Five observations on the first weekend of the 2017 NFL season:
1. It isn’t a newsflash that the NFL is now a quarterback league. That’s why it is not surprising that of the 14 quarterbacks that had the best days, 12 of them won.
The only two losers in the top 14 were Drew Brees and Philip Rivers, who ranked seventh and eighth. Still, it was not a good day for scoring Sunday.
The NFL likes to average 41 points a game and they were at 46 last year. They were at 37 Sunday. But the low scoring Sunday probably isn’t a trend as the Thursday night game and the two Monday night games were high-scoring games. The Kansas City Chiefs beat the New England Patriots 42-27, the Denver Broncos beat the Los Angeles Chargers 24-21 and the Minnesota Vikings beat the New Orleans Saints 29-19.
So the Sunday results were probably an aberration as offenses are still tuning up.
Continue reading “Taking a look back at the NFL’s Week 1”
It looks like the bad old days are back for the Indianapolis Colts.
After the Colts made their midnight move from Baltimore in 1984, they didn’t win 10 games until Peyton Manning’s second season in 1999.
They then posted seasons with double-digit victories 11 times and went to two Super Bowls, winning one.
When Manning was injured in 2011, the Colts went 2-14 — but that was a good year to get the first pick in the draft. It gave them a chance to start over with Andrew Luck.
Owner Jimmy Irsay released Manning, when went on to appear in two Super Bowls with the Broncos, winning one – and fired general manager Bill Polian and coach Jim Caldwell. He replaced them with Ryan Grigson and Chuck Pagano.
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It is not exactly a secret that Los Angeles likes Showtime.
It is a market that craves stars. And wants its sports teams to win or it ignores them.
Not surprising the Los Angeles Rams don’t seem to realize that.
When personality challenged owner Stan Kroenke (pictured above) decided to move the Rams from St. Louis to Los Angeles a year ago to play in a new palace he’s building, he overlooked two things.
The first is that Los Angeles has a rather nonchalant attitude towards the NFL. It wasn’t particularly upset when two teams left two decades ago and isn’t exactly turning cartwheels over the fact that two teams are playing their now.
Continue reading “Skinflint Kroenke continues to be the Rams’ biggest enemy”
Dean Spanos still doesn’t get it.
The Los Angeles Chargers owner, who ripped the hearts out of the San Diego fans when he moved the team to Los Angeles this year, still thinks the team has a lot of fans in San Diego.
“[We say] thank you,” Spanos said, when asked by ESPN about San Diego fans who still follow the team. “They’ve been great. They’ve been loyal to the team, and there’s a lot of them. I’m very appreciative — my family, players and the entire organization thanks them.”
I seriously doubt there are a lot of fans in San Diego who still follow the team. Some, but not a lot.
Spanos also hired Hall of Fame running back LaDainian Tomlinson as a special assistant. Tomlinson is supposed to reach out to the San Diego fans.
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The Patriots didn’t do any deflating Thursday night.
Instead, they inflated five Super Bowl trophy replicas that looked like they belonged in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and rolled them onto the field before their season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs.
They put on the scoreboard: “Atlanta 28 NE 3 2:12 3rdQtr”
That was a reminder of their Super Bowl comeback, and the announcer talked about the greatest comeback of all time.
They unveiled their fifth Super Bowl banner.
Continue reading “Arrogant Patriots got a well-deserved comeuppance”