Patriots lose back to back games and it’s more than poor play

Wanda Wiedman,
Patriots contributor

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

Steelers 17 – Patriots 10

The New England Patriots have won five Super Bowl championships, so it’s bound to happen that the once supreme dynasty is toppling. The loss to the Miami Dolphins Miracle last week could have been an anomaly.

Apparently, it wasn’t as the Patriots lose a week later to the Pittsburgh Steelers on the road 17-10.

Rumors swirled in the off-season that quarterback Tom Brady and tight end Rob Gronkowski would be retiring. Even head Coach Bill Belichick was on the rumor mill when offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels reneged on the head coaching job in Indianapolis to stay in New England.

There are obvious problems ravaging the Patriots as they enter Week 16 with a 9-5 record. It starts with Mr. Brady.

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Tennessee Titans shut out New York Giants 17-0

Karen Christensen, Tennessee Titans Reporter

By Karen Christensen //@ksc47

Titans 17 – Giants 0

The Titans won a road game at MetLife Stadium in rainy and cold New Jersey.  The victory was extra sweet as the Titans have not had a shutout game since December of 2000 when they beat the Dallas Cowboys 31-0.

The wintery weather may have cost the Titans some points, as there were some dropped passes and a missed field goal kick.  But behind Derrick Henry’s strong run game, the team prevailed. Henry had a great game with two touchdowns, 33 carries, and 170 yards.

The Titans defense was also strong; the defense was able to hold the Giants star rookie running back Saquon Barkley to only 31 yards.  The Titans defense had two turnovers during the second half of the game, with safety Kevin Byard getting his third interception of the year, and linebacker Kamalei Correa forcing a sack-fumble on Giants’ quarterback Eli Manning. The fumbled ball was picked up by defensive tackle Jurrell Casey.

Coach Vrabel stated at the post-game press conference that he was proud that his team did not have any turnovers in the “tough conditions on the field”.

The game was prolonged unnecessarily by the NFL refs who seemed to want to review far too many plays, and it took them a long time to reach decisions. The fans out in the cold had to have been frustrated by the delays.  While we are on the subject of delays, the Titans did get an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for having two “delay of game” calls in a row; rather strange.

All in all, it was another Derrick Henry show, with the running back breaking the record for most rushing yards in back to back games. He beat Earl Campbell’s record of 405 yards with 408 rushing yards.

 

The Titans will face the Washington Redskins next week at home on Saturday with a late afternoon kickoff time of 3:30 CT. Tennessee is now 8-6 for the season and the team needs to win the next two home games for any chance to get in the playoffs.

The Titans were hyped at the end of this game and performed a “Remember the Titans” celebration dance routine. The hype and the teamwork needs to carry on for two more weeks, for two more victories for Tennessee to have a chance to get to the Super Bowl.

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Chicago Bears over throw Rodgers reign

Wanda Wiedman
Chicago Bears Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

Chicago 24 – Green Bay 17

It was a sold-out crowd at Soldier Field as Bears fans flooded the stadium to cheer on their Chicago Bears. The Monsters of the Midway become the real Avengers as they overthrow quarterback Aaron Rodgers and company with a 24-17 win over the Green Bay Packers.

All week going into this game, analysts and radio hosts overplayed the fact that Rodgers  “owned” the Bears since 2010. It was deafening and discouraging to Bears fans.

But the Bears came through and it started with the young quarterback, Mitchell Trubisky.

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Once again the team no one wants to face, Seattle is one win from the playoffs

Seattle Seahawks Reporter

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

Vikings 7 – Seahawks 21

Let’s be honest, it wasn’t a pretty win… but it was my favorite kind of win. It was a win that could have easily gotten away from Seattle. But it didn’t, and now the Seahawks are one win away from clinching a playoff berth. In a year where they weren’t expected to win more than four or five games, they are the team no one wants to face.

Lisa Johnson and I argue about this all the time on the OTFB podcast. Defense or offense, which is more important? But it’s not just a shtick we do for the show. She truly believes offense wins games, I say, quite adamantly, the defense is most important.

What last night’s Monday Night Football game against the Minnesota Vikings showed was that what truly wins games is a balance. What makes the Seahawks so dangerous right now is that balance, and it’s alive and well in Seattle.

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Packers playoff hopes will be made or lost in Chicago

Lucy Rendler-Kaplan
Green Bay Packers Reporter

By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan //@Lucyrk78

It was pretty strange not seeing Mike McCarthy on the sidelines Sunday when the Green Bay Packers welcomed the Atlanta Falcons.

And while it’s still too early to make any big statements on the future of this season for the Packers, we have to love seeing the team put up a season-high 34 points.

I feel like the Packers played with more energy than they have so far this season, and definitely executed more efficiently than they have been. Is this Joe Philbin’s doing? Were they players responding to something they’ve wanted to have happen for as long as us fans have?

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Meet Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Finalist, Trey Burton

Wanda Wiedman
Chicago Bears Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

Since 1970, the Man of the Year award was given to players who went over and beyond in outstanding community service on and off the field, and still perform with extreme excellence on the field. It was renamed after the Chicago Bears greatest running back of all-time in 1999.

Alongside Payton, who won his award in 1977, is Dave Duerson (1987), Mike Singletary (1990), Jim Flanigan (2000), and Charles Tillman (2013). Former Bears Julius Peppers (Panthers) and Robbie Gould (49ers) are also finalists for their prospective causes.

This year, the Chicago Bears have chosen tight end Trey Burton as their nominee.

I want to address the work that Burton has been pouring his heart and soul into, and that is the International Justice Mission. This organization aims at eliminating slave trade.

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After a slow start, Giants still have a chance at the playoffs

Marquita Quinones
NY Giants reporter

By Marquita Quinones // @LatinLove729

Giants 40 – Redskins 16

What a season! Who would have thought with the start that the New York Giants had they could even be having thoughts of a playoff run. But, believe it or not, there is still hope. Very slim, but hope.

It seems as though after the bye week the Giants have started to find themselves. In the past 3 weeks, the Giants have had a close loss against the Philadelphia Eagles, and two good wins, one against the Chicago Bears and the latest impressive win against the Washington Redskins. The Giants have improved their record to 4-1 after the bye.

Now, if the beating they gave Washington was a glimpse of what might be if given the chance to enter the playoff season, the Giants may be in good shape. Unfortunately, it isn’t that simple.

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Dolphins pull off “Boise” for the win against Patriots

Lisa
Lisa Johnson,
Miami Dolphins Reporter

By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303 

Dolphins 34 – Patriots 33

Let me first start out by saying…”Alright Miami!” because that was my very first thought after watching the Dolphins pull off a miracle last play to win the game. I could hear good ole Jim “Mad Dog” Mandich’s voice in my head.

A fitting end to a very typical AFC East match-up. A game that saw nine lead changes, which now stands as the second most in an NFL game.

Don’t think many fans would have expected that outcome when it comes to a shoot-out with future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady.

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Houston is T.Y. Hilton’s second home

Julie Voigt, Indianapolis Colts Reporter

By Julie Voigt // @JulieNoted_NFL  

Colts 24 – Texans 21

“This is my second home.” Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton tells the media after a victory over the AFC South Division leading Houston Texans.  And course, what a game performance from Hilton!

For the seventh straight season, Hilton has at least 800 receiving yards, making this the longest active streak in the NFL.  Also, Hilton broke a tie with former Colts’ WR and Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison for the most 150 yard receiving games in the Colts’ franchise history.  

On Sunday vs the Texans, Hilton caught 9 of 12 targets for 199 yards.  “He’s a baller, man. He’s a baller. It’s always an honor to play with.” Colts QB Andrew Luck tells Colts.com reporter Jake Arthur. “We all know T.Y.’s a tough guy.  Sometimes the best packages come in small sizes.”

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Titans keep playoff hopes alive by beating the Jaguars

Karen Christensen, Tennessee Titans Reporter

By Karen Christensen //@ksc47

Titans 30 – Jaguars 9

Thursday Night Football in Nashville was all about Titans’ running back Derrick Henry. Period.

At the beginning of the season, Henry had stated that he wanted to be known as a premiere back. He had not had a stellar season, with RB Dion Lewis getting more yardage and carries each game.

But Thursday night it was all about Henry and he did not disappoint.

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