Sad to say, but this interesting NFL season is coming to a close. A few years removed from the Patriots perfect season that ended with a loss to the New York Football Giants, we have not one, but two perfect teams en route to the playoffs. I thought everyone said that an undefeated season would not happen for a long time or, perhaps, ever again. How incredibly awesome would it be to have a Superbowl with TWO undefeated teams? It could very well be the most viewed TV event ever. We have to wait and see...
The two New York football franchises got off to blazing starts. That includes the Jets and their Rookie Coach and QB. Their dominant defense even held the explosive New England offense to under 10 points. However, he past four or five weeks have been a seminar of what NOT to do at the QB position, as Rookie Mark Sanchez completed most of his passes to the opposing team. Welcome to New York, kid. You'll get it together. Just be patient. Learn to let the game come to you rather than forcing yourself into it.
Eli and company are probably the most frustrating team to watch. The Giants' Steve Smith was leading all wide receivers in the league in catches, yards, and TDs at one point, even though the G Men can't score in the Red Zone. Brandon Jacobs hasn't been able to save this. This team has become erratic, and they're losing games they should win or were ahead in.
The defending champion Pittsburgh Steelers will not be defending their title since the Cleveland Browns—yes the Browns—knocked them out of the picture. The Lions, Raiders, and Bills are still garbage. The Bills picked up Terrell Owens, hoping to have a threat at WR, but have gotten very little out of him. Once a premiere receiver, Owens is a ghost of his former self. I imagine that being a locker room cancer has nothing to do with it.
Peyton Manning and the Colts are undefeated, but had a couple nail biters during the season. However, the Colts are looking poised and comfortable as the season winds to an end. This is an accomplishment since the Colts had major changes in personnel from field to office. Peyton is the backbone of the team—calm, cool, collected. You know, like Brady USED to be.
Speaking of Brady, can he be put in a plastic bubble or something? Maybe he needs the red jersey from practice. Defenders aren't allowed to fall or be pushed in his direction without yellow flags flying everywhere. It's FOOTBALL!!! If he didn't want to be hit or sacked, he should have played baseball or golf. Numerous times bad calls have bailed Brady out of bad spots. Enough is enough!!! Does anyone else enjoy the look of frustration and helplessness on Bill Beli-Cheat, er, sorry, Belichick's face?
New Orleans Saints are the OTHER, yes the OTHER undefeated team. Drew Brees and company have demoralized most of their opponents and are on cruise control for the playoffs. This offense is awe inspiring, and Brees is firing laser beams for TDs, making it look effortless. Even Reggie Bush is contributing. This team could be the favorites even if they face Indy in the Superbowl. They are that good.
Brett Favre is looking incredible. The Vikings did very well for themselves by grabbing him from the Jets. If he would've stayed in New York, would they be in the playoffs? Sanchez would have benefited by having the "Old Gunslinger" as a mentor. He seems to have a gunslinger mentality too.
With what appears to be 80% of the league fighting for a wild card, it's anybody's game. Maybe one of my New York teams can squeak in, even if the result is a knockout in the first round. That's the beauty of football. Last year's winners can be this year's losers, and vice versa.
Good luck and good health to the players as this season draws to it's conclusion. Here's to TWO perfect teams on a collision course with destiny. Who will be the last team standing? Is this the year the 1972 Miami Dolphins are joined by another perfect team WITH a championship? Not the close call that New England failed to deliver...
I know one thing: It's gonna be a hell of a ride...