are only three weeks remaining in the NFL regular season, and the
playoff picture will become much clearer after the upcoming weekend.
The college bowl games begin this Saturday.
The Fugitive Commissioner of the FFHL
are only THREEweeks
remaining in the regular season.
Threeteamshavenow clinched a
playoff berth – Arizona,
New England, and Carolina. The CAR Panthers have clinched the NFC
South Division and a “bye” week in the first round of the
England has clinched the AFC East division.
outright in 16NFL
games this week for anupset
rate of 37.5%(18.8%
the previous week).
at Cincinnati, 33-20. The CIN Bengals lost QB Andy Dalton in
the first quarter with a fractured thumb; he’ll presumably miss the
remainder of the regular season, but does not require surgery and is
being labeled as “week-to-week”.He
will not play in San Francisco on Sunday – Week #15.
visiting Buffalo, 23-20, as the Ryan-led Bills were flagged 15 times
for 101 yards of penalties.The
PHI Eagles stayed in the race for the weak NFC East division title,
while the losing BUF Bills became a longshot for a wild card playoff
at Chicago, 24-21.The
WSH ‘Skins stayed in the race for the weak NFC East division title,
while the losing CHI Bears were all but eliminated from the
visiting Detroit, 21-14, as Rams’ rookie RB Todd Gurley had an
at Tampa Bay, 24-17.
at Denver, 15-12. The OAKRaiders
trailed 12-0 at halftime, and were statistically awful with negative12 yards from
scrimmage and theirlongest
play of the half was 4 yards, while the DEN Broncos racked up 224
yards (but were only able to muster four FG’s). What a
collapse in the Mile High City.
was a one-point underdog at Jacksonville butled
halftime, with the JAX Jaguars’ fans booing the team heading into
the locker room. After intermission, JAX scored a TD every time
they had the ball. FINAL: JAX 51, IND 16.
at Houston on Sunday, 27-6,to
clinch the division titlefor
the 7thyear in a row.
TheNY Jets (8-5)beat the TEN Titanson Sunday, 30-8, and
are still battling with Pittsburgh and Kansas City for two wild card
suddenly just “hanging on” with a two-gamelead over Pittsburgh
to the Steelers on Sunday, 33-20. Cincinnati is now without its
starting QB,whilethe PIT Steelers
have won four of their last five games.However,
if CIN and PIT tie for the division, the Bengals will win the
tiebreaker if they can get one more division win (Week #17 at home
Sunday, 15-12, and the Broncos now have only a two-gamelead over the KC
Chiefs (8-5), whobeat
visiting San Diego on Sunday, 10-3. Kansas
City will win thetiebreaker
if both teams finish 11-5 in the division, and the Chiefs have the
easier schedule to finish up the regular season(3
opponents with losing records: at BAL, then home vs. CLE, OAK).Denver plays at PIT,
and thenishome vs. CIN and
Mediocre AFC SOUTH(all
HoustonTexans(6-7)both lost on Sunday
and are still tied for the division lead. Jacksonville (5-8)demolished the IND
Colts on Sunday, 51-16, and the Jaguars find themselves only one game
out of the division lead.
up the division titlelast
week. With another blowout win over Atlanta on Sunday, 38-0,
the Panthers have also clinched a first-round “bye”.
by one game over Minnesota(8-5), as
the GB Packers whipped Dallas on Sunday, 28-7, and the MIN Vikings
lost at Arizona on Thursday night, 23-20.
its division lead ofthree
theSEASeahawks (8-5), as
both teams won in Week #14.The
AZ Cardinals, currently on a 7-game winning streak,have clinched a
playoff spot but have not mathematically won the division title yet.
Hapless NFC EAST(all
teams under .500)
is a 3-way tie for the division lead among three mediocre teams, all
sporting 6-7 records --NY
Giants, Washington, and
All three teams won in Week #14 to keepuptheirmediocre pace.
for the record, there are a total of 12 playoff spots, 6 in each
conference. Four spots in each conference are reserved for the
division winners (the #1 through #4 seeds), leaving two spots in each
conference for “wild card” teams (the #5 and #6 seeds).
only 3 games remaining in the regular season, following is a snapshot
of how the playoff picture looks at this point:
Green Bay (9-4)
Giants, or Philly(6-7)
chances are fading:
division losers (6-7)
mathematically eliminated with loss at St. Louis on Sunday, 21-14
#1New England (11-2)
Indianapolis (6-7) or Houston (6-7)
& #6 Kansas City (8-5), Pittsburgh (8-5), NY Jets (8-5)
chances are fading:
division loser (6-7)
(5-8), with loss on Monday night (7thstraight year out of
in Philadelphia, PA, 21-17, and Midshipmen QB Keenan Reynolds broke
the all-time Division I career rushing touchdown record with 85. He rushed for two
TD’s in the game to surpass previous record-holder Adrian Peterson(no, not that one)
FCS Georgia Southern(84
rushing TD’s from 1998-2001).
who has now amassed 4,415rushing
his career, broke Napoleon McCallum’s Navy career rushing record of
finished fifth in the 2015 Heisman Trophy voting.
were FOUR playoff gamesover
the weekend in the Football Championship Subdivision.
Illinois Poinsettia Bowl San Diego, CA
Southern GoDaddy Bowl Mobile, AL
Michigan-3vs. MIDTennessee Bahamas
Bowl Nassau, Bahamas
Diego State+1vs. Cincinnati Hawaii
Bowl Honolulu, HI
RESULTS – WEEK FOURTEEN
the second week in a rowat44-40-0ATS(52.4%).We selected 26underdogs and posted
With the college ‘dogs, we were 1-0-0ATS;in theNFL we were 13-12-0ATS (52.0%).
FFHLLOP-SIDEDand CONTESTEDPICKS AGAINST
THE SPREAD (ATS)
below is a breakdown of ALL of our 84picksfor the week.
picks(23%)out of 82totalNFLpicks.
Team For-Against Result
/ Unsolicited comments
-21h vs. Army1-1 ARMY WINS ATS, easily by 17 points
Seahawks -10 at BAL 6-0 WIN, Seattle covers easily with 35-6 victory
Bills -1 at PHI 6-0LOSS, Eagles win outright, 23-20
Panthers -8h vs. ATL 6-1WIN, Carolina blows out Falcons, 38-0
Patriots -3h at HOU 6-1WIN, New England wins easily, 27-6
Packers -6h vs. DAL 6-2WIN, Green Bay pulls away in 4th,
Bengals -2h vs. PIT 5-2LOSS, Pittsburgh wins outright at Cincy, 33-20
49’ers +2h at CLE 4-0LOSS, Cleveland wins at home, 24-10
Giants -1 at MIA 4-1WIN, Giants win in Miami on Monday night, 31-24
Broncos -7 vs. OAK 4-1LOSS, Oakland wins outright in Denver, 15-12
Lions -3 at STL 4-2LOSS, St. Louis wins outright, 21-14
Saints +4 at TB Bucs 4-3WIN, New Orleans wins outright in Tampa,
Chiefs -10h vs. SD 3-2LOSS, Kansas City wins 10-3 to not cover by 3½
Titans +7 at NY Jets 3-2LOSS, Tennessee loses big, 30-8
Bears -3h vs. WSH 2-2WASHINGTON beats favored Chicago, 24-21
FAVORITES 8-8-0(50.0%) 10-6(62.5%)
TEAMS 7-9-0(43.8%) 9-7(56.2%)
NFL- CUMULATIVE after
FAVORITES 94-107-7(46.9%) 129-79(62.0%)
TEAMS 94-103-7(47.8%) 110-94(53.9%)
– RACE FOR THE #1 OVERALL DRAFT PICK
#1 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft is still up for grabs.
is the latest list of contenders:
Dallas, Detroit, and San Francisco
Saturday night, December 12ththe Heisman Trophy
and it was no surprise.Following
is the order of finish:
Henry Alabama 1,832 WINNER
McCaffrey Stanford 1,539 Anti-West Coast bias
Watson Clemson 1,165
self-promotion network, ESPN, has created its own FPI (Football Power
Index) and uses it to predict the results of football games.
The following shows each team’s chances of winning the CFP
Championship (as of December 8th), per ESPN:
what it’s worth)
new HC for the ECU Pirates is Scottie Montgomery, who was the former
associate head coach/offensive coordinator for Duke.
new HC for the BGSU Falcons is Mike Jinks, former Texas Tech running
backs coach/associate head coach.
some speculation, HC Dana Holgorsen will not be fired and will return
for theMountaineers’2016 season.
new HC for the Green Wave is Willie Fritz, former HC at Georgia
OSU Buckeyes filled their coaching vacancy at associate
HC/co-defensive coordinator under HC Urban Meyer with Greg Schiano,
who was previously the HC at Rutgers from 2001-2011 and then HC for
the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2012. Schianoreplaces the
departed Chris Ash, who left Ohio State to become the head coach
EXPERIMENTAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE (FXFL)
fledgling FXFL got started in October of 2014 and was unable to
finish the original regular season schedule last year.
the 2015 season, the plan was to field four teams with a six-game
regular season. But due to money problems and projectedtravel costs, the
Mahoning Valley Brawlersteamout of Niles, Ohio,
folded prior to the start of the season.
season began with the Brooklyn Bolts (Brooklyn, NY), the Hudson
Valley Fort (Fishkill, NY), and the Blacktips, originally out of
Florida but later became a traveling team with no home field out of
Orange County, NY.
of six regular season games were completed, but the sixth and final
game was cancelled and the season ended with Brooklyn at 4-1, the
Blacktips at 1-1, and the HV Fort at 0-3.All
games were played in the State of New York.
big name for the FXFL was supposed to be QB Josh Freeman, former 1stround draft pick by
the TB Bucs in 2009 (#17 overall out of Kansas State). He was
trying to revive his NFL career, but the league fizzled and his
comeback suffered another setback.
appears that the FXFL may be defunct before a 2016 season gets
into last weekend’s game at Houston, the New England Patriots had
lost two games in a row for the first time since early in the 2012
season (over 3 years ago). If they had lost to Houston (which
they didn’t), it would have been the first time since 2002 that the
Cheaters had a 3-game losing streak.
in Week #13, Tennessee (-2h) beat visiting Jacksonville and won
42-39. The Titans snapped their ugly 11-game homelosing streak.
Heisman Trophy runner-up Christian McCaffrey eclipsed the all-time
FBS record for all-purposeyards in a single
season with 3,496; he did it in 13 games. The former record was
held by Barry Sanders, who generated 3,250 all-purpose yards during
the 1988 season…………. in only 11 games.
is the son of former NFL wide receiver Ed McCaffrey.
FOOTBALL - FFHL WEEK #15
first postseason bowl gameswill
be played on Saturday, December 19thand a total of 40bowl games will be
January 2ndleading up to the
CFP title game on Monday, January 11th.
bowl games through next Thursday, Christmas Eve, December 24th,
are listed above.
WEEK #15 – THE
FULL SLATE OF GAMES
Bay+1at St. Louis
20th Houston at Indianapolis HOU QB Yates? IND QB Whitehurst?
City -7h at Baltimore
New England NE RB Blount out for year
NY Giants Panthers QB Newton was injured in two car wreck
Cleveland+14hat Seattle SEA RB
Rawls out for season
San Francisco CIN QB A.J. McCarron
QB Jimmy Clausen started against the Seahawks on Sunday. He
also started against the SEASeahawks
earlier this year (inWeek
a member ofthe
have been only five other quarterbacks in league historyto start games
against the same opponentin
the same seasonwhileon the roster fortwo different
you name even one of those five QB’s?
The most recent case was in this decade. Before that, there
were two QB’s in the 1990’s, one in the 1970’s and one in the
the most recent quarterback to do it and the only one to do it with
opponents in the same season. Orton faced both the Green Bay Packers
and Oakland Raiders in 2011 as a member of the Denver Broncos; and
then after being released by Denver and claimed by the KC Chiefs,
Orton started games against both the Packersand
the end of the season.
games against the Atlanta Falcons as a member of the Carolina
Panthers and New Orleans Saints.
games against the NOR Saints as a QB for boththe
Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Phoenix Cardinals.
games against the Dallas Cowboys as a QB for boththe
New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers.
in 1962, Jack
games against the New York Titans as a member of boththe San Diego
Chargers and Buffalo Bills.