BATTLE OF WHO CAN BLOCK LESS - BEARS OR COWBOYS? First I want to say it's an honor to be a Cowboys fan in Chitown with two FanPosts at the top of the right hand column that indicates the upcoming Monday night tilt. I do have one FanPost planned evaluating Da Bears performance against the St. Louis Rams, who are showing rapid improvement under Jeff Fisher and the usual chippyness of Fisher teams (Devin Hester in particular took a nasty shot to the back from one of Fisher's special teams gunners that could limit him on returns against Dallas, and Matt Forte is also likely out with his bad ankle giving us the lumbering Michael Bush instead). Second -- this game is clearly coming down to which offensive line is worse at this point, the Chicago Bears or the Dallas Cowboys? (We already know which QB can better escape the rush and handle getting the snot knocked out of him on national TV). But... Julius Peppers is waaaay better than Michael Bennett (the Bennett family is apparently not done taking its vengeance out on the Cowboys) and the rookie OLB Shea McClellin that some BTBers coveted in the draft is coming on for the Bears. The only things that made this weekend's nauseating offensive line performance for me was: 1) I didn't have to watch it up here in the Windy City (do the Cowboys fans still meet at the Brownstone on Lincoln Ave near Irving Park Rd. or did they decamp to
Hooters another location downtown instead of in Lincoln Square as rumored last year?).
2) A win is a win and as the Philadelphia Eagles prove, sometimes you've got to win ugly in a parity-driven league where teams with consistent offensive line play can be counted on one hand (hey Bigham, FootballMensa, did you see how all those high-draft picks of the 49ers performed at Minnesota? What happened there? And on the flip side, if Arizona's god awful preseason offensive line performance can be improved despite losing Levy Brown for the year, is their hope for Callahan's unit?).
3) Although I prematurely picked the Eagles to suffer a beat down at the hands of the Ravens, drawing the ire of our BTB NFC Beast blogging buddy JimmyK -- it's nice to know I was only off by one week!
After being able to capitalize on Vick's turnover machine status in ways the Ravens could not, the Cardinals are legit folks. The Seagulls are probably not. If the Rams come on by the end of the year than I might start taking this 'NFC West is the best conference in football' talk seriously. The Niners took a hit today, with their acquired wide receiving talent thus far probably the biggest disappointment.