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Week 12 In Review – Sacking Season In The NFL & Eagles Keep Soaring

It’s sacking season in the NFL as the axe falls on a number of coaches and hangs over a few more after Week 12. Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Eagles keep soaring and the Denver Broncos – somehow – keep winning.

Sacking Season In The NFL

You’re fired!

Week 12 must have been a tough watch for Matt Canada who was recently fired by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Just days after being let go after 44 games in charge of the offence, they beat the Cincinnati Bengals 16-10 at home moving to 7-4 and a 67.7% chance of making the playoffs according to Power Rankings Guru.

Worse still for Canada is the Steelers officially broke the longest streak in the league for most games without 400 yards on offence. Not since Week 2 of the 2020 NFL season had the Steelers cracked the mark, but did so with 421 yards in this one.

It’s not all rainbows and lollipops, though. They barely beat a banged-up and Joe Burrow-less Bengals and still hold the longest active streak for most consecutive games without 400 or more net yards – currently 18 games.

The Steelers keep hanging around and winning games. Canda’s sacking may yet inspire further improvement before the end of the season. Nonetheless, they’re not a Super Bowl LVIII factor at $51.

You’re fired!

Carolina Panthers head coach Frank Reich suffered the same fate following their 17-10 loss to the Tennesse Titans.

It’s not anything new for the Panthers. Like a petulant child unaccustomed to not getting exactly as he wishes when he rubs the lamp, David Tepper has fired six coaches since buying the franchise in 2018.

He didn’t make it easy for Reich. It’s widely suggested that he was the leading factor in the Panthers drafting Bryce Young at quarterback at the expense of C.J. Stroud.

Tepper is running the Panthers into the ground. He’s not out there on the field but isn’t blameless in their 1-10 record. They don’t have a first-round pick and are in the hole for roughly $25 million in buyout fees for his last two sacked coaches.

He fires everything around him but perhaps needs to look in the mirror…

Caleb Williams is the overwhelming $1.30 favourite to go 1st in the 2024 NFL Draft, but he won’t end up anywhere near the Panthers.

You’re fired, you’re fired, and you’re probably fired soon!

The Dallas Cowboys became the first team in NFL history to win their first five home games of a season by 20+ points each with their 45-10 win over the Washington Commanders.

In response to the loss, and following the inevitable feeling of a firing on the horizon last week, the Commanders made changes. Defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio and defensive backs coach Brent Vieselmeyer were moved on with Ron Rivera being spared the axe – for now.

It makes sense that those on the defensive side of the ball were let go. They didn’t hold up their end of the bargain on offence this week, in particular.

With the win total set at 6.5 wins before Week 1, the Commanders are 4-8 with the Miami Dolphins, Los Angeles Rams, New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys to come. It’s difficult to see them winning three games to finish Over…

Bad Beat On Chargers

LA Chargers +3.5 bettors seemed to have it in the bag.

Down 13-10 to the Baltimore Ravens with the clock ticking down, Baltimore only needed a first down to seal the victory.

Instead, Zay Flowers stepped back inside and into the backfield. Players pull up on the one-yard line more often than not in these scenarios. It’s always unlikely that an opposition would claw back a ten-point deficit in 90 seconds, but why give them the chance when you don’t have to?

According to Flowers, he didn’t know and went straight for the end zone.

With it, he pushed the score out to 20-10 and Ravens -3.5 backers celebrated a backdoor cover.

The Ravens again made a statement in their Super Bowl LVIII campaign. While far from perfect, they picked up another win to make it six from their last seven and started to make their adjustments in the wake of Mark Andrews’ injury. Now 9-3 and the #1 seed in the AFC, the Ravens are into $8.50 to win the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

Eagles Out In Front As Super Bowl LVIII Favourites

The Philadelphia Eagles are putting some distance between themselves and the rest of the NFL.

They’re not the dominant force of last season. Still, they have an ability to find ways to win and win ugly when required. It took a 59-yard bomb of a field goal by Jake Elliott in wet and rainy conditions just to force overtime against the Buffalo Bills. From there, Jalen Hurts added another strong argument to his case to win Most Valuable Player.

“That dude should be [the MVP]. I don’t know the requirements, but I know he’s got the best record out of the fucking MVP candidates. I love him, man… He really embodies the perseverance and he leads by example.” Jordan Mailata on Jalen Hurts

Struggling through first halves hasn’t hurt the Eagles just yet. This 37-34 overtime win over the Bills made it their fifth comeback victory after trailing at halftime already this season.

Hurts was far from perfect. In fact, he was nothing short of poor early on connecting on only 4 of 11 passes for 33 yards in the first half. Without Elliott’s heroics, his interception which soon led to a Bills touchdown would have been the difference between winning and losing.

But Hurst and this Eagles team don’t stop. No deficit seems to phase them. No error or bad drive knocks their confidence. Happy to kickoff knowing they would score to win it in overtime, Mailata “couldn’t believe” the Bills came out in the look they did before Hurts scored the winner.

The Eagles need to fix up their starts to games. They can’t risk starting slowly in the playoffs and needing to mount a comeback against the better teams in the NFL. Once. Maybe twice. But you don’t work through the playoffs and win a Super Bowl without putting together complete performances from start to finish.

Still, the Eagles are $4.60 favourites to win Super Bowl LVIII. If they can start better and put a few teams to the sword before the end of the regular season, they’ll undoubtedly be the team to beat after Week 17.

Broncos Win Again

The Denver Broncos – the same Denver Broncos that had 70 points put on them earlier this season – have won five games on the bounce. They’re ahead of the Bills and Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC playoff picture.

Significant improvements have been made defensively. Denver hasn’t conceded more than 22 points since giving the Jets 31 points in Week 5. Never as bad defensively as those early-season numbers suggested, they might outperform the offence by the end of the season.

Denver isn’t particularly exciting offensively. They’ve relied on turnovers and a lack of their own to win games. Regardless, Russell Wilson is doing a fine job to have eight touchdowns and no interceptions in his last five games.

It’s all coming together for Sean Payton and the Broncos following a disastrous start to the NFL season. They’re now looking to make it six on the trot when taking on the Houston Texans as $2.53 and +3.5 underdogs in Week 13.

TOP 6 SUPER BOWL LVIII ODDS

TEAMCURRENT PRICELAST WEEK’S PRICE
Philadelphia Eagles$4.60$4.60
Kansas City Chiefs$5$5
San Francisco 49ers$5$5.50
Baltimore Ravens$8.50$10
Miami Dolphins$9.50$9.50
Dallas Cowboys$11$11

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