Just Football…

Oh man…nothing in football (and I mean nothing) compares to Arrowhead Stadium during a night game – and nothing much is better than Philip Rivers of the San Diego Chargers fumbling a snap and giving my Chiefs one more chance – and they won it!

Today is November 1 (you can take your mask off) so that means that real football is upon us. High school teams are starting or already into the playoffs, college teams are getting ready for the stretch run, and NFL teams are starting to figure out what kind of team they have.

My NFL picks were just a little better last week; I got nine correct and missed on four.  That’s two better than last week!

In case this is your first time reading “Just Football” then welcome! Just about every Tuesday during football season, I take a look at some of the NFL teams, major college and FCS games, throw in some high school football, plus a few pieces of info you won’t get anywhere else.


Weekly Honors:

-LeSean McCoy of the Philadelphia Eagles rushed for 185 yards and two touchdowns on 30 carries in the Eagles’ 34-7 win over the Dallas Cowboys.

-Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers completed 36 of 50 passes for 365 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception in the Steelers’ 25-17 win over the New England Patriots.

Impressive #1:

The Kansas City Chiefs started the season 0-3.  They are now 4-3 and tied for first place in the AFC West.

Maybe before the game, the Chiefs coaches played a video of this eight year-old boy doing the Al Pacino part from Any Given Sunday:


The St. Louis Rams fell from the Loserville ranks last week by beating the New Orleans Saints.  There are two teams left without a win:  Indianapolis Colts and Miami Dolphins.  By the way, they don’t play each other.

Tebow Watch:

Denver Broncos QB Tim Tebow did not play well last week – but it looks like he will get another chance to start this week.  I don’t know if Tebow will ever be a “great” QB in the NFL – but I do know that he does not have enough playing time yet for that decision to be made.

What to Watch:

These are games next week where both teams have winning records – and I put them in the order of how good I think they will be:

Baltimore (5-2) at Pittsburgh (6-2) -This is the Sunday night NBC game!

New York Jets (4-3) at Buffalo (5-2)

New York Giants (5-2) at New England (5-2)

Green Bay (7-0) at San Diego (4-3)

Tampa Bay (4-3) at New Orleans (5-3)

Cincinnati (5-2) at Tennessee (4-3)


BCS Standings:

Now there are only six undefeated teams this week since Clemson and Kansas State lost. Here are the BCS standings:

1. LSU

2. Alabama

3. Oklahoma State

4. Stanford

5. Boise State

13. Houston (8-0)

Of Note:

#13 Houston beat Rice 73-34 last week.  Houston QB Case Keenum was 24/37 for 534 yards and NINE touchdowns.  Wow!

What to Watch:

CBS gets the big game this week!

CBS is televising #1 LSU at #2 Alabama Saturday night.

-#14 Kansas State at #3 Oklahoma State

-#9 South Carolina at #7 Arkansas


The Montana State Bobcats (8-1, 6-0 Big Sky) and the Montana Grizzlies (7-2, 6-1 Big Sky) beat their opponents (Idaho State and Weber State) by a combined score of 99-23 last weekend.

Montana Grizzlies:

After coming off a week that saw two football players arrested in Missoula, the Griz easily handled Weber State 45-10.  I did not hear if there were any “Don’t Tase Me Bro” signs at the Griz game – but I am sure the Bobcat fans in Bozeman will have some interesting signs when they entertain the Griz on November 19.

Last Saturday, Griz QB Jordan Johnson was 23/32 for 299 yards and SIX touchdowns.  He also carried the ball eight times for 53 yards.  Johnson and Northern Colorado wide receiver Patrick Walker are the co-offensive Players of the Week for the Big Sky Conference.

The Grizzlies are ranked #8 in the FCS poll and #10 in the TSN poll.

The Griz host Western Oregon (6-3) on Saturday.

Montana State Bobcats:

Bobcat running backs Cody Kirk and Tray Robinson put the team on their backs last week.  Kirk rushed for 24 times for 184 yards and four TDs.  Robinson carried the ball 10 times for 154 yards and two TDs.

The Bobcats jumped up two spots and are now #2 in the FCS coaches poll and in the TSN poll.

The Bobcats (8-1, 6-0 Big Sky) travel to Weber State (3-5, 3-2 Big Sky).   Then they have a bye week before hosting the Griz.


Playoffs are happening all across the country!  I check out Montana Prep Sports  and Max Preps for all I need to know about High School Football!  For my readers in Missouri, here’s a great site to keep up with the football playoffs and schedules in your state!

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