The Jets Claim First Place In The AFC East On Thursday Night Football

Thursday, November 13, 2008

I know a lot of you don't even get the NFL Network, and probably missed the wild end of the Jets-Pats game, so here are your highlights. The Jets had a 3rd and 2, with the chance to end the game, and the ran to the left for just a yard. With no timeouts and a little over a minute on the clock the Pats moved down the field, and Matt Cassel hit Randy Moss on a 4th and the game to send it to overtime.

After that score, I thought this one was over and the Pats were going to win the toss and run down the field. Favre had something else in mind and he picked the NE defense apart, complete with a huge 3rd and 15 pass to rookie Dustin Keller, on the way to a Jay Feely attempt to win it....

I tell every Pats fan I know that they are the luckiest team on the face of the earth (see last week Bills game), but that was just "never give up" Football right there. 1st place in the AFC East was on the line and both teams seemed to want it as much as the other. The Jets took the top spot tonight, but that division isn't ending without a fight. God I love the NFL.


Even as a Pats fan, it was an amazing game. Not sure what the availability is elsewhere but here in Hawaii we are able to see the Thursday Night games on

Anonymous said...
Nov 14, 2008, 4:38:00 AM  

you're from Hawaii? What island are you on? I'm on the Big Island...

I watched last week, even though they didn't show the entire ball game. I went to the nearest watering hole to watch it.

Anonymous said...
Nov 14, 2008, 5:16:00 AM  

It was on NBC or ABC or something here in Boston as well as NLFN.

Patrick said...
Nov 14, 2008, 8:45:00 AM  

The NFL Network has to fix their sound levels or something. All their games sound like European soccer with the announcers locked away in a soundproof booth. Pipe in more crowd noise or other live noise from the field. Not having it really takes away from the excitement of the games.

I am Mr. Earth said...
Nov 14, 2008, 9:13:00 AM  


Anonymous said...
Nov 14, 2008, 9:22:00 AM  

@ i am mr. earth

The UK soccer matches have tons of crowd noise, mainly because there is no booth, just a "gantry" above one of the main terrace seats, so they get pelted with rain too!

Everyone else.....yeah, you're right.

ssreporters said...
Nov 14, 2008, 9:48:00 AM  

Collinsworth spent the entire time before the last play thinking it was 3rd down. Woops!

Jesus said...
Nov 14, 2008, 10:01:00 AM  

I thought the sound quality in HD was great. I got a surround sound system though

Anonymous said...
Nov 14, 2008, 10:27:00 AM  

AA are you at some point going to address what the ratings are for these NFL Network only games. I gotta believe its in the low 3-4 million range. I absolutely refuse to pay $5 a month to have to watch what should be an over the air game. The NFL basically took 8 games away from CBS, NBC and ESPN and put them on their own pay channel and are in turn trying to extort the fans. I refuse to play along. I am urging everyone I know to boycott NFLN in hopes of getting them to work out a FAIR deal with the cable companies.

For the NFL to shut the cable companies out of the Sunday ticket option then bitch and moan when the cable companies shut them out of their entire subscriber base is comical. The NFL has overplayed their hand and in this economy no one is going to pay even $5/mo to see an out of town game with shitty graphics and mediocre commentary. Fuck the NFL.

N Garrett said...
Nov 14, 2008, 10:57:00 AM  

My cable company up at college actually carries the NFL-N, something that initially really surprised me. Even though I was really busy last night and only had time to watch the last two minutes and overtime, I really liked what I heard from Papa and Collinsworth. They really sound like a good team. Ever since Gumbel left, I had pegged Papa to be his replacement and from what I've heard thus far, he has yet to disappoint. And Cris Collinsworth is just one of the best analysts there is. There is little doubt in my mind that he will be Madden's replacement when he retires.

JFein said...
Nov 14, 2008, 11:14:00 AM  

AA --- When will you address the cheap production on Thursday Night Football? What do those folks spend on audio -- twenty-five dollars?
And stop salivating over Bob Papa. You can describe his work in three words -- very, very ordinary. Sure, he's an improvement over Gumbel but so is my 6-year-old daughter.
Keep some perspective.

Anonymous said...
Nov 14, 2008, 11:30:00 AM  

The audio problems carried over to the New York OTA simulcast on WPIX-11. Plus one of the commercial breaks early on was screwed up.

As for Bob Papa? You don't appreciate how good he is until you've heard him call a Giants game.

Anonymous said...
Nov 14, 2008, 12:33:00 PM  

Last anonymous ---

Calling a game on local radio is a million miles from doing one on "national" TV. Plenty of guys sound good to their local fans on radio.

Anonymous said...
Nov 14, 2008, 1:14:00 PM  


I get the NFL Network and am excptionally pleased with it! The drama and magnificence of the NFL is unprecedented, even by college football's standards. Take that shot to the crotch, BCS proponents! This Dustin Keller is going to be an excellent player for the next decade.

Brad James said...
Nov 14, 2008, 1:29:00 PM  

I've heard Papa call radio games. He is very good in that element, but on TV it's not working for him. It could be the audio issues, because really it doesn't even sound like he's at the game- or in the same booth as Collinsworth.

As for Collinsworth. I don't think I'll ever be a fan of his. Just too smug and full of himself to be entertaining.

Anonymous said...
Nov 14, 2008, 2:44:00 PM  

What was going on with the National Anthem? It got bleeped most of the time.

Anonymous said...
Nov 14, 2008, 6:31:00 PM  

I wish all football play by play guys sounded like bob papa

Anonymous said...
Nov 15, 2008, 3:27:00 PM  

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