Michael's Weekend Warriors
Another week in the unpredictable league they call the NFL, is in the books. That also means another week of the weekend warriors is here. Let's get to the winners and losers of the week.
Best Team of the Week
The Pittsburgh Steelers' clutch 42-21 win over the Cincinnati Bengals makes them the team of the Week. This is going to sound crazy, but I think the Pittsburgh Steelers are a good team. Ben Roethlisberger could go off at a moment's notice, Le'Veon Bell is underrated, and Antonio Brown is for real. With that being said, they are hilariously inconsistent and the Steel Curtain is not walking through that door. Regardless of this team can figure it out they can beat anyone and I mean anyone.
Worst Team of the Week
The Washington Red****s (stars are on purpose) are a mess right now. Washington fans were visibly displeased seeing their team lose at home 24-0 to the St. Louis Rams. I have to say that I think the Rams are a decent team who were mauled by injuries and thus their 6-7 record is a mirage. However, for a football team to be shutout at home is downright unacceptable.
Best Player of the Week
I know Calvin Johnson had a monster game as well but T.Y Hilton was so impressive on Sunday. Hilton looked as if Joe Haden had his number in the first half, but in the second half, Hilton came alive. Hilton, against one of the best cornerbacks in football, finished with 10 catches for 150 yards and 2 receiving touchdowns, including the game winning touchdown catch. Yes it wasn't all perfect for Hilton in this game, especially in the first half, but it was still impressive how he made Joe Haden look average in a blink of an eye.
Worst Player of the Week
I know the Broncos won, and maybe I'm suffering from expectation of a standard from this player, but Peyton Manning was not good on Sunday. His streak of 51 straight games with a touchdown pass was snapped as he finished 14/20 with 173 yards and 2 interceptions. Again, it needs to be stressed that the Broncos did win and it was a run heavy offensive approach, but that is not what I expect from Manning.
Game of the Week:
Maybe it's fan bias but the Cleveland Browns vs. The Indianapolis Colts was a good game. Not only was it close, and had that nail biting ending, but this game meant something as there were massive playoff implications. With the Colts 25-24 win over the Browns, the Browns playoff hopes are slipping and need to tally off a couple more wins to even have a chance given their tough division.
Surprise of the Week:
This is probably going to be the worst team of the week 2.0 here. We live in a world where the Cleveland Browns and Buffalo Bills might go 10-6 and may not make the playoffs but the New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers or even the Tampa Bay Buccaneers can go to the playoffs with a record under .500. Never mind the irony in the teams who are good and the teams who are bad, but you can not help feeling bad for two teams in the Browns and Bills who have been awful for years and they are finally decent but still may not get in the playoffs by virtue of their tough divisions and tough schedules.
Thursday you do not want to miss the Arizona Cardinals vs. the St. Louis Rams. Was my sarcasm obvious... but seriously if you like tough defensive football every now and then this may be the game for you.