It’s been a few months since I last did a recap of the latest week in the NFL, and with the final playoff run coming, I thought I’d bring it back. After a very entertaining week, here are 5 of my takeaways from week 14 in the NFL.
1. The Packers might be the luckiest team in football
I’m not going to mince words here. The Packers deserved to lose to the Browns on Sunday. They were outplayed by a 0-12 team for 3 and 1/2 quarters, and it took some awful decision making by Kizer to let the Packers back in it. But also, in the end, I have to give credit where credit is due. Brett Hundley came through in the clutch and led them on a game tying drive in the 4th quarter and the game winning drive in overtime to keep their playoff hopes alive. Now the Packers will need some more luck in the final three weeks of the season, with Aaron Rodgers likely making his return.
2. Count me out on the Eagles as Super Bowl contenders without Wentz
Carson Wentz has been amazing this year. Competing with Tom Brady and Russell Wilson for MVP and had the Eagles tied with the best record in the NFL, it was awful to see him go down for the season with a torn ACL. Nick Foles had a great year in Philadelphia once, but I’m sure as hell not going to count on him being steady enough for them to go on a Super Bowl run. It’ll be interesting to see, but I’d put them #3 behind the Vikings and the Rams in terms of NFC contenders. Get well soon Wentz.
3. Pete Carroll needs to gain more control over his players
I’ll start by saying this. I know Pete Carroll is one of the best coaches in the league. I know he’s a players coach, and has done a fantastic job of getting players to work hard for him, and letting players be themselves. But there can be such thing as too much freedom. That was an ugly scene at the end of the Seahawks-Jaguars game, including 3 dirty shots by Michael Bennett, Shedon Richardson, and Quinton Jefferson. There’s no excuse for someone diving at another players knees and throwing punches during kneel downs. Just take the loss and go home. I hope during this week they come out of it with a better respect for their opponents.
4. The Giants need to start Davis Webb
I get it. First game under a new head coach, home game, you have to start Eli Manning. Try and showcase yourself for next year if you can get a win. But they got blown out by their division rival Cowboys, and now they’re 2-11 on the season. If you think you have anything in Davis Webb, they need to throw him out there and see what he can do. Because there’s no point in making Manning look worse than he already does.
5. Philip Rivers should be in the MVP discussion
After an 0-4 start, the Chargers have gone 7-2 and are tied with the Chiefs for the AFC West division lead. Some of that has to do with the strong play of their defense led by Casey Hayward and Joey Bosa. But most of it has to do with the play of Philip Rivers. He’s currently at 3,611 yards (4th), and 23 touchdowns to 7 interceptions. That includes a QB rating of 111 in the last 2 months and a TD/INT ratio of 8 to 1 in the 4th quarter this season. Rivers is clearly behind Brady, Wilson, and probably Antonio Brown, but if they keep this winning streak alive and win the division, he should enter the top 3.