Since the first game of Week Sixteen was a WEEK ago (you know what Holidays are like), I decided to take a different slant on the NFL post this time around (admittedly due to the fact I have no notes whatsoever) and just pull up results from Week Sixteen and do this baby off the top of my head…from what my Holiday haze recalls.
I’m pretty sure we’ll have more than three things…
The Indianapolis Colts defeated the Houston Texans for their second win of 2011, 19-16. I watched a grand total of zero minutes of this game. I did not keep up with it via social media. It was dead to me. As was Reggie Wayne to his Fantasy Football owners, who surely benched him long ago…only having to learn he scored the winning touchdown (from a yard out) in this contest after already racking up 105 receiving yards prior. Owners who played either Joseph Addai or Donald Brown needless to say were also quite thrilled with Wayne’s last second, one yard vulture…um, touchdown. I was of course unaffected by any Fantasy implications as my team went from first to home in our league’s final three weeks of its regular season…Adrian Peterson, I do forgive you…really I do.
In the biggest game of Tim Tebow’s professional career he managed to provide the Buffalo Bills with most of its 40-14 margin of victory over his Denver Broncos. His passer rating was lower than the amount of points Buffalo scored. He threw more touchdowns to the Bills than the Broncos. All the TT haters have enough lowlights now from this one game to market their venom well into 2012. In related Fantasy news my wife picked up C.J. Spiller before kickoff to bolster her lineup and he helped win her our league’s third place game. At least someone in the house ended their season with a W.
During the early afternoon on Christmas Eve, Homeland Security was forced to scramble jets over the city of Cincinnati as an unidentified object was picked up on radar. It was ultimately determined that object was Cincinnati Bengals WR Jerome Simpson, who had jumped OVER Arizona Cardinals LB Daryl Washington near the goal line in the second quarter to score a touchdown on the way to a 23-16 Cincy triumph. Sticking the landing and raising his arms in triumph was also very cool. There was initial concern he might have landed somewhere in the upper deck of Paul Brown Stadium…valid concern because no one was sitting there to catch his fall. Come on Cincy. Start believing. Hell, you just saw a man fly.
Our beloved Philadelphia Eagles needed the New York Jets to defeat the New York Giants in order to have a chance to make the post-season. Rex Ryan and Company apparently felt in the week prior to kickoff the result would be determined by who talked more smack. Tom Coughlin got the correct memo stating the result would be determined by who smacked the other around the most on the field. The Giants looked like…well, Giants. Darrelle Revis finally got all the words right for the Green and White afterward when he said, “We made some mistakes and they outplayed us.” Yes, that’s an eloquent summary of a 29-14 loss that has many wondering what could possibly come out of Rex and Company’s collective mouth next. One thing is certain…no one cares anymore. J-E-T-S…No-One-Cares.
As for our Eagles, they took down the hated rival Dallas Cowboys 20-7 in a game rendered meaningless for both teams after the afore-mentioned battle of New York. And of course, now Philly players are telling everyone within earshot how “dangerous” they would be if they had qualified for the playoffs. While I never thought for a moment Andy Reid was going anywhere but back to his office at season’s end, this “strong finish” while playing out the string could potentially once more cause the Eagles’ brain trust (and I use brain very lightly here) to make very few coaching and roster changes. Now THAT would be dangerous.
And since I mentioned Adrian Peterson at the top of this post, it would be quite remiss of me to not acknowledge his stubborn willingness to come back and play football after OUR/MY Fantasy team was eliminated…for his real team, the Minnesota Vikings. You may recall they were eliminated around Halloween. The Vikings impressively gutted out a 33-26 win over the Washington Redskins, their third of the season. And speaking of third, it was the first play of the third quarter where Adrian finally…finally ended HIS season by tearing every acronym in his left knee.
Adrian, you never should have come back once injured.
You should have just stayed on the sidelines…with me.