The return of 'Discount Double Check'
I would think that when you throw 6 touchdown passes against the undefeated Houston Texans it means that you're back. But did Aaron Rodgers ever leave? Of course not. Pretty nieve to think that one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL had suddenly lost his mojo. Now I know that the Green Bay Packers haven't gotten off to the best start, but it's safe to say that they will still be in contention. Their offense is far too talented to let them miss the playoffs. The defense on the other hand does give up too many big plays. That will be their weakness once again. Rodgers will continue to put up great numbers. But whether the Packers can outscore their opponents is a different matter.
I have to say that I was kind of expecting this to happen. San Diego would get out to an early lead and would somehow blow it. Sure enough the Chargers had a 24-0 halftime lead. But I didn't expect them to give up 35 unanswered points in the second half. San Diego has had pretty good success against Peyton Manning in the past. This time however, Peyton was on point and the Broncos defense was capitalizing on Chargers QB Philip Rivers' mistakes. This should come as no surprise to the faithful Chargers fans who have seen great seasons end with huge disappointment. Whether or not this effects the rest of their season remains to be seen. One thing is certain. It will be a long time before they remove the 'Chokin' Chargers' label.
Interesting times in Cleveland
The Cleveland Browns were sold for a billion dollars to new owner Jimmy Haslam earlier this year. It became official earlier this week. Now to take a step back, try to realize that the Browns were sold for a billion dollars. Since their return in 1999, they've only had two winning seasons and one playoff appearance. And yet they were sold for a billion dollars? I'm thinking the NFL isn't having any trouble making money. Anyway there seems to be a lot of changes coming to Cleveland. Mike Holmgren, who has overseen the personnel decisions for the Browns the past two years will not be back. Cleveland's GM Tom Heckert is likely out when the season ends. Replacing them will be Joe Banner, the former Philadelphia Eagles President. He was there when the Eagles appeared in five consecutive NFC Championship games, including one trip to the Super Bowl. So he knows a thing or two about building a successful winner. The Browns new owner was a minority owner for the division rival Pittsburgh Steelers. But all indications are that Haslam wants a winner in Cleveland and isn't looking to keep Cleveland down to help Pittsburgh (no conspiracies here). Perhaps the head coach will be gone as well, depending on what happens the rest of this season. The future does look good for Cleveland, but there is only one way for them to go. It can't get any worse.