Here we are, back again with my reaction to the final week of the regular season. It has been quite a ride, and I appreciate those of you who have taken the time to give my articles a read throughout the season. I will continue with reactions for each week of the playoffs, because unlike week 17, every week of the NFL playoffs is meaningful. Unless you’re a pissed off Jets fan.
As for each conference, it should be interesting to see who comes out on top. During my week 1 reaction, I talked about how the Patriots should just take the trophy now, and there was no point in other teams playing the rest of the season. Boy was that a cold take. I’ll get into the Pats vs Phins matchup in a sec, but man, New England does not look as deadly as I thought they’d be. They need AB back in the lineup asap.
Looking back on this season, there were a ton of surprises. Lamar Jackson will probably get MVP, and there’s not a single person would have predicted that at the start of the year. It really shows you how bad some NFL scouts are. People called him a running back all of last season, and then this year he goes on to lead the league in touchdown passes. On the flip side, Cleveland fans had a nightmare season with the Browns failing to meet their high expectations. We all saw Freddie Kitchens get fired immediately after their week 17 loss. Unfortunately for the Browns, they fired Freddie Kitchens 17 weeks too late.
We can get into some of these matchups now. I’ll stop roasting people/organizations for a quick second.
Holy shit. We witnessed the unthinkable on Sunday, as the horrendous Miami Dolphins took down Tom Brady and the Patriots. A few months back, I was listening to Pardon My Take during week 3 of the season, and PFT sarcastically talked about another Miami Miracle happening this season. The man must be a genius, because after the Pats beat Miami 43-0 in Week 2, there’s no way in hell I could have seen this coming. The Pats lost the two seed on Sunday, and I think Brady might have lost some of his dignity after taking an L to Fitzmagic.
The Patriots will now have to play in a wild card game, and they might as well call it a season, cause ain’t no team winning four playoff games, especially with the three hardest games being on the road.
It was the Battle of Ohio on Sunday, and the Bengals put an absolute beating on Cleveland. Just looking at the photo above, you can see the pain in Baker’s eyes. What do you think was running through his mind at that moment? “Oh man, I shouldn’t have filmed all those Progressive commercials” or “Gosh Hulu has live sports… and every subscriber just saw my shitty performance.” Do think Baker is trying to steal Jameis’s swag by throwing so many picks? Fortunately Jameis was still able to come away with the interceptions title for this year.
It has been a disaster season for Baker and the Browns, and Sunday’s loss to the worst team in the league was a great way to top it off. With Freddie Kitchens getting the boot immediately after the loss, it should be interesting to see where the Browns go from here. I can’t imagine next season being worse than this, so good luck to Urban Meyer and the Browns.
As for Cinci, this might have been Andy Dalton’s last game, so I was happy to see the red rocket go out with a bang. And who knows if this is actually it for him. He’s got another ten years in him if he wants to match Brady. And for the Bengals, it should be interesting to see what the future holds for this sorry ass franchise. It’s possible that they might lose AJ Green in the offseason as well, so they really don’t have much going for them besides the #1 pick. As much as I love Joe Burrow, I don’t think his talent will be enough to turn this franchise around. He should find a way to do a sixth year of college. He could be the next Perry Ellis or Case Keenum.
It happened. It actually fuckin happened. Jameis Winston became the founding member of the 30-30 club as he managed to throw 30 touchdowns and 30 interceptions in a season. What makes this so much better is the fact that his 30th interception was a walk-off pick six to lose to the Falcons in overtime. What a way to end the season. What’s crazy is that Jameis would actually be an elite quarterback if he could clean up the turnovers. The former number 1 draft pick lead the league in passing yards, and finished second in passing touchdowns. That said, he also lead the league in attempts, so some of those statistics aren’t as impressive. It’s like James Harden leading the league in scoring. When you’re shooting 35 times a night while also attempting 20 free throws, you are EXPECTED to be the league’s leading scoring.
I’m not sure what the future holds for Jameis Winston. Coming out of the 2015 draft, there was much debate about who would have the better career between Jameis and Mariota. With Mariota getting benched in Tennessee, and Jameis leading the league in interceptions, both players have had pretty disappointing careers up to this point. I would go as far as calling both of them busts, and as much as I love Marcus, he has pretty awful before getting benched earlier this year.
Bruce Arians had some hilarious comments about Jameis after their game on Sunday. The Bucs’ head coach said that Winston’s season included “so much good, and so much out right terrible,” which is a pretty spot on description. If you thought that one was bad, Arians had a few other comments that were more severe. When asked if the Bucs can win with another quarterback, Arians said, “If we can win with this one, we can definitely win with another one.” Which is probably the furthest thing from a Jameis endorsement. Teddy Bridgewater to Tampa Bay sounds like more and more of a possibility.
These are the only games I am going to cover this week. The final week of the regular season is usually pretty meaningless for most teams. There were a couple other highlights, such as Marshawn’s return, or Dak running up his season stats in a pointless game against the Redskins. (That dude might be the Russell Westbrook of football). But for the most part, a lot of these games didn’t mean shit. Nobody wants to watch Matt Barkley struggling against the Jets defense.
As always, thank you all for reading. I am excited for the playoffs, and I will be back again next week, giving a reaction to the wild card games.