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NFL Review–No “Dynasties”

October 16, 2012

Only the Atlanta Falcons are unbeaten after six weeks of play in the National Football League. For the second time this year, Atlanta pulled a game out late, this one (23-20) vs the Oakland Raiders. Atlanta was a ten point favorite in the game. Earlier this season, Falcons’ quarterback Matt Ryan threw the ball up and Roddy White came down with it (the pass defense in the league and college football is terrible) eventually setting up a game winning field goal vs the Panthers.

Elsewhere, only the Baltimore Ravens won to go to (5-1) while the last two Super Bowl champions, the New York Giants and Green Bay Packers were mighty impressive in respectively winning at (4-2) San Francisco (49ers) and dropping the Houston Texans to (5-1) with a win at Houston. This week those two (5-1) teams clash at Houston in a game that quite possibly could go a long way in deciding the AFC top seed especially, in my opinion, if Houston wins. Incredibly, no other AFC team is better than (3-3) and the entire AFC East is (3-3) after last week’s results which included the NFC West, Seattle Seahawks going to (4-2) with a late win vs the New England Patriots. On Monday night the San Diego Chargers appeared to be headed to a (4-2) mark when they led the Denver Broncos (24-0) at half time. However, the Broncos stormed back to win (35-24) leaving both teams, you guessed it, (3-3).

In the NFC, the (4-1) Chicago Bears had a bye. The Giants won to be (4-2) while losses by the 49ers (as mentioned vs the Giants), Arizona Cardinals (to the Buffalo Bills in overtime) and Minnesota Vikings (at the Washington Redskins) left each team (4-2). As mentioned above, the Seattle Seahawks are also (4-2). Late in the Bills win at Arizona, Cardinals’ kicker Jay Feely made a 61 yard field goal to tie the game. Then a 38 yard field goal attempt by Feely on the last play of regulation time was tipped by the Bills’ Alex Carrington (remember Joan Collins as Alexis Carrington on tv’s Dynasty), keeping the Bills in the game. While late NFL commissioner, Pete Rozelle’s “dream” of every team being (8-8) will never happen, the  “topsy turvy” nature of football is evident. Certainly there are no dynasties.

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