There is something a bit vindictive about Rex Ryan and his Buffalo Bills knocking the New York Jets out of the AFC playoffs. The 22-17 win by Ryan, who makes a living trying to knocking off both the Jets and the New England Patriots, just proves how things can change in a blink of an eye in the AFC East.
Per ESPN.com, the Jets (10-6) would have made the postseason for the first time since 2010 with a win, but the defeat combined with the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 28-12 win at Cleveland ended those hopes. New York had a five-game winning streak stopped, and it came against Ryan, who was fired by New York and hired by the Bills (8-8) last January.
Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins had 11 catches for 136 on the day. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor was efficient throwing for 182 yards in the win.
PEDERSON TO THE EAGLES?
Despite the fact the Philadelphia Eagles interviewed running backs coach Duce Staley for the team’s open head coaching job, sources are reporting the team may look to Doug Pedersen to become the team’s new front man.
Pederson currently serves as the Kansas City Chiefs’ offensive coordinator under former Eagles head coach Andy Reid.
Pederson spent four seasons as an offensive assistant under Reid in Philadelphia from 2009 to 2012. Pederson then followed Reid to Kansas City, where he has been the Chiefs’ offensive coordinator since 2013.
Pederson’s familiarity with the Eagles organization might be what puts him over with management and ownership. If he is hired, this would be the first time he has worked as a head coach on the NFL level.
Current Eagles offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur could also become a candidate to fill the role left by Chip Kelly when he was fired from the team. Shurmur lead the team to a 35-30 win over the New York Giants on Sunday.
JAGUARS FALL APART
Don’t ask me how I really feel about the Jacksonville Jaguars 30-6 loss to the Houston Texans. All I can say is “JJ WATT.”
Watt was a menace at home on Sunday, taking up most of his time in the Jaguars backfield, and made life hell for Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles.
Bortles threw two interceptions on the day, one returned for a touchdown, and did not throw a touchdown pass for the first time all season. He was sacked eight times by the Texans defense.
The win by Houston gave the Texans the AFC South title.
Watt, playing without a cast for the first time since breaking his left hand Dec. 9, had had three sacks, forced a fumble and recovered another one to help the Texans (9-7) to their first division title and playoff berth since 2012. Whitney Mercilus also added to the nightmare day for Bortles with 3.5 sacks and forced a fumble and recovered one.
TENNESSEE PICKS FIRST
Tennessee is on the clock. With today’s 30-14 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, the Titans have officially clinched No. 1 pick in the NFL draft.
After taking Marcus Mariota with the second pick in last year’s Draft, will the Titans now look to the defensive side of the ball? Joey Bosa, a junior defensive end from Ohio State, recently announced he was foregoing his final year with the Buckeyes and is regarded my almost every draft expert as the top prospect coming out this year.
This is a year where defensive line help could be a premium. Tennessee could keep the pick or trade it and move down, picking up more picks in the process.
Cleveland’s loss to the Steelers means the franchise will pick second overall. Since there will be major changes in the organization and potentially on the roster, the team must decide if it wants to draft a quarterback and say goodbye to the Johnny Manziel era or draft another position of need.