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http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/peter_king/10/02/week.4/index.html?sct=nfl_t11_a0

Ten Things that surprise me about the NFL at the quarter-pole:

...3. The Eagles, the greatest team assembled since the '27 Yankees, are 1-3. Some things are just plain weird, like Ronnie Brown, a very smart football player, turning around in the middle of the line of scrimmage and throwing the ball away as if it had herpes. He did that Sunday in Philadelphia's 24-23 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. After 16 quarters, they're tied, 101-101, in points scored with the opposition. One more scene none of us ever thought we'd see: A free agent from UMass, Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz, beat and out-leaped Nnamdi Asomugha to grab the winning touchdown pass last week. Smart cap money can't buy everything. It's early, and the Eagles are talented enough (on both sides of the ball; new defensive end Jason Babin is on pace to get 28 sacks), but maybe the moral of this story is the same as it's been for the uneasy 18-year marriage of pro football and free agency: Money can't buy championships. More bad news could be coming today. Ace defensive end Trent Cole limped off against the Niners with a calf injury that had the Eagles concerned last night.

4. Dallas could be 4-0. Dallas could be 0-4. Dallas is 2-2. Tony Romo sits to pee handed the Jets a win in Week 1 with two fourth-quarter blunders, and handed Detroit a lifeline Sunday with two third-quarter blunders. I know what it's like to fall off a cliff following a team, because I'm a Red Sox fan. The 2011 NFL version of the Sox is the team Roller Coaster Romo sits to pee leads.

6. Washington can play defense. The Redskins had seven sacks Sunday in St. Louis, nearly a quarter of their 2010 total (29). If Cam Newton is the best offensive rookie through the first quarter of the season, the most valuable defensive rookie is Ryan Kerrigan, who has given Brian Orakpo a guy opposite him who can take some of the pressure away.

Fine Fifteen

8. Washington (3-1). In our collective obsession with the Washington quarterback situation, we sort of forgot that Bruce Allen and Mike Shanahan have collected some good defensive talent, and Jim Haslett has molded them into a group that's giving up just 297 yards a game through four weeks. Pardon us.

12. New York Giants (3-1). I don't think Eli Manning knew the rule about a runner giving himself up when he met the media after the game. It is a weird rule.

Goat of the Week

Dallas QB Tony Romo sits to pee. I wanted so much to give this to Philadelphia RB Ronnie Brown for one of the dumbest plays I've seen in years. Brown crashed into the 49er line near the goal line, got stopped, and in the process of going to the ground, threw the ball to the ground backward. And if you didn't see the play and are thinking, Hey, Ronnie Brown's a veteran; he'd never do something so stupid, I agree with you. But he did! Dumb Play of the Season!

I also wouldn't have minded giving the goat horns to Philadelphia kicker Alex Henery (The Eighth I Am I Am) for missing a field goal from 39 yards with 14 minutes to play and from 33 yards with six minutes left, either of which would have given the Eagles a victory and a 2-2 record. But you saw the last 21 minutes of Dallas-Detroit, and there can be no bigger goat than Romo sits to pee.

Has any player had more of a yo-yo first quarter of the season? Has anyone had more of a yo-yo quarter of a season in any season? Goat at the Jets, star (in pain) the next two weeks, and a nightmare of a loss Sunday against Detroit. Romo sits to pee captained the ship that blew a 27-3 lead and lost to the Lions 34-30. In an eight-play span of the third quarter, Romo sits to pee threw pick-sixes to linebacker Bobby Carpenter (a groomsman in Romo sits to pee's wedding last spring) and Chris Houston -- turning that comfy 27-3 lead to a shaky 27-17 lead. The avalanche continued from there.

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Washington (3-1). In our collective obsession with the Washington quarterback situation, we sort of forgot that Bruce Allen and Mike Shanahan have collected some good defensive talent, and Jim Haslett has molded them into a group that's giving up just 297 yards a game through four weeks. Pardon us.

That's a cheerfully honest statement, endearingly so. Hard to hate on a truthful mea culpa.

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thanks for posting the relevant parts the SI pieces. sometimes it's hard to read past all of the Sanchez/Flacco/Romo sits to pee undeserved praise to get to the good stuff

Or all the comments about his favorite Mexican restaurant in Terre Haute, Indiana and his niece's taste in music lol..

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It's funny how these national guys are starting to warm up to us, even if it is ever-so subtle.

It's funny how that starts to happen when the Redskins start to play better.

It was NEVER about some mystical anti-Skins media bias. The Redskins sucked and the media coverage was a natural response to that.

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^ So with that Ronnie Brown play....didn't he technically give himself up? He could have thought he was down...so he threw it out of anger. So the call is no fumble. (Being Sarcastic) :ols:

As for the AZ./NYG fumble play. It is a unfair rule for the defense. Rule 7, Section 2, Article 1(e), needs to be looked at. Minis running out of bounds, the rest of this article is contradicting basic rules in football.

What if ARZ didn't realize he wasn't touched, so then the WR who knew, got up and ran into the endzone with a touch down. Do you say the Defense gave themselves up? So no touchdown?! Makes no sense to me.

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"We feel both deeply hurt and offended that Mr King could tarnish our fine reputation of providing vital dairy and meet products, clothes and our unique role in US agriculture as land clearing specialists; by comparing us to someone from Texas that spreads **** on what ever he touches. We are not cows, and Sports Illustrated can expect to hear from out lawyers forthwith"

- Attorney Angora Cashmere, from the firm of Billy, Goat and Gruff on behalf of the American Goat Association.

Hail.

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It's funny how that starts to happen when the Redskins start to play better.

It was NEVER about some mystical anti-Skins media bias. The Redskins sucked and the media coverage was a natural response to that.

It was NEVER about the Skins sucking and the media coverage being a natural response to that.

It was about the media coverage being sloppy and lazy, and being barely above message board level in terms of analysis.

The guy who now covers the NFC East for ESPN.com said before the season started that anyone who said the Skins would be no better than a 4-12 team this year would have only done so if they weren't paying attention. I couldn't have agreed more. Now they're paying attention.

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we've seen this kind of stuff before though with the Redskins....remember in 2003 with Spurrier when everyone was thinking we were for real after beating a good Falcons and Patriots team and were 3-1?

if we beat a couple more good teams, my opinion will change, but right now I see as barely a wildcard contender. 7-9 is more likely.

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The guy who now covers the NFC East for ESPN.com said before the season started that anyone who said the Skins would be no better than a 4-12 team this year would have only done so if they weren't paying attention. I couldn't have agreed more. Now they're paying attention.

For the record, that one wasn't me.

Hail.

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It's funny how that starts to happen when the Redskins start to play better.

It was NEVER about some mystical anti-Skins media bias. The Redskins sucked and the media coverage was a natural response to that.

Exactly. Let's give the media a break. The Redskins have been a joke for most of Snyder's era. They went to war with Snyder when he fired Marty after finishing the season 8-8 after a horrendous start. Then they attacked the organization for all their fatal player acquisitions, setting our cap in disarray. Even during Gibb's second go-round, we weren't serious contenders. Call it luck or a fluke that we made the playoffs two of those four years.

This years Redskins are finally playing sound football on each side of the ball, and did it without making a splash in free agency. Other teams, fans and the media are seeing good football and recognizing it.

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It's funny how that starts to happen when the Redskins start to play better.

It was NEVER about some mystical anti-Skins media bias. The Redskins sucked and the media coverage was a natural response to that.

I agree somewhat, but I still believe that a few in the media don't like the Redskins because they are convinved the team name is racist. Also they couldn't bring themselves to give the Redskins any credit when they did play well. They usually just made up excuses for the other team. But, the truth is that the media are really nothing but Ban Wagon Fans. Just remember this when you defend the national media. They are the reason that a sure fired first ballot Hall of Famer, Art Monk, had to wait so long to get into the Hall of Fame & there still a few that say Russ Grimm doesn't deserve to be in the Hall.

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Keep hating on 'em mainstreamers. Just gives them more reason to play better. How about sportscenter spending more time analyzing the Cowgirls at 2-2 than the Lions at 4-0. Why do I watch that channel?

2 week preparation against Philly. Don't break my heart Skins, please don't break my heart again.

---------- Post added October-3rd-2011 at 03:15 PM ----------

Exactly. Let's give the media a break. The Redskins have been a joke for most of Snyder's era. They went to war with Snyder when he fired Marty after finishing the season 8-8 after a horrendous start. Then they attacked the organization for all their fatal player acquisitions, setting our cap in disarray. Even during Gibb's second go-round, we weren't serious contenders. Call it luck or a fluke that we made the playoffs two of those four years.

This years Redskins are finally playing sound football on each side of the ball, and did it without making a splash in free agency. Other teams, fans and the media are seeing good football and recognizing it.

Seriously? ESPN covered the Cowboys throughout the 0-8 start last season like it was more important than anything else. It is pathetic.

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