It's reality-check time for the Golden State Warriors and the bettors who put money on the team to break a major record. Stephen Curry is not in Michael Jordan's airspace yet, and he's probably not getting there this season.
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Every good soap opera features twists and turns and marriages and affairs. The NFL is not much different. It's a year-round drama, and for the longest time we have followed the careers of Tom Brady and Peyton Manning and their complicated relationship.
It's a psychological ploy that sometimes works and sometimes is worthless, but Aaron Rodgers is giving it a shot this week. He's embracing the underdog role on behalf of the Green Bay Packers.
It took months for coach Pete Carroll to admit the obvious and finally say this week a Super Bowl hangover was a big reason the Seattle Seahawks were so sluggish to start this season. But the good news is hangovers eventually go away.
Just when it seemed Peyton Manning might go out with a whimper, he was called on in relief and delivered a win. He was exactly what the Denver Broncos needed, just when it seemed they no longer wanted him.
By most indications, the end is here for Tom Coughlin as coach of the New York Giants. In a cutthroat business, he has no playoff appearances in four straight seasons, and it does not make business sense to give him a shot to extend the streak to five.
Instead of ripping the losing coach, pause for a moment to praise the winning quarterback. Deshaun Watson did not get much pregame hype from the media and was quickly dismissed by most bettors, yet he directed a dominant performance by Clemson.
Even a genius is capable of a dumb decision. Bill Belichick is normally the sharpest gambler walking NFL sidelines, and the math usually supports his rolls of the dice, but he owns this rare blunder.
With time winding down in the regular season, it's possible we have seen the last of Peyton Manning.
It's no cinch Connor Cook will be a quality starter in the NFL, a league desperately in need of a few good quarterbacks. But he's about to audition for the role, and the stage he gets to take on New Year's Eve is about as big as it gets.
If anyone wonders why NFL wagering is so popular, Ben Roethlisberger is one reason. If he's on the field, he's never out of a game. When the Pittsburgh Steelers are down, only a fool counts them out.
If this is the end, it's sad. What appears to be the Chargers' final season in San Diego is coming to a forgettable conclusion. Philip Rivers has spent his 12-year NFL career as the quarterback for one team.
It never has been easier to reach a bowl game, which is not a good thing.
It was not a performance that will establish Brock Osweiler as the Denver Broncos' starting quarterback. It's not going to make him a marketing star, either, meaning commercials pitching cars, insurance and pizza are not suddenly coming his way.
Never is it easy to call for a coach's job, especially when he's a two-time Super Bowl winner. Tom Coughlin has put himself and the New York Giants in a tough spot, however, and there's no doubt his job is on the line.
When the Philadelphia Eagles are winning, coach Chip Kelly is a genius and an innovator. When the losses pile up, he's an arrogant egomaniac who annoys everyone with his fast talking and micromanaging.
At the risk of sounding grumpy and old, Cam Newton's celebrations and dance routines are getting old. But like him or not, he deserves a lot of credit, and so do the Carolina Panthers.
For so many years, the Oakland Raiders' puzzle was a jumbled mess with several missing pieces. Most of the pieces were missing, in fact. But things seem to finally be changing, and now Derek Carr is developing into a legitimate franchise quarterback.
Not so long ago, Kirk Ferentz had seemingly worn out his welcome at Iowa. A run of mediocrity put the dean of Big Ten football coaches on the hot seat. And now, he's probably the most popular guy in the state.
With four touchdown passes in his pocket, Russell Wilson was not done dealing. Whether sitting at the poker table or standing in a dark corner of the sports book, never count your money until the dealing is done.
Three months into the season, the most overblown controversy in NFL history has passed. Tom Brady is putting up terrific numbers and the New England Patriots are torching every obstacle in their path, all while using properly inflated footballs.
Adversity and Urban Meyer cross paths about as often as it snows in the desert. This is one of those rare weeks. Meyer is coming off an ugly loss, and the chill in the air makes Las Vegas feel like Big Ten country.
This is not a time for Aaron Rodgers to show off his spelling bee skills and cooly advise fans of the Green Bay Packers to R-E-L-A-X. A four-game losing streak would be reason to slam a fist on the panic button.
If you wager on the NFL, your handicapping usually starts with the quarterbacks. Beer-drinking gamblers and brain surgeons can agree that Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers rank as the most valuable. Below are our rankings of all 32 of the NFL's regular starting QBs.
It was a great game, capped by a dramatic comeback. Imagine if Tom Brady could do that to the New York Giants in a Super Bowl.