If the NFL season ended today the Rankings would be as follows:
1) NO Saints
2) LA Rams
3) Chicago Bears
4) Dallas Cowboys
5) Seattle Seahawks
6) Minnesota Vikings
Still in the hunt… Eagles, Redskins and Panthers.
1) KC Chiefs
2) Houston Texans
3) NE Patriots
4) Pittsburgh Steelers
5) LA Chargers
6) Baltimore Ravens
Still in the hunt…Colts, Titans and Dolphins.
5 Things We Learned About Week 15.
Going into Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers, the Bears lost 8 in a row and 21 out of 25 in Chicago, to the Packers. All that ended in week 15. The Bears beat the Packers 24-17 and clinched their first NFC North title since 2010. There is no doubt in my mind that Matt Nagy should be the coach of the year. He has led his team to 10 wins despite injuries to his quarterback and Khalil Mack. The Bears have one of the best defenses in the NFL and they are ranked 5th, scoring 27.4 points per game.
4) This is not your dad’s New England Patriots team:
The Patriots lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, 17-10. It was the first time New England has lost back-to-back games in December since 2002. This is not the Patriots team we are used to.
They committed 14 penalties and Tom Brady made several costly mistakes. Brady is starting to show his age. He is completing 65% of his passes, has 24 touchdown,9 interceptions and 2 fumbles.The Patriots are only scoring 26 points per game and their defense is ranked 23rd, giving up 372 yards per contest.
3) The Titans continue to “Ground and Pound:
Tennessee went into Met Life stadium and defeated the New York Giants 17-0. It was the first time since 2000, that the Titans have shut out an opponent. Running Back Derrick Henry continues to be a man, “possessed” running the ball. Two weeks ago, the former Alabama stand-out rushed 17 times for 238 yards and 4 touchdowns. On Sunday, Henry rushed 33 times for 170 yards and 2 touchdowns. He is the first Titan’s running back, since Earl Campbell, to rush for 150 yards in two consecutive games. Henry has literally been a man amongst boys.
2) The Magic is back for Nick Foles and the Philadelphia Eagles:
Last season the Eagles won the Super Bowl with a back-up quarterback. Nick Foles threw for 373 yards and three touchdowns in Philadelphia’s 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots.
On Sunday Night Foles was under center once again and led his Eagles to a much needs road victory over the LA Rams, 30-23. Foles was 24 for 31 and threw for 270 yards. Carson Wentz will continue to sit out with a back injury and the Eagles will rely on the Super Bowl, MVP to keep their playoff hopes alive.
1) Who are the Dallas Cowboys?
The Dallas Cowboys got shut out on Sunday 23-0. This team is battling for their playoff lives and they basically laid on egg on the road in a crucial game. Dallas was 4 for 12 on 3rd down conversions and 1 for 5 on 4th downs. The Cowboys also had 9 penalties. It was the first time since week 11 in 2003 that Dallas was held scoreless. This team was not ready to play from top to bottom. Even if they make the playoffs, Jason Garrett should be on the hot-seat.
The LA Chargers clinched a playoff birth for the first time since 2013 with their 29-28 victory of the Chiefs.
The Browns beat the Denver Broncos 17-16. It was the first time since 1990 that Cleveland defeated Denver.
Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson is 4-1 in his last 5 starts.
The Saints have a 12-2 record through the first 14 games. It is the second best start for the Saints. In 2009 they started the year 13-1.
The Giants are thinking about bringing back Eli Manning to be their starter. Eli has 18 touchdowns, 9 interceptions and 3 lost fumbles. This would be a step backwards for the Giants.
Seahawks lost to the 49ers 26-23 in overtime. Seattle hosts the Chiefs in a huge playoff implications matchup.