NFL Recap: Conquering the Undefeated
Entering week 6, There are exactly six teams who remain undefeated.
New England, Denver, and Cincinnati in the AFC -- Green Bay, Atlanta, and Carolina in the NFC. At this time last year, every team league wide had a crooked number in the loss column. Could there be a separation of power in a league that prides itself on parity? An imbalance of sorts.
Things will probably change in the next few weeks, it's just a thought. And here are a few more...
Coach On The Hot Seat In KC?
The Chiefs lost their offensive focal point in Jamaal Charles to a blown out knee, but theit four game skid started in week 2 against rival Denver. They let a late fourth quarter lead get away, and lost it in the closing moments on a fumble return resulting in a score.
They have not been the same since. The 1-4 record not withstanding, the concern is their play on the field. One eye test will tell you that this team cannot stand any kind of prosperity, and cannot handle adversity. Though the Chiefs lack on-field leadership, it's the lack of effort and intensity that has become a pattern in head coach Andy Reid's tenure. Preparation, game planning and clock management have to fall on him and his staff. Look for a change in the Show-me State before 2016.
Do Or Die In Indy
Following an 0-2 start, The Colts are coming off three straight wins . They have shown a lot of grit and moxie while head coach Chuck Pagano's name has been bandied about in firing rumors, all doing so with a 42 year old backup QB in Matt Hasselbeck.
Things are secure, right? What a difference a week makes. Pagano's long term future will be determined after this Sunday nights clash at home against the Patriots. Winning or losing may not be the most important thing, if I may, it's how this team shows up to battle following the fallout from their role in DeflateGate.
Win or lose, will the Colts go to battle for their beloved and respected leader? Legacy and tenure can be defined in losing just as it can in winning, but how it's gone about is the true test of success.
Change of Game Pace
Am I the only one who's making a comparison to the fourth quarters of both an NFL and NBA game. From a pure spectator standpoint, the last quarter of an NBA tilt is the one you most want to watch. How excited can
a viewer be about a 16-10 game in the first quarter, really?
Crunch time exists in the fourth quarter. And it's must see. In the NFL, games this season takes on a whole new identity in the fourth quarter. Defensive laden games can turn into offensive explosions the final 15 minutes. How many times have you seen the score at the end of three quarters make you think one thing, and yet when the final is posted may deem the exact opposite. Think about it. And all along, I thought the "prevent defense" was obsolete.
Thus if you are just an average fan who gets a jolt out of fantastic finishes and up and down the field excitement, the 2015 edition of the National Football League is for you.
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