The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly – Week 15

Michael Lipscomb

My weekly review of the games around the league. Recognizing greatness and talking a little trash! Got a problem with it? Hit me up on Twitter: @TheAceWriter or tweet at the website’s page @TFINS_

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The Good- Drew Brees becomes the NFL all-time leader in passing touchdowns. Saints get big win at home.
Indianapolis Colts at New Orleans Saints. Saints win 34-7

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Congratulations to Drew Brees for breaking another NFL record. Brees broke Peyton Manning’s touchdown record with a 5-yard throw to tight end Josh Hill, in the third quarter of Monday night’s game. It was the 540th touchdown pass of his NFL career.

I used to hear a lot of conversation about Brees being considered a second tier quarterback to Manning, Rodgers, etc. 

With the Saints having so much success in recent years, I’ve noticed Drew Brees get a lot more respect from casual fans.

Good for Brees, who has had one of the most interesting and inspiring careers in NFL history. He’s got a chance to add to his resume this season, if he can bring home another Lombardi trophy.

It’s almost impossible to win a Super Bowl without a tenacious defense, and the Saints definitely have that. The Indianapolis Colts were held to just 46 rushing yards against New Orleans.

The Colts entire offense revolves around their strong rushing attack. The Saints shut that all the way down, and caused problems all night. The Saints dominated this football game on both sides of the football.

The battle for NFC supremacy will be a good win. The Saints, Packers, 49ers, Seahawks, etc., have strong coaching, talented rosters, and respectable quarterback play. This may end up being one of the best playoffs in recent memory.

The Bad – Niners fall to Falcons on miraculous last play. Miss opportunity to hold No. 1 seed in NFC.
Atlanta Falcons at San Francisco 49ers. Falcons win 29-22.

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I want to start of by giving respect to the Falcons. They played a great game, and gave the Niners everything they had. The Niners didn’t play great, but they didn’t play poorly either.

This game is a bad loss because of the war the 49ers are currently in at the top of the conference.

The Seahawks (11-3), Packers (11-3), and Saints (11-3) are all fighting for the No.1 seed and every loss hurts a chance at claiming it. The first seed gets home field advantage throughout the playoffs.

The Niners had the opportunity to move to 12-2, but came up short against the Falcons. I believe a young team like this needs to get home field advantage if they’re going to get to the Super Bowl.

With star cornerback Richard Sherman missing this game with an injury, the Niners had trouble defending Julio Jones. Jones ended the game with 13 catches, 134 yards, and two touchdowns.

The superstar receiver was able to convert several 3rd downs opportunities, into 1st downs. Jones also drew a key pass interference call late in the 4th quarter. That flag lead to a touchdown on the next play, and the score was 19-17, 49ers.

The Niners would drive down on the ensuing drive and get a field goal. The score was 22-17 with under two minutes left. 

Matt Ryan drove his offense down the field and the drive came down to one play. With 5 seconds left on a 3rd & Goal. Ryan was able to find Jones who barely crossed the plane of the goal line. It was one of the most incredible plays that you will see all season.

The 49ers have a huge game coming up next week. They battle their divisional rivals the Los Angeles Rams. I want to see the Niners go out and dominate this game. This team can’t afford to let up if they want to end the season as kings of the NFC, and champions of the NFL.

The Ugly – Browns get floored by Cards. Freddie Kitchens has to go.
Cleveland Browns at Arizona Cardinals. Cardinals win 38-24.

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I’ve always been a fan of the “wait-and-see” approach when it comes to head coaches. I believe that too much organizational turnover can be just as bad (or worse) than doing nothing at all.

With all of that being said, the Cleveland Browns need to show Freddie Kitchens the nearest exit. The Browns lost another game to a team with lesser talent.

The Arizona Cardinals jumped out to a fast start, and the Browns simply had no answer. Cleveland’s defense looked lost. The offense looked stagnant. The entire game was a mess. This was a below average performance, all the way around.

The Cardinals snapped a 6-game losing streak against the Browns. Prior to this game, Cleveland was still “in the hunt” for the playoffs. With this loss, it appears that their season is all but over.

The Cardinals have some talented players, but the Browns have more talent and should be competing at a different level. They should have dominated this game from start to finish. The way the players failed to respond in a do-or-die situation, tells me all I need to know about the head coach.

The Browns risk losing their locker room if they don’t replace Kitchens. There are a lot of rumors that players on the team are requesting trades to other destinations. 

There is a simple solution to getting the Browns back on the path to success. Keep the players, get rid of the coach.

Underrated performance of the Week – Joe Mixon, Running back, Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals predictably got blown out by New England, but it wasn’t because of their running game!

Mixon had a fantastic game against the defending Super Bowl champs, rushing for 135 yards on 25 carries. He also caught three passes for another 20 yards.

Hopefully we get to see him play with LSU Quarterback Joe Burrow, in 2020…

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