Monday’s Reflections: Week 16

by Chris Foster

After sitting down and watching football literally all weekend, it often leaves me with several reflections on the day’s events. In this piece every week, I will chronicle those reflections.

The Touchdown Heard Around the World!!

Alex Smith and the Kansas City Chiefs have a chance to become the #2 seed in the AFC after the whooping they put on the Denver Broncos on Sunday Night Football. Smith threw for 244 yards and a touchdown in the game but it wasn’t his lone touchdown pass that caught the attention of viewers. The Chiefs had put the game away, leading 27-10 with 2 minutes to go in the 4th quarter when they had the ball on the 1-yard line. That is when they put in  Poe, the 346-pound defensive lineman. (I will take the over on that 346 pounds by the way!) Poe has taken a handoff before in his career and gone crashing into the end zone. This time, Poe took on a direct snap from center and started toward the end zone when he lifted his 300+ pound frame off the turf and took a jump shot, Tim Tebow pass into the end zone to tight end Demetrius Harris. I have heard it dubbed the “Bloated Tebow.” I love it, love that they players are still having fun with the game!

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Game of the Weekend: Steelers and Ravens:

With a chance to tie the Steelers atop the AFC North at 9-6, The Ravens took 20-10 lead in the third quarter after a slow first half. The fourth quarter, however, was anything but slow! The fourth quarter saw both teams combine for four touchdowns and a field goal that brought us some incredible plays in the final minutes of the game. After LeVeon Bell pushed the Steelers in front 24-20, Kyle Juszcyk made a run balancing and fighting his way to the end zone from 1o yards out to put the Ravens back in front 27-24 with just 1:18 remaining the game. It felt like one of those moments playing Playstation or Xbox when you’re playing Madden and you score, but you know that you left your opponent to much time on the clock, even though it is barely above a minute. Well, by the look of Joe Flacco’s face on the sidelines, he knew that he did exactly that. Roethlisberger led the Steelers the length of the field and completed this pass to Antonio Brown short of the goal line who did the rest.

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What an incredibly heads up play by Brown!

The Unfortunate QBs:

You know the ole acting and good luck statement, “break a leg?” Well, neither Marcus Mariota or Derek Carr want to hear it! Marcus Mariota and Derek Carr are both young QBs who had their teams pushing towards the playoffs and maybe even further this season. Unfortunately for both, they had their season’s ended on Saturday with broken legs. Carr and his Raiders will still make the playoffs, but with Carr no longer under center for the remainder of the season, it could be a struggle to make it past their first game. Mariota and the Titans had their backs against the wall already, when Mariota went down with an injury, trailing by double-digits to the Jaguars. The Titans watched their playoff hopes get dashed when Bengals kicker Randy Bullock sailed a field goal wide left. The Titans, much like I said about the Raiders, would have struggled without Mariota anyway. Yet, now they won’t even get the chance. It was an unfortunate ending to the season for two young promising quarterbacks and we wish both a speedy recovery!

Cam Newton and the Wild, Wild, West:

Newton looked like he was a character out of the hit show Westworld on Saturday after the Panther’s loss on Saturday to the Falcons. The Panthers head into the final week of the season 6-9 and will miss the playoffs for the first time since 2012. Cam said in the post game conference that he thought the Panthers players “need to take a sabbatical so to speak, just to get away from it.” I would like to remind Cam Newton that he and the rest of his Panther teammates get paid to play the game of football. I understand that it is a hard and trying profession, but you get paid to play football. Give me a break, who wouldn’t make that trade. Maybe, if Cam spent less time picking out his outlandish post game outfits, his team may find itself in some better situations postgame. If you don’t believe me, just google Cam Newton outfits.

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Photo by Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Hats off to the Cleveland Browns:

It has been a long hard trying season for the Cleveland Browns, and they finally did it this Sunday! They captured their first win of the season 16 weeks into the campaign. They did it over the San Diego Chargers. The Chargers gave them plenty of help, but a win is a win! sdmiss2-0

What a great moment for the Browns and Head Coach Hue Jackson.

Happy Monday Y’all!

 

Cover Photo by Getty Images

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