The New York Giants are scapegoating Eli Manning for all of their problems, it’s a reflection of how bad things have gotten in the Big Apple:

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The New York Giants made a bold move by benching Eli Manning in favor of Geno Smith. While Manning is aging and getting to the point where he is starting to lose a step on the field, it’s hard to believe that Smith is a better QB than Manning. It’s pretty obvious that the Giants are placing blame on Eli Manning for the team’s shortcomings and that’s being really unfair to a player who has won this franchise two Super Bowls. Head Coach Ben McAdoo is basically looking past the fact that his defense is ranked number 31st in the league and placing the blame on a guy who has achieved so much more than he ever will. Not only did this move outrage fans around the league, former Giants players even spoke out about how poorly Manning is being treated. There’s isn’t another quarterback on the roster right now that can give New York a better chance to win and to think that Geno Smith is expected to do better is a stretch. Davis Webb might be able to take over this team someday but clearly the coaching staff doesn’t want to rush him too soon. Geno Smith did look better in the preseason than he has in previous years but Smith has a track record of throwing interceptions. If this team thought things were bad with Manning in the line up there’s a good chance all hell could break lose when Smith takes over the reins this weekend. What’s next for Eli Manning is unknown as well, the 36 year old could wind up playing for another team or retiring? It’s worth mentioning that the Giants former starting quarterback is under contract until 2019. However it feels like New York might move on from Manning in the off-season.

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If you put together all of Marvin Jones’ games tapes you’ll realize he’s been a human highlight reel:

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Marvin Jones has been absolutely sensational for the Detroit Lions this year recording 731 receiving yards and 8 touchdowns. Jones gets the job done with his quick release, outstanding speed, and big time catching ability. Although the last of those three traits might be the most impressive. Marvin Jones has made some big time grabs over multiple defenders like he did on Thanksgiving against the Vikings. If that’s not good enough for you go back to the Saints game when Jones one handed a touchdown catch which looked on par with Odell Beckham’s from a couple years back. It’s pretty obvious that Jones is an elite receiver at the professional level and what an acquisition he has been for the Lions since signing with the team in 2016. Usually Detroit struggles to land elite players via free agency because players opt to sign with a more favorable location. The Ford Family struck gold when they opened their checkbook for Marvin Jones though and you have to believe Matthew Stafford played a factor in that signing. Receivers know that Stafford can bring out the best in them and improve their worth with big stats. Jones clearly saw the potential in catching passes from Stafford which ended up being a calculated decision by the fifth year receiver out of Cal. Detroit is a great home for Marvin Jones and he is actually the leading receiver on this roster. Remember Golden Tate is also in the Motor City so it’s not like it’s cakewalk for Jones when it comes to being the best wide out for the Lions. One thing is for sure though and that’s Jim Caldwell’s team has weapons that can put points on the board quickly. If Jones can continue to compile touchdowns the Lions might even be able to sneak into the playoffs. That would be a great accomplishment for a city that has historically struggled at football.

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Baltimore is a winning football team again after beating up on the Houston Texans 23-16:

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The Baltimore Ravens took on the Houston Texans this week for Monday Night Football and it was the Ravens who walked away victorious 23-16. Quarterback Joe Flacco struggled in this match up throwing for only 141 yards, 0 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions. On most nights that’s not going to get it done but luckily the Ravens had a huge game defensively. C.J Mosely was at the forefront of that defensive attack recording 12 total tackles. Tony Jefferson chipped in 3 tackles and 1 interception in the win as well. Maybe the biggest factor in Baltimore’s win was their running game though. Alex Collins played good racking up 60 yards and 1 touchdown on the ground. Javorious Allen rushed for 15 yards and 1 touchdown for the Ravens offense too. It should be noted that Justin Tucker was in the zone when it came to his placekicking duties. Tucker booted 3 field goals and kicked 2 extra points. Tom Savage did all he could for Houston but it wasn’t a big enough performance to lead his team to victory. Savage threw for 252 yards, 0 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions really hurting his team with those turnovers. Lamar Miller ran hard tallying up 51 yards and 1 touchdown. DeAndre Hopkins was also explosive as ever catching 7 passes for 125 receiving yards. Jadeveon Clowney put up 2 tackles and 1 sack defensively for Houston. While Cornerback Kevin Johnson led the Texans in tackles with 7 for the night. This win was big for the Ravens because now they are 6-5 on the year and John Harbaugh’s team actually has a shot at going to the postseason. If the playoffs started today the Blackbirds would be in but make no mistake about this franchise has to win as many games as possible over the next 5 contests. They don’t have any room to stumble.

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The NFC South has been the most competitive division in all of football. The Saints, Panthers, and Falcons are all fighting for a playoff spot:

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The NFC East is always one of the strongest divisions in pro football but so far the NFC South has been the toughest this year. Not only are there two eight win teams in this division with the Saints and Panthers. There’s also the seven win Falcons who’ve been really coming alive offensively the last three weeks. Those three teams alone can hang with some of the best in the business and it sure makes for some interesting football with the season winding down. Right now the hottest team in the division is the Carolina Panthers. The Saints just lost this past weekend and had their 8 game win streak snapped. Meanwhile the Panthers beat the Jets and actually tied New Orleans record wise at 8-3. It’s clear that Drew Brees, Sean Peyton, and the Saints now have to look over their shoulder for the rest of the season. Regardless though it looks like the Saints, Panthers, and Falcons will all be in the playoffs which definitely says something about the brand of football they play down in the Southeast region of the United States. Every one of these franchises can get hot in the postseason and go on to win the Super Bowl and to some extent that’s a compliment to each other. The teams in the NFC South have brought out the best in each other and that has prepared these three organizations for these inferior teams they face from the other divisions. It’s possible that the Falcons stumble over the next five games and miss out on the playoffs. Seattle is sitting at 7-4 too so it’s possible the Seahawks could leapfrog Atlanta and get in. If the big dance started today though the NFC South would have three out of the six spots and you have to tip your hat to everyone running those ball clubs. It’s been a hell of a year for them.

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Yesterday Results: Roethlisberger was in top form as the Steelers beat out the Packers 31-28

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Everyone knows that Ben Roethlisberger is one of the more gifted quarterbacks in the National Football League but man did Brett Hundley challenge the veteran QB. Hundley played the best game of his pro career throwing for 245 yard, 3 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions. Only to have his big day shown up by Roethlisberger who ended up tossing for 351 yards, 4 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions. The Steelers were trailing most of this contest but ended up hitting a 53 yard field goal to win the game late in the 4th quarter. It took a lot of resiliency to battle back against the Packers who clearly came to play and that say’s a lot about Pittsburgh’s character. Antonio Brown in particular was amazing recording 169 yards and 2 touchdown grabs. Le’Veon Bell also produced a number of big plays he finished the night with 95 rushing yards and 88 receiving yards. The Packers top offensive player outside of Hundley was Jamaal Williams. Williams rushed for 66 yards and 1 rushing touchdown, while hauling in 69 yards and 1 receiving touchdown too. Davante Adams and Randall Cobb were both able to catch a touchdown apiece for Green Bay as well but the Packers would come up just shy on the scoreboard. On the defensive side of things Pittsburgh got a solid performance from Ryan Shazier who had a team high 8 tackles. Cameron Heyward did his part in the Steelers win too he had 6 tackles and 2 sacks. In the opposite jerseys, Blake Martinez continued to light it up. Martinez finished with 15 tackles and 1 interception for the Pack. Morgan Burnett was also really impressive for the green and gold team he had 9 tackles and a forced fumble. Pittsburgh might have just squeaked out a win but it will go a long way for this team’s confidence especially since they were able to overcome all of the adversity they faced early on. It’s another step in the right direction for Mike Tomlin’s team although it’s safe to say Pittsburgh would like to start a little stronger out of the gate in their next match up.

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Yesterday Results: Ben Roethlisberger outshines Brett Hundley to lead the Steelers to a huge come from behind win over the Packers.

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