If you’re an AFC playoff team with a quasi-competitive defense, are you supremely scared of Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos right now…even playing them in Denver?
Yeah, yeah, yeah, I get it.
It’s Peyton Manning, etc., etc., etc.
However, let me provide you with recent numbers on the great Peyton Manning.
Over his past four games, Manning has thrown three touchdowns and six interceptions.
Despite Jon Gruden’s greatest protestations, there is something else afoot with Manning besides receivers making mistakes…
In other news, the AFC North title will be decided next Sunday night between Cincy and Pitt while Baltimore, San Diego, Kansas City, and Houston are still alive for the final playoff spot.
As for the NFC, the Packers and Lions battle for the NFC North crown and a bye. Meanwhile, Seattle just needs to beat Shaun Hill and they will claim home-field advantage for a second straight year.
#1 – New England Patriots (AFC East champion, bye)
#2 – Denver Broncos (AFC West champion, bye)
#3 – Cincinnati Bengals (AFC North champion)
#4 – Indianapolis Colts (AFC South champion)
#5 – Pittsburgh Steelers (Wild Card)
#6 – San Diego Chargers (Wild Card)
#1 – Seattle Seahawks (NFC West champion, bye)
#2 – Detroit Lions (NFC North champion, bye)
#3 – Dallas Cowboys (NFC East champion)
#4 – Carolina Panthers (NFC South champion)
#5 – Green Bay Packers (Wild Card)
#6 – Arizona Cardinals (Wild Card)
PROPOSED, FICTIONAL TV SCHEDULE
SATURDAY, JANUARY 3 @ 4:30PM – #6 San Diego Chargers at #3 Cincinnati Bengals (ESPN)*
SATURDAY, JANUARY 3 @ 8:00PM – #6 Arizona Cardinals at #3 Dallas Cowboys (NBC)
SUNDAY, JANUARY 4 @ 1:00PM – #5 Green Bay Packers at #4 Carolina Panthers (FOX)
SUNDAY, JANUARY 4 @ 4:30PM – #5 Pittsburgh Steelers at #4 Indianapolis Colts (CBS)
*Also known as the “Brad Nessler Game.”
DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF ROUND:
SATURDAY, JANUARY 10 @ 4:30PM – CAR/GB/ARI at #1 SEA (FOX)
SATURDAY, JANUARY 10 @ 8PM – CIN/IND/PIT at #2 Denver (CBS)
SUNDAY, JANUARY 11 @ 1PM – IND/PIT/SD at #1 New England (CBS)
SUNDAY, JANUARY 11 @ 4:30PM – DAL/CAR/GB at #2 Detroit (FOX)