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NFL Sunday Round-Up
Most Impressive Teams of the Week
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-5) – I don’t know how Tampa Bay keeps doing it, but they keep managing to pull off wins on the road. This week, it was a huge win against a good Chiefs team that should be a playoff team in the AFC. Don’t look now, but Tampa Bay is just a game behind the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC South race. Is this team good enough to make the playoffs? Probably not. But ending Kansas City’s ten-game home win streak is a nice consolation prize.
Dallas Cowboys (9-1) – The Cowboys just keep winning. They got a tough fight this week from the Baltimore Ravens, but Dallas ended up pulling it out in the end. We have officially reached peak Cowboy bandwagon fan season folks. It’s late-November and the Dallas Cowboys look like the best team in the NFL and the favorites to win the Super Bowl. Can Facebook and Twitter survive the onslaught of “HOW BOUT DEM COWBOYS” tweets if Dallas actually does win the Super Bowl this year? Good lord, I’m petrified. First we had one of the weirdest Presidential elections in the history of the world and now this? WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON????
Detroit Lions (6-4) – Detroit really needed this win. The NFC North is wide open and is there’s for the taking in the first time in as long as I can remember. What the Lions could’t afford to do is slip up and lose to a team like the Jaguars at home in the middle of a heated playoff race. Even though Detroit ALMOST managed to let this game slip away, the Lions pulled it out in the end and are still in first place in the NFC South. With the Minnesota Vikings getting a win and the Green Bay Packers potentially waking up any week now, the Lions can’t afford to do what they do every year and blow it. Is this a different Detroit team or can these guys win the division for the first time since 1993? Oh god, they’re going to blow it aren’t they?
Indianapolis Colts (5-5) – I don’t think the Colts are very good, but I do think Andrew Luck is one of the best QB’s in the league (suck it haters). The AFC South is a dirty rotten mess, but the Colts managed to pick up a big win over the rising Tennessee Titans to remain in the playoff hunt. I honestly feel like the AFC South is up for the taking. I don’t think the Houston Texans are a very good football team and they will be exposed in time. The Colts or the Titans can sneak up and potentially win the division still and if the Colts manage to pull it off….this game will be a big reason why. Indy came out on fire and started hot, but the Titans managed to play catch up and almost came back in the end in a game that was a lot better than anyone expected. Watch out for the Colts. Andrew Luck at least gives them a shot at stealing the division from Houston.
Minnesota Vikings (6-4) – THE LOSING STREAK IS OVER! And not only that, it ended against a good Arizona Cardinals team! This was a big win for the Vikings who needed to stop the horrible aura surrounding the team. Can Minnesota build on this win or will they go back to their losing ways next week though? I still don’t totally trust this team and I’m taking a wait and see approach before I go ahead and crown them the #1 team in our NFL Power Rankings again anytime soon.
Miami Dolphins (6-4) – It wasn’t pretty, but it’s always about the win…not how you got it. The Dolphins were shut out for the first three quarters of this game, but somehow they finally turned it on in the fourth quarter. Miami has now won five games in a row and are one of the hottest teams in the NFL. If it weren’t for the New England Patriots, I would say the Dolphins have a real good chance to make the playoffs. They still have a legit shot at getting one of the wildcards, especially if they keep winning. I just think the team’s going to hit a wall at some point. Hell, even Dolphins fans are feeling that way so can you really blame me?
Seattle Seahawks (7-2-1) – I personally thought the Philadelphia Eagles could give the Seattle Seahawks a fight this week. It looks like I was wrong. This Seattle team is rolling right now and they are catching fire at just the right time. The rest of the NFC West is a mess and Seattle is going to cruise to the playoffs and an eventual huge match-up with the Dallas Cowboys. SIGN ME UP FOR THAT MATCH-UP IN THE POST-SEASON!!!!
Washington Redskins (6-3-1) – HOW YOU LIKE THAT? Can we start to give the Washington Redskins and Kirk Cousins a little more respect than we have been? Why does everyone think Washington is just a flash in the pan and not a legit threat in the NFC? As long as Cousins plays like he did against Green Bay (although the Packers corners are pure garbage), the Redskins can play with anyone in the NFL. Washington really needed this win in order to stay in the playoff race. With the Cowboys killing it, the Giants improving and the Eagles ready to step up and dominate the NFC East, Washington can’t afford any slip ups right now. They definitely didn’t slip up this week.
Most Disappointing Teams of the Week
Kansas City Chiefs (7-3) – Yes, you were missing Marcus Peters, Dee Ford, Jeremy Maclin, and Jamaal Charles just to name a few, but the Chiefs still should have beaten the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at home. The Chiefs have one of the best home-field advantages in the NFL and are supposed to be one of the best teams in the league. On the other hand, Tampa Bay is a mediocre inconsistent football team who doesn’t have any business beating a potential playoff team on the road. I know the Bucs are a good road team this year, but c’mon people. Let’s get real. Ultimately though, Kansas City lost this game on a boneheaded play call on the goal line that led to a Tampa Bay interception. Something tells me if the Chiefs end up missing out on the playoffs or even home-field advantage in the playoffs for that matter…they are going to look back at this game and kick themselves.
Cleveland Browns (0-11) – The Browns have five more opportunities to pick up a win. Will they do it? They still have to face the New York Giants, Cincinnati Bengals, Buffalo Bills, San Diego Chargers, and the Steelers again in Pittsburgh. Personally, I think their best chance at a win is against either the Bengals or the Chargers. If it doesn’t happen then, the NFL should just destroy this franchise. They would be doing everyone a favor.
Jacksonville Jaguars (2-8) – Can we just fire Gus Bradley already and put him out of his misery?
Cincinnati Bengals (3-6-1) – Speaking of coaches who need to be put out of their misery, it’s time Cincinnati. I know you don’t want to fire Marvin Lewis because you love the guy, but it’s time to show him the door and bring in a new regime to overhaul this thing. With A.J. Green out for what looks like a long time, the season is pretty much over. It’s time to start scouting college players and new head coaches who can improve your football team next season. Enough is enough already and it’s time for a change.
San Francisco 49ers (1-9) – The 49ers are awful. Sure, they hung with the New England Patriots for the first three quarters, but then the Patriots put their foot on the gas and never looked back. Can we just put Chip Kelly out of his misery already as well? A lot of people think Chip is safe because it’s his first year in San Francisco. May I remind you that at this point last season, first year head coach Jim Tomsula had a better record than Chip? It’s obvious Chip is not a good NFL head coach and the 49ers are such a mess of an organization that it wouldn’t shock me at all to see them looking for yet ANOTHER head coach at the end of the year.
Los Angeles Rams (4-6) – This isn’t some 7-9 bullshit. This is some 6-10 bullshit.
Green Bay Packers (4-6) – The Packers are done and I’m out on Aaron Rodgers. The guy has regressed on-the-field this year. His teammates have constantly knocked his leadership skills as well as his ability to get along with people. He’s reportedly extremely uncoachable and thinks he’s the smartest man in the room. If that wasn’t enough, he has a Hollywood mate to help distract him even more and now there’s a report that he hasn’t talked to anyone in his family for over two years now. This might sound ridicoulous, but maybe the Packers should start thinking about a complete overhaul this off-season? I’m talking trading Aaron Rodgers for a treasure chest of picks & players and firing Mike McCarthy. It may sound like a crazy idea right now, but something has to change. These guys suck.
Players of the Week
1. Tom Brady (New England Patriots): 280 passing yards, 4 touchdowns
2. Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers): 351 passing yards, 3 touchdowns
3. Kirk Cousins (Washington Redskins): 375 passing yards, 3 touchdowns
4. Dak Prescott (Dallas Cowboys): 301 passing yards, 3 touchdowns
5. Marcus Mariota (Tennessee Titans): 290 passing yards, 2 touchdowns
1. Rob Kelley (Washington Redskins): 137 rushing yards, 3 touchdowns
2. Le’Veon Bell (Pittsburgh Steelers): 146 rushing yards, 1 touchdown
3. David Johnson (Arizona Cardinals): 103 rushing yards, 1 touchdown
4. Rashad Jennings (New York Giants): 85 rushing yards, 1 touchdown
5. LeGarrette Blount (New England Patriots): 124 rushing yards
1. Dez Bryant (Dallas Cowboys): 80 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns
2. Pierre Garcon (Washington Redskins): 116 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
3. Jamison Crowder (Washington Redskins): 102 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
4. Steve Smith Sr. (Baltimore Ravens): 99 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
5. Malcolm Mitchell (New England Patriots): 98 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
1. Jared Cook (Green Bay Packers): 105 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
2. Zach Miller (Chicago Bears): 61 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
3. Travis Kelce (Kansas City Chiefs): 108 receiving yards
4. Eric Ebron (Detroit Lions): 70 receiving yards
5. Vance McDonald (San Francisco 49ers): 46 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
1. Pittsburgh Steelers
2. Minnesota Vikings
3. Carolina Panthers
4. Jacksonville Jaguars
5. New York Giants
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)
Jay Gruden (Washington Redskins)
Rex Ryan (Buffalo Bills)
Ron Rivera (Carolina Panthers)
Mike Zimmer (Minnesota Vikings)
Mike Tomlin (Pittsburgh Steelers)
Dirk Koetter (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
Mike McCoy (San Diego Chargers)
John Harbaugh (Baltimore Ravens)
Bruce Arians (Arizona Cardinals)
Mike Mularkey (Tennessee Titans)
Doug Pederson (Philadelphia Eagles)
Sean Payton (New Orleans Saints)
Dan Quinn (Atlanta Falcons)
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)
And that’s it for week 11!