A Look at the Top Five Takeaways From This Weekend in the NFL
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Andddd that’s all folks. At least for the 2015 regular season. Some of us (hi, Colts Nation) are waking up needing some extra Bailey’s in our coffee this morning, while others (Pittsburgh, anyone?) are gearing-up for some unexpected postseason action. This morning, we’re going to run through the top five takeaways from Week 17 in the NFL.
1. Chuck Pagano should keep his job.
I think I join most of my fellow Hoosiers when I say I support Coach Pagano. He has the fifth winningest record in the league currently and still managed to go 8-8 with the likes of Charlie Whitehurst and Josh Freeman. Plus, if you heard his post game locker room speech yesterday, you know it was a tearjerker. There’s a lot to be said for having the ability to inspire one’s players. I’m working under the assumption that no news is good news right now. Hopefully Jim Irsay finally sees the light and fires the right man (ahem, Ryan Grigson).
2. The Cleveland Browns are still a disaster.
As usual, the Brownies can’t manage to win games because their front office, their coaching staff, and their quarterbacks are all a complete debacle. The organization didn’t even wait until Black Monday to let general manager Ray Farmer and head coach Mike Pettine go. I look for Johnny Manziel (who was spotted in Vegas Saturday and didn’t even show-up for yesterday’s game) to be on the chopping block next. I love Sin City as much as the next gal, but that’s just irresponsible. Something’s really gotta give in Believeland this offseason. There’s always next year, though, am I right, Dawg Pound?
3. The Seattle Seahawks look Super Bowl ready.
I’ve been calling for an Arizona/Seattle NFC Championship game because it seems like the kind of match-up dreams are made of, but if yesterday’s 36-6 rout by the Seahawks is any indication, Russell Wilson and Co. could be headed to their third straight Super Bowl. After a brief lapse against the Rams last weekend, the Seahawks seem to be back in perfect form heading into the playoffs.
4. The New England Patriots are faltering.
Bill Belichick’s team is beat-up, even losing a crucial contest to the Dolphins yesterday afternoon. Now, without home field advantage, I don’t look for them to make it to Super Bowl 50, especially if Tom Brady’s ankle isn’t 100%. Obviously, it wouldn’t do to count out New England completely, but I wouldn’t lay my money on them at this point.
5. The AFC Championship will be the Kansas City Chiefs v. the Denver Broncos.
The Chiefs have been quietly making their way towards the Super Bowl for weeks now, heading into the playoffs on a 10-0 winning streak. The Broncos, on the other hand, seemingly have Peyton Manning back at the helm just at the right time. In the realm of bold predictions, I’m calling them as the final remaining teams in the AFC on conference championship weekend.