Everyone has talked and talked about the Super Bowl. The Carolina Panthers are clearly a better team. They are solid. They tackle and block better than anyone in the NFL. The Denver Broncos have a GREAT, spirited defense which has carried the Broncos to where they are this year.
Although I can see many ways that the Panthers can win the Super Bowl, I really only see one way for the Broncos. They have to continue to play great defense and crush the run. They have to stop Cam from running and hold Jonathan Stewart. Then they will have the ability to lock down the Panther receivers. The Broncos offense can not turn the ball over.
If the Panthers force turnovers, this game is over. If the Panthers are able to move the ball on offense, this game is over.
If the Broncos win, it will be because of Wade Phillips coaching the greatest game of his life.
I’m looking forward to GREAT game. (Hate blowouts in the SuperBowl.)
One thing you can say about the NFL is that… Okay, you really can’t say one thing about the NFL.
So one of the best matchups last week was supposed to be the Cleveland Browns versus the Cincinnati Bengals. Like many of these “great matchups” it didn’t turn out the way the experts had planned. The Cincinnati Bengals have been known for a solid running game and an outstanding, somewhat suffocating defense. They didn’t bring either. The Cleveland Browns really dominated this game on both sides of the ball. This game wasn’t close.
After two straight weeks of Ben Roethlisberger being near perfect, he crashed to earth with an abysmal performance against the New York Jets. Could this be the rebirth of Michael Vick?
If there’s a team that I really feel sorry for it is probably the St. Louis Rams. They are playing hard. Yet it seems that the ball just doesn’t bounce their way. The Arizona Cardinals were on the ropes. Yet, somehow the St. Louis Rams were unable to close a deal.
Probably the most exciting game of the week came from the San Francisco 49ers and the New Orleans Saints. New Orleans was down early but fought their way back. The game was tied at 24 and then overtime. Unfortunately, Drew Brees was trying to make a play and held the ball too long. He got hit from behind and the ball was recovered deep in New Orleans territory. A very weird field goal went through the uprights, giving the San Francisco 49ers their much-needed win.
If you really want to know about Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, look at their game against the hapless Oakland Raiders. Peyton Manning threw two interceptions in the first 10 minutes of the game. Things were looking bleak. Could it be that the Denver Broncos would lose two games in a row? No, not really. 17 points in the 2nd quarter and another 21 points in the 3rd quarter buried the Oakland Raiders. It was really impressive.
5 worst teams in the NFL: Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Jets, Tennessee Titans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Oakland Raiders.
The 5 best teams in the NFL: New England Patriots, St. Louis Cardinals, Denver Broncos, Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys
The NFL Super Bowl has become not the biggest football game of the year or even the biggest sporting event of the year. The Super Bowl is the biggest event of the year. With any big event, there seems to be mandatory goofiness. So, instead of detailed analysis of the Seattle Seahawks and/or the Denver Broncos, we are getting a blow-by-blow description of how upset the media is that we’re not listening to Marshawn Lynch wax poetically. Who cares? We should be treated to an absolute fabulous game on Sunday in which Marshawn Lynch will be a major player. I really don’t care what he has to say today or tomorrow. It’s by far more important to me what he has to say on the field on Sunday. People, let’s focus.