Posted: Tuesday November 6, 2007 1:54PM; Updated: Tuesday November 6, 2007 5:50PM
A VOTE FOR SEAU. From Josh Blue of Tallahassee, Fla.: "You called Jarvis Green your defensive player of the week, and mentioned that fumble. However, watch the fourth quarter of that game -- Junior Seau was the man who made the plays that enabled the rest of the Pats D to step up. Joseph Addai through the first three quarters was coming up the middle, then splitting shallow left and right for screens, and it was killing the Pats. In the fourth quarter, Seau spent a lot of time run-blitzing or feigning the blitz, then bird-dogging Addai. Seau's fourth quarter was one of the finest adjustments I have ever seen.''
Excellent football points, Josh. Thanks for making them. I believe Seau has been a huge addition to this team, and it's vital they keep him healthy down the stretch, both for on- and off-field contributions.
PETERSON FOR MVP. From John Stangler of Watertown, Conn.: "What's up with no Adrian Peterson in the MVP watch? Tony Romo got his money but that doesn't always make a player play better the rest of the year. Peterson should be number four, right behind Favre. Show some love to the best running back in football.''
Good point. Hard to make a guy on a 3-5 team the MVP in my book, but let's see how the rest of the year goes.
I DISAGREE. From Jay of Atlanta: "Don't you think Indy got a little too cute with that third-and-two, the long pass to Reggie Wayne that Wayne dropped? Overall, it was a pretty low percentage play that would seemingly only make sense if you were going to go for it on 4th down. Instead Indy punted. Fatal mistake.''
I've heard lots of this opinion in the last 36 hours, but the fact is, Manning put the ball right on the money and Wayne, uncharacteristically, dropped it. A play like that tells the Patriots they'd better be ready for anything at any time. I loved it. Don't blame the play call there -- blame Wayne for the drop, and blame the special teams for Wes Welker's return that set up the second New England touchdown in the fourth quarter. Moreover, blame the D for not buckling down and stopping New England once in the last eight minutes.
FINE QUESTION, PAUL. From Paul Supple of Austin, Texas: "How hard is it to legitimately come up with your Fine Fifteen? How many of those teams do you really consider 'fine?' I am an enormous football fan, but it's getting harder and harder to find many of these teams interesting, compelling, or even good (outside of the top four or five). Sure there are some teams with good records, but it appears to me that's just because someone has to win these games. Tell me I'm wrong, Peter, because I'm getting awfully close to only watching football on Saturdays.''
There's been some tremendous football on Saturdays, including the 24-point fourth quarter by your ball club the other day against Oklahoma State. I just think we're in one of those cyclical periods in the NFL where you've got two supremely good teams, three or four teams on the next level (Steelers, Cowboys, and maybe Packers and Giants) and then it's a total morass.
Yes, it looks bad. There is some horrendous quarterback play right now, but the question I always ask is: Wasn't there some bad quarterbacking 30 years ago too? Just looked it up. In 1977, the starting quarterbacks in the NFL included Scott Hunter, Joe Pisarcik, Steve Ramsey, Mike Livingston and Gary Huff. Overall, was the quarterback quality on the 28 teams really better in 1977 than the overall quarterback quality on 32 teams this year? That would take some research, but I have my doubts.
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