Tom Brady played a near-perfect game at home against Chicago. The Packers lost and Lions played poorly in a win. Christian may want to re-visit his 2-4 prediction, but mostly, everyone is ready for Peyton Manning and Denver Broncos.
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What started as a promising season for the Jets quickly came crashing down in eight weeks. After a 43-23 home loss to the Bills, there could be some changes coming in New York.
Quarterback Geno Smith, who was selected in the second round of the 2013 draft, has all but flopped this season. Sunday’s game against Buffalo was no different. By the end of the first quarter, three of his eight passes were intercepted.
“It was just atrocious the way that I started out,” Smith said. “I never expected to start a game out like that.”
Backup Mike Vick entered for the struggling QB, but that did not matter. The Jets’ worst start since coach Eric Mangini’s 2007 team has led many in the New York area to call for changes in the Meadowlands.
Many feel that Smith has gotten ample time to succeed with the Jets, but he’s continually come up short. Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News wrote that it’s time for New York to move on from Smith and allow Vick to get some starts. It’s not the long-term solution, though it would be an improvement over Smith’s turnover-filled play.
But a quarterback shakeup would just be the beginning. The New York Post went as far as to say coach Rex Ryan should be fired Monday. Although general manager Jon Idzik hasn’t done much to acquire skill position talent, giving Ryan the ax would send more shock waves through the team, according to Mike Vaccaro.
“No, I’m not worried about that,” Ryan said about his future on Sunday. “I’m worried about the team. The team is the focus. I tell you that because it’s true.”
– It was a big weekend at the box office, as “Fury,” “Gone Girl,” and “St. Vincent” all finished in the top 10 in ticket sales. No. 1 was “Ouija,” topping all of the movies with $20 million. The horror flick did horrible with the critics, but the board game-based movie was a hit with audience goers.
Callahan didn’t see that movie, but he enjoyed seeing the Bill Murray comedy “St. Vincent.”
“I’ll give it B-plus,” Callahan said. “It’s Bill Murray being Bill Murray is what it is. … Really being Bill Murray, like, kind of grouchy. He is likable in the end, you know how it works.”
Minihane and Dennis discussed Ben Affleck’s “Gone Girl,” saying there is one part in particular that hinders the movie.
“I gave it a B, I think you’re with me, the ending wasn’t good,” said Minihane.
Replied Dennis: “Well, it’s the way the book ended.”
Said Minihane: “That doesn’t excuse it, though.”
“What, you want them to change the ending?” asked Dennis.
Replied Callahan: “Just like ‘Lone Survivor,’ just change the ending — make it sexier.”
At first, Minihane couldn’t pronounce the movie “Ouija” and was surprised to learn that it was about the popular game.
“That’s how you say it? I didn’t know that,” Minihane said. “Like a stupid Ouija board? They made a movie about that? It made $20 million.”
– Comedian Jim Carrey hosted “Saturday Night Live” this past weekend as his new movie “Dumb and Dumber To” is on the verge of being released in theaters. Though there were high expectations going into the episode, the hosts again were disappointed with the sketch show.
“Are we at all concerned yet? Because I am about ‘Dumb and Dumber To,’ Minihane said.
Replied Callahan: “This has nothing to do with the movie.”
“I’m a little worried Jim Carrey’s lost his fastball,” Minihane said.
– In a somewhat of a surprising move, The Boston Globe backed Charlie Baker’s candidacy for governor over democratic candidate Martha Coakley. The newspaper has largely supported democratic candidates during election time. This endorsement had Callahan in a very confused state.
“I base my electoral decisions on [going against] Globe endorsements,” Callahan said. “I don’t know, I’m confused. What do I do?”
Replied Minihane: “You can’t vote for Martha Coakley.”
Said Callahan: “I would never do that. I would never, ever do that to you or anyone else.”
Taveras, considered one of the game’s top prospects, was driving on a highway in his native Dominican Republic when he apparently lost control of his car and drove off the road. An 18-year-old passenger also was killed.
“I simply can’t believe it,” Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said in a release. “I first met Oscar when he was 16 years old and will forever remember him as a wonderful young man who was a gifted athlete with an infectious love for life who lived every day to the fullest.”
Said Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr.: “Oscar was an amazing talent with a bright future who was taken from us well before his time. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”
Life is so Precious! Thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Oscar Taveras..Kid was an absolute stud! #CardinalsNation
Taveras began the 2014 season ranked as the No. 3 prospect in the majors by MLB.com and Baseball America after compiling a .321 average in six minor league seasons. He homered in his first game and went on to hit .239 in 80 games this season. He hit a game-tying home run in the seventh inning of Game 2 of the NLCS against the Giants, a game St. Louis went on to win, 5-4.
The news of Taveras’ death broke during Sunday night’s Game 5 of the World Series. Giants outfielder Juan Perez hit a two-run double in the eighth inning of a 5-0 win and dedicated the hit to his fellow Dominican.
“He’s a really close friend of mine,” Perez said. “I know his family pretty good. I know his mom, his dad, his brothers, we were really close. It’s a huge loss for all his family, his teammates and the people that care about him.”
A Bleacher Report story indicated some teammates feel that Wilson “isn’t black enough” and there is an apparent rift on the team.
“About me not being black enough, I don’t even know what that means,” Wilson said Sunday. “People were trying to find ways to knock us down and distract us, but there’s no doubt we’re more together than ever before.
“We’re probably the closest we’ve ever been. We keep swinging and we keep believing in each other and our coaching staff.”
Wilson also refused to apologize for his success on and off the field.
“I believe I’m an educated young male that’s not perfect but tries to do things right,” he said. “I try to lead by example and help others. That’s all I focus on and that’s all I know.”
Outspoken cornerback Richard Sherman didn’t put much stock in the story about an alleged divide.
“Until someone in this locker actually says something negative [about Wilson], we just take that with a grain of salt.” he said. “Anyone can make up anything and say a source said it. I don’t think anybody on this team feels that way. We support our quarterback. He fights for us every game.”
– Titans rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger was so excited to be making his first NFL start that he posted selflies in the days leading up to Sunday’s game against the Texans, including one a couple of hours before kickoff. That didn’t sit well with Texans defensive end J.J. Watt.
Watt sacked Mettenberger twice, batted away a pass and forced a fumble in Houston’s 30-16 victory, and he celebrated one of his sacks by pretending to take a selfie of his own, sending a message in the process.
“I take my job very seriously, and if I was a rookie quarterback and a starter for the first time in the league I’d be a little bit more focused that that,” Watt said. “Maybe he’ll learn from it, maybe not, but we won the game and that’s all that matters.
Mettenberger finished the day 27-of-41 for 299 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Oct. 27, 2004, the Red Sox beat the Cardinals, 3-0, to complete a sweep of the World Series. Whose first-inning home run was the only run the Red Sox would need?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I love coaching Tom. I’ve been fortunate to have him the whole career since he’s been here. He does a great job of executing the team game plan.” – Patriots coach Bill Belichick, after Sunday’s 51-23 rout of the Bears in which Brady completed 30-of-35 passes for 354 yards and five touchdowns
Reports surfaced this week that DB Darrelle Revis' absence from practice was the result of being late. Some reports say that he was late more than once this year. Greg, Chris and Steve talk about the Patriots and how they deal with disciplining their players.
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Dan Durkin, 670 The Score in Chicago joins the show to talk give the listeners a perspective from the Bears side of things.
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