Breaking Down The Ultimately Meaningful Week 17 Games

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Happy 2018 everyone. The 12 postseason teams have been decided, along with matchups and start times for each game in the Wild Card Weekend. I will post “Obituary” of every Non-Playoff Team on Friday (1/5/2018), along with predictions for these important Wild Card Weekend games. Fun Fact, we technically have a 1/3 chance that a team that went into the year suffering a long playoff drought will leave this year with a championship. Those odds will likely change negatively over the course of the next week, but we’ll see what happens. For now, here is my Week 17 Breakdown of 2017.

Other Games Important Notes

  • Jets couldn’t even come close to keeping up with the Patriots, as handed them the 1 seed in a brutal blowout.
  • Browns went 0-16 after a Corey Coleman drop cost them a chance to beat the Steelers backups. Corey Coleman should head home and not get back to Cleveland until the very last possible minute for his potential safety.
  • Vikings end Fox’s coaching tenure with the Chicago Bears in an embarrassing game for the Bears. Think about the 2016 World Series Chicago, this could be a long road for football.
  • Saints find a way to lose to a pathetic Buccaneers team, but still won the 4 seed with the Panthers losing as well.
  • Rams lose to the future NFC nightmare known as the 49ers with Jimmy G being the hottest name in that part of California. Despite that, Panthers and Saints losses kept the Rams in the 3rd seed despite the outcome.
  • The Chargers beat the Raiders handily, but due to the outcome of the Titans game their effort was for naught. One unlucky defeat earlier this season gets reversed and the Chargers season wouldn’t be over yet. I feel bad for Los Angeles, but not bad enough.
  • This same fate befalls the Seattle Seahawks as well, although they lost in a close game to the Cardinals in what was Bruce Arians final game as a Head Coach in the NFL. Enjoy your Retirement Bruce. Seahawks players and fans heal up, as the NFC West is only going to get harder to win from here on out.

Here are the 4 Games that Really Changed the Landscape of the NFL Postseason:

Carolina Panthers 10 vs. Atlanta Falcons 22

In a game that the Falcons and Panthers  both thought they needed to win, it seems the Falcons 28-3 previous year memory prevailed and made sure to not rely on the Cardinals to upset the Seahawks (Spoiler Alert: They Did). The MVP on this game is Matt Bryant’s kicking leg, as he kicked 5 field goals successfully to make up the majority of the Falcons scoring. That won’t likely be enough to beat the Rams in the postseason, but I’ve heard that Matt Ryan, Devonta Freeman and Julio Jones are no slouches on offense. With Nick Foles playing at QB for an flawed 1 seed Eagles team, a win next week could put this 6 seed on the path to a Super Bowl return. As for the Panthers, you prize for losing is you get to the play the New Orleans Saints, in New Orleans. Good luck with that, and you’re going to need a lot of that if you play like you did this week.

Jacksonville Jaguars 10 vs. Tennessee Titans 15

Jacksonville Jaguars coach Doug Marrone decided not to rest his starters for his already locked 3 seed Jaguars teams. He wanted to create some momentum after losing the previous week to the San Francisco 49ers featuring Jimmy Garoppolo. In retrospect, this game would’ve been more encouraging if you did decide to rest your starters, as the only TD you scored was on a gifted Titans fumble run to the end zone. Neither of these teams looked like playoffs squads in this game, but the Titans “victory” (we have to call that for legal reasons) gave them the 5 seed, which they will be waiting to ultimately face their demise against an rising Chiefs squad. As for the Jaguars, playing like this next week will definitely end your season.

Buffalo Bills 22 vs. Miami Dolphins 16

So the Buffalo Bills needed this win to get to 9-7 and a shot at the postseason for the first time in 17 years and the Dolphins attempted to spoil this game with Jay Cutler at QB. Hold On…I’ve been informed the Cutler left early in the game with an injury and David Fales had to come in to play most of the game as Matt Moore was inactive due to injury. I mean Fales doesn’t sound encouraging from a last name standpoint. This game ended closer than it should’ve been because Buffalo found a way to blow a majority of a 19 point lead that luckily for them ended with a interception in the final minutes of play and Buffalo ends the season 9-7. Lesean McCoy took what look to be a significant injury (turned out to be an ankle sprain) and had to leave the game midway through, which would be concerning in a potential WC game situation. When this game ended, the Ravens and Bengals were still going on and Buffalo’s only path to postseason at that point is a Ravens loss. Funny that’s what they needed…

Cincinnati Bengals 31 vs. Baltimore Ravens 27

This game not suppose to necessarily matter for the Ravens, as they could’ve also gotten in with a Buffalo or Titans Loss. Neither of these teams lost their game it turns out, meaning that near the end of this match, the Ravens season would come down to one final stop. It was 27-24 Ravens, and they got the Bengals to a 4th and 12. Andy Dalton should not have inspired confidence for anyone based on the way he played this season, although he has been known for being a clutch QB for when the time is right. But lets be honest, the Bills are despised by the Football Gods and there is no way they were going to let the Bills in the postseason in our lifetimes. So Andy Dalton snaps the ball, and he throws it into significant coverage and…TYLER BOYD CATCHES THE BALL. GO! MOVE TO THE ENDZONE. HURRY, PLEASE! TOUCHDOWN! OH MY GOD, THE BENGALS DON’T SUCK. Alright, but the Bengals Defense has been giving up points towards the end of the game, it’ll just be more heartbreaking for Bills fans when the Ravens…THEY WERE SHORT ON 4TH DOWN BY 1 YARD?!?! THE BILLS ARE IN THE PLAYOFFS. THANK GOD! HOLY F*** THE DROUGHT IS OVER. IN YOUR FACE, HATERS! SCREW THE RAVENS, WOO!!! THE BILLS ARE IN THE POSTSEASON FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1999! WHO CARES IF THIS IS A 1 AND DONE, THIS IS WORTH IT! OH, AND THEY PLAY THE JAGUARS SO THEY MIGHT ACTUALLY WIN A PLAYOFF GAME AS WELL! HAPPY NEW YEARS BILLS FANS, FOR ALL AQUAINTANCE BE FORGOT…(Goes Way Longer Than You Care To Read).

Sorry to the Ravens on a disappointing end to your season, but not sorry enough to not post this.

 

 

 

 

 

Monday Headlines For NFL Sunday Week 12

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Welcome to Monday Headlines on UltimateFumble.com. These articles will make predictions for the upcoming NFL Sunday matchups by predicting the headline that will show up relating to that game. All Publications are welcome to use these headlines if they’re applicable. Starting with Week 7, Monday Headlines currently has a 31-28 record. Without further ado, Let’s Get Started.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Atlanta Falcons: Rated ARR, For Excessive Pirate Murder

Score: Buccaneers 3, Falcons 41

Cleveland Browns vs. Cincinnati Bengals: Old Yeller, The Hue Jackson Story

Score: Browns 6, Bengals 27 

Tennessee Titans vs. Indianapolis Colts: Off To The Races

Score: Titans 14, Colts 30

Buffalo Bills vs. Kansas City Chiefs: Tribal Council

Score: Bills 17, Chiefs 21

Miami Dolphins vs. New England Patriots: Dolphin Meat ON SALE!

Score: Dolphins 3, Patriots 24

Carolina Panthers vs. New York Jets: USAir Flight 1016 (Look It Up)

Score: Panthers 30, Jets 10

Chicago Bears vs. Philadelphia Eagles: Lions And Tigers And Most Importantly The Bears Lose Horribly

Score: Bears: 13, Eagles 41

Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers: IT WAS BETTER IN 1849

Score: Seahawks 24, 49ers 7

New Orleans Saints vs. Los Angeles Rams: Hollywood Beats Saints, Like Always

Score: Saints 27, Rams 30

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Arizona Cardinals: If The Jaguars Fall In Arizona, Does It Really Matter?

Score: Jaguars 17, Cardinals 20

Denver Broncos vs. Oakland Raiders: Denver, Where Good Football Used To Be

Score: Broncos 23, Raiders 27

Green Bay Packers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers: That’s For 2010, Green Bay

Score: Packers 13, Steelers 33

 

 

NFL Sunday Week 11 Breakdown

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This was a very heavy turnover, decisive, and yet shocking week in the NFL. The NFC is looking more and more decisive and the AFC just became more cluttered with the Ravens and Bills currently occupying the 6 seed at 5 wins. 9-7 will be successful for getting to the postseason in the AFC and the Ravens look like the team to do it, although so many other teams are on their tail that a slip-up will open the door. Let’s cover game by game with the main takeaways from NFL Week 11.

Jacksonville Jaguars 19 vs. Cleveland Browns 7

There are 2 ways to look at the result of this game. The first way is to say that only beating the Browns by 12 is a pathetic sign and the Jaguars making the playoffs is currently a skeptical outlook at best. The other way to look at this is that the Browns, while winless, are a team that keeps games close and might find a way to win 1 or 2 games before the end of this season. It’s Schrodinger’s Browns, and we’ll be opening over the next six weeks.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 30 vs. Miami Dolphins 20

Is it just me, or the Miami Dolphins better when Jay Cutler has to be benched during a game. I mean you can’t just start Matt Moore apparently, as it apparently leads to a humiliating loss on CBS. Seriously, The Big Bang Theory had to move to Mondays for THAT! Anyways, the Dolphins should consider starting Cutler for the first drive of the game, and then bench him for Matt Moore. At least that formula will win you game(s).

Detroit Lions 27 vs. Chicago Bears 24

Welcome to the Wide Right Club Bears Fans. Its just a little club where teams who have suffered humiliating defeats due to reasonable field goals sailing wide right discuss their problems and dreams. We meet every Tuesday (Mondays we rest and lick our wounds) and currently members consist of you, Viking Fans, and our club founding Bill Fans. We hope you find solace in joining this very pathetic organization, as you look towards making offseason moves to not suck as much next year.

Baltimore Ravens 23 vs. Green Bay Packers 0

Okay its Official, Aaron Rodgers’s injury did not kill your season. It definitely hurt your season, but your defense is currently the reason for your demise. HUNDLEY, I see you sneaking away from this and you’re not off the hook here. Your bakery seems to have a horrible business model for all the turnovers you have been giving away in your starts this year. Packers fans don’t deserve 5 turnovers, but the defense has to step up to pick up from your mistakes. You can’t blame Hundley for his failures too much, the Packers didn’t ask him to start, he was called upon due to injury. This season is lost, but the lesson the front office learns in its struggles on defense could help build a team that could give Aaron Rodgers and your team another Super Bowl in the near future.

Arizona Cardinals 21 vs. Houston Texans 31

This was an impressive game considering the QB’s In this were Blaine Gabbert and Tom Savage. Both teams seasons were pretty close to over going into this game, and both teams are still unlikely to make the postseason. But these teams played their hearts out in this exciting matchup. Yes, this game was exciting and I apologize in advance for my “poor” and “disgraceful” taste in good football.

Los Angeles Rams 7 vs. Minnesota Vikings 24

Wasn’t this supposed to be the “game of the week” with these potential Super Bowl participants both at 7-2 battling it out for a large advantage in important playoff seeding? Jared Goff had a very boing day, he didn’t cost his team the game through turnovers, he just failed to contribute to the team in a meaningful way that could’ve spared them this loss to a Keenum led Vikings team. This Vikings team also has Bridgewater waiting in the wings, so they might be the NFL’s best hope at defeating the Eagles in the postseason.

Washington Redskins 31 vs. New Orleans Saints 34 (OT)

The Redskins defense deserved to lose this game. Take yourselves and that arguably offensive name and sit in the corner while I belittle you. Yes, you lost to a Drew Brees led team, but you were up more than two touchdowns with 6 minutes left. This is not a game you should lose, even when your starting running back goes down with an injury. This was yours to lose and you did just that. The Saints on the other hand have proven their ability to be clutch in crucial situations, which is why the NFC is right now a 4 team race for the Super Bowl.

Kansas City Chiefs 9 vs. New York Giants 12

HOW? HOW THIS HAPPEN? JUST HOW? I MEAN… HOW? YOU HAVE….HOW DID YOU SCREW THIS UP? HOW WAS THIS POSSIBLE? I CAN’T EVEN IMAGINE HOW THIS COULD’VE HAPPENED? YOUR OPPONENTS LOST TO THE…HOW? HOW DID…(Goes On an Infinite Loop for All Eternity).

Buffalo Bills 24 vs. Los Angeles Chargers 54

Congratulations Nathan Peterman on your First NFL Start! Next time, lets see if you can finish a game instead of getting benched after throwing 5 INTERCEPTIONS before the end of the first half! Granted some of those interceptions were not your fault, but then again most of them were. Is it time to go back to Tyrod starting? Maybe. Does this hurt your postseason chances? Definitely. Is this loss a death sentence for the 2017 season playoff hopes? I don’t think so, yet. As witness above, Kansas City is losing to everybody now and the Bills might’ve possibility loss this game badly to the future AFC West division champs by the way these teams are currently playing. Unless you want to make a victory over Tom Brady necessary, you need to send a message to Kansas City at Arrowhead Next Sunday.

Cincinnati Bengals 20 vs. Denver Broncos 17

This game was a battle between 3-6 teams to determine which gets to keep a relatively realistic chance at a postseason run, and one team decided its best bet to that was to start Brock Osweiler. Seriously though, what’d you think would happen with that choice. Better decisions have been made, that’s all I’m saying. Completing a little over half your passes with a 1/1 ratio was a “good” day for Brock, and it still wasn’t enough. Its time to see what Paxton Lynch can do, because we now know once and for all Brock Osweiler should not be starting at QB in the NFL. If only the Broncos realized this one week sooner.

New England Patriots 33 vs. Oakland Raiders 8

In honor of the annual NFL game in Mexico, this breakdown will be submitted in Spanish. If you don’t know and don’t want to bother learning Spanish, just use Google Translate.

Los Patriotas de Nueva Inglaterra demolieron a los Raiders de Oakland en un resultado tristemente esperado. En serio, México lo tiene para su único juego de la NFL. ¿Por qué este país solo obtiene un juego al año y Londres obtiene tres? Es más fácil viajar jugadores a México y definitivamente hay interés por una franquicia en este país. Al menos aumenta los juegos, por lo que es más probable que se juegue un emparejamiento de calidad en este maravilloso país.

Philidelphia Eagles 37 vs. Dallas Cowboys 9

Is it time to start talking about questioning Dak Prescott as an NFL starting QB. The Cowboys could’ve done better in his 145 yards passing. The team didn’t find the end zone once while playing at home, which is definitely pathetic. Imagine if your neighbor hated you and one day decided to go to your house, convince your spouse to leave you for them, obtaining custody of your children along with alimony. To top all of that off, this neighbor has the guts to tell you to go to bed and do absolutely nothing and it works. There might be a better analogy, but that’s basically what the Eagles did to the Cowboys on Sunday Night Football.

 

 

 

 

 

Breaking Down NFL Week 10 (SUPER EASY QUIZ!!!)

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So, this is the NFL we live in now. Don’t get me wrong the NFC seems to be a very scary division to be in right now, and it seems there are 7-8 teams actually competitive for 6 spots remaining. Although in the AFC…15?!?! Teams have a legitimate route to the postseason as of right now. The 3-7 Colts are the seconds worst team in the conference based on record and the mediocrity of this conference gives them opportunity to win out and legitimately make the postseason. Right now, it looks like 9-7 will get an AFC team in the postseason and even then 9 teams can at most afford to lose twice in the upcoming 7 week slate to be 9-7. Actually, most teams can only afford to lose once more, as 5 of the 9 teams already have 6 losses, not including the Colts who have 7 losses. If this mediocrity keeps up, the Steelers and Patriots could clinch before Week 14 and 8-8 might have to be seriously considered as a threshold.

This week’s breakdown will done differently than previous weeks. I was watching SNL clips on Sunday Morning and got the idea from this Weekend Update segment on sexual harassment in the workplace.

NO, NO, don’t worry no one in the NFL has been accused recently…yet. It seems these questions have very obvious answers, and I feel that that could be summed up very well in Week 10. I am going to list the games in question for Week 10 (No TNF as usual, but MNF will be included going forward). The question for each game is what’s the biggest takeaway. I’m not going to tell you the answers, as this is not a hard quiz. DEEP DOWN, WE ALL KNOW THE CORRECT ANSWERS. So here we go with your Week 10 NFL Breakdown.

New York Jets 10 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 15

A. Josh McCown had a bad game, he’s the Jets future.

B. ITS FITZPATRICK TIME IN TAMPA, BABY!!!

C. Tampa was lucky they played the Jets, who are finally hitting their wall and continuing there downward spiral in QB purgatory.

D. The New York Jets organization felt bad for the Giants and gave them an opportunity to be the sole NY winner of Week 10 as pity.

Pittsburgh Steelers 20 vs. Indianapolis Colts 17

A. Steelers are slipping up, its only a matter of time until the Ravens claw to the Top.

B. The Colts are finally threatening and this game will be the final loss of 2017.

C. The Steelers could’ve played better Football Sunday, but this shouldn’t affect them going forward.

D. Colts players felt dejected after hearing more about the ongoing George Takei allegations. Oh My.

Cincinnati Bengals 20 vs. Tennessee Titans 24

A. AJ Green’s sole goal is to make Jalen Ramsey suffer, and orchestrated the coaching staff to blow the game at the end to keep the Titans on pace to the win the AFC South.

B. Watch Out Patriots, Titans are coming for the AFC.

C. The Titans took out a very beatable Bengals team and barring a collapse should have at least one additional game this season.

D. Bengals fans care about their team

New Orleans Saints 40 vs. Buffalo Bills 3

A. This is the inevitable collapse of the Bills, who are doomed to never make the postseason in anyone’s lifetime.

B. The New Orleans Defense is the best in the NFL.

C. The Bills loss is concerning, but was against a HOF QB with a decent team around him that could even threaten the Eagles in another Super Bowl run #PotentialDenial

D. 6 Rushing Touchdowns is a normal amount of rushing touchdowns to allow in any game, Right?

Cleveland Browns 24 vs. Detroit Lions 38

A. Kizer getting hurt was the biggest blow to Cleveland since LeBron James initially left years ago.

B. Stafford is a Hall of Fame QB for what he did to the Browns Defense.

C. A 0-16 Browns Season is looking more and more inevitable.

D. What’d you talking about, the Browns are undefeated. Also, Kevin Spacey and Louis CK are still beloved.

New York Giants 21 vs. San Francisco 49ers 31

A. The Giants are heading for a long playoff drought, start rooting for the Jets.

B. Who needs Garroppolo, CJ Beathard for LIFE!!!

C. The 49ers were bound to win once with all of the close finishes they’d be dealing with this year.

D. The Giants decided that Week 10 was too early to have a team mathematically eliminated from postseason contention. (49ers would’ve been the first team with that distinction this year with loss this week).

Houston Texans 7 vs. Los Angeles Rams 33

A. Why was Jared Goff benched last year? Jeff Fisher would still be Head Coach.

B. Robert Woods is Hollywood’s next sensation

C. The Rams are a competitive team and the Texans started Tom Savage. Any Questions?

D. Houston has a World Series already, that’s enough.

Green Bay Packers 23 vs. Chicago Bears 16

A. Aaron Rodgers, step aside. Its Hundley time in Green Bay.

B. Well, it was good while it lasted, Mitchell Trubisky.

C. The Bears got greedy on that challenge, which ultimately prevented this game from going into overtime.

D. The Bears have a Black Sox level scandal, as while the Packers won the game, Bears players earned themselves new Ferraris for losing.

Minnesota Vikings 38 vs. Washington Redskins 30

A. “Screw Bridgewater, Case Keenum is our Franchise QB Now.” -Vikings Management

B. Kirk Cousins needs to be benched after his abysmal 3 TD (1 Passing, 2 Rushing) day.

C. The Packers downfall has given the Vikings a 1 year window for a chance to win their first Super Bowl.

D. The Redskins will continue to lose games from this point forward until they change the name of their team.

Los Angeles Chargers 17 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars 20

A. The Chargers are unable to finish most game due to the San Diego gypsy curse of 2/6/17.

B. Jacksonville’s fans were enough to carry th… Okay, this answer is wrong. The Jacksonville Jaguars don’t have fans.

C. The Jaguars were handed this game by the Chargers, who are currently in process of pre-handing the following game against the Bills due to Rivers decision to enter concussion protocol (Long Term = Good Decision, Short Term = Likely Season Killer).

D. LA needed a distraction from the UCLA scandal involving LiAngelo Ball.

Dallas Cowboys 7 vs. Atlanta Falcons 27

A. This is Ezekiel Elliott’s fault for delaying his suspension

B. This is the NFL’s fault for suspending Elliott in the first place.

C. The Cowboys have significant issues that go beyond the suspended RB.

D. This is somehow Colin Kaepernick’s fault.

New England Patriots 41 vs. Denver Broncos 16

A. TOM BRADY WILL BE GREAT FOREVER!!!

B. The Patriots are the most dominant team in football again.

C. Brock Osweiler is not a good QB, although the Patriots are becoming more intimidating each week.

D. The Patriots are deflating balls while spying on the Broncos playbooks in collusion with Russia against Donald Trump and somehow Jimmy Kimmel is the main orchestrator of all of this. #Cheatception

Miami Dolphins 21 vs. Carolina Panthers 45

A. Monday Night Football had the most exciting game of the week, like always.

B. If Matt Moore started the season at QB, the Dolphins would be beating the Patriots.

C. This was never a season the Dolphins could realistically make a playoff run with a Week 1 bye and losing their franchise QB to injury in training camp. The fact they’re still in it even with this loss is impressive.

D. Cam has earned his Yogurt Commercial deal back, as his play was clearly the main issue.

 

Breaking Down NFL Sunday Week 8

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Well, another week is in the books and the clutter mess that is known as the 2017 NFL Season has become a slightly less cluttered mess after week 8. Teams are starting to separate from one another, and some that were once considered division favorites are in must win mode for the next two months. Let’s go through NFL Week 8 together in this week’s Sunday Breakdown.

Minnesota Vikings 33 vs. Cleveland Browns 16:

Oh, Cleveland. You sent last week’s match against the Titans to overtime, only to collapse and lose that matchup by a field goal. It looked like you were going to give the Vikings a run for their money in London and get your first win of the season. That lasted about the half before the Curse of the Browns kicked in and the Browns left London in what turned out to be a not so close game. The Browns have gone 25 STRAIGHT SUNDAYS with a loss (They won on Christmas EVE last year, but that was on a Saturday). At least you can’t lose on the bye week, although I wouldn’t be shocked if you found a way to the way things are going.

Indianapolis Colts 23 vs. Cincinnati Bengals 24:

This looked like it could’ve gone either way for most of the game, and honestly the way I would describe the Colts loss at this point is unfortunate. The Bengals should not have let this game become so close, and the fact that it was makes me want to give Jacoby Brissett some credit. He’s been on the team for less than half a regular season and he understands the offense enough that makes me believe that he’ll win at least one game as the Colts QB. Jack Doyle had a remarkable game, catching 12 balls for 131 yards and a TD. Unfortunately, unlucky catch number 13 did not occur on this game before Halloween, and it became the game deciding play for this unlucky, unfortunate, and mostly untalented team.

Los Angeles Chargers 13 vs. New England Patriots 21:

This game shouldn’t be this close. The Patriots are coming off a Super Bowl victory and battling the lowly Chargers should’ve been decided in the first quarter in New England’s Favor. Tom Brady hasn’t hit his playing wall yet, so this is a team that’s supposed to be definitively win games. The Chargers were 23 yards and a 2-point conversion away from going into overtime against the reigning Super Bowl Champions. THIS SHOULDN’T HAPPEN. Yes, If this was the only occasion this season, it could just be a bad week for this Super Bowl contending team. The Patriots have won very few games definitively this year, only beating the out of conference Falcons and Saints by about 2 TDS. The Patriots might have won this game, but the AFC is wide open come January.

Chicago Bears 12 vs. New Orleans Saints 20:

A QB who literally completed 4 passes in his previous complete and successful start had to make 32 attempts during this game against the high powered offense known as the New Orleans Saints. How do you think that went? Answer: 14/32, 164 yards, and an interception. That can beat teams without competent offenses, but this isn’t going to cut it against future Hall of Fame Drew Brees. Brees didn’t even have a TD today, but the Bears made that fact unnecessary. Keep trying Trubisky, you possibly might get their one day.
Oakland Raiders 14 vs. Buffalo Bills 34:

I mentioned above about how the league is still pretty cluttered halfway through the seasons, but the AFC East and AFC West divisions seem to be going in opposite directions with that kind of thinking, with the Bills staying a half game back of the New England Patriots and about only 1-1.5 game(s) ahead of the Jets and Dolphins. Meanwhile, the Kansas City Chiefs seem to already have the AFC West wrapped with about a 3 game lead on all of their divisional opponents. Weren’t the Raiders suppose the challenge the Patriots for the crown this year. Well, at least Marshawn Lynch has his own reality TV show.

Atlanta Falcons 25 vs. New York Jets 20:

Dan Quinn before the Bills Matchup: “We’ve got this in the bag, Buffalo are a bunch of nobodies coming in our house, they’ve got no chance.”

Dan Quinn before the Dolphins Matchup: “We’re back from the bye with Julio Jones healthy again against a Dolphins team that was shutout by the SAINTS! Piece of Cake:”

Dan Quinn before the Patriots Matchup: “Okay, Okay, those last two losses were definitely unfortunate, and this is against the New England Patriots. Let’s just keep this game close and show America that we are still a team not to be messed with.”

Dan Quinn before the Jets Matchup: “LISTEN UP, NO ONE EATS UNLESS WE BEAT THE JETS. WE ARE NOT LOSING TO A JOSH MCCOWN LED FOOTBALL TEAM. WE ARE BEATING ONE MOTHERFLIPPING TEAM FROM THE AFC EAST AND YOU’LL ALL SUFFER MY WRATH FOR ALL ETERNITY!!!”

San Francisco 49ers 10 vs. Philadelphia Eagles 33: 

When I made predictions before this week’s matchups, I actually predicted the 49ers would win this game. I thought I was genius for calling this “trap game” and that the Carson Wentz hype was overrated and that the 49ers were due for a win against a team that was going to be thinking ahead to the Broncos Defense. Sometimes these predictions are genius decisions and sometimes its just pure paranoia. I was the latter this week.

Carolina Panthers 17 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3:

This game was a boring matchup that was decided in the first quarter. There was an article on Bleacher Report this week on the end of Cam Newton in the NFL (http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2740726-cam-newtons-latest-outburst-has-some-in-nfl-wondering-if-his-end-is-near) due to his recent outbursts. The team is currently 5-2 with no end in sight right now. Are the press conference outbursts a distraction, yes.  If this was Colin Kaepernick would he never play in the NFL again, yes. Were Cam Newton’s against female reporters at least somewhat disrespectful, yes. At least he gets results though.

Dallas Cowboys 33 vs. Washington Redskins 19:

An advantage of writing this post on Tuesday Morning is that I know the outcome of the Ezekiel Elliott suspension, which right now looks like Elliott will be out of commission through Week 14. First of all, RIP anyone’s fantasy season who owns Elliott, your hope is likely gone unless you got him for a huge bargain. Second, The Cowboys are 4-3 and while it definitely looks like the Eagles have this division wrapped up pretty well, this team is still very much in the hunt for a wildcard spot. They have all 3 divisional opponents during this ban and will play the Chiefs this upcoming week. .500 is necessary at minimum during this stretch to make Elliott play with purpose in December.

Houston Texans 38 vs. Seattle Seahawks 41: 

TWO EPIC MATCHUPS WITH HOUSTON SPORTS TEAMS ON THE SAME DAY. If we and Houston sports fans like to be honest, they would happily keep the results the same, as Watson has shown Elite QB play in his Rookie Season to show at least potential for an amazing NFL career, and the Astros are one win away from the World Series. On a serious note, Houston has been reeling from the Harvey Hurricane months ago and the city of Houston needs a moral win right now. Needless to say, Go Astros. On the Texans front, they’ve just got to allow the Jaguars to collapse on themselves like they always do and they’ll find a way to sneak into the NFL Postseason. This team is currently a dangerous team if the postseason started today, and this is without JJ Watt. The future of Houston Football looks bright.

Pittsburgh Steelers 20 vs. Detroit Lions 15:

The Pittsburgh Steelers benched Martavis Bryant after he publicly demanded to be traded away from a team that in his opinion didn’t want him. Little did we know that this would trigger the Steelers making his replacement Juju Smith-Schuster an NFL name overnight after catching 7 balls for 193 yards and a TD in a primetime victory over the Lions. Maybe the Steelers don’t want Bryant on their roster after this result, maybe they never wanted Bryant in the first place. This could all be a conspiracy to make Juju the next great receiver in NFL history. Maybe the NFL is rigged to have the same teams succeed over and over again. Or… I might be looking into one game too intensely. Congrats to Juju and the now 6-2 Steelers on a successful game. As for the Lions, at least Aaron Rodgers isn’t playing, right?

Making Sense of the Week 7 Madness

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Week 7 of the 2017 NFL Season is in the books, and it’s time to interpret the madness moving forward. Here are the main things to remember about this Week 7, 2017.

Carolina Panthers 3 vs. Chicago Bears 17:

So apparently, the Chicago Bears need to just attempt 7 PASSES to win a game against a relatively competitive team. SERIOUSLY, Of those 7, Trubisky completed 4!!! NO TEAM SHOULD WIN A GAME IN THE NFL WITH AN AVERAGE OF 1 COMPLETED PASS PER QUARTER! The Bears won by 14. Get it Together PanthersTune in next week where the Bears will demolish the saints with 200 yards receiving from their punter and some random drunk guy in the stands.

Tennessee Titans 12 vs. Cleveland Browns 9:

If this game was on HBO, it would called Game of Field Goals, because that is basically what this was. Actually, if this game replaced an episode of HBO Game of Thrones, no one would no the difference. The Titans uniforms make them look like White Walkers, This game seemingly went on forever, and someone we barely even knew (Kizer) was replaced with someone (Kessler) with a fan “favorite” that will likely not be around by the end of the season. I know this sounds like a stretch, but it makes a Browns game watchable.

New Orleans Saints 26 vs. Green Bay Packers 17:

This was supposed to be a matchup of Hall of Fame QB vs. Hall of Fame QB when this game was drawn up in April. Well…Hundley has time to improve and be the next in the line of Great Packers QBs. I mean time will only tell if Hundley is the Packers future, but as their present? Good news is that Aaron Rodgers could be back by the end of this season for a (hypothetical, and yes hypothetical seems to be a stretch at this point) postseason run.

Jacksonville Jaguars 27 vs. Indianapolis Colts 0:

Look on the bright side Colts fans, it’s only a loss to a surprisingly competitive division rival in pursuit of a division title your currently nowhere close to achieving in a season where you franchise QB might not even play a snap after a setback earlier this week in practice which will probably cost your cancer survivor head coach that once brought you to an AFC title game his job by the end of this miserable season. No big deal, right?

Arizona Cardinals 0 vs. Los Angeles Rams 33:

So Apparently, only 1 Carson is allowed to play a decent NFL QB at a time. Carson Palmer took a major injury that will cost him most, if not all, of the remaining 2017 slate. There’s a chance that we have seen the last of one of the NFL’s longest mainstay. Let’s take a moment to reflect on the career of Carson Palmer……………………………..Well, he was a starting NFL QB and didn’t suck all the time. Enjoy your likely retirement Carson, you’ll be mostly forgotten.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27 vs. Buffalo Bills 30:

The Bills may have won this game on the standings sheet, but the Buccaneers might be the true winners of this game. Don’t get me wrong, there are many flaws with this 2-4 team that I’m pretty sure will not see the light of the postseason this year, and I could go over the many plays that could’ve won the game for the Bucs, but lets talk about the last play of the game for a moment. There was a lateral during the final seconds of the matchup that will go down in NFL as one of the longest plays in the history of the league. This lateral attempt lasted 45 SECONDS and for a moment it didn’t seem the Bills were able to tackle anyone no matter how hard they tried. This almost rendered the last 3 incredible minutes of the game pointless in what could’ve been one of the worst regular season letdowns in Bills History. The Bills might be looking toward a playoff push, but the Buccaneers and their fans may have comfort in knowing that the final play of the game will lead to many Bills Fans needing to take antacids in the coming days.

New York Jets 28 vs. Miami Dolphins 31:

Jay Cutler getting hurt might be the best thing that could’ve been the best thing for the Dolphins to be competitive late this season. I feel bad for Jay and his family for the pain he must be suffering from right now, but if I had to be honest, Matthew Moore is probably the best QB on the Dolphins roster right now. This offense with Jay Cutler was shut out by the Saints, whose definition of a defense might as well be a beaded door. Jay Cutler couldn’t run a successful against an actual beaded door. Moore was able to bring the Dolphins back to beat the Jets. Are the Jets by any means a competent defense, no, but they are not a gold and black beaded door.

Baltimore Ravens 16 vs. Minnesota Vikings 24:

Remember when Joe Flacco actually brought his team to the playoffs and won a Super Bowl with the Ravens. Flacco was then signed to a $100 million dollar contract with enough guaranteed money that will let him retire comfortably. Ever wonder why NFL players get greedy and urgent in contract negotiations, this season and injury are the reasons why. Its one thing if your team, like the Colts, has problems beyond your franchise QB that even he can’t save you. This can somewhat apply to the Ravens team, but Flacco should still be playing better football. It’s hard to justify an expensive contract for a QB when your QB only gets 1 TD in a game halfway through the season against a beatable defense and is not an outlier on his season’s work.

Dallas Cowboys 40 vs. San Francisco 49ers 10:

I know the 49ers are a winless team were going against a squad that had at least the personal of a postseason run, but this is just sad. The 49ers went 5 straight games losing by 3 or less points and then loses to non-division leading team by over 30 points. Elliott scored 3 TDS. Did you even bother to watch game footage of the starting RB in case he was eligible, because it sure looked liked overconfidence hangs over your head in this loss. The 49ers are not worst team in football, but are playing like it. This team nearly beat the Seahawks, Rams, and the Redskins. If the 49ers somehow become a winless team this year, they will be known as the most unfortunate team in NFL history. Only 9 more games to go to make that a reality.

Cincinnati Bengals 14 vs. Pittsburgh
Steelers 29:

I know we are only halfway through the season and a lot could happen over the next couple of months, but I feel pretty safe to say the Steelers will be the lone AFC North representative in the AFC Postseason. The Bengals are the second best team in the Steeler led division, but that’s more on the Ravens and Browns finding ways to lose winnable games. The Bengals are like an NBC Sitcom, they would’ve been cancelled on any other network, but because their on NBC they’ll find a way to stick around for another season. Don’t be too surprised if that’s the postseason fate of Marvin Lewis.

Denver Broncos 0 vs. Los Angeles Chargers 21:

I’m sorry, it looks like there is a computer glitch, I want to personally congratulate the Denver Broncos on their shuto…I’m sorry…what happened…No, that can’t be right…They were in deep Chargers territory twice, I know their offense isn’t the best but surely…your kidding me. I guess congratulations on the Chargers and Melvin Gordon on their huge da…I’m sorry…there’s no way it could’ve been that low. I’m sorry for the Melvin Gordon and his family during this diffi…he apparently was not much more hurt as he came into the game. Come on Broncos, you started the year 2-0 and you get shutout by the worst team in your division, Shame.

Seattle Seahawks 24 vs. New York Giants 7:

Anyone watching Sunday Night Football last week and saw the Giants obliterate the Broncos can now calm down, as the Giants true post-OBJ form has been shown. Giants fans, welcome to the rest of your season. The rest of your season is complete with:

  • Disappointing days from your two time Super Bowl winning QB
  • Penalties and Reviews not going your way
  • TE Engram being your most effective receiver
  • Middle of the road teams running all over you
  • And finally, a decent draft pick to pick your successor to the Manning throne.

You have an important choice to make come spring, but for now, enjoy the disappointing madness known as 2017.

New England Patriots 23 vs. Atlanta Falcons 7:

Aren’t the Falcons better than this. Maybe the fog is getting to me, but I had the strangest dream that the Falcons once a competitive team. They just kept winning game after game after game and Julio Jones torched the Panthers for 300 yards. They made the Playoffs with the first seed and beat the Seahawks and Packers with ease. They made it the Super Bowl and went against the Patriots and owned a 28-3 in the third quarter before the Patriots cheated their way to another title. This must’ve all been a crazy dream right? It’s too crazy to be true right? Right?