done in DC

Looks like the Eagles had a good reason to trade quarterback Donavan McNabb within their own division.  McNabb is not very good. 

Now, that does not mean bench him in favor of Rex Grossman.  Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan should have finished the season with McNabb, because there are no plans to groom Grossman to be next year’s quarterback.  But the pairing of Shanahan and McNabb will be coming to an end because of McNabb’s poor play this season.  McNabb is having his worst season since his rookie year.

Now, all of the blame should not be placed on McNabb, because the supporting cast is just bad, but Grossman just threw four touchdowns (something McNabb did not do all season) and the Redskins scored more points this past Sunday than they did in any game all season.  ?Looks like Shanahan is justified for benching McNabb, and McNabb will not be seeing much of that $78 million contract extension.  If the Redskins release him at the end of the season then they are only on the hook for $3.5 million of it.


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