Minnesota, New Orleans, and Indianapolis Are Not in Trouble...
All week I've heard the same thing over and over. New Orleans has lost three in a row, no team has ever lost three in a row and made it to the Super Bowl. Minnesota killed New York but still lost three of their last five. Indianapolis lost two in a row. I get it, I get it, but Peyton Manning as a starter is 14-0. New Orleans, technically, only lost two in a row if you factor in that it wasn't the original lineup through most part of the season. Not only that but in a typical season, almost every team gets upset by a weak team at one point.
New Orleans has suffered a lot of injuries. Mostly to their defense, tight ends, and running backs. At one point they had the largest injury list in the NFL, but still managed to win a lot of games. The loss to Dallas was to a really good Dallas team. They lost by seven points, which was the same amount of points Devery Henderson left on the field with a dropped ball in the end zone. No excuses, Dallas won fair and square. At home against Tampa Bay, Drew Brees was 32 of 37 for 258 yards, 1 TD, and 0 INT with a rating of 104.7. New Orleans also average 5.5 yards per rush and still lost by only 3 points. A missed Garret Hartley field goal that would have ended the game sent them in to overtime. Brees never touched the field. The loss in Carolina was minus most of their starters, by choice, or due to injury. No team has ever lost three in a row and went on to the Super Bowl. No one has ever done anything, until someone else has done it. That's why we have record books.
Minnesota lost 3 out of their last 5 games. With losses to Arizona, Carolina, and Chicago it left people thinking it was over. It's not. Arizona is a good team. Minnesota had an off day. Two out of Favre's seven interceptions on the entire season came in that game. Minnesota caught Carolina at the wrong time, just as they started getting hot. Chicago also started picking up steam in the last couple weeks. Minnesota lost to them in overtime. Minnesota will have to possibly face Green Bay for a third time, that may be tough, but not impossible.
Indianapolis pretty much backed down in the final two weeks. Smart move considering all the injuries in week 17. The Colts with Peyton Manning as a starter are STILL undefeated. But people are saying that they are in trouble because they lost two in a row. Well, define the Colts. Okay, now that you have your answer---is that the same team that lost in the last two weeks? No.
The reality is this. Not many people thought that Green Bay would come back after the slump they started out in, along with San Diego. San Diego in the first five weeks were 2-3. They haven't lost since. Through eight weeks Green Bay was 4-4. Why are these two teams the one's that appear to have nothing to worry about?
In 2006 did anyone see the Giants doing what they did? What about Arizona in 2007? That proves that there are two separate seasons. The regular season and the post-season. Its all about who gets hot at the right time. With only 16 games in the regular season it doesn't leave much room for error.
Except for a few teeams in history, almost every team in the NFL hits a tough streak somewhere along the way in the regular season. Green Bay and San Diego got there's over with. They did it early. New Orleans, Minnesota, and if you count Indianapolis just got theirs. So what's the big deal?
All winning streaks must come to an end and all losing must streaks come to an end. The more you win the harder it is to keep winning, the more you lose the harder it is to keep losing, especially if you're a high caliber team. History has proven that. These three teams have the top three MVP candidates. All three teams will have time to rest, get mentally prepared, and get healthy.
You can say they're in touble all you want to, but you can make the same exact case for the teams that are hot right now. The teams that have these long winning streaks. They will end. When? It's playoff time now, and there will only be one team go through without a loss.
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