Saturday, June 12, 2010

A few thoughts at the midpoint of the 2009 NFL season

Apparently, the NFL season is already eight weeks old. I don’t know about you, but I’m not sure when all of these games were played. I guess time flies when you’re having fun, or maybe it’s because I’ve been paying attention to the MLB playoffs and start of the NBA as well. Either way, we’re half way through this NFL season, and it’s time to look back and try to remember what happened in the first part.

Best Team: Indianapolis Colts – They’ve had a few close calls and their schedule gets a bit tougher in the coming weeks, but this team just wins, no matter who the wide receivers are, or who the coach is, or what weird-looking half-open half-closed stadium they play in. The Colts are a major threat every year and until someone beats them, they’re the league’s best.

Worst Team: Tie, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Cleveland Browns – The Buccaneers are 0-7, so they were a lock for this distinguished title, but I really had to make sure the Browns (1-7) got credit for the absolute train-wreck of a season they have put together. A fired general manager, a quarterback battle that is like deciding between Nicolas Cage and Brendan Fraser for a starring movie role, and the trade of one of the only offensive weapons on the team in receiver Braylon Edwards. Good stuff going on in Cleveland. Unfortunately, the two teams don’t meet this season, so we may never know who is truly the worst, unless of course, the Buccaneers go defeated. It would be hard to argue with that.

Best Game: Week 4, Denver Broncos defeat the Dallas Cowboys, 17-10 – This was a tough one as there were many good games so far this season, but the Broncos’ first statement game of the season stuck out to me the most. The game was intense throughout, with big defensive plays and a crowd that got better and better as the game drew to the end. It all culminated with Brandon Marshall’s 51-yard touchdown catch and run and the Denver defense turning the Cowboys away twice from inside the five-yard line. I was excited about this game and I don’t like either of these teams, so that has to count for something.

Worst Game: Week 5, Cleveland Browns defeat (?) the Buffalo Bills, 6-3 – The Browns won this game, and their starting quarterback, Derek Anderson, completed only two passes for 23 yards in the entire game. Thanks for stopping by, Buffalo. In terms of small-market cities that have NFL teams, I would like to thank my parents for choosing Green Bay.

Most Valuable Player: Peyton Manning, Colts – Coinciding with my best team, Manning almost single-handedly makes the Colts contenders. It doesn’t matter who he throws to, the numbers stay at the top of league and he is basically automatic in game-winning drives. He is the surest thing in the NFL.

Most interesting division race: AFC North – Right now, the Bengals and Steelers are tied for first at 5-2, with the Ravens a game behind at 4-3. Assuming Baltimore and Pittsburgh will be around until the end, can the Bengals, who have already beaten both of them once, stick around for the second half of the season?

Worst looking coach: Brad Childress – This may strictly be from the I’m Bitter department, but it is still hard to argue against. With that beard, Childress looks like he is preparing to show up on the next installment of “To Catch a Predator.”

Fan base that wouldn’t mind a relocation of the team: Washington Redskins – Owner Dan Snyder is becoming the dictator who turns on his own people. He relieved head coach Jim Zorn of play-calling responsibilities; because why would the head coach need to bothered with that? He has banned all fan signs from the stadium, possibly because some of them may have hurt his feelings, and oh yeah, the team is 2-5, with two of those losses coming to the Kansas City Chiefs and Detroit Lions. Hey, maybe Los Angeles still wants a team!

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