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Favre Saves Chilly, Nobody Can Save Wade Phillips

MINNEAPOLIS — Brett Favre saved Brad Childress’s job, but it doesn’t appear as if anyone can save Wade Phillips’s job.

Last night, the Green Bay Packers massacred the Dallas Cowboys 45-7 and immediately after the debacle, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said “people will suffer the consequences.” Despite that vote of confidence Jones gave Phillips this past week, I can’t imagine old Wade will be around by the end of the day. Owners have surprised me before, but I just don’t believe Jones is going to ride this one out.

Meanwhile, the Cleveland Browns were unbeatable yesterday, Peyton Manning couldn’t pull off the same miracle ol’ Brett pulled off here at Mall of America Field and Oakland won a thriller to go to 5-4 on the season.

It was an exciting day in the NFL, but frankly, nothing was more exciting than the Brett Favre/Adrian Peterson-led comeback by the Vikings. If Favre had any time at all to throw, the Vikings would be unbeatable. As it is, a 41-year-old man playing on a broken ankle behind the most porous offensive line in the NFL had the greatest passing day of his already remarkable Hall of Fame career.

Let’s take a close look at the highlights of Week 9 in The League…

Last night…

Green Bay 45 Dallas 7

Wonder how long Wade Phillips has as coach of the Cowboys. Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers completed 27 of 34 passes for 289 yards and three touchdowns.

Yesterday afternoon….

Minnesota 27 Arizona 24 (OT)

The Vikings scored two touchdowns in the final 3:34 of regulation, then Ryan Longwell won it with a 35-yard field goal in overtime. Brett Favre, in his record 293rd consecutive start threw for a career high 446 yards while Adrian Peterson had two touchdowns including a receiving touchdown, the first since his very first game in 2007.

Cleveland 34 New England 14

Cleveland rookie quarterback Colt McCoy scrambled for a touchdown while RB Peyton Hillis ran for a career-high 184 yards and two scores. Cleveland’s defense also beat the stuffing out of the Patriots.

NY Jets 23 Detroit 20 (OT)

Nick Folk kicked a 36-yard field goal with no time on the clock to tie the game at the end of regulation and then kicked a 30-yard field early in overtime to win it.

New Orleans 34 Carolina 3

Drew Brees, 27-for-43, 253 yards and two touchdowns.

Baltimore 26 Miami 10

The Ravens’ Joe Flacco, 20-of-27 for 266 yards and two touchdowns.

San Diego 29 Houston 23

The Chargers Phillip Rivers, 17-for-23, 295 yards and four touchdowns

Chicago 22 Buffalo 19

Chicago’s Israel Idonije, from Brandon, had three tackles and a half a sack.

Atlanta 27 Tampa Bay 21

Atlanta’s Michael Turner had 24 carries for 107 yards and two touchdowns. Matt Ryan, 24-for-36, 235 yards and a touchdown.

Philadelphia 26 Indianapolis 24

Michael Vick, 17-for-29 for 218 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for 74 yards and another TD.

Oakland 23 Kansas City 20 (OT)

Sebastien Janikowski kicked a 33-yard field goal to win it in OT.

NY Giants 41 Seattle 7

The Giants Eli Manning 21-for-32 for 291 yards and three touchdowns. Ahmad Bradshaw had two rushing touchdowns.

Tonight, in the Monday Nighter, it’s the Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati to play the Bengals.



Three more things to think about: Murray, Holyfield, Romo.

Three more things banging around in my cranium…

1) The Ottawa Citizen is reporting that Bryan Murray is frustrated with the way the Senators are playing and he wants to shake up the team. Hey, Bryan, thanks for catching up.

 

Let’s cut the bullshit. It was Murray who created this 12-14-5 mess. It was Murray who took a Stanley Cup contender built by John Muckler and turned it into a big time loser. It was Bryan Murray who fired John Paddock, replaced him with Craig Hartsburg and made a first-place team in the East, a 12th place team in the East.

 

Maybe the shakeup in Ottawa should start with Bryan Murray. It was  former Ottawa GM John Muckler who told me in Tampa this season, “Bryan Murray can’t coach talent.” Bryan Murray can’t manage it either.

 

2) Ever seen a fixed fight before? You probably did on Saturday if you watched the Evander Holyfield-Nikolai Valuev heavyweight championship fight in Zurich on TSN2.

 

Valuev barely landed a punch and was awarded the fight 114-114, 116-112 and 115-114. Valuev couldn’t have hurt me with the wussy punches he threw and he certainly didn’t hurt the much smaller, and older, Holyfield, who danced all over the ring and was barely touched. Granted, neither fighter was worth his weight in dog-shit, but let’s not lie to people (as the Associated Press report did on Saturday), Holyfield kicked the crap out of the big Russian.

 

The TSN2 announcers called it one of the worst fights in history. That was definitely true. Valuev barely landed a punch and made the 46-year-old Holyfield look like a 20-year-old, as he danced around the ring. In fact, both announcers called it 117-112 Holyfield.

However, the judges gave it to Valuev. And I get that. It was fixed, but it was fixed for a reason. They gave it to the champion because even though the challenger was the better fighter, he didn’t do enough to take the belt away. 

I’ve always maintained, unless you knock the champion down a couple of time, you don’t get his belt in a decision. 

Unless you fight a Winnipeg guy in Winnipeg. Then you can just steal a belt. Remember that WBA Championship of the Americas fight. Dome guy from Colombia rolls into Winnipeg, fights Winnipeg’s Larry Sharpe to a draw and gets to take home Sharpe’s belt because Winnipeg judges are so afraid that they might look like homers. They aren’t afraid to look like idiotic assholes, but they sure don’t want to be homers.

Boxing has long been weird, but no wonder MMA is stealing its thunder. It’s hard to watch boxing when you and everybody else in the building know who won the fight, but the judges go the other way because (a) they’ve been told to go the other way or (b) they’ve been paid to go the other way.

However, judges are so unpredictable, boxing is starting to look as phoney as figure skating because either Valuev-Holyfield was botched or Sharpe-and the Colombian guy was botched. Or fixed???

3) On Thursday, one of Fox Sports Radio’s NFL handicappers suggested that Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo had never proven to anyone that he could win a big game.

“Never done it in the regular season, never done it in the playoffs,” said our fearless prognosticator. “That’s why I believe Baltimore wins by a touchdown.”

Wow, was that guy ever right. 

Now, in fairness, the Dallas defence was dreadful in a 33-24 home loss to Baltimore on Saturday night, but two interceptions and too many red zone stalls made Romo look less than effective.

Dallas might not make the playoffs. It could be very easy to blame head coach Wade Phillips, but Tony Romo might not be as good as the NFL media wants us to believe.

And once again, it takes a professional gambler to figure it out.