He finally did it. He caved in to pressure from damn near everyone around him and named Johnny Manziel the starting QB for the rest of the season. I think this is a good idea. It comes down to the fact that you need to give the guy a string of games to see if he can hack it or not as a true starting quarterback. The only problem is that the Cleveland Browns suck so who knows if Johnny Football will get a true chance. It reminds me of when I saw Tim Tebow live. Everyone said just give him a chance. The problem was he was such a streaky quarterback. The game in Buffalo he played awful. I said he doesn’t even deserve to be a backup with that performance. Yet a few weeks later he played fairly well and threw that memorable overtime touchdown pass against Pittsburgh to win the Wild-Card game. Still, it’s probably for the best he is on the SEC Network and not playing Sundays.
Alright, on to the schedule:
|1:00||Indianapolis at Atlanta||No TV|
|1:00||St. Louis at Baltimore||No TV|
|1:00||Washington at Carolina||FOX (all of Canada)/CTV (Ontario, Montreal, Atlantic)|
|1:00||Denver at Chicago||CBS (BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Northwestern Ontario, Eastern Canada)/CTV (Vancouver, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Winnipeg)|
|1:00||Oakland at Detroit||CBS (Northern Ontario, Western Ontario, K/W-Cambridge, Guelph, Ottawa-Gatineau)|
|1:00||NY Jets at Houston||CBS (Golden Horseshoe, GTA, Peterborough, Belleville, Kingston, Cornwall, Quebec)/CTV2 (all of Canada)|
|1:00||Dallas at Miami||No TV|
|1:00||Tampa Bay at Philadelphia||No TV|
|4:05||Kansas City at San Diego||CTV (Saskatchewan, Winnipeg, Ontario, Montreal, Atlantic)|
|4:25||Green Bay at Minnesota||FOX (all of Canada (except BC & Alberta))/CTV2 (all of Canada)|
|4:25||San Francisco at Seattle||FOX (BC, Alberta)/CTV (Vancouver, Alberta)|
|8:30||Cincinnati at Arizona||NBC/TSN1/TSN3/TSN4/TSN5*|
|8:30||Buffalo at New England||TSN1/TSN5|
* – The Cincinnati-Arizona game will be joined in progress on TSN5 after the Vancouver Whitecaps MLS Playoff game concludes…so somewhere around halftime.
Um, is that the Dallas Cowboys not appearing on Canadian television for a second straight week? Again, I have nothing really against the Cowboys themselves (although the Greg Hardy thing rubs me the wrong way). It’s the football media’s infatuation with them. They have two fucking wins this season. They are awful. If they don’t win at least two more games the rest of the way, they may find themselves looking at a #1 overall pick at the next NFL Draft. So finally I am glad they are toning down putting the Cowboys on TV everywhere when they are terrible. Good teams should always show up more than bad teams. That’s why the Patriots, Packers, Broncos, Steelers…teams like that should be shown often because for the past few years they have been the best teams. Putting the Cowboys on all the time is akin to making sure the Rams are on Sunday Night Football…it makes no sense.
- 4 games won’t appear here in Canada unless you have Sunday Ticket or RedZone. Out of 11 that isn’t too bad but not that great. I usually only complain if they are not showing half of the games or more or if an important game between two relatively decent teams isn’t showing here. Otherwise that’s fine by me.
- More games than usual spanning almost the entire country this week. Washington-Carolina, Jets-Houston, and Green Bay-Minnesota all have some sort of nationwide range on one network (if not more). I am perplexed by CTV2 going all-in with the Jets and the Texans but what do I know.
- What I hate about FOX having the doubleheader is that we get Joe Buck telling us about 47 times a game that this is AMERICA’S GAME OF THE WEEK! Fuck off Joe. We get that it’s an important game. But the Sunday Night Football game is usually pretty clearly the game of the week. You don’t see Jim Nantz doing that with CBS. Then again, Jim has to contend with Phil Simms (which is awful enough) and shitty Thursday Night Football games between two teams that are pretty bad where one has arguably the worst uniforms in football history.
- Be prepared. It’s going to be Carson Palmer, Carson Palmer, and more Carson Palmer with NBC’s lead-in to the Sunday Night game between Cincinnati and Arizona. I get that he was traded from Cincy to Arizona and it’s a relatively big deal but there has to be other stories as well.
If I had some money
Who am I kidding I would definitely gamble shitloads of money on football if I had shitloads of money to spend. I don’t so I can’t. Life’s not fair. Get used to it. Anyway, here are some picks for the week:
Minnesota over Green Bay – I think the Pack lose their fourth in a row here against the team who should end up winning the NFC North. Green Bay should end up with the Wild-Card but that might not appease their fans. Supposedly this is all Olivia Munn’s fault. Sure it is. A-a-ron getting pussy that most of us could only dream of is the real reason the ENTIRE FUCKING TEAM is playing poorly. I can’t imagine what it’s going to be like if the Patriots lose three in a row.
New England over Buffalo – I do think the Bills will put a scare into the Pats but the Pats will prevail again. I am still sticking with New England going 15-0, heading to Miami for the last game of the year, and getting slaughtered by a 6-9 Dolphins team.
Seattle over San Francisco – Future factory worker Jim Tomsula continues to coach the sorriest team in the NFL…kind of. There’s always competition there this year from the likes of the Cowboys, Browns, and Lions (to name a few).
Oakland over Detroit – The Raiders are going to be in a dogfight for that last Wild-Card spot this season. The Steelers, unless they shit the bed, have almost guaranteed themselves the first spot. Oakland has to win games like this. Otherwise they are basically a west coast version of the Buffalo Bills.
Alright, tonight there are two college games and then Saturday and Sunday will be chock full of football (that I may or may not miss a lot of). Enjoy the games!