I have been hearing a lot of talk about Andrew Luck and what the Colt’s should do during next seasons draft, so I figured I would put in my two cents. I haven’t watched much of Andrew Luck all season until I watched the Fiesta Bowl a few nights ago. He made me feel like I was watching Peyton Manning. He was controlling the game, moving around the lineman, receivers, and running backs and that shows how smart this kid actually is. He only had four incompletions, going 27 of 31 which is over 90 percent and is ridiculous for that many attempts. There is no question in my mind that this kid is the real deal. I could see him stepping in and leading a team to the playoffs in his first year, but should he be thrown right into the starting quarterback role in the NFL?
This leads to the question of whether or not the Colts should take him at number one in the draft. Peyton Manning missed the entire season with a neck injury which nobody really knew much about, and quite frankly I still don’t know much about it. That gives the injury a sense of uncertainty, especially in the future. Who knows, Manning could come back the same player when healthy, or he could tweak it again and miss an entire season. In my opinion, the Colt’s should take Andrew Luck, no question. Manning is 35 years old, and like I said before, his quality of play is uncertain after this injury. I would take Luck and keep Manning as the starter, so Luck could learn from one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history. Think of how much better Luck would be if he sat as a backup for a few years behind Peyton Manning. I think he could be great. I know it would be a huge strain on the Colt’s payroll, and it probably isn’t the best idea to tie up most of your money in one position, but the Colt’s need to think about the near future. And the Peyton Manning era could be close to over. So what do you think the Colts should do, take Luck and have him sit, take Luck and trade Manning, or just trade the pick away?
So going in to the final two weeks of the NFL, the most intriguing division race is the NFC East. The Cowboys, Giants and Eagles all have a shot at winning the division, and they all play each other within the next two weeks. First we will talk about my Eagles. The Eagles have the toughest route to winning the East, but to their credit they are the hottest team going in to the final 2 weeks. They face off against the Dallas Cowboys in Dallas this Saturday in a must win game. The Eagles handled the Cowboys pretty easily earlier this season, and I am looking for the same thing on Saturday. The Cowboys looked good last Saturday night, but that was against the Bucs who might have packed it in after a very disappointing season. Now, in order for the Eagles to win the division, they need to beat the Cowboys and then beat the Washington Redskins in Philadelphia in week 17, along with the Jets beating the Giants this week and the Giants beating the Cowboys in week 17. That’s a lot of “ifs” but it is very possible.
The Giants are playing the Jets in a battle of New York this week, and as bad as the Jets looked last week I am picking them to beat the Giants. Both teams have played dismal as of late, but the Jets have found a way to win late in the season the past few years, and they are now in a much tighter race for the AFC Wild Card. When the Cowboys and Giants face off in the Dirty Jerz in the final week of the season, the Giants will be looking to play spoiler. The Giants and Cowboys have a true hate for each other, and while the Giants hate the Eagles as well, there is no better way to end the season by ending someone elses season. Tony Romo always finds a way to lose the big games, and this will be the biggest game of his season. They have a shaky run game without DeMarco Murray and DeMarcus Ware has had a nagging injury that has kept him from playing a full game. In week 17, Eli leads his G-Men past the Cowboys and opens the doors for the Eagles to win the division with an 8-8 record.