NFL 2018: Week 17

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I really thought this week would matter more than it does. Instead we have all of two teams vying for the last Wild Card slot in the NFC while the AFC has one Division (North) up for grabs and one Wild Card slot left. Otherwise, it's jockeying for home field advantage and that's it.

Really, two weeks ago I thought everything would be more competitive, but with the Browns and their 0.0001% playoff chances dying who really cares? No one. Once the Browns are out of contention everyone stops watching anyway, right? I know that's the case for me.

Hope yall had a good Christmas!

Might get to watch Lamar and Teddy both this Sunday. Woo hoo!

I'm trying to figure out who I'll root for if the Eagles can't make it.

ccesarano wrote:

I'm trying to figure out who I'll root for if the Eagles can't make it.

The Chiefs! For the same reason I root for the Eagles and Doug Pederson and Nick Foles. The teams are kind of like besties now.

And reports are Watkins is going to be good to go in the playoffs, which really changes everything. He is the biggest piece missing from theme overate last 6 weeks. And during that time they went from astronomically good to just averaging around 30 points a game if you don't include the insanity from the Monday Night Rams game.

They also will have berry playing full games by then, as he sat out the 4th quarter of the Seahawks game and the second half of the Chargers game. Plus, not having Kendall fuller last week was rough, but he is looking probable this week, and if they beat Oakland will get two weeks more to heal.

And seriously, Mahomes is just fun to watch.

There, that's my pitch.

Saw this on Twitter, and it matches my thoughts exactly, even if I think caring about who wins an MVP award is always overrated and unimportant.

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garion333 wrote:

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I really thought this week would matter more than it does. Instead we have all of two teams vying for the last Wild Card slot in the NFC while the AFC has one Division (North) up for grabs and one Wild Card slot left. Otherwise, it's jockeying for home field advantage and that's it.

Really, two weeks ago I thought everything would be more competitive, but with the Browns and their 0.0001% playoff chances dying who really cares? No one. Once the Browns are out of contention everyone stops watching anyway, right? I know that's the case for me.

Hope yall had a good Christmas!

AFC South is still up for grabs if Texans lose.

Gumbie wrote:
garion333 wrote:

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I really thought this week would matter more than it does. Instead we have all of two teams vying for the last Wild Card slot in the NFC while the AFC has one Division (North) up for grabs and one Wild Card slot left. Otherwise, it's jockeying for home field advantage and that's it.

Really, two weeks ago I thought everything would be more competitive, but with the Browns and their 0.0001% playoff chances dying who really cares? No one. Once the Browns are out of contention everyone stops watching anyway, right? I know that's the case for me.

Hope yall had a good Christmas!

AFC South is still up for grabs if Texans lose.

Ah, yes, they have a playoff birth regardless, but not the division title. Imagine what their record would be if they had an actual OL!

Jayhawker wrote:

Saw this on Twitter, and it matches my thoughts exactly, even if I think caring about who wins an MVP award is always overrated and unimportant.

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You know damn well MVP is usually given to someone with a long history of winning. It's the old man award until Brady retires. So, they'll give it to Brees.

Mahomes is easily the top choice. He's been brilliant.

I'll just post this now since for all I know the wild card thread will go up two seconds after the season ends:

Chiefs are extending Damien Williams (aka the guy who caused me to lose a FF championship) for two more years. There's money involved, but that's not important anymore with the cap going up up up.

I'll probably root for the Chiefs because Andy Reid, even though he never got Eagles a Super Bowl. It certainly feels only proper.

I'm looking at the standings and it feels like the only way Eagles can manage this is if they win and Vikings lose. I'm not sure it'll matter if Cowboys lose, which if I recall is unlikely given who they're matched against. It just seems like the stars need to align just right for Eagles to be in the running.

ccesarano wrote:

I'll probably root for the Chiefs because Andy Reid, even though he never got Eagles a Super Bowl. It certainly feels only proper.

I'll probably do the same.

ccesarano wrote:

I'm looking at the standings and it feels like the only way Eagles can manage this is if they win and Vikings lose.

That really is it. Dallas game matters nothing to us now. We have to hope that the Bears don't run out their third stringers against Minnesota. Bears can only improve their position of LA loses to 4-11 SF, so may just decide to rest their starters and get ready for a rematch against Minnesota next week. In fact, if the Bears and LA both win (and the Eagles as well), then all the Bears get for their trouble is a playoff game against a team that won 3 straight to finish the season, with 2 of those wins against tough opponents. They'd be fools to want that.

Beside that, I've been a Philadelphia fan long enough to know that the team is perfectly capable of beating LA & Houston, then losing to Washington.

I think the Chiefs should roll, and take the top seed in the AFC. But, man, the Raiders are the kind of rival that lives to ruin things like this. I wanted last weeks win so Mahomes and Co. could sit this out and avoid injury. It feels like the beginning of a horror story. I just want the Chiefs to get out alive.

Speaking of Raiders week...

ccesarano wrote:

I'll probably root for the Chiefs because Andy Reid, even though he never got Eagles a Super Bowl. It certainly feels only proper.

So when the Chiefs lose early in the playoffs you'll feel right at home, eh?

garion333 wrote:
ccesarano wrote:

I'll probably root for the Chiefs because Andy Reid, even though he never got Eagles a Super Bowl. It certainly feels only proper.

So when the Chiefs lose early in the playoffs you'll feel right at home, eh?

Exactly! Perfectly Philadelphia, just like:

Hrdina wrote:

Beside that, I've been a Philadelphia fan long enough to know that the team is perfectly capable of beating LA & Houston, then losing to Washington.

garion333 wrote:
ccesarano wrote:

I'll probably root for the Chiefs because Andy Reid, even though he never got Eagles a Super Bowl. It certainly feels only proper.

So when the Chiefs lose early in the playoffs you'll feel right at home, eh?

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Only the power of Mahomes can overcome the gravitational well created by Playoff Andy Reid.

ccesarano wrote:

I'm looking at the standings and it feels like the only way Eagles can manage this is if they win and Vikings lose. I'm not sure it'll matter if Cowboys lose, which if I recall is unlikely given who they're matched against. It just seems like the stars need to align just right for Eagles to be in the running.

That's not really stars aligning. Eagles just need to do their job and hope for vikings loss. If Eagles don't win, well, then they aren't playoff worthy anyways. Vikings have to hope that Bears are going to rest a lot of talent but you never know.

If I was the Bears I would absolutely lose on purpose to the Vikings.. unless they really want that first round bye (which they should) and have faith that LA will lose to the 49'ers (which they wont).

I would much rather face the Vikings and Kirk Cousins than a suddenly hot Eagles team..especially given I have a green QB in the playoffs no matter how good my defense is.

Listening to a sports betting guy on the radio and he made an interesting suggestion, which is not to bet the line on the Bears game, but to bet just the first half line. The Bears will scoreboard watch, and if the Rams roll, they will probably start benching everyone.

Jayhawker wrote:

Listening to a sports betting guy on the radio and he made an interesting suggesting, which is not to bet the line on the Bears game, but to bet just the first half line. The Bears will scoreboard watch, and if the Rams roll, they will probably start benching everyone.

Absolutely.. I could see the game being completely different in the second half and Eagles fans going from hopeful to depressed as the Vikings put up 28 in the 2nd half and win 34-24

Bridgewater officially starting. Good times

So Todd Bowles, the last man standing from that one sports-centric scene in the final season of Luke Cage, got fined $25K for criticizing a ref AND will probably be fired later tomorrow.

The Taylor Heinicke Era appears to be over in Carolina. Last week a Falcons defender bent Heinicke's elbow in a direction it probably ought not to go, so he's done for what's left of the season.

Next QB up for the Panthers: Something something Allen. Josh? Jared? Larry? Marcus?

No, wait, it's Kyle Allen, a seemingly nice young man who went from 5-star HS QB to Texas A&M to Houston to UDFA to two go-rounds on Carolina's practice squad to Carolina's active roster 10 days ago.

On the plus side, he's a perfect 4-for-4 throwing the NFL football.

In my exhaustive (i.e. 5 mins worth) search of the interwebs, I learned two things about Allen:

1) Allen left A&M (after starting for two years) because he figured he couldn't beat out one Kyler Murray for the starting spot. (Joke's on Allen. Murray left, too!)

2) Allen got benched at Houston for something named Kyle Postma. It's possible that the Houston coaches confused the two Kyles. I mean, Major Applewhite isn't the brightest rock in the box.

TL,DR: Football is weird, and the Panthers are going to lose to the Saints' second string today.

P.S. Drew Brees is the worst. I hope that finger-licking midget is pushed into a puddle and drowns.

Just enjoy Teddy B today, enix.

Against the Bucs, I just heard Matt Ryan audible "Cadillac! Cadillac!"

The play they ran as a result was a run for a loss of about half a yard.

Yeah that sounds about right.

Carolina with another QB injured.

rusty Bridgewater >>> Bortles

Edit: And another tweet seemingly up Legion's alley:

Stele wrote:

Carolina with another QB injured.

Kyle Allen, RIP

I'm happy for Mayock to get serious consideration to jump over into pro personnel, but the GM for the Raiders is pretty powerless while Gruden is there. I'm surprised they would even use the GM title still rather than some of the titles that, for example, New England has used, like director of player personnel.

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