Two weeks to go….geesh amazing how much of a blurr the NFL season always seems to be right?? A good week of hockey (finally…damn good to be back out there again!)….and no Thursday Night game….it makes for a lazy Scott and a delayed preview….and a BIG Football Sunday with the playoff goal almost in sight for 12 teams…..
Sunday December 22nd:
Miami at Buffalo:
HUGE game for the Dolphins here….win and they’re in….I hear a lot of people call this “Controlling one’s Destiny”….then Chip Kelly made a funny and showed how silly this is “you realize the concept of destiny is that your future is laid out and pre-determined right? So if you go by that it’s IMPOSSIBLE to “control your own destiny”…right?” Well played Chip Kelly….anyway….this is about Miami and them doing what they need to do…and not to mention a certain Clown-type Bills fan decided to call this “the Bills Super Bowl this year”….we know how the Bills work out in those Super Bowls….giggity!
Game Quality: ***
Saints at Carolina:
I’m still amazed how severely the Saints got their asses KICKED in St Louis last week…I know they ain’t good on the road….but it was a fraking DOME!! Offensive Linemen got benched….dogs were kicked….and now….aww crap…it’s Carolina… who’s not only really good at home…but the game is on grass and don’t think the Panthers forgot a few weeks ago so quickly…the Saints left the door WIDE OPEN for the Panthers…and now with the home field, they’re about to kick it in on them!!!!
Game Quality: *** ½
Vikings at Bengals:
The Vikings did have a pretty huge win last week (and in all irony prolonged the Cowboy season another week or two…)….and the Bengals got killed by horrific special teams (and a punter with a broken freaking neck….still dudes…he’s just a punter…kick the damn ball and run for cover!), things did work out well for the Bengals though…any AFC division winner playing actual NFL talent also crapped the bed last week and are still looking at an unlikely chance at the 2-seed….just allow Adrian Peterson to run wild this week and all will be lovely….Matt Cassel will suck and everything will be roses in the fantasy and reality universe! Aside of that…not much else to see here….better games to be on at 1pm!
Game Quality: ** (well it matters TO ME #APOwnerInTheFinals)
Denver at Houston:
The Texicans have lost 12 games in a row….the Broncos are miffed about the San Diego game and looking to lock up the ol’home field…..this is a no brainer….Houston mailed it in a month ago…..
Game Quality: DUD
Titans at Jaguars:
Holy crap…what in the blue hell do I say about this??? Two crap teams I have like NO interest in (though if the Jags had been rolling I’d be all about them still….ah well), but these teams now…..geesh….ah no one’s reading this anyway….I like what the Jaguars have better, I should post some rant about killing small kittens due to being enraged by the intolerable goal song the Devils have now….just to see if anyone’s paying attention….screw this game….
Game Quality: *
Colts at Chiefs:
Tough game to really get a gauge on….can Jamaal Charles do half of what he did last week?? YES PLEASE!!!! The Colts keep winning ugly and will probably host this team in two weeks in their own building….so we could see a lot of generic pre-season style offenses…Chiefs are good at home…and generic offenses mean good things for running backs….I’m all in favor of Jamaal taking me to the promised land this week! I’ve noticed as I feel like this write-up has been mailed in this week…but there’s many a mailed in game this week too…..
Game Quality: ** ¾
Browns at Jets:
Alright Jet fans…I get it…you don’t like me….I certainly don’t like most of you (that’s generous)….and with that I don’t ask for a lot…..but that changes today….I ask for the miracle of miracles….I can’t ask you to know Campbell out of the game, then Weeden would just throw to Gordon 150 times anyway….but especially with Cam Jordan out…there’s nowhere else to go on this team….this could be another painful display of offense from both teams if the Jets do the right thing and murder Gordon (yes a game ending injury IS acceptable….)….and damn….the Browns lost five in a row…make it six!
Winner: Jets (yes really )
Game Quality: ** (STOP FLASH GORDON!!!)
Tampa Bay at St Louis:
The Rams are 1-4 in the division….and 5-4 outside of it….weird….and the win over the Saints last week is one of those momentum type wins that can get the Rams rolling and finish the season off strong and add some legit hope for 2014 (the Redskins giving them a top 3 pick helps too…)…Tampa had a cute little run, but they’re still 4-10, and in need of NFL-level coaching….show ‘em how its done Jeff Fisher!!
Game Quality: ** (maybe in fantasy value alone)
Dallas at Washington:
OH BOY….forget the most wonderful time of the year….it’s the most dysfunctional teams of the year!!! Neither one of these teams could stop a bantam A midget team on the other side of the field….both teams have big offenses that give up on the run and their big back in the big spots….and both teams have buffoon head coaches who need be fired sooner than later….normally I’d be armed for bear and ready for the epic Cowboy loss and collapse here….but there’s no style points for losing here when you can get flexed next week and take your annual sh!t on national TV for all the world to enjoy (and me to hide away at home just thanking God I still have ice hockey games to play)….maybe Shanahan goes for two at the end of the game and flips off Dan Snyder on the way out Patrick Roy-style? I’d be all for that…this will be a train wreck…but one you can NOT miss…..
Game Quality: *** (this will look like an arena football game…..)
NY Giants at Lions:
No Cruz, no JPP, and for some ungodly reason they keep rolling Eli Manning out there every week….even Tony Romo can laugh at some of HIS interceptions this year…geesh, the Giants too have seemed to close up shop this year and called it in….that should be good for the Lions…especially at home….but it’s sooo hard to trust this team, they’ve done everything they can possibly do to give back the NFC North that Chi and GB are trying to gift to them…look at that Ravens game last week…but this could be one of those weeks Calvin goes OFF on the Giants secondary since the Giants are pretty barren there….I’ll take the Lions simply because they got something to play for….
Game Quality: DUD
Arizona at Seattle:
It’s a shame….Arizona’s had a nice season and if they had played San Fran THIS week they’d still be able to fight and crawl into a playoff spot with a win…but that means going into Seattle and WINNING….that just don’t happen…sorry ‘bout yo’ damn luck there Cardinals….though maybe Aryans can actually get the coach of the year award on his own like he should have last year…..
Game Quality: ** (a lil cred to the Cardinals)
Steelers at Green Bay:
Can the Packers just put A-Rod on IR and be done with it already?? This is getting absurd….all Cowboys idiocy aside, the Packers are pretty much screwed without Rodgers and they know it…hell they probably figure this is a one and done team even if they DID make the playoffs and decided to not chance the Franchise on it….I can’t blame them….though I do have to give Ben some credit….no O-Line all the time…a roulette wheel of receivers, an OC he hates to the core….and an aging reputation defense….and he still finds ways to win games (can we stop the foolish debate that Eli Manning is better than this guy please??)….there’s a ton of Steeler connections on the Packers staff….but the talent is clearly shifted to the Steelers here, and ain’t no way the Steelers gonna give you two interceptions during the four minute drill…..
Game Quality: ** ¾
Oakland at San Diego:
Oakland is another team that has pretty much mailed it in….the coach is on Craig’s List already hoping and praying for another job next season…somewhere (to be fair to him, with the cap purge and the disappointment of certain running backs wearing #20, its hard to blame the coach for not turning a turd into a shiny diamond after all)….the Chargers too are kicking themselves for some crappy early season losses, but the Chargers are healthy…winners of two in a row (including that epic win last week in Denver), and still hope for the playoffs….that’s enough to pick them here!
Game Quality: * ¾
Baltimore at New England:
Tough game to figure out….the Pats are hurting without Gronk and the running game is slowing down…hell even Tom Brady botched his trademark finisher and got picked off in the end zone to seal the win for Miami…..strange things are indeed afoot at the Circle K….the Ravens…yeah they won four in a row…but they ain’t running the ball, they have a spotty passing game (improved with Pitta mind you)….and still a defense that hasn’t clicked…or gotten it right yet…but they’ve won in this building before….and I just can’t trust the Patriots in the big spot right now….they don’t have the firepower on either side of the ball….
Game Quality: ***
Chicago at Phily:
This is such a tough one to get a read on….will it matter to the Bears by the time the game kicks off?? Same thing with Phily….if Dallas wins (hardly a give) this game is a practice for the Eagles….all that crap is so hard to figure out….well aside of Dallas doing enough to not blow it till NEXT week….the Eagles have gotten better at home, and the Bears defense is still hideous…
Game Quality: **
Monday November 26:
Atlanta at 49ers:
At least the NFL meant well setting up the last game in Candlestick Park being with an old rival and was supposed to be a good game with lots on the line….well no one bothered to tell Atlanta that….it all blew up on them this year (as we know)….and this is just my ace in the hole game that if the Eagles don’t want to play Foles for the entire game, I can slip Kapernick in my championship game and after all the grief and rage I’ve thrown at him this year….watch him like another mobile black QB who wore #7 on the last game of the week….ran me to a championship…..that kinda synergy is beautiful and I got medical bills to pay dammit!!!
Game Quality: DUD (this is a coronation ceremony for 3-Com-Stick Park)
NFL Power Rankings Week 15:
- Denver…we don’t talk about San Diego….
- New England….we don’t talk about Gronk…or Hernandez…you get the point
- Cincinnati …..we don’t talk about the Steelers…..
- Ravens.... we don’t talk about selling our souls to get calls…..
- Chiefs….we don’t talk about how Andy Reid looks like BAD SANTA in red….
- Seattle….had a nice walkthrough at the home of the Super Bowl….
- 49ers….starting to fire it up…..
- Eagles…thanking the NFL for the Christmas Gift schedule
- New Orleans….How the HELL did they lose to the Rams!?!?!?!
- Carolina….game of the year for them this week……