Monday, December 8, 2008

Thoughts from Sunday's NFL action

What did the Sunday of Week 14 teach us? At the very least, we learned...

...that the Green Bay Packers are just not very good. I was scratching my head when they gave Ryan Grant a huge contract after eight strong games and was scratching it harder when Green Bay gave Aaron Rodgers a big extension after five games. It's hard to say, "go easy on Rodgers, he's, in essence, a rookie," when he just got a big money deal, indicating he's ready to win now and that "he's our guy." A-Rod has been good enough, but a loss to the Texans at home in Week 14 might be the nail in the coffin in terms of the Cheeseheads' playoff hopes.

...the AFC East is, indeed, a solid division. The reasons we think that, though, are much different now than they were earlier in the year. The Dolphins, Jets and Patriots are all 8-5 and in a three-way tie for first place. The Bills have fallen off the map at 6-7.

...everyone was premature in suggesting an all-NY Super Bowl. The Giants are still a strong candidate to make it, but the Jets have now lost two straight, once to Denver and this week to the juggernaut 49ers. They share a tie for first with a team that lost 15 games last season.

...distractions can apparently slow down the Giants, but I don't think you can blame Plaxico Burress for their ugly loss against the Eagles. New York just played an all-out poor game. What really confused me was how the Giants almost completely abandoned the run after Brandon Jacobs tweaked his knee.

I also learned that the Dolphins are pretty good, the Redskins are suddenly in last place, and the NFC South is going to give us an exciting end to the regular season, among other things.

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