Tomorrow I’ll take a look at how I did with my picks. (I think I did better this week than last week.)
While we anxiously await the Monday night, let’s look at Sunday’s games. And what great – and surprising – games they were.
Perhaps the most surprising loss was the Indianapolis Colts who lost to the San Diego Chargers on Sunday night. It wasn’t just that they lost, but it was the way they lost. Peyton Manning set a Colts record for most interceptions by a quarterback in a single game.
This goes to show what can happen when all the weapons are taken away from a team, well almost all the weapons. The Colts were without their number one receiver, their tight end, and their third receiver. I knew they would be without Harrison (their number one receiver) and Gonzalez (their third receiver) but I didn’t know they would be without Dallas Clarke. And without all these weapons, Manning’s night was almost surreal. A quarterback who has looked unstoppable and nearly perfect for years, suddenly looked horrible.
Yet for all those interceptions and all those injuries, the Colts still nearly won this game. They only lost 23-21.
Some other intriguing games included the Dallas Cowboys beating the New York Giants, the Pittsburgh Steelers came back to beat the Cleveland Browns, the New Orleans Saints stumbled majorly and lost to the St. Louis Rams (the Rams first win), the Green Bay Packers throttled the Minnesota Vikings, and the Cincinnati Bengals pretty much dominated the Baltimore Ravens. Another big surprise on Sunday was the Detroit Lions losing to the Arizona Cardinals. Finally, the Washington Redskins lost to the Philadelphia Eagles. While this wasn’t a surprise to me, people who were fooled into thinking the Skins were one of the best teams in the NFC would see this as a surprise.
So the contenders are beginning to be separated from the contenders. Looking like they may just pretenders (or at least they have a whole lot more to prove before they’ll be considered a strong team) are the Lions, the Redskins, the Ravens, the Saints, and possibly the Giants and the Browns.
The definite contenders, the teams that are really good are the Patriots, the Colts, the Cowboys, the Steelers, and the Packers. I still think the Giants and the Browns are good but they still have something to prove just to make the playoffs.