Found January 02, 2013 on The Sports Headquarters:
I don’t care if that’s the worst title for an article I’ve ever written. Not my chair, not my problem. The AFC Playoff picture was just about done. Except it was more of a mosaic on several different tiles and the tiles had yet to be place next to one another. Basically, the paintings on said tiles were complete but the artist was like, “Nah, chill. I’m finna let these jawns dry ‘fore I put ‘em together ‘n ****. Prolly sit back for a day or two ‘n let ‘em marinate ‘n such. Real art like, ya heard me?” This artist was apparently from the streets of South Philly. Don’t ask why, that just happens to be where mosaics are hot in the streets these days. Texans Screw Up as Best They Could You know what’s mighty unfortunate? Going from home field advantage throughout the playoffs to the THREE SEED and having to play an extra postseason game. The Texans traveled to Indianapolis to battle #ChuckStrong and the Colts and they had a real opportunity to get a monkey off of their back. For one, the Texans could have won their first game in Indianapolis EVER, and they failed to do that. A win against a playoff opponent would have also given Houston some piece of mind since the Texans haven’t resembled their first half selves since their mollywhopping in New England. Instead, more questions arose after a loss to the Colts and now many are wondering if Houston will even be able to handle the Bengals at home in the first round. The two positives I can gather for the Texans are that J.J. Watt might have been the most dominant defensive player in the league this season and Andre Johnson is as healthy as he has been in years heading into the playoffs. Other than that, the once stout Texans’ secondary has been suspect most of the season. If they can’t figure it out – quickly, at that – A.J. Green could have himself a day on Sunday. New England Avoids the Wild Cards; Claim Two Seed as Broncos Roll Dumb people have Peyton Manning as the MVP. I say they are dumb, because I am not dumb, because I realize what a true MVP is in any era, society, backyard pickup game, the NFL, or debate team. The MVP is the difference maker. The guy who elevates a team to another level in which they would not be capable of without him. That is Adrian Peterson. What did Manning do exactly that Tim Tebow was not able to last season? You want to point to wins? Manning also played five more games. Wasn’t the Broncos’ defense some sort of juggernaut last season? That’s what I was told at least. (Sidenote: I don’t know how many juggernats allow 900 points in two games against the Patriots, but if you want to crown them go right ahead). As of right now, Manning has brought the Broncos to the EXACT SAME SPOT AS TEBOW DID LAST SEASON. More touchdown passes? Great. Wider margin of victory on a weekly basis? Cool. The Vikings had a top five pick last season. If I had a vote, I wouldn’t put Manning ahead of Robert Griffin III or Andrew Luck, either. Nor Aaron Rodgers for that matter. Tom Brady? Sure, I’d put him ahead of Brady. Even if Manning lost to Brady AGAIN in 2012. Serious, when Eli and Peyton get into arguments does Eli just troll Peyton until eventually he pulls the Brady card? Like who cares about rings in that household, they both have more than their father. Either way, Manning played a cupcake schedule against two of the worst divisions in football (AFC West & NFC South). Spare me his MVP praise. They got the one seed and home field advantage throughout the playoffs. Good for him. Until he’s above .500 lifetime in the playoffs, I don’t want to hear it. Meanwhile the Patriots lucked into a two seed. I can admit that. Sure, they manhandled the Miami Dolphins for four quarters, but no one actually cares about that. The Dolphins never win in Foxboro in February. I actually don’t even know why the NFL keeps scheduling December games for the Dolphins in New England. It’s just an automatic loss on their schedule. If you asked the Dolphins I bet they’d rather start the season with an 0-1 record and start the season in New England than have to travel there every winter. But after the Patriots’ lost to the San Francisco 49ers in what was possibly the game of the regular season, it looked as if 12-4 was only going to be good enough for the three seed. Since the Texans screwed the pooch the Patriots were able to get all-universe tight end Rob Gronkowski an extra week to heal up. Most importantly, the NFL will now likely see Brady and Manning face off in the AFCCG – which, while no one would admit it – is EXACTLY what everyone wants to see. You know it, I know it, we all know it. Anything less than Brady-Manning will be a second rate scenario and that’s Ray Lewis retirement or not.
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
RELATED ARTICLES

Manning Nominated for Pair of Weekly Awards

Another week, another Denver Broncos victory and award nominations for quarterback Peyton Manning. Manning has been nominated for two weekly awards on NFL.com, the FedEx Air Player of the Week and the GMC Never Say Never Player of the Week.  Voting for both awards runs through Friday. The Denver Broncos claimed the AFC’s No. 1 playoff seed with a 38-3 win over the visiting...

QB Manning Wins 23rd Career Weekly Award

(Photo: Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports) For the 23rd time in his career, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has been named the AFC’s Offensive Player of the Week following Denver’s 38-3 win over Kansas City on Sunday. Manning is now tied with New England’s Tom Brady for the most weekly offensive awards won all-time, with Miami’s retired legend Dan Marino (18) behind them...

The rule that started a dynasty may be removed after this season

It was 12 years ago that the last NFL dynasty began. It was a cold and snowy night in New England, and Tom Brady appeared to have literally dropped the ball on the Patriots magical season. Charles Woodson had just come from the edge and knocked the ball out of Brady’s grasp after he pulled back a pass attempt and the Raiders recovered the ball with and prepared to run the clock...
WHO SHOULD WIN IT?

Rodgers shares his MVP pick

Aaron Rodgers has won NFL MVP during his career. He weighed in with his selection for this season's MVP, and it might surprise you.

Tom Brady talks playoffs, Ray Lewis

The days leading up to the NFL playoffs are filled with analysis, forecasts, breakdowns, and various mental masturbations in anticipation of the games that will decide the participants in the Super Bowl. Fans can, and will, hang on every word of their favorite players. New England Patriots fans heard from their favorite quarterback today, as Tom Brady met the media. He touched on...

NFL 2012-13 regular season in review & awards

As every NFL fan knows, the 2012-13 regular season is over. For fans of the 20 teams who missed the playoffs, they are in mourning I am sure. Of course, being a fan of the game, I miss it also.

Hillman's fumble could mean bench for playoffs

Denver Broncos rookie running back Ronnie Hillman fumbled in the first quarter of Sunday's 38-3 win over the Kansas City Chiefs, which could have him in the Broncos dog house for the playoffs. On the fumble, Hillman almost got tackle Orlando Franklin injured as his legs got tangled while trying to tackle Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers.  He was out for one series but then...

Tom Brady: 'I always enjoy beating the Ravens'

Since Ray Lewis announced his pending retirement yesterday, the Ravens have been all over the news. Bill Belichick hurled praise at the 17-year linebacker yesterday and today was Tom Brady's turn.CSNNE:"He was -- he still is an incredible player and a competitor," said the Patriots' quarterback before Thursday's practice. "Like I said, I know so many people...

Patriots Took Bye Week to Fix Themselves Before Moving on to Opponent (Video)

The bye week can be a complicated one for NFL teams. With no opponent to prepare for, practice becomes much different. For the Patriots this week, they worked on themselves. And despite a 12-4 record, they apparently had a lot to work on. Tom Brady told the media on Thursday the team was given a packet on what they had to do better. Wide receiver Deion Branch also mentioned that...

Ron Turner the new coach at FIU

Florida International has hired former Illinois coach Ron Turner to take over its football program. FIU director of sports and entertainment Pete Garcia says Turner signed a five-year contract Thursday night, with a base salary of $500,000 annually. A news conference with Turner was being scheduled for Friday afternoon. Turner replaces Mario Cristobal, who was fired last month...

Don’t Be Shocked by Anything that Happens During the Playoffs

Ladies and Gentlemen, as another exciting playoff tournament starts this weekend in the National Football League don’t be shocked by any of the results.   Don’t be shocked during the playoffs if your team gets blown out at home, on the road, wins a close one or blows out a number one seed.   You can get out your thesaurus and be disappointed, discouraged, elated, or any of...
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.