Each December, we partake in that important holiday ritual of screaming our brains out at the TV, willing our team to victory and invoking advanced math to make sense of the playoff picture.
For those of us who never thought we’d use math…those of us who chose to be super models, dog groomers or, say, football writers…think again.
Fun fact- I actually have a master’s degree in business but have a high degree of difficulty figuring out if the Ravens will make the playoffs or how a 4-8-1 team can be “in the hunt”.
Making sense of the playoff picture
With three weeks left in the regular season, the playoff picture in both divisions is convoluted and up for grabs. And we wouldn’t have it any other way.
In the AFC, there are 50,000 scenarios for wild card teams, but the key match ups for this weekend are the Broncos vs. Chargers (if the Chargers lose, it may be all over) and any of the AFC North races, as this division is still basically in a four-way toss up.
The NFC brings more intrigue to the divisional winners race, with Seattle breathing down Arizona’s kangol-clad neck and this weekend’s Dallas and Philadelphia match looking like a game changer for both sides.
What else is going on in the league this week?
Johnny Manziel – midget, clipboard-holder or franchise savior?
As he gets his first start in Cleveland, I really really would like Johnny Football to fail. Why? He just hasn’t been humbled. Case in point – his “moneybags” birthday cake. His “money” gesture. His overall lack of desire to sit quietly and to put in the work. Granted, he’s a naturally talented guy, but he is doing almost anything to show that he is not mature enough to be a contender in this league. So go forth and fall flat on your face, Johnny. Or at least fall softly onto a swan raft.
Odell Beckham Jr. workout video
I mean…insane, right? Again, ODB should be my BFF. Anyone out there with an “in”?
Arian Foster is British.
In the fabled footsteps of Madonna, one of the hottest running backs in the league has returned to the Queen’s English.
Fantasy football playoffs…dah dah dah!
Yes, it’s that time where the super super smart and fantastic fantasy football leaders enter the playoffs. If you didn’t make it, is probably because you didn’t sweat the little things like bye weeks and injuries. Or, you just had terrible luck. Either way, these next two weeks should be full of stress and strife over why your QB took a knee or how your running back could actually lose three yards on the final play. Just take some time to thank the man upstairs (Goodell, of course) for your fantasy success until now.
College playoff teams get schooled.
As we discussed last week, any NFL fan worth their salt should be spending time and energy focusing on college football. And the big news of the week is that all four teams in the college football playoff are set. Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and (gasp) Ohio State are the four playing for the national championship this year. This is a shocker because Ohio State is playing with their third string quarterback and wasn’t necessarily a favorite over TCU and Baylor. But it wouldn’t be college football without controversy. Tune in to the upcoming Heisman Trophy ceremony as well as the playoffs in early January to see how it all plays out and then look to your favorite team to draft some of those boys come April.
Let’s all jingle our bells, immerse ourselves in the holiday cheer and remember the reason for the season – a playoff berth!