Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Peyton Manning Situation…If Vince McMahon Was Running The NFL

Peyton Manning is bummed out by the current Indianapolis Colts situation.

With coaches being fired left and right, a new general manager, the Colts most likely drafting his replacement (Andrew Luck) and a $28 million dollar bonus deadline looming, Peyton must be irked at the franchise that he revived in the late 90s and made into a juggernaut for the last 13 seasons (not including 2011) for subtlety dismissing him as of late.

Peyton must be secretly fuming if he thinks he can still play…or that’s what Vince McMahon would want you to think---if he was running the NFL of course.

I think their conversation would go a little like this…

Vince McMahon: Look Peyton, your team is back-stabbing you—you need to play this slighted angle up ALOT more.

Peyton: But I’ve been a Colt my entire life. I love them so much that I even pretended to be positive while Curtis Painter was bouncing passes for eight games!

Vince: Yeah—but you want to play still, right?

Peyton: Of course. I love the game, but I’m not sure about this neck thing. What do you have in mind?

Vince: Well, the Super Bowl is coming up, and I arranged it to be the Giants vs. Patriots.

Peyton: Wait, did you say arrange?

Vince: Focus Peyton! It’s your brother’s team vs. your most hated rival!

Peyton: So?

Vince: Haven’t you ever heard of high stakes? Like the loser gets their head shaved? Or the loser has to retire? You should re-invent your image with putting stakes on this game?

Peyton: Go on…

Vince: I’ll make arrangements for a press conference next Monday. You will announce that your retirement will hinge on the outcome of this game. If the Giants win—you come back because you can’t bear the fact that your brother would have more Super Bowl rings than you. You will then turn heel and play for a Colts rival, like the Dolphins or the Jets, so you can smoke them twice a year for the next few years. However, if the Patriots win--you retire. This way your most hated team will have the chance of ending your career.

Peyton: But I’m leaning on coming back!

Vince: (laughing) Did you see Super Bowl XLII? Don’t worry, I already arranged for the Giants to win in “miracle” fashion again.

Peyton: But what about my neck?

Vince: I’m the head of the WWE!

Peyton: (confused) and….?

Vince: I meant steroids.

END SCENE

Monday, January 16, 2012

Playoff Notes..

THE CLUTCH:

Down 23-16 with 3:56 remaining, Ben Roethlisberger threw a 36 yard touchdown pass to Jerricho Cotchery to tie the game at 23, and eventually force overtime. However, Roethlisberger had a chance to win the game in regulation at Denver's 45 yard line (needing about 10-12 yards to set up a game-winning field goal), but fumbled on a sack, losing 11 yards, and then took another sack on 4th down. Pittsburgh lost the game in overtime because...

Tim Tebow threw a strike down the middle on the first play of overtime, which Demaryius Thomas took 80 yards for the game-winning score, 29-23

Down 23-17 with under 5 minutes to go, Drew Brees threw a 44 yard touchdpass to Darren Sproles to take the 24-23 lead over the 49ers late in the game.

However, Alex Smith responded with a 80 yard touchdown drive to take the 29-24 lead (San Francisco missed the 2 point conversion). The drive was set up by a 37 yard pass to Vernon Davis. Smith ran the ball in on a 3rd and 8, rushing 28 yards for the touchdown. However, it should be noted that if Alex Smith stopped at the 1 yard line and didn't score--it would have prevented the following drama from happening...

Down 29-24, Drew Brees threw a 66 yard touchdown pass to Jimmy Graham, and converted a two point conversion to take the 32-29 lead, leaving Alex Smith and co. only 1:37 left in the game.

Alex Smith then proceeded to lead the 49ers 85 yards on 7 plays, capped by a game-winning 14 yard touchdown pass to Vernon Davis with 9 seconds to go, for the 36-32 victory. Smith also completed a 47 yard pass to Davis on the drive.

Down 23-20 with 1:44 left from their own 21 yard line, Joe Flacco drove the Ravens 65 yards to New England's 14 yard line. However, on a 2nd and 1, Flacco's potential game-winning touchdown pass was dropped by Lee Evans-which was hit out of his hands late by Sterling Moore. Baltimore had to settle for a field goal, but the 32 yarder by Billy Cundiff was rushed (no timeout called by John Harbaugh), and resulted in a muffed kick-which sent the Patriots to the Super Bowl.

A special SUPER BOWL edition of clutchness can be viewed here.

THE non-CLUTCH:

Down 20-13 with 2 minutes left, from Baltimore's 38 yard line, TJ Yates threw his third interception, which ultimately lost the game for the Texans. TJ Yates got another chance for a last-second Hail-Mary--but that fell incomplete for the loss.

Tied at 17 with 5:39 left in regulation, Eli Manning did not look good down the stretch. Eli Manning had five possessions (including 2 in overtime), which resulted in five punts. He was 8 for 13 with 64 yards, and two sacks down the stretch (73.9 passer rating). He was also converted on zero third downs in 5 attempts. However, on the Giants sixth possession, they took advantage of a fumble on a punt return by Kyle Williams, and won the game on a 31 yard field goal by Lawrence Tynes. Eli played no role on that drive, after the Giants ran it 4 times to get 18 yards closer.

However, luckily for Eli & co., Alex Smith was worse down the stretch. With 4:07 remaining in regulation, Alex Smith had 4 possessions (including overtime), which resulted in 3 punts (one possession ended with time running out in regulation). Smith failed to convert on 4 third downs, and finished the game 3 for 8, with 43 yard, and two sacks (55.7 passer rating). However, 29 of those yards was a garbage pass at the end of regulation. Taking that pass out, Alex Smith finished the game with a 34.2 passer rating, which certainly doesn't make him Joe Montana.

#4CR

BEST:

1. Tom Brady (vs. Denver): 363 yards, 6 touchdowns, 1 interception, 137.6 passer rating

2. Drew Brees (vs. Detroit): 466 yards, 3 touchdowns, 134.4 passer rating

3. Eli Manning (vs. Atlanta): 277 yards, 3 touchdowns, 129.3 passer rating

4. Alex Smith (vs. New Orleans): 299 yards, 3 touchdowns, 103.2 passer rating + clutch performance


5. Tim Tebow (vs. Pittsburgh): 316 yards, 2 touchdowns, 125.6 passer rating + clutch performance


WORST:

18. Ben Roethlisberger (at Denver): 289 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception, 75.9 passer rating + clutch/non-clutch performance

19. Matt Ryan (at NY Giants): 199 yards, 71.1 passer rating

20. Tim Tebow (at New England): 136 yards, 52.7 passer rating

21. Andy Dalton (at Houston): 257 yards, 3 interceptions, 51.4 passer rating

22. TJ Yates (at Baltimore): 184 yards, 3 interceptions, 28.8 passer rating+ non-clutch performance





Sunday, January 1, 2012

Week 17 Notes...

THE CLUTCH:

Down 41-38 with 2:39 remaining, Matt Flynn, starting in place of a resting Aaron Rodgers, drove the Packers 80 yards, capped by a 4 yard touchdown pass to Jermichael Finley. Flynn threw for 6 touchdowns, ensuring a 15-1 record for Green Bay, as well as a big day for Flynn this upcoming offseason.

Tied at 16 with under 5 minutes to go, Matt Hasselbeck threw a 23 yard touchdown pass to Nate Washington for the eventual Titans victory. However, Tennessee missed out on the last playoff spot due to tie-breakers, even though they finished a strong 9-7.

Down 23-16 with 1:49 remaining, backup Jake Delhomme drove the Texans 64 yards, capped by a 5 yard pass to Bryant Johnson. The Texans decided to go for the two point conversion and the victory, but after a 5 yard penalty, Delhomme received a bad snap for the 23-22 loss.

Tied at 20 in overtime, John Skelton led the Cardinals 71 yards, which led to a game-winning 28 yard field goal by Jay Feely. Skelton was 4 for 4 on the drive for 51 yards. Skelton finished the season strong, going 5-2, leading Arizona to a respectable 8-8 record.

THE non-CLUTCH:

Down 45-41 with 33 seconds on Green Bay's 37 yard line, Matthew Stafford threw the game-losing interception. The loss was important because Detroit will get the sixth seed instead of the fifth seed, and will face the 13-3 New Orleans Saints in round one.

Down 34-27 with less than 3 minutes to go on San Francisco's 40 yard line, rookie Tom Brandstater filling in for an injured Kellen Clemens, threw two straight incompletions for the loss of downs and loss of game for the Rams.

Down 16-10 on Miami's 10 yard line with under 3 minutes to go, Mark Sanchez threw an interception which ended any playoff hopes the Jets had.

Down 17-13 with 1:51 remaining from their own 6 yard line, backup Joe Webb drove Minnesota to their own 46 yard line before throwing the game-losing interception.

Down 24-16 with 1:05 remaining, Andy Dalton drove the Bengals 47 yards to get into range for a Hail-Mary, but his two attempts fell incomplete for the loss to Baltimore. The Bengals clinched a playoff spot nonetheless.

Down 13-9 with 1:46 remaining, Seneca Wallace drove the Browns 52 yards, but his last ditched Hail-Mary attempt fell incomplete for the loss to Pittsburgh.

Down 7-3 in the fourth quarter, Tim Tebow had four possessions which led to 3 punts and an interception for the Broncos loss. Tebow finished with only 60 yards passing, and only scored 3 points in what they thought was a must-win game. However, because of the Oakland loss, Denver still clinched the AFC West crown, despite an 8-8 record.

#4CR

BEST:
1. Matt Flynn: 480 yards, 6 touchdowns, 1 interception, 136.4 passer rating + clutch performance
2. Drew Brees: 389 yards, 5 touchdowns, 1 interception, 140.7 passer rating
3. Eli Manning: 346 yards, 3 touchdowns, 136.7 passer rating
4. Tom Brady: 338 yards, 3 touchdowns, 1 interception, 113.8 passer rating
5. Philip Rivers: 310 yards, 3 touchdowns, 1 interception, 135.1 passer rating

WORST:
28. Cam Newton: 158 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception, 75.1 passer rating
29. Seneca Wallace: 177 yards, 1 interception, 42.4 passer rating + non-clutch performance
30. TJ Yates: 47 yards, 115.6 passer rating + injured
31. Tim Tebow: 60 yards, 1 interception, 20.6 passer rating + non-clutch performance
32. Christian Ponder: 28 yards, 1 interception, 8.3 passer rating + injured again

QB RECORDS VS. SPREAD (actual records in parenthesis)

Elite QBs: 58-49 (76-31)

Very Good QBs: 32-47 (41-38)

Average QBs: 54-42 (47-45)

Unknown QBs: 39-41 (32-48)

Bad QBs: 20-17 (20-17)

Backups: 53-60 (39-75)