Some general observations as the NFL regular season ends.
- What happened to the Brett Favre mystique in winter months? He has thrown thirteen interceptions in his past eight December games. And that doesn’t include the costly pick he threw in the NFC championship game last January.
- Speaking of rotten Decembers, Dallas quarterback Tony Romo has a 27-12 career record in the regular season ---but is only 5-8 in December.
- Bill Parcells is the modern day King Midas. The year before he arrived in New England as their head coach, the Patriots were 2-14. Four seasons later they were AFC champions. The New York Jets were a combined 4-28 in 1995 & 1996. Parcells arrived in 1997 and led them to the AFC title game in 1998. Then as Executive Vice President of Football Operations of the Miami Dolphins, his club goes from 1-15 in 2007 to 11-5 and AFC East champions this season.
- Two rookie quarterbacks (Baltimore’s Joe Flacco and Atlanta’s Matt Ryan) have guided their respective teams to the playoffs this year. So much for the philosophy that QBs should sit the bench for at least two seasons before seeing taking the helm.
- The Vikings’ Adrian Peterson became the fifth player in league history to reach 3,000 yards rushing in his first two years, joining Eric Dickerson (Rams), Edgerrin James (Colts), Earl Campbell (Oilers) and Clinton Portis (Broncos).
- The New England Patriots finished the regular season with a record of 11-5….but missed the playoffs. That ties a record for most victories while missing the postseason, originally set by the 1985 Denver Broncos.
- Philadelphia Eagles QB Donovan McNabb was ridiculed when he stated last month that he wasn’t aware NFL regular season games could end in a tie. Well thanks to the Eagles tying the Cincinnati Bengals on November 16, it gave them the edge record wise (9-6-1) over the Cowboys, Bears and Bucs (all finishing 9-7), thus giving Philly the final NFC playoff berth.