What a great Sunday of NFL Football. I wasn’t able to preview it on Friday because like most of the country, Dallas was dealing their own ice storm, leaving my house powerless for most of the day and randomly all the way through Saturday night. But luckily for myself, my house was with steady power all of yesterday so I was able to catch all the action. What stood out to me the most was that all of the teams dealing with crazy weather conditions (particularly the Lions-Eagles) almost none of them created a bad game. Sure, the Lions in Philly had a stagnant start but once the players got used to the situation, it created an exciting game. The Vikings and Ravens game came down to some ridiculous final minutes, as did the Dolphins in Pittsburgh where the Steelers were the length of Antonio Brown’s toes from winning the game. In fact the only game that wasn’t great in bad weather was the absolute dominance that Chiefs had over the Redskins in the nation’s capital. Who did it best in the worst of conditions? Well that title has to go to LeSean McCoy (pictured above on the right) who set a Eagles’ franchise high for rushing yards in game, notching 217 yds a TD as well. Watching McCoy do his Barry Sanders impression on 6 inches of snow was impressive and as a Cowboys fan, it actually scares me a bit. The Eagles have officially taken the “hottest team in the conference” title from the Panthers. Do I want to a see a “SnowBowl” every weekend? Not at all. Despite it being very entertaining, it feels like the conditions would get old halfway through the second week. There was still plenty of sloppy play and weird scenario’s because of the conditions. It was also a weekend of unfortunate injuries to some key players around the league. It’s impossible to say whether or not the weather had the majority factor in deciding this but we hope for a quick recover for Adrian Peterson, Rob Gronkowski, Tyrann Mathieu and all other players suffering injuries yesterday.
Stock UP: with a bit of help from officials, Tom Brady still being the most clutch QB in the league; now that Peterson is out, LeSean McCoy’s chances of being the best RB in the league; Matt Prater’s right leg breaking records; despite the Ravens winning, Cincinnatti’s chances or winning their division; the Packers somehow still in the play to win the NFC North; the Jets’ offense, back to their zig-zag ways; Kansas City defense and specials teams against a bad team; Arizona’s defense; anything have to do with the 49ers victory over the Seahawks.
Stock DOWN: the Colts first half and losing effort while winning their bad division; anyone doubting Peyton Manning’s abilities in cold weather; the Redskins organization as a whole, in particular their fans at yesterday’s game; Minnesota’s offense now that Peterson is out; the offensive weapons on the Patriots now that Gronk is out; Matt Stafford’s hands in cold weather; the Rams offense on the road or against a solid defense; Atlanta’s tanking technique when they’re in the driver’s seat; the Panthers hot streak.
It feels like forever since the Cowboys (-1) last played but at last, they’re in Chicago to take on the Bears. The Bears have lost two straight and will once again be without Cutler. Chicago needs this win if they hope to stay in contention in the NFC North, a division that is now surprisingly bad. The Cowboys have won two games in row and need a victory tonight to stay in the driver’s seat for the NFC East lead and a shot for a wild card spot. It’s going to be a classic cold game at Soldier Field and I expect it to be close. Cowboys get the narrow victory over the Bears.View All Photos ›