Thursday, November 19, 2009
Behind The Scoreboard
The game which all of us saw Sunday evening between the Colts and the Pats could have very well been the AFC championship game. Fortunately, for the New England group, it was just a regular season game. More on that later.
First I need to take a look at the big picture and the little people. Everyone knows by now that there are no winless teams left in the NFL. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were finally able to shake off the “winless” bonds a little over a week ago in the “Battle of the Bays.” It was a shame that the Bucs could not have extended the streak. There were five teams which had recorded just one win going into week nine. The Washington Redskins, who had redeemed themselves already, put the Denver Broncos through some type of cultural shock after upsetting the AFC West division leaders on Sunday. It is doubtful that this boon to the Redskins’ season will cure their internal ills.
Remember three weeks ago, the owner of the Titans stated that he would leave the quarterback decisions up to the head coach (Jeff Fisher)? Well, obviously the premise wasn’t written in stone. Vince Young was inserted into the lineup three games ago and the Titans’ tables have turned. They haven’t lost a game. There are those who think the drought could have been over sooner.
There were two teams who dreamed of major upsets on Sunday. One has already been mentioned in the first paragraph above. The other was the game between the St. Louis Rams, cellar dwellers in the NFC West, and the New Orleans Saints, rulers of the NFC South with an undefeated record. The Rams didn’t stand a chance. Drew Brees is shaping up to be the “real deal.” Yours truly is already being bombarded with questions like, “Are the Saints SB 44 caliber?” I don’t have a clue, however, we must remember that this is the time for flaky upsets.
And speaking of that very subject, Bill Belichik and the Patriots thought they had done just that, defeating the undefeated. The faces of glee and jubilation were changed to consternation and disbelief in the final four and a half minutes in their game with the Colts. Coach Bill was stunned into silence. And I hope no one missed his “almost handshake” with his opponent (Coach Caldwell). One commentator stated the Patriots had just stunned the entire Eastern seaboard. One cannot count Peyton Manning out.
And I don’t want to give this more bravado than is due, but would you believe the Kansas City Chiefs, my Kansas City Chiefs, won their second game of the season? Watch out Colts, Bengals, Pats and Broncos; here come the Chiefs!
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