Roster bonus of 28 million dollars is in Peyton’s hands until March 8th, 2012.
Sticky situation due to the fact his injuries are a concern, and an incentive laced contract will become an issue for him going forward. Will the Colts give Peyton his money or send a man that won the city a Super Bowl packing? The Colts #1 draft pick also becomes a topic of debate. Luck is the type of QB that you can’t pass up, so then having both of them becomes an issue. Either side wants doesn’t want to let the other go, but the facts are Peyton probably and sadly won’t ever be what he was.
Congrats to Ricky Williams who reached the 10,000 yard mark and had an outstanding career. Known as an introvert who has admitted to social anxiety disorders, Williams has always been a unique and soft spoken man. His career started strong in New Orleans however he quickly wanted out and left to the Dolphins. He left his mark in the media as he quit during the height of his career to explore his spirituality through marijuana research and missed the 2004 season. Up until this point, he was impressive, rushing for over 1800 yards in 2002 and setting the Dolphins single season rushing record. During the height of his career Ricky was more than productive for the Dolphins. Once a franchise star in Miami, later in his career he still demonstrated a quick burst, and the ability to run tough. At the end he was a legitimate threat as a change of pace back for the Ravens.
Again, I am pleasantly surprised as I received two Jordy Nelson cards and two Donald Driver cards back in the mail complete with signatures on the same day. Nelson an all-American country boy from Kansas and Driver a former car thief from Houston turned Packers receiving leader need to have stellar performances this weekend. As the Packers have dominated all year, I have a bit of an uneasy feeling about this weekend. Eli Manning and the Giants are coming into Lambeau field red hot and ready to revenge their 38-35 loss in week 13. The Giants defense is athletic, scary, and physical as Jason Pierre Paul and Justin Tuck both control the outside. Last meeting between them Rodgers threw for 369 yards, 4 TD’s and 1 INT and I am expecting a similar result this go around, however I do predict a better ground attack from the Packers. In the first meeting this season, Rodgers led the team in rushing with 32 yards. This time around, Grant and Starks must make the most of their touches in order to keep the Giants defense honest and take some pressure off of Rodgers.
If the Packers can establish a respectable running attack early, mix in some play action, the Giants secondary won’t be able to hold up the entirety of the game. At some point Jennings, Finley, Driver, Nelson or Jones will break down the coverage and go to the house. The Packers offensive line is a huge X-factor as the unit has been banged up the past few weeks. Extra time to prepare should be huge.
Bottom line: If someone is going to take down the Packers, the Giants are poised to do so. The Giants are comfortable in cold weather, have a formidable running attack and are led by quarterback that has been to the promise land before and won. Although anything is possible, the Packers did not go (15-1) because they are lucky. Their record shows they are a team with determination, high-octane offensive fire -power, and an opportunistic defense that refuses to give up excessive points. With plenty of time to prepare, Rodgers and the rest of the squad will come out on fire and take down the G-men, stopping Brandon Jacobs and forcing Eli Manning to press early. It should be a long day for Eli and to be honest I really hope it is.
During his 13 -year career Fred Taylor, eluded defenses time and time again as he rushed for 1,000 yards in 6 different seasons. After sending away four cards to his house, a few weeks later I received a letter back and was pleased to find four perfect autographs, and a personalized message… What a nice guy… In the coming years Fred’s son Kelvin who stands at 5’10″ 190 pounds and averages 11.81 yards a carry at Glades Day high school will be playing college ball at a top tier program.