Merry Christmas, everybody. Well, it wasn't a football Christmas for everyone.
Hearing Marcus Mariota get carted off the field on the radio, then watching Derek Carr writhe in pain on the field knowing his season was over, cast a pall over an otherwise merry Week 16. Now both are donning casts, with Mariota's team done for '16 and Carr's in the hands of a McGloin, for a limited time only.
Who wasn't curious to see if the Raiders could give the Patriots all they could handle in the postseason tournament? And even though the Texans are planting Savage Garden under center, Texans-Titans was shaping up to be one of Week 17's top matchups. Of course, Tennessee would've had to beat the Jags, whom they were trailing even before Mariota went down on Saturday. A win would've at least been possible had Mariota not ridden off into the 2017 season.
On to your football thoughts ...
Optimism is fun.
Let the dissension commence!
The Bucs had another close one this past Saturday in New Orleans, and again, fell short. Drew Brees: 23 of 34 for 299 yards and no picks. Tampa Bay's back seven couldn't create turnovers, or get stops, when the outcome was in doubt. That, and a few untimely giveaways, is why they will be home fishing. Actually, we should say that Scrappy-Doo was a crappy-doo cartoon. The Bucs are much better than that 30-minute abomination. All that relevant stuff aside, there is much reason to hop on the pirate ship next year. This team will be back in contention.