Weekly NFL Observations for the 2009 Season: Week 16

Posted: 30th December 2009 by C Douglas Baker in NFL
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Other than the multiple playoff implications set up for next week, the biggest story of Week 16 was the Indianapolis Colts eschewing a chance to go undefeated in the regular season by pulling their key starters out in the third quarter against the New York Jets. The Colts ultimately lost the game. The look on Peyton ManningÆs face as he saw the backups give up the lead and the game were quite revealing. He was a true solider, though, of course, and after the game said he was fine with the coachÆs decision. Colts fans were not on board with the decision, however. Coach Jim Caldwell has taken a bit of a whacking the press. All I will say is that going 16-0 means nothing if you donÆt win the Super Bowl, as I so painfully know as a Patriots fan. Without Manning ...

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