Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

17 Dec 2012

Mandatory Monday: The Great Escape

Jack, relax. Get busy with the facts.

Posted by: Mike Tanier on 17 Dec 2012

7 comments, Last at 18 Dec 2012, 9:43am by Danish Denver-Fan


by TimK :: Mon, 12/17/2012 - 10:53am

Keeping up the Rush theme, I see Mike. Nice column.

by DEW (not verified) :: Mon, 12/17/2012 - 10:56am

The bit about a Redskins talk-radio QB controversy nearly turned into an object lesson about why I should never drink liquids while reading Mike Tanier's columns. Luckily the coffee did not come out my nose while snerking, and I learned my lesson and put the cup down before I got to "momentum."

Shouldn't all questions about Denver resting Peyton in Week 17 be off the table now that the Patriots have lost to the Niners, though? If Denver wins out, then they can clinch the #2 seed and pick up a first-round bye, which makes a genuine difference for them, so wouldn't that remove all the "they have nothing to play for" calculus? Unless the Pats lose again next week, which seems highly unlikely.

by Guido Merkens :: Mon, 12/17/2012 - 11:52am

The Broncos play the Chiefs in Week 17. The Chiefs were just shut out by the Raiders, who prior to yesterday were allowing 31 points per game. It may be time to see how good Brock Osweiler is, because the Broncos could beat the Chiefs with a reasonably trained monkey behind center.

by DEW (not verified) :: Mon, 12/17/2012 - 12:03pm

Those same Chiefs blew away the Panthers, who just last week took out the Falcons. The point being, you don't want to be on the receiving end of an Any Given Sunday moment because you didn't try your utmost to win, especially in a situation where you actually have something to lose. If the Broncos are up 31-0 at halftime, then, sure, get Peyton out of there before he hurts something, but unless the Patriots have already picked up a loss that clinches a first-round bye for Denver, there's no reason to play games.

by Danish Denver-Fan :: Tue, 12/18/2012 - 9:43am

I agree. I think Peyton Manning should play until the Broncos are up two scores, and be put on standby i case the Chiefs makes a comeback.

by RickD :: Mon, 12/17/2012 - 11:17am

" a talk-radio quarterback controversy so mind-bogglingly stupid that it makes “First Take” sound like Plato’s “Apology.”

Love it.

by dryheat :: Tue, 12/18/2012 - 9:41am

I don't want to get to much into music in a football column, but the Rock and Roll HoF really needs a name change. When it takes Rush 13 years or so to get in (and they only got in as the fan selection) after having released a couple dozen records dating back to the sixties, yet acts such as PE (NWA also nominated), and Albert King -- both of whom I would agree are historical heavyweights within their respective genres, can get the people who vote on these things to instantly lift the velvet rope, The phrase "rock and roll" has lost all meaning.

Next years inductees -- Deep Purple, Sha Na Na, Big Daddy Kane, The Oak Ridge Boys, Dave Koz, Nu Shooz, the two guys who actually sang "Girl You Know It's True", and the original singer of the Big Mac jingle.