NFL OBSERVATIONS FROM SUNDAY
October 7, 2013INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
NFL OBSERVATIONS FROM SUNDAY
After watching the Dallas Cowboys and the Denver Broncos on Sunday there were a couple of things very obvious…number one, Peyton Manning is NEVER out of a game and the NFL has become the NDL, the NO DEFENSE LEAGUE.
There will always be an argument about who the best quarterback of all time is but after what Manning is accomplishing this season, he has made a believer out of me. Peyton now has 20 touchdown passes through only five games, the most in NFL history in just five games. He also passed Dan Marino in career passing yards with 61,371, good enough for second place on the all-time list. And the Broncos have scored 230 points, the most in NFL history by a team through five games. If Manning stays healthy and wants to play a couple more seasons, he may break every record there is. I know Manning has won only one title, but there’s no doubt in my mind he is the best ever.
NO DEFENSE LEAGUE is fitting for the NFL these days. The Broncos 51-48 win over Dallas was an example of just how bad things have gotten. The way the rules are set up, the offense has so many advantages over the defense. Yes, there are some good defenses in the NFL, but it is getting harder and harder to spot them. By the way, Tony Romo threw for 506 yards and still lost!
Colts QB Andrew Luck is proving to be one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL. His record, in under two seasons, is 15-6. The 15 wins makes him the fastest quarterback drafted #1 overall to reach 15 since the NFL-AFL merger. And it appears the Colts should be taken seriously after beating a good Seattle team on Sunday.
The Eagles gained 299 passing yards and 140 rushing yards against the Giants Sunday. Philadelphia is the first team in NFL history to gain at least 1,300 passing yards and 900 rushing yards through the first five games of the season. Imagine how good the Eagles would be with a defense too.
How about the Chiefs? They are 5-0, and on a roll under Coach Andy Reid. Kansas City beat Tennessee Sunday 26-17. San Francisco cast off Alex Smith continues to show he is a capable NFL quarterback and the defense is as good as any in the NFL. It helps having Jamal Charles running the football.
Houston is in trouble. The Texans looked awful Sunday against San Francisco and quarterback Matt Schaub appeared to look lost. Things are getting a little uncomfortable for the Texans because this was supposed to be the year they made a deep run in the playoffs.
The Saints are back now that their head coach is on the sidelines. Drew Brees is playing well as is TE Jimmy Graham. New Orleans is 5-0 after beating the Bears 26-18. Brees was as good as he has been in the win, throwing two touchdowns on 29-35 passing. Now that’s being efficient.
One week Detroit looks like world beaters, the next week, they come down to earth, this time at the hands of the Green Bay Packers. The demise of the Packers was a little premature.
I watched late night football Sunday/Monday….Oakland and San Diego. It didn’t end until almost 2am eastern time.
Jacksonville is the worst team in football.
Miami is overrated.
Baltimore is still a team to watch despite losing so many off last years’ Super Bowl winner.
I can’t figure out the Bengals.
Chicago isn’t good enough yet.
How about those Browns?