- Only 3 times has a QB thrown for 4500 yards and 30 TDs on a team with a losing record. It was Drew Brees all 3 times: 2012, 2014, and 2015 Saints. If he can manage 311 yards against Houston this week, Blake Bortles will be the 4th.
- Bortles needs only 169 yards, however, to throw for more yardage this season than Blaine Gabbert did in his entire Jaguars career.
- Steve Smith has confirmed that he plans to return to the NFL next year, despite announcing in August that 2015 would be his final season. Smith tore his Achilles in November, and though it has not been confirmed, it is strongly suspected that Smith exclaimed he was "not going out like that".
- The longest active streak in the NFL of throwing no more than 1 INT per game is 15. The quarterback riding this streak? Probably about your 20th guess: Jay Cutler. That's all 14 games from this season (Cutler missed week 3) and week 17 of 2014. Bears OC Adam Gase has done the impossible.
- The Colts plan to fire Chuck Pagano. A whole lot of rather damning stuff is being reported about GM Ryan Grigson.
- Hey Pagano, come to San Francisco, and bring Chud with you. I know, I know, San Francisco, but really, just don't wipe your ass with Trent Baalke like Harbaugh did and you guys will probably get on just fine. Baalke needs to find a quality coach. They can't really put Tomsula out there another season... can they?
- Mike Holmgren doesn't seem to think so, he's back to lobbying for the 49ers head coaching job.
- I'm excited about the news of Peyton Manning and some other athletes being potentially linked to HGH usage. Not because I want Manning taken down a peg, but because it is going to take some HGH scandals coming out to get the sports world discussing why HGH is banned to begin with. It is known that natural production of HGH drops off in a person's 30s, and it is suspected that replacing the missing HGH could potentially extend careers of older players. Hence why virtually everyone that's ever linked to HGH usage is in their 30s. I've long suspected that there will come a time where HGH stops being "performance enhancing drugs" and starts being "modern sportsmedicine", but much more research is required to get from here to there.
A mere handful of players have managed to outpace the oddsmakers this long. How many of them will hold on to victory? With all 5 players no more than 2 games apart, the game is completely up for grabs.
Oakland at Kansas City: Kansas City has locked up their second playoff berth in Andy Reid's 4 years as head coach, as well as their 4th straight winning season. They have the potential to win the AFC West if Denver loses, so they are still all-in for their week 17 game (Denver's game is also a late game, so their result won't be known ahead of time). Oakland is on the outside looking in, but have a chance at a .500 record, which would cap quite a turnaround after a 3-13 and two 4-12 seasons. Props to Jack Del Rio, but I'm taking Kansas City at home.
Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts: The Colts can still win the AFC South and make the playoffs. All that needs to happen is:
- Indianapolis beats Tennessee
- Jacksonville beats Houston
- Miami beats New England
- Denver beats San Diego
- Atlanta beats New Orleans
- Baltimore beats Cincinnati
- Buffalo beats the New York Jets
- Oakland beats Kansas City
- Pittsburgh beats Cleveland
And who will be the QB that leads them to this promised land? Ryan Lindley or Josh Freeman? Doesn't matter, I'll take the Mettenberger. Tennessee.
NY Jets at Buffalo: The Jets are clinging to one of the two AFC wildcards, but the Pittsburgh Steelers, playing the 3-12 Cleveland Browns, are right behind them. NY needs to win to secure their playoff bid, as the Steelers would win the tiebreaker if both teams finish 10-6. Buffalo is playing for an 8-8 season, which would be one win worse than the team finished last year before Doug Marrone zipped out the door. I'm taking Buffalo to give Rex Ryan his feel-good win of the year, potentially spoiling the playoff berth of his old team.
Seattle at Arizona: Both teams have secured their playoff bids, but Arizona is playing for possible homefield advantage with a Carolina loss, while Seattle could potentially upgrade their 6 seed to a 5 seed with a win and a Minnesota loss. These two teams are the only ones in the NFL ranking in the top 5 in both total offense and defense. Arizona will likely see some team records broken, as Carson Palmer is 75 yards away from the single-season franchise passing record, Larry Fitzgerald is 1 catch away from the single-season franchise receptions record, and the entire offense is 45 yards away from the team single-season yardage record set back in 1984. I take Arizona to win and set all their offensive franchise records.
Minnesota at Green Bay: Sunday night. Final game of the regular season. Winner takes the NFC North. The loser is guaranteed one of the wildcards alongside Seattle. If Green Bay wins, it will be 5 straight NFC North titles for them. Adrian Peterson will likely sew up another rushing title, and Teddy Bridgewater is riding a 3-game hot streak (6 TDs, after throwing only 8 TDs in the 12 games prior). But I'm taking Green Bay.
Make your Week 17 picks now!
Week 16 Results
Rat Boy: 3-2
Mr E.B. Slugworth: 0-0
Tempest Blayze: 0-0
Flintheart Glomgold: 0-0
Season to Date
Rat Boy: 41-39
Mr E.B. Slugworth: 40-30
Tempest Blayze: 10-5
Flintheart Glomgold: 6-4