It will be a happy holidays as Jets/Titans didn’t go down as the last NFL game ever played.
This Week’s Articles
Captain Comeback Week 15: 49ers and Patriots Play NFL’s Game of the Year – Cold, Hard Football Facts
We only had five games to recap this week with a ton of blowouts on Separation Sunday, but at least we got the game of the year. San Francisco at New England was deserving of a monster recap, as we look at all the teams to come back from 28+ points, finding that only two of the seven have actually gone on to win the game. Also look at the teams who have come back from 21+ down in the fourth quarter and lost, which includes the Patriots three times now. Dallas and Pittsburgh also played an overtime thriller, and the Cowboys are on their biggest run of clutch wins in team history.
NFL Season Changes in a Day…Again – NBC Sports
The NFL is a week-to-week league, and after Sunday’s results, everything changed. Again. The biggest winners were San Francisco and Denver, as they now have the inside track to the No. 2 seed in each conference. Denver should be in Super Bowl or bust mode this season, as they may never have a better chance at a ring.
After Season of Blowouts, What Can We Expect from 2013 NFL Playoffs? – Bleacher Report
It is hard to define a marquee game during the regular season, but I found it even harder to find ones that were really competitive this season. It’s been a lot of blowouts, so what does that mean for the playoffs? A look at the previous five seasons.
Note: I still contend the title of the article should be 2012 and not 2013, but not everyone agrees.
Following a Legend: Andrew Luck Week 15 at Houston Texans – Colts Authority
J.J. Watt led a dominant attack against Andrew Luck and the Colts’ offense in a 29-17 win. Luck was pressured on a season-high 51.5 percent of his drop backs. In his last four games Luck has been pressured on 40.8 percent of his drop backs compared to 27.1 percent in the first 10 games. That explains the drop in offensive efficiency.
The Thinking Man’s Guide: NFL Week 16 Predictions – Bleacher Report
I thought this came out as the best edition of the year. A look at why the Bengals need to stop being the Bungles and take care of Pittsburgh. The stat of the year candidate on Adrian Peterson. He has seven runs of 50+ yards in his last seven games alone. That’s as many as the Houston Texans have ever had (174 games), and as many as the Colts and Patriots have combined for in their last 412 games.
Apocalypse Now: Chicago Bears and the NFL’s Greatest Second-Half Collapses – Cold, Hard Football Facts
The Bears are who we thought they were, or are they? Once 7-1, the Bears are hoping to avoid becoming the fourth team since 1978 to start 7-1 and miss the playoffs. Included is a look at why the Bears have faltered, and which company they could be joining should they complete one of the NFL’s greatest second-half collapses. Anyone remember the 1993 Miami Dolphins or 1996 Washington Redskins?
2012 NFL Week 16 Predictions
The week is about to soon start with the Falcons/Lions, so let me make sure I get this in on time.
- Falcons at Lions
- Raiders at Panthers
- Saints at Cowboys
- Titans at Packers
- Vikings at Texans
- Patriots at Jaguars
- Colts at Chiefs
- Bills at Dolphins
- Chargers at Jets
- Redskins at Eagles
- Bengals at Steelers
- Rams at Buccaneers
- Browns at Broncos
- Bears at Cardinals
- Giants at Ravens
- 49ers at Seahawks
- Week 1: 12-4
- Week 2: 11-5
- Week 3: 4-12
- Week 4: 10-5
- Week 5: 10-4
- Week 6: 5-9
- Week 7: 12-1
- Week 8: 10-4
- Week 9: 11-3
- Week 10: 9-4-1
- Week 11: 11-3
- Week 12: 10-6
- Week 13: 8-8
- Week 14: 11-5
- Week 15: 11-5
- Season: 145-78-1 (.650)
Finally, here’s a holiday flashback to a year ago, when I wrote “The Night Before Christmas” as told by Joe Namath (Jets Edition). It is still topical enough, and I especially like this part about Mark Sanchez:
“I can’t win with him anymore, can’t you see?”
Well that’s obvious, but what did he want with me?
I couldn’t coach the kid to play quarterback right,
Look at my stats; they’re one hell of a sight!
Suddenly a gunshot rang through the air
It rattled my heart; gave me a good scare
Little Plaxico must have confused a bag of toys for tots,
With the stash of automatic handguns he just bought.
As we calmed down to discuss the Sanchez situation,
St. Rex continued to vent his frustrations.
“The kid can’t do this, the kid can’t do that!”
So why did you take him fifth in the draft?
It’s a little too late for a return, Jets.