NFL Quick Hits
Don't be fooled by Joey Harrington's big game against Arizona yesterday. First, it was against Arizona. Second, it was at home. Third, every quarterback in the NFL is capable of having one or two big games each season, and this was Harrington's. Expect him to throw at least two interceptions next week against Dallas.
Pittsburgh continues to roll without Big Ben. I know the Colts are undefeated and will have the home field advantage in the playoffs, but I'm beginning to think that the Steelers are the best team in the league. If they are entirely healthy, they can flat out dominate the line of scrimmage against anybody. Indy's defense is about speed, and I think the Steelers can just pound them all day and beat them. It reminds me of the late 1990's Wisconsin Badgers teams with Ron Dayne. They weren't very quick, but thier offensive line was always three yards down field before Dayne met them, and they just beat teams up.
Minnesota's victory over the Giants may have been the strangest victory I have seen. They had no drives longer than 5 plays until their field goal drive in the fourth quarter, yet the score was tied 21-21. Most times, if you win two out of the three facets of a game, you will win (offense, defense, and special teams). Yesterday, they arguably only won the special teams battle, yet they so dominated in that aspect that 150 yards of total offesne is all they needed to pull out a victory. If they Giants want to be a Super Bowl threat, they must win games like that. I wonder if this could be like their home loss to Chicago last year that wiped out a promising start and led to their subsequent poor finish.
Speaking of Chicago, I think the highlight of the year came from that game. No, not the 108 yard missed field goal return, but rather Chicago's missed field goal in the first quarter. I've never seen a football go that far right on a field goal attempt in my life. It was comical, and borderline hysterical, watching that football get pushed right. I wish I had Tivo to save that.
New England gutted out a win versus Miami. The Colts and Steelers are better teams (the Chargers and Broncos are better than them as well) but I will not count this team out until they are officially done. Any team with Brady at quarterback will be a threat to win, regardless of how many people are out for them.