I don’t know what it is about the Cleveland Browns and the Detroit Lions. These two teams are the most sorry-ass franchises in almost any sport (only maybe the Toronto Maple Leafs can match it nowadays). The Cleveland Browns started off this game of Can You Top This? by allowing a blocked field goal to be returned for a touchdown on the final play of a tie game. Yeah it probably can’t get a whole lot worse. “Oh really?” muttered the Detroit Lions. The Lions had a 20-0 lead with four minutes left in the third. For most, it would be game over. But the Lions couldn’t allow the game to end there. They played pretty shitty and allowed the Packers back into the game and then on the final play, the Packers decided to play THE BAND IS ON THE FIELD to no avail. Unfortunately the Lions were called for a very untimely facemask penalty which allowed one untimed down to finish the game. So of course Aaron Rodgers threw a 61-yard Hail Mary touchdown pass to Richard Rodgers (a Hail Rodgers if you will) to win the game. Brutal. Lions and Browns fans must have so many alcoholics…and now we have to wonder what crazy antics these two teams will come up with next.
Alright, time for the schedule this coming weekend:
|1:00||Houston at Buffalo||CBS (Golden Horseshoe, GTA, Peterborough, Kingston, Belleville)/CTV (Northern Ontario, Kitchener, Toronto, Ottawa)|
|1:00||San Francisco at Chicago||No TV|
|1:00||Cincinnati at Cleveland||FOX (Cornwall, Quebec, Eastern Canada)/TSN4|
|1:00||Baltimore at Miami||No TV|
|1:00||Seattle at Minnesota||FOX (BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Northwestern Ontario, Northern Ontario, Western Ontario, K/W-Cambridge, Guelph, Ottawa-Gatineau, Belleville)/CTV (Vancouver, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Winnipeg)|
|1:00||NY Jets at NY Giants||CBS (Northern Ontario, Western Ontario, K/W-Cambridge, Guelph, Ottawa-Gatineau, Cornwall, Quebec, Eastern Canada)/CTV (Montreal, Atlantic)|
|1:00||Arizona at St. Louis||No TV|
|1:00||Atlanta at Tampa Bay||No TV|
|1:00||Jacksonville at Tennessee||No TV|
|4:05||Kansas City at Oakland||No TV|
|4:05||Denver at San Diego||CBS (BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Northwestern Ontario)|
|4:25||Carolina at New Orleans||FOX (BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Northwestern Ontario, Western Ontario, K/W-Cambridge, Guelph, Ottawa-Gatineau)/CTV (Vancouver, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Winnipeg)|
|4:25||Philadelphia at New England||FOX (Northern Ontario, Golden Horseshoe, GTA, Peterborough, Kingston, Belleville, Cornwall, Quebec, Eastern Canada)/CTV (Northern Ontario, Kitchener, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal)/CTV2 (all of Canada)|
|8:30||Indianapolis at Pittsburgh||NBC/TSN1/TSN3/TSN4/TSN5|
|8:30||Dallas at Washington||TSN1/TSN3/TSN4/TSN5|
So 40% of the games (6 out of 15) aren’t being shown this weekend. Not a great sign but when you have games like Jacksonville at Tennessee and San Francisco at Chicago it makes sense not to show them all.
Two more points:
- We have some more crossover madness. Cincinnati at Cleveland has moved over to FOX and will be shown in the eastern part of the country and on TSN4. I still think the whole AFC on CBS and NFC on FOX thing should be a thing of the past. It’s archaic. It should be set up three or four weeks in advance and allow the order of selection to change every week. One week, CBS starts first, the next one FOX starts the ball rolling. Alternate picks and there you go. Easy. Also, if either CBS or FOX have the Super Bowl they get one less week to get the first pick during the regular season. The NFL will never go for this for some dumb reason.
- TSN only showing one game on Sunday (other than the Sunday nighter) seems a bit perplexing. Curling is on a couple of the channels. The MLS Championship is on a couple of them. Overall a bunch of mediocre stuff so it does surprise me a bit that the NFL isn’t on more channels. My hope is that it will change the rest of the season (four weeks after this) but I don’t want to hedge my bets.
We finally have some playoff clinching scenarios that could actually happen this week. Let’s go through the relatively short list:
- Carolina clinches a playoff berth with a Seattle loss
- Carolina clinches NFC South with a win or Atlanta loss
- New England clinches a playoff berth with (a win and Kansas City loss) OR (a win and Pittsburgh loss)
- New England clinches AFC East with a win and NY Jets loss
- Cincinnati clinches playoff berth with (a win and Indianapolis loss and Houston loss and NY Jets loss) OR (a win and Indianapolis loss and Houston loss and Kansas City loss and Denver win)
There are issues with ties in there but at this point, with so few clinching scenarios, I have left them out. That’s more of a Week 16 and 17 thing.
So tonight we have the MAC Championship, tomorrow is a bunch of conference championships, and then the typical Sunday and Monday night of NFL football. Enjoy!