O’Brien, a former offensive coordinator for the Patriots, took on perhaps college football’s toughest job in January 2012, joining a school rattled by the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
The Cincinnati Bengals had a great season and are looking forward to welcoming the San Diego Chargers into Paul Brown Stadium for the Wild Card round of the playoffs. Even with that game on the immediate horizon, the 2014 opponents for the Bengals have now been set.
Rex Ryan is almost certainly in his final hours as the head coach of the New York Jets, but he is hardly alone. There are at least five NFL coaches who are on the firing line at the end of Week 17.
Santonio Holmes returns to the Jets’ lineup after missing five games with a hamstring injury.
Don’t be shocked if Reed helps the Jets win one or more games the rest of the way. If that one win gets the Jets to the postseason, the signing will prove worthwhile.
Forbes has released their annual ranking of the highest team values in the NFL, and the Giants and Jets both cracked the top 10.
The Houston Texans have long seen their offense strike when the iron is hot and consistently run up the score, but they’ve needed the defense to keep the lead. With some players leaving and others are not living up to the hype, J.J. Watt brings the whole package to a team that is getting better every season.
“Our locker room is full of clowns and, oh man, people would kill him,” Smith said. “I mean, he would be the butt of every joke for at least two, three years.”
“I can understand if you’re 180 pounds and trying to block a 300-pound guy, and you know you have no chance,” Cushing said. “But I’m not looking, we’re behind the ball, and it’s low. And (Slauson) specifically, with a purpose, went for the knee.”
The Houston Texans defeated the Bengals 19-13 and will face the Patriots in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs.
There’s no need for the Giants to make major changes, as the foundation needed to build a winner still remains.
With two weeks left in the season, the NFC East, NFC West and AFC North titles are still up for grabs, not to mention the four Wild Card spots.
This week the Giants go to Atlanta with a chance to do the same thing to the team that has played the best regular-season football in the NFC this year.
The madness continued in Week 14. The Chargers bombed the Steelers in Pittsburgh, the Falcons get Cam’ed in Carolina, the Pats flexed their muscles against Houston and the 9-4 Ravens fired their offensive coordinator after blowing a game in D.C.
Look out. That familiar sight is the New England Patriots romping through December, looking like a Super Bowl team.