The Colts can clinch home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs with a win over the Broncos and they have been very clear that, unlike the unbeaten New Orleans Saints, 16-0 is not a priority. That means one more win and the Colts will be able to rest some of their starters for the remainder of the season. So Sunday's game could be the last hurrah for some of the Colts players and I am interested to see if they treat it that way.
What makes this game that I am calling nationally for Sports USA Radio so interesting is that the Broncos seem to have the key ingredients to beat a Colts team that has found a way to win every week, even when they haven't played their best. The Broncos are running the ball extremely well lately and will need to do that Sunday in order to possess the football and keep it out of
The Colts very rarely slide the offensive line to the quarterback's backside in order to protect both the inside of left tackle
Interesting matchup of the Chargers, winners of seven straight, against the Cowboys, the team with the December jinx. Dallas had a problem last week preventing the Giants from making big plays and that doesn't bode well for them considering
Offensively, Dallas was able to throw the ball against the Giants, so
It is highly unlikely the Giants will get a pair of surprising, big-play touchdowns again this week like they did last Sunday against the Cowboys in the form of
The Eagles, on the other hand, have the look of a team ready to make a playoff run fresh off of a win over Atlanta that was so effortless head coach
The Cardinals looked like a serious threat to make a repeat trip to the Super Bowl with their pasting of the previously invincible Minnesota Vikings last Sunday night. The great thing from a Cardinals perspective is it wasn't just
Speaking of Smith, I had the opportunity to study him thoroughly and then watch him in person last Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks and it appears to me as if he is becoming the type of player the Niners thought they were getting when they drafted him No. 1 overall. The problem is this San Francisco squad can't find a way to make the plays they need to in order to win the close games. That is what separates the contenders from the pretenders in the NFL, and the drops by
I get excited every week to see what you have for me in the mailbag ...
I understand your logic but you are off the mark on this one. You are right in the sense that practice squad players are free agents during the season and can be signed at any time but that really doesn't happen as often as you would think because those players typically have never played in a regular season game so their only film is from preseason. And by your logic, Bengals starters
I hear you, but the NFL does not like when guys draw attention to themselves and Ochocinco takes that to a new level. They are also very wary of props and the road that could lead to. The specific amount of his fine is related to how many previous incidents he has had. The bottom line is they want him to be more of a football player and less of an "entertainer."
I think you need to give Singletary some time, but there is no doubt last Sunday was not one of his better days as a coach with the wasteful timeouts and reverse punt return that led to a fumble. All in all I think next year will be the make or break year for this team because they need to get over the hump and find ways to win the close games.