NFL Surprises: Week 13


The ’09 NFL season continues to baffle me. Week in and week out, crazy things happen. Week 13 was no different. Here are some things that surprised me:

Who’s dat? – The undefeated Saints needed to pull out a miracle come from behind OT win against the Redskins. I don’t know if the sneaux, er, snow and cold temps threw the Saints off at first, but this was a voodoo win for sure!

Cutler keeps it straight - The league leader in INTs, Jay Cutler, didn’t throw one against the Rams.

Steelers are doom and gloom - nothing tops off a drama filled week like a loss to the Raiders in your own city. The Steelers deflected some Hines Ward comments about Ben Roethlisberger last week only to lose their 4th straight game. I see the defending Super Bowl champs sitting around a T.V. set during this year’s playoffs.

Dethroned? - The Patriots lost to the Dolphins, but wait, didn’t they lose on MNF? That’s right, for the first time since 2006, the Pats have lost two games in a row. They’re not the King of the Castle any more. They’re not even King of the Cassel. Where’s the hoodie magic?

Ole, ole, ole –  I’m not surprised that Chad Ochocinco took his TD celebration a step further by wearing a poncho and a sombrero. I am surprised that his teammates didn’t hand him a margarita also. You can bet Ron Artest would’ve endorsed that.

The Boys’ trouble in December - The Cowboys lost to the Giants. Give them a big game in December, and they’re sure to lose the game. The surprise here: Tony Romo doesn’t have a blonde singer around to distract him.

Vick returns to Atlanta – I’m surprised they let him back into the city.

Favre vs. Warner – Two of the oldest QBs in the league didn’t beat eachother down to dementia, but I’m sure they enjoyed a pregame itunes playlist of accordion music.

QB down - Not even Joe Girardi can teach Mark Sanchez how to slide. Maybe the Jets’ need the Yankees’ payroll.

Weighing options - Marty Schottenheimer was at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday to take in the game, and the Chiefs didn’t rehire him as head coach.

Tags: Ben Roethlisberger Chad Ochocinco Denver Broncos Hines Ward Jay Cutler Kansas City Chiefs Mark Sanchez Tony Romo