The playoffs are just a few days away and that means it’s time for the final regular season Egotastic! NFL Awards. They’re a couple days late, but nevertheless, they’re here. But without the Fantasy Star and Disaster because most leagues end in week 16.
What a finale for the season. The Redskins won the NFC East in prime time over the Cowboys behind their dynamic rookie combo of Robert Griffin III and Alfred Morris. Adrian Peterson came thisclose to breaking the single season rushing record, and the Jets were a complete disaster again.
The Kansas City Chiefs locked up the first pick in the draft by getting blown out 38-3 in Denver. Peyton Manning’s Broncos go into the playoffs riding an eleven game win streak, and the NFC’s number one seed, Atlanta, got beat at home to give themselves some doubt to consider during their first round bye. Who’s ready for some playoff football?
The New York Jets tire fire of a season will end up with Mark Sanchez under center after being benched because Greg McElroy got the living crap beat out of him by the Chargers in Week 16. McElroy was sacked 11 times in his first career start, and may have gotten a concussion. He hasn’t been diagnosed officially yet, but was suffering a bad headache while lifting weights today. Head coach Rex Ryan decided to go with Sanchez because he led the Jets to a 48-28 win over the Bills in week one and New York faces Buffalo this week.
Ryan said Tim Tebow wasn’t happy with the decision. I’m sure he wasn’t. Why not let the guy get a start? That week one win over Buffalo was so long ago, and since then Sanchez has been putrid. It’s not like the Jets need a win to get into the playoffs, so giving Tebow a start wouldn’t be a bad thing. Then again, what else should we have expected from the Jets?
New York Giants rookie running back David Wilson‘s quest for the Pro Football Hall of Fame took a hit in week 16. After a breakout performance in week 14, it looked like Wilson might not have been over confident in himself. It was back in October when Wilson, who was barely getting playing time, said he would be enshrined in Canton after his career was over.
In Week 16, Wilson saw his playing time drop with the return of starter Ahmad Bradshaw. The Giants got down 24-7 in the first half, meaning they were going to have to throw to catch up, further limiting Wilson’s touches. DW ended the game with three carries for 17 yards, with 14 of those coming on one burst. Wilson didn’t have any receptions, but did return five kickoffs with an average of 23 yards per return.
Canton probability after Week 16 – Low.
This is it. The final week of the regular season with a whole bunch of meaningless games. There are also a bunch of games that mean a lot to a bunch of different teams. It’s the week where fans of a team become fans of their rivals if it means a win by a team they hate gets them in the playoffs.
The big story lines this week include Adrian Peterson‘s quest for 2,106 rushing yards. Calvin Johnson of Lions will try to become the first receiver to ever hit the 2,000 yard mark. The Seahawks will try to score 50 for the fourth straight week. Pete Carroll probably feels like he’s back coaching at USC the way Seattle is putting points on the board lately. Michael Vick will get his final start for Philadelphia as the Andy Reid era comes to a likely end. Good luck this week if you’re investing your Christmas money in some NFL action.
I’m not sure if the Texans got exposed on Sunday or the Vikings proved they were legit. Probably some of both. Either way, Minnesota went down to Houston and beat up on the AFC’s supposed best team, and threw the conference playoff seedings into a tizzy. Houston could lose home field with a loss next week. But that said, the six AFC Playoff teams are set. The NFC still needs the final week, including that Redskins vs. Cowboys game, to figure things out. Should be a fun final week.
There is a bit of breaking news today (no pun intended), Nick Foles broke his hand yesterday, so it looks like Michael Vick will get the start in what will probably be Andy Reid‘s final game with the Eagles. Maybe Vick can send him off with a win. Tim Tebow will reportedly get traded to the Jaguars in the offseason after a total disaster of a year with the New York Jets.
Adrian Peterson had only 86 yards and barely played the fourth quarter of Minnesota’s ass-kicking of Houston. AP needs 208 yards next week to break the all time single season rushing record of 2,105, but needs just 102 to join the 2,000 yard club.
With only two regular season games left, not a single team has clinched home field throughout the playoffs yet. That could change this weekend, of course. The NFC East title is the big race to watch, with the Giants, Cowboys and Redskins all 8-6. Seattle and San Francisco play a huge NFC West game on Sunday night that should be a straight slugfest.
Denver and MVP / Comeback Player of the Year candidate Peyton Manning looks to win their tenth straight game with Cleveland heading to the Mile High City. All eyes will be on ‘All Day’ as Adrian Peterson will continue to his assault on the single season rushing record when the Vikings head down to Houston to face the Texans and their suddenly vulnerable defense.
Mark Sanchez is going on the trading block according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, and he says the Jets will also either cut or try to trade Tim Tebow as well. Mehta has been all over every Jets’ story this year, breaking most of the news coming from the team, so I’d say he’s right on the money here as well.
Neither move would be terribly surprising. Sanchez, despite going to the AFC Championship game in each of first two seasons, has hardly been worth the first round pick the Jets used on him. Sanchez didn’t come in and energize the team in those first two seasons, he just kind of was there. Never in his career has Sanchez even approached a 60% completion rate, and over the last two seasons he’s just been regressing. The Jets will likely have to pay a large chunk of the $8.25 million Sanchez is owed next season.
Tebow turned out to just be a distraction this season and he was not thrilled with coach Rex Ryan choosing to go with Greg McElroy to start the final two games of the year instead of him. So New York will look completely different next year at the quarterback position. It remains to be seen if they will look different at the head coaching position too.