This all feels bizarre. Right here we’re, at a time the place Week 15 ought to be more-or-less “carried out,” and but there’s 4 video games left to play. It’s a relentless reminder of what a multitude the NFL has created by its stubbornness to push by way of, moderately than simply delaying the season by way of Christmas and reconvening at a later date.

I don’t faux to have a superb reply for this. I don’t suppose anyone has give you the right response. I do know that delaying three video games, solely for potential playoffs groups coping with main Covid outbreaks is just not the appropriate response. I do know that letting asymptomatic Covid-positive gamers take the sector is just not the appropriate strategy. I do know that so clearly placing cash forward of potential dangers from lengthy Covid, or worse, additionally is just not the appropriate response.

When individuals present you who they’re, imagine them. For its whole fashionable existence the NFL has proven time and time once more that its focus is cash over participant security. We noticed it with CTE, we’ve seen it with extending the common season, and Thursday Night time Soccer. Now it’s Covid’s flip. The as soon as hardline stance of the NFL, has now relaxed — in the course of the worst outbreak this 12 months, with winter and the Omicron variant resulting in hovering an infection charges. If that doesn’t sound prefer it is smart, it’s as a result of it doesn’t.

Pleased Holidays, you all have Covid earlier than attending to spend time with your loved ones. Should you don’t have it but, simply wait — the NFL will be sure to’re contaminated as rapidly as attainable. However hey, a minimum of there’ll nonetheless be butts in seats and TV income!

Winner: The Detroit-friggin-Lions

I’ll preen a bit of bit, as a result of final week I wrote about how Detroit had a very vivid future due to what Dan Campbell is constructing with the Lions, and virtually universally individuals mentioned I used to be giving them reward too quickly.

How’s that look now, eh?!

Actually, beating the Cardinals as a 1-11-1 staff is a hell of an achievement, however this implies a lot greater than only a poor staff beating one of many league’s greatest. It’s a fruits of all the things the Lions have been constructing this season.

I’ll inform you, I know one thing large is brewing right here. Detroit can have a particularly excessive draft choose due to their file, and are beginning to discover their type. It’s so nerve wracking to say “that is it” on the subject of the Lions, however I truly suppose this might be — so I’m calling my shot.

Winner: Yo … bravo, Colts

I’ve been fairly bullish on Indianapolis since they beat the Payments, and I wasn’t certain how deserved it was. Till now. I’m not going to faux the Colts appeared majorly convincing of their win over the Patriots, however rattling I respect a staff understanding who they’re and leaning into it.

Indianapolis are conscious Carson Wentz doesn’t fairly have the expertise at receiver wanted to have a terrific passing assault, however as a substitute of attempting to mash a sq. peg right into a spherical gap, the staff is content material having Jonathan Taylor carry the load and sprinkle passes in the place wanted.

The Patriots appeared completely misplaced in opposition to the Colts, not scoring till the fourth quarter when the sport was out of attain. This was a press release win for Indianapolis who appear like a sary staff to face ought to they get into the playoffs.

Winner: The Eagles, due to Indianapolis

With the Colts win, Carson Wentz performed sufficient snaps on the season to formally imply Indianapolis has to ship their 1st spherical choose to the Eagles. Contemplating Philly is already an honest staff, having extra draft capital may put them excessive and increase them to turning into a winner

Loser: The Giants “fan appreciation”

I’m obsessive about how hilariously low-cost New York was with all this. So the large reward for season ticket holders sticking with the group in the course of the pandemic, and turning up each single week was … a medium soda.

That alone was worthy of headlines, however man they made it a lot worse.

So for those who gave your tickets to a pal, as a result of I dunno, you left city the weekend earlier than Christmas, they didn’t get a free soda.

Reminder: NFL house owners are billionaires.

Loser: Every thing in regards to the Panthers

If the Lions are a nasty staff with a very vivid future, Carolina is a middling staff with a horrendous outlook. Every thing about this staff is dangerous, and it’s not about dropping to the Payments, it’s how the staff responded.

Matt Rhule mainly threw Cam Newton underneath the bus in his post-game press convention, presumably as a result of he couldn’t throw Joe Brady underneath the bus (as a result of Rhule fired him) and the dumpster fireplace is nicely and actually getting lit now.

The Panthers are an utter mess and taking part in worse every week now. Time will inform how lengthy pleasure will prevail as a result of this was proprietor David Tepper’s large first choose. Typical knowledge says Rhule will get another 12 months, however woof … that is wanting so dangerous.


Loser: This dude’s ill-timed toilet break

We’ve got to shut this week with this poor, poor man.

I’m extraordinarily in opposition to public proposals like this, however man … I really feel for this couple. Selecting to place it on the video board of an NFL sport must be costly, and whether or not you selected to take a leak, or hit the concessions stand, I hate that this occurred.

I actually hope the couple are comfortable, regardless of the end result. In the event that they find yourself getting married a minimum of they’ve a heck of a narrative about their engagement.

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