NFL 2005 Season:
Who can stop the Pats?
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The 2005 season
has too many plot lines to begin to follow but we’ll
delve into them nonetheless. The NFC East is going
back to their old ways,the Super Bowl champs got even better, Ricky Williams
retired then came back to the fins, and the Bengals are one of the sleeper picks of the season.
The NFC East started the way
back machine two years ago when The Tuna jumped into the
saddle for the Cowboys vacant head coaching job. In
a move that can only be called a copycat move by Redskins
owner Daniel Snyder the ‘Skins brought back Joe Gibbs. Gibbs then brought
back the old running ways in the capital when he brought
in the Broncos super running back Clinton Portis in an
NFL rarity called the “Blockbuster Trade.” He
did give up his Champ in the secondary to get him but
the ‘Skins will be better for the move. Look for
the NFC East to be one of the most competitive divisions
in all of the land.
In the NFL Draft Peyton Manning’s
kid brother, Eli Manning, shook everything up. In a
John Elway-esque move Eli (well actually his dad told
them) told the Chargers, who had the number one pick,
that there was no way he would suit out for them even
if it meant that he would have to sit out the entire
season and wait to get placed back into the Draft pool
the next year. So, of course, the Chargers drafted
him and Eli walked up to the podium and refused to
wear a Chargers hat and was later traded to the Giants
for Phillip Rivers, a first, third and fifth round
pick. While the first round of the draft was still
going on Manning was standing in the middle of Giants
Stadium with his new team.
Remember when the Patriots dominated
the league last year and won 15 games in a row including
the Super Bowl? Well they got considerably better when
they added running back Cory Dillon to their roster
who is a huge upgrade from a very solid Antowain Smith.
Dillon had rushed for over 1,100 yards in each of his
first six seasons for the Bengals before missing three
games last year due to an injury. On top of that the
Pats got him pretty cheap, he was tired of losing in
Cincinnati and wasn’t
healthy all year last year, so all New England had to
give up was a second round pick. Good luck to the rest
of the league now that the Patriots will have a power
running game to go along with a great passing attack
defenses will need all the help they can get. Can you
In one of the stranger moments
of the off-season Ricky Williams announced to the world
that he would be retiring from football after he failed
another drug test by testing positive for marijuana.
Williams said the rules of the NFL were too rigid for
him and that he needed to take some time off to travel
the world and find himself. Speculations have been
made that Williams just wants to go and smoke his doobies
around the world and in an interview with SI.com he
told them that the only way he would come back to the
NFL is if he played for the Raiders. He’d
fit right in with all those Raider fans who paint their
faces and wear shoulder pads with massive spikes on them.
In a very disturbing development
two perennial doormats in the NFL will challenge for
their division and are dark horse candidates for a
berth into the Super Bowl. The Seattle Seahawks aren’t a bad team at all.
They made it into the playoffs where quarterback Matt
Hasselbeck’s statement of “We want the ball
and we’re going to score” after the coin
toss in the overtime game against the Packers blew up
in his face. On the Seahawks second possession of the
OT he threw an interception that got returned for a touchdown,
thus ending the game. The team has a veritable cornucopia
of young talent with Hasselbeck, running back Shaun Alexander,
and wide receivers Darrell Jackson and Koren Robinson.
The Bengals are in the same boat. They had been the laughing
stock of all of sports for years and all of a sudden
new coach Marvin Lewis comes in and they’re the
hottest thing in football. They failed to make the playoffs
last year but they have all the pieces to be a Super
Bowl contender. Then if they meet in the Super Bowl we’ll
really have to enjoy because it will probably be the
last one we ever see.
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