Week 15 Review of the NFL

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) makes a touchdown catch past Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris (25) in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Fred Vuich)
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) makes a touchdown catch past Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris (25) in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Fred Vuich)

No One Wants To Play Them

If you’re Broncos CB Chris Harris and you haven’t given up a touchdown in over a year, you would feel pretty confident going against Steelers WR Antonio Brown. However, he had other ideas as he torched Harris and made him look like an average cornerback. It’s amazing to think that if Pittsburgh had RB LeVeon Bell this team could be pushing Cincinnati for the division title. In their current state they could spoil a run for a potential favorite to win the Super Bowl. This bodes well for the Steelers who in their recent history have thrived as the underdog. Denver certainly doesn’t want to see them again and neither does most of the AFC.

Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed (86) pulls in a touchdown pass under pressure form Buffalo Bills strong safety Bacarri Rambo (30) during the first half of an NFL football game in Landover, Md., Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed (86) pulls in a touchdown pass under pressure form Buffalo Bills strong safety Bacarri Rambo (30) during the first half of an NFL football game in Landover, Md., Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

They Might Actually Be Good

I have been avoiding the NFC East for a while and that’s because for the most part it has been an awful division and you will never know which team will show up on a given week. As this season has gone on, its become apparent that the Washington Redskins of all teams has taken hold of the division. Pretty surprising considering that Robert Griffin is the backup and they’ve been riding Kirk Cousins the entire time. He has been a solid starter and could be the answer they’re looking for. If Washington does end up making the playoffs they could pull off another surprise, but we’ll have to wait and see if they can win the lackluster NFC East.

A referee, left, separates New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) and Carolina Panthers' Josh Norman (24) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
A referee, left, separates New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) and Carolina Panthers’ Josh Norman (24) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Unsportsmanlike

I’ve praised Giants WR Odell Beckham for his abilities, but there was no reason to do what he did last week. A lot of the hand slapping and pushing is part of the course in football, but for Beckham to purposefully target and lead with his helmet to make contact with another player was uncalled for. Seeing it live I couldn’t believe how he wasn’t thrown out of the game, but immediately I realized that wouldn’t happen because he is one of the ‘star’ players in the league. If it was a low level player I certainly think he would have been thrown out. He has been suspended for the next game and it has been upheld on an appeal. There’s no excuse for doing what he did and that shouldn’t be tolerated if the league is really all about players’ safety.

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