*NFL WILDCARD WEEKEND RECAP (2021 Season)

Well, we are just two weeks away from the official reveal of our brand new team name and logo. So I’m dreading Wednesday 2-2-22 — Washington as an organization doesn’t have a good track record of smooth transitions and public relations with their fans. Additionally, we have the upcoming release of RG3s tell-all book, which will most likely include all kinds of dirt and damming accusations. I sense more controversies are on the horizon for Washington.  

In any case, we need to figure out what to do with Brandon Scherff ASAP before the draft. Also, J.D. McKissic should be a top priority. I liked how Bobby McCain finished the season, so we should try to bring him back. Landon Collins should also be brought back; he was coming into his own in this new hybrid position. 

Sam Cosmi and John Bates were the best contributors from the 2021 draft class. Unfortunately, Third-rounders Benjamin St-Jude and Dyami Brown were injured for most of the season and barely played to make a proper assessment of them. I hope in 2022; we see players like Shaka Toney, Curtis Samuel, Jamin Davis, and Sammis Reyes become more significant contributors. 

The coaching staff, scouts, and our two GMs are assessing the young QBs coming out in this year’s draft. It seems like they are all talented prospects and not first-year starters, but with the 11th pick in the 2022 draft, we should probably not use it on a young developmental QB. 

Anyhow, Dallas and Philly lost in the first round of the playoffs, so I’m pleased about that. Happy to see these two delusional fan bases be miserable. 

49ERS 23 — COWBOYS 17

The 49ers put up a big lead and never looked back. And despite all the shaky QB play from Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco still managed to overcome a late-game surge from Dallas. San Francisco is a dangerous team, but their secondary continues to be suspect. Next up, San Francisco visits Green Bay. Advantage, Green Bay Packers (but I’m rooting for San Francisco). 

The Cowboys can whine all day long about not getting a chance for a final Hail-Mary play while blaming the refs for their ineptitude. But, the fact is that Dallas had been living on borrow time all season long, and they finally got exposed for what they are. Next season, Dallas will take a dramatic drop to third-best in the NFC EAST. 

LA RAMS 34 — CARDINALS 11

This was a dominating win for LA; they looked formidable against their top-division rival. Next up, LA visits Tampa Bay. Advantage, LA Rams.

The Cardinals were riding high early in the season, but injuries and the absence of playmakers brought this team down. Next season, Arizona has to address depth issues and find a better running game, complimentary to Kyler Murray. 

BILLS 47 — PATRIOTS 17

Josh Allen was terrific, throwing 5 TDs for over 300 yards and zero picks. Their running game looked rejuvenated with Devin Singletary, who finished with 95 total yards and 2 TDs. The Bills should be considered favorites to go all the way. Next up, Buffalo has an epic matchup with Patrick Mahomes at Kansas City. Advantage, Kansas City Chiefs, but Buffalo will give them a run for their money. 

New England backed into the playoffs with a rookie QB and got exposed by their division rival. So with Brian Flores leaving Miami, Belicheater will continue to be number 2 behind Buffalo in the AFC EAST. 

CHIEFS 42 — STEELERS 21

Patrick Mahomes was sensational, throwing for over 400 yards with 5 TDs and 1 pick. The Chiefs, on paper, were supposed to beat this inconsistent Pittsburgh team. Next up, Kansas City hosts a dynamic Buffalo team. Advantage Kansas City Chiefs.

This was probably Big Ben’s final game in the NFL. During the offseason, the Steelers have lots of work figuring out what to do at QB in 2022. Haskins is definitely the answer, and Pittsburgh is not known for going after free agent QBs. But Deshaun Watson, Russell Wilson, Cam Newton, Derek Carr, Marcus Mariota, Mitch Trubisky, and Ryan Fitzpatrick might be looking for a new team.

BENGALS 26 — RAIDERS 16

Cincinnati is a legit contender this season. However, stopping Derrick Henry next week will be their ultimate test. Next up, Cincinnati visits a well-rested Tennessee team. Advantage, Tennessee Titans.

The Raiders overcame a lot this season. It was remarkable and impressive that they got this far. But, unfortunately, Mike Mayock was fired, and the future of Rich Bisaccia is up in the air. So, next season, Vegas needs to figure out if Derek Carr fits their plans and find a GM and head coach.

BUCCANEERS 31 — EAGLES 15

Tampa Bay was supposed to beat this overrated Philadelphia team, and they did just that. The Buccaneers without Antonio Brown are still in good shape to be a contender. Next up, Tampa Bay hosts the LA Rams. Advantage, LA Rams.

Philadelphia was not a good playoff team and benefited by winning games against Covid affected teams and lucked into the playoffs. Next season, Philly needs to build up around Jalen Hurts, who is clearly their future.

*NFL WEEK 18 RECAP (2021 Season)

Finally, all the misery and agony of this crappy season have ended. We finished this underwhelming season at 7-10 — and with many questions surrounding the future of this yet to be renamed, football team.

The new name will be announced in 3 weeks. But in the meantime, there will be lots of moving and shaking leading up to the unveiling of the new name. 

First, the QB situation has to be addressed pronto; Taylor Heinicke will not be the starter next season; that’s all I know for sure. We should draft a young QB and develop him — Matt Corral piques my interest. 

I, for one, I’m not interested in Jimmy G (he gets hurt way too much), Mitch Trubisky is a backup, and we are better off with Heinicke than with Trubisky. Cam Newton wants to go to a contender — I think Washington should be considered a contender, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up here. Marcus Mariota might be a possibility, but I am unsure about his contract situation. But he kinda intrigues me. 

Unfortunately, Russell Wilson, Derek Carr, and Deshaun Watson will cost way too much. So, I say no to them. 

However, if Ryan Fitzpatrick is 100% and we draft one of those young QBs coming out in this upcoming draft, then we should revisit 2021s QB plan. So we go with Fitzpatrick starting, Heinicke backs him, and a young rookie QB watches and learns. 

Happy that Charles Leno was signed for the next few years: he was one of the bright spots out of this season’s free-agent signings. But, as a top priority, we need to figure out a way to re-sign Brandon Scherff. He said in his exit interview that he wanted to stay. Also, we need to go out and find a middle linebacker, which will most likely happen during free agency.

In any case, this off-season will not be boring for Washington, that’s for sure. 

WFT 22 — NY GIANTS 7

COWBOYS 51 — EAGLES 26

The Cowboys beat up on backups, so this score means nothing. However, Dallas is in for a rude awakening come playoff weekend. Next week, Dallas hosts San Francisco. Advantage, San Francisco 49ers.

The Eagles rested their starters as they looked into the playoffs. Next week, Philadelphia visits Tampa Bay. Advantage, Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

CHIEFS 28 — BRONCOS 24

Kansas City struggled to win this game, but Denver, a division rival, always gives them a tough game. Next week, Kansas City hosts Pittsburgh. Advantage, Kansas City Chiefs.

Vic Fangio was fired soon after their game ended. Significant changes are coming to Denver; they need to find a legit starting QB and a big-time head coach. Drew Lock has played well at times, but at best, he is a quality backup. 

49ERS 27 — LA RAMS 24

San Francisco has now beaten the Rams 6 straight times. It is safe to say that Kyle Shanahan has his former Washington protege’s number. The 49ers clinched the final NFC playoff spot — they will be a dangerous team in the playoffs. Next week, San Francisco visits Dallas. Advantage, San Francisco 49ers. 

I don’t put too much stock in this loss. San Francisco has had the edge over LA for a while now. The Rams, however, still won the NFC WEST and will host a playoff game. Next week, LA hosts Arizona. Advantage, LA Rams. 

RAIDERS 35 — LA CHARGERS 32

This was a thrilling game that went into the last few seconds of overtime. Notably, this Vegas team has solid momentum heading into the playoffs. Next week, Vegas visits Cincinnati. Advantage, Las Vegas Raiders.

Justin Herbert was right on the money multiple times on 4th down, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a crucial missed field goal by Dustin Hopkins and some questionable coaching calls from Brandon Staley. The LA Chargers missed the playoffs by losing this game in overtime, but no reason to panic; the Chargers will be back in the playoffs next season.

TITANS 28 — TEXANS 25

The Titans clinched the AFC SOUTH and the number 1 seed. They are getting Derrick Henry back in time for their first playoff game in two weeks. Next up, Tennessee has a first-round bye.

Houston has lots of work in the offseason. First, they need to figure out the Deshaun Watson situation and address the future of head coach David Culley. Then, if they fire Culley, Houston should go out and get Brian Flores. But I think Cullen should get another year. I like what Lovie Smith is doing on the defensive side. 

VIKINGS 31 — BEARS 17

Mike Zimmer and GM Rick Spielman were fired, signaling a complete overhaul in football philosophy and operations moving forward. 

Matt Nagy was also fired, and now Chicago becomes a fascinating destination for a new head coach willing to develop Justin Fields.

DOLPHINS 33 — PATRIOTS 24

Brian Flores getting fired was probably the most shocking casualty of Black Monday. Instead of getting rid of the GM, Miami owner Stephen Ross and his clown ownership group decided to move away from the best coach they’ve had since Jimmy Johnson. I’m sure Brian Flores will not be unemployed for long.

New England lost, but they are still playoff bound. However, the Patriots are not a very good team and will likely be one and done in the playoffs. Next week, New England visits Buffalo. Advantage, Buffalo Bills.

BILLS 27 — NY JETS 10

The Bills won the AFC EAST for the 2nd year in a row and have a favorable matchup for their first playoff game. Next week, Buffalo hosts New England. Advantage, Buffalo Bills.

Zack Wilson will become a pretty good QB for NY, and coach Robert Saleh is the right fit for this team. The Jets have to build around Wilson and continue to build through the draft. And now, with Flores gone from Miami, the Jets have a pretty good chance to climb up in their division.

SEAHAWKS 38 — CARDINALS 30

Seattle finished the season with a win but underdelivered on expectations. As a result, the future of Russell Wilson will now be a topic of speculation during the off-season. Houston, Denver, Washington, Miami, and even Cleveland might be possible destinations for Wilson. 

Arizona is limping into the playoffs and, by losing this game, missed the opportunity to wrap up their division title and a home game. Next week, Arizona visits LA. Advantage, LA Rams.

BUCCANEERS 41 — PANTHERS 17

The Bucs put a beat down on division rival Carolina — while locking up the number 2 seed in the NFC. Tampa Bay needed to win this game and roll into the playoffs with some rhythm. Next week, Tampa Bay hosts Philadelphia. Advantage, Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Panthers are a disaster, and the way Cam Newton has been treated is beyond reprehensible. The Panthers will continue to sink further if Matt Rhule isn’t fired. Cam and Christian McCaffrey need to get the hell out of Carolina ASAP. 

STEELERS 16 — RAVENS 13

The Steelers needed to win this game and a Raiders win to clinch a playoff spot. And now, Big Ben gets one more playoff game before officially retiring. Next week, Pittsburgh visits Kansas City. Advantage, Kansas City Chiefs.

The Ravens are all about Lamar Jackson or nothing. And with Lamar injured, their post-season chances went bye-bye. Next season Baltimore needs to acquire better weapons and improve their depth.

BROWNS 21 — BENGALS 16

The Browns were Super Bowl favorites at the start of the 2021 season but failed to grab a wildcard spot finishing at 8-9. So naturally, questions surrounding the future of Baker Mayfield will dominate talking points during the off-season. 

The Bengals didn’t play Joe Burrow and most of their starters. Instead, they played backups as they prepared and rested up for their upcoming playoff game. Next week, Cincinnati hosts Las Vegas. Advantage, Las Vegas Raiders. 

LIONS 37 — PACKERS 30

The Lions secured the number 2 pick in the 2022 NFL draft and will continue to build around Jared Goff. 

Green Bay didn’t need this game; they already had clinched their division and the number 1 seed throughout the NFC. Next week, Green Bay has a first-round bye. 

JAGUARS 26 — COLTS 11

The Jaguars played spoiler and helped eliminate the Colts from playoff contention. As a result, Jacksonville will again pick first in the upcoming NFL draft. 

The Colts had the biggest stinker of week 18. They were supposed to destroy Jacksonville on paper, but instead, they were blown out and embarrassed. The off-season will be awkward for Indy.

SAINTS 30 — FALCONS 20

New Orleans missed the playoffs and now will have to figure out what to do at QB or maybe add better depth behind Winston. Unfortunately, Tyson Hill and Trevor Siemian may not be the answer.

The Falcons showed signs of life towards the second half of the season. However, an aging Matt Ryan might become expandable next season or soon after.

*NFL WEEK 17 RECAP (2021 Season)

And just like that, our playoff hopes came tumbling down. Look, losing sucks, but we, Washington fans, should hold our heads high — There were many moving parts here; Losing our starting QB Ryan Fitzpatrick on week 1 and having a massive Covid outbreak where close to 30 players and 7 coaches tested positive and could not be on the field was our undoing. Plus, all of this happening right in the middle of our playoff hunt was a kill-shot for Washington. But despite all of that, Washington was still in the thick of things.

Montez Sweat did not play due to a horrible family tragedy to make things worse. So our defense went without one of our top defensive weapons. 

I was impressed by how the secondary continues to show up, Kendall Fuller, Bobby McCain, and Cam Curl are legit starters, and we should continue to build solid depth around them. And even William Jackson III was coming into his own before getting injured.

Next week, we finish up against the NY Giants, and we’ll have an excellent chance to end the season strong — and to evaluate some key players and potential free agents heading into 2022. 

It was announced that 2-2-22 is the official launching date of the NEW team name and logo — Names like Commanders, Hogs, Red Hogs and Admirals lead the list of favorite names. I’m leaning towards Hogs, Red Hogs, or Commanders. In any case, I’m holding my breath ‘till 2.2.22

WFT 16 — EAGLES 20

COWBOYS 22 — CARDINALS 25

Kyler Murray looked phenomenal again, making Dallas and their overrated defense look inefficient. The Cardinals can win their division in week 18 with a win and Rams loss. Next week, Arizona visits Seattle. Advantage, Arizona Cardinals. 

Dallas got exposed yet again; they only manage to put up big wins against injury and covid riddled teams. Kyler Murray showed why Dallas would most likely be a 1 and done playoff team. Next week, Dallas visits Philadelphia. Advantage, Philadelphia Eagles. 

NY GIANTS 3 — BEARS 29

All Chicago needed to win this game was 2 first-quarter TDs and a bunch of field goals to annihilate NY. Unfortunately, the Bears are eliminated from playoff contention and are now playing for Matt Nagy’s job. Next week, Chicago visits Minnesota. Advantage Minnesota Vikings.

The Giants are doubling down on keeping Joe Judge as their head coach in 2022 — Big mistake; it will come down to haunt them. Next week, NY hosts Washington. Advantage, The Washington Football Team

BENGALS 34 — CHIEFS 21

RAIDERS 23 — COLTS 20

The Raiders are now 1 win away from clinching the final AFC wildcard spot. This is a remarkable achievement for a team that experienced many off-the-field issues. Next up, LAS Vegas hosts the LA Chargers. Advantage, Las Vegas Raiders.

The Colts took a tumble here to lock up a playoff spot. Indy now has to win their next game and get some help. Next week, Indianapolis visits Jacksonville. Advantage, Indianapolis Colts.

49ERS 23 — TEXANS 7

The 49ers are putting together some wins despite having inconsistency at the QB position. Still, San Francisco needs to win on week 18 or hope for a New Orleans loss to make the playoffs. Next up, San Francisco visits the LA Rams. Advantage, LA Rams. 

Houston’s 2 game winning streak came to an end, and with the regular season coming to an end, their main focus should be on figuring out the Deshaun Watson situation. Next up, Houston hosts Tennessee. Advantage, Tennessee Titans.

LA RAMS 20 — RAVENS 19

The Rams are rolling into the post-season in a 5 game winning streak. To clinch the division, LA needs to win on week 18 or hope for a Cardinals loss. Next week, LA hosts San Francisco. Advantage, LA Rams.

Baltimore is clinging to life, and they have to win week 18 and hope for a bunch of scenarios to go their way. Next week, Baltimore Hosts Pittsburgh. Advantage, Pittsburgh Steelers.

PACKERS 37 — VIKINGS 10

Having cliched the NFC North and the number 1 seed, Green Bay is feeling pretty good about their playoff chances. Next up, Green Bay visits Detroit. Advantage, Green Bay Packers.

Anti-vaxxer Kirk Cousins tested positive for Covid and could not play in this game, which ended up costing Minnesota a chance to make the playoffs. So maybe it is time to revisit where cousins and Zimmer fit in Minnesota’s future. Next up, Minnesota hosts Chicago. Advantage, Chicago Bears.

BILLS 29 — FALCONS 15

Buffalo continues to surge and is one win away from clinching their division. Next week, Buffalo hosts the NY Jets. Advantage, Buffalo Bills

Atlanta had a slim chance at a wildcard spot, but they are now officially eliminated from contention. Nevertheless, The Falcons can play spoiler on week 18 against their division rival. Next week, Atlanta hosts New Orleans. Advantage, New Orleans Saints.

BUCCANNEERS 28 — NY JETS 24

Antonio Brown stole the show with his antics and clownish behavior. However, Tampa Bay seems to be in good shape heading into the playoff without AB. Next up, Tampa Bay hosts Carolina. Advantage, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 

The Jets are playing hard and showing flashes of tough and gritty football. Their offseason moves will be crucial for their chance to improve and contend in 2022. Next up, NY hosts Buffalo. Advantage, Buffalo Bills.

TITANS 34 — DOLPHINS 3

Tennessee is 1 win away from clinching the number 1 seed in the AFC. The Titans have proven to be a dangerous team, despite not having Derrick Henry. Next week, Tennessee visits Houston. Advantage, Tennessee Titans. 

Sadly, Miami playoff hopes came to an end here. It was impressive how Miami went from a 1-7 hole to start the season to a 7 game winning streak; nevertheless, it was a deep hole to crawl from. Next week, Miami plays spoiler hosting New England. Advantage, Miami Dolphins.

SEAHAWKS 51 — LIONS 29

After a disappointing 2021 season, Seattle is respectfully trying to finish up the season. But questions regarding Russell Wilson’s future will be a hot topic during the offseason. Next up, Seattle hosts Arizona. Advantage, Arizona Cardinals.

The Lions have some pieces in place for 2022 and a solid head coach in Dan Campbell. I’m curious to see what kind of offseason moves Detroit makes. Next up, Detroit hosts Green Bay. Advantage, Green Bay Packers.

LA CHARGERS 34 — BRONCOS 7

The Chargers are 1 win away from securing a playoff spot, but they have to beat divisional rival Vegas, a team they already beat on week 4. Next week, LA visits LAs Vegas. Advantage, Las Vegas Raiders.

Denver is now focused on rebuilding; first, they need to address the QB position and build around a new QB, wisely using all the accumulated draft capital. The Broncos have cleared enough cap room to go after a top-lever QB like Russell Wilson or Aaron Rodgers. Also, Vic Fangio’s future is another question Denver must address soon. Next week, Denver hosts Kansas City. Advantage, Kansas City Chiefs.

SAINTS 18 — PANTHERS 10

The Saints are rallying back into playoff contention and need to win on week 18 and hope for a loss by San Francisco. Next up, New Orleans visits Atlanta. Advantage, New Orleans Saints.

Carolina is a mess right now; Matt Rule is a hack and needs to go. Cam Newton showed that he can still get things done but needs more talent around him. Newton should go to a contender or a better-coached team. Next up, Carolina visits Tampa Bay. Advantage, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 

PATRIOTS 50 — JAGUARS 10

New England clinched a playoff spot with this one-sided win. However, they can still win the division by winning on week 18 and a Buffalo loss. Next week, New England visits Miami. Advantage, Miami Dolphins.

Jacksonville’s first order of business in 2022 is to find an experienced NFL head coach to build around Trevor Lawrence. Next week, Jacksonville hosts Indianapolis. Advantage, Indianapolis Colts.

STEELERS 26 — BROWNS 14

It was Big Ben’s final regular-season game at home. Pittsburgh’s playoff chances are slim, but they still need to win on week 18 and hope for Jacksonville to beat Indy — not very likely. Next week, Pittsburgh visits Baltimore. Advantage, Pittsburgh Steelers.

Cleveland was a Super Bowl favorite heading into the season, and now they are eliminated from the playoffs and with the possibility of partying ways with Baker Mayfield. Next week, Cleveland visits Cincinnati. Advantage, Cincinnati Bengals.

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