Bills vs. Jaguars: I Thought This Was The Playoffs?

You know what happens when you stumble ass-backwards into the playoffs? You put up just three measly points and an L against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the first round.

And the fact that the Jags only put up ten points against the Buffalo Bills is just baffling to me as well.

Anyway, the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Buffalo Bills just wrapped up a snooze fest of a Wild Card game, with the Jags squeaking out a W by a score of 10-3. The Jags fans were rocking, Bills Mafia was probably drinking, and the rest of the fans watching at home were probably sleeping.

Let’s just take a look at how bad it was, shall we;

First Quarter: 28 plays, 5 punts between both teams. The beginning of this game basically made me question my life choices for a full 15 minutes of games time. I was asking myself; “Will this get any better?” “Should I even bother watching, or press on?”

And sure enough, I made the bone head decision of pressing on.

Second Quarter: WE FINALLY GOT POINTS ON THE BOARD. Steven Hauschka of the Buffalo Bills kicked a thirty-one yard field goal with 1:49 left to go in the half. BUT, this was after this dumpster fire of a game was stoked a little more.

The Bills were going for a field goal about a minute prior on the SAME DRIVE, when Jacksonville was called for a neutral zone infraction. This resulted in a first down for the Bills.

But the football gods would not allow us fans to see a touchdown, oh no! After the neutral zone infraction, the next minute + of gametime consisted of offensive pass interference, a sack for -2 yards, and two incomplete passes by Tyrod Taylor. And since the Bills decided to squander away one of the best opportunities they had, they ended up settling for the field goal.

After that, in a “somewhat” less ugly series, the Jags were able to convert for 3 points with 2 seconds left in the half to tie the game heading into halftime.

Third Quarter: Forty two seconds left in the third quarter. That’s when we saw the FIRST TOUCHDOWN of the game. After a fifteen play, 8:52 drive, Blake Bortles fired a touchdown pass to Ben Koyack to take a 10-3 lead.

And this play would end up being the final score of the game.

Fourth Quarter: Who knew that Nathan Peterman coming into this game would create the most drama of the afternoon? Don’t get me wrong, he still threw a pick as expected. But the fact it was fourth and two, Tyrod Taylor went down, and it was all up to Peterman just raised the intensity.

Peterman was able to convert the 4th and 3 with a 4 yard run. And, he got another first down with a fourteen yard snipe to Thompson.

However, the Nathan Peterman we were already accustomed to stood up and made himself known. After going no huddle, Peterman was rushed by the Jaguars defense, which caused a short pass and an intentional grounding. Ten yards and a ten second runoff were enforced for the penalty.

Then, to just cap off the misery, Peterman throws a pick to Jalen Ramsey to seal the game and punch the Jaguars ticket to the next round.

Overall: It was a garbage game all around. I am hoping and PLEADING that this is the final dumpster fire of the playoffs. I don’t think I can sit through another snooze fest like I just did today.

I mean, look at Blake Bortles’ stat line for crap sake! He threw for just 87 yards and a score while LEADING THE GAME in rushing with 88 yards on 10 carries.

It was just a terrible game all around. The Bills had no reason for being in this game, and the Jaguars are not playing like a third seed.

In the end, expect the Steelers to win next week. Jacksonville’s defense will do their best to keep Big Ben and co. in line. But, in the end, Jags got no chance.

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Marvin Lewis…..

Marvin Lewis might not win a Coach Of The Year award this season. BUT, I believe he’s in the running for the Luckiest Son Of A Bitch In Sports trophy!

This past Tuesday, January 2nd, the Cincinnati Bengals decided to sign their perennial underachieving head coach Marvin Lewis to a two-year extension AFTER a mediocre 7-9 season. These will be Lewis’ 16th and 17th seasons as Bengals head coach, which consists of a .527 winning percentage and seven playoff appearances.

But, let’s not forget the ZERO playoff wins that have resulted in his seven appearances.

It’s baffling to me how someone could have such stellar job security like Lewis does in this day and age. Every year, we see coaches tossed for poor performances, and lack of success with their respective teams. BUT, some how some way, Marvin Lewis just keeps finding a way to hang around.

And I get it, it’s not his fault. If I continued to stay employed regardless of my performance, I would ride that wave as long as possible.

But, in all honesty, he should be fired NOW! In 15 years and 7 playoff appearances, you couldn’t lead your team to ONE win? ONE WIN? There are/were much better coaches with more success that were fired quicker than Marvin Lewis. And, they actually won a playoff game.

Let’s look at Lovie Smith for instance, since I am a Bears fan. Lovie finished his 9 year tenure in Chicago with a .563 winning percentage and 3 playoff appearances. BUT, he actually proved to be a winner when it matters; winning 3 games and leading his 2006 squad to a Super Bowl berth.

But after all of that, Lovie was fired as Bears head coach in 2012 EVEN THOUGH Chicago finished the season 10-6. And let’s not forget the fact they were JUST SHY of the playoffs if it wasn’t for a lost tie-breaker with the Vikings.

But, I guess the Bengals brass sees something in Marvin Lewis. They go against the status quo and are staying loyal to their coach, even after years of underachieving. I don’t understand it, I don’t agree with it, but I guess we’ll have to live with it.

 

But I want to know, what do you think of the Marvin Lewis situation? Do you believe he should be fired? Or did the Bengals make the right move in keeping him? LET ME KNOW in the comments below, or on one of Weekly Sports World’s various social media pages;

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Weekly Sports World’s Weekly Picks: NFL Week 5

It was another exciting week in the NFL, with a few key teams and players making their presence felt.

Deshaun Watson, to start, might have just solidified himself as “the guy” in Houston. He reached the endzone five times against the Tennessee Titans (4 passing, 1 rushing).

The REAL Cam Newton decided to “stand up” against the New England Patriots, beating them 33-30 in Foxborough; throwing for 316 yards and scoring four times (3 passing, 1 rushing).

The Buffalo Bills, who are now my new favorite team for the year, take a W against the Falcons out in Atlanta by a score of 23-17. If you haven’t hopped on that bandwagon yet, you better do it quick! (But that’s another story for another article).

That, plus more, lead the Weekly Sports World Picks to a 11-5 record for Week 4; a big improvement from one week ago.

Now, without further ado, here are your Weekly Sports World Weekly Picks for Week 5 of the NFL Season;

New England beats Tampa Bay

Buffalo beats Cincinnati

New York Jets beats Cleveland

Detroit beats Carolina

Indianapolis beats San Francisco

Miami beats Tennessee

San Diego beats New York Giants

Philadelphia beats Arizona

Pittsburgh beats Jacksonville

Oakland beats Baltimore

Seattle beats Los Angeles Rams

Green Bay beats Dallas

Kansas City beats Houston

Minnesota beats Chicago

BYE WEEKS: Atlanta, Denver, New Orleans, and Washington

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Weekly Sports World’s Weekly Picks: NFL Week 3

42-17…….that is what kept me from being 14-1 in Week 2. A 42-17 whooping of the Dallas Cowboys by the Denver Broncos gave me two losses on my record instead of one.

Now don’t get me wrong, 13-2 is not a bad record. In fact it might be one of the best record’s I’ve had while doing these Weekly Picks. But when one of the BEST running backs in the league only puts up 8 yards and the Cowboys defense makes Trevor Siemian look like the second coming, you’re bound to be a little salty.

But, Week 3 is upon us, and we have to look forward. A new week, new opportunities, and even more possible surprises. So, without further ado, here are Weekly Sports World’s Weekly Picks for Week 3 of the NFL season.

San Francisco beats Los Angeles Rams

Baltimore beats Jacksonville

Denver beats Buffalo

Pittsburgh beats Chicago

Detroit beats Atlanta

Cleveland beats Indianapolis

Tampa Bay beats Minnesota

New England beats Houston

Miami beats New York Jets

Philadelphia beats New York Giants

New Orleans beats Carolina

Tennessee beats Seattle

Green Bay beats Cincinnati

Kansas City beats Los Angeles Chargers

Oakland beats Washington

Arizona beats Dallas

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Weekly Sports World’s Weekly Picks: NFL Week 2

Football is back baby, and I could not be any happier. However, due to some outside circumstances, I was not able to get you last week’s picks, or a pick for this past Thursday. But don’t worry, because I’M BACK!

This year, I feel like is going to be an interesting year. There is something about this new rookie class that makes me believe that we will see the emergence of new stars, as well as teams, that can make a splash in the standings.

But enough about that, it’s time for some picks! So, without further ado, here are Weekly Sports World’s Weekly Picks for Week 2 of the NFL season.

Baltimore beats Cleveland

Carolina beats Buffalo

Arizona beats Indianapolis

Tennessee beats Jacksonville

Kansas City beats Philadelphia

New England beats New Orleans

Pittsburgh beats Minnesota

Tampa Bay beats Chicago

Miami beat Los Angeles Chargers

Oakland beats New York Jets

Dallas beats Denver

Washington beats Los Angeles Rams

Seattle beats San Francisco

Green Bay beats Atlanta

Detroit beats New York Giants

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The 49ers ROBBED The Bears On Draft Night!

Four picks. That’s what it took for the Chicago Bears to move up one spot in the 2017 NFL Draft to get Mitchell Trubisky, the UNPROVEN quarterback out of North Carolina.

FOUR PICKS……

I swear, I feel like I was watching Draft Day with Kevin Costner, except Ryan Pace was not as smart as Costner; (go watch the movie to understand that reference).

For those of you who may not know, and who are wondering why I put “unproven” in all caps; Mitch Trubisky only stated 13 games in his College Career, where he finished with an 8-5 record. Granted, he did have a good season, putting up 30 TD’s and 6 picks on 3748 yards passing yards, but one season doesn’t warrant trading four picks to move up to get him.

Hell, one good season shouldn’t warrant being selected Top 5 in the draft, but that’s another story for another time.

If anything, the Bears SHOULD HAVE gone with Deshaun Watson with that pick if they were so hell bent on drafting a quarterback. Picking Turbisky above Watson is just an insult to the legacy that Watson left on College Football.

Look at his resume if you don’t believe me.

In Watson’s sophomore and junior seasons, he completed at least 67% of his passes while eclipsing 4000 passing yards and 35 touchdowns as well. Not to mention he is a two time Heisman finalist, and has been to the National Title game TWICE against Alabama; winning it once.

He didn’t ride the pine for two years and then ALL OF A SUDDEN have a break out year.

Now tell me, how do you pass up on a PROVEN talent such as Watson, for a project like Turbisky?

I’ll tell you how! It’s because Ryan Pace has NO BUSINESS handling the day-to-day operations of a football team. When you give away the farm for a unproven kid that made his way to the draft on hype, you are showing the world that you have no business leading the front office of an organization.

And to add to the idiocy, if the Bears really wanted Turbisky, they probably could have drafted him at #3 without even making that trade.

Not once did I believe that Turbisky was above Solomon Thomas on the 49ers draft board. NOT ONCE! With a GM that came from the defensive side of the ball coming to a team with one of the worst defenses last year, I never once thought they would not go defense.

But Ryan Pace was just too damn eager to wait and see what happens. I’m sorry Bears fans, but this is going to be a long, LONG season. And don’t expect to receive any return on investment from Turbisky any time soon.

The Pro Bowl Skills Showdown Is Here To Stay: My Thoughts On The Event

Normally, I couldn’t care less about the NFL’s Pro Bowl festivities. It’s high scoring, no one really gives a crap, and they have to put in little gimmicks to try and keep the audience involved.

These gimmicks can run from fantasy drafts by the likes of Jerry Rice and Michael Irvin, to playing Odell Beckham Jr. at safety, to letting Jeff Saturday switch teams to have one more snap with Peyton Manning, and everything in between.

And I feel like the NFL sees this. They needed to make a change to help draw people in, and the return of the Pro Bowl Skills competition helped with that.

The Skills Competitions consisted of five separate competitions:

  1. Best Hands
  2. Power Relay Challenge
  3. Drone Drop
  4. Precision Passing
  5. Dodgeball

Granted, there were some bumpy patches throughout; but anything new will do that.

For instance, the Power Relay was riddled with controversy, when the sled fell off the track during the NFC’s run, making it impossible to move. This resulted in a mulligan, that the NFC took advantage, and ended up winning the event.

Now I know, really strong football players bashing into objects like that could cause them to break. But the fact no one checked that before the start of the NFC’s run is plain irresponsible, and needs to be addressed.

The Drone Drop was also a bit of a swing and a miss. Instead of using a drone, they should have implemented punters into the mix as well.

One idea could be setting up rings on the field worth different amounts of points. Then, place a punt returner on the other side of the rings. Every time a punt goes through a ring, that conference receives points. Then, when the returner catches it, that conference receives a half of a point.

On the final kick, the returner has to run it back to the opposite endzone as quick as possible. The returner with the quickest time gets their conference an extra two points.

But above all, the Dodgeball Game was without a doubt the most highly anticipated competition.

At first, many people believed that this would be just another crazy gimmick to try and sell tickets, and to have people tune in. But to be honest, it was actually done well, and was very entertaining. Especially when TY Hilton was the only one left for the AFC, and almost made a comeback for his squad by himself.

Overall, the Skills Showdown was exactly what Pro Bowl weekend needed. It was WAY more competitive than many of the Pro Bowls from the previous years. As long as the NFL continues to improve and implement new challenges every few years, and tinker with the mechanics of the existing challenges; they’ll have a proven concept that can last for years to come.

What To Do With Tony Romo?

Aaron “Ice In His Veins” Rodgers did it again! He came in clutch in the 4th quarter with a 36 yard pass to Jared Cook to put Green Bay in field goal range for Mason Crosby.

Then, with three seconds left in the game, Crosby hit a 51 yard field goal to send the Packers to the NFC Championship game.

But now, the Cowboys have some questions going into the offseason. And one of the biggest ones is what should they do with Tony Romo?

This question arose after a preseason injury to Romo’s back, where Dak Prescott ended up taking advantage of his playing time he received and never looked back.

But now, with Dak Prescott thriving in the NFL this early in his career, the question is what to do with Tony Romo? Keep him and let him tutor Dak a few years? Trade him and get as many assets as possible?

Oh, why am I asking??? Obviously trade the man, no matter what! In fact, if anything, Jerry Jones should have been fielding calls for him as early as Monday morning!

Romo is a 14 year veteran in the league, and has shown he cannot win the big games when they really matter. He’s only 2-6 in his postseason career with the Cowboys, and he’s on the wrong side of 30 to keep him in the conversation as the starter of the Cowboys.

Granted, Dak is 0-1 in the postseason in his career. But look at the season he had!

Prescott finished the season completing 67% of his passes for 3,667 yards, and a 23:4 touchdown to interception ratio.

He’s proven his worth on the Cowboys, and has posed the question to GM/Owner Jerry Jones; “if we trade Romo, where should he go?”

My top three landing spots; the 49ers, Rams, and Bears.

These three teams have two things in common;

  1. They all have turned into complete dumpster fires as of late.
  2. All teams have drafted/are expected to draft a quarterback with a Top 5 draft pick. (The Rams already did, drafting Jared Goff #1 overall in the 2016 Draft).

Most Likely Of The Three: I see the 49ers bringing in Romo this offseason over everyone else. They’re expected to bring in a quarterback with their second pick in this year’s draft, which means they need a quality veteran to help solidify their offense while their draft pick becomes acclimated with the NFL.

But seriously, he is a quality quarterback. If I was running an organization, I would much rather have a rookie learn from Tony Romo than Colin Kaepernick or Blaine Gabbert.

Least Likely Of The Three: The Bears are the least likely of the three to trade for Romo, and why would they?

Chicago already has Jay Cutler, who has squandered away a large sum of money for playing like garbage during his tenure in the “Windy City.” They also have Matt Barkley, who they can try and sign as a free agent this offseason. And, in addition to that, they will have the third overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, where they are projected to pick up a quarterback anyways.

Out of all the possibilities, I see Ryan Pace and the rest of the Bears brass picking up a quarterback with the third pick, and then letting him learn under Jay for a few years, and see where that goes.

But, the unpredictable drafting and decision making by the Bears make them my number three selection for Romo. You can expect one move based on rumors and such, and they will completely shift gears and go somewhere else.

So I guess, like all good train-wrecks, we just have to wait and see.

To Wrap-Up: Romo’s done in Dallas, it’s that simple! Jerry Jones would be a complete BUFFOON to not realize that. Dak Prescott is on the rise, and paired with Zeke Elliot in the backfield will create a recipe for disaster for opposing defenses in the coming years.

But, Romo’s time in the NFL is not completely over. He has a chance to be the elder mentor of the organization, instead of the younger star of the team.

Just don’t expect him to win you any Super Bowls.

The Bears Just Continue To Disappoint! (This Is A Rant)

I didn’t expect alot from the Bears this season, I really didn’t. Disappointment was clearly on the horizon.

I knew they were not going to make it to the playoffs. I knew Jay Cutler was going to be his normal, “mediocre” self. It was just inevitable.

But with the NFL Draft just a few short months away and the #2 overall pick inches away from Chicago’s grasp, it seemed like the outcome for this season would surely turn around.

Then, the 49er game happened….

For those of you who may not know, the Bears had a chance to move up to the #2 overall pick in the 2017 Draft with a loss against the 49ers. But, ONCE AGAIN, they continue to disappoint.

The Bears ended up winning that game 26-6 to move to a 3-9 record on the season.

It was that one game, that ONE GAME you want your team to actually lose, and they disappoint you again.

Yes, I know that sounds off, I get it. But with only three wins on the season, I’ll take whatever happiness I can get.

Now, after yet ANOTHER loss on the season to Detroit the following week, the Bears are sitting with the fourth worst record in the NFL, which translates to the fourth overall pick. But if they stay at four, how should they use it?

It’s simple, QUARTERBACK!!! Don’t give me this garbage about how John Fox is a defensive minded coach, because I am sick of it. It’s time to invest in a new QB for the future.

People need to get over the Jay Cutler craze and realize, NOTHING is going to happen with that man in Chicago. If this Chicago fanbase is going to continue to instill their trust in this man, then all they will get in return is a leech sucking a franchise dry of cap room.

And don’t try and convince me that Matt Barkley is the answer. Cause I’ll agree, he’s looked decent in his last four starts. But it’s been four games people. And as a proverbial backup his entire three year career, not to mention him being a free agent this coming offseason, I’m not ready to just hand the keys to the franchise over to him.

If you want Barkley so bad, bring in a Kaiser, or a Watson from the draft and make them EARN THAT SPOT IN CAMP!

But hey, what do I know. I don’t own a team. I’m not a GM.

But I do have common sense, and I know if something has been broken for roughly eight years, you should probably fix it.

5 Things To Get You Ready For Football Season!

It’s almost here folks, the 2016-2017 NFL season is just a short two and a half months away. But the question is, what should you do in order to prepare for such a momentous annual occasion? Well, here at Weekly Sports World, I’m here to help answer that question!

1. Prepare Your Fantasy Teams: Now you might be saying to yourself; “Hey Kellen, it’s too early to think about my fantasy team?” Absolutely not! There are countless resources at your disposal that can help you achieve Fantasy Football Greatness when it is all said and done.

Dollar store fantasy guides, TV shows, insider info online, apps; these are all waiting for you in order to make you the king of your league. So don’t let Claudia, who won your office league last year after consulting her seven cats all season long about football decisions, beat you again this year. Be prepared, watch film, do your research, and take this ‘ship home.

2. Binge Watch “The League” on Netflix: Since we are on the topic of Fantasy Football, another thing that can prepare you for the upcoming football season would be “binge watching” all seven seasons of “The League” on Netflix.

For those who may not know, “The League” was a television series that lasted seven seasons. The show follows a group of six dysfunctional friends on their journey to Fantasy Football gold in their own league. In addition, the show also follows through the group’s personal lives as well, with many hilarious shenanigans playing out in the process.

“The League” helps to fill the void of football with it’s unique mixture of raunchy comedy, the familiar faces of top NFL talent making cameos, and above all else, FOOTBALL!

3. Backyard Football Tournaments: Who wouldn’t want to be Jerry Rice catching a deep bomb in the endzone? Or LT racing down the sideline after a big run? Well, you can do that too! (But how about we go by our regular names instead, since a majority of the people who read that are well over the age of 10? We’re grown adults, let’s act like it!)

Nothing breaks those off-season blues like getting onto the field and playing the game you love. Just get a couple of your buddies together, find a field, and you’re good.

4. Madden Tournaments: Not only can you control the game in the real world, but you can also do so in the virtual world. (And with this, you won’t need to worry about feeling like a child actually calling out players names.)

5. Simulating Madden Games: Lord have mercy, please do not sink this low! For those who may not understand, when I say “simulated,” I mean picking two teams and having the gaming system control both instead of a player controlling one or the other.

Simulating football games on a video game system is a serious concern when dealing with Football Withdrawal, and could lead to some complications that will stay with you for years. If you experience this symptom yourself, we recommend watching the “Greatest Follies” compilation, and Super Bowl XIII. (Because who doesn’t love watching the Cowboys lose?)