« Sports

What We’ve Learned From The NFL (Week 14 Autopsy)

by Cade

What We’ve Learned From The NFL (Week 14 Autopsy)

My first thought...

As we near the end of the 2013 regular season, the playoff picture is starting to take shape.  Although, a few teams are still hanging on to their playoff hopes by a thread.  That thread gets pretty thin in Week 15.  The teams that are clearly out of contention are still trying to jockey for a high draft pick in April.  Even though the season is starting to wind down, we still have plenty of drama to play out on the gridiron.

Secondly...

As long as 300-pound men run at high rates of speed into each other, injuries will continue to be part of the game.  With that said, it still hurts to see some big names go down as we enter the homestretch of the season.  The playoff hopeful Patriots lost their star tight-end, Rob Gronkowski for the rest of this year and maybe part of 2014.  If Green Bay quarterback, Aaron Rodgers comes back after suffering a broken collarbone, he could propel the Pack to the playoffs.  It’s doubtful they will make it without him.  Chicago on the other hand, probably doesn’t want to see their starter return.  Backup, Josh McCown has put up solid numbers in his reserve role.  Teams that are clearly out of contention have lost guys to injury too.  Washington announced that quarterback; Robert Griffin III will be shut down for the remainder of the season so he can get healthy for next year.  Minnesota fans are hoping that the Vikings will do the same with last year’s MVP, Adrian Peterson.

Thought number three…

High drama can still exist in a crummy division.  For all of the smack-talk the NFC East and NFC North have received this season, it will be fun to see how each of those divisions shake out.  Chicago and Detroit are tied for first place and the Packers continue to lurk in the shadows only a half game out.  Dallas and Philly will duke it out until they wrap up the season in Big D the final week of the season.  Heck, New York is still technically alive in the playoff hunt.  The exception is the AFC South.  Indianapolis hasn’t been playing the best football lately, but they’ve already clinched the division.  Tennessee and Jacksonville are atrocious.  Houston is so bad that they’ve already canned their head coach, Gary Kubiak.  As long as parity exists in the NFL, these teams are sure to make somewhat of a comeback next season.

Finally…

My Super Bowl XLVIII prediction.  Please understand that this feature could change each week depending on what teams do on any given Sunday.  As it stands now, I’m still sticking with my picks of The New Orleans Saints and Denver Broncos in the big game this February in the Meadowlands.  I understand that the popular pick in the NFC are the Seahawks after they slayed the Saints in Seattle a few weeks ago.  But, I believe Drew Brees has the edge over Russell Wilson because of his playoff experience.  The playoffs are a different animal and I’ll bet on a guy that already been there and done that.

Agree or disagree?  Feel free to comment below or hit me up on Twitter.  @cade1037 

*image courtesy of: Pixabay.com