Shoutout to the Kansas City Chiefs for doing what we all knew they'd do by losing to the Denver Broncos. You earn the Not Nearly as Good as Your Record Indicates Award. The highest accolades go to the Carolina Panthers for beating the New England Patriots last night. You officially get the Actually Good, Not Just Sneaky Good Award. See you in the playoffs.
It’s time for the 1st Annual Eligible Receiver Midseason Awards in which we use our excellent football intelligence and logical deduction skills to confer completely made up awards to NFL players. Also, lots of pictures. Enjoy!
Wow! Rookie against rookie. Both of these quarterbacks have shined in their NFL debut season. It was thought that RGIII could be a star, but nobody new how much. On the other hand, it was presumed during off-season that Matt Flynn, who shined in the 2011 season finale of the Packers versus the Lions, would be the starter for the Seahawks. Then, gasp, Old Pete picked Russel Wilson instead.
But it's not just the quarterbacks that shine in these two offenses. Both have excellent running backs in Alfred Morris and Marshawn Lynch. Lynch was more of a known quantity, but Morris? Another Washington rookie -- but he seemed to come out of the blue (not out of the blue, exactly. He came from Florida Atlantic.)
Washington will have to prepare for Seattle's ability to put up big points. 58 points against the Cards, 50 against the Bills, and 42 against the 49ers. Those are impressive numbers.
Another scary aspect of Seattle is their secondary. Sherman is a tough and talented cornerback although, a little hot-headed. He was the one that started talking smack to Brady as Mr. Bundchen tried to walk off the field when the Patriots lost to the Seahawks. You don't have to like the guy, which I don't, but you do have to prepare for him.
So here is what it really comes down to for me. I don't like Pete Carroll. I don't like Sherman's attitude. I don't like the Fail Mary that got them here and cost my Packers the 2nd seed. On the other hand, I do like RGIII, I do like the fact that Washington is in the playoffs because they beat two teams that I despise -- the New York Football Giants, and America's team, the Cowboys.
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Week 17! There is no need to talk about players, or team personalities, it's the time of the year of win or go home, win and get a bye, and still for the sorry few -- playing for some trace amount of respect.
Somehow, the Cowboys managed to do it again. They are like the annoying little brother you have to take everywhere with you, because Mom said so. Why, oh, why do the Cowboys have to be considered the game of the week! Why do they get the prime time slot? Ugh. It's because it's win or go home for the Cowboys. But if you don't like the Cowboys, which a lot of people don't, we have to watch this game. This is why a lot of us hate the Cowboys -- because they are shoved down our throats. I know this is one football fan who hopes they do the latter, and GO HOME!
Also, I like Washington. I like RGIII. He's like Aaron Rodgers, you're happy he's your quarterback, not just because he is an exceptional athlete, but because you would want to hang out with the guy. Sorry Andrew Luck, you look like a psychopath. In fact, if I saw Mr. Luck walking on my side of the street, as a woman, I might cross over to the other side of the street as soon as I got a chance. Tony Romo, I wouldn't cross over to the other side of the street if I saw you, I'd take the opportunity to punch you in your face and wipe away that stupid grin of yours. But I digress.
The real game of the week to watch is ...
Games to watch in Week 13 ...
Seahawks at Bears 1:00PM EST
This will be an interesting game. Seahawks (6-5) just lost their two starting cornerbacks due to failing tests for use of PED's. Chicago (8-3) just got Cutler back and showed that the Bears can not withstand to lose him. Remember last year Cutler was lost to the team late season and it cost the Bears the playoffs.
If playoffs started right now, the Bears are the 3rd seed and the Seahawks are the 6th. I can't stand the Seahawks or the Bears. However, as a Packers fan, I hate the Bears more and I can't root for a team that holds my coveted NFC North division winner slot. I can't believe I'm going to say this ...
Vikings at Packers 1:00PM EST
We all saw what happened to my beloved Packers (7-4) Sunday night. Wah-wah. They got decimated by the Giants. The Pack has something to prove, yet again. This time they have to prove they can beat a playoff worthy team.
The Vikings (6-5), on the other hand, came out super strong, and are now fizzling. The Vikings are most certainly in the playoff wildcard hunt.
This is a no brainer.
Thanksgiving football ... such a time honored tradition. A tradition that is the most relevant in Detroit, which has hosted a turkey day game since 1934 (with a small gap between 1939-1944).
I grew up in Detroit. I, strangely enough, have fond memories of driving to Pontiac on Thanksgiving to meet friends tailgating OUTSIDE in the parking lots surrounding the Pontiac Silverdome. I would have on a huge winter coat, thick gloves, and a scarf wrapped around not only my neck, but my chin too. I would chat with my friends and see my breath in the air. Then the best part. Someone would open their trunk, pull out a card table, and place a steaming hot turkey on it. I would pull out a sweet potato casserole, and other friends would pull out a list of side dishes that would make your mouth water.
Eating was always a challenge in and of itself. You had the option of trying to eat with gloved fingers, or as some dare-devil friend would try and do, pull off their gloves and try to eat their food before their fingers froze off in the bitter cold.
We would then pack it all up and head off to the stadium. Bellies full, excited to get out of the cold, and pumped to see a football game on Thanksgiving Day. Bonded together from navigating eating turkey in Michigan's frigid winter air, we sometimes grab onto each other -- trying not to slip on ice as we walked toward the Silverdome.
Ah. Then comfortably in our seats, with the best part of the experience behind us, we would then focus on the other time honored tradition of Lions football on Thanksgiving -- the Lions losing.
Now that I live in San Francisco, I won't be able to participate in the tailgating part of the tradition, but I will be able to experience the second part of the Lions Turkey Day tradition. From my comfy chair in my tiny San Francisco apartment, I'll be able to watch the Lions lose their holiday football game.
Houston versus the Lions? Oh, man. This Thanksgiving for the Lions is gonna be ugly.
The football game you might actually want to watch is ...
What games should you watch in week 7? This time my job is hard, because there are a lot of good games being played. I think if you're a fan of the NFL, or just want to be in the know, you need to plan your Sunday around watching football. There's nothing you can do about it.
The Cowboys bye week is my favorite week of football season. I'll say it again: THE COWBOYS BYE WEEK IS MY FAVORITE WEEK OF FOOTBALL SEASON. I got to spend a Sunday in peace, rocking my new Clay Matthews shirt (it's ok to be jealous). My fantasy team went down in flames again and I didn't even care because THE COWBOYS BYE WEEK IS MY FAVORITE WEEK OF FOOTBALL SEASON. Without further ado, this week's studs & duds with no mention of Tony Romo!
Alex Smith (QB, 49ers)
I remember at some point on Sunday the RedZone channel showed a QB in a San Fran uniform with the last name Kaepernick. Where was Alex Smith? Kaepernick, QB2, was in to run the "WildKap" (God, I love a good nickname). He missed a few plays, hurt his finger and yet Alex Smith still had 303 yards and 3 TDs. His passer rating was 156.2. He scored 28 fantasy points. He's a real stud.
Let's take a moment to relive some of the best and worst moments in fantasy football this past week. In a week where 5 teams scored 40 or more points, there were bound to be some all-stars and some surprises. You might want to take a look at this and see if there's anyone you can grab (or get rid of) before the waivers go through.