Thoughts on NFL Week 16 Again, holiday season means I didn’t get to view as many games as I usually do. (Chargers vs. Titans) - Chargers getting, er, revved up for the playoffs. - As quick as Chris Johnson’s first step, there goes the Titans chances for the post-season bid. - Tennessee’s slim-to-none chance went to none with Keith Bullock out of the line up. - It’s okay if Phillips River steals Shawn Merriman’s nickname. - Rivers is playing “Lights Out.” - LT looks rested for the stretch run. - The one time I should have played Darren Sproles in my fantasy league. - With no playoffs on the line, the Titans will get Chris Johnson his 2,000 yards. (Panthers vs. Giants) - Stewart Little? I think NOT! - Jonathan Stewart comes up big (206 yards rushing), Giants come up small. - I guess the Giants forgot they were in the hunt for a playoff birth. - So much for Carolina packing it in for the season. - Matt Moore playing like a quarterback trying to win a starting job. - MM good, indeed. - Steve Smith of the Panthers, one tough hombre. - Breaking an arm, breaking the Giants back. - Will NY say cya to Osi? - The Big Apple will say bon voyage to Bill Sheridan. (Bucs vs. Saints) - Who dat say they gonna be dem Saints? Everybody it seems. - Cadillac running on more than fumes. - Remember when Tampa was a team that couldn’t return a KO or punt for a touchdown? - I betcha New Orleans wish they would have returned to form. - Drew Brees suddenly looks pedestrian. - Owners luxury box at Superdome: $109,000 + - Look on the face of Tom Benson after his female date told him his kicker missed a game-winning pooch: Priceless. - Saints better go deep in the heart of the Bayou to find who stold their Louisiana mojo. - Rakeem Morris deserves to return next season. (Steelers vs. Ravens) - Ravens TE gave Steelers a Heap of trouble. - The Ravens mistakes gave them a heap of trouble. - Rashad Mendenhall and Ray Rice will be trying to outdue each other throughout their careers, but I don’t think fumbling is what they had in mind. - Steelers claw their way back into contention. Sadly, it may not be enough. (Pats vs. Jaguars) - Terrific Tom was on target all day Sunday. - Brady the surgeon, Jags defense, the patient. - Randy Moss, not a lot of yards (45), but a lot of touchdowns (3). - Wes Welker, not a lot of touchdowns (0), but a lot of catches (13) and yards (138). - Overthrown David Garrard at it again. - Pocket Hercules can’t carry the Jags offense by himself. - Lawrence Maroney another, cough, cough, fumble at the goal line. (Eagles vs. Broncos) - The normally sure handed Brandon Marshall drops his share. - Temper, temper, Brandon Stokley. - From 6-0 to out of the playoff race. Sigh. - McNabb doesn’t use his feet often, but when he does, he can cover some distance. - Brian Dawkins just not enough to secure a Broncos win. - In second consecutive week, a Pennsylvania wide receiver (Jeremy Maclin) does a top-tapping catch that ensures a victory. - Somehow I don’t think Macho Harris is going to be long covering kickoffs if he can’t hang onto the ball. - DeSean Jackson can score from short distances too. - Brent Celek can score from long. (Browns vs. Raiders) - Frye comes up small against his old team. - Another sterling ground game by Jerome Harrison (148 yards). - Cleveland has found its work horse. - Sebastian Janikowski : big leg, bigger gut. - If the Raiders can just manage to beat the teams they’re suppose to beat like the teams they’re not suppose to beat, they could be vying for a playoff spot. - No, I’m not drinking. - Is Darren McFadden wasting away in Oakland? (Packers vs. Seahawks) - The digression of Matt Hasselbeck - Packers not taking running game for Grant(ed) with the playoffs looming. - Ahman Green, a journey back in time when he was scoring TDs at Lambeau Field. - And a Lambeau Leap for good measure. - This just in: The Packers have scored again. (Jets vs. Colts) - Jim Caldwell must have flunked history in high school. - Or must be less than a perfectionist. - With a perfect season on the line, you take that chance, Jim. - Forever to be compared to Tom Brady, Peyton has a right to be upset not being able to chance the perfect season. - Hope he can push out a Mona Lisa-like creation, because Curtis Painter aint even a good backup at this point. - Jim Sorgi, where are you when Indy needs you? - Don’t be surprised if Caldwell suffers lingering disappointment from his decision to pull the starters. - Thomas Jones is just one of those backs that gets it done week after week with little fanfare. - I guess Coach Caldwell took your joke to heart, Rex. - It’s hard for me to fathom but win and the Jets are in the playoffs. (Falcons vs. Bills) - At least, Roddy White understands the season isn’t over even if you’re not going to the playoffs. - T.O.: the Winter of My Discontent. - I haven’t heard too much out of him lately: on the field or at a press conference. - Congratulations for reaching 1,000 catches, though. - Don’t think we’re going to hear him complaining about the team not recognizing this milestone like in Philadelphia. - Atlanta understands how injuries can wreck a season. (Texans vs. Dolphins) - Somebody for got to tell the Dolphins they were in a fight for their playoff lives. - Noon central time is not a late start, Miami. - Jason Taylor giving his defense and ear full. He needed a megaphone. - Jacoby Jones, a nice complement to Andre Johnson. - Brian Cushing notches an interception on his way to possible defensive rookie of the year. - Wouldn’t you know. Ted Ginn Jr. who rarely catches long-bomb TD passes gets one which subsequently gets overruled by a penalty. - What’s that about bad luck? - Dolphin got a few bad luck calls Sunday. (Cowboys vs. Redskins) - Was that Alan Greenspan in Snyder’s luxury box? - His team is anything but money. - Home for the Holidays is more than an apt description of the Washington Redskins. - A rushing average of 1 yard per carry? Yikes! - The first time in the rivalry the Cowboys have limited the Skins without scoring a touchdown in the same season. - Mr. Fix It has fixed the Cowboys defense. - Can Jason Garrett continue to fix the offense? - Can we retire the Marion Barber up the middle on 4th and 1 play, Jason? - Felix Jones more into the rushing mix, a good thing as the playoffs approach. - Remember when Dallas couldn’t win games in December? - Romo seems determined not to let Dallas lose. - Jay Ratliff shows no mercy on former Auburn teammate Jason Campbell. Other notes from games: - I can’t tell whether close victories are a good thing or bad thing for the Bengals. - Congratulations on Cincinnati for winning the AFC North. - Outside of a Bengals fan, who saw that one coming. - The Chiefs have a runner in Jamaal Charles. - Cedric the Entertainer starring at a Pro Bowl near you. - A knee is as good as two feet in bounds, Brandon Gibson, Rams WR. - Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin getting ready for the post season. - Congratulations Kurt Warner on passing for 100 TDs for both the Rams and the Cardinals. - Top Five ... 1.) Colts, 2.) Chargers, 3.) Eagles, 4.) Cowboys, 5.) Saints - Bottom Five ... 28.) Seahawks, 29.) Chiefs, 30.) Lions, 31.) Redskins, 32.) Rams - With the first pick in the draft, the Rams select … All comments, clarifications, corrections, criticisms and additions are welcomed.