*NFL WEEK 16 (2020 Season)

This was a brutal loss….. Dwayne Haskins was awful quarterbacking this team for 3 quarters, throwing for 154 yards with 2 picks and zero touchdowns. He was benched in the 4th quarter for Taylor Heinicke, who came in and moved the offense more effectively — connecting with J.D. McKissic for our only touchdown. It was evident that Heinicke was far more competent running Scott Turner’s offense than Haskins.

Our defense allowed 20 points in the first 2 quarters, and our offense could do nothing to climb out of the hole. The silver lining is that we kept Carolina scoreless for the entire second half of the game. We stepped up defensively in quarters 3 and 4, completely shutting out Carolina. But we could not capitalize on it and lost a chance to clinch the Division. 

By the time the game had ended, It was pretty clear time had run out for Dwayne Haskins in Washington. Time after time, he squandered all the opportunities given to him. Look, Haskins is very talented and has a powerful arm, but he has failed to put it all together. The worst thing is that there seems to be no trade value for him and cutting him now was the only option. Waiving Haskins was the right call; I was surprised that it happened this fast; I thought it would happen in the offseason. However, Haskins has become a massive distraction for the team, and getting him out of the locker room was crucial, and now the focus is entirely on beating Philly Sunday night.

It is time to ride with Alex Smith for the last game of the season; he is the best option for our offense, even at less than 100%. If Smith cannot start, Taylor Heinicke should be a good option.  

All we have to do now is win on Sunday against Philadelphia, and we will clinch the NFC EAST and host a playoff game. The Eagles are already eliminated from playoff contention and would want to play spoiler. 

WFT 13 — PANTHERS 20

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NY GIANTS 13 — RAVENS 27:

Baltimore has been on a 4 game winning streak and is a game away from clinching a playoff spot. All they have to do is beat Cincinnati on week 17, and they are in.

The Giants have lost 2 in a row, and their only chance to make the playoffs is by beating Dallas next and hope for Washington to lose.

DALLAS 37 — EAGLES 17:

The Eagles got destroyed by Dallas. Phiadelphia had nothing to offer offensively, except for a huge play by Jalen Hurts to Desean Jackson for 81 yards. Carson Wentz may not be entirely out of Philly just yet, especially if Jalen Hurts struggles next Sunday.

The Cowboys are alive for the Division title, and all they have to do is beat the Giants and hope for Washington to lose. 

SAINTS 52 — VIKINGS 33: 

The Vikings are officially eliminated from the playoff hunt. This was a disappointing loss for Minnesota, and most surprisingly, their weakest link seems to be their defense and not their offense for a change. Mike Zimmer called this defense the worst he has ever coached. The Vikings have to put emphasis on upgrading their defense next season.

The Saints clinched the NFC SOUTH Division title, and now, to secure home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs, they have to beat Carolina and hope for Green Bay to lose against Chicago next week.  

DOLPHINS 26 — RAIDERS 25:

Miami struggled for most of this game and ended up benching Tua for Ryan Fitzpatrick, and it paid dividends. Fitzmagic gave the offense a spark to edge out the Raiders and keep themselves alive in the playoff race. All they have to do now is beat Buffalo on week 17.

The Raiders self-destructed in the last few weeks and got eliminated from the playoff hunt. Jon Gruden has some critical roster decisions to make for next season, and there is a good chance that Derek Carr may not be a Raider in 2021. 

49ERS 20 — CARDINALS 12:

Arizona put themselves in a tough spot by losing this game. Their backs are now against the wall, and to the playoffs, they have to beat the Rams next week and hope for Chicago to lose.

San Francisco has been ravaged by injuries all year. They played in the Super Bowl last season, and now they are not even going to the playoffs. However, they are finishing up the season respectfully and looking to be bouncing back in 2021. 

BUCCANEERS 47 — LIONS 7:

Tom Brady had a monster game, throwing for over 300 yards with 4 TDs and zero picks. Tampa Bay is back in the playoffs and is looking to secure the 5th seed spot by beating Atlanta on week 17.

Detroit has a lot of house cleaning to do in the offseason. The two most significant issues to address are the Head Coaching position and the future of Matthew Stafford. 

SEAHAWKS 20 — RAMS 9:

Seattle clinched the NFC WEST Division title, and they are now hoping to lock in the top seed in the NFC by beating San Francisco on week 17 and hoping for Green Bay and New Orleans to lose.

The Rams are still in control of their own destiny here; all they have to do is beat Arizona to clinch a playoff spot or hope for Chicago to lose. 

NY JETS 23 — BROWNS 16:

The Jets have put together two straight wins against the Rams and the Browns, two teams with winning records. They are surprisingly finishing the season on a positive note. But it will not be enough to save Adam Gase’s job.

The Browns are in a tough spot to clinch a playoff spot — they have to beat Pittsburgh on week 17 and need a lot of help from other AFC teams. 

STEELERS 28 — COLTS 24:

The Steelers got back to their winning ways after losing 3 straight games. Pittsburgh is looking to secure the number 2 seed in the AFC, but it won’t be easy; they’ll need to beat Cleveland on week 17 and hope for Buffalo to lose.

The Colts are currently outside of the playoff picture looking in, but with a solid chance of still making it by beating Jacksonville on week 17 and hope for lots and lots of help from other teams. If Baltimore, Miami, Cleveland, or Tennessee loses, Indianapolis will clinch the final AFC spot. If Tennessee loses and Indianapolis wins on week 17, then the Colts are in and also win the AFC SOUTH.  

CHIEFS 17 — FALCONS 14:

The Chiefs had a hard time pulling out this win, and they seem shaky heading into the playoffs. They keep winning games by narrow margins, but the good thing is that Kansas City has now clinched Home-field advantage throughout the AFC, and they get a first-round bye. Having the first round off will benefit Kansas City greatly.

Atlanta is finishing up the season playing good football and showing signs of contending next season — their final game is against Tampa bay. 

BEARS 41 — JAGUARS 17:

The Bears have turned their season around and are within a game of clinching a playoff spot. All they have to do is beat Green Bay in week 17, and even if they lose to the Packers, they still can clinch a spot if Arizona loses against the Rams.

Jacksonville is now daydreaming about Trevor Lawrence and all the attention Jacksonville will receive during the offseason. 

BILLS 38 — PATRIOTS 9: 

Buffalo swept New England for the season, and they are now the clear cut dominant team in the AFC EAST for years to come. They are one win away from securing the number 2 seed in the AFC if they beat Miami on Sunday.

New England is imploding before our eyes. All those years of cheating and bending the rules are coming back to haunt Bill Belicheater and company. They are no longer the dominant team in the AFC, and I’m beyond static to state that. If next season turns into another losing season for New England, I predict Belicheater will be out. 

PACKERS 40 — TITANS 14:

Green Bay is now one game closer to locking in the number 1 seed in the NFC; they just need to beat Chicago in week 17 or hope for Seattle to lose. 

The Titans are still on top of the AFC SOUTH but need to win against Houston and hope for Indianapolis, Baltimore, or Miami to lose. 

CHARGERS 19 — BRONCOS 16:

Justin Herbert should be a strong candidate for Rookie of the year — He has become the central piece of the rebuilding process in LA, and building the team around him should be their focus going into 2021.

The Broncos need to find a Quarterback next season, and there really isn’t much to get excited about Denver at the moment. 

BENGALS 37 — TEXANS 31:

Cincinnati is playing hard for Zac Taylor and are finishing up the season playing solid football without Joe Burrow. They should be making some noise next season in the AFC NORTH.

The Texans have lost 4 games in a row, and the Bill O’Brien era’s side effects are still very much relevant in Houston. Deshaun Watson is one of the most talented young Quarterbacks in the NFL, which should be an attractive prospect for all the potential Head Coach candidates.

*NFL WEEK 15 (2020 Season)

Losing sucks; however, this loss wasn’t surprising, considering Dwayne Haskins was starting in place of Alex Smith (Injury). As much as I would love for Haskins to be successful, he continues to find ways to disappoint the fan base (including me). It feels like other young Quarterbacks are showing flashes of potential greatness and developing faster than Haskins, like Justin Herbert, Jalen Hurts, Joe Burrow, Kyler Murray, and Tua. — all of them are clear-cut starters for their teams. Hell, even Daniel Jones, at times, seems to be more dynamic than Haskins. 

But most importantly, all those young Quarterbacks do not seem to have all the maturity issues Haskins has been known for. And at least, none of those young players have been caught partying with a bunch of strippers, breaking Covid measures mandated by the NFL. Inexcusable behavior from Haskins, and sadly, his time in Washington might be coming to an end.

The good thing is that Logan Thomas has emerged as a receiving threat to complement Terry McLaurin. Now, opposing defenses have to pick their poison and figure out which of those two receivers they will have to double cover. J.D. McKissic was extremely productive running and catching, combining for over 100 yards and 1 touchdown. Once Antonio Gibson returns, these two running back combination should be lethal. 

Seattle did a great job containing the rush from our defense, but we still got enough pressure on Russell Wilson to make things difficult for them. The pass rush needs to be more consistent in the first half of games — we seem to get going late in most of the games recently. Washington has to address this issue ASAP. They cannot head into the playoffs accustomed to playing from behind. The last two games against Carolina and Philly will be crucial. Especially when facing Jalen Hurts, due to how explosive he has looked these previous two weeks.

All in all, we are still on top of the NFC EAST, and all we have to do is beat Carolina this coming Sunday to clinch the Division title and host a playoff game.

WFT 15 — SEAHAWKS 20:

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NY GIANTS 6 — BROWNS 20:

I was rooting hard for Cleveland, and they delivered the goods. NY needed to win this game to take back the top spot in the NFC EAST, and now they have to win out and hope for Washington to stumble along the way….It ain’t gonna happen.

EAGLES 26 — CARDINALS 33:

Jalen Hurts now has asserted himself as Philly’s Quarterback for the foreseeable future — And although Philadelphia lost this game, their offense looks much more dynamic with Hurts under center. Jalen has shown that he has what it takes to lead this team next season and for years to come. Carson Wentz and his next move will dominate sports media for the next few months. Arizona is still alive for a wildcard spot in the NFC, but they need to win next week and hope for Chicago to lose. 

DALLAS 41 — 49ers 33:

This win is nothing but fool’s gold. San Francisco’s starting roster came to this game obliterated with injuries, and they still managed to keep this game close. Dallas is still trash, and they will be even worst next season. San Francisco is now looking into next season with lots of questions regarding their Quarterback position.

CHARGERS 30 — RAIDERS 27:

The Raiders pretty much ended their playoff run with this loss. They are still mathematically in it, but their chances are razor-thin. On top of it all, there might be a Quarterback controversy brewing in Las Vegas; Derek Carr got injured early in the game, and Marcus Mariota came in and looked pretty good running the offense. Mariota looked a lot more dynamic and effective moving the offense than Carr has looked for most of this season. Look, Carr had some solid games here and there, but not enough to convince me that he should remain with the Raiders next season.

BILLS 26 — BRONCOS 19:

Buffalo clinched the AFC EAST division title for the first time since the 90s. The Bills will be a tough team to beat in the playoffs and should be considered favorites in the AFC. Denver is just playing out the schedule and hoping to find answers at Quarterback in the 2021 Draft or free agency. 

BEARS 33 — VIKINGS 27:

Chicago looked like a whole new team with David Montgomery running the ball and Trubisky also looked pretty good scrambling around making plays. Minnesota had no answer defensively for them. The Bears saved their season and have a shot at making the playoffs. The Vikings, however, are mathematically still in the playoff hunt, but it’s a long shot for them.

NY JETS 23 — RAMS 20:

The Jets finally won their first game of the season, and although they will no longer finish the season winless, they slipped from the number 1 draft spot to number 2, which means their shot at picking Trevor Lawrence in next year’s draft is unlikely. The Rams put themselves in a bad position by losing this game. They have to win out to make the playoffs, and if they beat Seattle on week 16, LA will win the NFC WEST division.

CHIEFS 32 — SAINTS 29:

The Chiefs got tested on all sides of the ball in this game. But they managed to hold back Drew Bress for the win. It is now safe to say that Kansas City is the absolute number 1 favorite in the AFC. The Chiefs have already clinched the AFC WEST but still have not clinched home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. The Saints have to beat Minnesota on their Christmas day game to clinch the NFC SOUTH division title.

RAVENS 40 — JAGUARS 14:

Baltimore has won three games in a row to keep themselves on the playoff hunt; however, they will need to win out and hope for some other teams to lose to make the post-season. Jacksonville now has the number 1 pick in the 2021 NFL draft, and they should be in a good spot to rebuild their franchise; hopefully, they will do it the right way this time around.

DOLPHINS 22 — PATRIOTS 12:

Miami ended New England’s season and kept themselves hot on the playoff trail. Now they have to win out and hope for Baltimore to fall apart. Belicheater is back to being the same coach he was before Tom Brady turned him into something he is not. If next season New England doesn’t have a winning season, I predict Belicheater will be out. 

BUCCANEERS 31 — FALCONS 27:

Tampa Bay was trailing 24-7 in the 3rd quarter, and things looked grim for the Bucs, but Tom Brady and company turned it up and outscored Atlanta 24 to 3 to escape with a narrow victory. The Buccaneers need to win out and hope for a Chicago loss along the way to earn a playoff spot. Atlanta is finishing up the season respectfully under Raheem Morris’s stewardship, who should seriously be considered for the job permanently. 

BENGALS 27 — STEELERS 17:

The Bengals are a team on the verge of greatness. Even without Joe Burrow, Cincinnati looked like a dangerous team. They should be a playoff team next season. The Steelers already clinched a playoff spot weeks ago; however, the AFC NORTH title is still up for grabs between them and Cleveland, but all Pittsburgh has to do is win their next game against Indianapolis to secure the division.

COLTS 27 — TEXANS 20:

The Colts are now 10-4 for the season, and to make the playoffs, they have to beat Pittsburgh and hope for Miami or Baltimore to lose next week. Houston has played much better under Romeo Crennel, but it won’t be enough to permanently secure the job. The Texans are just a few pieces away from contending again. 

TITANS 46 — LIONS 25:

Tennessee is trying to fend off Indianapolis in the AFC SOUTH. The good thing is that they hold the tiebreaker in the division, making them the favorite to win the division title. The Titans will clinch the AFC SOUTH if they beat Green Bay and Indianapolis losses next week to Pittsburg. The Lions have looked better under Darrell Bevell. It makes you wonder if he had taken over Detroit earlier in the season, then his shot at the permanent job might have been a little better.

*NFL WEEK 14 (2020 Season)

The Washington Football Team has now won four games in a row. This was not a pretty win — it was a rough game for our offense, but our defense came through big time.

Alex Smith got injured in the 2nd quarter, and Dwayne Haskins came in to finish up the game — Haskins made some solid plays but continued to show some of the same things that prompted his benching. The good thing is that he did not make any costly mistakes.

The good news is that It seems like Alex Smith will be ok to start next week against Seattle. Although, I’m somewhat concerned with Antonio Gibson not being back soon. We are not the same team offensively without him.

The entire defense was pure fire in this game. Chase Young was a highlight machine, making plays and even scoring his first career NFL touchdown. The combination of Montez Sweat and Chase Young is becoming the most lethal edge-rushing combination in the NFL.

We are now in control of the NFC EAST Division at 6-7 and in an excellent position to win the Division title. The Seattle Seahawks will be another tough test, but this Washington Football Team can beat any team in the entire NFC, and that should be a scary idea for any potential playoff opponents.

WFT 23 — 49ers 15:

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NY GIANTS 7 — CARDINALS 26:

Arizona ended their 3 game losing streak by completely dominating a NY Giants team that was showing signs of life. The Cardinals are still alive for the playoffs, and next week they take on Philly and Jalen Hurts. The NY Giants went back to Danny Dimes over Colt McCoy, which was a mistake. Jones played one of his worst games as a pro, and it was evident that he was rushed back into playing. The bad thing for NY is that in the next two weeks, they play Cleveland and Baltimore, two teams on a tight race for a playoff spot. 

EAGLES 24 — SAINTS 21:

Jalen Hurts won his first NFL game on his first start and essentially ended Carson Wentz’s run as the starting Quarterback in Philly. The Saints unexpectantly took a loss here — Taysom Hill and Alvin Kamara were not as effective as in previous weeks. Maybe New Orleans should now be a bit concern going into the next few weeks without Drew Brees. Next Sunday, New Orleans takes on Kansas City, and maybe Drew Bress will be back by Sunday.

DALLAS 30 — BENGALS 7: 

This was a morale-boosting win for the pathetic Cowboys. Still, they have zero chance of any post-season life. They put up 30 points against a Cincinnati team without Joe Burrow.  It was a meaningless game.

BILLS 26 — STEELERS 15:

Buffalo is now 10-3 on top of the AFC EAST and in a pretty solid path to the Division title. The Steelers have now lost two games in a row, but they should not press the panick button just yet. They still have a 4-0 advantage over the AFC NORTH Division, and luckily they play Cincinnati next week, which should be a comfortable win and a nice rebound game for Pittsburgh. 

BUCCANEERS 26 — VIKINGS 14:

Tom Brady did not have a sensational day for fantasy stats, but he still managed to be effective with 2 TDs and zero interceptions. The last 3 games for Tampa Bay are all divisional games against Atlanta and Carolina; those are very much winnable games. The Vikings kicker Dan Bailey missed 4 crucial kicks, which accounted for 10 possible points left in the air. To make the playoffs, Minnesota now has to win out their remaining games and hope for Arizona to lose along the way. 

RAMS 24 —PATRIOTS 3:

Sean McVay finally got his Super Bowl revenge on Belicheater. Next Sunday, LA plays the winless Jets, which should be an easy win for them. New England took a significant hit to their playoff hopes with this loss, and it doesn’t get any easier for them next week, as they take on a Miami team looking to rebound after losing to Kansas City. 

CHIEFS 33 — DOLPHINS 27:

The Chiefs officially took the AFC WEST title with this victory, and now it is all about home-field advantage throughout the playoffs for Kansas City. Miami made this game difficult for Patrick Mahomes, but at the end of the day, the defending Super Bowl champs made the necessary adjustments to contain Tua and company. The Dolphins have a must-win game against New England next week.

RAVENS 47 — BROWNS 42:

what a great Monday Night Football game this was. Baker Mayfield and Lamar Jackson put on an offensive show. Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt combined for 175 rushing yards with 3 TDs. Both defenses played hard. These two teams are making a hard run at the playoffs. Baltimore has the easiest path to win out.

COLTS 44 — RAIDERS 27:

The Colts have rediscovered their running game behind Jonathan Taylor, who ran for 150 yards and 2 TDs. Indianapolis is now one game behind Tennessee in the Division title race. Next week’s game against Houston is a crucial divisional matchup. The Raiders took a massive hit in their playoff hopes with this loss. Defensive Coordinator Paul Guenther was fired within a few hours after this game ended. Rod Marinelli is now tasked with steering this talented defense in the right direction heading into the last 3 games of the season. A divisional game against the LA Chargers is next for Jon Gruden’s Raiders. 

BEARS 36 — TEXANS 7:

Chicago ended their six-game losing streak in a blowout. The Bears only hope for a wildcard spot is to win out and hope for Minnesota to lose out. Houston is decimated with injuries, and not much is expected from them at this point in the season. 

SEAHAWKS 40 — NY JETS 3:

Seattle destroyed this pathetic winless NY Jets. It won’t be that easy for them next week, as they take on the formidable defense of The Washington Football team.

TITANS 31 — JAGUARS 10:

The Titans got themselves a comfortable win against one of the worst teams in the NFL. Detroit is next for Tennessee, which should be another easy win for them.

PACKERS 31 — LIONS 24:

Green Bay officially won the NFC NORTH Division title with this victory. The Packers have to win out the rest of the season to secure home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. The entire Detroit Lions team and coaching staff are basically auditioning for next season.

CHARGERS 20 — FALCONS 17:

These two teams are eliminated from any playoff contention and are playing out the schedule. 

BRONCOS 32 — PANTHERS 27:

Drew Lock had a monster game throwing 4 TDs and zero interceptions. Denver is looking to finish up the season respectfully. Carolina needs just to finish up the season and evaluate their players with an eye on next season. There is no need to rush Christian McCaffrey back this late in the season.

*NFL WEEK 13 (2020 Season)

Ron Rivera now has two signature wins in his first season as Washington’s Head Coach. First, beating Dallas on Thanksgiving day and then beating the undefeated Steelers in Pittsburgh for the first time since 1991.

We are now tied with the NY Giants for first place in the Division and in a good spot to win the whole thing. We are now on a three-game winning streak, and regardless of our 5-7 record, this team is playing as well as any other division-leading team in the NFL.

We lost Antonio Gibson early in the first quarter, and Pittsburg did a great job neutralizing Terry McLaurin, but we still found ways to maximize our other offensive weapons efficiently. The resurgence of Alex Smith cannot be understated. He is clearly the comeback player of the year. This team seems inspired by his mere presence on the field.

This coming Sunday, we visit Kyle Shanahan and the 49ers. We all know how much Kyle Shanahan despises Dan Snyder, and I’m sure he will be hell-bent on beating us. Also, Jordan Reed and Trent Williams would love to have a win over their former team. San Francisco is a dangerous squad on both sides of the ball, and a win over them would be another statement victory for this young Washington Football Team. 

WFT 23 — STEELERS 17:

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NY GIANTS 17 — SEAHAWKS 12:

The Washington Football Team connection between Colt McCoy and Alfred Morris proved effective to outscore Russell Willson. The Giants are still on top of the NFC EAST at 5-7, but they have a tough stretch ahead. First, on week 14 against Arizona and Kyler Murray. Then, on week 15 against Cleveland and Baker Mayfield. I’ll be rooting for both the Browns and the Cardinals in the coming weeks. Seattle took a step back in the NFC WEST title race. However, the Seahawks have on paper an easy game next Sunday against the winless Jets.

EAGLES 16 — PACKERS 30:

The story here is that Carson Wentz got benched, and Jaylon Hurts looked pretty good. Philadelphia has some difficult decisions to make in the offseason regarding their future at quarterback. The Packers seem to have the NFC NORTH division locked down.

DALLAS 17— RAVENS 34: 

I always enjoy watching these overrated Cowboys lose, and Dallas is nearly done for the season. The Ravens have a massive game next Monday night against Cleveland — a must-win game for Baltimore to stay alive in the playoff race.

BILLS 34 — 49ers 24:

Josh Allen seems poised to lead this Buffalo team to the AFC NORTH division title. San Francisco struggled to contain Josh Allen for most of the game, but the 49ers’ defense did a commendable job against one of the most dynamic players in the NFL. 

VIKINGS 27 — JAGUARS 24:

Jacksonville forced Minnesota into overtime, but the Vikings continue to find ways to win, and they remain very much alive in the playoff hunt. Jacksonville is almost as bad as the Jets right now. 

RAMS 38 — CARDINALS 28:

Sean McVay has this LA team in the driver’s seat on top of the NFC WEST, and they seem to be in the right spot to win the Division. Arizona has a pretty good chance to get back into the playoff race in the next two weeks with games against the NY Giants and Eagles. 

RAIDERS 31 — NY JETS 28:

Since I despise the NY Giants and as an adopted New Yorker, I really, really try to root for the NY Jets, but games like this one make it extremely hard to believe that they can become relevant soon. Gregg Williams was fired Monday morning — after making one of the worst defensive decisions of the year. The Jets were ahead in the score 28-24, and with 13 seconds left, Williams sent out an all-out blitz on Derek Carr and left a rookie corner alone to defend, which ended up on a game-winning deep ball pass. NY is now 0-12 and, most likely than not, will finish the season 0-16. The Raiders struggled and fought hard to earn this victory and essentially saved their playoff hopes for another week. 

BROWNS 41 — TITANS 35:

Solid win for Cleveland, finally beating a team with a legit winning record. Tennessee is still on top of the AFC SOUTH, but Indianapolis is now just one game behind them, so the Titans have got to win out the Division to make the playoffs. 

CHIEFS 22 — BRONCOS 16:

Denver put up a valiant effort by keeping this game close, but Kansas City is way too talented to be kept down for 4 quarters. Denver has got to find a quarterback next season. Kansas City will be tested by Miami next Sunday. 

COLTS 26 — TEXANS 20:

Deshaun Watson made a costly mistake mishandling a snap at the end of the 4th quarter that pretty much ended the game for Houston. This was an important divisional win for Indianapolis to remain alive for the playoffs.

DOLPHINS 19 — BENGALS 7:

Brian Flores has this Miami team playing hard and is currently one game behind first-place Buffalo in the AFC NORTH. Next week’s game against Patrick Mahomes will be crucial for Miami. The Bengals are just playing out the season.

PATRIOTS 45 — CHARGERS 0:

New England shutting down Justin Hebert and the Chargers was impressive. Cam Newton’s numbers are not remarkable, but he still manages to find ways to be effective. The Chargers are a disaster and continue to nose dive.

SAINTS 21 — FALCONS 16:

Taysom Hill is 3-0 subbing for Drew Brees, but it is not such a big deal. Let us remember that last year Terry Bridgewater went on a long winning streak, also subbing for Bress. Atlanta is finishing the season very respectably. 

LIONS 34 — BEARS 30:

Darrell Bevell taking over as interim Head Coach seems to have given this Detroit team a boost of energy that Matt Patricia could not conjure up in his entire losing tenure there. The last four remaining games for Detroit are against teams with winning records, and Bevell will have to find ways to finish the season strong to be considered a legit permanent Head Coach candidate. The Bears have entirely collapsed, losing 6 games in a row. Matt Nagy and Ryan Pace might be on their way out of Chicago at the end of the season.

*NFL WEEK 12 (2020 Season)

What a glorious victory!!! I have not enjoyed a victory this much since the magical RGIII rookie season. Beating Dallas always feels special this was a thanksgiving game that I will remember for a long time. And to top it all, we Swept Dallas for the first time since 2012.

Alex Smith continues to amaze everyone, including me. His numbers were not impressive, but he provides stability and experience to a position that has lacked those things. He knows how to better use the weapons around him, and he read can defenses at a higher level than Haskins and Allen.

Antonio Gibson is emerging into a star running back, complementing Terry McLaurin as another offensive threat. Gibson ran for an impressive 115 yards and 3 TDs. Happy to see Peyton Barber running hard, gaining tough yards. Cam Sims has now earned himself a prominent role on this offense. 

Our defense played strong, and our pass defense played better. Our secondary has to be more consistent, but all in all, they only allowed one big downfield play the whole game.

This Washington Football Team has the makings of something truly unique, and as a lifelong fan, there is a level of excitement and honor to be part of this new process. 

WFT 41 — COWBOYS 16:

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NY GIANTS 19 — BENGALS 17:

Massive win for NY, but it came at the high cost of losing Daniel Jones for a few weeks, which is great news for Washington. The Giants have an extremely tough schedule ahead of them to win out the division — harder than Washington’s remaining schedule. The NFC EAST remains up for grabs. The Bengals without Joe Burrow are a different team, but they still made this game competitive. 

SEAHAWKS 23 — EAGLES 17:

Carson Wentz continues to struggle and throwing picks in every game. Philly is slowly sinking deep to the bottom of the NFC EAST. Seattle is now on top of the NFC WEST, and next week they play the NY Giants without Daniel Jones and then the NY Jets the following week; two easily winnable games.

STEELERS 19 — RAVENS 14:

RGIII made this first start in years, and it was a sad thing to watch. This version of Robert Griffin is far from the Quarterback that won Rookie of the year back in 2012. The Ravens managed to contain Big Ben for most of the game, but Pittsburgh was more effective in the red zone than Baltimore. The Steelers are now 11-0, and next Monday afternoon, they will have to deal with a motivated Washington Football Team that has a pretty good chance of giving Pittsburgh their first loss of the season.

FALCONS 43 — RAIDERS 6:

The Raiders took a huge step backward by losing this game, and their playoff hopes are now diminishing. Next Sunday, they play the winless NY Jets, and they should win that game to boost their confidence going into a tough four-game stretch to end the season. The Falcons are finishing the season on a hot winning streak under the guidance of highly respected interim Head coach Raheem Morris, who should be a legitimate candidate for the job permanently.

TEXANS 41 — LIONS 25:

Detroit finds itself in a familiar spot, looking for a new Head Coach yet again after firing Matt Patricia and Bob Quinn within a couple of days after losing this Thanksgiving game. The Texans have won two games in a row and seem to be ending the season with solid momentum heading into 2021.

VIKINGS 28 — PANTHERS 27:

Kirk Cousins had an inspired game, throwing for over 300 yards with 3 TDs and zero interceptions. This win was huge and essentially saved their playoff chances. Minnesota has a winnable schedule ahead of them. Carolina is already playing out the schedule and looking forward to 2021. 

PATRIOTS 20 — CARDINALS 17:

New England saved their season and gave themselves a lifeline for another week, and although this game was an ugly offensive game, Cam Newton made things happen with his legs and put them in position to win. The Cardinals needed this win to continue their playoff push — next week’s divisional game against the Rams is a must-win for Arizona to remain alive. 

DOLPHINS 20 — NY JETS 3:

Finishing 0-16 seems more and more certain for NY, and Adam Gase will inevitably be fired by the end of the season, if not sooner. Miami is in a tight race for a playoff spot, and their remaining schedule is not an easy one.

BROWNS 27 — JAGUARS 25:

Cleveland got pushed around by one of the worst teams in the league. The Browns are 8-3 and very much alive on the playoff race. Next week, they play Tennessee, making for an exciting game featuring two dynamic running backs in Derrick Henry and Nick Chubb. 

49ERS 23 — RAMS 20:

The 49ers put themselves right back in the playoff hunt. And even though injuries decimate them, San Francisco is finding ways to win challenging games. But it seems like it might be a long shot for them to win out their remaining five games. Costly turnovers were the story for this Rams team that struggled against an inspired 49ers defense. Jared Goff is gradually playing his way out of LA with his inconsistent play. Goff has to play consistently better for LA to have a chance to win out the NFC WEST. 

CHIEFS 27 — BUCCANEERS 24:

Tom Brady struggled for most of the game, and he is the main focus of everyone in sports media when it comes to Tampa bay; however, their defense hasn’t lived up to expectations. Look, Brady makes mistakes and throws interceptions, but he still is a hell of a lot better than most starting quarterbacks in the NFL. The Bucs will be playing for their playoff life in the next 4 weeks. Kansas City played a brilliant game on all sides of the ball, and at 10-1, they are now playing for home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. 

BILLS 27 — CHARGERS 17:

Buffalo is still on top of the AFC EAST, but Miami is just one game behind them. The Bills have a tough road to the division title. Anthony Lynn has lost control of this Chargers team. Even after firing Ken Wisenhunt (bad call) and demoting their special teams’ coach, those changes have not resulted in victories or significant improvements. The Chargers have the building blocks in place with players like Justin Herbert and Austin Ekeler to build something special, which is precisely the right time for a new Head Coach to take over next season. 

SAINTS 31 — BRONCOS 3:

Denver had to promote Kendall Hinton, a practice squad wide receiver, to starting Quarterback — and it was a disaster; Hinton completed only 1 pass and threw 2 interceptions. New Orleans had their way with Denver, and I was surprised they didn’t run up the score on them. 

TITANS 45 — COLTS 26:

Derrick Henry was the difference-maker in this game. He was unstoppable, running for 178 yards with 3 TDs—a huge divisional win for Tennessee, splitting the series with Indianapolis. The Titans are temporarily on top of the AFC SOUTH, but the Colts are breathing down their neck. 

PACKERS 41 — BEARS 25:

Aaron Rodgers had a strong performance, throwing 4 TDs and zero interceptions. The Bears were supposed to have a dominant defense, but they were unimpressive for the entire game: no picks, no interceptions, and no pressure on Rodgers. Chicago squandered their 5-2 start of the season and now find themselves virtually eliminated from the playoff race.