I was never a Kobe fan, nor a Laker fan, in fact I always despised Kobe and the Lakers but after each season, I would gain more respect for him. At this point in his career now, I have no ill feelings towards Kobe and just enjoy watching him still play the game. I was hoping for a more flashier two points than free throws to keep on the highlight reel but it all counts the same. Now that Kobe has passed Michael Jordan on the scoring list for 3rd all-time, he will need another 4,000 points in order to pass Karl Malone for 2nd all-time and another 6,000 to pass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and claim the top spot. I don't want to doubt Kobe but I don't see him catching Kareem. In order for him to catch Kareem, Kobe will have to at least average 24 points a game for the next 3 seasons; Good Luck with that bruh. All in all though, we want to congratulate Kobe on passing the greatest player of all time in scoring.
The Ravens are still hanging on to their playoffs hopes, which was almost ended Sunday afternoon. I know it's easy to look at the Jaguars schedule and say this should have been an easy win for the Ravens, but that's not how the NFL works. Bad teams in the NFL are going to make the good teams, playoff teams, prove that they are that. The Jags gave the Ravens a good run for their money and actually had a 12-10 lead at halftime. Luckily for the Ravens, they have possibly the best pass rush in the league. Ravens sacked Blake Bortles 8 times, Terrell Suggs leading the team with 2.5. Without Haloti Ngta in the middle, skepticism was high but Timmy Jernigan and Pernell McPhee both combining for 3.5 sacks, giving Ravens Nation a sign of the future.
Today was a rough day for Johonny Manziel. Manziel only threw for 80 yards and 2 INTs on 18 passes. The Browns offense could only muster up 107 total yards and 5 first downs with Manziel under center. Everyone was quick to slander Johnny Manziel, some even calling him "trash", and I think that was completely unfair. This was his first ever start in an NFL game, isn't he supposed to struggle? Are we at the point now where we don't allow young players to grow and develop? I don't think we should be so quick to jump the gun on young players, especially when they only played 1 game. The Bengals are still #1 in the AFC North and I think it will stay that way for the rest of the season.
Patriots are on a roll right now, claiming the AFC East for the 12th time since 2001. With only two more games left, the Patriots are my pick to claim home field advantage, which none of the AFC wants to happen. What surprised me most about this team is that not one player has more than 400 yards rushing or 5 rushing TDs. This is typical for the Patriots, who are known for using running backs by committee, but looking at the numbers will make you question how are they doing it. Not having a "true" starting running back might backfire on them.
Broncos are right behind the Patriots in the playoff standings. The Patriots own the tiebreaker between the two, so even if the Broncos do win out, they will need the Pats to lose at least one game. Record wise, the Broncos are still one of the top teams in the AFC, but I don't think they are as good as they were last year.
This is another example of "Any Given Sunday". The Bills are not a bad team but who would have thought they would hold the Packers to 13 points and Aaron Rodgers to less than 200 yards passing and 0 TDs. Rodgers also threw 2 INTs which was a first for him since 2007. I still think Rodgers is the MVP this season, but this did put a dent in what has a great season for Rodgers. With Lions also winning, this puts the Packers 2nd place in the NFC North and 6th seed in the NFC. And guess who play one another in the final week of the season; The Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions, I can't wait.
The best thing about division games is that there is always a rematch. On Thanksgiving, the Eagles went into Dallas and outplayed the Cowboys on all levels. Sunday Night, the Cowboys went in to Philly and outplayed the Eagles on all levels. Cowboys are now the #1 in the division but the Eagles still have a better division record, so they own the tiebreaker if the two teams do end up with the same record. The worst part about this is, while both teams will more than likely finish with 11 wins, only one will get into the playoffs. The Eagles have two road games, @Redskins followed by @Giants to end the season. Cowboys will welcome the Colts followed by a trip to DC to play the Redskins.
The Seahawks eliminated the 49ers from playoff contention and made the race for the NFC West crown a little closer. The Seahawks are currently 1 game behind the Cardinals, who has already cliched a playoff spot. Both teams are 3-1 in the division and will play one another next Sunday night in Arizona. Whoever win that game will more than likely to home the division.