Thursday, December 14, 2006
Colts, Cowboys experience lots of pain
There are two clear facts of which I am sure that a couple of teams in the NFL are painfully aware.
Fact number one – Indianapolis shouldn’t have gone to Jacksonville on Sunday.
Fact number two – Dallas shouldn’t have invited New Orleans wherever they play.
The Colts could have clinched their fourth consecutive AFC South title with a win over the second place Jaguars. The Colts, with a record of 10-2, had beaten the Jaguars already this season. So the thought could very easily have been “let’s just run down to Jacksonville, get this over with and start preparing for the playoffs.” What’s the old saw? If there is a chance that something can go wrong, it will.
I won’t recap the entire game for you, but it was ugly. The Colts suffered their worst defeat this season. Just a couple of weeks ago, Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison set the new record for a quarterback and a wide receiver. The Colts will have to wait for next Monday to see if they can clinch against the Bengals.
At Dallas it was a battle of two of the 8-4s in the NFC – Dallas representing the East and New Orleans representing the North. Again, if you didn’t watch, all I can say is it wasn’t pretty. These two hadn’t met since December in 2004 and N.O. won that one.
The Cowboys’ replacement QB, Tony Romo, has led the team to storybook recognition since he took over from Drew Bledsoe. How much of a setback this will have on Dallas aspirations, only a couple of more weeks will tell.
The other very interesting happening was in the game between Houston and Tennessee.
The Titans, like the Cowboys, are holding onto the coat tails of an ingenue quarterback, Vince Young. It was all Young could do to keep from smirking during a post-game interview after he beat the Texans with a 39-yard overtime scramble.
The real “got’cha” in this one is the Texans spurned Young in last season’ draft. They are probably going to have a few years to regret that choice.
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