Thursday, October 10, 2013
Behind The Scoreboard
If you tuned in to week five in the NFL, then you know who is chasing whom and who is trying to dig their way out of a dismal cellar rating. The AFC has only two teams showing at the .800 mark which equates to a 4-1-0 in the young season. The Patriots are leading the East as are the Colts in the South.
Both these teams had a few glitches early on but had seemed to be settling down and leveling off. Well, the Pats were until they met a stubborn Bengals bunch from the North. The score wasn’t that big of a separation, but it did cause coach you-know-who to wince and caused Tom Brady’s record to fall by the wayside.
The Colts gave the Seahawks their first loss and the score (34-28) was not all that big, just emphatic. Anytime you beat an unbeaten, it matters little whether it happens in the first third of the season or the last third. The Colts were just one game removed from the unbeatens themselves.
If you get the feeling that all of these teams are chasing Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, you are not alone. The air is full of “Manning” these days. Starting with the “Book of Manning” last week which showcased the entire family, the stock continues to be pushed by Peyton. Eli isn’t doing so well, but the only persons really watching that dimming lamp are Eli and his coach, Tom Coughlin.
The game of the week was indubitably the Broncos and Cowboys. The defenses weren’t all that stout but the offenses were excellent. Tony Romo has been beaten up over this in the media but when you take a good look at his output, can you really lay the blame on that heavily? He threw for over 500 yards and five TDs. Everyone is saying that he shouldn’t have thrown that lone interception. Do you know any quarterback who plans to throw a pick? Of course, Jerry Jones wasn’t pleased and neither were the rest of the Cowboys and their fans.
Manning didn’t quite reach Romo’s mark but his performance wasn’t too shabby, a little less than 500 yards and four TDs and the expert maneuvering to get the Broncos in position for the game-winning field goal (51-48) to remain unbeaten at 5-0. I can’t wait for their game with the Chiefs.
I don’t know just what to do to get the Redskins on a solid foundation (meaning a sustained winning streak). They have left the winless column, but are still being distracted by a bombardment of words. It seems that everyone is joining the fray. Even the president of the U.S. has intimated that were he the owner he would consider changing the name.
Owner Dan Snyder isn’t budging so far. And the timing is all wrong. These “word wars” should be fought in the off-season.
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