Trust is tough to find and tougher to hold in this crazy, unpredictable world, but with the Seattle Seahawks, I really thought we were good.
Coming off three straight wins — one of which was in Foxborough — with Russell Wilson looking healthy, Thomas Rawls back and the offensive line showing signs of coming together, the Seahawks looked like the rare NFL team we could trust. Fire ’em up in Tampa: Start all of your Seahawks in fantasy, feel good about it. They lost 14-5.
It’s like going away and leaving your teenager to watch the house. You’ve done it before for a night here or there, because he’s a good kid and you feel sure he’s ready for the responsibility. Then you come home and there are beer cans everywhere, the garage has a chunk out of it at the exact height of the car’s rear bumper, and somehow, someone managed to put a whole toilet on the roof.
“Philip has put up some tremendous numbers in this game. We’ve all been fortunate to play for a long time and been able to do a lot of great things. That would be an awesome honor, but hopefully that’s a long way off.”
With years left to spare, all three players rank top-10 all time in touchdown passes and top-15 in passing yards.
Roethlisberger was the 11th overall pick in 2004, seven spots after Rivers and 10 after Manning. In the past, Roethlisberger used that as motivational fuel to play well. But no longer. He’s simply about winning games, he says.
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The way Roethlisberger sees it, everything worked out perfectly. He isn’t concerned with what the New York fishbowl would have been like. Then-Giants general manager Ernie Accorsi was high on Roethlisberger and might have selected him under different circumstances. (Manning was drafted No. 1 by the Chargers but refused to play for them and was traded a short time later in a deal for Rivers, who was drafted by the Giants.)
“I wouldn’t change what happened for anything in the world,” Roethlisberger said.