The Eagles shouldn’t even think about playing Jalen Hurts in Saturday’s now meaningless game against the Cowboys. Hurts sprained his throwing shoulder in last Sunday’s very physical victory over the Bears. He’ll be fine in a week or two, but there is nothing to be gained by playing through that injury now. The Eagles are going to be the top seed in the NFC, period. The Cowboys are going to be the five seed, period. What had been ballyhooed as the NFL’s most anticipated regular season game is now essentially an exhibition, thanks to the Cowboys losing to the Jags last Sunday. Hello, Gardner Minshew.
Aaron Rodgers says he thinks the Packers can still make the playoffs. That’s a tall order. Yes, Green Bay has looked better of late, as evidenced by Monday night’s 24-12 home win over the Rams that upped the Pack’s record to 6-8. But their three remaining games are against the Dolphins, Vikings and Lions. Running that table is more than unlikely.
The Rams have been officially eliminated from playoff contention. They are paying a helluva price for last year’s Super Bowl win. They’ve traded away all of their draft choices for the next 437 years. Looks to me like their future is all behind them.
Sunday’s game between those Rams and the Broncos is going to be televised on Nickelodeon. Apropos. That is a Slime Bowl, indeed.
Very disappointed to learn that Willie McGinest has been arrested on an assault charge involving a gun. I admired him as a player and have enjoyed his television work on the NFL Network. I will wait to learn all the facts, but this is depressing.
Hey, look, I’m an old school, rah-rah guy. But Bijan Robinson is absolutely making the right decision in bowing out of the Alamo Bowl and passing up his final year of eligibility at Texas to enter the NFL Draft. Go do it, Bijan!
Until very recently, Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman was the toast of the league. Now he is toast. Baltimore has averaged 13.8 points over the last five games.
I’ve been extremely impressed by Jets coach Robert Saleh, not just for the way he has his team playing, but because of the way he has handled his players. Yes, he recently had to bust and demote second-year quarterback Zach Wilson. But now he’s building Wilson back up. That’s what good coaches do.
Maybe I shouldn’t disclose this. But I’m 68 years old. And I admit to being a little disoriented by the sudden end to the UIW football season. That team and those guys had become such a large and meaningful part of my daily routine.
Congrats to Damian Lillard, who has now passed the great Clyde Drexler as the Trail Blazers’ all-time scorer. That is quite an accomplishment.
Let’s all pray for Ohio State freshman offensive lineman Avery Henry, who has been diagnosed with the form of bone cancer known as osteosarcoma. Beat it, young man. I know you will.