The Jaguars entered the season with a lot of question marks, especially surrounding quarterback Blake Bortles.
The Bills needed some help to make it into the postseason, relying on their win that pushed them to 9-7 in the regular season and a Baltimore Ravens loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Despite some serious issues and some questionable coaching — like the decision to bench Tyrod Taylor in favor of Nathan Peterman, who then went on to throw five interceptions in a single game — the Bills are right where they want to be.
Taylor has completed 62.6 percent of his passes for 2,799 yards, 14 touchdowns, and four interceptions. He’s also rushed for 427 yards and four touchdowns. He’s assisted by LeSean McCoy, who rushed for 1,138 yards and six touchdowns on the season.
Many Jaguars fans felt that Bortles wasn’t the answer at quarterback, but he’s played well this season. He’s completed 60.2 percent of his passes for 3,687 yards, 21 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions.
I don’t believe any ownership effort has the 24 votes necessary to force out Goodell. I also don’t believe there are 24 votes to slash Goodell’s compensation right now. And however some owners feel about Goodell, it’s going to be hard in an era of huge NFL wealth to slash his compensation … particularly when the contract extension is going to cover the next labor negotiations, which could be hugely rancorous.
The Raiders still have to interview candidates and comply with the league’s Rooney Rule by talking to at least one minority candidate. But at this point, it seems like we’re getting a Jon Gruden sequel in Oakland — even if everyone’s still waiting for it to officially be greenlit.
Since drafting Ben Roethlisberger in 2004, the Steelers have a losing home record against two teams (including playoffs).
Cardinals give Adrian Peterson a home. It’s fair to question the sustainability of what Peterson did in his Arizona debut. After all, he went for 134 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries, after picking up just 81 yards on 27 carries in his four previous games as a Saint. And he’s 32 and closing in on 2,500 career carries. But it’s important to remember the situations in New Orleans and Arizona are different.