Week 15 ended last night with a convincing win for the Eagles over the lowly Browns. Donovan McNabb has played great since he was benched in Baltimore throwing 7 TDs compared to one int. It also helps that they have found a balance between the run and pass. The eagles are 3-0 in those three games and have put themselves in a position to make the playoffs. In order to do that they need to win out and have Tampa lose to either San Diego or Oakland or have Atlanta lose to Minnesota or St. Louis. Who would have thought that after that tie in Cincinatti? Or the embarrassment in Baltimore?
The Carolina Panthers can win home field advantage in the NFC playoffs if they win in the Meadowlands on Sunday night. That would be huge for a team that finished its home schedule 8-0 on the season. They will be facing a reeling Giants team that has lost two in a row to the ‘Boys and Birds without Plaxico Burress and Brandon Jacobs, but it seems like Jacobs will be back for this one. Crazily enough if the Giants lose this week and the Vikings win, the Week 17 matchup between the Vikings and the Giants would then be for 2nd in the NFC for the all important bye week.
The AFC East continues to intrigue everyone as the Jets, Patriots, and Dolphins are all 9-5. The Jets control their own destiny, if they win out they win the division. The only problem with that is the Jets have to play on the west coast this weekend, traveling to Seattle. On the year they are 0-3 in the western time zone losing to San Diego, Oakland, and San Francisco. In my perfect world the Jets and Dolphins would win this week and then Chad Pennington would march into the Meadowlands and beat the Jets for the division crown on the last day of the season. On a side note, our hearts go out to the Cassel family after his father’s passing last week. What a courageous and inspiring effort from Matt in Oakland on Sunday.
Pittsburgh’s latest 4th quarter (allbeit controversal) has put them in position to play for home field advantage in the AFC playoffs. They will play for it this weekend against the Titans, after Tenessee lost to Houston last week. It won’t be as easy for the Titans either becuase Albert Haynesworth will be out until at least the playoffs. In my eyes this is one of the most impressive regular seasons, Pittsburgh has put together. Here are some of their wins: Baltimore twice, Dallas, Washington, and New England. Most of these wins have come without Willie Parker and with a banged up Big Ben.
Lastly, the AFC West still stinks. The Chargers beat the Chiefs somehow 22-21 to keep their sorry playoff hopes alive while the Broncos are now 0-2 in clinching the division after they got killed in Carolina. Maybe the Bills are exactly what they need, but I would rather it come down to week 17 when the two teams matchup. Please NFL, LET ED HOCHULE DO THE GAME.