All but one big dog has fallen…
Only the New England Patriots and Tom Brady remain of the teams with elite quarterbacks. Moreover, only Brady and his Pats are truly viewed as a "new style, high scoring team of the 2000’s." In other words, tons of points combined with a poor or average defense will take you all the way in today’s NFL.
Not so fast.
Green Bay was almost everyone’s favorite, including mine. But last year they also had a strong defense by season’s end and this year they couldn’t find one. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been tabbed as the NEW top gun, ahead of Brady, Drew Brees and Payton Manning. But other than Brady, all are now GONE from the post season, including Rodgers who got jacked by the New York Giants last night.
Turnovers by the high scoring Packers and Saints led to their deaths. Good defense and solid offense took the Giants, San Fran and Baltimore to the AFC and NFC title games. Only Brady remains as the high scoring warrior.
Of course, his team is not the favorite to win it all.
The Chiefs once had a high octane offense in the early 2000’s with Trent Green and a huge offensive line.
And they went nowhere in post season – never won a single playoff game. They had the league’s worst defense. Now they’re moving back to Marty Ball, more ground game and a tough defense. Maybe, just maybe this is the way to go for the long haul. Make no mistake, you need to score. Eli Manning is proving to be a pretty darn good quarterback who can light it up as well.
The Chiefs clearly are going the way of Baltimore and the 49er’s, a good defense, an O.K. quarterback and a good running game. If Jamaal Charles comes back like he was before, it might just work. The Chiefs could win 10 or 11 games and get in the post season. Then we’ll see what happens.
Hey, the Giants were just over .500 and may win it all. Who knows?
So with four teams left, who do I like? I am a big Tom Brady fan, so I’m taking New England in the AFC. And boy, the NFC is so hard, two very equal teams, so I’ll go with the home team, San Francisco to edge out the Giants. As of today, anyway. We’ll see by Sunday. Could be a wild finish with no real favorite.
At this point, any of these teams can win it all.