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So with no further ado…..
NFL Sunday Round-Up
Most Impressive Teams of the Week
Atlanta Falcons (7-4) – Before the season kicked off, the Atlanta Falcons and the Arizona Cardinals were two teams headed in different directions. The Cardinals were widely expected to be Super Bowl contenders this year after an impressive season last year. The Falcons were expected to be decent this year, but reaching the playoffs may have been a pipe dream. Here we are almost in December and the script has totally flipped with these teams. As of right now, the Cardinals are dead in the water and the Falcons are soaring. Atlanta didn’t just beat Arizona this weekend, they mauled them. Don’t look now but the Atlanta Falcons look like a potential dark horse team to reach the Super Bowl in the NFC. Who predicted that back in August?
New Orleans Saints (5-6) – The Saints took the “usually really good” Los Angeles Rams defense behind the woodshed and showed them who was boss. New Orleans really needed this win in order to stay in the playoff picture, and they just boat raced the Rams. The Saints 49 points is the most scored on the Rams’ in aloooooong time. Sure, you can give a lot of credit to Sean Payton and the coaching staff for taking advantage of knowing what the Rams were going to do on defense (Rams’ defensive coordinator Gregg Williams used to be the Saints’ DC), but that’s part of the game isn’t it? That’s why Sean Payton is one of the best head coaches in the NFL.
Miami Dolphins (7-4) – This win over the 49ers on Sunday was Miami’s sixth straight win and the Dolphins are rolling right now. Their remaining schedule is extremely winnable and the New England Patriots have to be sweating. Even though the Dolphins almost blew this one, it’s all about getting the “W” in the win/loss column and not how you got there. Miami is a rejuvenated team under new head coach Adam Gase. It would be damn near a miracle for the Dolphins to win the AFC East in Gase’s first year as a head coach, but like Kevin Garnett once said…..ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!
New England Patriots (9-2) – Yes, it was against the Jets and they are a dumpster fire this year, but New England picked up a huge road division win this week. With the Miami Dolphins right on their tails, the Patriots can’t afford any slip-ups if they want to win their eighth straight division title (and 13 out of the last 14). The Patriots still look like the best team in the AFC to me and it’s not even close.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-5) – Back-to-back wins over the Kansas City Chiefs and the Seattle Seahawks? Not only that, but they’ve played some damn good defense in the process and Jameis Winston continues to show that he’s the real deal. Don’t look now but the Bucs are catching fire and everyone knows that good football teams get better as the season goes on. The Bucs look like a playoff team to me and if I’m the Atlanta Falcons, I’m worried about these guys.
Kansas City Chiefs (8-3) – In what was easily the game of the year so far in the NFL, the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Denver Broncos in a hard-fought physical game on Sunday Night Football. Man, was this game fantastic or what? At the start, it looked like we were in for a potential 5-3 game with the way the defenses were playing. However, things started to open up in the second half and everything went off the rails. I’m still not sure how the Chiefs managed to pull off this victory, but they did and I’m not going to complain about it. The AFC West is a dog fight right now with the Raiders, Chiefs, and Broncos all in playoff contention and the Chargers not far behind. Whoever walks away with the division has to be considered a legitimate threat to the New England Patriots in the AFC. You don’t win the AFC West by just being a mediocre football team.
Most Disappointing Teams of the Week
Cleveland Browns (0-12) – It’s going to happen isn’t it? In the same year the Cleveland Cavaliers win the NBA title and the Cleveland Indians reach the World Series….the Browns are going to go 0-16. Can we just change Cleveland’s logo to a turd already? Not only is it fitting for the way the team plays on-the-field, but it’s also fitting for the team name as well. This is getting ugly, but everyone knew that was going to happen when Hue Jackson took the job.
Los Angeles Rams (4-7) – What an ugly ugly ugly game this week for the Rams. Los Angles is a piss poor football team, but the one thing they have going for them is their defense. Not this week though. The Saints absolutely mauled the Rams in embarrassing fashion. Remember when Jeff Fisher said he wasn’t going to finish 7-9 this year on Hard Knocks? Weellllll, he’s right. The Rams will finish 6-10 and will probably give Fisher a contract extension and a bonus. Good lord he sucks.
San Francisco 49ers (1-10) – Can we just put Chip Kelly out of his misery and send him back to Oregon? Things were much better for both Oregon and Chipper when he was in Eugene as one of the best masterminds in college football. Now he’s just an afterthought.
Houston Texans (6-5) – I’ve said all season long that I don’t think the Houston Texans are a very good football team. Brock Osweiler SUCKS and once again he was awful this weekend throwing 3 interceptions as the 5-6 San Diego Chargers beat the AFC South leading Texans at home. Don’t look now, but the Tennessee Titans are only a 1/2 game back behind the Texans in the division race. I’m not much of a gambling man, but if I had to lay some money down, I think the Titans win that division. My man Marcus Mariota is tearing it up right now and like I said earlier…..the HOUSTON TEXANS SUCK.
Seattle Seahawks (7-3-1) – What the hell happened this week Seattle? Tampa Bay’s defense isn’t exactly known for shutting people out (the Bucs are currently ranked 21st in the NFL in defense), yet they made you guys look like a bunch of amateurs. I’m not selling my Seahawks stock yet as I think they are still one of the best teams in the NFC, but I’m on the phone with people getting a price tag. Scoring only five points against a lower tier defense is a red flag if I’ve ever seen one.
Players of the Week
1. Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints): 310 passing yards, 4 touchdowns
2. Kirk Cousins (Washington Redskins): 351 passing yards, 3 touchdowns
3. Trevor Siemian (Denver Broncos): 368 passing yards, 3 touchdowns
4. Ryan Tannehill (Miami Dolphins): 285 passing yards, 3 touchdowns
5. Colin Kaepernick (San Francisco 49ers): 296 passing yards, 3 touchdowns, 1 interception
1. Mark Ingram (New Orleans Saints): 146 rushing yards, 1 touchdowns
2. LeSean McCoy (Buffalo Bills): 103 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns
3. Ezekiel Elliott (Dallas Cowboys): 97 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns
4. Le’Veon Bell (Pittsburgh Steelers): 120 rushing yards, 1 touchdown
5. Jonathan Stewart (Carolina Panthers): 124 rushing yards
1. Antonio Brown (Pittsburgh Steelers): 91 receiving yards, 3 touchdowns
2. Michael Thomas (New Orleans Saints): 108 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns
3. Mike Evans (Tampa Bay Buccaneers): 104 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns
4. Odell Beckham Jr. (New York Giants): 96 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns
5. Emmanuel Sanders (Denver Broncos): 162 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
1. Jordan Reed (Washington Redskins): 95 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns
2. Tyler Eifert (Cincinnati Bengals): 68 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
3. Dion Sims (Miami Dolphins): 53 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
4. Lance Kendricks (Los Angeles Rams): 51 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
5. Delanie Walker (Tennessee Titans): 50 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
1. New York Giants
2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
3. Oakland Raiders
4. Kansas City Chiefs
5. San Diego Chargers
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)
Ben McAdoo (New York Giants)
Adam Gase (Miami Dolphins)
Jim Caldwell (Detroit Lions)
Rex Ryan (Buffalo Bills)
Mike Tomlin (Pittsburgh Steelers)
Mike McCoy (San Diego Chargers)
Sean Payton (New Orleans Saints)
Dirk Koetter (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
John Harbaugh (Baltimore Ravens)
Mike Mularkey (Tennessee Titans)
Dan Quinn (Atlanta Falcons)
Bruce Arians (Arizona Cardinals)
Jay Gruden (Washington Redskins)
Ron Rivera (Carolina Panthers)
Bill O’Brien (Houston Texans)
Mike Zimmer (Minnesota Vikings)
Doug Pederson (Philadelphia Eagles)
Chuck Pagano (Indianapolis Colts)
Mike McCarthy (Green Bay Packers)
Gus Bradley (Jacksonville Jaguars)
Todd Bowles (New York Jets)
Marvin Lewis (Cincinnati Bengals)
Chip Kelly (San Francisco 49ers)
Hue Jackson (Cleveland Browns)
John Fox (Chicago Bears)
Jeff Fisher (Los Angeles Rams)
The NFL playoffs are right around the corner. It’s what every NFL team aspires for when the season begins. When you arrive at training camp in July/August, you should have every intention of reaching the playoffs, if not….than why are you even playing the game?
This is what the NFL’s playoff picture currently looks like heading into week 13…..
AFC East Leader: New England Patriots (9-2)
AFC West Leader: Oakland Raiders (9-2)
AFC North Leader: Baltimore Ravens (6-5)
AFC South Leader: Houston Texans (6-5)
AFC Wildcard #1: Kansas City Chiefs (8-3)
AFC Wildcard #2: Miami Dolphins (7-4)
Outside Looking In: Denver Broncos (7-4), Pittsburgh Steelers (6-5), Buffalo Bills (6-5), Tennessee Titans (6-6), Indianapolis Colts (5-6), San Diego Chargers (5-6), Cincinnati Bengals (3-7-1), New York Jets (3-8), Jacksonville Jaguars (2-9)
Better Luck Next Year: Cleveland Browns (0-12)
NFC East Leader: Dallas Cowboys (10-1)
NFC West Leader: Seattle Seahawks (7-3-1)
NFC North Leader: Detroit Lions (7-4)
NFC South Leader: Atlanta Falcons (7-4)
NFC Wildcard #1: New York Giants (8-3)
NFC Wildcard #2: Washington Redskins (6-4-1)
Outside Looking In: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-5), Minnesota Vikings (6-5), Philadelphia Eagles (5-5), New Orleans Saints (5-6-1), Arizona Cardinals (4-6-1), Green Bay Packers (4-6), Carolina Panthers (4-7), Los Angeles Rams (4-7), Chicago Bears (2-9)
Better Luck Next Year: San Francisco 49ers (1-10)
And that’s it for week 12!