Bad Santa is my favorite Christmas movie of all-time. The Anger that actor Billy Bob Thorton’s character has, is one of the funniest things I have ever seen. So, in honor of the holidays and being a Jets fan, I am going to paraphrase his quote from the movie.
“I’ve been to prison once, I’ve been married – twice. I was once drafted by Lyndon Johnson and had to live in crappy Mexico for 2 1/2 years for no reason. I’ve had my eye socket punched in, a kidney taken out and I got a bone-chip in my ankle that’s never gonna heal. I’ve seen some pretty bad situations in my life, but nothing has ever sucked more than being a Jets fan this year!”
Here are 5 Things the Sports Whisperer learned about Week 15 in the NFL:
The Titans keep winning despite their head coach: In two consecutive weeks, Tennessee has defeated the Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs. Inexplicable with 3:12 seconds left in the 4th quarter, Tennessee scored on a 1-yard touchdown run by Derrick Henry , cutting the lead to 17-16. Head coach, Mike Mularkey decided to go for the two-point conversion. This made absolutely no sense whatsoever. Even if they converted on the attempt (which they didn’t) The Chiefs still had over 3 minutes to try and score. Fortunately, for their coach and their fans the Titans won on a game-winning field goal,19-17. The Titans are now 8-6 and tied with the Houston Texans for first place in the AFC South. The play at Jacksonville next week and close out the season at home against the Texans. If they win their last two games, which they should, they will make the playoffs. Quarterback Marcus Mariota has had a phenomenal 2nd year. He has 25 touchdowns passes and has done a masterful job of running this offense. I only which the coaching staff was more aggressive, their play calling is beyond conservative. When you have a playmaker with his legs and arms at QB, you should let him make plays on first and second down, not just on 3rd and long. Tennessee should make the playoffs despite their coaching.
Do you hear that… Silence on the Aaron Rodgers Haters: When the Packers were out of the playoffs a few weeks ago, and struggling to win games, Rodgers said, “I think we can run the table”. Well, they are well on their way. GB has won 4 straight including a late victory on Sunday over the Bears 30-27. They now control their own destiny. At 8-6 they play at home against the Vikings and on the road against the Lions. The Packers can make the wildcard and win the division outright. I have not “bought in” to the Lions all year long. They still have to play at Dallas and GB. I had Rodgers winning the NFL’s MVP Award in the pre-season. I would be shocked if he doesn’t win it now.
Giants keep rolling: The Giants are 10-4 and they have won four out of their last 5 games. The Dallas Cowboys have 2 losses on the season, both to “Big Blue.” The Giants spent over $200 million to revamp their defense and it has paid off big time. Over the past two weeks, they have held Dallas to 7 points and Detroit to 6 points. The Giants are two games ahead in the wild card with two games remaining. Firing Tom Coughlin was the right move. New York will be a force to reckon with in the post-season. I still don’t like Ben McAdoo’s conservative play calling, but as long as Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr.are in the playoffs, they have a chance.
Steelers are gaining momentum: The Steelers are 9-5, and they have won 5 straight games. It hasn’t always been easy, but like the NCAA basketball tournament, it is about surviving and advancing. It is always better to win ugly than lose pretty. The Steelers will be very dangerous in the playoffs. To quote Sports anchor Dan Patrick, “You can’t stop them, you can only hope to contain them.” They have the best “Big 3” in football. Ben Roethlisberger is 6th in the league with 26 touchdowns. Antonio Brown is 2nd in receptions with 96 and Le’Veon Bell, despite only playing in 11 games is 3rd in rushing with 1,146 yards. No one wants to play Pittsburgh.
Is Dallas as good as their 11-2 record? The Cowboys have the best offensive line in football. To put in perspective how dominant they are, running back Ezekiel Elliott is on pace to rush for over 1,000 yards BEFORE CONTACT. Elliott is not getting hit until he is 3 or 4 yards passed the line of scrimmage. I don’t think the Cowboys will make the Super Bowl, Dak Prescott isnt ready yet, but they have a time-tested philosophy… Run the ball and don’t turn it over.
I never believed in Washington or Minnesota both won’t make the playoffs.
New England is the only team in the league that can beat you 16-13 or 41-38. They beat Denver 16-3 and are now 12-2.
Baltimore is 8-6 and the Dolphins are 9-5. Both teams are slightly above average. If they make the playoffs it will be a one and done situation.
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