This time last year I was writing about the divisional round of the playoffs and the gut wrenching ‘non catch’ which ended the Dallas Cowboys’ dreams of returning to the glory they so desperately seek. Only last week, kicker Blair Walsh destroyed the hopes of the Minnesota Vikings when he hooked the game winning field goal wide left. Obviously in a game where only one out of 32 teams can win the grand prize a certain amount of disappointment is inevitable for the majority of participants. However as a Jets fan, the 2015 season has shown that there are definitely degrees of heartbreak and the closer you get, the harder it is to accept, especially when things seem to be heading in the right direction.
The Jets are 10-5, Ryan Fitzpatrick has been named AFC offensive player of the week for the second time in three weeks and a win against Buffalo on Sunday will see the Jets make the playoffs for the first time in five years. It’s a good time to be a Jets fan. At least for now.
With two games left, the AFC postseason line-up is anything but decided. Unlike in the NFC, where four out of the six places are clinched and the other two look set, the AFC still has a number of teams vying for January football. Somewhat predictably, considering both had a long undefeated run this year, both the Patriots and Bengals have punched their pass to the postseason but the four other places remain up for grabs. For the teams in the hunt, some who have their fate solely in their hands and some who don’t, winning out is key if they want to be playing football beyond week 17.
The three International Series games for 2016 have been announced with mini fist pumps across Europe from Rams, Jaguars, Redskins, Bengals and Colts fans (and raised hopes for the NFC East). For those who will get the chance to see their team play live possibly for the first time, it’s the start of an exciting journey. For those not lucky enough to have their team make the schedule, it’s not exactly the most enthralling line up with several of the weakest teams of 2015 showcased. On the other hand, it’s live football on our doorstep and with teams changing so much year on year it’s impossible to predict the quality. Continue reading
Week Two is upon us with a number of games which are bound to be close run affairs based on what we saw in week one. I’ve made my picks for the Sunday games and Monday night football and I’m aiming to improve on my 11-5 last week. See if you agree (my picks in bold).
It’s been a little while since my last blog entry but football is back and so it’s time to get back to business. As if to prove that the preseason counts for nothing (or very little) in terms of predicting regular season outcomes, the first tranche of games were full of unexpected twists and turns. To get my 2015 blogging season underway, here are my takeaways from some of the most headline worthy games in week one of the 2015 NFL season.