Mike North, who I love listening too even though he's a Flatlander, considers this a great move for the Bears --
but I'm optimistic about this rare free-agent move by Ted Thompson....
Yes, Peppers is getting old, but he also lacked motivation last year in Chicago... he won't this year.
I believe Reggie White had one of his best seasons at about that age in 1998. Ditto Charles Haley.
The quarter-of-a-step Peppers has lost will be made up for by the fact that for the first time in his career, he won't be double-teamed much... at least not if Clay Matthews can stay in the lineup.
Don't need 15 sacks from him. Ten, with some forced fumbles, and other guys chipping in, would be a big help.
Here's hoping too that the Packers give him a lot of rest and rotation. Could be just what he needs to have a little spurt here, especially as the Packers seem to be of a mind to run some different looks with him, sew a little confusion again.
At only $3.5 mil on the cap, it's a worthwhile risk to take. Go get 'em Julius -- I've got the link for the Mike North video if you need any extra bulletin board material for offseason conditioning.
... is the answer.
The question is, who are three quarterbacks who have won exactly one playoff game in the last three years?
Well, actually --
Peyton Manning hasn't won a playoff game in the last three years. Tho he will have a chance this weekend.
Yah, yah, he didn't play in 2011. Then again, in 2010, he also didn't win a playoff game -- losing in the first round to Mark "butt fumble" Sanchez.
So Jim Irsay raised the very doubts we've raised about Peyton Manning in pressure games all week --
Was he lucky, stupid, or incredibly shrewd?
We can rule out lucky because a. it's just too easy to make any more Luck puns, and b. it's not fair.
Not fair, because if Manning's Broncos had won tonight, everyone would have said, Irsay's a dufus. "No excuses." &tc.
Hence we can also rule out idiot, because, well, Andrew Luck is 1-0 now against Peyon, has as many playoff wins in the last few years as Peyton does.... and has 10-15 years to play,
Did Peyton play terribly? Of course not.
Is he "to blame"? No, not really.
He just played well enough to lose to young Mr. Luck.
Give Irsay a little credit for raising the stakes this week -- and winning.
/ Gfoss59 /
p.s. -- yah, I'm posting this with Denver still in the game. No guts, no glory. Just ask ole man Irsay.
So our friend Skip Bayless calls Patyon Manning...
... and so he remains, now 9-11 all time in the playoffs.
Was he horrible? Are we pinning this loss wholly on him?
No, of course not.
But after much hullaballoo and chest-thumping by Bronco fans, the fact remains that Payton Manning has a talent for putting up huge stats, going 12-4 or 13-3...
and losing early in the playoffs.
At mideseason, we wrote a blog item speculating that it looked like the Colts made a good move in letting Manning go. We took a lot of flack for that.
Now, despite an impressive run from October to December, the Broncos are going home.
We have no apologies, and, indeed, stand willing to accept them.
The Seattle Seahawks have finally beaten a healthy (mostly) quality team on the road -- a big step, and bully for them.
But with all the motivation the Atlanta Falcons have, and the home field advantage, we think the 1-point line on this week's game is far too low.
Hard to picture the Falcons going all the way this year, but also hard to picture them getting beaten by the travel-weary Seahawks on Sunday.
And that narrow spread makes this the best NFL play of the divisional weekend.