The Sports Section

by Tony on December 18, 2012

Still waiting on bowl week, so we’re going go straight into the NFL. Let’s start with Monday night, where the J-E-T-S Jets! Jets! Jets! lose their way out of the playoffs for the second straight year. Their quarterback situation hasn’t helped much, seeing as tonight, Tebow threw one incomplete pass and still ended up with a higher QB rating than Mark Sanchez (39.6 to 32.6), despite Sanchez making the same amount this year as Tom Brady. Some issues in New York, we may even end up seeing a new coach there by the start of next season. Maybe Coach Ryan and Mark Sanchez can go to Arizona. They’d appreciate mediocrity about now, I’m sure.

Speaking of Tom Brady, though, he lost a heart-breaker at NE Sunday, snapping a 20-game December winning streak. They have now lost to all NFC West teams except the Rams. They have, however, clinched their division title, so no sweat there. Also clinching divisions now are the Broncos, Texans, Falcons and the Packers, with the Ravens clinching a berth. We’ll have to stay on top of it next week to see who gets the first-round bye.

On to great players doing great things this year, RGIII now has the highest single-year jersey sales, breaking the record previously held by Brett Favre. Adrian Peterson now has 1,313 yards in the last 8 games, putting him on pace to break 2,000 yards this season. He currently has 1,812 for the season total. The closest second is Marshawn Lynch, with 1,379. MVP? CJ Spiller hasn’t done bad, he has 1,000 yards in 154 carries so far. That’s the second fewest attempts to get to 1,000 yards in NFL history, going all the way back to 1934 for the first. Drew Brees is leading the league right now with 4,335 passing yards, Tony Gonzalez (Falcons) has had a catch in every game for the past 12 years. Aldon Smith and JJ Watt are tied with 19.5 sacks each, and Andre Johnson makes the mark of 800 catches and 11,000 yards receiving for his career. That’s enough for the Hall Of Fame, I’d say.

It’s almost that magical time of the season, where we see records get broken, heroes born, miracles pulled off by seemingly bad players and attitudes that mean everything, the playoffs! Stay with us next week, everyone, we’ll see more teams eliminated and more teams clinching. Until then, have a great week, and get ready for a long weekend and then bowl week!

-Tony

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