October 21, 2013

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle:

A place to discuss the sports stories that aren't making news, share links that aren't quite front-page material, and diagram plays on your hand. Remember to count to five Mississippi before commenting in anger.

posted by huddle to general at 06:00 AM - 7 comments

Wild game at Indy last night. I wish there'd been a review of the Hillman fumble. It seemed like he had it pressed against his side and that was visible on video.

Peyton Manning seemed rattled by the homecoming. A lot of his passes were expecting huge help from the receivers to catch and/or keep away from defenders. The final touchdown pass (to Demaryius Thomas) was a wobbly duck.

I was hoping Manning would go back to Indy and show those fans what it was like to watch him pick apart your defense, the way he did against Jacksonville twice a year in the AFC South.

posted by rcade at 12:33 PM on October 21

Interesting game, for sure. Indy seemed to take the Patriots circa early-to-mid-2000s strategy on how the DBs approached Manning's receivers -- lots of clutching, grabbing, and physical play that, for the most part, went uncalled. Indy's pass rush also took advantage of Denver's patchwork offensive line, and Manning did not look real comfortable in the pocket all night.

posted by holden at 01:05 PM on October 21

On the rare occasions when Jacksonville beat a Manning-led Indianapolis, it was usually after the Jaguars defense got to Manning early. He sometimes loses his precision when he's knocked around early.

The announcers claimed last night that Andrew Luck told them he likes to get hit sometimes because it reconnects him to the game. I can't imagine Manning ever saying that (nor do I think Luck will be talking that way in a few years).

posted by rcade at 01:32 PM on October 21

I thought it was interesting when they showed that picture of Archie Manning and Oliver Luck as teammates (starting QB and backup QB, respectively) for the 1983 Houston Oilers.

It's amazing how coincidences like that happen...

posted by grum@work at 01:44 PM on October 21

Jim Leyland retires.

posted by Debo270 at 01:49 PM on October 21

lots of clutching, grabbing, and physical play that, for the most part, went uncalled

I'm noticing home teams getting a lot of preferential treatment on the receiver contact this year. I hope the NFL officiating doesn't erode into what we are subjected to in the NBA.

posted by cixelsyd at 02:21 PM on October 21

Jim Leyland retires.

Too bad he could not have gone out a bit closer to the top. Still, he has a solid won-lost record, a WS Champion's ring, and the respect of pretty near everyone in baseball.

posted by Howard_T at 05:12 PM on October 21

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