Monday, December 04, 2006

Is it (next) Monday yet?

So, is everyone ready for the NFL season to be over? I am. It always starts out with such energy, then by December, I have nothing left. I can't imagine how the players feel. 16 games is entirely too long of a season, especially considering our preseason was 5 games. I know the NFL Officials, like all pro sports officials, are money-grubbing bastards and have forgotten what the game is the way, what is the game about? I think I've forgotten too...oh yeah, it's about competition and providing local fans something to root for to help them escape their miserable lives for a few hours and possibly providing kids with role models here and there. Anyway, what I'm trying to say is that the regular season needs to be cut back to 14 games. I'm ready for the playoffs, and thus the end of the season. Even when the Birds are playing well, I get antsy around this time of the season.

Having said that, the Birds are now entering into their most challenging part of the schedule. Three division games on the road and 2 others against playoff contenders, all in December. I think we'll finish strong though...HAHAHAHAAAAAAHHAAAAAA. HA. ha.

It's completely unfounded for me to say this, but I think that the Birds have a good chance to win tonight. Although there hasn't been any evidence of it thus far, at some point the D-line and LBs are going to have to find their pride and start playing aggressively. If nothing else, they should at least be worried about their JOBS and start playing harder. The Panthers are very beatable right now. If we get to Delhomme early and often, that should set the tempo. Steve Smith will be difficult to contain and Considine, although a great tackler and container, will be mismatched against him; so, I assume he'll be double-covered most of the game. All the more reason to blitz the hell out of Delhomme. It's really all up to our D-line right now.

On the other side of the ball, the Panthers will obviously be focusing on the Brook, so I say let's unleash Moats tonight and create some mismatches. I'd like to see both Moats and the Brook out there at one time. Also, I'd like to see a 4 WR set once in a while and some designed QB runs - Peter Pan can actually scramble a little still, so let him do it. He certainly doesn't have an arm at this point.

Lest I be mistaken, I do not expect us to win this game or any of the remaining games (although I really hope we don't lost to the Skins), but I think we could win tonight if the stars align...and maybe if Steve Smith contracts food poisoning around 4 or 5 today.

Enjoy the game everyone!


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