Brady vs. Manning; Steelers trump Ravens; Klay "Money" Thompson;
A month ago the Patriots were the butt of everyone jokes. Four weeks later, things have changed. After thrashing the Broncos, 43-21, the Patriots are now the best team in the AFC with a 7-2 record. In the month of October Tom Brady has thrown 14 touchdowns and 0 interceptions with a 129.1 QB rating. I still say the Pats' dynasty is dead but I will apologize for counting them out early. I thought the Patriots would struggle this year back in training camp but they're proving me wrong. Still watch out for the Dolphins and Bills though, who are playing good football right now.
I always catch flack for picking Brady over Manning but that 11-5 record is why. People say that Brady always had the better team, but to me, they weren't that much better. In the early years of their rivalry, Brady has had the better defense but for the past 5 years, their teams have pretty much been even. Peyton Manning is now 2-11 in Foxborough with a lot of picks to go with it. These two will probably meet again in the playoffs, this time it may come in New England.
Monday will be a long day in the city after this loss. Steelers scored 22 points in the second quarter on the Ravens which gave them good momentum for the rest of the game. There were also some very bad calls in the 4th quarter that also helped the Steelers seal this game but you still have to give them credit. The Ravens are now last place in a tight AFC North division with a 2-3 record in the division. The Sky is not falling completely for the Ravens though, Their 5-4 record does not completely eliminate them from the Wild Card race but they have little room for error. Inconsistency has been this team's Achilles heel the past two seasons and hopefully it doesn't kill them again this year.
I hate giving the Steelers props but Big Ben has played phenomenal the past two weeks. 12 TDs and 0 INTs is a great accomplishment, especially when its against two potential playoff teams. The Steelers' offense is on fire and Big Ben is the biggest flame right now. The way he has connected with this group of receivers, led by Antonio Bryant, has been nothing short of masterful. 6 players have caught touchdowns passes from Big Ben in the past two weeks, which I'm sure hasn't happen much in the history NFL. Antonio Bryant has caught 3 of those passes TD passes, along with 277 receiving yards with 21 catches. Steelers are going to be tough to beat if Big Ben stays hot like this.
Someone in the Warriors front office felt that Klay Thompson was worth a cool $70 million. Now we ranked Klay 4th among all SGs in our position rankings but $70 million might be a little too much for his talents. Since signing the extension though, he has played very well in the last two game. He dropped 41 against the Lakers, shooting 78% from the field, then Sunday night he dropped 29 against the Blazers plus this monster dunk on Robin Lopez. It's only been two games but it's a big coincidence how he has two big games after getting paid big money. Only time will tell how much Klay is really worth but it will be fun watching him fulfill that contract.