Week 15 in the NFL marked the start of the Saturday afternoon games. While this seems completely unnecessary, I definitely don’t hate having another day of NFL football on my TV. The week started off with a Thursday night game between the top two teams in the AFC West, who also happen to be two of the top teams in the entire NFL. All of the hype this year in the AFC has been about the Chiefs, but the Chargers have been right behind them all season long. The Chiefs took an early lead and controlled most of the game, until the last few minutes.
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With the season winding down, each game starts to matter a little bit more than the ones in September. The playoff picture is getting clearer, but even those teams that aren’t fighting for playoff positioning are still fighting for their jobs next season. Players are either trying to pad their stats in a contract year, while others are looking to prove that they still belong on the roster. With that being said, Week 14 featured some crazy individual performances and more than a few upsets.
It started off on Thursday night with the Titans playing the Jaguars. The Jaguars nearly went to the Super Bowl last season, they started off this season by beating the Patriots in Week 2, but now they sit with a record of 4-9 at the bottom of the AFC South. It seems like the future isn’t looking bright in the future either, as they’ll begin their search for a new starting quarterback this offseason.
Well, it finally happened. Packers head coach Mike McCarthy has often found himself the target of criticism over the last few years, and this season proved to be the tipping point. The Packers were one of the favourites in the NFC early in the year, with Tony Romo even predicted them to face the Jaguars in the Super Bowl. Now, Jacksonville hasn’t been great either so maybe there’s some sort of Romo Curse, but that’s not the point right now. With the Mike McCarthy era in Green Bay coming to an end, let’s look back on his time in charge of the Packers.
While the guys here at Bench Life are all Canadian, we still take the time to acknowledge American Thanksgiving for one very important reason: a full day of NFL football. It basically becomes an unofficial holiday for all of the NFL fans north of the border anyways, so in honour of our favourite not-a-real-holiday, let’s take a look back at everything that happened over Week 12 in the NFL, including everything from Thanksgiving Day.
If you missed the game on Monday night between the Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City Chiefs, you missed one of the best games of the season. It’s becoming increasingly likely that this could end up being a Super Bowl matchup in just a few months, but the Saints might have some other plans. The Rams are one of the favourites to come out of the NFC, along with the Saints, and the Chiefs have one of the best offenses in the AFC. It was clear early in the season that the Week 11 game between these two teams would be the most entertaining game of the regular season, and it definitely lived up to the hype.
It always sucks when a game with so much potential turns out to be an absolute dud. A game between the 6-2 Carolina Panthers and 5-2-1 Pittsburgh Steelers looked like it was going to be a competitive matchup. Yeah, that didn’t happen. Even when Thursday Night Football has what looks like a good game, it still ends up sucking. And that’s why Thursday Night Football is a waste of time. 9 times out of 10, you will be disappointed. I guess watching TNF is like the equivalent of being a Jets fan.
If you hadn’t heard of Nick Mullens before last Thursday, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve heard of him by now. The former Southern Miss Golden Eagle made his NFL debut for the San Fransisco 49ers on Thursday night against the Raiders, in a game where Mullens wasn’t given much of a chance. Mullens was signed as an undrafted free agent after the 2017 Draft, and had never attempted a pass in an NFL game heading into his first start. While Jimmy G is still the future of the 49ers, Mullens has definitely made a name for himself in his debut.