Let’s not beat around the bush. Those NFL Sunday Grades columns I was pushing out weren’t exactly the most exciting things to read.
With that said….
That’s right Willy. And it’s time to change things up a bit. Welcome to the NFL Sunday Round-Up column. Instead of grading how everyone does on NFL Sunday, let’s just talk about different subjects instead?
Who were the best teams of the week? Who were the worst?
Who were the top players of the week?
Who’s head coaching stock is going up? Who’s is going down?
All this and much much more. It’s the NFL Sunday Round-Up! Enjoy it….
NFL Sunday Round-Up
Most Impressive Teams of the Week
Buffalo Bills (4-2) – After an 0-2 start, the Buffalo Bills are one of the hottest teams in the NFL. The Bills have now won 4 in a row with wins over the Cardinals, the Rams, the Patriots and now an absolute demolishing of Chip Kelly and the San Francisco 49ers. Don’t look now New England, but Buffalo looks for real as they are playing good football on both sides of the ball. Will this be the year the playoff streak FINALLY ends in Buffalo?
Miami Dolphins (2-4) – Miami is not a very good football team, but they just beat a team that a lot of people have pegged as a Super Bowl contender out of the AFC. Give yourself a pat on the back Adam Gase. This might be the biggest win you get this year.
New England Patriots (5-1) – The Patriots doing Patriot-like things in big games. The Bengals doing Bengal-like things in big games. No surprise here. New England continues to roll along, which shouldn’t come as a surprise to me as they were my AFC Super Bowl pick (humble brag).
Kansas City Chiefs (3-2) – The Oakland Raiders were one of the hottest teams in the league up to this point and they just got smacked in the face on their home-field by their divisional rival. This was a huge win for the Chiefs who needed one after the ass kicking the Steelers gave them a few weeks back. You just don’t mess with Andy Reid when he’s coming off a bye. The guy is 16-2 all-time when coming off a bye and that’s a big reason why securing home-field advantage in the playoffs is a huge thing for this team. Big win for the Chiefs.
Dallas Cowboys (5-1) – The Cowboys are for real folks. After beating Green Bay in Green Bay, I’m officially on the “don’t bench Dak Prescott” bandwagon. It’s just not smart to bench a QB who is playing well on a team that is clicking right now. You risk damaging the team’s chemistry. At this point, Tony Romo can do what he’s done best the past two seasons….watch from the sidelines.
Seattle Seahawks (4-1) – Seattle beat a team that was one of the hottest teams in the league and was playing the best offensive football so far this season in the Atlanta Falcons. The Seahawks move to 4-1 on the year now and made a statement this game. These two teams could likely see each other in the playoffs and if this was a playoff preview….yes please. I’ll take more of this anytime.
Most Disappointing Teams of the Week
San Francisco 49ers (1-5) – After an impressive win over the Rams to start the season, the 49ers have looked like crap ever since. This week, they hit rock bottom by traveling to Buffalo and getting their asses whooped. It might be too early to call for Chip Kelly’s job, but there are going to be a TON of good college jobs open and I think it’s pretty apparent by now that he’s not a good NFL coach.
Carolina Panthers (1-5) – What is wrong with the Carolina Panthers? I mean, we all know the “Super Bowl Curse” exists, but we all thought it was a superstition, am I right? The Panthers look like hot garbage right now and I hate to say it with so much football left to play….but it might be a wrap on their season already.
Cleveland Browns (0-6) – And the Browns are still looking for their first win of the season.
Cincinnati Bengals (2-4) – Cincinnati was considered a Super Bowl contender heading into this season. I even predicted that they would win their first playoff game in over 25 years. That doesn’t look like it’s going to happen anymore. The Bengals are now 2-4 on the season and just got their asses kicked by the New England Patriots. Don’t look now, but Marvin Lewis might finally be on the hot seat. Is it possible? Will we finally see a much-needed coaching change in Cincy?
Oakland Raiders (4-2) – Losing is never fun. Especially when it’s to a divisional rival and on your own home-field. It’s even worse when you get your butts kicked and get shut out in the second half.
Green Bay Packers (3-2) – The Packers are a mess and Aaron Rodgers sucks now. What the hell happened yesterday Green Bay? I’m not sure, but this thing needs to get turned around quickly before heads start rolling in Wisconsin.
Players of the Week
1. Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints): 465 passing yards, 4 touchdowns
2. Tom Brady (New England Patriots): 376 passing yards, 3 touchdowns
3. Case Keenum (Los Angeles Rams): 321 passing yards, 3 touchdowns, 1 interception
4. Matthew Stafford (Detroit Lions): 270 passing yards, 4 touchdowns
5. Marcus Mariota (Tennessee Titans): 284 passing yards, 3 touchdowns, 1 interception
1. Jay Ajayi (Miami Dolphins): 204 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns
2. LeSean McCoy (Buffalo Bills): 140 rushing yards, 3 touchdowns
3. Spencer Ware (Kansas City Chiefs): 131 rushing yards, 1 touchdown
4. Terrance West (Baltimore Ravens): 87 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns
5. Jonathan Stewart (Carolina Panthers): 85 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns
1. Odell Beckham Jr. (New York Giants): 222 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns
2. Kenny Britt (Los Angeles Rams): 136 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns
3. Brandin Cooks (New Orleans Saints): 173 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
4. Golden Tate (Detroit Lions): 165 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
5. Julio Jones (Atlanta Falcons): 139 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
1. Rob Gronkowski (New England Patriots): 162 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns
2. Coby Fleener (New Orleans Saints): 74 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
3. Levine Toilolo (Atlanta Falcons): 69 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
4. Vernon Davis (Washington Redskins): 50 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
5. Greg Olsen (Carolina Panthers): 94 receiving yards
1. Kansas City Chiefs
2. Dallas Cowboys
3. Seattle Seahawks
4. Miami Dolphins
5. Buffalo Bills
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)
Rex Ryan (Buffalo Bills)
Jay Gruden (Washington Redskins)
Mike Tomlin (Pittsburgh Steelers)
Gary Kubiak (Denver Broncos)
Pete Carroll (Seattle Seahawks)
Jason Garrett (Dallas Cowboys)
Adam Gase (Miami Dolphins)
Mike Mularkey (Tennessee Titans)
Ben McAdoo (New York Giants)
Sean Payton (New Orleans Saints)
Gus Bradley (Jacksonville Jaguars)
Jim Caldwell (Detroit Lions)
Mike McCoy (San Diego Chargers)
Andy Reid (Kansas City Chiefs)
Bill O’Brien (Houston Texans)
John Harbaugh (Baltimore Ravens)
Doug Pederson (Philadelphia Eagles)
Ron Rivera (Carolina Panthers)
Todd Bowles (New York Jets)
Bruce Arians (Arizona Cardinals)
Jack Del Rio (Oakland Raiders)
Dan Quinn (Atlanta Falcons)
Mike McCarthy (Green Bay Packers)
Chip Kelly (San Francisco 49ers)
Hue Jackson (Cleveland Browns)
John Fox (Chicago Bears)
Jeff Fisher (Los Angeles Rams)
Marvin Lewis (Cincinnati Bengals)
Chuck Pagano (Indianapolis Colts)
Previewing Week 7’s Biggest Games
Minnesota Vikings (5-0) @ Philadelphia Eagles (3-2)
The Vikings are the hottest team in the NFL and are coming off a bye. The Eagles started hot but are starting to come back to reality. I don’t think Philly has the fire power to put points on this Vikings defense and this game could be a rude awakening for ol’ Carson Wentz.
The Pick: Minnesota Vikings
Washington Redskins (4-2) @ Detroit Lions (3-3)
These two teams have been on fire the last few weeks and there will likely be a lot of points put up in this game. Sign me up for this one and also sign me up for the Lions finally stopping the Redskins win streak.
The Pick: Detroit Lions
New England Patriots (5-1) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (4-2)
This game could potentially be a preview of the AFC Championship. The Patriots and Tom Brady are rolling right now and just like I predicted, look absolutely unstoppable. However, NFL teams that just got embarrased the previous week usually have a tendency to bounce back nicely and this is also a home game for the Steelers which is huge. I’m taking Pittsburgh to pull out the win, but I still heart Tom Brady and Bill Belichick.
The Pick: Pittsburgh Steelers
Houston Texans (4-2) @ Denver Broncos (4-2)
Two potential AFC playoff teams. The Texans are coming off a huge comeback win over the Colts and are looking to continue the momentum going forward. Meanwhile, the Broncos are in desperation mode. This game is going to be a good one and could end up being a preview of a big-time AFC playoff match-up.
The Pick: Denver Broncos