Noteworthy week seventeen story lines

Posted: December 29, 2017 in Football, New entries, NFL

Patrick Mahomes’ performance against an angry Broncos defense – The Chiefs don’t want QB Alex Smith around long term. But if Mahomes isn’t ready to take the reigns for 2018 they certainly don’t want to be without a starting QB. Smith’s had a career year but Mahomes will be starting against the Broncos in week seventeen so Elway can see what to expect if Mahomes becomes the starter in 2018.

Josh Gordon in a Browns uniform Josh Gordon‘s final performance before the offseason – Josh Gordon has exceeded MY expectations for what he should be able to do after three years away from football. He’s an unrestricted free agent after this season and John Dorsey might want younger blood at wide receiver. Gordon could join a receiver needy offense like Atlanta or Chicago make an enormous impact with his impressive skillset still seemingly intact.

The competitive spirit of the Houston Texans – Bill O’Brien’s future with the Texans is reportedly on the line. This is his first losing season as an NFL head coach, also coincidentally a season where he lost his starting QB and two core players on defense (J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus). O’Brien should be a highly sought after head coach candidate if he is released.

The Arizona Cardinals team – Head coach Bruce Arians addressed reports that he might not be with the team next season. Carson Palmer is thirty-eight and hasn’t looked like himself lately. Larry Fitzgerald is “only” thirty-four but plays an arguably more punishing position than ageless Tom Brady and Palmer and could ask for a trade or hang up the cleats.

The entire NFC South – The Saints have the tiebreaker over Carolina for the NFC South. But if the Saints lose and the Panthers win they could still claim the NFC South. The third place team, the Falcons are still competing for a wild card spot with only Seattle who could take their spot. I almost feel sorry for Tampa HC Dirk Koetter and QB Jameis Winston trying to get ahead in such a stout division. There are even whispers that Tampa Bay could release Dirk Koetter and bring in the legendary Jon Gruden.

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