Sunday, December 05, 2010

NFL Week 13 Early Thoughts

A few things we now know from week 13 of the NFL season heading into Sunday night’s Ravens/Steelers slugfest in Baltimore:

•    How about those Falcons! Down 10 in the fourth quarter on the road in Tampa, Atltanta rallies to a 28-24 victory.  Big ones Matty Ryan, big ones!
•    Maybe the Chargers aren’t invincible in November & December after all.  Not a good home loss to the Raiders.
•    Are we seeing the demise of the Colts right before our very eyes?  Three straight losses and three tough outings in a row for Peyton Manning including two more INT’s for TD’s in the Dallas 38-35 overtime win Sunday.
•    It’s not how you start but how you finish:  Seattle rallies for 31 straight points behind Marshawn Lynch’s 3 TD’s (how come he couldn’t do that in Buffalo?).
•    The Giants running the ball well is not a good sign for the rest of the NFC.  200 yards and 4 TD’s combined from Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw.
•    There’s a reason why the Saints are successful and the Bengals are not.  Proof positive show in Cincy Sunday as QB Drew Brees, on 4th and 2 with the Bengals up 3 in the red zone, pulls the Bengals offsides for a first down and subsequent TD pass to Marques Colston.
•    QB Aaron Rodgers continues to make Packers fans forget about that “other guy.”  Just another ho-hum day: 298 yards, 3 TD’s, 0 INT’s.
•    If I’m the Minnesota Vikings, I ask Mr. Favre to step aside for a couple of weeks after Tavoris Jackson steps in after a Favre interception and shoulder injury on the third play of the game Sunday against Buffalo.  Jackson leads them to 31 points, albeit with throwing 3 interceptions himself.
•    The Bears will make me believers at some point this season.
•    Ugly is defined with the Chiefs 10-6 win over the Broncos.  Both head coaches, Todd Haley and Josh McDaniels, should be ashamed at some of the calls they made in that one, including McDaniels punting the ball away on 4th and 5 with just over two minutes left in the game.
•    The Jaguars may be the best the AFC South has to offer.
•    The Cardinals are just plain bad offensively.  Think they’d like to have Matt Leinhart back now?

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