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Football season is back in full swing. Six weeks in & we’re really beginning to get a feel for how the season could potentially go. There is still plenty of time to turn it around & make changes, but for now we’re seeing what has become of our favorite teams.
There have been a lot of injuries & as we begin the countdown to Super Bowl 50 it’s getting a bit tough. As a Chicagoan, I know it’s been up & down. As of yesterday the Bears are 2-4. Granted the Bears played 3 great teams in a row, it’s still tough. Alshon Jeffrey & Eddy Royal are just coming back. The Bears weren’t the only team suffering from major injuries. Here are some of the big ones:
Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger
Cowboys Tony Romo & Dez Bryant
Redskins Desean Jackson
The Giants are keeping an eye on Odell Beckham Jr., though not ruling him out to play.
Those are just the major hits to the teams. There are some backup quarterbacks handling the teams & with so many major players on the sidelines, some teams have become a question mark. I’m sure many of those who play fantasy football are very upset to see their lineups falling apart.
Yesterday’s action was pretty eventful. There were 2 games decided in overtime & a few others that came down to a winning drive. The Bears & Lions went into overtime & unfortunately, thanks to some big-time missed opportunities, penalties, & inability to make the big plays, the Bears were defeated by a field goal. Not to sound bitter, though I slightly am, there was a call giving the Lions a touchdown that many agree should not have been a catch. The refs continue to battle with what is & is not a fair catch. The Lions finally registered a win, bringing their record to 1-5.
In spite of the Broncos’ less than stellar offensive performance, they were able to pull through & defeat the Browns in overtime. Peyton Manning & his offense have not been playing well. The defense has been absolutely incredible, getting pick-6 after pick-6 & yet Manning has barely been throwing touchdowns. Each game has come down to the wire. The Broncos still have not loss, but I don’t know how much longer they can continue like this.
The Carolina Panthers faced the Seattle Seahawks. The combination of how well the Panthers have been playing with the struggle of the Seahawks pretty much decided the game. Although Marshawn Lynch returned to the lineup & even scored a touchdown, several mishaps, including a double call on defense that led to a wide open Panthers touchdown, the Seahawks have now fell to a 2-4 record. It’s hard to believe the team that almost won it all is struggling so. On the otherside, the Panthers are now 5-0.
The Packers beat the Chargers, in spite of an incredible 500+ yard throwing game by Philip Rivers. In the end the Packers defense held up. The Bengals continued their flawless streak defeating the Bills. The Vikings edged out the Chiefs. The Texans beat the Jags in London. The Jets beat the Redskins as they continue to show promise. The Steelers beat the Cardinals, in spite of losing not only Big Ben, but Mike Vick. The Dolphins smoked the Titans by 28. The 49ers rebounded with a win over the Ravens, who continue to lose in heartbreaking, tight games.
The Patriots played the Colts in what was for many a must watch. Due to the controversy following their last meeting, many were eager to see how the match went. It began well for Indianapolis with a nice opening drive that resulted in a touchdown. New England came back with their own to tie the game. The Colts then began to feel the pressure of the Patriots’ defense. Although they were able to score another touchdown, it was tough for them for the rest of the game. Particularly late in the game when the Colts went for it on 4th down with one of the most bizarre formations I have ever seen. The defense caught a heavy dose of the Patriots back Blount, who ran all over them & scored 2 touchdowns. In the end it was all too much & the Patriots left Indiana still perfect.
Yes, some teams are still perfect. The Bengals, Broncos, Panthers & Patriots are all undefeated, leading their respective divisions. The Bengals have not been 6-0 since 1988. The Steelers, Vikings, Jets, & Falcons continue to impress. The Giants are improving & the Colts are holding on. On the opposite end, the Titans, Chiefs, Jags, Ravens, & Lions all have just 1 win. All other teams have 2 wins, though that number is deceptive for the Raiders, Eagles, & Chargers, who have all played some thrillers.
Football Sunday, Monday, & Thursday is upon us & it’s looking different than most would have thought. The Seahawks are struggling, as are the Ravens which has thrown off many predictions. There is still time to turn things around, but it will be interesting to see as the season goes on. In the meantime we continue to watch some great football.
The action continues tonight with the Giants & the Eagles. It will be interesting to see, particularly with OBJ possibly not playing. The Eagles may pull an upset. Thursday we will be seeing the Seahawks vs. the 49ers. Both teams are trying to recover & really jump start their season. It should be a good game. We shall see.