Week 2 Grades: Hochuli, Chiefs disappoint; Manning comes through
I have been in the league 23 years and had a few of my own nightmares with officials (I still cannot watch the Tuck game). Whenever I would call in to complain about poor officiating, league officials would always tell me that calls even out. But when a great game, with huge divisional implications is decided by an inadvertent whistle, something needs to be fixed.
Earlier in the same game, Hochuli's crew blew a call on a non-fumble by
The entire game was sensational to watch as it featured over 900 yards of offense and the winner was clearly going to be the team that made a crucial mistake. But yet the winner of this game was the team that did make the mistake -- Denver, and all because of the HUGE mistake Hochuli and his crew made on the inadvertent whistle, which Hochuli admitted to Chargers head coach
I strongly doubt Turner will get fined for his comments because everyone knows he is right. Like
It's only Week 2 of the season and the Chiefs are already on their third quarterback --
The hardest challenge of working in the NFL is maintaining excellence, and when your team losses its only legitimate quarterback to injuries and age, as the Chiefs did with
What has gone wrong? Well for one, opposing defenses no longer respect their run game. They are willing to play a seven-man front on the Bengals and live with running back
For this spread type of offense to be successful, it has to have the ability to run teams out of cover 2 and force the defense to add the eighth man to the box for run support. As long as defenses can play pass coverage and jam the wide receiver formerly known as
I know, everyone will point out he did it against the Dolphins, which is true, but these are still the Cardinals and they are not supposed to just dominate teams. With
Through two quarters, the Colts put no points on the board and the Vikings had a 9-0 lead. (As an aside, I would like to enter this game as evidence that establishing the run only establishes field goals. The Vikings ran for 137 yards in the first half and scored nine points). But the longer this game stayed close and the longer the Vikings demonstrated they don't have a passing game, the longer the door remained open for Mr. Manning to seize the moment. Once the Colts got the ball back with 1:07 to go, did anyone think Indy wasn't going to win the game?
This might not have been one of the prettiest performances in Manning's career, but it will be a win he remembers for a very long time. And wins are all that really matter -- just ask