Good morning. I assume I’m the only one who feels like they ate a small-to-medium sized whale this weekend and haven’t fully passed it yet? Good, good.
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A couple of weeks ago I ranked the NFC contenders. I hate to say my analysis was dead on, but my analysis was dead on. Here’s what I wrote about each of the top teams:
1) Packers: Beyond that, the Packers have two outstanding wide receivers, a monster of a running back, and a defense that I guess is pretty good? They’re beatable on the road, but if the road to the Super Bowl goes through Green Bay, forget about it.
After watching them beat what I thought was the best team in the NFL, the Patriots, yesterday, I’m pretty sure Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson will never lose another game they play together at Lambeau. The Packers are easily the best team in the NFC, and they’re unbeatable at home. Still.
2) Cardinals: That said, things get even tougher for the Cardinals from here on out: Seahawks (twice), Chiefs, and 49ers again. They’re going to lose at least two of those games, and they have to play in St. Louis, where the inconsistent (but dangerous!) Rams have beaten both the Seahawks and Broncos. As of now the Cardinals deserve a top-two spot, but they are shaping up to be 2014’s Chiefs— peaking (beaking?!) too early. The early bird might not get this worm.
What I didn’t see coming was them losing to the Falcons. They’re 0-2 since I wrote that and they play the Chiefs, Rams (DANGER!), Seahawks and 49ers to close out the season. Further, Drew Stanton stinks. He has one touchdown and three interceptions in his last two games, and there was a series of throws yesterday – one of which was intercepted – that were so alarmingly bad that I thought Scott Hanson was going to instruct his producers to black list all Cardinals games on Red Zone from here on out.
3) Eagles: Everyone wants to write off the special teams play as an unreliable fluke, but how many punts do they have to block or return before people start realizing that you can basically count on one game-changing play per game from the unit?
Anyone else still think they’re not a playoff team because they got their brains bashed in at Lambeau?
4) Lions: By my count, that’s a 1-14 record in their final 15 games over the last two seasons combined. And right on cue this year, Week 11, they managed a measly six points against the Cardinals. That sound you hear is Lions fans conversing with Ned Ryerson.
They followed that up with a laughable nine points against the Patriots, but won on Thursday. They have an embarrassingly easy schedule in their remaining games: Bucs, Vikings, Bears and Packers. This might be the year, Lions fans… that your team gets into the playoffs and loses in the first round!
5) Seahawks: Those 571 and 7.7 [rushing] yards figures are already career highs through 10 weeks. Yeah he’s going to die and won’t make it through the season.
That was about Russell Wilson. He’s had 17 rush attempts in the two games since. He’s going to snap like a twig one of these days and the Seahawks will be done. But for now… their defense is getting scary good again. They’re 2-3 with the Eagles in the NFC. The winner this week gets the second bye, in my opinion. HOW WAS THIS GAME NOT FLEXED?
As for the rest? I still stand by the 49ers being a total enigma, the Saints being the team that probably breaks our hearts in the playoffs, the Cowboys finishing at 2-4 (1-1 so far), the Rams being the best bad team in the league (52-0 yesterday!) and the Redskins being hilarious.
Brandon Boykin was a guest bartender on “Watch What Happens Live: Real Housewives of Atlanta” this weekend. I have no idea what that sentence means, but I kind of want to injure myself for having written it. H/T to (@banditmax) and (@TheTMan117)
The Phillies favorited a Tweet by Ruin Tomorrow Jr. that criticized the team. They, they… don’t do social media well. H/T to (@GoTeamOakie)
The Kelce family is awesome:
H/T to reader Fehrle
Speaking of, this is quite possibly the weirdest press release I’ve ever received— from startup dating site Pozee:
Mind you, the actual text of the release makes no mention of Kelce. I’m… perplexed.
Reader Mark, a St. Joe’s grad, checks in with a response to my ripping of Phil Martelli last week:
Love the completely unnecessary shot at St Joe’s bball this morning. Completely unnecessary but I would have done the EXACT same thing had I run a sports blog rather than just read one while I’m supposed to be working. How else do you think Phil keeps a job?? You guys beat Michigan and we go to overtime at home to beat LIU, what the fuck (I was there it was terrible)?! Nova is good this year, real good, didnt look that good against bucknell though?? Get your shots in all year…..
Sju is fucking terrible, they’re “re-building” dont you rebuild after you make a long run in the tournament or 30 win season? Na they’re just rebuilding after a first round loss to Uconn.
“Just your typical Thanksgiving” – Chip Kelly on the Mark Sachez-Riley Cooper argument.
Mo’ne Davis named Sports Kid of the Year, because of course.
Tom Brady: competitor.
Love some Ricky Ledee:
Would love to replace Jamie Moyer in Phillies broadcast booth. Give me a call
— Ricky Ledee (@ricky_ledee) December 1, 2014
The Giants are 0-7 since they stomped on the Eagles' logo.
— Jimmy Kempski (@JimmyKempski) November 30, 2014
New episodes of The Tony Bruno Show and BGN Radio are up, and a new Crossing Streams coming this week. LibertyBroadcast.co.