NFL week 16 reactions/thoughts column by contributing NFL columnist Thomas Brunt:
Thank the New York Giants, thank the Cowboys themselves for that three game win-streak; either-way, the Cowboys, amazingly still have a chance.
This puts them in a similar position just like they we’re at this point last-season. Only this time for the Boys’, it comes down to the Washington Redskins, not the New York Giants. The last-time the two clubs met, it was the Thanksgiving game; the Skins’ won, despite a hefty-loaded effort by the Cowboys in the second-half. The Redskins got out in control of the Cowboys early in that one, and seemed as if they we’re going to end up dominating them.
Thanks to a second-wind though, Garrett’s team wasn’t going to go away so quickly in that one; however their effort wasn’t enough in the end. The Cowboys, as a result walked away the gobbled turkeys that time, now that’s in the past, and behind the Cowboys who have looked stronger in recent weeks, even in a home-loss on Sunday to the Saints. Dallas did just about everything they could to win; Romo and the Boys’ however fell a tad short.
After Dallas lost, they had no longer had control over their own destiny; however that would only stand valid for three hours. The New York Giants opened the door for the Cowboys, by losing a 33-14 blowout to the Baltimore Ravens. So in other words; there is still a chance, yes. That chance that of which remains after all this crazy turn of events, yes a big reason in part of the G-Men, of course; but let’s not forget that three game winning streak Garrett and the Boys’ were able to accumulate first of all without that win -streak in place; the Cowboys would not even have been in a position to end up facing the Skins’ for a do-or die situation. Oh, and thank the Giants, other-wise that 3 game win-streak would mean nothing at this point. It almost meant nothing, well it did mean nothing. For three hours, anyway; but a Giant loss changed everything.
The Giants had it, and then lost it:
The New York Giants had everyone fooled; they looked like the defending world-champions from last-season. Coughlin’s G-Men started out 6-2; they are now 8-7 , and have lost games in a row. – – This two game losing-streak couldn’t have come in a worse time; as they’ve been sandwiched in what has been an intense three-way tie for first place in the NFC East, their chances of making the post-season are quite slim.
Making a case for the Denver Broncos to be the best team in the NFL now: The Broncos, led by veteran/future hall of fame quarterback Peyton Manning have been on a roll. Denver, once a 1-3 team, has pulled together nine wins in a row, that’s impressive.
– – – If there were any doubts that Manning may not look so “Manningish” this season, as you can see now; that’s no longer a concern. Manning has tossed for 34 touchdowns on the season, and he is a major reason to the Broncos’ successes. It seems that a late October Monday Night Football game is what triggered this team to further heights.
Touching on the Subject of the NFL MVP: – – While Lions‘ wide-receiver Calvin Johnson and Vikings‘ running-back Adrian Peterson have both been breaking records at their own respectable positions, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, though not breaking records like the others, none the less, he’s had a solid-season, solid-enough that could earn him an MVP award As I mentioned a section ago: this team has been playing as solid as they have because of Manning. This certainly isn’t the easiest decision here, but I would go with Peterson, because of the comeback story he has made, from having surgery last-season; to doing what he’s been doing this season.
YEAR OF THE ROOKIE:
Redskins’ rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III, Seahawks rookie quarterback Russell Wilson, and Colts’ rookie quarterback Andrew Luck have all had outstanding seasons. – – – Out of the three though, Wilson has accounted for the most touchdown throws at 25, add that with 3 rushing touchdowns as well. Griffin would come in at second. The Baylor Bear graduate has passed for 20 touchdowns, with only 5 picks (Wilson has ten picks) along with 6 rushing touchdowns; this makes a grand total of 26 touchdowns on the season for RG3. – – – Coming in at last, is the Stanford Cardinal, Andrew Luck. – – – Luck has set a record for most passing yards by a rookie in a single season. He has also scored a grand total of 27 touchdowns (21 passing; 6 rushing). With the stats these rookies have been putting up this season, this is undoubtedly the year of the ROOKIE in the NFL.
1. Andy Reid told the Philadelphia Media/Press the other-day that quarterback Nick Foles has broken hand, therefore yes, there’s a chance that Micheal Vick may start in place of an injured Foles.
2. Merry Christmas to everyone, thanks for reading my COLUMNS on here (ahem).My POST apocalyptic thoughts: we’re still alive, yay (translation): You didn’t really think the world was going to end, now did you?
Thomas Brunt is the sports-editor in chief of Birdville High School’s student-newspaper: “The Hawk” as well as a contributing NFL columnist for In the neutral-zone.com you can follow his personal Twitter space: @ThomasSportsguy, or email him here: firstname.lastname@example.org Thomas would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas!