The AFC is shaping up as a Ponies/Patsies showdown if teams play to form.
Last week the Ravens dispatched the Bolts kinda decisively, 24 – 9 in what is more accurately described as an offensive rather than defensive struggle. Flacco and the Ravens finally put something together while Luck wasn’t able to.
A big deal will be made about the last match-up between Payton Manning and Ray Lewis with Lewis retiring after the season, but the game is more likely to turn on the Ravens offense or lack thereof. The Ravens changed offensive coordinators just last month because they were so ineffective.
Payton Manning is Payton Manning, not Tebow, and the Broncos are likely to make this a very tough game for Lewis because they don’t suck and can put up a score or two. On the other hand it bespeaks a kind of institutional idiocy that they hired him in the first place so there is hope for the Carrion Crows.
Still, the Ponies won 34 – 17 in their match-up 4 weeks ago, in part because running back Ray Rice has fumble fingers and didn’t get many calls, and they have one of the best records against the pass in the league.
I’m missing both games today for a holiday party with some of the people I know through my other life as a community organizer. As always it’s up to you to make your own fun though I’ve tried to encourage a couple of folks to stop by.