49ers Are For Real

And not just because Vernon Davis is my starting fantasy TE.

The main hype of the Week 2 San Francisco – Detroit matchup featured on Sunday Night Football was not about the rematch of a tight battle between NFC powers in 2011, but rather the infamous Jim Harbaugh – Jim Schwartz handshake mishap that led to one of the most pointless and drawn out “controversies” I’ve seen in a while. The Jims had friendly exchanges before and after the game. Let’s move on now and just have a good chuckle when we see the clip shown before every meeting between these two teams from here on out.

What’s Best For Best

The Lions and running back Jahvid Best appear to be on different pages regarding his return to football.

Best suffered 2 concussions with the Lions this past season, 1 in preseason and 1 during the season.  After the last one, he suffered lingering post-concussion symptoms and was out for the remainder of the year.  Best has also suffered a very scary head injury while in college.

According to Best, he told the Detroit Free Press earlier this month that he is symptom free and that he will definitely be back next season.  The Lions don’t seem as convinced.

Round 1 Game 2

The Detroit Lions take on the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans today for the second game of round 1.  This is a game that could be close or a blow out depending on how both teams play.

The Saints are in the category of teams that has a less than stellar defense.  Their offense, mainly Drew Brees, is quite prolific and makes up for the team’s giving up so many yards to their opponents.  Games with 5 or 6 TDs are not uncommon.  It is how they win.  They put up enough points that even if they give up 21 or 24 points or more to a team they can still win in the end.  It will be the same today.  They will try and put up as many points as possible to keep the Lions playing catch up.

NFC Playoff Picture

The NFC playoff picture is a bit more complete.  There aren’t quite as many spots left to be filled and not as many scenarios to play out as in the AFC, but you still might need to print it out for this weekend’s games.

The teams that are locked in so far are the Packers with the NFC North and home-field advantage, the 49ers with the NFC West, the Saints with the NFC South, the Lions with a playoff spot and the Falcons with a playoff spot.

Still up for grabs, the 49ers clinch a first-round bye with a 49ers win OR a 49ers tie plus a Saints loss or tie OR a Saints loss to the Panthers.

Controlling Fate

Several teams in the NFL control their own fate coming down to the last 2 games of the regular season.  Their goal now is just to win the last 2 games and then let the post season chips fall where they may.

The Falcons, Lions, Broncos, Raiders, Giants and Cowboys are all in control of their own fates.  Some of these teams have an easier road than others, but all have only one place they need to go, the win column.

Thanks For Giving

This Thanksgiving the NFL has a much anticipated game on tap.  The undefeated Green Bay Packers face off against the unpredictable Detroit Lions.  Definitely something to be thankful for.

The Packers are going to try to continue their march to perfection.  They have made it through thus far mostly unscathed.  They have had a few close games, but always pulled it out in the end.  Even last week’s game versus the Bucs where the Packers and Aaron Rogers both played a little “off” still resulted in a win for the Pack.

Only Three

By my take, there are only 3 games on tomorrow’s NFL schedule that are toss ups in the who’s going to win category.  The rest of the matchups look pretty cut and dried on who to pick, but that could be totally off the mark given this NFL season so far.

Four and 0

Four is the number of the weekend for the NFL.  It is the 4th week of the regular season and there are 3 teams who could possibly end the weekend at 4-0.  In fact, it’s more likely than not.

Buy Or Sell

We are now a couple of weeks into the NFL season and it’s time to see what teams we are going to buy or sell.  Some unexpected teams are doing well and some who were expected to do well are not.  So are you buying or selling?  Let’s see.

Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda

Several NFL teams should have won, would have won, or could have won yesterday that didn’t.  It was a day for looking like you had the game in the bag only to find the bag had a hole in it.  Some big comeback efforts and some heartbreaking endings for several teams that shoulda, woulda, coulda been different.

The Buffalo Bills had the Chicago Bears down for most of the game.  The Bills played much better than the Bears did, but they let the Bears come back.  At the end of the game it was Bears 22 Bills 19.   The Bills have played well all season only to come up short in just about every game.  It’s got to be heartbreaking to almost win just about every game you play.