Things are getting a little cozy in the NFL Playoff Chase.
In the NFC Playoff race, a total of seven teams are separated by two games. With several head-to-head matchups still on the table there may not be any clear-cut division winner until the final day of the regular season. In the even tighter AFC, three games separate nine teams and three of the four divisions have co-leaders.
We’ll also discuss Peyton Manning, Leslie Frazier and Andre “Don’t call me Jack” Johnson.
How will the NFL handle the Cortland Finnegan/Andre Johnson altercation? After watching Finnegan’s reaction after the refs pulled Johnson off of him it was apparent that this was part of the plan to at least take Johnson’s head out of the game but to actually have him sent to the showers early was gravy. Cortland played the role of an NHL instigator only to shell up once the live artillery started flying. The whole plot seemed to backfire as the Tennessee Titans were shut out by the Houston Texans 20-0. I’m not sure what if an in-game ejection warrants a suspension but fines will definitely be handed out down from The Big Office.
The month of November, 2010 is one that Peyton Manning will file away in the “one to forget column” Has the NFL’s answer to Optimus Prime approaching a decline? The Indianapolis Colts have lost three of their last four and those losses can all be placed at the feet of Manning who has thrown an uncharacteristic seven touchdowns in the last four games, even more eye-popping are the seven picks that Manning has thrown. The Colts have srtuggled with injuries, lack of a legitimate running game and a struggling defense which has Manning pressing. All of these intangibles place Manning and the Colts on the defensive and not in their conventional mode of attack.
Leslie Frazier earned his first win as interim head coach of the Minnesota Vikings yesterday, what will it take for him to lose the interim tag? Barring a collapse of epic proportions by all of the division leaders and some second place teams it’s safe to say that the Vikings have been placed into the role of “spoiler” with the Bears, Giants (consecutive weeks both home games) and Eagles in their crosshairs, with the Bills and Lions in the mix. If the Vikings can beat the Bears and both the Lions and the Bills that may be enough. A good showing/victory against the Giants and/or Eagles would go a long way. Let’s say three victories out of five and very competetive in two losses.