Thursday, October 15, 2009

Steve's Guide to Being Undefeated in the NFL
(Orton no longer hears a "Boo")

After 5 weeks, there are only 5 teams undefeated in the NFL. In no particular order, those teams are the New Orleans Saints, the Indianapolis Colts, the New York Giants, the Minnesota Vikings, and the Denver Broncos. What does it take to be undefeated in the NFL this year? It's simple, your quarterback needs to be a Manning, a Favre OR A PURDUE ALUM.

It's not surprising that former Super Bowl champs Eli Manning, Peyton Manning and Brett Favre have kept their teams at the top of the NFL this year. What is a little more surprising is that former Purdue University quarterbacks Drew Brees and (especially) Kyle Orton are right there with them at the top of the standings. From a historical perspective, it shouldn't be a surprise at all. Former Purdue Quarterbacks include champions Bob Griese and Len Dawson.

A hearty congratulations to Kyle Orton. The Broncos were ridiculed earlier this year for trading away proven quarterback Jay Cutler for Orton, whose performance steadily improved with the Bears but remained somewhat uneven. This year, though, with the Broncos, Orton has a quarterback rating of 97.4 so far this year, a number which is better than the current career rating of future hall-of-famer Tom Brady.

Next week the ranks of undefeated quarterbacks will go down by at least one. Eli Manning's Giants will face off with Drew Brees's Saints. The indianapolis Colts will remain undefeated, they have a bye week. I like the Colts' chances overall. Not only do they have the superfantastic Peyton Manning, but sitting on the bench waiting his turn is another former Purdue Boilermaker, Curtiis Painter.

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