Five Wide: Week 15 round-up

The NFC North is wide open 

The Packers have won 4 straight games and now control their own destiny in terms of winning the NFC North. Thanks to a 17-6 loss to the New York Giants, the Lions left the door open for the Packers.

Unfortunately for the Lions, they’ll be headed to Jerry’s World to take on the Cowboys on Monday Night Football. The Packers will face the Vikings at home.The Cowboys have a chance to lock up the #1 seed against the Lions. Meanwhile, the Colts opened a can of whoop-ass on the Vikings in Week 15 all but shutting the door or any playoff hopes. Sure they still have a slim chance, but that doesn’t mean much.

Over the course of this 4 game winning streak, Rodgers is completing 70.7% of his passes to go along with 7 touchdowns and 0 interceptions.

The winner of the NFC East will be the NFC’s #1 seed

This is pretty remarkable. I’m more surprised the Giants are still in contention rather than the Cowboys. I had no faith in this team. I figured the defense would be better, but I didn’t think it would be this good. The strength of this Giants defense (or team) is their secondary. Landon Collins’ complete turn around from his rookie season is such a major key as to why this Giants team is so much improved. The potential Defensive Player of the Year candidate has arguably been the best safety in the NFL in 2016.

There is a slim possibility that two years in a row we watch a great defense carry a bum Manning to a Super Bowl.

 Why is Jacksonville even contemplating talking to Tom Coughlin about their head coaching vacancy?

Following their loss to Houston on Sunday, Gus Bradley was finally let go as head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars. His .226% W-L% is one of the worst of all time.

The team is not allowed to talk any coaches currently employed by an NFL team until after the season. There is some interest in reaching out to former Jaguars and Giants head coach Tom Coughlin. But for what? In all honesty, what in the hell is Tom Coughlin going to do for this franchise? GM Dave Caldwell has been preaching about this youth and talent for years. This is a fan base that’s hungry for success. You can’t sell Tom Coughlin as a long term answer.

Of course, Coughlin won’t be the next head coach of the Jaguars. I’m just sick and tired of hearing the same, tired ass coaches names being brought up every time there is a head coaching vacancy. I mean damn, Mike Mularkey is a head coach in the gotdamn NFL. I don’t care if the Titans are 8-6. Gotdamn Mike Mularkey. Gotdamn Jeff Fisher coached so much longer than he should have. Watching the Rams play offense made me thankful I didn’t have to grow up watching bad quarterback play in the NFL. I mean gotdamn Mike Mularkey is an NFL head coach. I promise you just a couple days after the season is over, we’ll hear Mike Shanahan is a potential head coaching candidate again.

It’s tired.

Coach of the Year Race keeps getting more interesting

With just a couple weeks left in the NFL season, much like the MVP race, the Coach of the Year race is still wide open. In my personal opinion, Andy Reid had a chance to lock up the award with a win on Sunday, but he pretty much blew that. Jack Del Rio (Raiders), Adam Gase (Dolphins) and although it pains me to say this, gotdamn Mike Mularkey.

If the Dolphins make the playoffs, much less even get to 10 wins, you have to give it to Gase. At one point, the Dolphins were the worst team in the NFL. And now they are playing meaningful December football.

Jeremy Hill is the latest victim of the Terrible Towel curse 

Jeremy Hill just won’t learn.First it was his actions in the Wild Card game from this past post season. Jeremy Hill giveth and Jeremy Hill taketh away.

But on Sunday, Hill scored a touchdown in the 2nd quarter to give the Bengals a 16-3 lead against the Steelers. And then he did this:

The Bengals played like this game was their Super Bowl in the first half. Then they played like it was 1998 in the second half. Hill rushed the ball 6 times for -1 yards in the second half after rushing 14 times for 44 yards in the first. The Bengals offense as a whole did nothing. And the defense began shutting down just like they did in the playoff game. Penalty after penalty. And Vontaze Burfict doing Vontaze Burfict things.

The curse of the Terrible Towel is well documented. You can ask Earnest Byner, Derek Mason, that TJ dude that played WR, Ray Rice, the Arizona Cardinals and the Washington Redskins.

Honestly, out of all the clowns that play for the Bengals, Jeremy Hill is the one I’ll never be able to take serious.

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