A couple of things have happened this week to further muddle the playoff picture. It looks like Romo is out for the rest of the season now with a herniated disc, so that will bring in Orton. If Dallas wins next week, they win their division. They’re playing the Eagles, though, so let’s not count those chickens before they hatch. San Francisco clinched their playoff spot tonight in the last regular season game ever at Candlestick Park. I tell you what we can count, though, is the New England Patriots who have clinched division thanks to Buffalo drilling Miami yesterday, the Cincinnati Bengals clinching division and the Denver Broncos clinching their division and a first round bye. This skews the Wild Card picture, with the Kansas City Chiefs, Carolina Panthers and the Seattle Seahawks clinching their spots. Everything else is up for grabs, and not many teams control their own destiny at this point. We’ll have to watch all of the scenarios next weekend to see what comes up!
Peyton Manning has 51 touchdown passes now this season, beating Tom Brady’s 50 for the most in a single season. Manning is the 5th different player to throw for at least 5,000 yards in a season along with Drew Brees, Matthew Stafford, Tom Brady and Dan Marino, and is the only one to throw for that many yards and 50 touchdowns. Tom Brady got his own record, though, getting 11 division titles, being the most by any starting quarterback in history. Luke Kuechly from the Carolina Panthers had 26 tackles in a single game Sunday, setting an NFL record. Reggie Bush needs 26 yards to hit 1,000, something a Lions running back hasn’t done in 8 years, and Andy Dalton from the Bengals needs 117 yards and 2 touchdowns to set both passing and td records for the team. It’s going to be fun next week watching everyone try to break more records, like Mr. Manning trying for the most passing yards of all time! We’ll see ya next week!