1. Just finished watching Colts 37, Broncos 33. I was ready to go to bed, but Peyton Manning put me back in front of the TV. Sorry I won’t be able to stay up for the Jim Irsay told-you-so presser.
2. Did emotions get the better of No. 18 tonight? Did Irsay get in his head? Give the Colts defense a ton of credit. But Manning sure looked human against the Colts. Dare I say old? He wasn’t the same after that safety.
3. Yes, we’d like to welcome the Kansas City Chiefs as the last undefeated team in the NFL. BTW, the 1972 Dolphins started their infamous run in the first regular season game played at Arrowhead Stadium, ’72 opener.
4. There’s a long way to go, but the Chiefs have a crucial one-game lead in the race for the AFC West title and home field in the playoffs. KC plays the Colts later, but at home. The Chiefs are handling a favorable schedule, with Browns and Bills on deck. Don’t know what to make of Denver’s mistakes, the Holliday fumble, giving Indy enough time to score before half, the turnover after cutting the lead to 36-30. Turned out to be a great game. Watching Manning shake half of the hands in Indianapolis after the game was great, too.
5. I’m amazed by the whole Missouri story this year, but to me this is the biggest stunner: 205. That’s the number of yards MU rushed for on the Florida defense. I’ve seen Mizzou do this to lightweight Big 12 defenses, but never imagined it could happen against a big, bad SEC “D.” Oh yes, the Gators are banged up (Missouri started its backup QB), but come on, they’ve got SEC depth, right? I thought Gary Pinkel would be a bad fit in this league, didn’t think he ran the ball or played defense enough to survive in this big boy league. Guess what? The rules changed overnight, with the SEC suddenly looking like the Big 12, with fireworks going off everywhere. And MU has a big boy O-line. They mashed Florida. I know Tiger fans always wait for the other shoe to drop. But here’s why it might not: that offensive line. Pretty impressive.
6. Wonder what Jim Delany thinks of Missouri’s 7-0 start and No. 5 BCS rank. Or the folks in the Big 12. I know what Mike Slive is thinking. He’s thinking he did it again.
7. Mild surprise that Florida State was ahead of Oregon in the BCS standings. If the Ducks beat UCLA and Stanford, they’ll move up.
8. Ohio State could go undefeated two straight seasons and not sniff the national title game. The Big Ten schedule and rep doesn’t do the Bucks (or Wisconsin) any favors. Meanwhile, what will Michigan’s record and RPI look like by late November?
9. Nebraska returned to the AP Top 25 on Sunday. So now the run begins.
10. See you tomorrow for Lunch with Tom, 12:30. Should have an update on Taylor Martinez’ status by then. And maybe a final score on the Colts and Broncos.