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So with no further ado…..
NFL Sunday Round-Up
Most Impressive Teams of the Week
Kansas City Chiefs (6-2) – It wasn’t pretty but the Kansas City Chiefs picked up a win over the Jacksonville Jaguars and continue to roll in the AFC Playoff race. The Chiefs were without Alex Smith, Jamaal Charles, Spencer Ware, Jeremy Maclin, and Justin Houston but still managed to squeak out a victory over the disappointing Jaguars. Like I said, it wasn’t pretty but it’s all about picking up the win….not how you got it. Winning without the majority of your first stringers will always get you listed in the “Most Impressive Teams of the Week” list.
Dallas Cowboys (7-1) – Yes, it was against the Browns, but like I just said…a win is a win in the NFL and the Cowboys are getting a lot of them this season. We are slowly building towards the return of Tony Romo and the “Will the Cowboys bench Dak for Romo?” storyline gets more and more interesting with each passing week. Especially with the Cowboys continuing to win and in impressive fashion to boot. I personally don’t think the Cowboys will bench Dak when Romo is ready to return, but let’s hope they do because it gives all of us writers something interesting to talk about. You know what’s not interesting? The Cleveland Browns.
New York Giants (5-3) – Anytime you pick up a division win against a tough opponent, you’re going to be in this list. The Giants played a tough game against the Eagles this week and came out on top to remain in the race for the NFC East title. New York got a lot of flack this off-season for spending a lot of money on the defensive side of the ball. Well, sometimes you gotta spend money to win NFL games and that’s what the Giants have done. We are nine weeks in and the Giants look like an actual playoff team. Who predicted that again? Oh yes. That was me.
Detroit Lions (5-4) – Big win for the Lions on the road against a reeling Minnesota Vikings team. It’s a good time in the season for the Lions to start peaking. It’s a bad time in the season for the Vikings to start going backwards and that’s whats happening. Big win for Detroit.
Indianapolis Colts (4-5) – The Packers are not a very good team this year, but that’s a story for a different time. Whenever you can get a win in Lambeau Field, it’s a good day. I also don’t think the Colts are a very good team, but they beat the Packers on the road and Andrew Luck scored three touchdowns in the process. Big win for Indianapolis to remain in the division race in the AFC South.
Oakland Raiders (7-2) – The Raiders finally pull off a big win at home! Don’t look now, but this win over the Denver Broncos puts the Raiders in first place in the AFC West and Raiders fans all over the world are rejoicing. It’s been a long time since Oakland was relevant in the NFL, but Derek Carr and this Raiders team are giving everyone in the Bay Area something to get excited about. A lot of people are already crowning the Raiders the favorites to win the AFC West, especially after they just whooped the Denver Broncos. Hold your horses though people. It was just a few shorts weeks ago that the Kansas City Chiefs owned the Raiders in Oakland and they are only a half game back in the division race. We have a long way to go, but the heat is intensifying in the AFC West.
Most Disappointing Teams of the Week
Cleveland Browns (0-9) – And the Browns continue to lose. Nothing to see here folks.
Jacksonville Jaguars (2-6) – Jacksonville continues to be a huge disappointment on the NFL season. After so many NFL experts predicted potential post-season playoff in Jacksonville’s future, the Jaguars continue to be a dumpster fire. They had the perfect opportunity to pick up a win against a beaten up Kansas City Chiefs team, but they couldn’t even do that. It’s time for Jacksonville to let Gus Bradley go. Dump Blake Bortles and hit the reset button once again. Can these guys ever build a winner again or are they doomed for life? I’m going with doomed for life.
Pittsburgh Steelers (4-4) – Did you see the way the Steelers looked in their loss to the Baltimore Ravens? They looked like a team that had never played football before. I’m a big fan of Mike Tomlin, but what’s happening with this Steelers team this season has to fall a lot on his shoulders. These guys need a turn around in the second half of the season to avoid a potential disaster. It wasn’t that long ago that people were talking about the Steelers being the second-best team in the AFC. Now it looks like they are one of the worst teams in the AFC. Get it together Pittsburgh. Eat a Snickers or something. You aren’t you when you’re hungry.
Minnesota Vikings (5-3) – Minnesota drops their third consecutive game and they look like a team that could be packing it in and calling it a season. It was bound to happen though. They lost Teddy Bridgewater in the pre-season. Then they lost Adrian Peterson to an injury during the season. Then their offensive coordinator Norv Turner announced this week that he was quitting. What’s going on Vikings? Are you guys calling it a wrap on your season after such a hot start?
Green Bay Packers (4-4) – The Packers aren’t a very good football team this season. They are 1-3 in their last four games with their only win against the Chicago Bears. They should have been able to beat the hapless Indianapolis Colts at home, but they couldn’t get the job done. I’m officially selling all of my Green Bay stock. These guys are toast and the NFC North is a dumpster fire.
Players of the Week
1. Matt Ryan (Atlanta Falcons): 344 passing yards, 4 touchdowns
2. Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints): 323 passing yards, 3 touchdowns
3. Marcus Mariota (Tennessee Titans): 313 passing yards, 3 touchdowns, 2 interceptions
4. Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers): 297 passing yards, 3 touchdowns, 1 interception
5. Dak Prescott (Dallas Cowboys): 247 passing yards, 3 touchdowns
1. Melvin Gordon (San Diego Chargers): 196 rushing yards, 1 touchdown
2. Mark Ingram (New Orleans Saints): 158 rushing yards, 1 touchdown
3. Latavius Murray (Oakland Raiders): 114 rushing yards, 3 touchdowns
4. Ezekiel Elliott (Dallas Cowboys): 92 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns
5. Jay Ajayi (Miami Dolphins): 111 rushing yards, 1 touchdown
1. Mike Evans (Tampa Bay Buccaneers): 150 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns
2. Mike Wallace (Baltimore Ravens): 124 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
3. Julio Jones (Atlanta Falcons): 111 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
4. Michael Thomas (New Orleans Saints): 73 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns
5. Rishard Matthews (Tennessee Titans): 63 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns
1. Jason Witten (Dallas Cowboys): 134 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
2. Vance McDonald (San Francisco 49ers): 84 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
3. Antonio Gates (San Diego Chargers): 75 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
4. Greg Olsen (Carolina Panthers): 52 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
5. Austin Hooper (Atlanta Falcons): 46 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
1. San Diego Chargers
2. Miami Dolphins
3. Kansas City Chiefs
4. Baltimore Ravens
5. Indianapolis Colts
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)
Sean Payton (New Orleans Saints)
Ron Rivera (Carolina Panthers)
Dan Quinn (Atlanta Falcons)
Jim Caldwell (Detroit Lions)
Mike McCoy (San Diego Chargers)
Chuck Pagano (Indianapolis Colts)
John Harbaugh (Baltimore Ravens)
Rex Ryan (Buffalo Bills)
Todd Bowles (New York Jets)
Mike Mularkey (Tennessee Titans)
Mike McCarthy (Green Bay Packers)
Marvin Lewis (Cincinnati Bengals)
Doug Pederson (Philadelphia Eagles)
Mike Tomlin (Pittsburgh Steelers)
Jay Gruden (Washington Redskins)
Bruce Arians (Arizona Cardinals)
Gus Bradley (Jacksonville Jaguars)
Chip Kelly (San Francisco 49ers)
Hue Jackson (Cleveland Browns)
John Fox (Chicago Bears)
Jeff Fisher (Los Angeles Rams)
And that’s it for week 9!