Defense Wins Championships

I have written before that this season has been the year of the offense.  Teams like the Packers, Saints, Patriots with overwhelming offense and less than stellar defense have been winning almost at will.  But when the playoffs come around, it is still defense that wins championships.

Two of the three prolific offensive teams, four if you want to count the Steelers, which I do not, are now out of the playoffs.  Their offense could not save them in the end.  When confronted with an overwhelming and ball hogging defense, these two teams were unable to overcome the mistakes the defense forced them into making.  Defense still wins championships.

Playing Angry

I didn’t write about the Patriots right after the game.  I wanted to think about it a bit.  Now that I have I came to the conclusion that they were playing angry.

The Patriots have always been a team of emotion, well since Tom Brady took over.  While he appears to most observers to be calm, cool, even quiet, he’s not that way at all.  He’s intense.  He’s focused.  He’s a perfectionist.  He takes offense when the media dismisses the team.  He holds grudges against teams that have beaten him.  He gets angry.

Tebow’s Next Path

As I see it, there are 3 options for Tim Tebow’s next path.  The one that gets taken depends on a lot of factors but after yesterday’s game, the paths are clear.

Game Of The Year

No it’s not the Super Bowl.  No it’s not the BCS Championship.  It’s a second round divisional playoff game between the Patriots and the Broncos.

It’s the game of the year of course because of the “hype” surrounding Tim Tebow and the Broncos.  Last week’s overtime playoff game was the highest rated game of it’s kind in 24 years.  Tebow almost broke Twitter after the game causing there to be almost 10,000 Tweets per second….per second people.

Defense Wins Championships

Most NFL fans have heard this phrase on more than one occasion and generally it holds true.  However, this year I’m thinking not so much.

The teams with the best records this year in the NFL have abysmal defenses.  In fact, the top 2 teams, the Patriots and Packers, have THE worst defenses in the entire league.  It doesn’t seem to matter.  No matter what teams they play, as long as the offense puts up enough points, the defense can give up almost as many and the teams still win.

AFC Playoff Picture

The AFC playoff picture is partially painted through week 16 but there are still some spots up for grabs under various scenarios.

Already solidified are the AFC East and a 1st round bye with the Patriots.  The AFC South spot is also sorted out with the Houston Texans.  The two wildcard teams right now are the Steelers and Ravens but that could change depending on what happens this weekend.

The Ravens clinch the AFC North division and a first-round bye with a Ravens win OR a Ravens tie and a Steelers loss or tie OR a Steelers loss.  The Ravens clinch home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs with a Ravens win and a Patriots loss at the Bills.

No Great Loss

The Patriots have decided to call it quits with the experiment known as Albert Haynesworth and it’s no great loss.

Haynesworth has been with the Patriots for 8 games.  In that time span, he has contributed next to nothing.  He has been out of shape to start.  He has been injured.  When he was on the field, no one noticed.  It is not surprising that the Patriots have decided to divest themselves of him and sooner rather than later.

Patriots Games

The Patriots have lost 2 games in a row and played terrible in both.  All kinds of theories are popping up as to why.  I’ve even come up with a few myself, some may be more plausible than others.

Only Three

By my take, there are only 3 games on tomorrow’s NFL schedule that are toss ups in the who’s going to win category.  The rest of the matchups look pretty cut and dried on who to pick, but that could be totally off the mark given this NFL season so far.

Buy Or Sell

We are now a couple of weeks into the NFL season and it’s time to see what teams we are going to buy or sell.  Some unexpected teams are doing well and some who were expected to do well are not.  So are you buying or selling?  Let’s see.