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So with no further ado…..
NFL Sunday Round-Up
Most Impressive Teams of the Week
Philadelphia Eagles (4-2) – The Eagles beat the last undefeated team in the NFL and they did so in impressive fashion. Everyone knew that the Vikings offense was eventually going to catch up to them and it happened this week. The Eagles defense absolutely smothered Minnesota and even though Carson Wentz struggled this week against the Purple People Eaters, Philly was able to hand the Vikings their first loss of the season and also ended their own two-game losing streak. Big win for Philly this week.
Detroit Lions (4-3) – Detroit played a pretty good Washington Redskins team this week and they once again came away with the win. The Lions are now riding a three-game winning streak and there’s people out there who are even mentioning Matthew Stafford in the MVP conversation. I know it sounds weird and everything, but if the Lions keep playing like they have been, they might be looking at their first playoff win in almost thirty years. And I just jinxed them……
Oakland Raiders (5-2) – The Raiders got their butts whooped last week by the Chiefs and they came out and responded in a big way this week. They went all the way to Jacksonville and ended up crushing the Jaguars in what was an extremely impressive game for Oakland. The Raiders are well on their way to making the playoffs and if they play like they did this week when they get there, they might end up with a victory or two. Raiders fans are hyped like they haven’t been in years for this team and there’s a good reason why.
Miami Dolphins (3-4) – The Dolphins bounced back from a 17-6 deficit and ended up picking up a huge divisional win. The Bills were riding a four-game win streak heading into this game and they looked well on their way to another victory, but then the Dolphins and Jay Ajayi turned it on and never looked back. Everyone was ready to bury Miami a few weeks ago, but now they are riding a nice little two-game win streak and actually look like a solid team at home. Don’t bury these guys yet. They still have some life left.
New England Patriots (5-1) – All they do is win. This week they went into Pittsburgh and beat the snot out of a team that a lot of people think they could face in the AFC Championship potentially. I’m not one to rush to judgement, but as of today, the AFC is the New England Patriots……and then everyone else is WAYYYYYYY back here. Damn you Bill Belichick. You’ve done it again.
San Diego Chargers (3-4) – A massive win on the road in overtime in Atlanta for a team that really needed it. The AFC West looks like it could be the best division in football and San Diego couldn’t afford to drop behind in the race any further than they already have. The Chargers fans aren’t used to big wins like this, but enjoy it while you can. After some miserable starts to the season, things were bound to bounce your way eventually. That looks to be the case right now.
Most Disappointing Teams of the Week
Minnesota Vikings (5-1) – Minnesota definitely didn’t look like a team coming off a bye this week. They looked unprepared and were just beaten up by a team that was on a two-game losing streak in the Philadelphia Eagles. I have faith that the Vikings will get it turned around, but this is a horrible loss in the grand scheme of things. Teams are supposed to be better coming off a bye, not worse. What the hell happened this week Mike Zimmer?
Jacksonville Jaguars (2-4) – They suck and there’s just too much talent on this team for them to be this bad. It’s time to let Gus Bradley go and bring in an offensive minded guy to get this team rolling. Whatever they are doing right now just isn’t working.
San Francisco 49ers (1-6) – They are awful. They might be the only team that the Cleveland Browns can beat and that’s saying a lot. Some people are saying that Chip Kelly’s job is already in danger, but I find that hard to believe. There’s not a soul alive who could coach a team with this amount of crappy talent. While I would love to see Kelly come back to college football, I doubt he gets fired because of how this team is playing. Everyone knew they were going to suck.
Cleveland Browns (0-7) – Another week, another Cleveland Browns loss. How sweet would it be if the same year the Cavs win the NBA title and the Indians win the World Series….the Browns end up going 0-16? C’mon, you know you want it to happen.
Baltimore Ravens (3-4) – After starting out the season 3-0, the Ravens have dropped their last four and they look utterly awful when you watch them play (which I try not to). After a hot start, Baltimore just looks like they have no life and it may only be a matter of time before we start hearing rumors about John Harbaugh’s job. It would be a crime if Harbaugh were fired by Baltimore, but some fans are impatient and want change when things aren’t working anymore. Trust me, I know.
Players of the Week
1. Andrew Luck (Indianapolis Colts): 353 passing yards, 3 touchdowns
2. Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints): 367 passing yards, 3 touchdowns, 1 interception
3. Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers): 326 passing yards, 3 touchdowns
4. Jameis Winston (Tampa Bay Buccaneers): 269 passing yards, 3 touchdowns, 1 interception
5. Andy Dalton (Cincinnati Bengals): 308 passing yards, 2 touchdowns
1. Jay Ajayi (Miami Dolphins): 214 rushing yards, 1 touchdown
2. Jeremy Hill (Cincinnati Bengals): 168 rushing yards, 1 touchdown
3. LeGarrette Blount (New England Patriots): 127 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns
4. Matt Forte (New York Jets): 100 rushing yards, 1 touchdown
5. DeMarco Murray (Tennessee Titans): 107 rushing yards, 1 touchdown
1. A.J. Green (Cincinnati Bengals): 169 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
2. Davante Adams (Green Bay Packers): 132 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns
3. T.Y. Hilton (Indianapolis Colts): 133 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
4. Julio Jones (Atlanta Falcons): 174 receiving yards
5. Mike Evans (Tampa Bay Buccaneers): 96 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns
1. Rob Gronkowski (New England Patriots): 93 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
2. Delanie Walker (Tennessee Titans): 84 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
3. Jack Doyle (Tennessee Titans): 78 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
4. Vernon Davis (Washington Redskins): 79 receiving yards
5. Gary Barnidge (Cleveland Browns): 66 receiving yards
1. Philadelphia Eagles
2. New York Giants
3. Baltimore Ravens
4. Atlanta Falcons
5. Green Bay Packers
NFL Head Coach Stock Watch
Being an NFL head coach is one of the toughest jobs in the world. When your team is winning, everyone loves you. When your team is losing, everyone wants your head on a stake placed in front of the stadium for everyone to spit on. This section of the column will keep tabs of which coaches stocks are exploding and who’s stocks are dropping at a significant rate….
Bill Belichick (New England Patriots)
Gary Kubiak (Denver Broncos)
Pete Carroll (Seattle Seahawks)
Jason Garrett (Dallas Cowboys)
Andy Reid (Kansas City Chiefs)
Adam Gase (Miami Dolphins)
Ben McAdoo (New York Giants)
Jim Caldwell (Detroit Lions)
Mike McCoy (San Diego Chargers)
Bill O’Brien (Houston Texans)
Doug Pederson (Philadelphia Eagles)
Todd Bowles (New York Jets)
Jack Del Rio (Oakland Raiders)
Mike McCarthy (Green Bay Packers)
Marvin Lewis (Cincinnati Bengals)
Chuck Pagano (Indianapolis Colts)
Rex Ryan (Buffalo Bills)
Mike Tomlin (Pittsburgh Steelers)
Jay Gruden (Washington Redskins)
Mike Mularkey (Tennessee Titans)
Sean Payton (New Orleans Saints)
Ron Rivera (Carolina Panthers)
Bruce Arians (Arizona Cardinals)
Dan Quinn (Atlanta Falcons)
Gus Bradley (Jacksonville Jaguars)
John Harbaugh (Baltimore Ravens)
Chip Kelly (San Francisco 49ers)
Hue Jackson (Cleveland Browns)
John Fox (Chicago Bears)
Jeff Fisher (Los Angeles Rams)
Previewing Week 8’s Biggest Games
Washington Redskins (4-3) @ Cincinnati Bengals (3-4)
The Redskins are desperate for a win after a loss this week. They want to avoid another loss in order to stay afloat in the NFC East division race. The Bengals look like a team that may have finally figured it out and have the train on the right tracks. Jay Gruden will be making his return to Cincinnati this weekend and something tells me we’ll hear a thing or two about that from the media going into this game. Still, this should be a good game from two teams that are looking to stay in the playoff race and not risk falling out.
The Pick: Cincinnati Bengals
Oakland Raiders (5-2) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-3)
A re-match of Super Bowl XXXVII. Is it an omen that in the same year the Raiders look like they finally have a legit playoff team that they are going to play the team they last faced in the playoffs? Raiders fans sure hope so. This is a big game for Oakland who is 4-0 on the road and is playing their second straight game in Florida. Will it be too much for the Raiders as the Bucs finally hand them their first road loss? Highly doubtful considering Tampa Bay is awful at home. Place some money on the Raiders in this one.
The Pick: Oakland Raiders
Detroit Lions (4-3) @ Houston Texans (4-2)
The Detroit Lions are rolling right now and if they can pick up a win against the Houston Texans in Houston (where the Texans are currently 4-0 at press time) it will officially be a statement win from the Lions. Detroit was one of the hottest teams to end the season last year and they look like they finally have found their groove again this season. If they can pick up a win next week against the Texans, that would be massive and would send a huge statement to the rest of the league.
The Pick: Houston Texans
New England Patriots (6-1) @ Buffalo Bills (4-3)
Here you go Rex Ryan. Here’s ANOTHER chance for you to stop the juggernaut known as Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. Even though you had a bit of a slip-up this past week against the Dolphins, the Bills have had a pretty good season up to this point. If they can beat the Patriots next weekend, it would be a shocker and Bills fans will likely start planning their playoff parties immediately following the game. What a huge AFC East match-up next week and one that I personally can’t wait to see.
The Pick: New England Patriots
Green Bay Packers (4-3) @ Atlanta Falcons (4-3)
Two NFC teams that are desperately in need of a win in order to stay in the playoff race. The good news for the Falcons is, their division is pure garbage and even with a loss against the Packers next week…they are still in the playoff race. The bad news for the Packers is, with the Vikings and the Lions playing good football, you guys can’t afford a loss here. Which Aaron Rodgers will we see next weekend? Hopefully it’s the good one because I’m dying to see a shoot out in Atlanta.
The Pick: Atlanta Falcons
Philadelphia Eagles (4-2) @ Dallas Cowboys (5-1)
The game of the week next weekend and it just so happens to be on Sunday Night Football. This one could very well determine the outcome in the NFC East, so to say it’s a big game would be an understatement. If you’re a football fan, make sure you catch this one. It’s going to be a good one.
The Pick: Dallas Cowboys