The AFC Playoff Race is Why the NFL Should Remove Divisions

The AFC playoff race in 2015 is a joke. The Chiefs, Jets and Steelers are all tied at 8-5 but there’s just two playoff spots up for grabs because one of them has to go to the Houston Rejects, the Indianapolis Trash or whoever else might come along and win the AFC South.

The Chiefs are likely to win out, so they’ll get one of the spots.  The Jets still have the Patriots on the schedule, while the Steelers have the Broncos.

I don’t know the exact tiebreakers that would come into play; I only know that the best offense in the AFC resides in Pittsburgh and a world class defense equally as good as Denver, Cincinnati or Carolina mans the field for the Jets.

One of those teams will probably be watching the playoffs at home while a team like the .500 Houston Texans and a sub .500 Giants or RacialSlurs team in the NFC get to compete in the postseason.

Not only in this unfair, it makes no business sense.

Who wants to watch Seattle or Pittsburgh wipe their ass with some also-ran shit team who happened to win a division in the first round of the playoffs?

Change the damn rules already!

This Week’s Sucked And Won

Case Keenum, QB (STL):  I know, it’s redundant to say this guy sucks, but seriously.  This guy threw for 124 yards and a pick.  Without a monster game from Todd Gurley, the Rams put up another single digit stinker and lose their 6th straight.

Congratulations to the Raiders Khalil Mack who tied a team record set by the legendary Howie Long.  Mack recorded 5 sacks in one game this week against the Denver Broncos.  Brock Osweiler is going to be seeing this guy in his sleep.

Shocking Realization of the Week

Seattle’s Tyler Lockett became only the 2nd player in NFL history to score 5 receiving touchdowns, a punt return touchdown and a kickoff return touchdown in his rookie season.  The first?  Gale Sayers, all the way back in 1965.

Stupidity From the Eagles/Bills game

By the Eagles:  With the team protecting a 3 point lead and 2:07 to go, Sam Bradford takes a 15 yard sack when he could have just thrown the ball away.

By the Bills:  They absolutely kill themselves, taking 15 penalties for 101 yards.

By the dreadful announcing team of Solomon Wilcots and Spero Dedes (get ready, there are a lot more of these):

Endless blabbering about how Bills RB LeSean McCoy breaks the ball to the outside too much and that’s why the Eagles traded him.  As soon as the Eagles offense takes the field, point out that RB DeMarco Murray is a bad fit for the offense (why?  because he can’t break the ball to the outside…sigh).

“Are the Bills going to go for it?” – It was 3rd and 4 when this statement was made.  What the hell would they do, quick kick?

With 2:07 left on the clock, stating how crucial it was for the Eagles to run the ball (it was 3rd and 6, a definite passing situation) to get the first down.   Of course, with the 2 minute warning imminent and the clock about to stop after the next play either way, it was completely irrelevant whether the Eagles ran the ball or not.

THIS HAS BEEN Stupidity from the Eagles/Bills game

This Week’s Great But Lost

AJ Green ,WR (CIN):  Green put up his usual type game, 6 catches for 132 yards and a touchdown.  What made it particularly remarkable this week was that starting quarterback Andy Dalton went down with a broken thumb in the first quarter, and Green did all of his damage with back up AJ McCarron throwing him the ball.  No word yet on just how long Dalton will be out, but this could have huge ramifications in the AFC.

This week’s catch of the day was by Washington TE Jordan Reed, who hauled in a Kirk Cousins pass at around the 6 and then bashed his way into the endzone (he was ruled down at the 1).  Either way, the power run after catch symbolized the monster day Reed put up against the Bears, as he was absolutely unstoppable on Sunday.

Thursday Pick:  Tampa Bay (+1) @St. Louis (Westgate Superbook)

The Rams finally broke their losing streak while Tampa Bay’s loss this week pretty much eliminates them from the playoffs.  As buoyant as Tampa has been all season, I think playing on short rest after that might leave them just a little flat.

St. Louis Rams 20 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17


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NFL Week 5: Random thoughts

Random thoughts from NFL Week 5! (Yes, we’re a little late. Sue us. Wait, don’t do that.)

I am rather angry at the NFL and more specifically the phony media outlets that pretend to challenge the powerful league on, well, anything.

The latest phony outrage is over Greg Hardy, who didn’t play at all last season and served a four game suspension this season, yet I’m hearing all kinds of complaints that Hardy is now back with the Dallas Cowboys.

I’m not defending Greg Hardy, but what the league does to its players both economically and physically makes what Hardy did to his ex-girlfriend look like a gentle massage.  The league pays players less than any other professional league, and doesn’t guarantee contracts, so it can throw away used up or injured players like yesterday’s trash.  It’s also censored ESPN and threatened other networks if they pay too much attention to the “man behind the curtain,” specifically, the growing ugly mountain of evidence about how hideously awful playing NFL football is for your long term health and how the NFL has basically taken a shit on its veterans for four decades, while ownership have become billionaires in the process.

Yeah, it’s just awful that Greg Hardy is back playing football.  But, frankly, I can’t think of a better punishment.

This Week’s Sucked And Won

Sunday’s Catch Of The Day belonged to Browns TE Gary Barnidge.  If you somehow missed the replay of this find it on youtube.  Barnidge sandwiched a Josh McCown pass between his legs, then bent himself in half, snatched the ball into his hands and, just for good measure, rolled into the endzone for a touchdown.  Maybe it was luck (for a “lucky” receiver, Barnidge had a hell of day, catching 8 passes for 139 yards), but it nonetheless a remarkable play and, if nothing else, some truly heads up football by Barnidge just for realizing that the ball had not yet hit the ground and the play was still alive.

Shocking realization of the week

On Sunday, Charles Woodson became the oldest player since the merger to have a multi-interception game.  For you youngsters, the “merger” was when the NFL and the old AFL combined into one league about 50 years ago.

This week the NFL truly delivered on how exciting a Sunday slate of games can be.  Three early contests went into overtime, the Chiefs-Bears game ended with a very late Jay Cutler TD to take a lead with Kansas City then trying what would have been a record setting 66 yard field goal to win it.  The cherry on top was a thrilling finish on Sunday Night, with Eli Manning leading a truly outstanding end of the game drive to score the winning touchdown.   This is why football is forgiven for so many sins.  This and all the betting.

This Week’s Great But Lost

Todd Gurley, RB (STL):  The rookie running back was a real horse on Sunday, carrying 30 times for 159 yards, and was the Rams only real offensive threat against Green Bay.

Can everyone shut the hell up about how Tom Brady is so great but never had any weapons like Peyton Manning did?  First of all, most dopes who start this conversation then immediately turn to how Rob Gronkowski is the most unstoppable, most uncoverable, most valuable offensive weapon in the entire NFL.  He also has Julian Edelman, the best slot receiver in the NFL today.

Let’s remember Brady had Gronk and Aaron Gonzalez together for a while.  He also had Randy Moss for three seasons, Wes Welker (possibly the greatest slot receiver in the history of the league) for six seasons.  Before he had all those guys, he had one of the league’s elite defenses on the field, along with Corey Dillon in the run game and Troy Brown and Deion Branch at receiver, and while those guys weren’t elite, they were certainly good enough considering everything else the team had going for it, including one of the all-time greatest coaches in NFL history.

But yeah, Brady never had it good like all the other quarterbacks.

Listen, Brady is an all-time great, but this pointless argument advanced in his favor is a huge load of crap.


“All of them” – Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, responding to a question about which turnover bothered him the most this week.

“We haven’t played well enough.  It’s as simple as that. No, I’m not pleased at all.” – Tampa Bay coach Lovie Smith, criticizing his team’s play despite its second win of the season.

“Kickers are people too, but they’re not football players.” – NFL analyst and former coach Brian Billick, offending kickers everywhere.  I suppose it’s better than offending linebackers, right?

“It was cool, but I’m not one of those guys that likes publicity.” – Raiders K Sebastian Janikowski, on becoming the Raiders all time leader in games played.

“He’s worked hard, he’s a veteran player, he’s a smart guy, he’s been here for a little bit. There are always levels of knowing something. The more you’re around something the more experienced you are with the people doing it together, the better you’re going to be at it. But he’s certainly comfortable with our system.” – Cowboys coach Jason Garrett, uttering a bunch of nonsense about Matt Cassel, who will start for scape-goated Brandon Weeden this week.

“No matter how many times I look at this, I can’t get the end to change.” – Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, lamenting his inability to alter the past by watching video of it.

“We were going to the mattresses.” – Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, making an awesomely cool Godfather reference following the team’s win over San Diego.

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NFL Week 4 random thoughts!

I know I said by Week 4 you know what teams are and what they’re not, but some teams tend to defy the logic and, accordingly, are more difficult to figure out.

The Buffalo Bills certainly fit that description, and to an extent so do the Oakland Raiders, but no team is more enigmatic than the St. Louis Rams.  They started the season by knocking off the defending NFC Champion Seattle Seahawks, and in the process put up 34 points against one of the most ferocious and feared defenses in the NFL in the last decade.

They followed that up with a loss to a Washington team that is shooting blanks on offense, and then only managed to put up 6 points in a loss to a Steelers team with a dreadful defense.  At that point, the Rams looked like a team that won one game by fluke and was headed for the second tier of the NFC, right up until they were able to out-duel an Arizona Cardinals team that was one of the three hottest teams in the NFL 24-22.

I’m not sure what to make of the Rams, but if I base it on their season so far, they’ll win next week at Green Bay before losing consecutive home games to the Browns and 49ers.  Here are my NFL Week 4 random thoughts!

Ai yi yi!

This Week’s Sucked And Won

Peyton Manning:  Who’d have thought the Broncos could win a game where Manning threw two picks and had a passer rating of just 68.9?  Let this be a lesson, however.  Denver’s defense is among the best in the league, and at the end of the game, Peyton did lead his team on a nine-play scoring drive.  Don’t look past the Broncos, who have discovered multiple ways to win.

Once again, thank goodness for NFL Redzone.  For its afternoon game of the week, Fox inexplicably decided to show a blowout waiting to happen in the Packers vs. 49ers instead of the much more interesting matchup of Vikings vs. Broncos.

I get that Aaron Rodgers is the best player in the NFL and therefore a big draw, but watching him pick apart a crap defense that’s come close to giving up 100 points in two weeks is definitely not a better draw than the rising Vikings led by second-year quarterback Teddy Bridgewater vs. perennial playoff bound Denver led by the game’s senior grand master Peyton Manning.  And while these games may not have unfolded the way you might have expected, it is clear that the Minnesota/Denver game was the better contest.

Luckily NFL Redzone gave me a better option than sitting through a game I had no interest in.

Shocking realization of the week:

Kansas City scored 21 points this week on nothing but field goals.  Kicker Cairo Santos went 7 for 7, one shy of the NFL record.  This happened on a week when most NFL kickers were struggling with misses right and left (the other exception:  Arizona’s Chandler Catanzaro who went 5 for 5).

If there’s a play I hate more than the douchey time out right before a field goal attempt I don’t know what it is.  Consequently, there’s nothing I love more than seeing a kicker miss the field goal only to see him get another shot at it because of that idiotic time out play.  This week’s dumb-ass award goes to the Colts’ Chuck Pagano.  I only wish Jaguars kicker Jason Myers could have made the second try to send the Colts home losers.

Are the Panthers aiming to get the best highlight every single week?  Surely there was none better this week than TE Ed Dickson’s recovery of a Jonathan Stewart fumble that got tipped into the air and into Dickson’s waiting arms, resulting in a 57 yard “fumble return” for a touchdown in the third quarter of the Panthers win over Tampa Bay.

Detroit Lions

Good thing this is on TV or nobody’d believe me

This Week’s Great But Lost

Josh McCown, QB (CLE):  32 for 41 (a 78% completion percentage) for 356 yards, 2 TDs and a passer rating of 119.1.  Possibly the best day of McCown’s career, and he did it despite getting sacked 4 times and getting hit a bunch more by a determined San Diego pass rush.

There’s good news and bad news for Eagles fans.  Sam Bradford had a truly great game, leading to the conclusion that trading for him was not as incredibly idiotic as the rest of the Eagles’ offseason moves.  The bad news?  There’s plenty, but how about starting with the fact that Philadelphia’s offense is predicated on the run, and the Eagles can’t run to save their lives.   As an aside, officiating in this game was absolutely awful and even though it favored the Eagles, I hate seeing bad and especially inconsistent refereeing.  Bad calls are bad calls.  Even if they help your team, you shouldn’t want to see them.

Thursday Pick:   Indianapolis (+2) @Houston (William Hill)

The Colts have looked like garbage this season, and you might be tempted to think that Indianapolis’ terrible offensive line will be in big trouble facing Houston’s supposedly great defensive line.  Well, think again.  Houston has looked worse than garbage this season, and I’m actually wondering how they even managed to win one game.  Historically, the Colts have only lost to the Texans four times ever.  You think THIS Texans team is going to reverse that trend.  I hate this game because I hate both of these teams this year, but I’m not taking Houston for all the tea in China.

Indianapolis 27 Houston 24


“This has been the most awesome period of my life.  I’m a Dallas Cowboy.  Dream come true.” – Cowboys DE Greg Hardy.  Hardy will play his first game as a Cowboy next week after serving a four game suspension to start the season.

“I think it’s crap that people are giving him crap.” – Browns LB Craig Robertson, defending CB Joe Haden, who sat out Sunday’s game against the Chargers because of a broken finger.

“Why do I like blitzing?  Because I am good at it.” – Broncos safety TJ Ward.   Ward is fourth on the team in tackles, and has two sacks and a forced fumble from the safety position through four games.

“It’s a bad feeling.  I wish I had been able to come through.” – Steeler K Josh Scobee, who missed two field goals in Thursday’s loss to the Ravens, including the potential game winner.  Scobee has since been cut by Pittsburgh.

“His world is based on hype and that one catch.” – Bills CB Stephon Gillmore, referring to Giants WR Odell Beckham, Jr.  Various Bills players complained that Beckham was a prima donna and a cheap shot artist after their game on Sunday.

“I hate it.  They’re the only team in the league that does it that way, and the reason they’re the only team in the league that does it that way is because they’re stupid.” ESPN analyst and former offensive lineman Mark Schlereth, on the Eagles run blocking schemes.

“It was a fun plane ride back for the guys who were able to stay awake.” – Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, on the flight back from London after the Jets defeated the Dolphins.

“I don’t care what the Cubs fan say, this is more painful.” – Actor (and Detroit Lions fan) Jeff Daniels, after the Lions loss to the Bears dropping Detroit to 0-4.

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