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NFL Week 16 Ten keen observations

NFL Week 16 Ten keen observations

1) Tony Romo will always do just enough to keep hope alive ( such as a “dramatic” come from behind win in Week 16, over a then 3 11 Redskins team, which was starting the second string QB ).

5) The more regular season accolades Peyton Manning receives, and regular season records he sets, the more magnified are his playoff failures. Late season injuries to both Wes Welker and Von Miller, do provide a built in excuse for this postseason.

6) The AFC will not be represented by the Chiefs or Broncos, in Super Bowl XLVIII.

7) The Jonathan Martin case was strange, weird, unusual, and the public will never truly know what happened.

8) The Steelers, Dolphins, and Chargers, must be agonizing over any number of victories they let slip through their collective fingers this season.

9) The Dallas Cowboys are destined to be 8 8 for the third straight season. This, combined with the playoff uncertainty caused by Tony Romo’s late season injury, means they will once again be one of the “Expert’s” Super Bowl picks next season.

10) Merry Xmas to all, and to all, a good night.

NFL news/notes from Dec 23: Denver Broncos: LB Von Miller (torn ACL) is out for season. WR Wes Welker (concussion) doubtful for Week 17. Green Bay Packers: LB Clay Matthews (broken thumb) is out for Week 17. QB Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) has not yet been cleared to play. RB Eddie Lacy (ankle) is questionable for Week 17. Dallas Cowboys: QB Tony Romo (back) is out for Week 17. St Louis Rams: T Jake Long (torn ACL/MCL) is out for season.

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.

NFL Playoffs Divisional Round Picks

NFL Playoffs Divisional Round Picks

Baltimore Ravens (11 6) at Denver Broncos (13 3)

Love the Baltimore shakeup on the offensive line, re inserting a newly motivated (at least for now) Bryant McKinnie at left tackle; he played a dominant game against the Colts, keeping Joe Flacco free of Dwight Freeney, and I don’t doubt he’ll play very competitively against Elvis Dumervil here. But this is Peyton Manning we’re talking about, Manning on a mission with the kind of skill players that match his best days in Indianapolis. And it’s Manning with a nine game win streak against the Ravens (including playoffs). He’s won those nine by an average of 14 points per game. I understand the emotion of playing for Ray Lewis, but unless the Ravens force three or more turnovers (and that’s possible, if last week’s effort is any indication), I don’t see them holding Manning down.

Game of the weekend. Aaron Rodgers finally gets to play in a real game at Candlestick Park. To win, he’s going to have to do what a quarterback he loved growing up, Steve Young, did in these parts for years: throw efficiently on the run. San Francisco knows the way to win this game is to hit Rodgers and be physical with his cadre of top receivers. The one vision I have from last week’s game against Minnesota is Rodgers twice running at a full gallop out of the pocket and flicking a dead on accurate pass 15 yards or more downfield. Not that I don’t think Colin Kaepernick can’t do the same he’ll be in Clay Matthews’ sights all night but throwing accurately outside the pocket, with the posse chasing . Rodgers is the best in football at it right now.

Seattle Seahawks (12 5) at Atlanta Falcons (13 3)

Most significant NFL Wednesday injury report line: “ATL DE John Abraham (ankle), limited.” He’d better not be limited Sunday, two weeks after what looked to be worse than the apparently nasty ankle sprain Abraham suffered in the last game of the season. Not quite sure why, with Seattle missing its best pass rusher (Chris Clemons, torn ACL on the FedEx cow pasture last week) and Abraham likely not at full health, I pick only 30 points to be scored here. I think both secondaries will play stout and smart, and the physicality of the Seattle back four (or five, or six) will have a big impact on the game.

Houston Texans (13 4) at New England Patriots (12 4)

I want to believe it can be different than New England’s 42 14 rout of the Texans (28 0 after 36 minutes), and I believe it will be different. For the Texans, though, not different enough. Teams don’t like to be embarrassed, and the Dan Shaughnessy comparison to the Texans as “tomato cans” in his Boston Globe column will be ringing in the players’ ears by the time the ball’s kicked off. But the only way, other than a Patriots turnover fest, that I can see Houston winning this game is to use the same recipe as last week against Cincinnati: a heavy dose of Arian Foster. Foster ran it 32 times and caught it eight times last week, and the same thing here will limit Tom Brady’s possessions and his chances to beat up the Houston secondary. It’s possible; Foster’s a back who can wear a defense down. But this is a game where it’d all have to go right for Houston to win.