Peyton Manning’s afternoon was historic to say the least. Breaking records? Definitely historic. Getting benched for Brock Osweiler? Also historic as well. Peyton Manning threw 4 picks this afternoon. He was 5/20 for only 30 yards. Despite breaking Brett Favre’s record, this is by far the worst season we’ve seen from Peyton since his rookie year. Now Peyton has at times played well this season but it’s obvious that Peyton is at this point is just not the same player that has continually dominated the league for years. Despite being benched, Broncos head coach will continue to stick with Manning unless he is unhealthy. Brock Osweiler would be starting if Peyton Manning wasn’t Peyton Manning.
Giants blow another lead, Patriots remain undefeated
The Giants are 5-5. 4 of these losses have been decided in the 4th quarter. Heartbreaking 4th quarter losses has been a ever lasting theme with the Giants. Too bad NFL games aren’t 3 quarters because the Giants would 9-1.
Somehow, this loss seems more heartbreaking than the other Giants 4th quarter losses. With the Eagles losing (and also losing their starting quarterback Sam Bradford for an extended period of time), and the Cowboys falling victim to the Bucannears, the Giants had a good chance at one point to beat the Patriots, improve to 6-4 and sit atop the NFC East 2 game lead over rivals such as the Redskins and Eagles.
So, who’s the blame for New York’s latest gaffe? Is it the poor and conservative play calling of offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo? Is it the poor play of the offensive line? Or maybe the lack of a pass rush? No, this time, it is on the rookie mistakes of safety Landon Collins, who seemingly had the game clinching pick in his hands until…. Well, I think we all know what happens next. Maybe some will blame Odell Beckham Jr. of not retaining full possession of a would-be touchdown, but the Giants have to learn that close game are not won until the 4th quarter. Finishing and closing out games is something the Giants have to fix, but probably won’t be able to.
Vikings sit atop the NFC North at 7-2
Who are the most surprising teams this year? Some might say the undefeated Cincinatti Bengals and Carolina Panthers? Other’s will say the disappointing Detroit Lions and Baltimore Ravens. I will argue that the Minnesota Vikings, at 7-2 are more surprising than any of these teams.
We expected the Vikings to be good. But 7-2? 1st place in the NFC North? Who expected this one coming? I’m not sure anyone expected the Vikings to be better than the Green Bay Packers.
The Vikings are one of the most balanced teams in the NFL. They can ground and pound with Adrian Peterson, who defies the almost “universal law” that a running back will decline at age 30. And if the run game doesn’t work, they can always rely on Bridgewater. He won’t wow you with stats and big-time throws, and at times is completely inaccurate, but he is a steady, smart-minded quarterback who will make sound decisions. And if Bridgewater doesn’t play well, he can at least rely on stud rookie receiver Stefon Diggs. And if the entire offense doesn’t work out, the Vikings can rely on their defense, which features a star cast of playmakers such as Eversen Griffin, Linval Joseph, Chad Greenway, Anthony Barr, Erik Kendricks, Captain Munnerlyn and Harrison Smith.
Seattle Seahawks fall to 4-5 after loss to Cardinals
These aren’t the same Seahawks. Call it suber bowl hangover but the Seahawks just don’t scare opponents like they used to. No longer are opponents terrified playing at century link field. No longer are they scared to test the vaunted Legion of Boom. No longer do opponents have to game plan towards stopping Marshawn Lynch.
The Seahawks are 4-5 and their quest to “avenge” their heartbreaking Super Bowl loss seem far dashed at this point. And if you look at their tough remaining schedule it is reasonable to question whether the Seahawks will even make the playoffs.
The Cardinals on the other hand are everything that the Seahaeks aren’t this year. Vaunted pass rush, a dangerous secondary, a balanced offensive attack and of course a home field advantage. This is why the Cardinals are in first place in the NFC West and of course, the better team.
Saints defensive coach Rob Ryan fired
When hired, he was expected the Saints defensive issues that have continually plagued this team. Instead, the Saints defense never improved and most recently, has made quarterback Marcus Mariotta and Kirk Cousins look like Tom Brady.
Nick Foles benched, Case Keenum will start
Every year, we predict the Rams to finally break out and make the playoffs. However, every year, we have seen this team plagued by questionable quarterbacking, which has lead the Rams to finish a little over and under .500 every year.
The Rams have tried hard to fix their quarterback problems. They tried with Sam Bradford, but he could never stay healthy. And most recently, they tried by trading for Eagles quarterback Nick Foles, but he has been turnover-prone and overall ineffective.
Case Keenum is definitely not the answer either. The Rams lack any talent at wide receiver to help Keenum and he’ll mostly have to rely on the run game. At this point, all the Rams are looking for a smart and accurate quarterback, which neither Nick Foles nor Case Keenum are. Good luck Rams.
Houston Texans beat the Cincinnati Bengals to ruin their undefeated season
Texans defense finally lived up to the hype and offseason expectations. J.J. Watt and company shut down the Bengals offense, and Andy Dalton looked completely flustered. Speaking of Andy Dalton, this prime-time loss can’t be blamed directly on him. Sure, he missed some throws, but for one day, it seemed like Tyler Eifert became Kyle Rudolph with the amount of crucial drops he had.
The Texans won, but with a cost. Starting quarterback Brian Hoyer exited the game early with a concussion, which means the Texans might have to rely on much-maligned backup T.J. Yates if Hoyer can’t recover quickly.