Mr. N’s #NFL Conference Championship Power Poll‏ #NFLPlayoffs


NFL Power Rankings

1.            Carolina Panthers (1) – The Panthers got out to their now typical fast start but unlike other weeks they never let up.  The Rush offense was unstoppable, Caaaaaaam was brilliant, the D was fierce and unbeatable.  Before the dust settled Carolina was up multiple scores.  The only question left was would Carolina put up a 50 burger.  That was answered when they finally took the foot off the gas with less than 2 minutes left.  A complete and total domination of a good team.  It is hard to see how any team can beat this balanced beast now.

2.            Denver Broncos (4) – Denver brought their A game on Defense and dominated the game from the start.  Manning looked better than he had all year.  He kept making throws.  In fact, Peyton Manning kept tossing some H eckuva G ood H urls throughout the game!  The Broncs had the Pats down and nearly out but they went into a version of prevent and allowed New England to move all over the field and come within two points.  They finally stopped the 2-point conversion and recovered onside desperation and Denver wins!  They likely will be massacred in the Super Bowl and Peyton should retire but congrats Denver.

3.            Arizona Cardinals (2) – Arizona came out and wanted to test how golden turnovers can be.  They proved they are 24k .99999 pure gold.  If Carson wasn’t tossing multiple picks, he was being sacked and fumbling.  Add to that a special teams fumble by Patrick Peterson and you had the recipe for a blowout.  Big Arizona, on both O and D line, was pushed around by Carolina.  They were overmatched and thoroughly defeated.  A complete butt whipping.  Take heart Arizona, you are close but you may just need a better QB.  Carson Palmer has I think taken a team as far as his ability will go.  A good year that ended with a bad loss.

4.            New England Patriots (3) – The Pats came out with their best planned cheat and found a buzz saw of D.  Brady was pounded, punished and pummeled.  The uncoverable receivers were covered, battered and knocked around.  With more 3 and outs than first downs it was fun to watch the first half.  The Pats were able to move the ball late against the Denver version of prevent.  New England is like Jason from Friday the 13th.  It seemed for a while they would simply just not die.  They got to within 2 and blew the 2 point and seemed beat.  They went for an onside and somehow didn’t do it legally and FINALLY the EVIL CHEATING SCUMBAG PATRIOT team is defeated.  I guess Romo can see Brady in February…they can get together in Cancun for some sun and not Super Bowl playing.  A good loss for a team that only got this far by cheating.  How did that one feel Bill and Brady? Felt pretty good to me!

5.            Kansas City Chiefs.

6.            Green Bay Packers.

7.            Pittsburgh Steelers.

8.            Seattle Seahawks – Evidently Marshawn Lynch is going to retire.  Smart if he does as his body won’t keep taking that pounding much longer.

9.            Minnesota Vikings.

10.          Washington Redskins.

11.          Cincinnati Bengals.

12.          Houston Texans.

13.          New York Jets.

14.          Indianapolis Colts.

15.          Detroit Lions.

16.          Buffalo Bills – Buffalo hires the first ever full time Female coach.  Who cares? If she can do the job, then good for her.  I will be happy when gender and sex orientation is just a non-issue the way skin color should be.

17.          Philadelphia Eagles.

18.          New Orleans Saints

19.          Miami Dolphins.

20.          Oakland Raiders – Will Oakland end up as the NFL team in England by 2022?  It appears that isn’t outside the realm of impossibility.

21.          New York Giants.

22.          Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

23.          Jacksonville Jaguars.

24.          San Diego Chargers.

25.          Baltimore Ravens.

26.          Atlanta Falcons.

27.          Los Angeles Rams.

28.          San Francisco.

29.          Chicago BEARS.

30.          Cleveland Browns.

31.          Tennessee Titans.

32.          Dallas Cowboys – The first Daniel Jeremiah Mock Draft has Dallas taking a QB in the first round.  That would be smart, they sure do need a QB.

 As always, I love all thoughts, comments, arguments or agreements.  I appreciate someone reading my views.  I would also offer my analysis work to ESPN as some of theirs need help or I will take cash, preferably tens and twenties!

 MR N

Mr. N’s #NFL Division Weekend Power Poll‏ #NFLRankings #NFLPlayoffs


NFL Power Rankings

1.            Carolina Panthers (1) – The Panthers came out on fire on O and D and Special teams.  They couldn’t have scripted it better.  Caaaaaaaam gets them to the end zone.  The D nails a golden turnover and it’s 14-0.  A few moments later and another child in the end zone seating has a football and a smile and it’s 21-0.  The Panther D dominated every aspect and got another pick and the Panthers added FG and another TD and it was 31-0 at the half.  Carolina then rolled out their prevent D that they used facing New Orleans during the regular season.  They played soft zone with no rush and no coverage and guess what? They allowed 3 TDs.  They made the odd stop here and there and allowed just one more FG and finally recovered the onside and won.  They were superb when trying and when they quit trying they were pushed about.  My recommendation for next week is try hard for 60 minutes against Arizona.  A win but it should have been easier.

2.            Arizona Cardinals (5) – The Cards found a tougher matchup then they had before.  They managed an early TD but then couldn’t get any pressure and fell behind.  The O drove for the lead and the Card D just had to make a stop and win. They didn’t make a key stop and then they did knock a hail mary to the ground but that was allowed.  In OT they won both a coin flop and flip and then Carson Palmer hit Larry Fitz for 2 passes that went about 85 yards total and the game winning TD.  They await a tough Carolina in the NFC Championship game.  Good win.

3.            New England Patriots (6) – The Pats came out with their standard game plan.  New England was able to somehow hold the intense pressure of a strong KC pass rush off totally with a non-descript O line.  Brady hit every throw and The Pat D was able to shut down the KC O.  By the time this game got to the 4th quarter I was very bored and New England moves on.  There is little excitement in watching a team that has cheated for 15 years continue to win by any means necessary.  If anyone wants a Super Bowl of at least more interest than sleeping time, let’s have New England eliminated next week somehow.  It was another zzzzzz New England home playoff win zzzzzzz.

4.            Denver Broncos (4) – Denver struggled to get points for most of the game.  They held Pittsburgh to very few points.  It was a brutal slugfest with no turnovers, few penalties and just a lot of back and forth battling.  Denver found themselves down by 1.  Peyton Manning, who looked poor most of the day, got the team finally into the end zone and then a 2 pointer.  A super defensive stop and a late FG and Denver has iced the game.  If they can play beyond the pale D next week they might have a slim chance against New England and it’s cheating.  Good win.

5.            Kansas City Chiefs (3) – The Chiefs were unable to do anything that brought them to this point of the season.  There was a glimmer of ok special teams but the D was unable to make any plays, the O was unable to make many plays until it was too late.  Was Reid out coached? Maybe.  Was the D overmatched? Laughable maybe.  Was the O unable to beat that D? Very laughable maybe.  Did KC lose because it was pre-ordained and no team can beat NE at home because it isn’t fair? That explains this mess.  Sad way for a good season to end but not unexpected.

6.            Green Bay Packers (7) –  The Packers D came out and played better than it can but kept the score low.  The Packer O line played like an NFL O line and it’s not one.  The Pack kept it close and then even took a short lead.  The Pack fell behind and trailed late.  Rodgers made a miracle 4th and 20 toss to mid-field and then threw a hail mary that seemed to be knocked to the ground during the catch but was allowed.  Then there was OT and a coin toss that didn’t flip and caused Aaron to react as he did below.  The 2nd coin toss went against GB. The Pack D reverted to form and couldn’t tackle and lost the game.  Go home Green Bay.  Learn how to play D.

 GB

7.            Pittsburgh Steelers (8) – The Steelers showed a ton of heart from the git-go.  Big Ben showed he could battle with only one arm.  The receivers stepped up and did the job with many big splash plays.  The Steeler D flew all over the field and really made the difference early.  They held a small lead and finally there was a key play.  Their rookie RB fumbled and that golden turnover was the difference maker.  The D couldn’t make those next stops and the lead was gone.  They never were able to score again but for a late desperation FG and down go a spirited Steeler team.  A heck of a try by half of a team.  It was a good effort and a nice classy way to end the season.

8.            Seattle Seahawks (2) –  The Seahawks came out and found themselves on the receiving end of a buzz saw.  They couldn’t stop the run; Wilson threw 2 golden picks.  The D couldn’t stop the pass or the run and their offense couldn’t get anything done and when the clock struck zero at the half they were down 31 and clearly the team that didn’t belong on the same field.  Lucky for hapless Seattle they faced only weak prevent and Seattle was able to move the ball and make Troy and Joe think they were good.  They put up 3 quick TDs.  The D stopped a Carolina team that stopped trying to do anything.  They got to within 7 and then tried and failed an onside kick.  While their opponent took knees to end the game the Seahawks, in a gutless and childish way, dove over the line.  That is beyond unsportsmanlike and immature.  They were defeated, it was over, lose like men not like kids.  What a humiliating way for what had been a proud franchise to lose.  Shameful and they should all apologize.

9.            Minnesota Vikings.

10.          Washington Redskins.

11.          Cincinnati Bengals – Adam Jones barely apologized on Instagram. He should have his right to play in the NFL removed from him.

12.          Houston Texans – Short definition of JaDaveon Clowney? Draft Bust.

13.          New York Jets.

14.          Indianapolis Colts.

15.          Detroit Lions – The Lions are keeping Caldwell.  It must be important to lose lots of games with a very placid head coach on the sideline.

16.          Buffalo Bills/

17.          Philadelphia Eagles – Eagles hired Doug Pederson *sp* as their new coach.  Interesting is that the odds for them to win the Super Bowl in 2017 went from 40 to 1 to 50 to 1 with this hire.

18.          New Orleans Saints

19.          Miami Dolphins.

20.          Oakland Raiders.

21.          New York Giants.

22.          Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

23.          Jacksonville Jaguars.

24.          San Diego Chargers.

25.          Baltimore Ravens.

26.          Atlanta Falcons.

27.          Los Angeles Rams – the new stadium in L.A. will make the Jerry Dome look like a flea market.

28.          San Francisco 49ers – Chip Kelly is their man and now you can’t find a Kap jersey on the discount rack anymore.

29.          Chicago BEARS.

30.          Cleveland Browns.

31.          Tennessee Titans.

32.          Dallas Cowboys.

As always, I love all thoughts, comments, arguments or agreements.  I appreciate someone reading my views.  I would also offer my analysis work to ESPN as some of theirs need help or I will take cash, preferably tens and twenties!

Mr. N’s Wild Card Weekend Power Poll #NFL #NFLRankings


NFL Power Rankings

1.            Carolina Panthers (1) – On the bye and they get to host the seemingly ‘Super Bowl fave’ Seahawks.  My thinking is that this may just not be close and it will be a lot of footballs handed to kids in the end zone by Cam before he dabs all over the place.  They know how to beat Seattle and this may not even be a speedbump for them.

2.            Seattle Seahawks (2) – Seattle came out in the cold and had terrible problems getting the O working.  Unable to muster anything in the first half the only positive was that they had a D that held Minnesota to only Field Goals.  Once the second half started it continued the same.  When it seemed that Seattle might just be shut out there was a miracle bad snap, terrible D, lucky toss and suddenly Seattle was in business.  A moment later and they had a touchdown.  Then a golden turnover and it was a FG and a lead.  The D played hard but the O was quieted down.  With the game on the line the D made 2 huge mistakes and Seattle was about to be eliminated.  But for a missed field goal this team was done.  They will now take their horse shoe up their ass hides to Carolina where the Panthers should not be so accommodating.  A lucky, LUCKY L-U-C-K-Y win for a team that is a shadow of what it used to be and no they are not very good.

3.            Kansas City Chiefs (3) – Was going to be a battle of two strong D’s.  The Chiefs came out with solid D and pulled out 4 super turnovers in the first half.  The Special teams have amounted for all the points and Alex Smith has missed some key shots.  If they can put up even 3 more in the second half this could be over.  It is still a ball game.  KC came out and kept picking off the ball and finally got production from the O.  A TD put it out of reach and the second TD made it a laugher.  Great win.  They lost Maclin and that could hurt but for now if they pack that D they can give NE a hell of a battle next week.

4.            Denver Broncos (4) – On the bye heading into a showdown with a battered Pittsburgh team with an old man at QB.  They need the D to perform lights out or even a beaten up Pittsburgh team might take them down.

5.            Arizona Cardinals (8) – On the bye they have lucked out with getting an over confident GB team coming to town.  The Card D and blazing pass O should be able to rip apart the Packer line and laughable secondary.  We are going to see if Zona can beat Carolina me thinks.

6.            New England Patriots (10) – On the bye a team struggling with injury and lack of talent faces a game KC team.  It is even money if New England can cheat enough to beat the Chiefs.

7.            Green Bay Packers (11) – The true Packers played the first quarter, their O line sucked, they had no secondary and trouble stopping the run.  The Pack got lucky with a pass and kept up the pressure and took over the game.  Much is being made that this team is good on D *they are not* and that Rogers has the O working *he is an injury waiting to happen*.  Barring a humungous upset this sad excuse for a team should be slaughtered by the Cards next week.

8.            Pittsburgh Steelers (12) – The Steelers found themselves playing a bitter division rival in a monsoon.  The offense was unable to get any real traction for most of the early part.  Tomlin was smart enough to keep kicking threes and he had a lead and a shutout.  Finally, the Bucs got a TD and held a lead.  The D played a very good game *you never know how well the Steeler D will play on any given Sunday*.  They let in a late TD and then let in a FG and then a very late TD and found themselves down with less than 2 to play.  The late FG won them the game.  Now they take this motley crew to Denver.  Oh by the way, the game was a disgrace.  Pittsburgh’s coaches were out of control, members of the O line played dirty too.  Unfortunately, both Big Ben and Antonio Brown were badly injured by illegal hits by a madman.  Had the refs properly called every dirty play from the first moment this game would have been in control.  Terrible reffing led to this mess.  It was a win.  Oh and a superb catch by Bryant *makes ODB’s catch look like an easy grab*

9.            Minnesota Vikings (5) – Minnesota played solid D for the first 45 minutes.  The Vikings O couldn’t get more than 3 points at a time but Zimmer wasn’t afraid to kick them when he had a shot.  They had a bad defensive lapse and allowed a late TD.  AP the child beater fumbled and it was golden and suddenly they trailed for the first time all game.  They made a good defensive stop and got the ball back with 2 minutes or so.  A great drive and they had a chip shot FG to win the playoff game.  Blair Walsh missed.  It was a gimme and he missed.  I would cut him immediately.  You can’t miss that kick and be on my team.  Terrible heart breaking loss.  Teddy did his job, the D did the job, Zimmer did the job and Walsh didn’t do his.

10.          Washington Redskins (6) – Came out on fire with solid D, that forced a safety.  Solid O that led to a quick 11-point lead.  Pitched a shutout and had the game in control early.  Then it all just fell apart.  Turnovers, bad plays, misplays on D and before they turned around they were down by 3 scores.  A team that has a future but seems to still need to work on getting consistency on D and tightening up their O to be mistake free.  We will see what they can do in free agency and the draft to keep moving forward.

11.          Cincinnati Bengals (7) -The Bengals O had great trouble getting anything going in a monsoon.  Shut out for the first half basically.  The Bengals D was able to hold the Steelers to only FGs.  The second half brought a new McCarron who drove the field and he did all he could to put the game in the hands of Cincinnati.  McCarron was excellent in the second half and he did everything he could to win the game.  The fumble by Hill was a critical error.  The egregious, vicious, evil, intent to kill hit by Burfict on Brown was unconscionable and he should be BANNED from the NFL forever.  Adam Crapman Jones needs to be removed from the game *he is out of chances*.  Marvin Lewis should be fired immediately.  It is up to him to control his team and he didn’t.  Horrible way to end their season.  Colossal embarrassment for the Brown family and the Bengals should be ashamed.

*That the NFL thought it was a good idea to have the same Ref at this game as was at the last matchup that went out of control puts some of this blame on the NFL.  The Stand Up Comedian is at fault there.  Those Refs who worked last night should never work in the playoffs again this year.  They missed so many calls that could have controlled this game.  The NFL should be ashamed*

12.          Houston Texans (9) – Just about as bad a first half as they could have.  Hoyer terrible and his decision making has turned the ball over 4 times.  D has been solid but with no O and 4 golden turnovers they are lucky to be down 13.  They need to get it together or this is over quick.  They didn’t get it together.  Hoyer turned it over more times than Waffle House does pancakes on a Sunday.  What a rotten effort and terrible injury to Watt and this was over.  Ugly way to lose a game and end a season.  They need a QB and perhaps some consistency from the Head Coach.

13.          New York Jets.

14.          Indianapolis Colts.

15.          Detroit Lions.

16.          Buffalo Bills – Rex has hired his brother Rob to coach the D.  Bet Rob will like not being screamed at so much on the sideline now!

17.          Philadelphia Eagles.

18.          New Orleans Saints

19.          Miami Dolphins – The Dolphins hired Adam Gase to be their coach.  The former BEARS O/C wasn’t nice enough to Chicago to at least take Cutler with him.

20.          Oakland Raiders.

21.          New York Giants.

22.          Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

23.          Jacksonville Jaguars.

24.          San Diego Chargers – part of a 3 team race to LA and the early word is they may be the odd man out.

25.          Baltimore Ravens.

26.          Atlanta Falcons.

27.          St. Louis Rams – one of the teams that may be outmaneuvering the Chargers out of a L.A. home.

28.          San Francisco 49ers – Their search for a head coach has led them to interview the O/C of Cleveland.  Yes, Cleveland.  If that doesn’t say San Fran has a problem I don’t know what does.

29.          Chicago BEARS – The BEARS say they are fully committed to Jay Cutler at QB in 2016.  My thinking is that they should be fully committed to a loony bin for thoughts like that.

30.          Cleveland Browns.

31.          Tennessee Titans.

32.          Dallas Cowboys – it is official, dead man coaching will be back in 2016.  I don’t know what he has on the Jones family but it must be gold plated.

As always, I love all thoughts, comments, arguments or agreements.  I appreciate someone reading my views.  I would also offer my analysis work to ESPN as some of theirs need help or I will take cash, preferably tens and twenties!

Mr. N’s #NFL Week 17 Power Poll‏ #NFLRankings


NFL Power Rankings

1.            Carolina Panthers (2) – If the doubters questioning how good this team is wish to continue that discussion please put in this game tape.  When it was all on the line and first place overall was there for the taking they dominated.  Every facet of the game, every aspect, all 60 minutes.  Carolina is the best and the road to Super Bowl 50 goes through Carolina.

2.            Seattle Seahawks (7) – The Seahawks brought their A game on the road.  Explosive offense, dominant defense and this game was over by the half.  A superb game that was a laugher.  Now this team is on a roll and ready to face an opponent on the road on Wild Card Weekend.

3.            Kansas City Chiefs (3) – Kansas City had a shot at the division with a win and help and they played hard on D and pretty ok on O and found themselves well out in front.  The D seemed to fall into prevent and by late in the 4th quarter it was down to a less than one score lead.  Some final inspired D play and Kansas City barely got out with a win.  Now how well will they do in the Wild Card is the question.

4.            Denver Broncos (6) – Osweiler and the Broncos struggled in the first half and turned the ball over 5 times.  The Broncs could barely hold a 1-point lead.  Elway made a call and the archeological remains of Peyton Manning were discovered.  Ol’ flop ball came in and did such amazing things…he handed off the ball over and over.  He threw 5 yard, even 6 yard passes.  He overthrew on deep balls.  He has been risen to stand above Zeus on Mount Olympus now tho.  One would think the Messiah had come back but no it was just Manning.  Wait ‘til he is tossing his ball in the winter weather and watch it wobble.  Nothing has changed, he is still way over the hill and will not lead Denver to a Super Bowl.  It gives them home field but that won’t be enough in my view with that old man at QB.

5.            Minnesota Vikings (5) – It was time to see if, finally, Minnesota could slay its dragon.  It started out slow.  The Vikes D was able to bash the QB who used to be known as a healthy Aaron Rodgers and keep the Pack off the scoreboard for the most part.  The Vikes had issues getting much more than field goals early too.  They kept up the D pressure and finally Teddy was able to get the offense going.  Add to that a bit of defensive magic that saved Teddy’s bacon and the Vikings were up 20-3 over their immortal enemy.  Sure they let in 10 points basically against prevent but the outcome was never in doubt.  An amazing win that finally put Minnesota on top of Green Bay.  Now they earn the right to host the Seahawks.  Good luck guys!

6.            Washington Redskins (9) – The Skins are playing 7 on 7 and ripping up a really terrible Cowboy team.  They were up by 24 in a meaningless game and may just prevent Dallas back into it.  Washington was able to put the foot back on the gas for a couple of more drives and put the game away.  Solid performance and no one key got hurt so they are as ready as they can be for Wild Card week.

7.            Cincinnati Bengals (10) – Battling to be in this game and they need the win for a bye spot.  The Bengals D must really give it in the 2nd half to have a shot here.  The Bengals D did a solid job in the half and the O got the job done.  A good win for Cincy in a game they should have won.  Now they will wait and see what seed they get.  (it was 3)

8.            Arizona Cardinals (1) – Did Arizona get the invite to this game?  It appears not.  There was no evidence they could play O and certainly no evidence of the D showing up at all.  They were blown out right from the start and this is not how you want to prepare for the playoffs.  If they don’t clear this mess up they will be a shocking one and done.

9.            Houston Texans (12) – A team who knows what is at stake and are taking advantage of that with a great performance at the half.  30 minutes to the division title.  The Texans simply rolled over Jacksonville.  Solid O, Solid D and good special teams.  A laugher and a nice way to clinch the division and get into the playoffs.  Can they make any noise in January is the question.

10.          New England Patriots (8) – With few healthy players left the Pats are battling to stay in the game against a Dolphin team set on beating them.  They really will have to cheat in the 2nd half.  The Pats didn’t seem to have much heart in this one.  They even seemed to not try to cheat much.  They lost kind of quietly and if they can lose the first seed that will be funny.  They did and it is.

11.          Green Bay Packers (11) – The Packers had a win and win the division situation.  They found a Minnesota D that were not able to push around.  For thirty minutes they managed only a field goal as Rodgers was knocked all around and despite getting to his feet looking in pain and dazed many times with a camera right on him…the paid Pyro and the Idiot of NBC never noticed that.  In the second half the Packer D let in a TD fast and then was able to hold down the Vikings but by then they were in a hole.  The O was never able to score enough.  This team stumbles into the playoffs now as a wild card.  They go to Washington.  With a bad O line, an injured Rodgers, no real wide receivers and a D that is suspect I believe these Packers are a one and done.

12.          Pittsburgh Steelers (13) – The Steelers are battling a game Cleveland squad with a bit better D performance and they can possibly steal a playoff spot if they can get it going here.  The Steelers D really attributed themselves well and stymied the Brown O and with the great passing by Big Ben the Steelers sealed the deal and have made the playoffs.  Congrats.  Now get your D to play well every week.

13.          New York Jets (4) – Do the Jets realize they can be in the playoffs if they win? They are playing pretty badly with drops etc. and find themselves deep in a snow drift in Western NY.  They better pick it up.  They didn’t pick it up.  The Jets had every opportunity to get this done but the D couldn’t make the necessary stops and Fitzpatrick ended his good season being Ryan Fitzpatrick.  I have always said this QB is a 2 TD/3 INT guy and that is basically what he did to cost them the playoffs.

14.          Indianapolis Colts (14) – With the Wife of the landlord from Three’s Company at QB the Colts are in trouble against a game Titan team.  The Colts used both the actress from Three’s Company and the QB formerly known as Josh Freeman to get 30 points and a win.  Of course they are out of the playoffs and likely have gotten their coach fired but they did win.  This team needs a HUGE amount of help.

15.          Detroit Lions (17) – The Lions are playing Ok and taking advantage of golden turnovers and have this game in hand without much effort.  The Lions D got taken apart a bit in the 2nd half but Stafford and the O was able to score the last score and win them a meaningless game.  Congrats Detroit, I would fire Caldwell.

16.          Buffalo Bills (19) – Sexy Rexy must like playing spoiler as he is playing it to the hilt.  The Bills are dominating the game and are 30 minutes away from breaking the hearts of the Jets. Revenge was sweet for Ryan today.  The Bills D played decently for maybe the first time in 6 weeks and the Bills O did just enough to break the hearts of the Jets and send them home to watch the playoffs on TV.

17.          Philadelphia Eagles (27) – Playing a team who doesn’t care and using a D that can’t play and this is a bit of a shootout.  Which rotten team scores last wins.  The rotten Eagles scored last and won.  Nondescript D managed to make the necessary stop and the Eagles have clinched their choice of sofa seating for watching the playoffs.

18.          New Orleans Saints (23) – The Saints, with nothing to play for are engaged in a classic NFC South Shootout.  Can Brees toss 400 yards and lotsa TDs? For the sake of one fantasy playoff game I hope so.  It is close at the half.  The Saints D actually played better in the second half and then they got a key pick and were able to take it down the field and win the game.  Congrats to New Orleans a nice way to end the regime of Payton and Brees.

19.          Miami Dolphins (28) – The Fins are playing hard today and are at least tied with New England at the half which is a moral victory.  The Dolphins did better than a moral victory.  They got a victory.  Tannehill looked a bit like an NFL QB and they managed to beat their rival.  Meaningless but shows they had some heart in the last game.

20.          Oakland Raiders (15) – The Raider O seemed to be overwhelmed in the first half by a tough Chief D.  Oakland’s D got beat a couple of times and they had a big hole to climb out of.  Credit to Oakland they didn’t give up.  Albeit against prevent, the Raiders drove to within 6 and had a shot but were just unable to get it done.  A pretty good effort.  This team has a great core of talent and will be heard from often in 2016.

21.          New York Giants (16) – Terrible D that hasn’t tried for 2 weeks but an O that is trying has them in shootout for what should be Coughlin’s swansong.  The Giants scored a lot but when it counted they couldn’t get the last one.  The D let in a ton and that is the story of the Giants.  Another loss and likely the end of Tom Coughlin.  A great coach with a good record but in my view averaging 8.5 wins a year doesn’t equal Canton.

22.          Tampa Bay Buccaneers (22) – Tampa wound up walking into a buzz saw.  Whatever issues Carolina had in the last two weeks have been taken care of.  Outplayed on O and D the Bucs never had a shot.  This was a slaughter and Tampa probably deserved a better ending to a year in which they made some nice strides.  They will be better in 2016, especially once Kwon Alexander returns at MLB.

23.          Jacksonville Jaguars (20) – The Jags are struggling on O and having issues on D too.  (as usual).  Down a load at the half the Jags need to get the offense working or this is a blowout.  The Jags never got the O working, Bortles had an uncharacteristically bad day with golden turnovers.  The D gave up points upon points and the O couldn’t even make it close.  A year when Jacksonville made strides.  They have a core, on O, and need to fix up the D so losses like this are much less frequent in 2016.

24.          San Diego Chargers (21) – The Chargers are giving what’s left of their all in this game and kept it within 1 point for 30 minutes.  They fell behind but battled back late and took a lead and then in the end the D let in a TD.  The Chargers are team with terrible leadership, a soon to be fired head coach *probably fired by the time this is posted* and a very old QB.  They need a ton of help and I wish them luck in Los Angeles.  It was a tough loss. (and so far McCoy survives)

25.          Baltimore Ravens (25) – Giving their all again in a division game and they could steal this one from Cincy if they can keep up the pressure.  How about that? Baltimore isn’t very good and can be beaten.  Cincy put the Ravens away and they simply didn’t have the O or the D to get this game.  A loss to end a bad year in Charm City.

26.          Atlanta Falcons (24) – Atlanta playing like a team with a D that is more rep than ability.  In a shootout and keeping pace with New Orleans.  Don’t know who will win this yet.  The Falcons D tightened up and the game see-sawed as a tie for most of the second half.  In the end Matty Ice did his Matty Melt and tossed the game losing golden pick.  A loss that showed how many problems this alleged good team has with defensive lapses and bad turnovers on O.

27.          St. Louis Rams (18) – A team with nothing to play for playing ok on the final weekend.  No real offense but Ok D and they have battled to get the game to OT.  After scuffling about in OT they finally got to within a shot of winning the game with a FG and it was blocked.  A lot of effort by two sad sack teams.  And then the Rams D quit and they lost.  Does Fisher keep his job? Keenum should keep his QB job.

28.          San Francisco 49ers (32) – A team with nothing to play for playing ok on the final weekend.  No real offense but Ok D and they have battled to get the game to OT.  After scuffling about in OT they finally had a defensive lapse that has put them in danger of losing the last game to a FG and they blocked it.  Does anyone want to win this?  SF did.  It is a win and congrats you finish not the worst in the NFL!

29.          Chicago BEARS (26) – What a woeful effort.  Bad Cutler is back; the D is playing ok but the team is barely even going through the motions.  They need a heck of a motivational speech at the half.  Musta been an ok speech as they burst out and scored a couple of TDs and took a lead but the D let one more score in and the BEARS end the year on a loss.  What an ugly home loss but fitting for an ugly year.  Oh and congrats you won just enough games to cost you a top 5 draft pick.

30.          Cleveland Browns (29) – Nothing to play for and no one at QB the Browns are playing hard against Pittsburgh at the half.  The Browns gave effort that they could but being without any ability at QB just was too much and they could barely muster any points.  A loss for a team that now stands with the chance to re-do the QB position again.  Do they use #2 to get one of the top 3 College QBs?

31.          Tennessee Titans (30) – Gotta give Tennessee credit for showing heart on O and D for at least the first 30 and are giving Indy all they can handle.  Tennessee with a cast of ‘who is that’ playing QB at times were able to almost win this game.  A really good full game effort.  The Titans may have the first pick overall but they don’t need a QB and will have their choice of the best available unless they can trade that pick for a bushel basket of talent.

32.          Dallas Cowboys (31) – “I don’t know what Dallas is doing on defense” That quote by the color guy pretty much defines the laughable state of this already ‘Super Bowl contender 2016’ sad sack rotten Cowboys.  They were battered and bashed and once totally destroyed they have scored a couple.  How many naked pictures of the Jones family does DEAD MAN COACHING have?  The Cowboys were able to make it within a couple of TDs but never really contended.  Greg Hardy was, is and will always be a SCUMBAG.  The Cowboys lost again.  Their D is terrible.  I will keep track of how many paid analysts say this pile of crap is a Super Bowl 51 contender.

As always, I love all thoughts, comments, arguments or agreements.  I appreciate someone reading my views.  I would also offer my analysis work to ESPN as some of theirs need help or I will take cash, preferably tens and twenties!

Mr. N the BEARS Fan