EL BARRIO, EL FALLS – Happy Monday… This was a New York Clean Sweep weekend. The Bills, Jets and Giants all happened to win this weekend. Considering how bad the NYC teams have been this year, the Bills have been doing the majority of the heavy lifting. Anyway, let’s celebrate with today’s topics being: Bills Trounce Saints, Jets Top Texans, Giants Defeat Eagles, NCAA & NFL News.
Bills Trounce Saints
Will the Real Buffalo Bills please stand up?!… After hammering the Jets, then having the Indianapolis Colts hammer them, no one was sure which Bills would show up in New Orleans to play the Saints. Apparently being in the friendly confines of the Superdome (is it on word?) seemed to help the Bills comeback to life. I actually believe it was the shortened week that made the difference. I remember earlier this season when the Colts beat the Jets on a Thursday and one of the players said being able to go back out there after playing poorly on Sunday allowed the team to just focus. I think this was the case for the Bills. They played a stinker at home last Sunday but then had an off-day on Monday. a practice Tuesday then traveled Wednesday. At most they got another light practice and walk-through before playing ‘Nawlins. It worked. Buffalo got over 100 yards rushing, if you combine QB Josh Allen’s runs (again, I think he runs too much). Allen also threw for 4 touchdowns. The Saints had back-up Trevor Siemian (in for Jameis Winston) couldn’t get the offense going, as the Bills defense made him look like the back-up he was. Now let’s see which Bills team shows up next Sunday.
Jets Top Texans
Zach Wilson was back in the pilot seat… I know there is a joke to be made between pilot seat and the Jets but I can’t think of it now. Wilson threw an interception in his first game back but ran for a touchdown. Other than the interception he played smart and kept the offense moving up and down the field for the 2 field goals and two rushing touchdowns (including his own). The Jets defense was inconsistent in the first half but after allowing two touchdowns in the 2nd quarter, they shut Houston down in the second half. Gang Green spent big money to sign Carl Lawson – then lost him for the season – but it looks like one of the young players expected to benefit from it actually is showing that he has. John Franklin-Myers continues to play a role, as he got another sack and interception. His growth may make the Jets a handful when Lawson returns next season.
Giants Defeat Eagles
The Giants totally shutdown the Eagles. Dan Jones did his best Trent Dilfer impression as he threw for one touchdown and moved the ball up and down. The Giants running game wasn’t great, but they did get some first downs to keep the Iggles‘ offense on the sideline. On the defense the Giants never let Eagles QB Jalen Hurts get comfortable as they harassed him into throwing three interceptions. Beyond that it was a very ugly, low-scoring game, I am sure Giants fans will take a win, though… ugly or not, it’s still a win.
Elsewhere in the NFL…
–Here come the Patriots: Dr. Evil is back. His Patriots have won 6 straight and thanks to the Bills inconsistency, they are now top of the AFC East.
– All the Thanksgiving Day home teams lost: I can’t remember when this last happened, as the NFL only recently added the 3rd game to schedule. BUT the Lions losing on Thanksgiving Day is a tradition and the Cowboys losing has been very common since the Aikman glory days… The Saints, as mentioned, seem to be ill-prepared to face the Bills.
College Football News…
–Ohio State, Oklahoma & Wisconsin lose, Alabama pull off escape: I normally leave College Football alone but wow did Rivalry Week deliver. Rivalry Week is often Thanksgiving weekend and it is when things like Paul Bunyan’s Ax is played for… Michigan ended its 8-game losing streak against Ohio State… Oklahoma State held off a late charge by Oklahoma and Minnesota continues to improve as a program as they take down Wisconsin… It took Alabama a 4th quarter comeback and 4 overtimes to pull off a win against Auburn.
–Lincoln Riley leaves Oklahoma for USC: After Oklahoma announced they would be joining the SEC, head coach Riley decided he didn’t want to stop being a big fish in a small pond, so he is taking his act out to Southern California – shocking the college football world.
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