November 12, 2012 in NFL Observations
By Staff Writer John Manuel:
Here some observations of NFL after Week 10, and little NCAA football.
Campbell showed why he was never in Mike Shanahan's plans in DC last night. Although I wish Campbell the best, he was horrible last night in relief of injured Jay Cutler. Campbell reverted back to his Redskins days has he regularly checked down to tight ends and running backs all second half. Brandon Marshall was starting to dominate but Campbell was unwilling to go down field to him. The Bears are contenders but will need Jay Cutler back quick as they try to hold off the Packers.
Adrian Peterson is a freak of nature.
I think he has locked down a place in the top 10 backs of all time and will continue to rise. And its amazing how he is doing it coming off an ACL injury so quickly. In ten years, ACL tears may be a 4-6 week injury at this rate, unless Goodell ends the NFL due to head injuries. If the Vikings go from horrible in 2011 to the playoffs this season Peterson should be in the MVP consideration with Manning, Rodgers, etc.
So great to see Philadelphia lose its fifth in a row, although it came against Dallas. Philly started great and even got to see their QB of the future Nick Foles debut for an injured Mike Vick. Foles got them the lead but then the Dallas defense and special teams took over. Was not impressed with Foles and it shows the difference between the preseason and the regular season. The Eagles are almost at the point where they will want to see what they have in Foles. Or does it really depend on what Gruden, Kelly or Cowher think at this point?
The New York Jets are going to have a huge decision at the end of the season, and I am not talking about Sanchez and Tebow. Both of them should be sent packing btw. Woody Johnson is going to have to decide if to clean house and fire both Mike Tannenbaum and Rex Ryan. Unless the team is able to make a run I think Tannenbaum is a goner. As for Ryan, much tougher call. His record says he should remain coach, but I could easily see New York saying see ya. I have never been a real believer in Rex and can't see the BS he spews on a weekly basis. The Ryan's are good as defensive assistants and reality TV and not running the show.
For my Baltimore friends:
Baltimore had no problem with Oakland yesterday, which was not surprising. Joe Flacco was on yesterday and looked like a top elite quarterback. Now he goes on the road to Pittsburgh next week and we will see how it turns out. He was very good in both games against the Steelers last season and will need to continue that Sunday night. Problem is the Ravens will have to turn around the offensive road woes of 2012. And the Steelers seem to be coming together after a shaky start. Its the best rivalry in football right now and should be a good one as always.
And to finish with a few college tidbits:
The season continued its weekly edition of great games as Texas A&M defeated #1 Alabama on their home field. Johnny Football is now a household name in the sports world and the BCS is still up the air. I wouldn't count Alabama out of the national title picture yet. They lost but they ran into a one man show who dominated them in the first half. Oregon and Kansas State still have tough match-ups
Notre Dame looked to have a tough one with USC but they have turned into a major disappointment. And speaking of USC, Lane Kiffin is a clown. Disaster with the Raiders, embarrassment at Tennessee and how he left and now struggling at USC. Wonder if USC pulls the plug after this season?