Tuesday Morning Running Back Week 16: Playoff Implications Galore!

Dan PieroniCorrespondent IDecember 23, 2008

Don't you love it when it come down to this?

For the past 16 weeks, all NFL teams aside from the Titans, Giants, and Steelers have been fighting for playoff positions.

Now it is do or die time.

Next weekend, no fewer than ten of the 16 games on the NFL schedule will have major playoff implications.

In short, it's a football lovers dream.

Perhaps what's most amazing about all this is that there are 4 divisions in the NFL that have yet to be clinched.

It's also amazing that the Atlanta Falcons could go from a 4-12 laughingstock to the No. 2 seed in the NFC.

Or maybe it's shocking that the Patriots can still win the AFC East without Tom Brady.

Or that the Bears can clinch the NFC North while they were one game back heading into week 16.

Or that despite their miserable play, the Cowboys can still make the playoffs,

The scenarios heading into next weekend, are so numerous, it's enough to make your head spin.

But all we can do is sit back and watch the games play out.

It should be one heck of a week 17, not that week 16 wasn't exciting enough, here come the bullet points.

  • Can someone please explain what's so great about Tony Romo? I wouldn't want him anywhere near my team in December.
  • Saturday night may have been Wade Phillips's swan song in Dallas. If not then, than certainly in Philadelphia on Sunday if they lose.
  • Major props go to Ravens WR Derek Mason. Here's a guy who separated a shoulder stretching for a first down, then took a painkiller to recover a fumble and make a one-armed TD catch. That my friends is toughness.
  • Congratulations are also in order for 49ers WR Issac Bruce who became the 5th receiver in NFL history to catch 1,000 footballs. Perhaps it's somewhat ironic that he did it against his former team.
  • Q: Since Lions coach Rod Marinelli made history on Sunday, by becoming the first coach to lead an 0-15 team, what do you think he's going to do now?

A: He's going to Disney World.

  • Not even a -12 windchill could help the Chiefs or phase the Dolphins. I think the Jets will live to regret letting Chad Pennington get away.
  • What happened to the Buccaneers defense? They were once ranked 3rd in the NFL in pass defense but they let Phillip Rivers throw four touchdown passes Clearly Monte Kiffin's announcement that he's leaving has had negative effect on this team.
  • Browns fans can ask Santa for Bill Cowher all they want, but I think it's going to take a fortune to get him his comfortable analyst job at CBS.
  • Way to go Titans, power running and tight defense gets you places.
  • This has certainly been a year of surprises. If there's anyone who thought the Falcons would make the playoffs with a rookie coach and quarterback, I hope they went to Vegas.
  • It's somewhat ironic that in his last game as Seattle head coach, Mike Holmgren watched the quarterback he helped make a star disintegrate before his eyes leading the other team.
  • Maybe the Redskins offense is still not all there, but there defense deserves the game ball for the win and barring a miracle, crushing the Eagles playoff hopes.
  • The Giants owe every bit of their No. 1 seed to Derrek Ward, whose heroic effort in rushing for over 200 yards, made everyone forget about the night DeAngelo Williams had.
  • Likewise, the Bears can thank a freak special teams fumble for waking up their offense and keep their playoff hopes alive.
  • Have a very merry Christmas and be sure to answer this week poll question before you watch all the great games on Sunday afternoon.


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