Andrew Luck Gives Colts Nation much to Look Forward To

Colts Nation and Colts fans across the world were very impressed with their new QB last Sunday. Obviously, we all know by now of his impressive preseason debut. I was in attendance for Andrew Luck’s very first snap, which resulted in a 63 yard touchdown pass to Donald Brown.

The energy in that stadium was crazy. For the first two quarters of that football game it felt like a regular season game, or even a playoff game. Every fan in that stadium was on their feet after Donald Brown scampered 63 yards to the freshly blue painted Colts endzone. Colts Nation didn’t care if the game was only “preseason.” All that mattered in every fans head last Sunday was that our team, the Indianapolis Colts, were playing well.

What Current Or Recent Steeler Is Worthy Of A Peyton Send Off?

I think I might have to further explain this question. Of the Steelers that have retired recently or even the current players, who would be worthy of a Press Conference and all of the tears that we saw the other day when Peyton Manning and the Indy Colts parted ways?

When I say recent, go back all the way to the 70’s if you like.  I went back and looked at some High Profile Pittsburgh Steelers, and could not come up with a guy that defined a city as much as Peyton Manning.

It’s Just Business

The NFL has long been about business.  In recent years, it is more about business than it is about football and definitely more about business than it is about the fans.  Steeler fans are probably about to find that out.

It is being reported widely now that the Steelers plan to cut wide receiver and fan favorite Hines Ward.  The Steelers are in the midst of restructuring multiple players contracts in order to get below the salary cap.  Ward is scheduled to make $4 million in 2012 and is coming off ankle surgery.

Sit ‘Em, Start ‘Em

This weekend will bring a lot of decisions for the teams heading into the post season.  Teams with nothing to gain by winning will be faced with deciding how much time if any their starters will see on the field.

It happens every year at this time.  Teams that are solidly in the post season and especially those who have won their divisions have to decide how much time to let their starters spend on the field in a meaningless end of season game.  Teams like the Patriots, Packers, Texans, 49ers among others all face this dilemma this weekend.

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.

Down To The Wire

The NFL season continues its inexorable march to the post season and the AFC North appears to be going down to the wire.

The Steelers and Ravens have the same win/loss record.  The Ravens hold the tie breaker by virtue of their two wins over the Steelers this season.  Both have a place in the post season, it’s just not decided yet who has the division and who has the wild card.  Or is it?

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.

Not As Good As You Think

A few teams in the NFL this season are getting far more favorable coverage than they probably deserve.  While their records may be better than some other teams and in some cases better than a lot of other teams, it doesn’t really mean they are that great of a team.  Most have a lot of issues they need to work on and some may not end up anywhere near the post season.  Yes, these teams records are their records but this is not about wins and losses, this is about cores.  Are these really good teams or are their inflated records clouding the issue.

Good Bets

After the NFL preseason, there are some teams that you can probably say are good bets going forward into week 1 of the NFL season.  While the starters didn’t see a great deal of time in the preseason, there was enough to see who has the upper hand in the NFL going forward.  Here are my top 5 NFL teams to start the season (in no particular order):

One Thing That Is True

After the 2nd week of NFL preseason games start last night, there is one thing that is true.  The Steelers and Patriots are very good teams.  That is a fact and so far in this short NFL preseason, they may be the two strongest teams coming out of the block.