1) Andrew Luck is in the third year of his four year rookie contract. Through 9 games he's thrown for 3085 yards with 26 touchdowns. Yeah his turnovers are higher than he'd like, 9 interceptions and 6 fumbles, but he's 25 years old and one of the favorites for 2014 offensive player of the year.
I predict that he'll be the highest paid player in the game when he re-signs with the Indianapolis Colts.
What a fortunate turn of events for a franchise to go from Peyton Manning to Andrew Luck. I wonder if there's a 5th grader out there somewhere, just dominating his Pop Warner league, that is destined to quarterback the Colts when Luck steps down.
One more prediction... I predict that Luck will also take Manning's role as media-darling, thus drawing the ire of casual NFL fans everywhere.
2) Ben Roethlisberger is on an incredible and historic run. He's thrown 12 touchdown passes in the last two games with 862 yards and no interceptions. Twelve TDs is the most ever in a 2 game span.
Wasn't there a rift between Big Ben and his offensive coordinator Todd Haley? Wasn't the Pittsburgh media all over the fire-Haley bandwagon a few weeks ago? Even Snoop Dogg was taking recent shots at Haley. Winning cures all, and the Pittsburgh Steelers have won three straight.
3) Did anyone predict a 22 point blow out by the New England Patriots over the Denver Broncos? After a 2-2 start to their season, including a week four 41-14 whipping by the Kansas City Chiefs, the Patriots have won 5 straight and Tom Brady has been on fire. In their 5 game wining streak, Brady has thrown 18 TDs to only 1 interception, while averaging 320 passing yards per game.
I feel like a jackass for wondering if the great run by Brady, Bill Belichick and the Patriots was over.
4) Another team I left for dead was the New Orleans Saints. They started out 1-3 then squeaked by a terrible Buccaneers team, only to lose coming out of their bye week to the Detroit Lions, dropping their record to 2-4.
Since that time they smoked the Packers on Sunday Night Football (44-23), then were forced into the shortest possible of turnarounds when they traveled to Carolina for a Thursday Night game. They won that one too, to pull their record even at 4-4 and into 1st place in the NFC South.
5) Did you think Colin Kaepernick crossed the goal line?
I think I would have given the ball Frank Gore in that situation.
6) Devon Still's 4 year daughter Leah is healthy enough to attend one of her Daddy's games for the first time ever. What makes this game even more special, is that the Cincinnati Bengals will be presenting a check for more than $1.25 million to the Cincinnati Children's Hospital and Medical Center in Leah's name at the Thursday Nighter against the Cleveland Browns.
7) Adrian Peterson entered a plea of "no contest" to a misdemeanor charge of reckless assault, and by doing so he avoids the felony charge of causing injury to a child. The former is a is a Class A misdemeanor in the state of Texas. Peterson will have to do 80 hours of community service and pay a $4,000 fine as a punishment for whipping his 4 year old son with a switch until he was bloodied.
Even though Peterson is out of legal hot water, the NFL has yet to make a decision on his playing this season.
8) I have a feeling that Mark Sanchez will parlay his next few games filling in at quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles into a starting opportunity somewhere in 2015.
9) Is it really worth it for the Dallas Cowboys to put Tony Romo's back at risk this week? Do you mean to tell me that Jason Garrett and his coaching staff can't put together a conservative game-plan to beat the 1-8 Jacksonville Jaguars? I know the whole on 'Any Given Sunday' thing, but we're talking about one of the worst teams in the NFL.
10) I think it's good that the Chicago Bears were using Jordan Mills at guard this week in practice. He has good hands when he's able to get them on a defender and he's a strong run blocker. My only concern with the transition from tackle to guard is him getting his hands up quicker. He ran into problems at tackle when he allowed a defender to get into his chest. At guard the action happens quicker, so he'll need to really focus on throwing his hands.
Guard might be his best pro position and unless Michael Ola really takes hold of the right tackle job this year, I could see the Bears moving Kyle Long to tackle this off season.
I know the Bears believe in building their offensive line from the inside out, but if Mills proves a quick study at guard, it will allow the Bears to move the more athletic Long to where his athleticism makes more sense.