September 28, 2016

Monday Morning Leftovers

by Scott Benson
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There was a lot of movement in the AFC playoff picture yesterday, with the results of three intra-conference games shuffling the deck:

* Pittsburgh’s comeback over Cleveland vaulted the Steelers to 2nd seed in the conference;

* Indy’s folly in San Diego dropped the Colts to 3rd;

* The Chargers take control of the West (and the 4th seed) as the only team with a record better than .500;

* Jacksonville’s road win in Tennessee gave the Jags this week’s 5th seed by virtue of a better conference record than the;

* Titans, who fell to the 6th seed with their home loss. A win would have brought Tennessee into a virtual tie with Indianapolis for the division lead (though the Colts currently have the head-to-head advantage over the Titans with one game left between the teams).

Most importantly, the action brought the idle Patriots even closer to claiming the 1st seed in the 2007 AFC playoffs. They now have a two-game lead over the Steelers (with a head-to-head matchup still to come) and a three-game lead over the Colts (counting the H2H advantage gained with last week’s huge win in Indy) with seven games to play.

We’ll take a little closer look at how the playoff picture is shaping up later this week.

When was the last time Peyton Manning played that bad, by the way? Excepting the fourth quarter last week, of course. I have to admit, though, that I buy in a little to the “Peyton has no weapons!” angle. That was a pretty awful crew he had running with him last night, and yet, thanks to San Diego’s dreadful offense, the Colts nearly pulled it out of the fire. But Adam’s (Not) Money anymore, I guess.

One thing about San Diego – I don’t care how well that defense is playing, I don’t care what amazing tricks Antonio Cromartie has left in his bag, I don’t care even if Ladanian Tomlinson gets cranked up for the home stretch. They are not going anywhere with that quarterback. He is just awful, and you can count on him and him alone to ensure that the Chargers somehow underachieve.

The Pats’ next opponent, the Buffalo Bills, pulled out a comeback of their own in what had to amount to a trap game in Miami. Did the Bills look to next Sunday night too soon? They got away with it, and now they can turn their attention fully to entertaining the Patriots. Look for the overly-confident J.P. Losman to put his foot in his mouth this week, if he hasn’t already. The Pats might need to put up a bulletin board just for him.

Comments

  1. David Clemeno says:

    Watching Manning struggle without all his guys last night just adds fuel to the Brady vs Manning debate. Until this year, Brady never had weapons like Manning has enjoyed for most of his career, yet has managed to win 3 SBs and get within a whisker of a 4th. Sure, Brady has struggled at times, but it seems like no one outside the local fan boards ever rushes to his defense as they are for Jethro right now. If it makes me a bad person for enjoying Manning’s and the Colts recent hiccups, then reserve me a room in Hotel Hell — king size bed please. The Colts can’t lose enough to satisfy me.

  2. Sorriest QB in the league? Just abysmal. And I don’t know if it’s the O line or the play calling or what but LT doesn’t seem to be a big threat when I’ve watched. When they needed a first down late (before Indy’s final possession) you just knew they weren’t going to get it.

  3. Hear, hear, David. You’re not alone, though – apparently, Deion Sanders was saying that we’re seeing what Manning can do without world-class receivers. I haven’t see the commentary yet, but I assume it was on NFL Network.

  4. David Clemeno says:

    Yup Beaker, sorriest QB in the league. While watching Rivers do his best to puke it all up, I kept hearing those words coming from his mouth after the playoff game last year. How can a team only score 9 offensive points while being the beneficiary of FIVE interceptions??? What a bunch of frauds SD are.

    I kept hearing the “classy” comments in my head as well. This “classy” team is the same one last night that had defenders doing back flips and haka dances after making the plays their supposed to make — one after another. Buffoons.

    Up until this point, I didn’t give a fig about the Pats going undefeated, but after watching Classy Bowl last night, it’s sooo on.

  5. Luckily, the Pats took care of the Chargers early before they had a chance to establish themselves. Who wants to face the SD juggernaut now??? Not me.

  6. Tolliver. Whelihan. Leaf. Rivers.

  7. We have seen what Brady can do with Manning’s weapons. Now we get to see what Manning can do with Brady’s weapons.

  8. baskerville holmes says:

    sorriest qb in the league crown has been retired by the redkins qb. that kid is awful.

  9. The lead on the Colts is 2 1/2 games. If the Patriots go 4 and 3 and the Colts run the table, the Colts will make up three games and be ahead of the Patriots. The head-to-head advantage is only a half game.

  10. ‘passerby’ you’re mostly right, Manning still has his #1 Reggie Wayne, Brady didn’t have anyone that good last year, the rest of the guys look like our receiving corp last season.

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