Sunday, November 28, 2010


The Indianapolis Colts are now tied for first place in their division. In one of my earlier posts, I discussed the importance of winning the division. Well the Colts are now tied for first place. They have been riddled with injuries to their key starters all year long and it is starting to take a toll in their games. When they played against easier competition, Peyton Manning was still able to win close games and keep his offense in a somewhat efficient rhythm, but now that the Colts are facing tougher competition, injuries have begun to become a very decisive factor on their losses. Since the Colts can not run the ball, Peyton Manning has begun to throw more interceptions and has had more pressure. The Colts’ defense can not stop the run and continuously allows other teams’ halfbacks to run for over 100 yards. The Indianapolis Colts need to win out the rest of their games to secure the division. This will hopefully become easier as they begin to regain some of their injured players. Peyton Manning can only do so much and now even he can not win games. This team needs to get healthy quickly. 

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Colts vs Patriots

It’s that time of year again. The Indianapolis Colts play against the New England Patriots this week. This is my favorite game of the year by far. My brother is a Patriots fan so I greatly enjoy watching these two teams battle it out. This year’s matchup holds a lot of importance once again. This game could possibly decide which team gets homefield advantage in the playoffs. The Patriots and Colts are both at the top of their conference and a win here will very likely be the difference between seeds. The Colts will be missing some players still but they look to have wide receiver Austin Collie back for this game. The Patriot’s quarterback Tom Brady and Colts’ quarterback Peyton Manning are the best at their position. This game will be another great matchup between the NFL’s best. Both teams have a lot of respect for each other and have a great history of games. The Colt’s are looking for another win to help win their division and hopefully get homefield advantage while the Patriots look to keep their lead and homefield advantage. It will be up to Peyton Manning to score enough points to keep this game competitive. New England’s defense will have to stop Manning.

Friday, November 12, 2010

NFL playoffs

The current NFL playoff system puts great importance on winning the division. There are six playoff spots open per conference in the playoffs at the end of the season. Four spots go to the winner of each division and two spots go to the two teams who did not win their division but had the best record. These teams are called the wild card teams. The two division winners with the highest record get to have a bye week during the playoffs. The four remaining teams play during the first week of the playoffs. The team with the highest record will have home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. Every other team who does not win the division has to compete for the two best records against the whole conference. This makes winning the division very important. Winning the division guarantees the team a spot in the playoffs. This year there are about six teams in the hunt for those two wildcard spots. Winning the division is more crucial this year than in most. For a team like the Colts, the division win will probably go down to the last game of the season. The NFL playoff system makes for some competitive regular seasons. 

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Experience among rookie quarterbacks

Experience is everything in the National Football League. The Cleveland Browns are planning to start their rookie quarterback this week against the NFL leading Patriots due to imjuries. Quarterbacks need time to get used to the NFL and playing games allows them to do that. Like everything else, doing something gets one better at it. A quarterback can sit on the sidelines and learn from the side but that will not be as effective as actually going out there and playing. Peyton Manning played his first year and through 28 interceptions but the learning experience was very beneficial to him. Mark Sanchez, Matt Ryan, Joe Flacco, to name a few, all started their rookie seasons and are now playing at a high level. A quarterback needs to get used to the time he has in the pocket since usually it is less time than in college. Most importantly, a quarterback needs to get used to the speed of the NFL. The NFL is comprised of some of the best athletes in the country. A quarterback usually plays against mediocre talent in college so he needs time to adjust to the NFL. Experience is crucial to rookie quarterbacks.