It’s still impossible to justify what the Raiders gave up to get Carson Palmer but there is no denying that he is getting comfortable on the left coast. Over his last two games, Palmer, combined, is 31-43 for 463 yards with 3 TD’s and only 1 INT while leading the Raiders to two critical road wins in San Diego and Minnesota. If Palmer can continue to play well the Raiders will win the underwhelming AFC West despite a tough last six games. Sorry Tim Tebow fans I just can’t believe that a guy who completes only 44.8% of his passes can lead his team to a division title despite his uncanny knack to pull out close games.
Watching Graham Gano miss two field goals yesterday, including the potential game winner in OT, got me thinking that every time I see this guy kick he seems to miss. I thought maybe this was just a coincidence but actually Gano is very good at not making field goals. Going back to the start of last season, Gano has hit only 40 of 59 field goals and has had five games where he has missed two field goals in a game. When you combine an atrocious field goal kicker with poor quarterback play and an inept coach it is not surprising that Washington is 9-17 in the Mike Shanahan era.
Will the Packers lose a game in the regular season? I think we may know the answer in their next two games. If Green Bay can win in Detroit on Thanksgiving Day (easily the best Detroit Turkey Day game on paper since 1991, when the 8-4 Lions defeated the 9-3 Bears) and in New York against the Giants on Dec. 4 they have a great chance to go 16-0. Their final four games include three games at home and a road game against the mediocre Chiefs.
The Dolphins have won three in a row and three of their seven losses have been by a combined seven points. Teams with playoff aspirations like the Cowboys, Raiders, Jets and Patriots have the Dolphins on their respective remaining schedules’. Don’t be surprised if Miami hurts the postseason chances of at least one of these teams.
The Colts are clearly the worst team in the NFL but the least watchable team has to be the Cleveland Browns. There is absolutely nothing appealing about them. They don’t have the Andrew Luck drama as an entertaining sideshow since they somehow have four wins. There isn’t one player on their team that is exciting to watch and they rarely score (the Browns have managed to score 20 points only once this year against, you guessed it, the Colts). Browns fans should get paid for watching their team.
Since every team except for the Patriots and Chiefs have 10 games under their belt it’s time to play everybody’s favorite game; Who’s in and Who’s Out of the NFL Playoffs. In the NFC, the Packers, Saints and 49ers are in, all as division champs. Everyone but the Giants, Cowboys, Lions, Bears and Falcons are out. That means we are looking at five teams for three spots. If I were a betting man, which I am, my money is on the Giants to win the NFC East and the Cowboys and Bears to grab the wild cards. In the AFC, the Patriots, Ravens (division champs), Steelers (wild card) and Texans (even with Matt Leinart) are in. Everyone else is out except for the Raiders, Broncos (I’m being nice here), Jets (easy schedule) and Bengals. I think the Raiders win the AFC West and the Bengals grab the other wild card. Disagree? You know where to reach me.
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