Daly Doses: Thoughts, reflections, and derision from the Mile High City!

Doses

  • We are entering what I think is the most beautiful time of the year here in Denver.
  • The leaves are turning from green to gold. The days are warm. The nights are cool.
  • The Denver Broncos are in full swing.
  • And we don’t have to watch the Colorado Rockies much longer.
  • Ahh yes, there is nothing like fall in the Mile High City.
  • Did you hear there is going to be an ESPN 30 for 30 profiling former University of Colorado football coach Bill McCartney?
  • McCartney has some controversial views, but he was the man that was solely responsible for bringing about one of the greatest eras in Colorado collegiate football history.
  • And by “one of” I mean “the only” significant era in Colorado collegiate football history.
  • Decades and decades of 6-5 don’t really count as “significant”. Sorry.
  • The Broncos are now 3-0 but I keep hearing the experts saying that the Broncos can’t possibly win with Peyton Manning at the helm.
  • “He is too old and he looks to be in constant pain when he throws the ball.”
  • They might be right.
  • Of course they are the same people telling us that Colin Kaepernick and Ryan Tannehill were the future of NFL quarterbacking.
  • And forgive me for my skepticism but I saw Trent Dilfer, Brad Johnson, and Mark Rypien win Super Bowls.
  • Don’t tell me it can’t happen.
  • And this defense is good.
  • Speaking of things that don’t make sense.
  • I guess I could go all kinds of different places in the sports world with that segue, couldn’t I?
  • But I was referring to the Chicago Bears facing the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.
  • Former Broncos coach John Fox had his Bears “really battling” against the NFC Champs from the past two seasons.
  • The undermanned Bears finally succumbed 26-0.
  • Except, they didn’t even try to compete.
  • The Bears had 10 possessions in the game. They punted all 10 times.
  • They finished with 146 total yards.
  • They had no intention of winning.
  • They were simply in a battle to run out the clock and finish the game.
  • Good to see John Fox recycling his old gameplan from last season when the Broncos faced the Colts.

Daly Dose Sports Pro Football NFC North Preview

The NFC North, where they play football the way it was meant to be played. In the cold. In the elements. And sometimes in the 72 degree comfort of an indoor arena.

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Team Predicted finish Outlook
NFC North

Green Bay Packers

12-4 Poor Aaron Rodgers lost his favorite WR Jordy Nelson to what looks like a season ending knee injury. Poor Super Bowl champion Aaron Rodgers. Poor good looking Aaron Rodgers. Poor perfect passing Aaron Rodgers. Poor dating Olivia Munn Aaron Rodgers. You quit your whining, Aaron Rodgers.
Detroit Lions 10-6 The Lions actually made the playoffs last season behind a tenacious defense and head coach Jim Caldwell reigning in the erratic play of QB Matt Stafford. Can Stafford take them to the playoffs in back to back seasons? Of course Stafford was sacked 45 times last season, and the Lions have no running game to speak of, so maybe I should be asking if Dan Orlovsky can take them to the playoffs in back to back seasons.
Minnesota Vikings 8-8 The Vikings have high hopes this year after a solid rookie season from QB Teddy Bridgewater and the return of RB Adrian Peterson. Then they acquired WR Mike Wallace which should give them a vertical threat in the passing game. Of course Wallace also gives them the threat of locker room chemistry blowing up like a landmine.
Chicago Bears 5-11 John Fox has gone from Tim Tebow to Peyton Manning and now he goes to Jay Cutler. First the good news: Cutler has a much stronger arm than Manning. And now the bad: literally every other single thing.

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