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NFL Unfiltered Week 2- Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, and more!

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Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees are generally regarded as the best in the game, but they all failed to win Super Bowl XLVI.  To make matters worse, Rodgers and Brees were a combined 0-2 in last season’s playoffs. If it is easy for me to see you cannot win championships in the NFL by playing poor defense and throwing 40 passes a game, why do teams keep doing it?  

Coaches and players often talk down to scribes and fans like there is some big secret beyond the grasp of the uninitiated. In truth, pro football is as simple as blocking and tackling. If you run the football, stop the run and ask the quarterback to make a couple of throws, you have a chance to win every game.  

Admittedly, throwing the football is pretty. It is far more aesthetically pleasing to watch the New England Patriots line up in a four wide-receiver formation than it is to watch San Francisco  play with seven offensive-linemen.  But that’s what football is although you’d never know it from the look of so many offenses.  

The irony is none of these so-called up tempo squads is as good as the 1999 St. Louis Rams and even they managed to run the football nearly 20 times a game between Hall-of-Fame tailback Marshall Faulk and backup Robert Holcombe. If “The Greatest Show on Turf” did a little work on the ground in their championship season, there is no excuse for the likes of the Cowboys and Lions.  

Maybe someday we will see a team win the Super Bowl despite playing poor defense and chucking the football all over the yard. But until then, every team should ask their quarterback to just manage the game.  

WEEK TWO OBSERVATIONS
What the pundits can’t or won’t say

-He runs the offense the way he sees fit and he tells the coach what to do on 4th down.  Peyton Manning is the Kobe Bryant of the NFL.

-Remember how excited you were when the Birds “won” the Nnamdi Asomugha sweepstakes?Peyton Manning photo: USAToday.com

-As far as I’m concerned his name is Matt Ryan. There’s nothing remotely cool or ice-like about a 0-3 playoff record.  

-Young men enjoy playing football for money and no amount of hand-wringing, legislating or whining about player safety is ever going to change that.

-There is nothing about Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears that suggests they are ready to win a road game against a quality opponent. I don’t care how good Brandon Marshall is.

-If the “experts” stopped using extrapolation as a form of analysis we all might learn something.  

-Aaron Rodgers is an example of what quarterbacks do when they get hit often. He has looked uncomfortable since the season’s first snap.

-Not only is DeMeco Ryans proving me wrong by playing well, he’s gotten rid of the noticeable limp he had last month.  

-Because of Andy Reid, Michael Vick is about as good as he is going to get.  

-It’s their money so they can do what they want but I’ll never understand why owners feel it’s necessary to high-five players during games.  

-The Saints don’t need Sean Payton; they need to run the football.  

-The perception is Jeff Fisher is a great coach. I don’t know about that, but benching Steven Jackson was impressive if he wasn't injured.  

-You shouldn’t be surprised when the Seattle Seahawks win a home game regardless of the opponent. You can expect them to win at least four more in that building. It’s a brutal place to play.  

-Reportedly, the average NFL game official made approximately $8,700 per game last season. Even if owners were to offer a measly 3% increase, that is still good money for a part-time job.

-Players are often criticized for being greedy during a labor dispute. Why are the regular referees getting a pass?  

-When Dan Marino did it he looked like a fiery leader. When quarterbacks yell at their teammates today, it looks petulant and self-serving.  

Top 4 this week (rankings disclaimer: my top four will always feature two AFC teams and two NFC teams).

1. San Francisco 49ers
2. Houston Texans
3. Philadelphia Eagles
4. Baltimore Ravens

Earl Myers is a freelance writer from the Philadelphia area.  He closely follows North America's four major sports leagues but just about any sporting event gets his attention.  His goal is to provoke a little thought in his readers.

Contact Earl at emyersiii@gmail.com

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Manning photo: usatoday.com