NFL RECAP: Week 13

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Cowboys vs. Vikings: Cowboys won 17 to 15. This was a very good game.  The Vikings defense is ranked fourth in the League so for the Cowboys to score 17 points reflects just how good the Cowboys offensive line is.  Also, the Cowboys defense really stepped up. The Vikings did a good job on defense as usual but as I’ve stated in earlier blog recaps the loss of Norv Turner dealt a blow to the chemistry of the team.  It is my opinion that he should have discussed the possibility of resigning with Coach Zimmer before resigning.  Norv Turner’s behavior was extremely unprofessional.

Chiefs vs. Falcons: Chiefs won 29 to 28. The Chiefs are slow and steady.  What I like about the Chiefs is that they just keep plugging away during a game and more often than not they come away with a win.  The team’s success can be attributed to Andy Reid and his coaching staff.  It’s very hard to win in the league and that’s why a good coaching staff is critical.

Dolphins vs. Ravens: Ravens won 38 to 6. This was the surprise of the day.  The Ravens shut the Dolphins running game down and once that was done, the Dolphins were done.

49ers vs. Bears: Bears won 26 to 6.  Okay, I could say the weather was horrible and that’s why the Bears were able to come away with a victory but it’s more than that for the 49ers.  When Jim Harbaugh was coaching this team, they won in cold weather so this is about coaching or shall I say a lack there of.  Kap was benched but Gabbert didn’t do much better.  The Bears are horrible but the 49ers are worst.  The 49ers have been horrible since Harbaugh was fired and it’s not going to get any better; unless they get a new defensive and offensive coordinator.  The team needs a new coach but it’s stupid to have three coaches sitting home doing nothing but collecting a paycheck. First, Jed York needs to fire the GM, Trent Baalke because the truth is the team is in this debacle because of him.  Second, if the Bengals are stupid enough to fire Marvin Lewis, the 49ers should hire him as the defensive coordinator.  Third, make Lane Kiffin an offer he can’t refuse to become the offensive coordinator.  Kiffin is not ready to be a head coach but he can and will turn the offense around.  Look at what he has done with Jalen Hurts at Alabama.  Kiffin has had some challenges during his coaching career such as being fired by the Raiders and USC but who hasn’t.  The Raiders and USC fired him from the head coach position because he wasn’t good in that role.  It is my opinion that Kiffin is better suited for the role of an offensive coordinator, not a head coach.

I have been a big supporter of Kap but at this juncture Kap needs to do some soul searching about whether or not his passion for the game is still there or is he better suited for the causes that he has taken on. Kap was a much better QB when he had weight on and when he was not distracted.  He has done a wonderful thing for the country by forcing people to have conversations about police brutality and the treatment of African-Americans and people of color, which he is to be commended for that.  However, at the end of the day, when someone is paying your salary, you are required to perform and meet a certain standard and Kap hasn’t had the success he had under Jim Harbaugh.  It is my opinion that he can bounce back but he will have to redirect his energy, remove distractions out of his life and refocus his passion for the game.  Kap is a very talented and hardworking QB and he has what it takes to get back to the QB that took the 49ers to the Super Bowl and two conference championships but he will have to do some real soul searching.  Having said that, the 49ers will have to take big steps in the coaching department to help whoever the QB is for the team.

Eagles vs. Bengals: Bengals won 32 to 14.  The Eagles defense disappeared.  Wentz had 60 passing attempts and 36 completions for 308 yards.  Dalton had 31 attempts 23 completions for 332 years.  Clearly, Dalton’s much more methodical approach to passing the football garnered more success.  These teams that primarily focus on the QB just passing the ball have caused the game to be so awful and unwatchable.  Wentz is a rookie QB and there is absolutely no reason for him to be required to make that many passes in a game.  Then fans have to sit and listen to the idiot commentators wax philosophical about the passing game of the QB, it is just plain stupid.  The Eagles were a much better team at the beginning of the year than they are now.  If Marvin Lewis is not fired by the Bengals, if will be important for him to go out and find a new offensive coordinator because that is their biggest problem.  The best offensive coordinator out there right now is Lane Kiffin and the team that gets him wins.

Texans vs. Packers: Packers won 21 to 13.  Snow and icy conditions, the Packers should have won.  That said, Osweiler is accustomed to playing in those conditions having started a few games in Denver but it still takes some getting used to.

Rams vs. Patriots: Patriots won 25 to 10. Did Jeff Fisher really think starting Jared Goff would change anything?  It’s a rhetorical question.  Fans in Los Angeles have already started grumbling about not being able to watch games from other conferences now that there is a team in Los Angeles.  I said that would happen as soon as the Rams arrived and my words have already started to ring true.  As for the brew, ha, ha that Eric Dickerson has created, boy bye!!! No one cares if he stands on the Rams sidelines or not.  Surely, he didn’t think that he could make derogatory comments about the organization and he would be welcome on the sideline?  My guess is he hasn’t gotten over how he was treated by the Rams eons ago so he’s using this as a vehicle to continue to be the victim.  I have always questioned the hiring of Jeff Fisher when there are better coaches out there like Tom Laughlin and Lovie Smith but clearly he is liked by the media and the Rams organization so for now he’s not going anywhere soon.  Therefore, Eric Dickerson can become comfortable with not attending Rams games.  Besides, when they weren’t in Los Angeles he wasn’t attending Rams gams so there shouldn’t be a difference.

Lions vs. Saints: Lions won 28 to 13. The Lions defense shut Drew Brees down.  Since the Saints rely solely on Drew Brees to win they will continue to lose.  No defense translates to losses when you come up against a team with a fairly good defense.

Bills vs. Raiders: The Raiders won 38 to 24. The Bills self-destructed on defense and allowed the Raiders to score 38 points and win the game, which is just ridiculous.  Neither of these teams will make it out of the playoffs but the Raiders will give their fans something to cheer about going into the post season.

Redskins vs. Cardinals: Cardinals won 31 to 23. The Cardinals defense still gives up too many points and is not the same unit as last year but they did a good job of shutting down the Redskins rushing game.  Neither one of these teams will make it out of the playoffs, if they happen to make it to the playoffs.

Giants vs. Steelers: Steelers won 24 to 14. The Giants were no match for the Steelers defense or the offense.  Eli will still throw picks and the offense will continue to self-destruct.  The Steelers are the Steelers.

Buccaneers vs. Chargers: Bucs won 28 to 21.  Philip Rivers had two interceptions in the game with the most critical one coming in the fourth quarter, which cost the Chargers the game.  Rivers is the same QB that threw four (4) interceptions in the fourth quarter in the game against the Dolphins in November.  What amazes me about the commentators when they talk about Rivers they always find something flowery to say about him regardless of what he does, hmmm?  Rivers is not a bad QB but he’s not a critical thinker, he panics when the team is losing and takes it upon himself to do whatever which almost always ends up disastrous for the team.  Winston on the other hand remained composed and focused on turning the game around.  The Bucs won as a result of his critical thinking.

Panthers vs. Seahawks: Seahawks won 40 to 7. Would the outcome of the game been different if Coach Riviera had not made the decision to keep Cam out of the game for the first play because he wore a turtleneck and not a tie? It is highly unlikely that the Panthers would have won the game but it would have been a more competitive game.  The Panthers were not going to beat the Seahawks because the owner chose money over the team.  The Panthers lost a lot of key players to free agency, including Josh Norman who was key to the success of the defense.  If the defense was last year’s team the Seahawks would not have scored 40 points.   A team can’t give up 40 points and expect to win unless the QB is racking up points against the other team and that’s not going to happen against the Seahawks.  Coach Rivera should have come up with another way to punish Cam for not adhering to the team dress code. This debacle rests squarely on his shoulders, not Cam’s.  Honestly, I didn’t even realize that Cam wasn’t starting but based on the body language of the QB on the first play, I made that statement that he was about to throw a pick and that’s exactly what happened.  Come on, putting an untested QB in for one play and expecting him to be successful wasn’t a good coaching decision.  Pete Carroll has made some stupid decisions that have costs the Seahawks games but he would NEVER make a decision like that.

Colts vs. Jets: Colts won 41 to 10. I’m amazed at the commentators coming out now and writing about how the Jets should not start Fitzpatrick, seriously?  I said that before the season started when the Journeyman was holding them hostage for money.  Coach Bowles should never have taken anything Brandon Marshall had to say into account.  You can’t allow players to run the team and that’s what the coach and management did.  Fitzpatrick’s stats were out there in plain sight, he’s a backup QB and nothing more and that’s why he’s remained in the league for so long.  He has never held another team hostage but he saw how vulnerable the Jets were and he took advantage of them so shame on the Jets management and coach.  Additionally, the Jets defense was non-existent last night.  As for the one touchdown Petty threw it was a gimme.  The Jets have a lot of work to do over the summer.