Matthew Stafford Reminds Cris Carter that Calvin Johnson Is an Elite Receiver

The Detroit Lions are 3-0 and standing as one of the three remaining unbeaten teams in the NFL. Quarterback Matthew Stafford has played brilliantly, hooking up with receiver Calvin Johnson for six touchdowns. On Tuesday, he decided to take a shot at former Vikings wide receiver and current ESPN NFL analyst Cris Carter, who ignorantly said in August that Calvin Johnson was not elite.

“Does anyone think 8 tds in 4 weeks will change chris carters mind about an “elite” receiver?” Stafford wrote on Twitter, per PFT.

It’s a little early in my mind for Stafford to be celebrating his team and their accomplishments given that we’re only three weeks into the season. Words like that would be more appropriate for the post-Super Bowl news conference.

But I digress.

The man known as Megatron is on a record-setting pace. Randy Moss holds the single-season record for touchdown receptions with 23 in 2007. Calvin Johnson is catching two per game, which would work out to 32. Thinking Megatron will maintain this pace is unreasonable, but the number he should shoot for is 18. If he gets that many, he will have surpassed Cris Carter’s career high of 17, which led the NFL in ’95. I think Calvin can get there.

I’ve been talking up the Stafford-Calvin tandem since last year, said they were poised for an explosive season in August, and picked Calvin Johnson to be the Offensive Player of the Year in my season preview. Only injuries and triple teams can slow Calvin. Let’s hope neither one happens.

Jay Cutler and Kristin Cavallari may be back on

Jay Cutler and Kristin CavallariThe couple we all love to hate may be back on. Jay Cutler and Kristin Cavallari have been trading supportive messages on Twitter lately, and People magazine adds that the two are working it out.

On Sunday, Cavallari wished Jay Cutler good luck for his game against the Packers via Twitter. She added a picture that showed her wearing a Bears sweater.

Cutler followed the well wishes with kind words of his own. On Monday, he said “good luck babe” to Cavallari, who is appearing on Dancing With the Stars. It was actually the second week in a row Cutler showed support for Kristin with those words.

Interestingly enough, the person who seems to be rooting most for a reconciliation is Detroit Lions tight end Tony Scheffler. Scheffler is pushing for Cutler to make an appearance on the show as a guest in the audience. No, this isn’t some sort of perverse ploy to soften Jay up — the two were teammates in Denver.

So after breaking off their engagement in July, it looks like the two may be back on. If that’s the case, Cavallari needs to get back on Jerry Angelo’s case about beefing up the offensive line. Cutler’s getting killed back there.

Thanks to Fan Phooey for the heads up

Bengals Fan Saul Shuller Takes Shot at Team on Death Bed

When a sports team or figure is mentioned in a person’s obituary, it is usually in the form of either the ultimate compliment or an epic insult. Last week, a Minnesota man’s obituary expressed displeasure with a certain Minnesota Twin.  If I were to tell you the Cincinnati Bengals were mentioned in someone’s obituary, my guess is you might already have an idea of the context.

On Tuesday, The Big Lead called our attention to the obituary of 95-year-old Saul Shuller, which can be read in its entirety on Legacy.com.  Shuller was apparently a Bengals fan, and like almost any other Bengals fan he had grown tired of watching the team lose.  As a result, he considered being freed from the frustration of watching the Bengals to be one of the positive components of his demise.

“Accepting that the end was near, the funny grandfather and great-grandfather said earlier in the day there was an upside to death: at least he wouldn’t have to watch another Bengals loss.”

This is one of the many reasons Cincinnati has emerged as the black hole of professional football.  Marvin Lewis keeps his job year after year and the Bengals continue to miss the playoffs and play mediocre football on their best days.  Sports are supposed to be for our entertainment and enjoyment.  When people are glad they are dying so they no longer have to watch you play, it may be time to make a change.

NY Post Gives Michael Vick the Baby Photo Treatment (Picture)

All that’s left to do now is to photoshop Michael Vick as a woman.  Over the course of one season, we have had the chance to see what the Eagles quarterback would like as a white guy and now an infant.  Check out the following picture from the back cover of Tuesday’s NY Post, courtesy of Shutdown Corner:

The actual article features quotes from several different Giants players who claim the hits they laid on Vick over the weekend were perfectly legal.  Some were, others may not have been.  However, there is little debate that Vick went about handling it the wrong way.  Whether the hits were legal or not, the baby picture is warranted.  If Vick is already feeling sorry for himself after three games it is going to be a long year.  Perhaps he’ll get a few extra calls after lambasting the officials, but he will also have defenders coming at him even harder knowing how much it frustrates him.  The Eagles need to sort out their offensive line problems and start working on the things that they can control.

Bloggers Create Additional ‘Ram Rules’ Video for Cheering

When we saw the Ram Rules video that the St. Louis Rams released a couple weeks ago, we were shocked at how stupid a team can consider its fan base to be.  The guys over at JoeSportsFan.com have first-hand knowledge of what life is like as a sports fan in St. Louis, and the video didn’t seem to surprise them.  In fact, they thought it was lacking a bit.  Fortunately, they decided to add rules 6-10 to the Ram Rules video. Check it out:

Phenomenal. The Rams made a huge mistake when they missed all of these rules.  How could they forget about the produce rule? Thank goodness we have bloggers out there to make things right in the world.

Darrelle Revis: Jets Are More than Just a Trash-Talking Team

Within the New York Jets organization, trash talking is welcome.  In fact, it seems to be encouraged.  When a head coach leads the way by flapping his gums on a regular basis, the team is guaranteed to follow his direction.  The Jets have talked more trash since Rex Ryan took over as head coach than any other team in NFL history.  The problem is that they have yet to win a championship.

With the amount of jabbering they do, the Jets have turned themselves into a team with a ton to prove.  Bart Scott even acknowledged that over the offseason and he has the biggest mouth on the team.  After being handled by the Raiders on Sunday, Darrelle Revis realizes the Jets need to step it up in Baltimore this weekend and prove they can do more than just run their mouths.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to bounce back and show this league that we’re not just a trash-talking team,” Revis said Monday according to ESPNNewYork.com. “It’s very frustrating. We’re not playing up to our potential, our standards, our goals.”

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DeAngelo Hall: Referee Should ****ing Lose his Job for the Facemask Call

The Redskins blew a 16-9 lead against the Cowboys and lost on the road 18-16 on Monday night. Their collapse was painful to watch for Redskins fans. After their touchdown put them ahead, they punted three times and then Rex Grossman was sacked and lost a fumble to end the game. The defense meanwhile gave up three field goals in the second half, the last of which came with 1:47 left and gave the Cowboys the lead.

While the offense failed to produce the entire fourth quarter, the defense had an excellent opportunity to close the door when they had the Cowboys in a 3rd and 21. Forced out of the pocket under pressure, Tony Romo completed a pass to Dez Bryant that went for 30 yards down to Washington’s 40 yard line. Dallas still would have needed to move the ball a few yards to set up a long field goal, but they received an extra 15 yards thanks to a facemask penalty.

While nobody questions that DeAngelo Hall touched Dez Bryant’s facemask, it was clear that he touched it accidentally while trying to make a tackle. He quickly moved his hand away from the facemask and at no point tried to bring Bryant down with it (watch video of the play here). It was a bad call by the referee because the language in the rule book states that a player must “grasp” the facemask to be penalized. At no point did Hall grasp Dez’s facemask. Needless to say, Hall was fuming about the call after the game.

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