|Posted by Radatz on December 31, 2017 at 11:50 PM|
Happy New Year to all!
The 2017 season is now over, and the postseason beckons. So what happened? Some of this may surprise you. Some of it may even shock you. Some of it will surely disgust you. Does anybody recall shots of packed stands?
Stats of the week: The Rams scored the most points with 478. Minny allowed the fewest points with 252. New England and Philly finished tied for best point diffy with remarkably similar totals... for Philly, it was 457 PF, 295 PA. NE was 458 PF, 296 PA.
NE 26 NYJ 6: Yes, Brady had another unremarkable but competent passing day. Reason for alarm? Not when you (a) take care of business to lock up 1st seed, (b) probably have nagging injuries begging for 2 weeks off, and (c) play in 7* weather. Yes, it was vs. Bryce Petty, but the NE defense looked... well... different, completely shutting down the NY rushing game (important when you're frozen solid), generating an actual pass rush against the competent NY OL, and getting 4 sacks, 2 of which were from one James Harrison who not only played in his first week with the team but looked more than at home.
MIN 23 CHI 10: Yeah, it was the Bears, but Minnesota did what they had to do, locking up a bye in the process.
ATL 22 CAR 10: The Falcons? Takin' care of business? Yup. The defense made Cam look like an oaf (not impossible as we've seen this year) and the offense put up points against a good Carolina defense. More importantly, they locked up the 2nd wild card spot. Carolina, meanwhile, blew a chance for the division title with the loss.
CIN 31 BAL 27: Leave it to Cinci... they've probably guaranteed management will go to Marvin hat in hand to lock up another decade of futility with this gritty, late, heroic victory. And just after the Ravens took the lead, leaving things in the hands of their mighty defense. Didn't work. So long Ravens. It was a win-and-in for them. Turned out to be a lose-and-snooze.
BUF 22 MIA 16: Turned out it mattered, if not to Miami who sat Cutler after one series and played like clowns. But give Buffalo credit; they hung in despite almost zero chance to make the dance and they got an invite, their first since last century.
TB 31 NO 24: Not the way you want to go into the playoffs, but the Saints won the division anyway courtesy of Carolina's ineptitude. Backed right in. Will they back right out? Stay tuned.
TEN 15 JAX 10: Somehow the Titans got in. Do they belong? No, but then how do you throw them out? We'll soon see. The Jags, meanwhile, are exhibiting a fearsome degree of fear of success. Last week they melted down on the sideline and on the field. This week they held it down to the field. The game was meaningless for them, but it's no way to introduce yourself to the postseason.
ARI 26 SEA 24: It would have meant something to Seattle had Atlanta lost. Turns out Atlanta could have lost all they wanted. Bye bye Seattle!
LAC 30 OAK 10: The Chargers did what they had to. Nobody else did. Good try. Chance to feel good about yourself and next year's prospects... and in Bermuda too! Miami didn't exactly try too hard against Buffalo, but then neither did the Raiders who graciously played their starting lineup.
SF 34 LAR 13: The world waited to see whether Jimmy's reborn 9ers could walk into the Coliseum and crush the mighty Rams, even with some big stars sitting. They did. The Rams shouldn't be that bad even with Mannion etc. Not a good omen for a playoff newbie that's got a game next week.
PIT 28 CLE 24: The Steelers began whining their way into the playoffs, still carping about James' non-TD. Gotta love these idiots. They sat Ben and Bell. For a game that could (barely) have gotten them top seed. Landry Jones posted a 100 QBR and they won anyway. By 4. Against Cleveland. Kizer threw for 314. Think about it.
DAL 6 PHI 0: Foles went 4-11. Sudfeld went 19-23. Think about that too.
NYG 18 WAS 10: Don't think about that.
KC 27 DEN 24: Or that.
IND 22 HOU 13: Or that.
DET 35 GB 11: Or even that.
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