Addicts, I’ve been watching this AFC Championship game pitting the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots against each other for the Lamar Hunt Trophy right along side of you — virtually of course — and talking with many of you on Twitter. I just thought I would jot down a couple of thoughts I had on the game as the fourth quarter winds down and the Denver Broncos just went up by 20 points.
– Tom Brady may have picked his way through the regular season with no play-makers, but without talent like former receiver Wes Welker and injured tight end Rob Gronkowski, he just doesn’t have enough fire power to beat a team as good as the Broncos.
– Brady went seven quarters of football without throwing a touchdown pass. Alex Smith threw four in the game against the Indianapolis Colts. I’m not saying that Smith is better than Brady, but it kind of makes you wonder what’s going on in Boston.
– As much as I can’t stand Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker automatically calling for a pass interference flag every time he doesn’t catch a pass, I can’t help but think he would make a difference with the Chiefs next season. Decker is a legitimate, sure-handed, #2 wide receiver, but I just don’t think the Chiefs could afford the over-inflated $8 or $9 million a year that Decker would ask for.
– CBS Football analyst Jim Rome called Peyton Manning the “greatest regular season quarterback to ever play the game.” Right now, he looks pretty unbeatable but no matter who wins the NFC Championship match up between the Seattle Seahawks or the San Francisco 49ers he’ll likely be facing one of the toughest defenses he has all season.
– The Patriots secondary looked eerily like the Chiefs secondary in that they refused to jam the Broncos receivers at the line and were giving them entirely too much cushion. You can’t play five to ten yards off of guys like Demarius Thomas, Julius Thomas and Wes Welker and not expect them to burn you.
– Finally, I can say that if the Chiefs could have made it this far, I truly think they’d be playing the Broncos a lot closer than this right now. Alas, that’s not how the cards shook out this year.
Just to wash the taste of all of this out of your mouth, here’s one of my favorite GIFs from the season. You’re welcome.
Those are my thoughts, Addicts. Sound off below and let me know what you’re thinking.