Depeche Mode Responds to My Predictions
Click here to listen to Depeche Mode's analysis concerning my predictions of this Saturday's games.
I mentioned it before, the "resting the starters" theory would be put to the test this year because of the weak AFC. There is a reason why the Ravens were 9-7 this year, and they showed why in this game tonight against the Colts: bad penalties, dropped passes, and incredibly poor clock management.
I get the sense that most games are within a play or two of being completely different from the final result, and the Ravens truly botched making this game a lot closer than it was. I texted Kennelworthy during this game, discussing how even more pissed off I am at this team for this performance in light of their playoff games against the Titans in the past.
The AFC now has only one team that can keep this theory going: the Jets.
The Saints/Cardinals game is a wash on the "resting the starters" discussion. Both teams were guilty of it. However, it didn't look like it hurt the Saints that much. Of course, the Cardinals were short-handed on both sides of the ball for much of the game. Not that it looked like it would have mattered.
Oh, and one more thing: Dan Dierdorf pulled off one of those great announcer comments that, without any possible way of seeing an alternate universe, took the results of tonight's game as irrefutable proof that "...the Colts rested their starters, and it worked." Since we will never know what would have happened had they played their starters, this comment is officially null and void. And with the history of the Colts and this issue, they took a big gamble. I really don't care what happened tonight.
It'll be funny if, after all that, we still get the matchups that the regular season promised: Vikings/Saints, Colts/Chargers...it's what everyone wanted, we may well get it.