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After the week we just endured, I can’t even place a theme to summarize it all. As I stated in my weekly picks, this week was setup to go in any direction. And I was definitely right, because it did just that. Through the 1 p.m. games, and half way through the 4:15 games, some of us looked at each other with a look of confusion, thinking, “What is going on this week?!” Games that were supposed to be competitive, weren’t. Teams that were supposed to dominate, didn’t. Other teams controlled their match-up for about 58 minutes, before they found a way to lose in the final minutes.

My head is spinning from trying to predict each week. Learning from each week is even harder when you can watch the same team each week, and it seems like you’re watching a completely different team each time. So, what I think I learned this week is that EVERY TEAM HAS A LITTLE NEW YORK GIANTS IN THEM. My friends who are Giants fans will forgive me this week , since their team just came off an impressive win. My issue with New York, which I have stated several times, is that they don’t live up to expectations. When they are against what seems to be a lesser opponent, and they are expected to win easily, they come out looking confused and unorganized. When they play another top team in the league, and we expect a tough, grind-it-out game, they go out there and destroy the competition. I’ve said the same of teams like the Dallas Cowboys in the past, but I’m realizing that it’s almost like an epidemic. Teams are having a hard time playing up to high expectations, while others have set low expectations from one week, and completely shock you the next.

Here is WHAT I THINK I LEARNED FROM THE NFL THIS WEEK:

EACH TEAM HAS A LITTLE NEW YORK GIANTS IN THEM….Some teams had LOW EXPECTATIONS, and found a way to EXCEED

* Last week, we saw a Seattle Seahawks team who is supposed to have a solid defense, get dismantled by the St. Louis Rams. This week, we find them down 23-10 to the “best offense in the league”, and it seemed they would be starting a bad streak. And suddenly, this rookie QB finds a way to out sling Tom Brady and pull off a crazy upset.

* Detroit has not looked impressive at all this season. Their high-powered offense can’t score. Their seemingly rebuilt defense can’t defend. But they found a way to do both against a stout Philadelphia team.

* Tennessee has been anything but Titans this year. Their ground game and defense have always been their forte, and just when we had completely given up on either of them ever returning, they pull it together against the Steelers, of all teams.

* Every season, just when you’re ready to give up on the Bills, and chalk the season up to injuries, they find a way to pull off these improbable wins that give their fans another ray of hope.

* The Redskins have been close every week. After not being sure of the status of RBIII, and heading into a tough game against Minnesota, the odds were not in their favor. We’ve been talking all season about how the Vikings can RUN and STOP THE RUN. Washington shout both of those claims up this week.

EACH TEAM HAS A LITTLE NEW YORK GIANTS IN THEM….Some teams had HIGH EXPECTATIONS, and found a way to DEPRESS

* A few weeks ago we were discussing Arizona as one of the few remaining undefeated teams. Back-to-back losses to the Rams and Bills now has us wondering what direction this team is headed.

* As I stated above, we hear every week about how New England has the best offense in the league. The best offense should be able to hold a 13-point league in the 4th quarter.

* I understand the 49ers played the defending Super Bowl Champs and another good team. But to go out there in a high profile game, and not even show up is inexcusable. Even with 1 loss, many thought they were the most complete team in the league. I’m not so sure about that now.

* The above comment can apply to the Houston Texans as well. A team lead by a rookie (Colts) showed more grit against Green Bay than this high octane offense.

* I didn’t have high expectations for San Diego going into their Monday Night match-up against Denver. I picked Denver to win, and picked correctly. But being up 24-0 at halftime, at home, definitely took the expectation meter up several notches. And then they found a way to commit 5 turnovers and get out scored 35-0. What did Phillip Rivers do at halftime?

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