Eric Walden's NFL Four Downs: Is now a good time to ask for a do-over?

Published October 12, 2013 9:00 pm
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First down

Green Bay at Baltimore, 11 a.m., Ch. 13 • So the Packers' offense is awesome but their defense is abysmal? Really? Perhaps Yogi Berra had them in mind when he mentioned déjà vu all over again. Working for the Pack is that they've scored more points in four games than the Ravens have in five. Then again, Green Bay's 0-2 on the road, Baltimore's 2-0 at home.

Second down

Jacksonville at Denver, 2:05 p.m., Ch. 2 • I know any ambitious assistant's ultimate goal is to eventually become a head coach, but I've got to wonder if first-year Jags boss Gus Bradley is pulling a Michael Beasley and punching himself in the face right about now. His team is scoring 10.2 ppg. It's allowing 32.6. And it's a four-TD underdog vs. the Broncos, who are averaging 46 ppg. Perhaps if he begs Pete Carroll, he can go back to Seattle.

Third down

Arizona at San Francisco, 2:25 p.m., Ch. 13 • Given that defenses seem to have adjusted to the read-option, and given that (aside from the opener against a woeful Green Bay defense) Colin Kaepernick has thrown the ball more like Colin Farrell this year (I'm going out on a limb and guessing the Irish actor doesn't have an NFL-caliber arm), Niners fans are a little nervous. The good news? Even Colin Farrell is a better QB than Carson Palmer.

Fourth down

Washington at Dallas, 6:30 p.m., Ch. 5 • Washington has a QB who's blown out his knee twice (once in college) and is struggling to get right. Dallas has a $100M+ QB who had a statistical game for the ages, then ruined it by reverting to his historical trend of late-game brainfarts. Neither team will concede publicly it made a mistake, but you have to wonder if they're really happy with their choices.



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