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So with no further ado…..
NFL Sunday Round-Up
Most Impressive Teams of the Week
Kansas City Chiefs (7-2) – Once again, it wasn’t pretty but somehow someway the Kansas City Chiefs continue to find a way to win football games. The Chiefs offense owes the defense a big time thank you this week for bailing them out of this game against the Panthers. Alex Smith and the offense were off the entire game, but thankfully for Chiefs fans the defense showed why they are one of the best in the league as they led the second-half comeback. Marcus Peters made a huge play at the end of the game when he stripped Kelvin Benjamin for a fumble to ensure that the Chiefs are all alone in first-place in the crowded AFC West. If this team can ever get fully healthy, they may be able to give the Patriots a fight come playoff time.
Tennessee Titans (5-5) – The Titans were supposed to be the worst team in the NFL, weren’t they? Now they are coming out and stomping the Green Bay Packers with no remorse. How the hell are the Titans doing this? Oh that’s right. They have a young QB named Marcus Mariota who is a great leader/teammate and the team has bought into him. They also have a great offensive line, an awesome running game and a defense that is pretty good. Don’t look now, but the Titans might actually be a playoff team. You laugh now, but you won’t be laughing when Marcus Mariota is tearing it up in the NFL post-season. THE TITANS JUST BEAT THE PACKERS 47-25!!!! WHO SAW THAT COMING BACK IN AUGUST?!?!?!
Philadelphia Eagles (5-4) – Philadelphia scored a big win over the Atlanta Falcons this weekend to remain in the playoff race. With the way the Dallas Cowboys are playing, the Eagles need every win they can get and this one was huge. The Atlanta Falcons had been playing some of the best football in the NFL going into this game and the Eagles beat them up. I don’t know what it is about the Eagles at home, but they are 4-o in Philly this year and look like an extremely dangerous team on their home-field. Just ask the Falcons. It’s probably not possible for the Eagles to even think of getting home-field advantage in the playoffs…..but you can dream Eagles fans. No one can take that away from you.
Houston Texans (6-3) – A win over the Jacksonville Jaguars is never really something to brag about, but the Texans got a division win on the road to remain in first place in the AFC South. That will always get you listed in the “Most Impressive Teams of the Week”. I’m still not sold on Houston though. They have a big test next week against the Oakland Raiders and we are really going to get a feel for them. If they can take out the Raiders, I’ll eat my words and start to consider Houston a legitimate threat in the AFC. Until then, suck it Texans fans. You’re fools gold.
Dallas Cowboys (8-1) – HOW ABOUT DEM COWBOYS? Wow. What. A. Football. Game. The Cowboys and Steelers just played in what will arguably be the best NFL game of the season. It was a back-and-forth high-scoring affair which always makes for a great NFL game. I don’t know how the Cowboys were able to pull it off at the end, but they managed to do it and they continue to dominate the NFC. It’s starting to look like we are heading for a potential Cowboys vs. Patriots Super Bowl and I’m not sure the bandwagon can hold that amount of fans. Props to the Cowboys who are now faced with the question….do you bench the hot rookie Dak Prescott for the reliable veteran Tony Romo? I personally say no. Not with the way Dak is playing and I’m a huge Romo guy. It’s pretty obvious that Dallas and Romo are headed for a divorce, but at least Tony can watch some fun games from the sidelines in the meantime and the Cowboys have a hell of a back-up QB (for the time being).
Miami Dolphins (5-4) – Massive road win for the Dolphins in San Diego. Don’t look now but Miami is riding a four-game win streak with an extremely favorable schedule left. I personally think they can finish 4-3 to finish out the year giving them a 9-7 record on the season. Will that be good enough to make the playoffs? Maybe, but the AFC playoff picture is going to be crowded, especially with three teams from the AFC West potentially making the post-season. Either way, the Dolphins are rolling right now and are playing some good football. What the hell is going on in Miami? Has Adam Gase finally gotten the Dolphins back into NFL relevancy?
Seattle Seahawks (6-2-1) – C’mon now. Anytime you can beat the New England Patriots on the road, you’re one of the most impressive teams of the week. The Seahawks were on point this week and when they play like this, they are extremely tough to beat. My Super Bowl prediction at the beginning of the season was Seattle over New England. If this game was indeed a Super Bowl preview, I’m more than happy with that (although I’d be happier with a Seattle vs. KC match-up). The Seahawks look to finally be ready to once again take the NFL by storm. The rest of you have all been warned.
Most Disappointing Teams of the Week
Carolina Panthers (3-6) – How did Carolina blow this game? They were up 17-3 at home against the Chiefs and Kansas City’s offense couldn’t score touchdowns. Somehow though, this year’s Carolina Panthers team isn’t like last years team and seemingly doesn’t have any magic left in their tanks. Turnovers in the second-half were huge and ultimately ended up costing the Panthers this game. It’s a bummer to because Carolina was really starting to come around and a win over a team that is 17-2 in their last 19 regular season games would have been extremely massive for a team looking to get their season turned around fast.
Green Bay Packers (4-5) – I mentioned last week that the Green Bay Packers suck now and look what happened. Before the season started, a lot of people had the Tennessee Titans as their worst team in the NFL. Now the Titans come out and absolutely boat race the Packers. I mean, this one wasn’t even close people. The Titans came out from the gates and smacked the Packers in the face and it’s officially panic time in Green Bay. Something is going on with this team and it looks like it’s a lack of leadership. Word around the NFL is that Aaron Rodgers isn’t exactly the best teammate/leader and the cracks might be starting to show. If the Packers don’t fix this thing, changes are going to be made in the off-season. What kind of changes? I don’t know. But they will be HUGE.
Minnesota Vikings (5-4) – Minnesota is done. After starting out the season looking like perhaps the best team in the NFL, the Vikings have lost their last four games and are now in free-fall mode. All the injuries the Vikings have suffered are starting to catch up with them. The offense is awful, which means their once great defense can never get off the field and thus the team has no real significant advantage anymore. Sorry Vikings fans, but you can go ahead and kiss your post-season dreams goodbye. I just don’t see this thing getting turned around and I think the Lions are a better team than the Vikings and the Packers are. And BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE!
Chicago Bears (2-7) – The Bears are a dumpster fire. If it wasn’t for the 49ers and the Browns sucking this year, the Bears would probably be a sure thing to get the #1 overall draft pick in the NFL Draft. I’m not sure if John Fox’s job is safe or not, but it probably shouldn’t be. This team is dreadful.
New York Jets (3-7) – I really wanted to include both the New York Jets and the Los Angeles Rams in this category for putting on one of the worst NFL games I’ve ever seen. Sometimes a 9-6 game can be OK. In this case though? No. Not at all. The Jets and the Rams are both terrible and this game will go down as one of the worst games of this NFL season. This was some serious 7-9 bullshit. The only reason I’m not including the Rams with the Jets is because they managed to actually get the win here. Although if you really think about it….no one really won here.
Players of the Week
1. Marcus Mariota (Tennessee Titans): 295 passing yards, 4 touchdowns
2. Ben Roethlisberger (Pittsburgh Steelers): 408 passing yards, 3 touchdowns
3. Russell Wilson (Seattle Seahawks): 348 passing yards, 3 touchdowns
3. Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers): 371 passing yards, 2 touchdowns, 2 interceptions
4. Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints): 303 passing yards, 3 touchdowns, 2 interceptions
1. Ezekiel Elliott (Dallas Cowboys): 114 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns
2. Ryan Mathews (Philadelphia Eagles): 109 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns
3. DeMarco Murray (Tennessee Titans): 123 rushing yards, 1 touchdown
4. David Johnson (Arizona Cardinals): 55 rushing yards, 1 touchdown
5. LeGarrette Blount (New England Patriots): 69 rushing yards, 3 touchdowns
1. Antonio Brown (Pittsburgh Steelers): 154 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
2. Jordy Nelson (Green Bay Packers): 126 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
3. Tyrell Williams (San Diego Chargers): 125 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
4. Dez Bryant (Dallas Cowboys): 116 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
5. Stefon Diggs (Minnesota Vikings): 164 receiving yards
1. Delanie Walker (Tennessee Titans): 124 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
2. Cameron Brate (Tampa Bay Buccaneers): 84 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
3. Kyle Rudolph (Minnesota Vikings): 69 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
4. Vernon Davis (Washington Redskins): 66 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
5. Antonio Gates (San Diego Chargers): 63 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
1. Miami Dolphins
2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
3. Baltimore Ravens
4. Kansas City Chiefs
5. Houston Texans
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)
Jack Del Rio (Oakland Raiders)
Adam Gase (Miami Dolphins)
Ben McAdoo (New York Giants)
Bill O’Brien (Houston Texans)
Jim Caldwell (Detroit Lions)
Chuck Pagano (Indianapolis Colts)
John Harbaugh (Baltimore Ravens)
Doug Pederson (Philadelphia Eagles)
Jay Gruden (Washington Redskins)
Dirk Koetter (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
Bruce Arians (Arizona Cardinals)
Mike Mularkey (Tennessee Titans)
Rex Ryan (Buffalo Bills)
Mike McCoy (San Diego Chargers)
Sean Payton (New Orleans Saints)
Dan Quinn (Atlanta Falcons)
Ron Rivera (Carolina Panthers)
Mike McCarthy (Green Bay Packers)
Mike Zimmer (Minnesota Vikings)
Marvin Lewis (Cincinnati Bengals)
Mike Tomlin (Pittsburgh Steelers)
Gus Bradley (Jacksonville Jaguars)
Todd Bowles (New York Jets)
Chip Kelly (San Francisco 49ers)
Hue Jackson (Cleveland Browns)
John Fox (Chicago Bears)
Jeff Fisher (Los Angeles Rams)
And that’s it for week 10!