Sunday had: • The best regular-season Snow Bowl of this century, with the best extra point ever.• The best rivalry in the league producing a 39-38 result and a wild walkoff sack.But really, how could anyone be great at anything on this ice rink? “That’s a double-block Richie’s got to make for me to make a good run,” Mc Coy said. The Chiefs, who had given away a four-game lead over their nemeses the Chargers in two months … who were facing an Oakland team that had put up 31 on them seven weeks ago …
“It is not fun,” left guard Richie Incognito texted post-game.
“Everything we practice all week techniquewise goes out the window.
With the ball at the Indianapolis 21, and left in OT, the Bills called for Mc Coy’s career-high 32nd carry.
And the call was for him to go through the lane plowed out by Incognito, an excellent run-blocker. First he’d have to push a strong nosetackle, Johnathan Hankins, off the path to the left, then fire out and contain linebacker Antonio Morrison. Who would have predicted Kansas City 26, Oakland 0, after 50 minutes at Arrowhead on Sunday?
Alshon Jeffery, Le Garrette Blount and Jay Ajayi have been front-line offensive additions, and the offensive line has survived the loss for the season of left tackle Jason Peters.
To win, Philadelphia will have to be a top-five defense (it’s number three now) and play more ball-control; the Eagles average 4.59 yards a carry, and Ajayi will be crucial to keeping that up.
But there won’t be many games in this rivarly as good as Steelers 39, Ravens 38. 1 are now all starting, two of them for teams not named the Patriots.
A quick stat for you: in the past 12 games of the Steelers-Ravens series, it’s six wins apiece. New England has chosen to go all-in on its 40-year-old 29-year-old, Tom Brady.
Total points: 275 for Baltimore and, you guessed it, 275 for Pittsburgh. But with so many quarterbacks going down, and so many teams relying on backups, the smart GMs are the ones whose backups are producing well.