Think about the teams that are still very much alive in the AFC playoff picture.
The Titans are currently the 6th seed and they lost to Jacksonville – at home – three weeks ago. And Ryan Fitzpatrick is their quarterback.
The Steelers are now 5-6 after starting the season 0-4. Minnesota beat them.
The Chargers are 5-6 and they couldn’t beat the Redskins or Miami this season.
Miami is 5-6 but they’re 5-6 because they’re not very good. They’re going nowhere.
The Jets are — well, never mind. I don’t care that they’re 5-6, the Jets have ZERO CHANCE of making the playoffs. They’re officially the one 5-6 team who can’t make it. Not with that kid at quarterback.
So, as the Ravens and Steelers get ready to do battle on Thursday night, John Harbaugh’s team is 5-6 and right there in the mix for a 6th straight post-season berth.
The Thanksgiving night game will likely doom the loser, particularly if it’s Baltimore since the Steelers won the first match-up between the two teams back on October 20.
It’s not quite an elimination game, but it’s awfully close.
I suspect the Thursday night affair will have a little more excitement than Sunday’s snore-fest between the Ravens and Jets. I’ve seen chess matches with more action than that thing produced yesterday.
By the way, speaking of the NFL playoffs, you can take this to the bank.
Denver isn’t going to the Super Bowl.
Hats off to coach Pete Caringi and his son, Pete III, for a phenomenal soccer season at UMBC.
The Retrievers fell in the cruelest of manners on Sunday night, losing to UConn in penalty kicks (3-2) after the two teams battled to a 2-2 regulation tie in their NCAA second round playoff game at Retriever Soccer Park.
I get it. You have to figure out a way to produce a winner. But ending a playoff game like that is just a terrible way to do it. Then again, that’s how they decide World Cup games once the teams reach the knockout stage.
The stands were packed last night and the atmosphere was electric, despite the cold temperatures and windy conditions.
It’s a shame only two media members in town decided to give UMBC’s soccer season any coverage. They were a great story throughout the Fall and did themselves proud in winning the America East regular season and conference tournament.