Alvin Kamara scored a record-tying six TDs, singlehandedly crushing the Vikings and ending many fantasy championship games

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We were robbed of a 3-1 week by another backdoor push by a NFC South team against the Chiefs, who had long since taken their foot off the gas.

Week 15 Vibe Check (2-1-1) - Neither the Saints nor the Bucs were ever in those games, but they did exactly enough in garbage time to send us to gambling purgatory.

Meanwhile, the Vikings effectively drove a knife through their season and all my parlays by letting the Bears run roughshod over them. Who knew the depths that they could fall to against the Saints? Can't imagine that it was a happy flight back home for the holidays.

As for our wins, let's praise the Dolphins for handling their business against division rivals/former tormentors. The Patriots have a way of hanging around in games that they have no business hanging around in and Miami might as well have nailed up a "No Loitering" sign. Out in the Arizona desert, we got a shootout worthy of Tombstone to secure the over. The emergence of Jalen Hurts was a Hail Mary that might save Doug Pederson's future in Philly and my fantasy team from finishing in the bottom half of the league.



Cleveland Browns -9.5 over New York Jets

J!-E!-T!-S! JETS! JETS! JETS! Only the Jets can win and still somehow lose (the opportunity to draft a clear generational talent at QB), but don't tell Sam Darnold or Frank Gore. They deserve better than to go winless under the most ass backwards coaching staff in the league. Shocking the world got the Jets some Rodney Dangerfield treatment around here, garnering a little too much respect, if you ask me.

The Browns took care of business against the New York Giants last week and their prolonged trip to the Big Apple should bring similar results this Sunday. The Jets are coming off their Super Bowl, so a letdown is inevitable and the Browns' offense has been clicking on all cylinders with their two-headed monster at running back. Look for those guys to run wild.


Sam Darnold clutches the ball one-handed, as he attempts to escape the Rams pressure. Sam Darnold eludes pressure in the Jets first victory of the season.Icon Sportswire


Washington Football Team -1 over Carolina Panthers

The Washington Football Team have made me a believer. Riverboat Ron took a basement dweller and transformed them into a division-leading contender, well before anyone could've anticipated. Sure, that division is the NFC Least, I mean, East, but if Alex Smith has been quarterbacking/game-managing this whole season, they could be a .500 team.

Earlier this season, I was out there dying on the Panthers' hill, but it's clear they are a year (and a more dynamic QB) away from truly competing. At this point, they're locked into a top ten draft pick, while the Football Team has a playoff berth to play for. That alone should be enough for Washington to take this one.

Indianapolis Colts +1 over Pittsburgh Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers appear to have hit a wall, then hit that wall again, then hit the same wall a third time. Ben Roethlisberger can't sling it like he used to and his wide receivers are either TikToking or dropping balls. Unfortunately, their defense can only do so much, and due to some costly injuries they aren't in the tip top shape that carried them to 11-0.

Meanwhile, the Colts have come into their own down the stretch, stonewalling teams with stout defense and playing more efficiently on offense since TY Hilton's reemergence. The Colts getting a point in this game essentially makes this a pick 'em, but you've got to love getting a little something to possibly preserve the possibility of a push.

This tweet tells the story of Big Ben's season and the fate of the Steelers hopes for a Super Bowl.


Jalen Hurts over 232.5 Passing Yards

In two starts, Jalen Hurts has thrown a combined 505 yards. Of course, it was 167 against the Saints and 338 against the Cardinals in a historic effort. That's some real variance, but I think it is safe to say the Cowboys' D is worse than Arizona and New Orleans. That doesn't mean Hurts will put up 400 yards, but if we saw anything last week, it's that Doug Pederson is not afraid to let his rookie QB fire away, taking deep shots all over the field. Even Nick Mullens and CJ Beathard combined for 300 yards through the air against Dallas and I think it's a safe bet Hurts will eclipse that number.


Paul George grabbing a rebound in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals

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In a must win game for the Los Angeles Clippers, Paul George was finally able to look like the best player on the floor in a playoff game.

After a slow start, George poured it on in the second half on his way to a game high 41 points in Game 5. The performance elevated the Clippers over strong outings from the likes of Devin Booker and Chris Paul as L.A. outlasted Phoenix 116-102.

The Clippers don't have much time to bask in their win however as they have to turn around and play two more elimination games just to make it out of the West. The Suns jumped out to a 3-1 series lead as Los Angeles struggled to find their identity without Kawhi Leonard. If the Clippers are to stave off elimination any longer, George has to continue this level of play.

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Ben Simmons disappointed in the playoffs this season

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Following a Game 7 loss to the Atlanta Hawks, the Philadelphia 76ers and coach, Doc Rivers, are questioning if Ben Simmons is the right guy to be running their offense through moving forward.

Offense being the key word here.

Simmons is an all-world defender possessing the ability to guard virtually any opponent on the court from the perimeter to the rim. But it was his lack of offensive help throughout this playoff season that stood out beyond any accomplishments this year. Simmons joined Rudy Gobert as unanimous selections for the NBA's All-Defensive First Team this year and also finished fifth in the NBA in assists per game with 8.8 per contest.

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The Lakers looked lost in the Valley

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The Phoenix Suns are just a win away from sending LeBron James home in the first round of the playoffs for the first time in the King's illustrious career.

After stating that "These shoulders were built for a reason," James referring to facing the challenge of taking on added responsibilities after Anthony Davis was ruled out for Game 5, the Lakers and LeBron disappointed in a big way Tuesday night. L.A. started off hot jumping out to a 10-5 lead behind a couple shots from James and a three from Davis' replacement Markieff Morris. But it didn't take long for the wheels to completely fall off for the defending champion Lakers as they spent most of the first half trying to remember how basketball works.

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Two numbers stick out in the Game 5 loss for the Lakers and those are 34.5 and 12. Los Angeles shot 34.5% from the field on Tuesday night and were minus 12 in turnover ratio. No matter who's on your team, if you can't shoot and you can't protect the ball, the outcome is already determined.

The Suns weren't simply beneficiaries of a poor performance however as the Suns put it on the Lakers early and often and they never let their foot off the pedal for 48 minutes. Phoenix ended with 15 more assists, had seven more combined steals and blocks, and outscored L.A. in the paint by 12 points. Devin Booker and Cameron Payne were spectacular and they seemed to hit big shots every time the Lakers appeared to threaten a comeback. Mikal Bridges was effective on both sides of the ball adding three steals and two blocks to help electrify his team with the defensive effort.


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