Wednesday, November 07, 2007

The madness continues in Detroit. Now, teams have capably squandered strong starts before, such as last year's Broncos, who deftly turned a 7-2 start into a humiliating 9-7 finish. Still, the Lions, cringe-inducing team song and all, continue to march down the field and gain a Laaaa-yun vic-ta-reeee! This past Sunday, they demolished Denver 44-7 to move to 6-2. The schedule is tough over the second half of the season with games against the Giants, Cowboys, Chargers and two against the Packers. Still, the Lions might stumble into the playoffs for the first time in eight years. It's a safe bet, however, that their 16-year playoff win drought will continue.

As for the rest of the league, I will eschew an elegaic opprobrium in the wake of Indianapolis' 24-20 loss at home to the New England Patriots. It's just not worth it. My therapist Gregg Easterbrook observes that "Indianapolis' blown late lead seems to prove the maxim, "All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing."" I'm inclined to agree. A missed field goal early on, along with two made field goals that should have been touchdowns, are hardly the cologne of perfection. Standing idly by on defense late in the game as Tom Brady made perfect throw after perfect throw here seems enough for the entire Colts defense to be indicted under the Good Samaritan Act.

More heartening was Pittsburgh's 38-7 victory over Baltimore, in which a certain brash quarterback threw five first-half touchdowns before injuring himself on a deep throw with a 31-point lead. I considered the Steelers Super Bowl contenders at the start of the season for the way in which they devoured the Browns like so much hot fudge, and after a couple of blips, it's fair to do so again. I now live again for the Steelers-Patriots game on December 9.

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