With the Ravens win against the Cleveland Browns 31-15 in week 16 they moved to 13-2, gaining there 11th consecutive win of the season. Their last loss was recorded in week 4 to the first matchup against the browns where the Ravens lost 40-25. The Ravens winning in the second matchup, have now secured the number one seed in the AFC. This will be the first time the Ravens have secured a number one seed and home field advantage for playoffs. With the win making the final game against the Steelers irrelevant to the Ravens season, Harbaugh announced he would rest key players to have an extra rest for their 12th playoff appearance in franchise history.
During the Summer, a lot of drama was centered around Malcolm Jenkins and his no show to OTA’s as the rumor started about wanting a new contract extension. In spite of that, Jenkins was a full participant in both mini & training camp continuing to lead by example with his leadership, versatility and off the field work. When Jenkins came to the team after the 2013 season in free agency, I had my doubts considering I wanted Jairus Byrd or TJ Ward over the former Saints safety. When we signed Jenkins he was apart of the Saints defense that came off one of the worse statistical defenses in league history. However 6 years has passed and I’m willing to admit I was wrong. Both Ward and Byrd are out of the league and Jenkins has made two pro bowls, an all pro in 2015, and helped the Eagles win a Superbowl in 2017. Still at 32 years old Jenkins is still having a very good season and has helped the Eagles get to the playoffs for the 3rd straight year in a row.
After narrowly escaping the Detroit Lions with a win in Week 17 the Packers earned themselves a bye for the first week of the playoffs. It was an ugly victory but the Packers did what they needed to do and in the end Mason Crosby came through with a time expiring field goal.
Last week I talked about the future of the quarterback position in Pittsburgh, and with the return of Big Ben, the Steelers’ fortunes could be looking up. However, an under performing starlet, an improving second year pass catcher and a dynamic rookie make up a disappointing depth chart; so, this week I am taking a deep dive into the wide receiver position.
At the time of the 2019 NFL Draft the `consensus feeling of Giants fans and NFL spectators was confusion, disappointment and dread with the selection of Daniel Jones at the 6th pick in the 1st round. This distaste trickled down to the rest of the draft, although most fans came to feel hope and potential for the new Giants.
What a crazy year it has been for Vikings fans. Minnesota started the year off hot with a beat down on the Falcons and followed it up with a few bad weeks against Green Bay and Chicago. In those weeks, Minnesota was talked as one of the biggest pretenders and the playoffs looked as far as could be. Now here they are, a 10-6 record, which could have been easily 11-5, and in the playoffs. I really didn’t know if this would be possible after the week 4 loss to the Bears. They take on the Saints Sunday and are looking to hold off a Saints revenge, as the last time they met in the playoffs, the famous Minneapolis Miracle was born when Diggs took a last second pass from Case Keenum and took it to the house to pull an upset over Saints. Can Minnesota pull of another win?
The NFL Playoffs have arrived and its looking like there is going to be some interesting match-ups starting in the Wildcard round. Thanks to the Chiefs (12-4) beating the Chargers (5-11) and the Dolphins (5-11) beating the Patriots (12-4) last Sunday, the Chiefs gained the advantage of being the second seed in the AFC playoff picture. With that seeding, the Chiefs will be getting rest while seeds 3-6 will be trying to earn a spot in the divisional round.
After a 0-5 start, this season the Redskins and Jay Gruden parted ways. This was no surprise after Gruden even talked about having to win the division to keep his role with the team. The Redskins have struggled to perform up to expectations under Gruden and the talent that was on their roster never seemed to explode into a great success. The Redskins have also relieved Bruce Allen their president from his current role. These are both signs that the Redskins are trying to change the current trend. Over the last half of the season, the Redskins started to look like an improved team and that some of their young talents were ready to impress. Looking into 2020 what could these changes mean for the organization and the fantasy value of the players there?
As Week 17 approaches, the Giants season is coming to a close. No matter a loss or win to the Eagles the Giants will be placed firmly in the top 5 selections of the 2020 NFL Draft. While there are missing pieces offensively adding to a defensive unit that already has young, developing talent could be exponentially beneficial, especially to a secondary that could use improvement and that’s an understatement. That brings us to Ohio State corner back Jeff Okudah, who is regarded as one of the best defensive backs in the class, lets’ take a look at why and what he would add to Big Blue.
Green Bay finishes out their season going into Detroit to take on the Lions. The Lions have been struggling with David Blough at QB. They have been bit by the injury bug this season. First losing Kerryon Johnson (he’s back now), then Matthew Stafford, TJ Hockenson, and Marvin Jones. It’s tough to win when you lose all those important pieces throughout the season.
It has been a tough week for Minnesota fans. The Vikings dropped to 10-5 on the season with a loss to Green Bay. The game didn’t mean much as the Vikings already clinched a playoff spot, but losing to a Rival, in your own home, is not something we are used to. That was Aaron Rodgers first win in US Bank Stadium. We lost some key players and Minnesota’s offense just couldn’t do anything. The final game of the regular season is against our second biggest rival in the Monsters of the Midway. Chicago will be coming to Minnesota on Sunday and are only playing for pride at this time. Since the Vikings can’t get a better playoff spots, now would be a good time to rest some starters.
Week 17 is the final week of the season for teams to clean up any last issues before the start of the playoffs. The Chiefs (11-4) will look to finish out the season strong against one of their division rivals the Chargers (5-10) in Kansas City on Sunday.
The final week of the NFL regular season is upon us. Heading into the final games there are still a ton of teams playing to make the playoffs or to get a higher seed. Luckily this means that most teams won’t have the luxury of sitting their starters this week. There should still be some very good games this week, and along with that some good performances.
After trusting in Duck and groaning at Mason, it’s time for the Steelers to invest in the future at the Quarterback position.
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Assuming the Eagles take care of business next week against the Giants for the division title, the Eagles will be poised once again to make a serious run in the playoffs. See the following article for more details and insights!