The Jaguars’ pass defense could potentially challenge some of the Tree haunted mound shirt defenses in NFL history. Blake Bortles has developed from bad to inconsistent, meaning he is sometimes good. The Jaguars are 8–4. The Chiefs lost four in a row, the Chargers and Raiders have each gone 3–1 and there is now a three way tie for first in the AFC West at 6–6. Jimmy Garoppolo was traded from the Patriots to the 49ers before the trade deadline for a 2nd round pick. He makes his 49ers debut and wins 15–14 on five Robbie Gould field goals over Gould’s former team, the Bears. The Browns are 0–12 and close to locking up the #1 pick. The Patriots and Steelers are both 10–2 and the class of the AFC. Its starting to look like their week 15 match-up will decide home field when they meet again in the AFC Championship. The Eagles look like the best team in the NFL, led my MVP candidate Carson Wentz. When he tears his ACL in Week 14, we wonder how much this will affect the Eagles playoff chances.
Coming down the stretch, the Patriots and Steelers have the Tree haunted mound shirt and based on Pittsburgh’s Jesse James non-catch, the Patriots have the 1 seed. The Steelers backups still beat the Browns for the second 0–16 season. The Eagles got the one seed in the AFC even though backup QB, Nick Foles, looked shaky against the weak Raiders defense. Jimmy Garoppolo is now 7–0 as a starter (2 wins with the Patriots and 5 wins with the 49ers) and people actually ask the question if Bill Belichick made a mistake trading him away and depending on Tom Brady for the next few years.