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NFL Split 10 – Week 15

A Clock Dodgers Weekly Feature Article

NFL Split 10

(Top 5 – Bottom 5)

Week 15 – 2016

Written By: Eddie Cepeda (@eddiecee23)

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Ding-dong the Fish is dead!!! I’m celebrating with you Rams fans. There’s enough mediocrity in the world without having to be subjected to five straight years of it. My sympathies don’t go out to the people of Los Angeles though. It was St. Louis that had to endure Fisher as their final years of professional football before losing the team completely. However, I’m sure fans of football everywhere can rejoice in seeing a coach who has long been heralded as one of the league’s worst be relieved of his duties. Now begins the game of who will replace him. In the name of drama I vote Jim Harbaugh! How fun would it be to see the reaction of San Francisco and their fans as a once valued asset joins a hated rival.
Enough premature predictions, let’s recap Week 14!
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Top 5
  1. Dallas Cowboys
  2. New England Patriots
  3. Oakland Raiders
  4. Seattle Seahawks
  5. Kansas City Chiefs
Bottom 5
  1. Chicago Bears
  2. Jacksonville Jaguars
  3. New York Jets
  4. San Francisco 49ers
  5. Cleveland Browns

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Week 14 shook us up a bit, let’s see where it left us.
 
Top 5
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  1. Dallas Cowboys 11-2
    Of course there is no such thing as a good loss, but the Cowboys still find themselves in a favorable position even after Sunday’s loss. Let’s tune out all of the, “should Romo start?” talk. The Cowboys have made the right choice so far and have reaped much reward from it. They are still two games ahead in their division and in the race for the #1 seed. Dallas remains in the top spot this week until they prove they are not worthy of it. Let’s not forget the Giants have found a rhythm in the latter half of the season and are on the rise themselves. This wasn’t exactly a loss to the Browns
  2. New England Patriots 11-2
    New England holds on to beat a Ravens team that many are saying have what it takes to go all the way. While I’m not completely sold on that statement, they have certainly shown they have what it takes to win tough games. That said, New England dominated the first half in a way that made it hard to imagine a comeback. Thankfully, it wasn’t a complete blowout and Baltimore found a way to create turnovers that got them back in the game. The Patriots did just enough in the second half to fight off a Ravens comeback and are now in sole possession of the AFC lead.
  3. Kansas City Chiefs 10-3
    They aren’t sexy, except for Travis Kelce of course, but they can win ugly. Which is a pretty curious expression when you think of it. Shouldn’t all wins be considered equal? Well, not when you got Alex Smith at the helm they aren’t. They seem somewhat skewed by the always predictable three yard rush followed by the three yard slant. Either way, a stifling defense (now without leading tackler Derrick Johnson, yikes!) and a balanced offense put the Chiefs in position to contest for the #1 seed in the AFC.
  4. New York Giants 9-4
    I’m being reminded of feelings I had when the Giants won their last two Superbowls (minus the 9-7 record). Mostly a,”they can’t win it all right?” type of feeling. Will this one be followed by an impressive road playoff run that ends with Eli hoisting yet another Lombardi? Find out next time Drago- oh wait that’s not right. Either way, the Giants have hit a stride and seem to not care who they go up against. If that offensive line can find a way to protect Eli, they are dangerous down the stretch.
  5. Oakland Raider 10-3
    Cold Weather? Dislocated fingers? Invoking Arrowhead? There may be many reasons for the loss, but none of them really give credit to a Chiefs defense that played phenomenal on Thursday. That said, some of my early season worries for the Raiders showed out on national television. Their passing game in cold weather, defensive depth and overall performance, and an ability to lead with the ground game if need be. Oakland did make a few good adjustments, but the damage had been done and Derek Carr saw his worst passing performance as a pro. Oakland may have had a tough night, but they are still a Top 5 team and are to be respected going into the postseason.

 

Outside looking in:

 
Baltimore Ravens – The Ravens had a tough outing on Monday. After getting off to one of their worst starts of the season, their late game rally fell short as they recorded a loss. The road to the playoffs is a tough one, but if Baltimore gets in then they have a good chance to make some noise.
 
Detroit Lions – Michael Jackson remains the baddest man with a glove, but Matty Stafford did enough to get the job done in his. Detroit is another one of those non-sexy teams that are grinding out wins week in and week out.
  
Seattle Seahawks – Mighty one week, and ‘what the hell?” the next. Seattle will benefit from their bad division, but are they still the defensive powerhouse we all have come to know and resent? These next three games will hopefully tell us if Seattle is the regular contender they have been in these past few years.
  
Bottom 5
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  1. Los Angeles Ram 4-9
    I think I’ve made my feelings on LA pretty well known. However, now the question is how they progress. The hiring of their next head coach will be as important as their picking of Jared Goff in this year’s draft. The two will be entwined in each other’s fate for the next 3-4 years. Hopefully Rams brass will consider heavily the development of their biggest investment at this point.
  2. Jacksonville Jaguars 2-11
    In a snooze-fest for anybody that is not a Minnesota or Jacksonville fan, the Jaguars were found wanting once again. There’s just no real highlights to be encouraged by. A defense you sunk millions and draft picks into that has had little return. A highly picked quarterback that seems to be paying you back in picks(not the good kind). A wide receiver corps that seems to have reached it’s limit on covering said highly picked quarterback. What can be said about this team that hasn’t already been picked to pieces?…… Pun somewhat intended.
  3. New York Jets 4-9
    It was a win……… sort of. Let’s be honest, If not for the minor league football team in Cleveland, San Francisco would be the worst team in the league. The fact that they were down bye two scores to them was astonishing, and only San Francisco could let a lead like that slip away against the Jets. I guess Bryce Petty showed some promise? Or a cannon like mechanism he has attached to his shoulder. Other than that, the Jets are just awful.
  4. San Francisco 49ers 1-12
    Speaking of awful, does anybody think Levi’s might be regretting associating themselves with such an atrocious team? I mean all publicity is good publicity as they say, but how much publicity can you get out of an empty stadium? Oh how the bandwagoners have fallen from just three years ago. Silver lining, if the reports are true, Mr. Balke may not be long for his position as General Manager.
  5. Cleveland Browns 0-13
    Ah, the weekly Browns update. No friends, there still is not one win recorded for Believeland. Nor does it look like there will be before the season is over. I just hope that the Browns do something smart for a change and keep Hue Jackson as their head coach. They’ll need a good foundation as they try to right the ship of losing they’ve been on.
 

In danger of falling:

 
Arizona Cardinals – With talent in pretty much every key position that’s needed, you have to wonder what the drastic change is for Arizona this year. Whatever it may be, I think we are starting to see the end of Carson Palmer’s days in Arizona.
 
Chicago Bears – Not being in the Bottom 5 doesn’t mean you’re not bad anymore, it just means I wish there were more spots. Chicago put up a fight against an injured Matthew Stafford, but still fell short. As most do when they have a 4th quarter lead against the Lions.
 
New Orleans Saints – Drew Brees held to scoreless and the rest of team looking just terrible. The Saints are also a team with too much talent to be in this bad of shape towards the end of the season. Changes may be needed above the player level.
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Written By: Eddie Cepeda – Follow Eddie on Twitter: @eddiecee23
The playoffs approach!
Hit me up at @eddiecee23 on Twitter and IG to let me know where I was right and where I was wrong!

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