September 14, 2013 Updated: September 14, 2013 at 8:00 pm
The NFL didn't become a billion-dollar operation by making dumb decisions. Hosting a Super Bowl in New York/New Jersey figures to be a bottom-line bonanza. On Feb. 2, 2014, the Big Game will be held in a cold-weather city and open-air stadium for the first time in league history. "All we can worry about is the second week of the season in September," Broncos safety Rahim Moore said when I asked if the Broncos will make a second trip to MetLife Stadium in February. "And then we'll move on from there." If there was ever a question what makes the NFL tick - cash money - this decision confirms it. You don't need a meteorologist to forecast what's in store for New Jersey in February: Frozen foam fingers. The Farmer's Almanac already has predicted the "Storm Bowl," with extra-cold temperatures. This is a bad idea, right up there with pocketknives that don't close and "Back to the Future III". Why risk a great thing?
Things that cost more in the New York metro area than elsewhere: Apartments, parking spaces, McDonald's. Football tickets. So far this season - and quite possibly for the rest of this season - the hottest ticket in the NFL is Manning Bowl III. At last glance, lower-level seats on the 50-yard line were demanding $4,391, via StubHub.com. Or, one month's rent for a 2-BR, 1-bath apartment on 2nd Avenue in the East Village. Among the other games on the schedule, perhaps only the Patriots-Broncos matchup (Brady vs. Manning) would demand a comparable ticket price. But that's unlikely, considering the New York market and the potential for witnessing the final matchup between the Brothers Manning. Tickets for Sunday's showdown were also coveted by Broncos players.
Here's some positive news on the running back front: C.J. Anderson strolled through the Broncos locker room without a knee brace Monday. Two days later, he strolled onto the practice field. Don't expect the undrafted rookie to play Sunday vs. the Giants. That's too much, too soon, for a player coming off a sprained MCL in training camp. Do expect Anderson to work his way into the rotation over the next 15 games. The promising rookie could help answer some of the running back questions that began to surface when the Broncos released Willis McGahee and no one jumped forward to claim his starting spot. Worth noting: the Giants needed a running back and didn't sign McGahee, who still is without a team. As The Gazette reported in June, McGahee wasn't fully healthy, and it appears other teams are just as hesitant to spend money on a 31-year-old tailback as the Broncos.