Plenty of crazy things for another wild NFL Sunday. We are finally starting to clear up some of the divisional pictures, as well as the wild cards. Here we go once again with some of our winners and losers for a week 13:
The NFL – I thought the league should overall get kudos for the dedications and moments of silence for Redskins safety Sean Taylor. It would have been easy to single out the Skins-Bills game as the only one that put on a display for Taylor, but I thought it was a nice gesture for each game to take a moment and reflect on Taylor’s life.
Joe Gibbs – While it was a tough week for the team beyond what anyone can imagine, Gibbs basically had a brain drain in the last seconds that allowed the Bills to win the game. With Buffalo ready to attempt a 51-yard field goal, Gibbs called not just one, but two timeouts – that’s a no-no. It cost his team 15 yards, and the Bills hit the game-winning field goal. Maybe it’s time for Joe to think about moving on.
The Raiders – I know they are going nowhere this season as far as the post season is concerned, but hey, they just topped two AFC West rivals, and two teams that they have been terrible against in the past. The team is getting better, and with a little bit of rookie JaMarcus Russell here and there, the Raiders suddenly look like a team that could have a bright future come 2008.
The Lions – Wow. From 6-2 to 6-6, the Lions seem to be in a mode where now they would be lucky to finish .500. The team has tanked it in every phase. They can’t run, they can’t protect the QB, and there defense has collapsed. All the promise of making the playoffs now seems have totally faded away.
The Colts offense – Twice now this season the Colts offense has had to sit back and listen to how the Jags were going to stop them and run over them to the top of the AFC South. Nix that. The Colts are the 2nd best team in football, and after their 28-25 win over the Jags at home on Sunday, there is no denying that the Colts are not going to go down in the playoffs without a serious fight.
A.J. Feeley – One week after Philly fans wanted Feeley to be their starter for the rest of 07 instead of Donovan McNabb, Feeley showed why he is a career back-up. The QB threw four picks, and was 19-for-42 for 220 yards in a losing effort against the Hawks. The last Feeley pick was thrown right to linebacker Lofa Tatupu when they were driving for the winning score. It should be back to the bench when McNabb is healthy.