And it seems to me you played your game
Like a football in the wind
Never knowing who to call off
When the punted ball came in
And I would have liked to have that back
But I was just too chilled
Your teams’ candle burned out long before
Your QB’s legend never will
Name that song FMQBers! It’s the famous Elton John’s Candle in the Wind…or at least a parody of it. Believe it or not, I just listened to that song for the first time in my life, and also realized how few lyrics there were in the song (which makes it tough to make a football song out of). Of course, I am referencing the amazing Sunday night game between the Patriots and Broncos. The Patriots floundered in the first half, on several fumbles in a row. By the end, they were down 24-0, and yours truly was excited to see such a decisive game with that team losing so early. Well the winds definitely changed (metaphorically) in the 2nd half, and all of a sudden it was the Broncos fumbling and not being able to score, and the Patriots scoring every possession they had the ball. Granted, the Broncos started working on the clock immediately in the 2nd half while the Patriots scored 31 unanswered points (which just shouldn’t happen in the NFL). The 2 teams were dangerously close to the 2nd Tie of the game before destiny roared it’s evil head, and we all know what happened after Denver blew a standard punt play. Overall, absolutely crazy game which could very well be a prequel to the AFC Championship. Continue Reading
Last of the Unbeatens Fall
Well the game of the season ended up living up to everybody’s expectations. FMQB was right and wrong all at once. I was perhaps a little overconfident in Manning’s abilities. Even hobbled, I said all week that a Manning at 50% would destroy the Chieves. Well he took care of business, but it wasn’t flashy. Instead it was slow, consistent, precision plays that took care of the Chieves. Manning picked apart the defense, often finding the 1 gap in the D and exploiting that when every other receiver was covered. The real winner of this game was the Denver Offensive Line. Manning not only didn’t get sacked, he didn’t get hit, which is a blessing for an injured QB. Give the Chieves defense credit though, they held the Broncos to the fewest points scored all year (27), and the fewest TD’s thrown by Manning (1). But the Broncos
Issues with the Colts:
Last Sunday, the Colts were not only upset by the Rams at home, but absolutely demolished! It was 28-0 at halftime, and at one point 35-0, surprisingly mostly by Rams rookies. I of course was thrilled, and wanted to use this game as my one shot to do a picture shout out to them (see above). The Colts were stunned by this loss, remember, they have defeated the 49ers, Seahawks, and Broncos this year. Last night’s game has shown the exact same issue that has plagued them the last 3 games. Against Houston, St. Louis, and then Tennessee, they found themselves in early holes, down multiple TDs without a score. They may be able to squeak out some comeback’s this way, but will be a quick out in the Postseason if they continue this trend.
Absolutely crazy week in football, and it seems like none of it happened on the field. The Texans had a rollercoaster of a game having their head coach collapse at halftime, the Broncos coach also had major heart surgery, and the Miami locker room is in a heated battle. But more of that later, let’s start with football.
Let’s not Crown him quite yet…
Eagles QB Nick Foles had a day that most hall of fame QBs dream about. Granted he was playing the Raiders, but Foles tied an NFL record for 7 TD passes in one game. Very surprising that Chip Kelly still won’t name a starter once Vick is healthy, which leads me to believe that Vick is outperforming Foles in practice. The only other theory is that Kelly’s offense is so set on having a mobile QB, that Kelly can’t get over the fact that he has Vick. Will be interesting if Foles continues to succeed.
Seattle is the best team in the NFC that’s in Trouble:
I don’t think I can name a team in the NFC that can easily beat the Seahawks, other than themselves. For the second week in a row, Seattle found themselves down and in need of a comeback. This time to 0-8 Tampa Bay. Not sure if coaches took part of the week off, or what, but to go down 21-0 to the Bucs is pathetic. They managed to comeback, and are still an impressive 8-1, but they won’t be able to make that comeback against a playoff team in January.
We’re officially halfway through the season, wow time flies when you’re having fun! There is a much better idea of where teams stand than there was 2 months ago, and most fans know whether the outlook on their season is half full, or half empty. Still some major surprises, but it will be fun to see how the next 2 months play out.
Hail to the Chiefs (not in a racist way):
Last week FMQB swooned over the Kansas City Chiefs surprise rise to greatness. Well they made it to 8-0 this week, in a squeaker of a win over Cleveland and their 3rd string QB. Looking at their schedule, here is who the Chiefs have beaten: Jaguars, Cowboys, Eagles, Giants, Titans, Raiders, Texans, and Browns…none of which have a winning record. With 5 of their last 8 games against winning teams, it will be interesting to see whether their top defense and best record is because of they are legit, or because of their schedule.
Stat of the Week:
It took 2 weeks from Calvin Johnson to go from #42 in reception yards, to #1