Week 9 NFL Rewind & MNF Prediction
1- The most hyped game of the week ended up not being much of a competition as Tom Brady once again outdueled Peyton Manning in Foxboro.
By the time they finally kicked off I had enough hearing about the Brady/Manning respect for each other, how they got there, and then we had to add 6 hours of weather coverage. Which ended up not being much of a factor.
The Pats have done a complete 180 since they left the field in KC over a month ago. And the main reason is the play of the offense and their ability to get Brady and Gronk reconnected. As long as Gronk is 100% that offense is going to be tough to stop.
I still like the Broncos a lot and don’t take a lot from this loss. They should roll the rest of the schedule and end up in a solid spot come playoff time like the past two seasons. The defense which had played better took a beating Sunday but they should recover and the Broncos will be just fine.
2- How much do the Cowboys need Tony Romo? A lot it looks like.
The drop off from Romo to Weeden was monumental and the Cardinals rolled them to the best record in the NFC. The Cowboys need to get Romo back but you have to be worried about his short and long term future if he does play as soon as next week. But I do expect Romo to do whatever he can to get back versus the Jags. Weeden screwed up everything from Murray’s 100 yard game streak to his old college pal Dez’s game. Crazy how things in the NFL can change in two weeks.
The Cards have not changed in the last few weeks as they continue to win games and lead the NFC West by two games. I liked Arizona before the season but was then concerned after losing some important defensive players. But they have been solid. Carson Palmer rallied back from an early pick six to lead the Cardinals to victory. I am far from counting the Seahawks out in this division but we may want to count out the 49ers.
3. Most impressive win of the week has to go to the Dolphins who destroyed the Chargers in Miami 37-0.
Miami has been the forgotten team in the AFC especially after it was just a few weeks ago they were debating benching Ryan Tannehill. Joe Philbin didn’t and it has paid off as Tannehill has played very strong. They are able to run the ball and play defense and make plays with potential Defensive MVP candidate Cameron Wake. The Dolphins look to have enough to at least challenge Brady and the Pats. Please someone for once make this division interesting.
The Chargers like the Cowboys have quickly gone from “Super Bowl talk” to “what is wrong with them talk”. Now the Chargers are no longer in the division race talk and have a battle to just grab a wildcard as division rival Kansas City have passed them. I still wouldn’t count out Philip Rivers but the Chargers have quickly made it an uphill battle to return to the playoffs.
4. Quick Hitters
a. RG3 return was OK. I think it was the right call to play him. I liked the deep balls to DeSean Jackson but didn’t like how the game ended. And as always with the Redskins, the talk will be more about reports from reporters and not the actual game.
b. I think the Saints have finally become the team to take over the NFC South since it was an embarrassment untilThursday.
c. Cleveland just doesn’t want to take the step up to contending for a playoff spot. Another lackluster performance against a team like the Bucs, Jags or Raiders.
d. If I was an Eagles fan I would hope that Nick Foles is back quick. They can get all hyped about Sanchez coming in and winning a game but he had two picks and I think there are more to come if he starts down the stretch.
e. Nice win by the Steelers at home as look to be the team to challenge the Bengals in the AFC North.
Indy is the better team here but maybe the Giants can pull of a much needed win at home behind Eli Manning? Another week of Gruden gushing over a young star for three hours. That young star is Andrew Luck and he leads the Colts over the Giants 38-17.