I’m getting to this post kind of late today, but it’s worth it. My lovely wife somehow scored tickets to Mumford & Sons last night here in Dallas, and it was a fantastic show. It’s been sold out for months, I don’t know how she did it. I don’t work well on late nights, but I have plenty of caffeine in me today to pump this out.
Is it just me, or was Week 1 a weird week of football? Teams like the Chargers and Eagles played better than I thought. Some players had incredible weeks (Peyton Manning) and some had terrible weeks (Calvin Johnson, Dez Bryant). Since it’s only Week 2 now, we can’t really make solid judgement calls on any of this. Maybe the Cowboys’ Defense has 6 turnovers every game, but I wouldn’t count on it. Most of the teams I watched this week looked really rusty, even if it was just for the first half (Houston, Denver).
One of my favorite parts of writing this blog is the conversation it creates. I have made friends who now talk to me about things they read on the blog. I have been late in writing this blog about the biggest game of the year, but it’s ok, because I have had people asking my opinion on things going on in the sports world, which makes me feel all fuzzy.
I firmly believe that, in order to make it through 3 or 4 games of NFL playoffs, a team must have a good quarterback. He doesn’t need to be elite, just good. Big Ben fits in here, but Christian Ponder does not. So, with 8 teams remaining in the playoffs, I will rank the QBs for each team. This ranking is based solely on my trust in the QB, in general, not necessarily for their matchup this week. Here goes:
8.) Colin Kaepernick– It’s his first playoff game. I’m not sure what to expect out of him yet.
7.) Matt Schaub- He got his first playoff win last week. I don’t trust him to take me all the way.
Tie-6.) Russell Wilson- He’s only this low because he’s a rookie.
Tie-6.) Matt Ryan- Matt Ryan has fewer playoff wins than Tony Romo. I’m not sure why, but the Falcons are 0-3 in the playoffs under Matt Ryan.
4.) Joe Flacco- He hasn’t been to the big game yet, but Flacco has some good-to-great wins in the postseason.
3.) Tom Brady- I know he is probably higher in everyone else’s book, but he hasn’t won a SB since 2005. That’s 7 seasons.
2.) Peyton Manning- Peyton is the best QB right now, in my opinion,but he has much more help than most other QBs in the playoffs.
1.) Aaron Rodgers- Aaron is currently the scariest QB in the league right now. He has to make the Packers win, because they have nothing else.
How would you rank the QBs that will be playing today and tomorrow?
Half of last weeks playoff games were a bit surprising to me. I really thought the Colts would play better against the Ravens. I also didn’t expect the Ravens’ offense to play as well as they did (2 fumbles notwithstanding). I underestimated how injured RGIII was. Watching that knee buckle was absolutely painful. I hate seeing such a good guy go down like that.
The Wild Card round of the 2012 Playoffs features 3 rookie quarterbacks, the most prolific running back of my generation, and some wonderful storylines. Let’s take a deeper look:
I’m pretty sad football season is coming to an end. Of course, we still have the playoffs, which means plenty of time for fun stories and exciting games. No matter what happens, we have some great stories already in the books from the 2012 NFL season: