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DeAngelo Hall Says Jay Cutler ‘Doesn’t Understand the Game of Football’

Jay Cutler seems to have one of those attitudes that gets under people’s skin.  In order to be a successful NFL quarterback, you have to have a certain level of confidence.  Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, and Tom Brady certainly possess that quality, but they do a pretty decent job of keeping it under wraps.  Cutler likes to let it show through, with comments like the one he made about his arm being stronger than John Elway’s.  Couple that with the fact that he hasn’t really won anything of significance, and the end result is annoyed opponents and fans.

As cliche as it may sound, what goes around, comes around.  When Cutler was with the Broncos in 2008, he and Eddie Royal hooked up 9 times for 146 yards and a touchdown in Royal’s NFL debut.  The corner covering Royal for much of that game was Hall, when he was a member of the Raiders.  After the game, Cutler took it upon himself to talk a little smack when reporters asked him about the game.  “Eddie Royal beat DeAngelo Hall time after time,” Cutler said. “That’s what happened.”

The tables turned on Sunday when Hall, now a member of the Redskins, intercepted Cutler four times in one game.  Needless to say, Hall hadn’t forgotten the shot Cutler took at him after his tough day two years ago.

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Jared Allen Was My Sous-Chef at Culinary School

Jared Allen is such a character, hearing him introduce himself by saying he went to culinary school for college is not a surprise. Apparently the tradition has been going on since last year on NBC football but this was the first time I heard it. Check out Jared Allen’s introduction on NBC and thanks to LBS contributor BobaMan for the tip:

Please, don’t even bother asking why he said it — it was a joke. Just like this was a joke and this too.

Nick Sorenson: Saints Were Eye Gouging, Crotch Grabbing

In a year full of surprises and a lack of truly dominant teams, one of the biggest shockers of week seven was the Cleveland Browns hammering the New Orleans Saints on the road 30-17. Nothing compares to Oakland’s butt-whopping in Denver, but Cleveland’s road win is close. The Saints were so stunned and upset over their poor showing that they did anything possible to try and swing things back in there favor.

Some Browns players told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that the Saints were playing dirty, gouging eyes and grabbing balls. “They were gouging my eye and ripping into my face. It was dirty, but that’s just what happens,” safety Nick Sorenson said after the win

Sorenson wasn’t the only guy subjected to dirty play — receiver Josh Cribbs said “They were grabbing my crotch.”

That raises our season total of Browns nut grabs to two, at least of which we know. I actually saw the play about which Sorenson is complaining. He jumped in to recover a second quarter fumble by Pierson Prioleau on a kickoff and a Saints player jumped on top of him, reaching for Sorenson’s face. Eye gouging seemed to be the least of what was done, so these weren’t just accusations — they’re facts. Thanks to Pro Football Talk for pointing out the story.

Brett Favre Reportedly Admits to Voice Mails, Not Penis Pictures

Vikings quarterback Brett Favre met with an NFL investigator during the week to talk about his cyberstalking interactions with former Jets employee Jenn Sterger. Favre and his agent wisely avoided speaking with the media about the talk, but apparently FOX reporter Jay Glazer found out what was going on.

NFL on FOX (via Pro Football Talk) tweeted that “Favre admitted to leaving voicemails, but denied sending inappropriate pictures” to Sterger.

Of course he did.

After all the ridicule he took for those pictures, why the heck would he confess to them especially when there’s only one head in the pic, not two. Not only does this allow the “I’m much bigger than that” defense, but it also makes Favre less susceptible to sexual harassment charges.

We’ve maintained all along that Sterger is holding out for a payoff from Favre and that she likely won’t ever meet with the investigators. She’s hired a lawyer and is out for some big time cash. Favre should just pay the hush money and hope this all goes away.

Aaron Rodgers: Green Bay People Less Friendly After Losses

There was a great ESPN fantasy football commercial leading up to the NFL season featuring Chris Johnson. In the commercial, all kinds of service workers were treating CJ2K poorly because he had ostensibly let them down in their fantasy leagues. I always thought it was a clever, cute commercial, but apparently it’s most closer to reality than I ever realized.

In an interview with NBC leading up to the Sunday Night Football game, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was asked about the environment around the city after a win compared to a loss. Specifically, he was asked if it is worse when the team loses. Here’s what he said:

“It is worse. Just going down to the local store to get my groceries, people are a lot more eager to talk to you after a win the previous week, and if you lose, you might not get any eye contact. The checker might not be as kind to you. The pizza guy delivering the pizza might not be as friendly. It’s definitely a different feeling if you lose a game around here.”

Just to make sure this answer isn’t taken out of context, Rodgers had a grin on as he told the story, so it’s not like he was embittered towards the town. And if you want a better idea of how things might be for Rodgers, check out this video:

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Patriots Beat Chargers on Missed Field Goal Thanks to False Start Penalty

Last Sunday, the Patriots overcame a 17-7 deficit in the second half and defeated the Ravens, 23-20, in overtime.  This Sunday, New England nearly blew a 23-3 lead when they let the Chargers crawl within a field goal in the second half, only to lose on a missed 50-yard field goal attempt as time ticked away.

Considering the way the Chargers shot themselves in the foot all afternoon, it’s amazing they even had an opportunity to send the game into overtime.  Some of the lowlights for San Diego included several dropped passes and three fumbles, one of which came when wide receiver Richard Goodman caught a pass over the middle, fell to the ground, and flipped the ball to the ground before any Patriot had touched him.  New England recovered the fumble and it was determined that Goodman was never down by contact.

Despite their countless mistakes, the Chargers somehow clawed their way back into the game with two 11-play touchdown drives in the fourth quarter, one of which came after a perfectly executed onside kick that caught New England completely off guard.

Facing a fourth-and-one situation at the two-minute warning, Bill Belichick gave Patriots fans brutal flashbacks when he decided to go for it at about mid-field up 23-20.  The result was the same as the infamous fourth-and-two decision in Indianapolis last year, as the Chargers stuffed BenJarvus Green-Ellis for a loss.

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DeAngelo Hall Intercepts Jay Cutler Four Times in Redskins Win

Despite not playing exceptionally well, the Washington Redskins were able to pull off a 17-14 win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday.  A lot of their success is owed to the inability of the Bears to protect quarterback Jay Cutler.  What else is new?

Cutler has taken a beating all season long, and Sunday was no different.  Cutler was sacked four times and intercepted another four, with DeAngelo Hall recording all four interceptions.  Hall took one of the picks 92 yards for a touchdown that gave the Redskins a 17-14 lead when they were in danger of going down two scores.

Hall tied an NFL record with the four picks.  The feat has been accomplished by 18 other players, with Deltha O’Neal being the last to do it when he was with the Broncos in 2001.

So the story continues for the Bears.  They look like a team with a decent amount of talent and potential that just can’t protect it’s quarterback.  I can’t imagine Cutler has been treating his offensive line to a lot of dinners after games this season.  In fact, they should probably be showering him in gifts as often as they can.

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