Did you miss any of the action from yesterday’s NFL games?
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Sorry for missing last week! Unfortunately I was moving and time wouldn’t allow me to pump out this column. No one was more disappointed than myself.
So without further ado…..
NFL Sunday Round-Up
Most Impressive Teams of the Week
Tennessee Titans (8-6) – Big win for Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans against the Kansas City Chiefs this weekend. December is a rough time to come into Arrowhead and beat the Chiefs, yet Tennessee continues to have KC’s number. It wasn’t all pretty though. Tennessee was having a rough time against Kansas City’s tough defense, but they opened up in the fourth quarter and went on to score twelve unanswered points against a Chiefs team that looked anemic on offense in the second half. Like I said earlier, this was a big win for Tennessee as they look to try and capture the AFC South division title. Who saw that one coming at the beginning of the year?
Houston Texans (8-6) – You benched the absolutely awful Brock Osweiler and look what happened! You squeaked out a win against the dreadful Jacksonville Jaguars to stay alive in the playoff race. I still have no hope for the Texans as I think they are an extremely mediocre football team, but benching Osweiler was a step in the right direction. It’s just too bad you decided to pay him $72 million last off-season. BWHAHAHAHAHAHA.
New York Giants (10-4) – Allow me to brag for a second, but I nailed the New York Giants this season. I predicted them to win 11 football games back in August and I also said their defense would be drastically improved. Well…..NAILED IT! The Giants have a real good chance to not only finish with 11 wins, but surpass that total as well. And as for their defense? Yeesh. Watch out for these guys come playoff time. Bill Simmons cracked a joke on Twitter that he’s not ready for another Eli Manning Super Bowl run that is lead by a crazy good defense….but we might be looking at one. SAY WHA?!?!
Indianapolis Colts (7-7) – The Minnesota Vikings are not a good football team anymore, and the Indianapolis Colts took them behind the woodshed and put a beating to them. I’m not really high on the Colts either, but they showed up this week. The AFC South is kind of a joke with the Colts, Texans, and Titans on top and unfortunately one of these mediocre teams is going to end up getting a playoff spot. Who wants it????
Pittsburgh Steelers (9-5) – Whenever the Steelers and the Bengals get together, you never know what’s going to happen. That’s why it was extremely important for the Steelers to win this division game against Cincinnati. Pittsburgh is not only fighting for a playoff spot, but they are also potentially fighting for a first-round bye. Even though the Bengals aren’t as good as they were in previous seasons, they still play Pittsburgh tough and they definitely showed up this week. This win over the Bengals also officially eliminates Cincinnati from playoff contention so that’s an added bonus for Steelers fans.
Atlanta Falcons (9-5) – The Falcons are the real deal folks. Good NFL teams will blow the doors off of bad NFL teams and that’s what happened this week when the Falcons squared off against the 49ers. Atlanta got off to a 21-0 start in the first quarter and never looked back. It was the second game in a row where Atlanta scored at least 40 points and held the other team to under 15. With just the Carolina Panthers and the New Orleans Saints left on their schedule, there’s a good chance the Falcons can score forty points the rest of the season. Are you scared yet Cowboys?
New England Patriots (12-2) – What a week for New England. They not only stomp the reigning Super Bowl champions, but they locked up a guaranteed first-round bye in the process. That’s pretty remarkable. But not as remarkable as the fact that it’s the Patriots SEVENTH CONSECUTIVE FIRST-ROUND BYE! You guys. Do you realize how ridiculous that is? You can hate the Patriots all you want. You hate them because they’re good. They’re not only good, but Bill Belichick is the GOAT and Tom Brady is right there with him. It looks like the Super Bowl once again will go through New England, but you would’ve known that had you read my predictions back in August…..
Oakland Raiders (11-3) – The Raiders clinched a playoff spot with a win over the Chargers this weekend. That means the Raiders will be returning to the playoffs for the first time since they lost the Super Bowl back in the early 2000’s. Not only that, but an Oakland win and a Kansas City loss gives the Raiders a much needed lead in the AFC West title race. Yes, even though the Chiefs beat the Raiders twice this season, they are still behind them in the division race. I’d laugh if it didn’t hurt so much.
Most Disappointing Teams of the Week
Kansas City Chiefs (10-4) – The Chiefs had a big chance to not only clinch a playoff spot this week, but also keep their place on top of the AFC West as well as a top seed heading into the playoffs. But it wasn’t meant to be. The first half went extremely well for Kansas City…but unfortunately, football games go for a whole sixty minutes. Kansas City can not afford any more slip-ups this season. They are in arguably the tightest division race in the NFL and losses like these ones sting bad. There were way too many opportunities that elite NFL teams will capitalize on and the Chiefs just couldn’t get it done this week. Disappointment all around.
Jacksonville Jaguars (2-12) – It’s amazing to me how Gus Bradley manages to keep his job when the Jaguars keep managing to lose week after week after week. Bradley is now 14-48 all-time as the Jaguars head coach and I would laugh, but part of me weeps for Jags fans instead. Can we just fire Gus Bradley and hire Jeff Fisher already? We all know it’s going to happen. Jacksonville would definitely take some 7-9 bullshit over this 2-14 crap, that’s for sure.
(EDITOR’S NOTE: I wrote the above paragraph about fifteen minutes BEFORE the Jaguars decided to fire Gus Bradley on Sunday, so I decided to keep it in)
Cleveland Browns (0-14) – Two more games. That’s all that Cleveland fans have to hope that their lovely Browns can pull out a win and not go down in NFL history as only the second team to finish with an 0-16 record. Honestly though. I think there’s more pressure on the Steelers and the Chargers at this point. You REALLY don’t want to be the team that prevented these dreadful Browns from going winless on the season.
Detroit Lions (9-5) – C’mon Detroit. You’re going to screw this up aren’t you? You guys had a nice little advantage in the NFC North and were well positioned to win your first division title since 1993. And now you guys are starting to play your worst football at a time when the Green Bay Packers are lurking. The Lions can not afford any more losses this year if they want to guarantee themselves their first division title in over two decades. Unfortunately for them they have to travel to Dallas next weekend and if they lose that game and Green Bay wins….these two teams will be playing for the division title in week 17. We all know it’s going to happen so place your bets now.
Cincinnati Bengals (5-8-1) – Cincinnati played well against the Steelers this week, but the loss eliminates the Bengals from the post-season essentially ending their season overall. Usually the Bengals season ends in the first-round of the playoffs, but this year they won’t even have that opportunity. It’s time to move on guys. Let Marvin Lewis go and bring in a new face. It’s just not working.
San Francisco 49ers (1-13) – If you look up the term “dumpster fire” in the Dictionary, there’s a picture of the San Francisco 49ers headquarters. Yeesh. We all knew this team was going to be bad this year, but this is u-g-l-y. Even though Chip Kelly has got word that he’s not going to get fired this season, I still think there’s a chance he is. This team could be VERY interesting once the off-season arrives.
Players of the Week
1. Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints): 388 passing yards, 4 touchdowns
2. Matt Moore (Miami Dolphins): 236 passing yards, 4 touchdowns, 1 interception
3. Russell Wilson (Seattle Seahawks): 229 passing yards, 3 touchdowns, 1 interception
4. Carson Palmer (Arizona Cardinals): 318 passing yards, 2 touchdowns
5. Matt Ryan (Atlanta Falcons): 286 passing yards, 2 touchdowns
1. Devonta Freeman (Atlanta Falcons): 139 rushing yards, 3 touchdowns
2. LeSean McCoy (Buffalo Bills): 153 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns
3. Ty Montgomery (Green Bay Packers): 162 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns
4. Ryan Mathews (Philadelphia Eagles): 128 rushing yards, 1 touchdown
5. David Johnson (Arizona Cardinals): 53 rushing yards, 55 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns
1. Brandin Cooks (New Orleans Saints): 186 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns
2. Tyler Lockett (Seattle Seahawks): 130 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
3. Jarvis Landry (Miami Dolphins): 108 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
4. Alshon Jeffery (Chicago Bears): 89 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
5. John Brown (Arizona Cardinals): 81 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
1. Charles Clay (Buffalo Bills): 72 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
2. Dion Sims (Miami Dolphins): 31 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns
3. Erik Swoope (Indianapolis Colts): 50 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
4. Kyle Rudolph (Minnesota Vikings): 97 receiving yards
5. Hunter Henry (San Diego Chargers): 31 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
1. Miami Dolphins
2. Indianapolis Colts
3. New England Patriots
4. New York Giants
5. Seattle Seahawks
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)
Pete Carroll (Seattle Seahawks)
Jason Garrett (Dallas Cowboys)
Andy Reid (Kansas City Chiefs)
Ben McAdoo (New York Giants)
Jack Del Rio (Oakland Raiders)
Dirk Koetter (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
Mike Tomlin (Pittsburgh Steelers)
Mike McCarthy (Green Bay Packers)
Dan Quinn (Atlanta Falcons)
Sean Payton (New Orleans Saints)
Adam Gase (Miami Dolphins)
Chuck Pagano (Indianapolis Colts)
Bill O’Brien (Houston Texans)
John Harbaugh (Baltimore Ravens)
Mike Mularkey (Tennessee Titans)
Jay Gruden (Washington Redskins)
Gary Kubiak (Denver Broncos)
Bruce Arians (Arizona Cardinals)
Jim Caldwell (Detroit Lions)
Ron Rivera (Carolina Panthers)
Mike McCoy (San Diego Chargers)
Mike Zimmer (Minnesota Vikings)
Doug Pederson (Philadelphia Eagles)
Todd Bowles (New York Jets)
Rex Ryan (Buffalo Bills)
Marvin Lewis (Cincinnati Bengals)
Chip Kelly (San Francisco 49ers)
Hue Jackson (Cleveland Browns)
John Fox (Chicago Bears)
Gus Bradley (Jacksonville Jaguars) 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 (12-2)
AFC West Leader: Oakland Raiders (11-3)
AFC North Leader: Pittsburgh Steelers (9-5)
AFC South Leader: Houston Texans (8-6)
AFC Wildcard #1: Kansas City Chiefs (10-4)
AFC Wildcard #2: Miami Dolphins (9-5)
Outside Looking In: Baltimore Ravens (8-6), Tennessee Titans (8-6), Denver Broncos (8-6), Buffalo Bills (7-7), Indianapolis Colts (7-7)
Better Luck Next Year: Cleveland Browns (0-14), Jacksonville Jaguars (2-12), New York Jets (4-10), San Diego Chargers (5-9), Cincinnati Bengals (5-8-1)
NFC East Leader: Dallas Cowboys (11-2)
NFC West Leader: Seattle Seahawks (9-4-1)
NFC North Leader: Detroit Lions (9-5)
NFC South Leader: Atlanta Falcons (9-5)
NFC Wildcard #1: New York Giants (10-4)
NFC Wildcard #2: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-5)
Outside Looking In: Washington Redskins (7-5-1), Green Bay Packers (8-6), Minnesota Vikings (7-7)
Better Luck Next Year: San Francisco 49ers (1-13), Chicago Bears (3-11), Los Angeles Rams (4-10), Philadelphia Eagles (5-9), Carolina Panthers (5-8), Arizona Cardinals (5-8-1), New Orleans Saints (6-8)
And that’s it for week 15!