Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Weak four

This is the second time in four games this season that the Broncos have won a game on an improbable, incredible touchdown pass at the end of a game. Three weeks ago, with less than 30 seconds left, Brandon Stokley caught a tipped pass and ran with it for an 87-yard touchdown. This week, with about two minutes left in a tie game, Brandon Marshall leapt and caught a 20-yard pass at the 30. Then he ran around the cornerback like he was standing still, made it across the field to the 20 where three Cowboys surrounded him, and finally hopped on an imaginary segway to cut back to the outside again, leaving the tacklers standing still. It's almost as though those men aren't paid to tackle people like Marshall.

Almost as bizarre was the Cowboys' play-calling on the subsequent drive. With a little under two minutes left, the Cowboys did make it all the way to the Broncos' 2 and called the exact same play twice, two slants at whoever Champ Bailey was covering. The problem is that Bailey is pretty good, and both passes were incomplete.

The result is now that the Broncos are somehow 4-0, which I'm sure will result in a vast realignment of the AFC playoff picture (yes, really) in the oversaturated market of football pundits at NFL.com, ESPN, CNNSI and elsewhere. Anyone who thinks this means anything should remember that Kyle Orton is not an exceptional quarterback and that last year, the Broncos were 8-5 and the Chargers 5-8 at one point, but the Chargers won the division.

Let's also talk about this San Diego Chargers football team. I watched last night's football game against Ben Roethlisberger and a Pittsburgh Steelers football team that was hungry and determined to win last night's football game against the San Diego Chargers football team, and I have to tell you, Norv Turner and this San Diego Chargers football team will not make the playoffs playing the kind of football that they did against Ben Roethlisberger and his Pittsburgh Steelers football team.

In last night's football game, the Pittsburgh Steelers football team put up nearly 500 yards on the San Diego Chargers football team. On the other hand, the Steelers almost blew a 28-0 lead, narrowly escaping with a 38-28 win against the San Diego Chargers football team. As is usual for the San Diego Chargers football team, they have managed to put themselves in a bad situation very quickly. One thing is clear, however, and that is that we are talking about football.

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