I’m chilling at home watching the NFL. The Green Bay Packers are absolutely throttling the Minnesota Vikings. I’m sorry, but in my opinion Aaron Rodgers is the best quarterback in the NFL, followed by Drew Brees, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.
Kansas City Chiefs – I know there’s a lot of craziness surrounding the Kansas City Chiefs. There are those “experts” who believe that the Kansas City Chiefs haven’t really played anybody. As far as I know, you’re responsible for planning the people in your schedule. Kansas City Chiefs are playing lights out on defense. They’re playing solid special teams. Their offense has not been turning the ball over. This is a winning formula. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Baltimore Ravens of a couple years ago immediately come to mind as teams that won with great defense and who often simply didn’t turn the ball over. Do not go to sleep on the Kansas City Chiefs as long as Alex Smith is their quarterback. He may manage them all the way to a Super Bowl. Continue reading NFL: Who’s Hot?
The NFL. As a trauma surgeon, I guess I should mention that special called League of Denial. Let me just say that no one should incur a permanent disability from playing a game. I think it is pretty simple to figure out ways to avoid devastating and lethal injuries and still have a game that we can all enjoy watching. It is not just about concussions. Think about Robert Griffin, III, hopping around out there on one leg during the playoffs last year for no good reason. My two cents.
For the last several years, I have written almost a weekly dissertation on who’s going to win and who’s going to lose. I’ve ended up about 50 – 50. This year, I decided to do something a little bit different. Approximately every couple of weeks I’ll give a summary of what I think are the big trends and updates in football.
There’s been a lot of talk about Tony Romo. For those who’ve been following the Dallas Cowboys, Tony Romo is Tony Romo. He is a good quarterback. He can be an absolute wizard in the pocket. He can throw lasers and also escape certain doom with a nifty move in the pocket. We also know that Tony Romo cannot win a game by himself. He simply can’t. He has proven this over and over again. At critical moments, Tony Romo needs to be protected from himself. For those who were Tony Romo haters, his performance last Sunday just reinforced their fears/beliefs. For me, Tony Romo is not Joe Montana and he is not Aaron Rodgers. He is Tony Romo. He has the ability to put up over 500 yards with really one premier receiver, one aging, future Hall of Famer, a tight end and a bunch of scrubs. Tony Romo was good enough to take the Dallas Cowboys to the Super Bowl and win. I would argue that any time an offense puts up 48 points the problem is NOT the quarterback.
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Before this game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Green Bay Packers, there was lots of talk in the NFL about whether Jim Harbaugh really made the right decision by switching to Colin Kaepernick from Alex Smith. Alex Smith was playing good football. If I’m not mistaken, his quarterback rating was over 100. He was not turning the ball over. It was not exciting football, but he was winning. I think most, if not all, critics have now been silenced. Wow!
Colin Kaepernick completely and totally exposed the Green Bay Packers defense. He rushed for 181 yards on the ground and two touchdowns. He rushed… 181 yards. From a quarterback. This fact is, in and of itself, mind-boggling. Then, he threw the ball for another 263 yards.
The Green Bay Packers are going to have to go back to the drawing board on defense. On the third down, the money down, the Packers allowed the 49ers to convert 62% of their third downs. The Green Bay Packers gave up 579 yards of total offense. You simply can’t win in the playoffs when your defense is this porous.
The San Francisco 49ers have been one of the best teams in football all year. They were completely dominating and looked fantastic and suddenly, out of nowhere, they would lay an egg. For example, they absolutely clobbered the New England Patriots on national TV. It was a game when you expected Tom Brady, Wes Welker and the rest of the New England Patriots to make a national statement. It didn’t happen. It was another great game for Colin Kaepernick. Then, the following week, the San Francisco 49ers got absolutely manhandled by the Seattle Seahawks.
I do not know if the San Francisco 49ers will put together two more fabulous games and walk away with the Lombardi trophy. I do know that Colin Kaepernick is the real deal.