Well this will be my last recap of the 2015 NFL regular season. This has been an interesting year for some teams and for others it’s been status quo. I will not delay my recap any longer so here goes.
Jets vs. Bills: This game was a must win for the Jets in order to be in the playoffs but it wasn’t meant to be. This is Todd Bowles first year as a head coach and I must say he has done very well. That said, I think his downfall was retaining Ryan Fitzpatrick as the starting QB. Having said that, I don’t think Geno Smith is the answer so he has some work to do in the off season.
Patriots vs. Dolphins: Most of the analysts are wondering “what’s wrong with Brady and Belichick”? Let me tell you what’s wrong with them, absolutely nothing. As I said last week and I will say it again, there was no reason for Belichick to risk getting Gronk or Brady injured in games that don’t matter. Besides, these are Jedi mind tricks performed at the highest level by Bill Belichick.
Saints vs. Falcons: This win by the Saints echoes what I said week, the Falcons win over the Panthers was because the Panthers were emotionally drained after dealing with the fallout from the Josh Norman and Odell Beckham brew ha, ha.
Ravens vs. Bengals: The win by the Bengals was expected, even with their backup QB in for the injured Andy Dalton.
Steelers vs. Browns: Manziel didn’t play because he was in concussion protocol. Another wrinkle in the hapless Browns saga, the owner fired Mike Pettine and Ray Farmer the GM. I don’t know what Farmer was thinking when he recommended Pettine for this job. Pettine couldn’t even make a QB decision, let alone, coach the team. This hire, as so many others in the League leave me shaking my head.
Jaguars vs. Texans: Hoyer is back from concussion protocol but it was Weeden who was let go by the Dallas Cowboys that kept the Texans in the playoffs while Hoyer was out. That is what a backup QB is supposed to do so why wasn’t he able to do it in Dallas? Was Weeden really the problem or was it a “coaching” problem?
Titans vs. Colts: Sometimes you just need to call the game, right?
Redskins vs. Cowboys: Did they play?
Eagles vs. Giants: Chip Kelly was fired by the owner and team still wins. Don’t get too happy people because the Giants are terrible and the Eagles were playing on emotion. If you have not done so already, please check out my blog on the firing for Chip Kelly.
Lions vs. Bears: This sounds like a clash between the Wizard of Oz and Dorothy’s crew but I digress. The Lions won and this is something the team can build on during the off season. Media, please buzz off there is no reason for the coach to be fired.
Buccaneers vs. Panthers: The Panthers were back to their usual form and slaughtered the Bucs.
Chargers vs. Broncos: Will the “so-called” media analysts please shut up. Peyton stepped in and won the game. Through all of the media scrutiny and negative comments about how the team should push him aside, he has continued to be a class act. As I stated in an earlier blog, “Peyton Manning is a Standup Guy.”
Seahawks vs. Cardinals: What happened to the Cardinals defense and offense yesterday? It was non- existent against the red hot Seahawks. If Pete Carroll had not messed with his winning formula earlier in the season, the Seahawks would have a much better record. Coach Carroll, do what you do and don’t listen to the media.
Rams vs. 49ers: Who?
Vikings vs. Packers: The Vikings took this win at Lambeau field, which is hard to do so hats off to them. As for the Packers, Jordy Nelson, Jordy Nelson, Jordy Nelson is sorely missed.