By Danny Cox
With the 2013 NFL regular season coming to a close, there is already a lot going on in preparation for next year. The first overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft has been decided and the 2014 Pro Bowl rosters have been announced. Also, the Houston Texans have nothing else going for them so they are trying to doubt Peyton Manning.
Houston Texans interim head coach decides to question Peyton Manning’s record-setting TD
Last week, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning set an NFL record for touchdown passes in a season with his 51st. That throw came against the Houston Texans, but now interim head coach Wade Phillips has said the NFL told him it never should have counted because wide receiver Eric Decker was juggling the ball while he was headed out of bounds.
Phillips knows that the NFL isn’t going to overturn the pass or the record, but he still decided to say, “Poor Manning. He thought he broke the record.”
Sounds a little bitter, but it didn’t really matter since it put the Broncos up 30-13 at the time before the final score of 37-13 came to be. That also happened to be Houston’s 13th loss in a row.
Manning tallied four more scores towards his record on Sunday against the Oakland Raiders, ending the season with 55 touchdowns.
14th straight loss by Houston Texans give them first overall pick in 2014 draft
The Houston Texans started out the season 2-0 and were hoping for a very successful season ahead of them, but the fanfare stopped right there. In the final week of the season, the Texans lost 16-10 to the Tennessee Titans for their 14th straight loss and that locked them up the first overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.
The second overall pick will belong to the Washington Redskins who finished the season at 3-13. Houston has already seen their head coach Gary Kubiak fired and there are likely to be a great number of other changes before next season begins.
While there is no word yet on who will be selected by the Texans, it is likely they will look for a quarterback. Both Matt Schaub and Case Keenum were used this season without much success at all.
NFL reveals 2014 Pro Bowl rosters set for January draft
There will be some big changes surrounding the 2014 NFL Pro Bowl and the biggest one is that the teams will be drafted by Pro Football Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders. Teams will not be split up by conferences, and the two big-time stars are going to draft teams playground-style.
The player pool from which they will select was chosen this past week with the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers leading the way with eight players apiece. Offensive and defensive players with the most votes, who don’t make it past the divisional playoff round are said to serve as active player captains.
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Danny Cox knows a little something about the NFL, whether it means letting you know what penalty will come from the flag just thrown on the field or quickly spouting off who the Chicago Bears drafted in the first round of the 1987 draft (Jim Harbaugh). He plans on bringing you the best news, previews, recaps, and anything else that may come along with the exciting world of the National Football League. Danny is a freelance writer covering all things NFL. His work can be found on Examiner.com.