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WHOOP THERE IT IS.
So, on this update, it will be a "short and to the point" Week 17 update as well as the Wild card games that were played this weekend.
CHICAGO BEARS: 5-10
WASHINGTON REDSKINS: 4-11
DETROIT LIONS: 9-4
CLEVELAND BROWNS: 6-4
Read about how they ALMOST beat the Steelers. Check out MNF update.
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS: 1-9
NEW YORK GIANTS: 3-6
Man, when it rains, it pours. The Giants drop another one, this time to the Seahawks, 38-17. Read about it in Seattle's update.
ATLANTA FALCONS: 3-6
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS: 1-8
Mannn, my head is still spinning. Pillage and plunder all over the place and it just wasn't on my BEARS. Yes, I came to work, geared up with my BEARS stuff on. I know I was probably the only person in Chicago to do so today but that's me. I NEVER QUIT. Hey it's like when Michael Jordan's son was cut from the B-BAll team, did he disown his son? Nooooo!! You don't quit on your team because they suck and again, my BEARS are still in there, I don't care with all the text said that I got Sunday from people who claim they love me. LMAO. You guys go ahead and read and enjoy the update. I am headed out to my therapy session. Man, it really gets cold out on those window ledges. LOLLLL.
DENVER BRONCOS VS. SAD DIEGO CHARGERS:
Manning and the Broncos picked up where they left off. After the beat down they gave the 49'ers, they had some left for the Chargers and dismissed them with a warning, 35-21, lol. The affair for the night with Peyton was with Emmanuel Sanders. He waited 6 long weeks to join the list of players who have caught a TD from Peyton. He had 3 in this game, now he has 4 in less than a week. The way he was playing, I don't think it will be his last. He caught all 9 passes that came his way. Sanders said, "We understand that it can be any ones night at any moment. I'm just happy tonight was mines." I told you! Everybody wanted a piece of this cornbread. Rookie running back Juwan Thompson had two TD runs to contribute to this spanking. Wes Welker recovered a Sanders fumble. Peyton had no interceptions in this game. But River's and his crew did not take it lying down, at least not at first. Each time Thompson scored, the Chargers responded with 80yd drives that ended in TDs. Rivers did however throw 2 ints and what do we say about ints? They are not your friend. Broncos kicker, Brandon McManus missed a 53yd FG with 6 mins. remaining, giving the Chargers great field position, but safety Rahim Moore intercepted Rivers pass at the Denver 4 & the Broncos put out the rally for the Chargers at that point. Manning broke ANOTHER Favre record this night, he now has 16 seasons with 20 or more TD passes, one more than Favre. And he's approaching another of Favre's marks with his 157th career multiple TD game, Manning is 2 shy of Favre's mark in that territory. I guess Peyton said he's just going to go ahead and knock out all the records he can this season, you never know when you are done on the field, so better do it now while you can. Peyton Manning threw for 286yds & 3 TDs. R. Hillman had 20 carries for 109yds. E. Sanders had his night with 9 receptions for 120yds & 3 TDs. P. Rivers threw for 252yds, 3 TDs and 2 ints. K. Allen had 9 receptions for 73yds & 1 TD. I love watching the Broncos play, especially when my BEARS lose, it's like chicken soup for my soul.
DALLAS COWBOYS VS. WASHINGTON REDSKINS:
The Cowboys were the hot ticket going into this game. They were playing the worse team in their division and they are on top of their division, they were destined to fall in this one.
Romo went down, DeMarco dropping balls, next thing you know, they lose to the Redskins, 20-17. McCoy lead the Redskins to their first NFC East win since beating Dallas with a playoff spot on the line in the 2012 Finale. McCoy's successful return to his home state trumped Tony Romo's dramatic return to the game. He took over for an ineffective Kirk Cousins at half time last weekend. This is McCoy's first time playing in Dallas stadium since his Texas-record 45th Victory in the 2009 Big 12 championship game against Nebraska. This was his first NFL start in nearly 3 years. I know he hopes RGIII stays down. I'm just saying. It snapped a 6 game winning streak for the Cowboys. Romo went out for a little bit, but came back in, WHY? He should have let Weeden finish this one. Weeden tied the game 17 all with a 25yd pass to Jason Witten. Then the coaches decide to bring Romo back in, bad move. You guys had to know he was not operating at 100% at that point. Kai Forbath had the last word in this one with a 40yd FG with 9:43 left in OT. That was all she wrote. Is this the start of the fall of the Cowboys? A source close to the Dallas organization said Romo will miss some time, how much is not sure just yet. Man, that had to really hurt, I don't wish that kind of pain on anyone. C. McCoy, who held his own, threw for 299yds & 1 int. A. Morris had 18 carries for 73yds & 1 TD. D. Jackson had 6 receptions for 136yds. He finally played like his old self, once he took off, they couldn't catch him. T. Romo threw for 209yds & 1 TD and again, he may be gone for the season. D. Murray had 19 carries for 141yds & 1 fumble, costly one at that. He also had 4 receptions for 80yds
CHICAGO BEARS:3-5 :o(
It finally happened, we beat the Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Nobody thought we would, but I knew we would. It was the best game ever, we smashed them 51-23. I was celebrating, doing my victory dance and thennn, I WOKE UP!!! Yeah, those nightmares, they don't let you sleep. Everything happened so fast, I really didn't know what the heck was going on. I was in my front room, sitting there stunned. You mean to tell me we are not going to put up a fight? Dan Hampton said it and I thought it through the whole game. They are playing like they don't care anymore, at least 95% of the team. They were not ready, they were slow and the Patriots ran through our defensive line like it was wet toilet paper and I mean the dollar store brand. It was just crazy. I'm sitting there and my friend Chrissy had not made it by yet, early second Qtr, so I am sitting there suffering by myself. Then a wonderful thing happened, my good friend Orea & her daughter showed up with coolers, miller lite & ordered chicken wings. I was so happy to have someone else here to feel the pain. Orea said, "Nobody should have to watch this game alone." That was so cool, it did deaden the pain of the beat down. Chrissy followed shortly behind. So, my questions is this. Is Brady going for Manning's record now? He played like a man on fire, 5 TDs, 3 of them in the last two minutes of the first half. It's safe to say we were dead at the first blow of the whistle. 38-7 going into the half, yeah, we were toast. They didn't miss NUTHIN!!! Big Gronkowski catching the ball like he's Deion Sanders, what's up with that? It was just his game tonight, that simple. This is the Patriots 4th straight win and it was a convincing one. One thing is for sure, whatever happened in the locker room last week, did NOT help the BEARS any. I still say Marshall was the only one who had the guts to say anything. Marc T. & Cutler sucks. Dan Hampton said that some former BEARS players were saying that it was a disgrace to George Halas as well as former BEARS players. I'm still not calling it a season until the last second ticks off the clock at the Superbowl. That's when I know it's over. Gotaa have faith. T. Brady threw for 354yds & 5 TDs. J. Gray had 17 carries for 86yds. Big Rob Gronkowski had 9 receptions for 149yds & 3 TDs. Yummy, BEAR meat for dinner. J. Gutless threw for 227yds, 3 TDs & 1 int. M. Forte had 19 carries for 114yds and M. Bennett, tried hard as usual had 6 receptions for 95yds & 1 TD. p.s. Defensive ends can't dance. Shout out to dummy DE Lamarr Houston, he discounted his knee, with the discount double break, really, didn't you see that happen already with Lions LB Stephen Tulloch. He's now done for the season as well.
GREEN BAY PACKERS:5-3
Man, a funny thing happened on the way to a win. Read about the Saints strip down of the Packers, 44-23 in that update.
You gotta give credit, where credit is due, no matter how much you really don't want to, lol. The Lions were down 21-0 going into half time.
The Lions came alive in London and turned the tables on the Falcons, outscoring them 22-0 in the 2nd half and would win this one, 22-21. Whether you like the Lions or not, and that's a not for me, you gotta give them their props on this one. Now, let's go back a couple of weeks. Didn't I say that the Falcons would need some of those overkill points they put on Tampa Bay? This loss for the Falcons didn't hurt, it was embarassing.
This little tidbit should help the Falcons fell better. The biggest comeback was an NFL playoff game between the Buffalo Bills and the Houston Oilers played January 3, 1993. It featured the Bills recovering from a 32-point deficit to win in overtime, 41–38, and it remains the largest comeback in NFL history.
M. Stafford threw for 325yds, 2 TDs & 1 int. G. Tate had 7 receptions for 151yds & 1 TD. M. Ryan threw for 228yds, 2 TDs & 1 int. S. Jackson had 18 carries for 60yds & 1 TD. R. white had 5 receptions for 66yds.
MINNESOTA VIKINGS: 3-5
OK, first I gain 5lbs and then the Vikings win another game? Life just ain't fair! the Vikings beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 19-13. I did see the last few minutes of this game that went into OT. Anthony Barr striped the ball, scooped it up and took off for the end zone for a 27yd fumble return. End of story. Lovie had this look that said, what the hell just happened? Lovie, trust me, I do know the feeling. T. Bridgewater threw for 241yds & 1 TD. J. McKinnon had 16 carries for 83yds & C. Patterson had 6 receptions for 86yds. M. Glennon threw for 171yds, 1 TD & 1 int. M. Evans had 4 receptions for 78yds.
Read about their 24-20 loss to the Arizona Cardinals in that update.
DALLAS COWBOYS: 6-1
The Redskins took the boot to Dallas and broke their 6 game winning streak with a 20-17 win. Read about it in the MNF update. Not sure if Tony will be back next week.
NEW YORK GIANTS: 3-4
The Giants did not play, therefore, they did not lose.
Like I said earlier, the 1-5 Redskins cut off the path to a 7-1 start for the Cowboys at the OK Corral. Read about it in the MNF update.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS:
Man, I tell you, when the Saints come marching in, it ain't nothing pretty for the other team. They took down the Packers, 44-23. This was truly a battle of two elite QBs and Drew Brees would come out on top. Sure, the Cheese head fans will say it was because Rodgers had a sore hamstring. GB said they don't think it will have a lingering effect. Quit your belly aching cheese heads, you were in there from the beginning, exchanging TDs & FGs, then the jolly green giant, J. Graham got into his rhythm and Brandon Cook pitched in, it was over for the Packers. Brees was in rare form, mix that up with the rest of the Saints doing their thing and start cooking, the Packers were nothing but cheese gumbo. The Saints have now reclaimed the NFC South and snapped the Packers 4 game winning streak. R-E-L-A-X GB fans, Aaron said that you guys are in good hands, but you really weren't for this game. Cool Brees is back with 311yds & 3 TDs. M. Ingram had 24 carries for 172yds & 1 TD. B. Cooks had 6 receptions for 94yds & 1 TD. J. Graham had 1 TD. A. Rodgers threw for 418yds, 1 TD & 2 ints. and I do believe he was sacked 4x, ouch. E. Lacy had 13 carries for 59yds & R. Cobb had 5 receptions for 126yds & 1 TD.
CAROLINA PANTHERS: 3-4
This is where the plaster starts to crack for the panthers, prowling around in the win column, not a worry in the world and then you get the air knocked out of you. Read about their 13-9 loss to the Seahawks in that update.
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS: 1-6
1-6, I know somebody sharing the hurt with me. Another tough one dropped in their lost to the Vikings, 19-13 with a fumble in OT. SMH.
ATLANTA FALCONS: 2-6
The Falcons falls victim to the Lions 22-21, with one of the biggest comebacks of the season. Read
about it in Detroit's update.
Trouble in Champ Camp, even though the Seahawks pulled this one out and beat the Panthers 13-9, word on the street is that there is no love for Lynch with the Seahawks anymore. He is so arrogant, he wins one ring and he thinks he's Walter Payton or Emmitt Smith. He has a lot to learn. What's up with Richard Sherman? You don't hear that mouth rambling much right now. lol. Funny how losing can quite the biggest mouths in sports, period. Nope, it wasn't a beat down but it was the 3rd straight year Wilson has brought the Seahawks back from a 2nd half deficit to beat the Panthers on this same field in the previous two seasons. It don't take much to break down the Panthers. I wonder will this loss have a domino effect on the rest of their season. I know, I'm talking like my BEARS are 8-0 but I know what I'm working with, I'm just saying. The Panthers had this one up until the last 47 seconds of the game when Russell hit Luke Willson for a 23yd TD pass, lights out, game over. I think the falling Seahawks needed this more for mental stability than anything else. R. Wilson threw for 199yds, 1 TD & 1 int. M. Lynch had 14 carries for 62yds & D. Baldwin had 6 receptions for 61yds. C. Newton threw for 171yds & 1 int. J. Stewart had 16 carries for 79yds & K. Benjamin had 4 receptions for 94yds.
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS: 4-3
The 49'ers had a bye week, we will see them this weekend.
ARIZONA CARDINALS: 6-1
My how games fly by when you're winning. I think it's safe to say the Cardinals got this division sewed up. They added another one in the W column with their 24-20 win over the Eagles. I did want to check that one out but I was busy watching my BEARS, do what they do, don't make me say it people, you know what I'm trying to say. The Winning TD was a 75yd TD pass to rookie John Brown from C. Palmer with 1:21 left to play in the game. This was a match-up of two of the NFL's four remaining 1 loss teams on Sunday. That's one reason I wanted to see it, plus I got a crush on L. Fitzgerald. The Eagles probably were on the sidelines, yeah, we got this, 7-1 baby, we are on the way and then Palmer launches an almost 100yd pass to a rookie, who I can guarantee you was saying to himself, "Please god, if you let me catch this one, I will never ask for another thing." You know he did, and you know he caught it. Good for you Rookie but bad for the Eagles. C. Palmer threw for 329yds & 2 TDs. A. Ellington had 23 carries for 71yds, 1 TD & 1 fumble. L. Fitzgerald had 7 receptions for 160yds & 1 TD. Again, rookie John Brown had the biggest receptions of the day, a 75yd TD pass. N. Foles threw for a whopping 411yds, 2 TDs & 2 ints. L. McCoy had 21 carries for 83yds and J. Maclin had 12 receptions for 187yds & 2 TDs. Not bad Mac.
ST. LOUIS RAMS: 2-5
The Rams loss to the Chiefs, 34-7. Read about that slaughter in Kansas City's update.
CINCINNATI BENGALS: 4-2
I didn't see the Bengals beating the Ravens 27-24. Something about a 1yd sneak at the end of the game by Andy Dalton that got the job done. As I said, it's been a lot of trickery in the NFL this year. Dalton more than made up for his 2, 4th Qtr turnovers by scoring with 57 seconds left in the game. It changed the AFC North's pecking order with the Bengals in 1st place. It was the first TD that the Ravens had allowed in the final 2 minutes of a game this season. Joe Flacco did give it the ole college try with a throw to Steve Smith, who went 80yds for an apparent TD with 32 seconds left. Smith was called for pushing off on George Iloka to get open, nullifying the play. With that, the Bengals had their first series sweep of the Ravens since 2009. A. Dalton threw for 266yds & 1 int. G. Bernard had 16 carries for 45yds & 1 TD. M. Sanu had 5 receptions for 125yds. J. Flacco threw for 295ys & 2 ints. J. Forsett had 17 carries for 68yds. Another game won by seconds....
BALTIMORE RAVENS: 5-3
Baltimore Ravens caged by the Bengals, 27-24. Read the Bengals update to get the 411.
PITTSBURGH STEELERS: 5-3
There’s a lot of hype going around this win about Big Bens performance in the Steelers win over the Colts, 51-34. To make it short and simple I added a snip it from an article I read, check this out. Call it the greatest game by a quarterback in NFL history. There have been 14,315 NFL games, counting those played in the defunct AFL, and arguably no quarterback ever passed the ball so well in so many ways as Ben Roethlisberger did Sunday against the Colts. Passers have thrown for more yards and more touchdowns, and completed more passes. But, at least statistically, no quarterback has had an overall performance better than Roethlisberger: 40 of 49 for 522 yards, six touchdowns, no interceptions and no sacks. That pretty much says it all. Big Ben got down!!
My question is, was it the Steelers that beat the Colts or was it Bumble Bee and his kids? I know I have seen those Halloween costumes before, but they just get uglier each time, it took my mind off the game, I couldn't stop looking at the uniforms. I am sure that the Colts were a bit distracted as well, how could you play with big, giant bees coming at you? This was Big Ben's 100th victory in his 150th start. Tomlin probably got in Ben's head, he kept telling him how great a QB Luck was. By the end of this game, it was Luck who? Tomlin said that Ben would not admit it, but he is sure it got under his skin. This also broke a 5 game winning streak for the Colts. The 907yds combined yards passing by the two QB's were the second most ever, trailing only the 971yds Detroit and Green Bay put up on Jan 1, 2012. A. Roethlisberger threw for 522yds & 6 TDs, no sacks, no ints. L. Bell had 24 carries for 92yds. A. Brown had 10 receptions for 133yds & 2 TDs. A. Luck threw for 400yds, 3 TDs & 2 ints. A. Bradshaw had 6 receptions for 35yds & 1 TD. T. Hilton had 6 receptions for 155yds & 1 TD.
CLEVELAND BROWNS: 4-3
Surprise, surprise, surprise. The Brown beat the Raiders, 23-13. Ok, it's not a surprise but they did win, improving them to a 4-3 record so far. They said that the Browns win was a struggle but they did it. B. Hoyer said that nobody cares who gets the credit, as long as they win the game. Hoyer's win this week quieted the calls for rookie Johnny Football for another week. Johnny Football, really, SMH. The Raiders have not won since Nov., 17, 2013, at Houston. Did I put that in last week? Oh well, if I did, you know for sure now. Cleveland is 4-3 for the first time since 2007. B. Hoyer threw for 275yds & 1 TD. B. Tate had 15 carries for 26yds & 1 TD. A. Hawkins had 7 receptions for 88yds & 1 TD. D. Carr threw for 328yds & 1 TD. D. McFadden had 12 carries for 59yds & 1 COSTLY fumble. M. Rivera, had 7 receptions for 83yds.
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS: 6-2
I'm not going to open up this wound too much in this update. Yep, Patriots beat the BEARS like they stole something, 51-23. Read the BEARS update for this sad story.
NEW YORK JETS: 1-7
It's so funny, same story, different week for the Jets in the NFL. They fell to the Buffalo Bills 43-23. Again, down by 20+ pts and Vick is sent in to save the day. Nope, it didn't happen, made no difference, again. Read the story in the Bills update. I am sure Joe Namath is just throwing up watching these guys, week in, week out. Geno has gotten to the point where if he is not playing, he's sitting on the bench crying like a 3 year old who lost his sucker. Man up dude, it's only gets worse before it gets better. Update: Vick will start on Sunday against the K.C.
MIAMI DOLPHINS: 4-3
The Dolphins got a big win for morale and the win column in taking down the Jacksonville Jaguars, 27-13. They are saying that QB Bortles mistakes helped the Dolphins. He had 2 ints. that lead to 2 TDs. The Dolphins didn't even feel good about this win. It's like they didn't even earn it, the won, based on the mistakes of the other team, not because of their effective playing. Ryan Tannehill said they his team, including himself, did not play up to their own standards and they have to correct that. That's because your team sucks Tannehill. They played just as flat as always against the Jags and still came up with the win. But, say it with me people, a win is a win. Nope, didn't see it but, reading is fundamental as well as informative, and that's where I get most of my info. I do add a little flair myself to keep you guys reading. The Jaguars dominated the first half, but trailed 10-3 at the break because of a slew of mistakes. Bortles became the first QB since the N.Y. Jets Geno Smith last year to have two picks returned for TDs in the same game. Smith did it against the Bengals, also in week 8. B. Bortles, as always admitted his mistakes. He simply said, "I'm killing us, I've got to try to eliminate different things & get better." Good luck Bortles, I am rooting for you. R. Tannehill threw for 196yds, 1 TD & 1 int. L. Miller had 14 carries for 78yds and M. Wallace had 2 receptions for 59yds. B. Bortles threw for 221yds, 1 TD & 2 ints. D. Robinson had 18 carries for 108yds and A. Robinson had 5 receptions for 82yds & 1 TD.
BUFFALO BILLS: 5-3
The Bills keep winning. They are right behind the Saints now in the AFC East. They ran over the N.Y. Jets, 43-23. Kyle Orton threw 4 TDs and the Bills forced 6 turnovers, 3 each by Smith & Vick. Orton had a career high with his 4 TD passes, and won for the 3rd time in 4 games since replacing EJ Manuel as the starting QB for the Bills. The Jets have lost 7 in a row for the first time since 2005, in Herm Edwards final season as coach. Coach Rex Ryan, and he is a fire cracker, said, "Let me tell you, I'm getting sick and tired of the losing, that's for sure." I would almost bet my next mortgage payment that those were NOT the exact words, lol. OK, here's the funny part, they said that Smith had x-rays on his right shoulder after the game, but did not immediately announce the results. The injury was not believed to have affected Smith's performance. Really, he suck's, a hard hit may have helped him. Percy Harvin played but as you can see, it was not a game changer. K. Orton threw for 238yds & 4 TDs. S. Watkins had 3 receptions for 157yds & 1 TD. M. Vick threw for 153yds & 1 int. he also had 8 carries for 69yds & 2 fumbles. I'll take Vick over Smith anytime. J. Amaro had 5 receptions for 51yds.
YESSS, somebody else got blindsided. The Colts shared the beat down of the week with the BEARS with their 51-34 loss to the Steelers. My question is, were the Colts beaten by the Steelers or attacked by bumble bees? I'm just saying. Read the Steelers update to find the answer.
TENNESSEE TITANS: 2-6
Well, this is not a shocker, Titans lose to the Texans, 30-16. What else is new? Read about it in the Texans update.
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS: 1-7
Read about the 7th loss of the season to the Dolphins 27-13 in that update.
HOUSTON TEXANS: 4-4
Well, no news flash here. Texans pimp slap the Titans around 30-16 like they owed them some money. I am sure nobody else was expecting anything differently. I see Arian Foster had his day in the sun with 151 rushing yards & 2 TDs. Watts took down first time starter and rookie Zach Mettenberger twice in this game. Welcome to the NFL Zack. This is the silly part of the game. JJ Watt apparently felt that the rookie QB was not serious about the game and said if he was a rookie playing in his first game, he wouldn't be taking a selfie. Really JJ, you are all over the tv dancing, having fun and making a couple of extra bucks. Does anyone question whether you are serious or not about the game? Why you mad JJ? Zack was excited about his first game. Who are you to decide if he was serious about the game or not? Because he took a selfie before the game, he wasn't serious? Are you worried that another NFL player will steal the spotlight from you? Grow up dude. R. Fitzpatrick threw for 227yds & 1 TD. A. Foster had 20 carries for 151yds & 2 TDs. D. Hopkins had 5 receptions for 95yds. Watt was somewhere worrying about someone taking a selfie before the game, smh. Z. Mettenberger threw for 299yds, 2 TDs & 1 int. N. Washington had 4 receptions for 68yds.
DENVER BRONCOS: 6-1
Read about the continued take down of yet another team in the 35-21 victory over the Chargers. It's all in the MNF update.
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS: 4-3
Jamaal Charles cut through the Rams like butter on a pair of TD runs. Knile Davis returned a kickoff 99yds for another score. To add insult to injury in this 34-7 loss to the Chiefs, Rams QB Austin Davis was sacked 7 times. What more do you really need to know in this update but the stats? Alex Smith threw for 226yds. J. Charles had 13 carries for 73yds & 2 TDs. D. Bowe had 6 receptions for 64yds. A. Davis, probably black & blue at this point, threw for 160yds, 1 TD & 1 int. and again, sacked 7 times. K. Britt had 2 receptions for 52yds.
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS: 5-3
Read about their beat down by the Broncos, 35-21 in the MNF update.
OAKLAND RAIDERS: 0-7 :o(((
The Raiders drop another one, 23-13 to the Browns. Read that expected outcome in the Browns update. Man, it's gotta be lonely at the veryyyy bottom.
**So, who is most likely to overtake Peyton’s ultimate record? A little something I ran into online. I would say Brees or Rodgers. I think Brady is too beat up to make it. Manning says Rodgers, ESPN said Brees. Who do you think can take it over?**
*1. Andrew Luck
TD total: 65 at age 25
Percent chance: 18.8%
Andrew Luck is the future of the NFL. Once a No. 1 overall pick, Luck is looking like a young Peyton Manning, playing for the same Colts squad and leading them to the playoffs. After only throwing 23 touchdowns in each of his first two seasons, Luck is on pace for 43.4 touchdowns this year.
How To Pass Peyton: If Luck can maintain a 35-passing touchdown per year pace or better, he will likely need to start until around the age of 38 to pass Peyton—or longer if Manning plays past the age of 40.
*2. Drew Brees
TD total: 374 at age 35
Percent chance: 16.5%
Like Manning, Brees consistently puts up huge passing numbers in Sean Payton’s offense. Also like Manning, Brees is no spring chicken. Brees is essentially 3.5 years behind Peyton in terms of passing touchdown pace, but only three years behind him in age and two years behind him in seasons played.
How To Pass Peyton: If Brees can maintain or increase his close to 40-passing touchdown per year pace and he is able to play about a season longer than Peyton, Brees will have a chance to bring home the record himself. That means if Peyton plays until he is 40, Brees will likely have to play and perform at a high level until he is at least 41.
*3. Matthew Stafford
TD total: 118 at age 26
Percent chance: 8.0%
Another young gun in a pass-heavy offense, Stafford is a little behind the Manning pace due to injuries in his first two seasons. Remember that Manning never missed a game with the exception of the entire 2011 season. Having started playing at the age of 21, though, Stafford has the potential to play for a very long time. Despite being on pace for just 20 touchdowns this season, Stafford has averaged 30 passing touchdowns per year recently and is the unquestioned franchise quarterback of the Detroit Lions.
How To Pass Peyton: Stafford’s best bet is for Manning to retire ASAP, but if he can return to his 41-touchdown 2011 form, he would have a shot at breaking Manning’s record around the age of 40.
*4. Aaron Rodgers
TD total: 206 at age 31
Percent chance: 6.7%
Like Stafford, Rodgers missed significant time in his career due to injury. He also did not start in the NFL until he was 25—three years into his career. Rodgers is without a doubt one of the most talented quarterbacks in the league, and he’s on pace to have his third season with at least 39 touchdown passes in the last four years. Unrelated, Rodgers also rarely throws interceptions—he has thrown more than 10 just twice in his career.
How To Pass Peyton: If Rodgers throws 40 touchdowns per year and plays until he is 39, he would end up with around 550 total touchdowns. That means, like many others, he would either need Peyton to retire in the next year-and-a-half or Rodgers would need to play well into his 40s.
*5. Tom Brady
TD total: 372 at age 37
Percent chance: 5.2%
The most common debate in modern football: who is the better quarterback, Tom Brady or Peyton Manning? You already know my opinion, despite Brady’s three Super Bowl rings. Brady has been a pinnacle of good health like Manning, missing significant time only in 2008 during the Matt Cassel spectacle. While he sat behind Drew Bledsoe in his first season, Brady has put up numbers consistently throughout his career. Brady is on pace for close to 30 touchdowns in 2014, which is right around his average in recent seasons. Only one year younger than Manning, does Brady have an outside chance at the record?
How To Pass Peyton: Unless he puts up numbers like the 2007 undefeated, 50-touchdown season, Brady essentially needs Manning to retire in the next year and would have to throw his 30 touchdowns for another five seasons. That means Brady would have to produce at the same level until he was around 42 years old. If Manning plays until he is 42, Brady would likely need to start until he was 45!
Is anyone likely to break Peyton Manning’s eventual passing touchdown record? No. Is it doable? Yes. It just might take a little Luck, that’s all.
AFTER READING WITH THE "EXPERTS" HAVE TO SAY. HERE ARE WHERE THE TOP QBS STAND AS OF 10/31/2014
ATLANTA FALCONS: 2-5
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS: 3-3
NEW YORK , N.Y. - October 14, 2014 - The 2014-2015 football season is in full swing, and while off-field stories have been occupying as much of the news cycle as on-field drama, that doesn't seem to be detracting from interest in the sport overall. Viewership has been up for the season so far, and the majority of U.S. adults (55%, up slightly from 54% last year) continue to say that they follow professional football. A few of them may have changed which team they're following most closely though, as the Dallas Cowboys have dropped to the #4 spot this year, after spending six years as the favorite team of adults who follow professional football.
At the top of the list are the Denver Broncos, moving up two spots. They're followed by the N.Y. Giants (who have moved up two spots to 2nd ) and the Green Bay Packers (who dropped one spot to 3rd). Rounding out the top five favorite football teams are the Dallas Cowboys in 4th and thePittsburgh Steelers, up two spots from 7th to 5th.
These are some of the results of The Harris Poll® of 2,543 adults (1,275 of whom follow professional football) surveyed online between September 10-17, 2014.
The Seattle Seahawks moved up six spots to the 6th position on the list. The San Francisco 49ers have risen one spot to 7th, while the New England Patriots have dropped three spots to 8th. Completing the top ten are the Chicago Bears, falling three spots to 9th, and the New Orleans Saints, rising one spot to 10th.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are at the bottom of the list for the fifth year running, though at least this time around they're not alone - they share the spot with the Tennessee Titans this year.
Chris Johnson compiled a 12-game streak for the Tennessee Titans at the close of the 2009 season and start of 2010.
Marcus Allen reeled off 11 100s in a row for the Raiders at the close of the 1985 season and the start of 1986.
Walter Payton strung together nine consecutive 100-yard games for the Chicago Bears in 1985 on the way to the Super Bowl.
LaDainian Tomlinson also put together a nine-game streak for the San Diego Chargers in 2006.
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