To the Dallas Cowboys — and 30 other NFL teams — this Super Bowl was about “what could’ve been.’’ And Dallas can actually look forward to Super Bowl LII armed with the knowledge that they are 9/1 favorites to make it to the big game, the second-best odds of anybody.
The team with the best odds? It’s the only one of the NFL teams that doesn’t today think about “what could’ve been.’’ For New England, 34-28 winners over Atlanta in the first overtime in Super Bowl history, the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history and maybe the greatest game in Super Bowl history, this is about what was, what is, and what will forevermore be,
With the Patriots trailing by 25 points and Tom Brady throwing so many errant passes that Lady Gaga had to climb on Houston’s NNNN Stadium roof to … Read More »
Yes, it’s Wednesday, but it’s never too early to get the Reverse Barometer out for a good solid look at the NFL Conference Championship games this weekend. And since we here at ScoreBoard nailed both Clemson’s National Championship and the Packers’ win at the Cowboys last Sunday, you may want to listen up. Or not. We’re on a roll but we’re also due for a loss, so read ahead at your own peril.
For those of you who are still drowning your sorrows in the Cowboys’ loss, get over it. Aaron Rodgers has done that to a few teams over the years. Time to look ahead.
Packers at Falcons – NFC Championship
The biggest question is “will Jordy Nelson be back?” Guess what? It may not matter. When Rodgers is throwing the pill, he turns the ordinary receivers into stars. Did you see … Read More »
ARLINGTON – Yesterday at AT&T Stadium the Patriots were good enough to put on a clinic. And the Cowboys were sick enough to be admitted to one. Sunday’s 30-6 Cowboys’ home loss to undefeated New England was predictable in many senses, starting with the fact that Tom Brady and company are superior to Brandon Weeden and company. The Cowboys defense – led by the dynamic efforts of Sean Lee and the now unsuspended Greg Hardy and Rolando McClain — contested that notion for a time. But even a battered Brady bests a Dallas offense struggling to keep its head above water without weapons like Tony Romo, Dez Bryant and Lance Dunbar.
“With where our offense is, our defense is expected to get it done, no matter how many snaps we have to play,’’ cornerback Mo Claiborne told me. “We didn’t get … Read More »
There are a lot of things about sports that upset or irritate many people. On the professional level, players earn too much money and don’t often seem to appreciate it. And the athletes get special privileges on the high school and college levels. Too many of us seem to take a team’s winning or losing personally, when in reality, it doesn’t mean one thing to us personally. There are strikes and lockouts and holdouts and PED’s and suspensions and lawsuits and arrests and a ball of negative mess that sometimes is overwhelming. But there is also, at times, something pure and right and inspiring about sports.
Monday is the 118th running of the Boston Marathon. It’s also the first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing. One of the worst nightmares ever at a sporting event in this country, and yet out of … Read More »
The much anticipated showdown between two of the NFL’s all-time great quarterbacks never developed Sunday as Peyton Manning and the Broncos dominated Tom Brady and the Patriots from start to finish in a 26-16 AFC Championship match up victory. The Broncos built their lead to 20 early in the fourth quarter (and it really didn’t feel that close) as Manning was nearly perfect throughout, completing 32-of-43 for 400 yards, two touchdowns with no picks while running the Broncos offense to precision. Brady on the other hand missed several open receivers early in the game and never really seemed to hit his stride despite throwing for 277 yards on 24 of 38 passing. Manning was in complete control of the Broncos offense, carving up the Patriots D like a gifted surgeon with a combination of crossing routes, swing passes and sideline … Read More »
Be honest, none of us are surprised that the Cowboys are 4-4 at the halfway point of the season. After all they are the epitome of the .500 team. You get the feeling that if Jason Garrett coached this team for the next 10 years, their combined record would be 80-80. But what about the rest of the league this season? The halfway point is a good time to evaluate where everyone is. The Cowboys may be a very average 4-4 at this point but th to an ever-weakening NFC East, they are alone in first place. That’s right, even at 4-4 the Cowboys aren’t even tied for first, they own it. The Eagles were supposed to be an offensive juggernaut but they’ve managed just 10 points in the past two weeks. Should the Cowboys be worried about the Giants? After … Read More »