We’re down to the final week of the season, man did it fly by this year! Playoff pictures are pretty much set, which makes this last week a bit anti-climactic, but nonetheless it’s been another fun season.
Want an Exciting 4th Quarter? Watch the Vikings:
For the 2nd straight year, I’ve been stuck watching a Vikings game when I would have preferred something else, only to be in the middle of an awesome game! Last year it was the Ravens game where there were 5 TD’s in a little over 2 minutes. Sunday’s Dolphins game showed 31 points combined scored in the first 3 quarters, and 41 scored in the 4th alone! At one point the Vikings scored 15 points in 11 seconds, and the Dolphins scored their final 9 points in 30 seconds. Actually, the Jets and Lions games the last two weeks have also been very close as well, not too bad to be stuck in Viking territory if I do say so myself.
Chargers Comeback Again:
Three weeks ago, the Chargers scored 21 pts in the 4th Quarter against Baltimore to pull off a pretty epic comeback. Saturday they did it again! In the 2nd half, they outscored the 49ers 31-7. This could be a very scary team to face in the playoffs, because there’s nothing worse than taking a sizeable lead, and taking the foot off the gas just to end up losing the game in the end. The Chargers are currently #6, and they control their own destiny, win and they’re in.
- How is Jim Harbaugh leaving already a foregone conclusion. If you asked any 6-10 team if they could hire a coach that would take them to 3 straight NFC Championship games and a Super Bowl, nobody would say “No.”
- The Colts vs Cowboys was a bit of a letdown. Think I was expecting a Super Bowl caliber matchup.
- Well the Saints sure blew a golden opportunity. They were a full game up and controlled their own destiny, they are now officially eliminated
- Eagles also screwed up. They had the #2 overall seed at 9-3, but 3 weeks later they have also been eliminated.
- How do the Ravens not beat a Texans team with a QB they literally picked up off the street? Now they’re on the outside looking in
Stat of the Week:
The Saints have lost 5 in a row at home
Stolen Stat of the Week #2:
For the second consecutive season, Miami scored the winning points in a game on a safety.
Stat of the Week #3:
After starting 0-10, the Raiders are 3-2
Teams I wouldn’t want to face in the playoffs:
Seattle seems like a cop-out pick since they’re the #1 overall seed and the defending champions, but keep in mind that 4 weeks ago they were outside of the playoff picture and needing to jump 3 teams to even hope for a Wildcard spot. Pittsburgh is another team I wouldn’t want to face, having twice put up 21+ points in a 3 minute span. Dallas is another team that has quality wins and is still 7-0 on the road. So much for a December meltdown, they’re 3-0 this month. Finally I would hate a matchup against New England. They’re on a 10-1 run, and have beaten 5 of the current playoff teams in that run.
Teams I would be excited to see in the Playoffs:
Inevitably there are also teams that limped into the playoffs. The Cardinals haven’t scored a TD in 2 games and they are starting their 4th QB this week. I have the Colts on this list, although I was surprised to see they are 4-1 in their last 5 games. But I did catch most of the Cowboys game and they weren’t themselves. You can chalk it up to already clinching and not having much to play for, but I’m not as high on them this year. I have the Lions on this list, and was even more surprised to see them on a 4 game win streak and despite being above the Packers currently! However they’ve scored more than 20 in only 6 games. Whoever wins the NFC South, this is a given, but both teams have pretty bad losses (ATL to Bears, Giants, Vikings, Browns: CAR to Falcons and Vikings).
Little Drama Remaining:
The NFC is basically locked with 5 of the 6 teams clinching already. The only question is who will be in for the NFC South, and a chance for the Lions and Packers to switch spots.
The AFC has a few more options, but not much. 5 of the teams have clinched their spots, with the AFC North division up for grabs, and 1 Wild Card in the air but basically between the Chargers and Ravens.
One savvy reader of FMQB’s recently went to Vegas, and asked for the advice of yours truly on a few games. Getting into FMQB mode, I picked 2 games last week to bet on. I bet on the Saints winning on the road in Chicago (they had equal records at the time, but my arguing point was the Bears trainwreck was only beginning)…1 for 1. My second bet was for the Cowboys to beat the Eagles, despite the Eagles being 3 point favorites and winning in Dallas 3 weeks earlier. We all know what happened in that game…2 for 2. Said reader then had extra money to bet on for Week 16, and asked for 2 more picks. I took 2 of the largest spreads and suggested that these 2 teams would surpass that. I picked the Packers to beat the 10 point spread against the Bucs (3 for 3) and the Seahawks to beat the Cardinals D and beat their 10 ½ point spread (4 for 4). On the flipside,