Adam Schefter just dropped a bomb. First move by New York Jets head coach/GM Adam Gase is trade their starting middle linebacker to the Kansas City Chiefs. What for you may ask? After all, this is your starting middle linebacker, must have gotten a good haul.
Nah, they just got a 6th round pick. So, let’s put this into perspective…
Darron Lee last year was one of the stalwarts on a bad defense, being responsible for trying to keep the defense above water. Even though the defense finished as the 26th best in the NFL (aka 7th worst), the above image shows his performance grade. However, the below image will put the grade argument into perspective…
Vic Beasley is one of the better edge rushers in the NFL, and Khalil Mack was up for MVP. Darron Lee, in 2016, was horrible. However, he is now barely below Vic Beasley’s Super Bowl season. He is now on a team that will be making a run for the Super Bowl next year.
Talk about an upgrade.
But I hope you get a starter from that 6th round pick Adam, this is a great start to your dictatorship of the Jets.
By popular demand, we are back for week three of Saturday Morning Sports Trivia. To get us all in the mood for the biggest football game of the year, we are dedicating this week’s trivia to the Super Bowl. We love each and every one of our readers for their minds. Now, let’s put them to use.
What two cities are tied for the most Super Bowls hosted?
How many Wide Receivers have won Super Bowl MVP?
What team was the first to visit the White House after winning the Super Bowl?
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Super Bowl Sunday is the second largest food consumption day. What day beats it?
What is the name of the trophy given to the Super Bowl winner?
What company makes said Super Bowl trophy out of sterling silver?
Who was the last defensive player to win Super Bowl MVP?
How many Super Bowls have gone into overtime?
Tom Brady has won 5 Super Bowls as a starter. What two quarterbacks have won 4?
What was the name of this hit rap song performed by the 1985 Bears?
Joe Montana has never thrown an interception in the Super Bowl.
Purdue University has produced 4 Super Bowl winning starting quarterbacks.
The Buffalo Bills have won only 1 Super Bowl.
Andy Reid has never won a Super Bowl.
Nick Foles is the only quarterback to win 2 Super Bowls versus the Patriots.
Matching– Match the NFL Team to the Super Bowl they won.
Fine. I’ll say it; he’s old. It is time for Adam Vinatieri to hang up his boots for the last time. The 46 year old kicker showed his age today in a Playoff loss to the Chiefs. Two missed field goals, one from 23 yards and a PAT, are just the nail in the coffin.
Adam Vinatieri has had an amazing career. He will go down as the best kicker in NFL history winning four Super Bowls. Three of which he won FOR Tom Brady. In fact, he is the top scorer with over 2,500 total points. But all good things must come to an end.
While Vinatieri was not the reason the Colts lost today, it was amazing to see how poorly he performed with no pressure. The Colts were already getting smoked by the time the time he missed the 23 yarder and the game was all but over when he missed the PAT. He kicked at a rate of 85.2% which is his lowest in 5 seasons. He simply just does not have it anymore.
In the words of the great Todd Haley, “Nice play, you fucking kicker.”
Maybe the Colts Kicker should take a play out of Pat McAfee’s playbook. However, if Vinatieri wants to just to tell me to go screw myself and take the $2.6 million coming to him next year, I’d be okay with that too.
If the NFL season ended today (assuming the New Orleans Saints beat the Carolina Panthers) then the playoffs would be as such:
Saints **(12-2), (9-2)
Rams (11-3), (7-3)
Bears (10-4), (8-2)
Cowboys (8-6), (7-3)
Seahawks (8-6), (7-4)
Vikings (7-6-1), (5-4-1)
In the Hunt:
Eagles (7-7), (5-6)
Redskins (7-7), (6-5)
Panthers (6-8), (4-6)
Chiefs (11-3), (9-2)
Texans (10-4), (8-3)
Patriots (9-5), (6-4)
Steelers (8-5-1), (5-5-1)
Chargers (11-3), (8-2)
Ravens (8-6), (6-4)
In the Hunt:
Colts (8-6), (6-5)
Titans (8-6), (5-6)
Dolphins (7-7), (6-4)
At the end of the season I don’t expect the NFC to change at all, unless somehow the Rams lose randomly against the Cardinals (3-11) or the 49ers (4-10), and then the Bears win out and sneaking into the 2 seed with a first round bye.
However, I think the AFC will have a little shakeup, or potential shakeup. This is what I think the final seeds will be:
The Chiefs could lose their next game at Seattle vs. the Seahawks. This would push the Chargers into the 1 seed if the Chargers are able to win out. The Chargers have the head-to-head advantage, but they have a worse division record. So the only way this is possible is if the Chiefs some how lose one of their next games.
I also think that the Ravens lose both of their final games of the season (vs. Chargers and Browns) which would eliminate them from the playoffs. Unfortunately, I think the Browns are completely out because there is no way the Titans or Colts have could lose out because they play the last game of the season. So, I think the Colts will slide into the final playoff spot by winning out and getting in just ahead of the Titans. That week 17 game between the Colts and Titans will definitely be the game to watch.
Don’t get me wrong. It is still a long shot for the Browns to make the postseason, but for the first time in a long time, there is hope in Cleveland.
They can’t win the AFC North since the Steelers beat the Pats yesterday, but there is a chance they get a Wild Card spot. The 5 seed is already locked up by either the Chiefs or the Chargers, but the 6 seed is still wide open. Luckily, Tyrod Taylor is no longer the Browns’ QB. If he saw something this wide open, he would definitely throw at its feet.
So here is how the Cleveland Browns make the NFL Playoffs: First things first, they have to win out. A loss or tie will ruin everything. Next, the Ravens need to lose the rest of their games. Miami needs to only lose one. The Colts and the Titans need to lose in Week 16.
This is not impossible, but it is unlikely. Now, here is what makes the Browns’ chances even unlikelier: The Titans and Colts play each other in Week 17. Both teams being 8-6 currently means that even if they both lose in Week 16, one of them will still have to finish with 9 wins, right?
Wrong-o. *Grinch voice and finger wag* The Colts and Titans can tie. If this happens, Colts and Titans lose in Week 16, the Browns win out, the Ravens lose out and the Dolphins lose once; this will leave three teams with 8-7-1 records. That stupid tie at the beginning of the season against the Steelers is the only thing keeping them alive. Some more very specific things would have to happen for the Browns to win the tie breakers, but they are breathing.
Imagine if they had fired Hue Jackson earlier than they did.