Tuesday, October 13, 2009

What We Learned From Monday Night

The Jets/Dolphins game was one of the better monday night games I have seen in a very long while. It was exciting, had a few trick plays, and featured some guys that many of us are counting on for our collections and/or fantasy teams. We also got to learn a few things about those guys, especially some of the people that are going to be some big players in the future.

Mark Sanchez

For the last few weeks, Sanchez is really playing like many expected him to play. He is inconsistent with flashes of brilliance. Last week he threw three picks and looked awful, this week he threw no interceptions, but looked okay. He did have a few plays taken away from him, mainly the late drop from Braylon Edwards in the endzone and a TD that was run in by Jones after a nice play by Sanchez previously that was called incomplete and a defensive penalty. Really, this game will do nothing for his values at the top of the class either way, so I wouldnt worry.

Chad Henne

I bought a few Henne cards last year because I didnt think that Pennington would hold as the Miami QB. Im glad I did, as he has adjusted well over the last few weeks to being a legit QB. Henne has gotten better with each game, going from zero TDs his first game, one his second game, to two TDs yesterday with 241 yards of passing. He must be beyond happy to have Ronnie Brown on his team, as he is not going to be anything special without him.

Ronnie Brown

After the Patriots game where the Wildcat came storming onto the scene, the entire league went nuts trying to stop it. They pretty much had suceeded in adjusting until last night when Ronnie Brown again showed why it is so dangerous. He made the Jets defense look silly for some of the plays, especially the last play where he scored the TD to win it. I would say that of all the people that played last night, Brown did the most to make the people around him better. When the Dolphins came out in the Wildcat, I could just see Rex Ryan start to freak.

Ricky Williams

I guess this idiot has put the days of rocking the ganja behind him. I started him due to a lack of options in one of my leagues, and I am fucking glad I did. Williams is having a phenomenal year, and has proven that he is ready to be a part of football again. Granted, he has greatly benefited from having Ronnie Brown ahead of him, but it is still impressive regardless.

Fake Punts

Holy fuck, fakes barely even work in Madden, let alone in the NFL, and somehow the Jets extended two drives with them. Both were runs, but I couldnt believe they even risked the second one considering the big conversion they had on the first. I definitely fault the Miami defensive coordinator for the ridiculous play they had on special teams, but it was surprising none-the-less.

Braylon Edwards

Edwards played great despite the fact that he had spent only a week with the team. If you remember what happened to Roy Williams when he came to Dallas last year, this game he had is day and night. Sanchez will have a great weapon as Edwards becomes more accustomed to the playbook, but he will have to play above his ability to shake the labels that have been stamped on his career lately.

(My bad the first time with this, thanks LSU)

If you missed the game, be sure to go check out the highlights on NFL.com so that you can see how crazy it actually was. I dont think I have posted many times on a game that made no difference to one of my teams, but I felt compelled to after this one. Go take a look.

OH, I forgot: Dolphins Orange Alternates> Broncos AFL anniversary alternates > Seattle's Neon Green Alternates.


  1. Why is Williams an idiot? Cause he walked away from a sport he didn't love? I'd say Vick and the other criminals in the league are idiots.

    As for the Dolphins, it's good they pulled one out. It will probably be the last victory of the year for them.

  2. Williams is an idiot for how he handled his career. If he doesnt love the game, why has he chosen to come back? He poorly handled everything with the drugs and the time he was away.

    From what I remember, he always said he would be coming back, so why fuck it up the way he did.

  3. Oh, dont get me wrong, Vick is an idiot too.

  4. pay attention to the game...the late drop edwards had, led to a pass interference and the next play a TD...and didnt cost the jets the game...dont downplay that edwards looked awesome and did something that VERY few people have ever done, which is play for a different team after starting for another team the week before

  5. its cool, dont get me wrong I love your articals. Im just a stickler with football facts and debate...I hate skip bayless

  6. I was busy with work last night and was trying to multitask, I thought that drop was a drop. Didnt realize the penalty. Just a blatant mistake, thanks.

  7. Henne looked very sharp, I was impressed with his arm strength. That 08 class keeps getting more and more impressive.

  8. I loved the second fake punt. I mean, other than in Madden, when have you ever seen a team do two fake punts in one game. That's ridiculous.

    Also Braylon still had two drops that I saw. Looked damn good, and is damn good. But those hands have gotta improve. He'll be better here than he was with Cleveland though, no question.

    Beyond that, I'm reaaaally confused by Wax Heaven's call that this could be the Fins last win of the year. Their running game is great, their passing game looked good yesterday, and they have Bucs, Bills, Jets, Jaguars AND Panthers (not to mention the 0-5 Titans) still to come. Do you really think the Fins can't beat any of those teams Wax? Because I definitely think those games are winnable.

  9. SpastikMoose,

    Not a football fan, just making a stupid comment. I know these guys are pretty lousy year after year.

  10. Ah gotcha. They definitely used to suck, and they're still not dominant. But they went 11-5 last year and made the playoffs, and Ronnie Brown is too good to count out,