Thursday, December 18, 2008
Behind The Scoreboard
A day in NFL
This is week 14 in the NFL; do you know where your team is?
The answer is easy for yours truly. My team of choice is still floundering around in the cellar of the AFC West. Misery loves company, as the age old adage goes, and the Kansas City Chiefs have a half helping. At 2-11 going into Sunday’s slate, there were a few teams worse off. Detroit was still seeking someone which they could beat. Idling at 0-13 and facing Indianapolis, somehow I don’t think they will save their season on this one.
The hapless Cincinnati Bengals, 1-11-1 had an outside shot of upsetting the Washington Redskins. I am pulling for them. But I don’t have the patience to stick around and see how their fortunes (if that comes close to the right word) play out.
Really, the immediate focus was on the match-up between the Titans and the Houston Texans. The Titans are on cruise control, sporting the best record in the league at this juncture and having clinched the AFC South with their one loss (12-1). They were looking for the home field advantage throughout the playoffs. Going into Sunday, there are only two other teams which had locked up their divisions – the N.Y. Giants of the NFC East (11-2) and the Arizona Cardinals (yeah, you read right, the Arizona Cardinals) of the NFC West (8-5).
For the Titans’ plans to turn into a dream fulfilled, they had to get by the Texans and wish a loss for the Pittsburgh Steelers (10-3) at the Baltimore Ravens (9-4). The Ravens could also prevent the Pittsburghers from clinching their division today. But, I am still going too far ahead.
First, we have to get these Titans past these pesky Texans. Houston is in the same division with the Titans and has no dog in this fight. But we all know how much Texans love the role of the spoiler. OK, we are in the final minutes now. It has been a struggle all the way. The Titans have the time left, down by a single point at 12-13, an accomplished kicker warming on the sidelines, making soccer kicks into a soccer net. If he is called on the fourth down, the distance would be well within his range. And what happens? The Titans go for it on a fourth and two, with two minutes left. Must I really write the outcome? Did I ever tell you all why the Titans is not my favorite team?
To salve the rampant emotions, I now have to await the game between the Dallas Cowboys and the N.Y. Giants. Another chapter in the “T.O. Against Everyone Else” saga. The bearer of the “America’s Team” title is being eaten alive by internal strife. Where is owner Jerry Jones when you really need him?
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