NFL Week 15 Thursday & Saturday FootballThursday, December 17, 2015 12:00
Pick and analysis for the NFL Week 15 Thursday & Saturday games.
NFL WEEK FIFTEEN THURSDAY & SATURDAY
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-7) @ St. Louis Rams(5-8) -3 41 [O]
For St. Louis fans, tonight will be a sad one, no matter the outcome of the game.
After a long, difficult season, the Big Horns will most likely take the long trip across the Rockies on their way back home to the City of Angels; aka, City with the most nonchalant fans in sports.
A neighbor of mine was all in a few years back, before Kobe Bryant’s Achilles betrayed him and the Lakers were a perennial NBA force. The license plate frame the window decals, and, when the Purple & Gold made the finals, the obnoxious looking “window flags” proclaiming never-ending loyalty.
Now, while Kobe enjoys a well-deserved farewell tour as one of the games all-time greats, and his Lakers stink worse than an Expendables sequel—no decal, no flags…Staples Center attendance is slipping, and TV ratings are plummeting…
And the telltale sign things are bad in Lakertown—Jack Nicholson’s courtside seat has been empty.
“Oh, the horror!”
The 16 million people in the San Diego/L.A./Santa Barbara megalopolis insure two NBA teams will always have a relatively full house of 19-20 thousand fans…
I guess the same can be said for a relocated Chargers franchise—and I know this is anecdotal—but Raida jerseys are far more prevalent in L.A than Bolts jerseys.
The loyalty, the connection, Broncos, Browns, Steelers, hell, even the Bengals show their respective teams, simply is not part of the Los Angeles sports tapestry.
It never will be.
The NFL better be careful how it negotiates the dangerous road of relocation, stadium construction, and the whole “two team scenario” vis-à-vis Los Angeles.
Nobody here really seems to care about the return of any NFL team.
We’re taking the visitors and the Over in this edition of TNF. Seems I was dead wrong about ROY favorite, Jamius Winston—18 total TDs in the red zone, with no picks.
I stand corrected.
A stronger reason is the surprising quality of this Bucs team under Lovie Smith—11th in defense, 11th in offense. Probably too late to qualify for a playoff entry, but the young Bucs are ascending faster than we thought.
The Rams, seemingly for fifteen years now, are looking for a quarterback. Case Keenum probably isn’t the answer and when Stan Kronke makes the trip to the left coast, Jeff Fisher will likely be left behind.
Bucs 24 Rams 20
New York Jets @ Dallas Cowboys +3 42 [O]
I know, I know, I vented on the idiot, Jerry Jones, and the delusional, borderline stupid Dallas fans only a few short weeks ago. However, my hatred for everything Jones has turned his franchise into compared to the great organization it once was needs another session.
How long will it be before the mirage of the Dallas Cowboys being anything but mediocre to awful will seep into the heads of Roger Goodell and the committee that determines prime time games?
Fine, I get it, Dallas attracts superb TV audiences and that should preclude any discussion calling for their reduced prime time presence.
Fact is, when the Cowboys are Fox’s almost weekly, featured late-game team, when former Cowboys, two decades removed from greatness interview other Cowboys who played during the last 20 years of futility—the Cowboys benefit immeasurably in a PR/Brand context.
If it were the Miami Dolphins or the Oakland Raidas given so much analysis, discussion, attention, and airtime, their television audience would increase just as much.
Advertising works. The Cowboys’ false narrative as “America’s Team” is proof.
Since their last Super Bowl victory in 1995, 20 full seasons, here is the reality of the Cowboys’ last 19 years:
- 9 playoff appearances
- 3 playoff victories
- 0—ZERO– NFCCGs & SBs
Put more succinctly, the Cowboys haven’t been a serious contender for a Lombardi trophy in going on 20 years.
Here are the teams, during the same period, who have played in conference championship games and/or Super Bowls:
- Entire NFC West
- Entire NFC South
- Entire NFC East—except the Cowboys and Nates
- Entire NFC North—except the Lions
- Entire AFC West—except the Chiefs
- Entire AFC South—except the Texans
- Entire AFC East—except the Bills and Dolphins
- Entire AFC North—except the Browns and Bengals
Perspective: The Dallas Cowboys are one of nine teams—one of only three NFC teams—having not competed in a conference championship in the last 20 years—2015 pending.
Hey Dallas fans!!!!!!!! Yeah, you!!!! Look at that list! LOOK AT IT!!!!!!!!!!!
If I were to ask you to list the absolute worst NFL teams of the last two decades, you’d probably laugh so hard, you’d piss in your boots, bustin’ nuts on those losers, huh, pardners?
Look who’s at the top of that list…LOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
AND I AIN’T DONE YET
I am sick of the media ball washing Jerry Jones; articles like this really piss me off:
Listen to the video on top if you have time. Beautiful insight as to why the Cowboys are one of the worst teams in recent memory.
If I ran CBS.com, I’d summarily fire John Breech because of this ending to a pathetic analysis:
Bottom line: If the Cowboys win out, they would finish 4-2 in the division and win any possible tiebreaker, whether that’s a three-way tie or four-way tie at 7-9, which both could still happen.
Losing out wouldn’t be the worst thing ever either because Dallas is still alive in the race for the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft.
Which is a polite way of saying the Cowboys really suck—but if they suck just a tad bit more they could turn out to be the worst team in the league.
ONTO THE JETS
Contrast Jones’ inanity with the quiet intensity of Todd Bowles, the Jets head coach. He took over from the AFC’s resident buffoon, Rex Ryan, and fields one of the most balanced teams in the league. The Airplanes along with the Panthers, Pats, Cardinals, and ‘Hawks rank in the top ten on both sides of the ball.
The lemming punditocracy is touting Pittsburgh as the AFC team “nobody wants to play in January.” I guess Big Ben makes that a valid position, but Brady has tortured the Black & Gold in recent matchups, and the Steelers secondary would improve if Mike Tomlin inserted my Aunt Clara at free safety—and although she’s been dead for 30 years, her forty time is better than any Pittsburgh DB’s.
The Jet’s, their new workmanlike attitude, solid line play, and a talented coach could pull off the upset in Foxboro.
New York can’t do that until they trounce the Cowboys in front of a huge television audience.
I’m betting, anticipating, hoping, and praying they do.
It won’t even be close—Over the Total…
Jets 33 Cowboys 16
NFL Lines For Week 15 – 12/17 – 12/21, 2015
|Date & Time||Favorite||Line||Underdog||Total|
|12/17 8:25 ET||At St. Louis||-3||Tampa Bay||41|
|12/19 8:25 ET||NY Jets||-3||At Dallas||42|
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