• Penthouse to Outhouse - Week 12

    There are 9 Outhouse seats this week, is there anyone/anything that you saw which deserves the 10th spot? There were plenty of good performances this week, did I miss a deserving performance? Aaron Rodgers has attained "Elvis" status and gets his own Penthouse floor (just like Elvis in Las Vegas), so he doesn't qualify for a suite. Here are my Penthouse Sweets and my Outhouse Stinkers for Week #12.

    Penthouse Sweets

    (Suite 1A) Baltimore Ravens Defense - Allowed a mere 6 pts, gave up only 170 yds (74 Rushing, 96 passing), allowed 2-12 (16%) 3rd down conversions, picked off 1 pass, and recorded 9 sacks against the 9-1 SF 49ers. Suggs was a beast (3 sacks). All this without their leader MLB Ray Lewis.
    (Suite 2A) Tom Brady - Shredded the Eagles defense with his decision making and his accuracy. Completed 24-34 (70.5%) for 361 yds & 3 TDs. He also ran for 28 yds ... yeah I said ran. Hit Gronkowski for a 24 yd TD by threading the ball into a window the size of a quarter. Vintage Brady will be tough to beat for the rest of the AFC.
    (Suite 3A) Beanie Wells - Carried the day offensively for the Cardinals. Beanie ran 27 times for 228 yds and 1 TD. Had runs of 71 & 53 yds. The latter coming late in the 4th qtr (after being injured and sitting out for awhile), setting up the game winning FG.
    (Suite 4A) Andy Dalton - First rookie QB to make it to the Suites. Led the Bengals to their 5th comeback victory this season. Trailing 20-10 in the 4th qtr, Dalton led the offense to 13 consecutive points for a 23-20 win over in-state rival Cleveland. Hooked up with AJ Green for a 51 yd gain on final game winning drive. Completed 21-31 (68%) passes for 270 yds and a TD against a very good pass defense. Playing very poised football for a rookie.
    (Suite 5A) Johnny Knox - With Jay Cutler out, the Bears needed some players to step up their game. Knox kept Chicago in the game with 4 catches for 145 yds and a TD on offense, while also contributing 133 yds on kickoff returns (giving the offense good field position) with a long of 56 yds.
    (Special Weekend Stay Suite) Chris Johnson - Finally had a breakout game, carried 23 times for 190 yds helping Tennessee beat Tampa Bay 23-17. Would have gotten a longer stay if he had scored a TD. Is he back?

    Outhouse Stinkers

    9. Tenn/Tampa Bay Game - A combined 9 turnovers in the game gets them this spot.
    8. Mike Wallace - Not a star performance from a "Star" player. He only had 2 catches for 17 yds, but it was his 2 drops (1 in the end zone, 1 on a deep post route) that get him a seat in the outhouse this week.
    7. Antonio Cromartie - Late in the 3rd qtr with the Jets up by 7, Cromartie fumbled a punt to the Bills, he then followed it up by giving up a TD pass 1 play later (to former Jet Brad Smith) allowing Buffalo to tie the game, turning the game into a nail biter.
    6. DeSean Jackson - He must like the view or the smell because this is the 3rd consecutive week in the crapper. DeSean dropped 2 TD passes and short armed a couple others. He looks like he is trying to protect himself from getting injured so that he can get a fat new contract next year. He has shown a lack of will when it comes to making tough catches, knowing that he might get hit hard. Who's gonna pay him next year with that type of character flaw?
    5. Norv Turner - With their season on the line he decides to let the clock run out and go to overtime instead of trusting Phillip Rivers with the ball in his hands. He also played it very conservative in overtime when the Chargers got into long FG range. He settled for a long FG attempt rather than throw the ball. This was San Diego's 6th straight loss, 5 of those games by 7 or less points. In tight games, coaching decisions/calls are extremely important. Do the players still believe in Norv? Does the owner?
    4. Stevie Johnson - Talk about shooting yourself in the foot (thigh)!! His selfish TD celebration/mockery cost the Bills 7 points and any momentum they gained from scoring a TD. He followed this stupid act up by dropping a wide open pass from Fitzpatrick on their potential game winning 2 minute drive. Johnson dropped a perfectly thrown pass on the Jets 20 yd line that he would have taken inside the 10 yd line and possibly to the endzone if he makes 1 guy miss. Enough selfish acts!!!
    3. Philadelphia Eagles Defense - Gave up 457 yds and 38 points. They also gave up 29 first downs while allowing 55% conversion on 3rd downs. Not to mention the blown coverages that we saw. This unit and team are in disarray.
    2. SF 49ers Offense - Against a Super Bowl contending team, the 49ers offense was completely dominated. I know that they had a short week to prepare and that they had to travel 3 time zones but they still ran "their" offense. The offense failed to get into the endzone (6 pts), amassed only 170 yds (74-run, 96-pass), converted a measly 16% (2-12) on 3rd downs, and gave up 9 sacks. If you stop their run game, can they throw the ball good enough to beat the good defenses? We will see!
    1. Ndamukong Suh - After being blocked cleanly by a Packers offensive lineman, Ndamukong decided that he would get even by slamming the lineman's head into the turf several times, and then after standing up, purposely stomp on his arm. Suh received a 15 yd penalty, and rightfully so, he was thrown out of the game. This selfish act of rage cost the Lions dearly, the Packers scored on the drive and never looked back. Not only did Suh hurt his team this past week, he likely will be suspended (IMO, it should be at least 2 games). Getting suspended for several games during the playoff stretch will cost the Lions a playoff spot IMO. Thanks teammate!! For that bonehead play, Suh gets the stinker of the week, and most likely the season!!! Where's Jack Nicholson when you need him?

    * The Colts have attained permanent residency in the basement outhouse. They might need Erin Brockovich to get them out.

    Comments 24 Comments
    1. wxwax's Avatar
      What I found interesting is that even though Johnson had a great day running the ball, Tennessee struggled to pass and to score. There was a point in the 2nd half when I wondered whether Locker might get a look, just to introduce some explosiveness.
    1. wxwax's Avatar
      ps Turk, could you explain how to distinguish a run blitz from a pass blitz, here? Thanks.
    1. Turk Schonert's Avatar
      On run downs, defensive coordinators will attack your run blocking schemes with blitzes based on what they think you are going to run from your tendencies off of film study (could be based off of personnel, formation, or both).
      In passing situations, coordinators will attack protection schemes, formations, or matchup advantages.

      don't know if that answers your question ... let me know
    1. wxwax's Avatar
      Thanks. The question is, how can an observer tell if the defense is sending a run blitz or a pass blitz?

      Visually, what distinguishes a run blitz from a pass blitz?

      I assume that a run blitz and a pass blitz are their own entities; that they exist independent of whatever play the offense runs.
    1. Turk Schonert's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by wxwax View Post
      Thanks. The question is, how can an observer tell if the defense is sending a run blitz or a pass blitz?

      Visually, what distinguishes a run blitz from a pass blitz?

      I assume that a run blitz and a pass blitz are their own entities; that they exist independent of whatever play the offense runs.
      As an observer, you won't be able to tell unless you understand schemes and concepts.
    1. wxwax's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Turk Schonert View Post
      As an observer, you won't be able to tell unless you understand schemes and concepts.
      Thanks. So when commentators say this was a run blitz and that was a pass blitz, they don't really know what they're talking about?
    1. msclemons's Avatar
      If you stop their (49ers) run game, can they throw the ball good enough to beat the good defenses? We will see!
      You have noticed who the QB is I trust?
    1. Colts01's Avatar
      Add the Giants D to the outhouse.They just got lit up by Brees and showed no fight tonight.
    1. vancemeek's Avatar
      I think Brees may need a penthouse suite.
    1. Afrocomb's Avatar
      Surprised to see Knox on the list. In a game where a first time starter at QB needed a confidence boost, the first three passes to Knox were incomplete and although I can't yet go back and review the tape (Game pass is blacked out for a week) my recollection is that at least two were very catchable. His numbers were inflated by a desperation late game completion and his TD wasn't anything special, just a quick read.
    1. RSConn5's Avatar
      DeSean Jackson in the outhouse is well deserved. As for the question about who is going to pay him... I don't think anybody should pay Jackson top WR money. I have always felt he is overrated and not even the best WR on his own team. He doesn't run all the the routes and he can't go over the middle because he is afraid. DeSean Jackson is nothing but a deep threat that gets over hyped. The Eagles can find some other WR that runs a 4.3 to run fly routes all day while Maclin moves the chains. Also, with T.O. and Randy Moss out of the league and Chad Ochocinco riding pine in New England, I would give Jackson the title of "Biggest Diva WR" in the NFL. I have no doubt that someone will greatly overpay for Jackson but I don't think he deserves it and whoever does pay him will be disappointed.
    1. RSConn5's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Colts01 View Post
      Add the Giants D to the outhouse.They just got lit up by Brees and showed no fight tonight.
      Giants are done. Dallas will beat an inferior Cardinals team and the Giants will get lit up by Green Bay setting the stage for Dallas to clinch the division at home on Sunday Night Football in week 13.
    1. iwatt's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by vancemeek View Post
      I think Brees may need a penthouse suite.
      Him running in for a TD was rubbing it in, IMHO. Special love to his OL (specially his OGs) keeping the pocket clean for him. What a destruction of an otherwise great D
    1. Ripperlicious's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by iwatt View Post
      Him running in for a TD was rubbing it in, IMHO. Special love to his OL (specially his OGs) keeping the pocket clean for him. What a destruction of an otherwise great D
      I don't think the words "great" and "Giants D" should be used in reference to one another. Maybe in 2007, but definitely not now.

      I wonder if Patriot fans are thinking "How in the heck did we lose to that team at home?" after seeing their performance the last 3 weeks (and counting, just wait until next week).

      Drew Brees is the man though. Anyone who doesn't put him in the vaunted Top 3 QBs should have his head examined after his 6+ year run so far.
    1. iwatt's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Ripperlicious View Post
      I don't think the words "great" and "Giants D" should be used in reference to one another. Maybe in 2007, but definitely not now.
      The pass rush wasn't there yesterday. Tuck and Osi were dinged up. But they are one of the few teams that can generate pressure with their front 4. That is always dangerous IMO. If they are healthier, and playing at home against the best QB in the league, I'm sure they'll be up for the challenge. Don't sleep on them.
    1. Turk Schonert's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Afrocomb View Post
      Surprised to see Knox on the list. In a game where a first time starter at QB needed a confidence boost, the first three passes to Knox were incomplete and although I can't yet go back and review the tape (Game pass is blacked out for a week) my recollection is that at least two were very catchable. His numbers were inflated by a desperation late game completion and his TD wasn't anything special, just a quick read.
      I let my oldest son call that one, I was leaning toward the Raiders kickers since they almost single handedly won that game for them.
    1. Turk Schonert's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by vancemeek View Post
      I think Brees may need a penthouse suite.
      Indeed ... he would move into Suite 2A and Knox would move out.
      He could be considered a penthouse floor recipient if his int total weren't so high, I believe the Saints are the only team in the NFC that can keep up with the Packers. That is my NFC championship game forcast.
    1. Turk Schonert's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Colts01 View Post
      Add the Giants D to the outhouse.They just got lit up by Brees and showed no fight tonight.
      Completely agree, that's the worst game I've seen them play this year.
    1. Turk Schonert's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by wxwax View Post
      Thanks. So when commentators say this was a run blitz and that was a pass blitz, they don't really know what they're talking about?
      Some do ... some don't
      A blitz can be used to stop a certain run scheme as well as attack protections, so coordinators will call
      those at any time. If it happens to be a run, commentators will say it was a run blitz.
    1. Robmoore365's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Turk Schonert View Post
      Indeed ... he would move into Suite 2A and Knox would move out.
      He could be considered a penthouse floor recipient if his int total weren't so high, I believe the Saints are the only team in the NFC that can keep up with the Packers. That is my NFC championship game forcast.
      That will be an awesome game, end the season the way it started.