NFL Splinters | Week 9, 2009

By Paul Gotham

"I am the nothing man." AP Photo/Darron Cummings
"I am the nothing man." AP Photo/Darron Cummings

No lead is safe…

At least when New Orleans and Indianapolis is involved, opponents can not score enough.  The Saints and Colts continued walking a thin, thin line en route to their undefeated marks. New Orleans erased an 11-point halftime deficit to defeat the Panthers 30-20. Carolina’s defense held New Orleans to just 84 yards on the ground, but the Saints have been figuring out a way to win all year. Drew Brees completed 24 of 35 for 330 yards. Robert Meachem led the way with 98 receiving yards on 5 catches.

For those keeping track at home, ‘Pomme’ DelHomme forgot to bring the dessert. The Carolina QB went an entire game without any turnovers.

The Chinchillas - "walking on a thin line"
The Chinchillas - "walking on a thin line"

Indy also performed their own escape routine. After Steve Slaton scored on a one-yard run , the Houston Texans led the Colts 17-13 in the fourth. Jospeh Addai answered seven minutes later with his own end zone plunge. Indy needed a little divine intervention. The Texans missed a field goal from 42 yards away as time expired.

Indy head coach, Jim Caldwell, might be considered the nothing man because “around here everybody acts the same; around here everybody acts like nothing’s changed.” Fans would be hard-pressed to remember a coach who has more quietly led his team to an 8-0 start.

Welcome to the working week

record_elviscostelloTom ‘Terrific’ and his Pats have had plenty of pictures in the paper ‘being rhythmically admired,’  but Bill Belichick’s crew will need to ‘do it till their through it, so they better get to it.’ New England travels to Indy for a Sunday night show down with the Colts next week. After that those pesky Jets come to town. If that isn’t bad enough, the Pats geaux to N’Awlins for a Monday night soiree with the Saints.

For all those fans keeping track at home

Heisman trophy winner, Matt Leinart got into the game yesterday. He threw one pass. Leinart completed that pass…to THE WRONG TEAM. Yeah, Matt. Life is grand. “And I say this at the risk of falling from favor.”

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Mark Sanchez and the Jets enjoyed a bye week. It’s been rumored that Mark “picked up Hazy Davy and Killer Joe” and headed out “to where the gypsy angels go.”

Does All State cover Green Bay

Aaron Rodgers might want to consider some insurance. The lowly Tampa Bay Buccaneers sacked the Packer QB six times yesterday. At this rate Rodgers will kiss the turf 74 times this season. Ouch! Tampa Bay in those lovely creamsicle colored jerseys scored 21 fourth quarter points to win 38 -28. Tampa Bay has scored 37 combined points in the fourth quarter this year.

Cincinnati in first

Holy Kenny Anderson is it true? The Bengals clipped the Ravens 17-7 yesterday sweeping the season series from the divisional foe. The Bengals haven’t done that since 1997. Next up – the Steelers. Considering the Steelers have the Monday night game, can the Bengals take advantage?

Free falling G-Men

A clear-thinking Giant fan.
A clear-thinking Giant fan.

A recent article by Chas sums up my sentiments toward the Giants. In the back of my mind is always the possibility that the Giants could implode at any moment. Yesterday’s debacle could make any clear-thinking Big Blue fan scream. First and goal, and the Giants managed a field goal. Followed by the defense playing matador to Philip Rivers and the Chargers.Not that Rivers had any motivation to beat the Giants or anything.


Pittsburgh at Denver. Hey Broncos! “Is it you baby, or just a brilliant disguise?”

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6 Responses to "NFL Splinters | Week 9, 2009"

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  2. JD   November 9, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    Having grown up a Redskin fan who in his adult life turned into a Bills fan all I can say this year is, “I’m going to the liquor store”.

  3. Casey   November 9, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    Hahahaha!!!! HELMET STICKER!!!!!!!!!!!
    That’s what I’m talking about.

  4. Wally   November 9, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    Time to pull the plug on Lovie Smith in Chicago. Lovie is supposed to be a defensive specialist … so when your offense sux, maybe you get a new OC … but when your D sux, like it does now, back up the truck and start over. We get an All-Pro quarterback, and now he’s looking like Rex Grossman! Fire Lovie!!!!

    Okay … so now we’ve established that he should definitely be fired. But will the Bears actually do it??? Probably not … they’re one of the cheapest, penny-pinching organizations since Charles Comiskey’s White Sox turned black over 90 years ago.

    Go Bulls!

  5. Chas   November 10, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    Hey, thanks for the plug, Casey. I just got around to reading this. I take it you’re agonizing over the Giants? The one thing I left out of my article is that one of your teams’ success can go a long ways towards softening the blow for another’s failure. I know that doesn’t apply to you in this case, but while I was pretty dumbfounded at the Giants’ loss this weekend, I’m kind of shrugging it off.

  6. Casey   November 10, 2009 at 12:54 pm


    Dismay is the only word I can use to describe as I watched the Giants’ game unfold. I went from – yes! now we are playing – to what just happened there?

    Thanks to you for writing your piece which touched many of my sentiments.

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