Well we’re halfway through the season and there have been surprises (Saints) and disappointments (Dolphins, Cardinals). We’ve also answered the question of who is the best QB in all the land (if I actually need to answer this for you, please go away). Now heading into the second half we are faced with new questions and some old ones. Will Manning and the Colts finally break through and capture that elusive title? Who is better, L.J. or L.T.? Will Reggie Bush show us what all the fuss is about? Only time will tell but in the meantime here are this week’s awards.
Sling Blade (Dumbest Coaching) – Bill Belichick
Going into Sunday night’s game against the Colts everyone said the same thing for the Pats, pound the ball inside with Maroney and Dillon and keep Peyton & Co. off the field. Instead “genius” Belichick thought passing the ball would be a better idea. That plan didn’t work out so well as Brady threw 4 INTS in a loss. There is such a thing as over thinking yourself and Bill did just that and it may have cost his team the game.
Where’s Waldo (Disappearing Act) – Steelers Update
This week on Without a Trace the gang finally closes the case on the missing Super Bowl champs.
Fan: “Is it true? Did you find our team”?
Investigator: “It’s true but I have some bad news. Your team was found dead late Sunday here in Pittsburgh”.
Fan: “What happened”?
Investigator: “Well there is evidence of lots of head trauma and a hangover from February but the final blow was apparently being trampled by a group of broncos. I’m very sorry.”
Fan: (Sobbing) “One for the thumb. One for the thumb”.
Hot Air Balloon (Overblown Story) – New England Patriots
The mystique is gone. After Sunday night’s loss the Pats showed their true self, a good team, but nowhere near the top 3 in the AFC. The fear that top teams used to show in playing the Pats seems to have been replaced by a subtle confidence. While a division title is all but assured a Super Bowl is a joke.
Dirt Nap (Self Explanatory) – Al Davis
Forget the talk about Favre needing to retire; Al Davis needs to go with the quickness. His team is in disarray and getting worse by the week- and Davis seems to be going with them. What his team needs is some new blood on the field and the owner’s box as well. Unfortunately, Davis will never sell the team and so Oakland will continue to languish until Al goes up to that big pirate ship in the sky.
Kryptonite – That’s exactly what the Dolphins seem to be to the Bears. They did it in ’85 and again Sunday in Chicago. Have a drink guys, you deserve it.
Too Much Booze – After Vinatieri missed 2 FGs against his former team Manning must’ve been wondering if Adam had maybe had a few too many Sam Adams while in town.
MVP – Brady who? I think we can safely say who is the best QB in the league is. He’s well on his way to a record tying 3rd MVP trophy and very well may be on his way to many more.
Top 5 Power Teams
1) COLTS (8-0) Last Week (1) – First team since 20’s/30’s Packers to start consecutive seasons 8-0. Considering they beat Denver and New England on the road in consecutive weeks, this team may be better then last year’s edition. Next Week – Home against N.Y. Jets
2) BEARS (7-1) Last Week (2) – It’s amazing how one loss can bring all the doubters out in force. The question is how Rex Grossman will respond against the Giants this Sunday. Next Week – @ N.Y. Giants
3) BRONCOS (6-2) Last Week (NR) – As it stands right now Denver is the number 2 seed in the AFC considering their wins over both Baltimore and New England. It appears Plummer has found a go-to guy in Javon Walker. Next Week – @Oakland
4) RAVENS (6-2) Last Week (4) – K.I.S.S. That stands for Keep It Simple Stupid. That is exactly what Brian Billick has done since taking over offensive play calling. Lots of punishing running with Jamal Lewis and high percentage passes that have given Baltimore a offensive presence as well as a defensive one. Next Week – @ Tennessee
5) CHARGERS (6-2) Last Week (5) – With L.T. destroying defenses, the Chargers are now clicking. If not for a meltdown against the Ravens San Diego would be 7-1. How well the defense plays without Merriman will determine how far this team will go.
Game Of The Week
Chicago @ N.Y. Giants – This game should go a long way towards deciding the playoff in the NFC including home field advantage.
WINNERS IN BOLD
DALLAS @ ARIZONA
BUFFALO @ INDY
BALTIMORE @ TENNESSEE
CLEVELAND @ ATLANTA
GREEN BAY @ MINNESOTA
KANSAS CITY @ MIAMI
SAN FRANCISCO @ DETROIT
HOUSTON @ JACKSONVILLE
N.Y. JETS @ NEW ENGLAND
SAN DIEGO @ CINCINNATI
WASHINGTON @ PHILADELPHIA
DENVER @ OAKLAND
NEW ORLEANS @ PITTSBURGH
CHICAGO @ N.Y. GIANTS
TAMPA BAY @ CAROLINA
Don’t forget to check back in next week for another installment of 3rd and Long.