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Well, another Thanksgiving has come and gone, but it’s gonna stay with the teams that lost, especially Dallas. Last year, Mark Sanchez was a backup quarterback for the New York Jets. He was a phenomenal quarterback until the 12-13 season, and that’s when he went down the tubes. Then, at the beginning of this year, the Jets traded Sanchez to the Philadelphia Eagles for Michael Vick, who had pretty much the same fate.
Then, out of the blue, Nick Foles, the Eagles starter, got seriously injured. He was forced to leave the game. In came Mark Sanchez. During this game, I was at my friends house. Now, I’m no Eagles fan myself, but my friend loves them. So of course we were panicking when Sanchez got behind the center. Sanchez killed it. He extended their 15 points to 30 in a victory over the Redskins.
The next week, the Eagles didn’t bother to insert Sanchez, and it didn’t matter. they won by a long shot. The week after that, the formidable Carolina Panthers fell to the Eagles blade. The Eagles didn’t win every game with Sanchez, but they won the majority of them. Then along came Thanksgiving. The Cowboys played hard, but the Eagles treated them like roast turkey (just to throw this out there, I ate as much turkey as the marine that was staying at my place)! The score was 10-33 at AT&T stadium! The Dallas Cowboys, who haven’t had a losing record in a very long time, lost a home game by 23 points!
And how about the Lions defeat over the Bears! Early in the first quarter, the Bears were giving the Lions a shellacking, leading 3-14. I was watching the game, and I thought, If the Lions keep this up, their gonna have an embarrassing loss to a team who aren’t doing much better than the 3-8 Redskins. Keep it up! Ha! The Lions dropped it like a ginormous hot potato! The Bears were barely able to squeeze in a field goal to make the score 24-17 before they were unable to score again. The final score was 34-17 in the Lions favor.
The Bears did, however, come very close to scoring with 30 seconds to go (and of course they come very close when they know that they can’t win). Matt Forte, the running back, received the ball from Jay Cutler and ran down the field. I swear he was two feet from the goal line when he found himself in the middle of four Lions defenders. Then, a wideout ran into the end zone, a yard away from Forte. Forte flipped it to him, and the ball was in. But they threw the penalty flag where Forte was. In football, you can only pass the ball in front of you once, and you have to be behind the line of scrimmage. The line was at the 30 yard line. Forte threw it at the 1. Therefore, the penalty pushed the Bears back ten yards, stealing the win from them.
The San Fransisco 49ers vs. the Seattle Seahawks game was low-scoring, but nothing justifies scoring a sole field goal in your own stadium! There really isn’t much to say about this game except for there was a reason why Collin Kaeprenick was a backup. Throwing two interceptions to Richard Sherman is pure insanity. Sure, Richard Sherman is pretty good, but he shouldn’t have two balls handed over to him! If Kaeprenick is to keep this up, Colt McCoy is gonna end up being better than him!
So far, it looks like all of these wins and losses can be pinned to the quarterback. Believe me, no one’s changing they quarterback, but I guarantee you that they’re gonna change something else. And it’s up to them to decide just what.