Can The AFC Playoffs Get Any Tighter?

Week 16 of the NFL season is upon us and the races are incredibly close.  

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Historically close.  

The San Diego Chargers blew out the Tennessee Titans on Friday night to clinch the number two spot in the AFC behind the Indianapolis Colts who continue their pursuit for perfection Sunday against the New York Jets. Besides the Chargers and Colts, the rest of the AFC is effectively up for grabs.  

Here is the current playoff situation:  

Division Leaders
1. Indianapolis Colts (14-0)
2. San Diego Chargers (12-3)
3. New England Patriots (9-5)
4. Cincinnati Bengals (9-5)  

Wild Card Leaders
5. Baltimore Ravens (8-6)
6. Denver Broncos (8-6)  

In the Hunt
Miami Dolphins (7-7)
New York Jets (7-7)
Houston Texans (7-7)
Pittsburgh Steelers (7-7)
Jacksonville Jaguars (7-7)  

The Patriots and Bengals are in the best place  as if either wins, they clinch their division. The Ravens and Broncos control their own destiny as well, but any slip up by them opens the doors for any of the Dolphins, Jets, Texans, Steelers, or Jaguars. So many things can happen, but let’s look at some of the games this week  

Jaguars at Patriots – The Jags travel up North into the Cold to face Bill Belichick’s Patriot team. After a couple of turbulent weeks, New England enjoyed its first real home win of the season last weekend and have put the Randy Moss saga behind them. Meanwhile, Jacksonville fought valiantly against the Colts last week, but came up four points short of the upset. This should be a great game, but I’m giving the Pats the edge mostly because New England excels in cold weather and Florida teams don’t. New England Continue reading “Can The AFC Playoffs Get Any Tighter?”

I’m Back

It’s been more than four months since my last post, but I’m back. This year was my first year at Duke University and I didn’t have much time to blog. Now that I’m on Winter Break, I’m starting back up again. We’ll see if I can keep it up once school gets going again, but for the next couple weeks, look for consistent posts here.

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Why were Brandon Jacobs and Albert Heynsworth not suspended for their fight? Each was fined but neither was suspended even though punches were thrown. Not that I don’t love watching players fight, but come on. That was pretty ridiculous. The play was over, but Jacobs just didn’t stop. He didn’t even get the bigger fine. Maybe I’m missing something here, but Jacobs does not deserve to be playing Sunday. He certainly deserved more than a $7500 fine.

Gilbert Arenas apparently stored firearms in his locker. Wow Gilbert. I just don’t understand why an NBA star feels it necessary to store firearms in his locker. Why does Gilbert need a firearm? Should have watched what happened to Plaxico a little more closely. So many of us dream of becoming sports stars and I for one don’t understand these players risking it all with being so stupid. At least Plaxico kept the gun with him. Gilbert left it in his locker. He can just be happy that law enforcement isn’t involved.

Finally, just a big WOW on the AFC Playoff situation. I’m psyched for this weekend. 6 Teams at 7-7, 2 at 8-6, and 2 at 9-5. Lots of very important games and lots of big matchups. Has there ever been an NFL playoff race this close? Every play is going to matter so much and every snap will be so intense. This sunday and next sunday may be unlike anything we’ve seen in the NFL for a long time or will see for many years. Enjoy it!

Alright, that’s all I got for today. I’ll be back with longer, better posts soon. Stay tuned and Merry Christmas!