Just Football…

There are just three weeks left in the NFL season before the playoffs, the college football playoffs are winding down, and the bowl season starts on Saturday.

It’s crunch time, so make sure you are stocked up on food and drink, there are fresh batteries in the remote, and you are ready for football heaven…

This week I take a look at some impressive performances in the NFL, the Kansas City Chiefs, the playoff picture, upcoming big games, bowl season, a magnificent catch, the playoffs, and a National Championship game!  Read on…

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

As for my pigskin pick em contest, I am doing nothing to move up the ladder to get free pizza.  Last week I went 10-6 and I have 139 points overall, eleven behind the leader.  Hopefully when the playoffs roll around, I can win at least one week!

Impressive:

-It was a good show on Sunday Night Football as Eli Manning completed 27 of 47 passes for 400 yards, two touchdowns in the Giants’ 37-34 defeat of the Dallas Cowboys.

-The ground game was important on Sunday night, too, as Brandon Jacobs carried 19 times for 101 yards and two touchdowns for the Giants who came from a couple of scores down to beat Dallas.

Kansas City Chiefs:

My Chiefs fired head coach Todd Haley on Monday so now the Chiefs are looking for a new coach.  The Jets put a beat-down on the Chiefs Sunday and the Chiefs had a lot of penalties – even Haley received a penalty.  That game on Sunday kind of reminded me of the beginning of the end of the Marty Schottenheimer era when the Chiefs had the infamous “Monday Night Meltdown” in a November 1998 game against Denver in Kansas City.

Some of the names being mentioned to replace Haley are Kirk Ferentz who is the University of Iowa head coach, Jeff Fisher, the former coach of the Tennessee Titans, and Brian Billick the former coach of the Ravens.  So far, Fisher would be my pick.  If Bill Cowher (former Steelers coach) decided to come back to coaching he would be a good pick.

One person that I don’t want to see coach the Chiefs is Josh McDaniels.  He has some ties to Chiefs General Manager Scott Pioli when they were in New England.  McDaniels failed miserably as head coach in Denver where he was 11-17 in two seasons.  He is currently the St. Louis Rams (2-11) offensive coordinator.

By the way, the Chiefs host the undefeated Packers on Sunday in Kansas City.  Hopefully Chiefs fans won’t sell their tickets to Packers fans.  I would never do that, because I am a real fan of the Chiefs.  Although they are having a bad year, Chiefs ornaments are still on my tree…

Playoffs:

You can check out the playoff standings HERE.  Currently, the Packers, Niners, Saints from the NFC have a playoff spot.  Congratulations to the Houston Texans for the being the first AFC team to clinch a playoff spot – their first!

The Schedule:

Be advised that this week there are NFL games on Thursday night (Jacksonville at Atlanta) and Saturday (Dallas at Tampa Bay). Both are on the NFL Network.

Games of Significance:

-New England at Denver (Brady versus Tebow!)

-Detroit at Oakland (Two teams that get a lot of penalties)

-Baltimore at San Diego (Sunday Night Football)

-Pittsburgh at San Francisco (Monday Night Football)

MAJOR COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Are you ready for some Bowl Games – about 35 of them?  They start on Saturday, December 17, with the Gildan New Mexico Bowl and ends on January 9 with the Allstate BCS National Championship game.

Check them out HERE.

FYI -One of the longer bowl game names is the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia bowl.

FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SUBDIVISION (FCS)

The Final Four:

The University of Montana Grizzlies made a fine showing Friday night with a 48-10 win over Northern Iowa in Missoula.  It was a great showing for the Grizzlies, the University of Montana, and the state of Montana.

The Montana State University Bobcats had a rough time on Saturday, losing to Sam Houston State 49-13 in Texas.

Number one seed Sam Houston State hosts number four seed Montana Grizzlies Friday night.  The fans at Sam Houston will not be as loud and energetic as Griz nation was last Friday night – you can count on it.

The two other teams are number three seed Georgia Southern and they travel to North Dakota to take on number two seed North Dakota State on Saturday.

The FCS Championship game is January 7.

The Catch:

In case you missed it, the catch in Saturday’s game by Montana State Bobcats wide receiver Elvis Akpla was special – and one of the few highlights for the Bobcats.  Akpla is a senior majoring in cell biology and neuroscience. Here’s a video of the catch:

NAIA FOOTBALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

The Carroll College Saints (13-1) take on St. Xavier (13-1) on Saturday in Rome, Georgia. The game starts at 2:30 p.m. (Montana Time).

Sadly, the game is on CBS Sports Network, which means I need to “upgrade my cable package” to be able to watch it.   It’s too bad that these games are shown on obscure stations that a fan might only use once a year…

One year I listened to the Saints in the playoffs over the internet from their opponent’s radio broadcast – so I will be looking for something like that this year…

Best of luck to the Carroll College Saints!

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