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NFL Split 10 – Week 16

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NFL Split 10

(Top 5 – Bottom 5)

Week 16 – 2016

Written By: Eddie Cepeda (@eddiecee23)

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Apparently Black Monday can’t come soon enough. Down goes one more head coach! We can’t say that Gus Bradley didn’t have a long enough tenure to turn things around, but it may not all be his fault. After a change in regime, questionable drafting, and ill-advised free agent signings, Jacksonville finds itself just as awful as they were at the beginning of Bradley’s stint. Now that we have two down, who else do we see receiving a pink slip? The NFL has no shortage of bottom-feeding teams that will be eager to change their losing ways by making a coaching decision. A General Manager decision that could be difference between between playoffs or layoffs.
Let’s look back to Week 15:
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Top 5
  1. Dallas Cowboys
  2. New England Patriots
  3. Kansas City Chiefs
  4. New York Giants
  5. Oakland Raiders
Bottom 5
  1. Los Angeles Rams
  2. Jacksonville Jaguars
  3. New York Jets
  4. San Francisco 49ers
  5. Cleveland Browns

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With few opportunities remaining to say this, on to this week’s Split 10!
 
Top 5
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  1. Dallas Cowboys 12-2
    Protect Dak, feed Zeke, lather, rinse, repeat as needed. One more win and the Cowboys will clinch a 1st round bye and Home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. Can we even call this a Cinderella story? The Cowboys may have missed the playoffs last year, but we have all seen what they are capable of when a competent quarterback is behind that offensive line. The test that will face the NFC leaders is if the “bend but not break” defense will hold up against some of the league’s best offenses week after week in the postseason.
  2. New England Patriots 12-2
    This one may have been personal for Mr. Brady. I’m sure he’s tired of hearing about his horrible record against the Broncos in Denver. Hang in there Tom, only four more wins until you’re .500 in Denver. Barring a late season collapse, the Patriots also look to lock up Home-field for the postseason. We may all be in for a 6th straight Patriot appearance in the AFC Championship.
  3. New York Giants 10-4
    The team nobody wants to face down the stretch. A team that would be a division leader in five of the eight NFL division. The G-Men look poised to once again ride a deep postseason run on the back of their defense. A formula that has worked well for them in the past. Can Eli capture a third ring?
  4. Kansas City Chiefs 10-4
    Yeah, yeah, yeah, they lost to the Titans at home. I hate to say it, but that may not be considered a bad loss anymore. The Titans victories include teams such as Denver, Green Bay, and Detroit. They may not be contenders, but they aren’t the doormats that they once were. That said, Kansas City is still in the hunt for their division title, and they’ve swept their current division leaders this season.
  5. Oakland Raider 11-3
    Add another comeback to the Oakland’s win column this year. Against a less than impressive Charger’s squad, Oakland again finds a way to get back in the game and win it. The Raiders have officially logged their 1st playoff berth in the Facebook era. Oakland faces a scenario similar to Dallas when it comes to their defense. Can it prevent being the exploited factor enough for their team to make a deep run?

 

Outside looking in:

 
Baltimore Ravens – Baltimore is facing an uphill battle to make the playoffs. However, if they can punch their ticket they may be able to see some late season magic from Joe Cool.
 
Pittsburgh Steelers – Not exactly a dark horse in the AFC, but they aren’t the favorites everyone considered them to be at the beginning of the season. Still, with an offensive group like the one the Steelers have it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them competing for championships.
  
Seattle Seahawks – Back, back, forth, and forth. First we love them, then we hate them, then we like them. Seattle is surely missing a defensive leader in Earl Thomas, but that doesn’t mean we can drop them from the list of contenders.
  
Bottom 5
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  1. Jacksonville Jaguars 2-12
    Chins up Jacksonville, you got Savaged (in the process of trademarking that phrase). You almost looked like a competent team in the process. Now, it’s time to look to the future. Regime changes may not be fun, but can we really say there is anything in this current organization that absolutely has to stay?
  2. Los Angeles Rams 4-10
    Los Angeles has identified and ridded themselves of their main issue. Now, like Jacksonville, they need to decide what can stay and what can go. Don’t be surprised if the main target for their coaching vacancy has a heavy background in the Quarterback position. Investing all the draft picks they did in obtaining Jared Goff will not go ignored. As of right now, he is their hope for change.
  3. New York Jets 4-9
    I envy those who consistently have Saturday night plans. They were fortunate enough to miss this game. For those of us unlucky enough to have watched it, my condolences. We all witnessed the greatness that is Matt Moore obliterate the Jets. (you can sense the sarcasm right?)
  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 I had one of my finer tweets this week, “49er fans thank God every day that the Browns exist.” If it weren’t for Cleveland, we’d be talking much more about San Francisco having it’s worst season just a few years removed from a trip to the Superbowl. Hang in there San Francisco fans, it sounds like change is coming for you as well.
  5. Cleveland Browns 0-13
    On the brink of a defeated season, one could wonder how they got this way. We can hardly blame their new head coach. This is a culmination of the terrible seasons they’ve had and the apathy they’ve shown in righting the ship. Hue will have to hit the ground running in the offseason to remove the cancerous players, sign what free agents they can, and do their due diligence to ensure they draft building blocks for years to come.
 

In danger of falling:

 
Arizona Cardinals – The shootout was somewhat fun? It’s hard to get excited over two teams that aren’t in the playoffs rack up meaningless points. I know the fantasy community greatly appreciated it.
 
Chicago Bears – Heartbreak, pure heartbreak suffered at the hands of Aaron Rodgers. Don’t worry Chicago, he’s done it to many people. The real question, does Chicago have something with Matt Barkley?
 
San Diego Chargers – You know what San Diego? You don’t deserve the Chargers. Maybe all they do is break your heart, but Cleveland would kill to have a team that has five wins. It seems the days of a football team in San Diego are slowly coming to an end.
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Written By: Eddie Cepeda – Follow Eddie on Twitter: @eddiecee23

Playoff fates will be sealed in the next two weeks.

Let me know where I was right and where I was wrong!
A controversy-filled season is about to come to a close, and we’ll see who will get the chance to hoist the coveted Lombardi.

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