I used to root for the Indians in westerns. When I saw some movie about Britain and the Zulu Wars, I'd pull for the Zulus. What killed me about all those movies was the way the battle scenes always went -- Zulus or Indians or some kind of native warriors attacking British troops or cowboys or other well-armed forces, but the attackers never had guns. They'd have spears or arrows or fancy war chants. Never seemed fair to me.
"He rushes at the smoke when you let drive,"
It would leave me terribly depressed. And it was the same feeling I had watching the Jaguars and Colts rushing at the smoke when
Jacksonville rushed four linemen, who got blocked by five of the same type of people, sometimes six, when the Patriots left their massive tight end,
Wait a minute, I did see them blitz a couple of times. One time they sent five. It didn't achieve much. Another time they sent six, and Brady threw quickly and got a 53-yard completion to
Every announcer, ever writer who described the game, everyone I talked to, thought this was one of the most magnificent sights every seen on a gridiron. Personally, I thought it was like watching a seven-on-seven drill. You admired the accuracy but longed for a bit more drama.
Now we come to Indy-San Diego, another non-rush contest. The Colts tried switching their linemen around, moving undersized
I don't want to take anything away from the Chargers' heroic performance. I mean
If you can't pressure a quarterback, you've got to find a way. There are coordinators who stay up all night figuring out blitz packages, rush schemes, exotics, mixers, crazies, something, anything, to stop the march of the offense, the "slow burn," as coaches call it. Without it, all that will happen is that your D-linemen will get tired and things will get worse.
In Green Bay it was another story, a snowy one. I'm not saying that
This is a young guy, 224 pounds with great stamina and balance. He killed the Seahawks on those cutbacks. Stretch the front side, cut back weak. The defensive guys flow to the ball, and when they have to change direction for the cutback, they slip in the snow. There was a lot more to this game, of course, but this was a big part of it.
Finally we come to the Giants, whose whole operation is built upon getting to the passer. They led the league in sacks, most of which came from a trio of sleek, streamlined DEs, but if they're having trouble getting there, coordinator
By the fourth quarter, the Giants' rush had whipped the massive Cowboy offensive linemen and unhinged
Snow is predicted for Green Bay. Good for the Packers, bad for the Giants. Some teams are more skilled in operating in it.
"It's the same for both teams," New York coach
The teams met in the second week of the season. Green Bay won, 35-13, but it was a one-point game for three quarters. Then Favre put together three touchdown drives in the fourth quarter. It was the dawning of a new era for him, which could be labeled, his "short and accurate career." He threw underneath. He completed his first 14 passes of the second half, and he went 29 for 38 on the day. The 76 percentage was his highest in his last 28 games, at the time.
That's what the Giants have to contend with Sunday, plus the now-serious Packer ground game.
But their own
Well, the Giants have real heart now, and they're playing with the type of confidence that nine straight road wins have produced. I think they'll give the Pack a spirited battle.
This will be short. As of now, I don't have an accurate medical forecast on Rivers (knee), Tomlinson (knee) and Antonio Gates (dislocated toe). Without these three, I don't think they'll be in the hunt against the Patriots. With Rivers and L.T. back in action, I think they'll get their points. Hell, everyone does against the New England defense, but they'll need an awful lot of them to top the Brady machine. When the teams met the same day as Packers-Giants in September, New England won, 38-14, but San Diego was a mess then. A completely different team.
Against the Colts they opened in what I think will be their most effective defensive alignment -- three down linemen, rush-linebackers
I know Florence, who lost his job at right corner to
So give me a medical report and I'll predict a score for you. You won't do that? OK, I'll predict one anyway, but bear in mind that I'm the same bloke who swore that Indy would win in a blowout last weekend.