NFL Week 15: What We Learned
Week 15 of the NFL found more favorites going down, the Cowboys adding a unique element of drama on the day's proceedings, and one quarterback named Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year. Let's get started.
Cowboys invent new ways to lose ... We all know Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys are chokers, but what keeps us interested is watching them implode. This week, they had a huge lead at halftime, only to see Tony Romo throw two picks that cost them the game. Normally, I'd blame Romo for the loss, but this loss was on the coaches who had some terrible play calling at the end of the game. Had they continue to run the football, they'd probably would have won, but hey, at least the Cowboys are frustratingly competitive. We can't say that about the New York Giants, and speaking of them ...
What happened to the New York Giants? ... They're just horrible. The G-men can't run, can't pass and have a defense worse than Poland's in 1939. Tom Coughlin basically said that some of his team has given up, and can you blame them? Five interceptions by Eli Manning doesn't help keep morale up now, does it? Well, at the least the Giants will get a a first rounder out of this and let's hope they get someone to help poor Eli. And they made 12 Seahawk fans happier drivers.
Tom Brady can't do it by himself ... As we said last week, Tom Brady is great at the comeback, but yesterday he fell short. It's not that he's fallen off in a week's time; it's just that he can't do it by himself. It's a miracle the Pats are even in the playoff hunt, what with injuries and off-the-field mess decimating their receiving corps. Brady has basically done it with smoke and mirrors. Yesterday, the mirrors cracked, but yet again, he almost pulled it off. You can make a strong case for Brady being MVP of the league this year.
Will the real San Diego Chargers stand up? ... What is it with the Chargers? One week they struggle, the next week they look like a Super Bowl contenders. The Chargers have beaten the Colts, the Chiefs, and now the Broncos and looked good doing it. On the other hand, they've lost to the Dolphins, the Raiders, and the Redskins. Go figure. They could be the best team in the AFC at the end of the season but probably won't make the playoffs. Typical Chargers.
The Saints can't win on the road, either ... Remember when we mentioned the Seattle Seahawks were a completely different team on the road? Ditto for the New Orleans Saints. When they play at home, they look like world beaters. Get them out of the dome, and they look like the New York Jets, who, by the way beat them earlier this year. The Saints are fortunate that they're the second seed right now, because if they have to open up their playoff run on the road, they would probably go down in flames.
So, what should we look for in Week 16?
- Can the Panthers finally knock off the Saints?
- Which team will screw up the last few minutes of the game and lose: Cowboys or Redskins?
- Will the Chargers revert back to their losing ways and go down to the Raiders?
Tune in next week for the answers.