Biggest NFL Week 14 Overreactions

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Dec 8, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) throws the ball during the first half against the Tennessee Titans at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos won 51-28. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

It’s way too easy to overreact after a weekend like that in the NFL. Some are calling it the most exciting Sunday of football ever and you’d be hard pressed to find someone to disagree with that sentiment. Think of someone you might know who missed the early games on Sunday for whatever reason. If they asked you, “What did I miss?” How do you even capture what they missed out on by not watching any early games yesterday? There were 88 touchdowns scored in 14 games Sunday afternoon. How do you even describe what someone who doesn’t have the NFL Red Zone Channel missed by not experiencing that? Nevertheless there are still some overreactions to bring us back down to earth after all that excitement.

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Topics: Denver Broncos, New Orleans Saints, NFL, NFL Refs, NFL Week 14, Peyton Manning, San Francisco 49ers

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  • anon76returns

    Oh boy Kim. You’ve written some good posts before, but this isn’t one of them. Where to begin?

    Peyton- His teams are 4-7 in the cold, that gives me no idea on how HE played. Nor does it give me an idea on how good was the defense he was facing (nor does it give an idea on how good in general QBs play in the cold vs. warm weather). What I do know is that Sunday’s game was one of the best ever performed in cold weather conditions, and Peyton did it by going after the CB tandem that was widely regarded as the best in the league. Any QB can have an off day in any weather, but what Manning showed is that he can definitely play well in the cold.

    NO & SF-
    Most analysts had decided that Carolina was the better NFC South team after NO humiliation in Seattle. So what do the Saints do? They come back and dominate Carolina in every phase of the game. Yes, that is a statement win, no matter where it was played. Unless you consider Seattle’s victory over the Saints at C-Link as equally meaningless? I sure don’t.

    And how about those Seahawks? They were widely considered the best team in the NFL 4 days ago, while the defending NFC champs were relegated to also-rans. The fact that the 49ers were able to beat the Seahawks immediately deflated the aura of invincibility that Seattle had been building. Can they (or anyone) do it at C-Link in the playoffs? That remains to be seen, but the 49ers now know that they can beat the Seahawks, as do the Seahawks, which is what made that a statement game.

    Finally the refs- yes, there have been some very bad calls, and game altering ones the last several weeks. But the NFL already has mechanisms in place to hold game officials accountable. Unfortunately it is an extremely opaque process, but we can at least hope that the officials responsible for making these bad calls will be demoted or fired for next season. It is of course small consolation for the teams that lost on bad calls, but it is something. Centralizing the replay process & allowing coaches to challenge other game-changing calls would take care of the other half of the equation- ensuring that such calls made in the future (and there will always be some, no matter how good the officiating gets) will have less chance of having such an impact on the game, which at least makes me happy.

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