The Carolina Panthers put on a show Monday night. We, the NFL fans, were treated to an outstanding football game between the Carolina Panthers and the New England Patriots. I was a little surprised at how well Carolina played on both sides of the football. Cam Newton had an outstanding game. He made very few mistakes. I think this makes the Carolina Panthers a legitimate football team to make the playoffs. (Yes, there was a controversial play at the end of the game. In my opinion, there should’ve been a pass interference penalty call. In spite of this, the Panthers held their own and played extremely well. Oh, that reminds me. Tom Brady was caught on camera berating the NFL official with a profanity-laced emotional argument. I suspect this will cost him a couple of thousand dollars.)
Personally, I believe that the NFL turns out a relatively mediocre product. All teams have to do is a few little tweaks in order to make their mediocre product a little bit better and that will follow them into the playoffs. This keeps everybody interested. It sells tickets.
One of the most anticipated football games of the year was the Kansas City Chiefs versus the Denver Broncos. The big question was – could the ferocious defense of the Kansas City Chiefs slow down the Denver Broncos? The answer was sort of. The Denver Broncos did not score 40 or 50 points. On the other hand, they weren’t held to 17 points either. Peyton Manning had a good night. The Kansas City defense did not get close to Peyton Manning all night long. The other big question was whether the Kansas City Chiefs could generate enough offense. The answer was no. In my opinion, I think the problem was with the Kansas City receivers. They just never seemed to get separation. Because of this, Alex Smith held the ball far too long, which resulted in Alex Smith running for his life as he was flushed from the pocket or a quarterback sack. The good news for the Kansas City Chiefs is that they play the Denver Broncos again, in two weeks. Hopefully, Kansas City will figure out a way to generate some sort of passing offense which will open up the running game.
The Dallas Cowboys did not lose last week!
I feel sorry for the Atlanta Falcons. Many “experts” had picked the Atlanta Falcons to go deep into the playoffs and possibly go to the Super Bowl. Something happened. I can’t put my finger on it. The team has simply fallen apart. I don’t know whether they simply got old. I know that they are decimated with injuries. Unfortunately, the Atlanta Falcons look awful.