Here are three story lines on the table as the National Football League hits the most important regular season month of the year — December.
Tom Brady is MVP
Answer me this: If Brady completed, let’s say 80 of 140 passes (57.1 percent) with 1 TD and 6 interceptions over a four game stretch against teams that are currently a combined 22-22, what would America be saying about him?
Millions of people would be saying, “Brady is washed up.”
The guy with those unimpressive stats is (or was) Eli Manning, before Sunday night’s rout of the Green Bay Packers. Yet, his “issues” are more related to “dead arm” than his dying career.
The real point is that Brady, while hailed as one of the all-time greats, is taken for granted ... and this season in particular.
Brady has had two spotty performances -— Arizona and the second half of the Ravens game — but has bordered on prolific the rest of the season. I venture to guess that the Patriots’ desire to have more balance (i.e. running game) has opened holes in the intermediate passing game that haven’t been opened in a long time.
Peyton Manning will get the “Sugar Ray Leonard” votes — his TDs seem to have more pizzazz — and will be rewarded for his incredible comeback.
But Brady, I believe, as we will definitely see this January and February, is better. He can score 40 points on anybody, including the 49ers (OK, maybe it will be 30). Whatever the case, the stats don’t matter to him anymore. The winning does.
Isn’t it remarkable that nearly 10 years after Brady and Manning started going head-to-head at an elite level that these two are still the best?
Right decision made
in San Francisco
Congratulations to San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh. He is making a risky decision for the long-term well-being of his team by making the change at quarterback by making Colin Kaepernick the starter over Alex Smith.