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more analysis from NFL Week 12

more analysis from NFL Week 12

It’s more than fair to point out that the Chiefs’ defensive mini slump probably has plenty to do with the talent level of the past two quarterbacks it has faced: Denver’s Peyton Manning and San Diego’s Philip Rivers. When they were reeling off their stunning 9 0 start, the Chiefs faced either lightly experienced quarterbacks like Buffalo’s Jeff Tuel, Houston’s Case Keenum, Oakland’s Terrelle Pryor and Jacksonville’s Blaine Gabbert, or journeymen starters like Ryan Fitzpatrick (Tennessee) and Jason Campbell (Cleveland). Their luck on that front was bound to change, and it has. Emphatically.

Another troubling development for the Chiefs defense is that it has suddenly lost its fearsome pass rush, which is starting to expose the team’s secondary. Rivers was a superb 27 of 39 on Sunday, throwing for 392 yards and three touchdowns, including a beauty of a game winner to receiver Seyi Ajirotutu from 26 yards out with 24 seconds left. Until a fourth quarter Eric Berry sack, the Chiefs had gone 11 quarters plus without a sack, after racking up a league high 35 sacks in the first seven games of the season.

I don’t think the Titans strike fear in any team’s heart, but Tennessee has managed to hang around at 5 6 and actually holds some very handy tiebreakers in the AFC wild card chase. Because of their September wins over Pittsburgh, San Diego and the Jets, the Titans are currently the No. 6 seed in the AFC after winning 23 19 at Oakland. That’s not a stranglehold of any sort, but it’s not horrible for a team that looked like it was toast a few weeks ago when it lost starting quarterback Jake Locker (foot) for the season.

In earning their second division win, the Steelers set themselves up for a meaningful final five games of the season, which is more than they could have expected when they were sitting 2 6 at midseason. If it can pull the upset in Baltimore and the Ravens likely will only be slight favorites Pittsburgh will have picked up a pair of AFC North wins in a five day span, and fought its way to .500 for the first time all season. That would make the resurgent Steelers a dangerous team to play in December.

The Panthers are showing enough maturity these days to not panic when things don’t go their way initially. Newton was especially cool, rebounding from a bad first half interception and getting hit in the chin by Dolphins pass rusher Cameron Wake to lead Carolina (8 3) to its seventh straight win. Newton had a 19 yard completion to Steve Smith on 4th and 10 from the Carolina 20 on the game winning drive, and earlier converted a 4th and 1 in his own territory with an 8 yard scramble, ending that drive with a 5 yard scoring run.

And how about that Luke Kuechly? The second year Panthers middle linebacker has to have a rabbit’s foot hidden somewhere in his shoulder pads. For the second game in a row, Kuechly had the good fortune to have a penalty called on him in the end zone reversed. What are the odds? On Monday night, it was Kuechly who was mugging Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski in the end zone on the game’s final play. And against Miami, the officials picked up a flag after Kuechly was first called for hitting Dolphins receiver Rishard Matthews as he tried to catch a touchdown pass in the end zone. It looked like a defenseless receiver or helmet to helmet hit, but the flag was picked up and the referee announced that there was no foul.

How are the Cardinals doing it? Most of their success is due to a defense that is totally legit and underrated for a second year in a row. But against the Colts, the Cardinals looked like a first rate offense, as well, wracking up a season high 40 points, with 410 total yards, no turnovers, 27 first downs and 36:49 of possession time. I’ve been critical of Carson Palmer plenty this season, but he’s proving me dead wrong, and he had a great game against the Colts. Palmer threw for 314 yards without a turnover, with a pair of touchdown passes and a passer rating of 114.0.

what Is Your Nfl Superbowl Picks

what Is Your Nfl Superbowl Picks

It is that time of year again! Will it be the AFC or the NFC taking it all this year? This is your chance to make your NFL SuperBowl picks and predictions, and remember you must live with them the whole season!

This is the rundown on the AFC teams:

Here is your list of picks to choose from. I always make my picks during training camp as I follow football year round and am up on the draft picks and off season moves of most teams. This could be an interesting year for many of the regular power hitting teams as age and father time is catching up to them. I have always picked The Green Bay Packers as the team to beat in the NFC, and last year was a bit of a let down after going 15 and 1 in the regular season then getting blown out in the first round of the playoffs, but again this year, I will make them my NFC pick to take it all. I believe the additions on defense this off season and during the draft will put the defense back into the game and with Aaron Rogers behind center, look for some tough football out of Green Bay this year. The sleeper I am picking in this division has to be San Francisco. This is a team on the rise and one to be careful around.

When did NFL star Peyton Manning hit 4500 yards passing for the 2nd time in his career

When did NFL star Peyton Manning hit 4500 yards passing for the 2nd time in his career

(AP) Peyton Manning hit 4,500 yards passing for only the second time in his career, playing only three series before taking to the bench in the Colts’ season finale on a cold, snow filled day.

In making his 192nd straight start, Manning went 14 of 18 for 95 yards and an interception before taking a seat on a heated bench on the sideline against the Bills on Sunday. He was replaced by rookie Curtis Painter with 9:13 left in the second quarter and the game tied at 7.

His final pass was a screen to Dallas Clark that lost 7 yards. If he doesn’t return, Manning will finish with 4,500 yards passing, 57 short of matching his career high in 2004.

The Colts (14 1), the AFC’s top seeded team, have a first round bye in the playoffs. (AP) Peyton Manning hit 4,500 yards passing for only the second time in his career, playing only three series before taking to the bench in the Colts’ season finale on a cold, snow filled day.

In making his 192nd straight start, Manning went 14 of 18 for 95 yards and an interception before taking a seat on a heated bench on the sideline against the Bills on Sunday. He was replaced by rookie Curtis Painter with 9:13 left in the second quarter and the game tied at 7.

His final pass was a screen to Dallas Clark that lost 7 yards. If he doesn’t return, Manning will finish with 4,500 yards passing, 57 short of matching his career high in 2004.

The Colts (14 1), the AFC’s top seeded team, have a first round bye in the playoffs.

Peyton Manning hit 4,500 yards passing for only the second time in his career, playing only three series before taking to the bench in the Colts’ season finale on a cold, snow filled day.

In making his 192nd straight start, Manning went 14 of 18 for 95 yards and an interception before taking a seat on a heated bench on the sideline against the Bills on Sunday. He was replaced by rookie Curtis Painter with 9:13 left in the second quarter and the game tied at 7.

His final pass was a screen to Dallas Clark that lost 7 yards. If he doesn’t return, Manning will finish with 4,500 yards passing, 57 short of matching his career high in 2004.