Who's Trending: NFL Week 16
Winner: Aaron Rodgers and the MVP trophy
Rodgers locked up the vote for his third league MVP Sunday night. Not only did he and Packers dominate the Titans, Patrick Mahomes continued his mediocre play against the 4 win Falcons. Rodgers, at 37 years of age, is arguable having the best season of his hall of fame career. He's on pace to set a career high of touchdown passes in a season, and more impressively to me, has only thrown 5 interceptions. Could this be the season Rodgers finally gets his second Super Bowl ring?
Loser: Cam Newton(again)
After Monday night, I think its safe to assume Cam Newton will not be back with the Patriots next season. The veteran QB got pulled in the second half of Monday nights matchup against the Bills in favor of Jared Stidham. The big problem for Newton is who is going to take a chance next. Will there be another team willing to give Cam another try. The only positive is that Cam seems to be healthy, something he couldn't say at the end of recent seasons. The legs still seem to be effective in Newtons game, but the arm has seen better days. The former Auburn quarterback has thrown for less than 120 yards passing in 5 of the last 7 games and he's going to end the season with a pathetic 5 touchdown passes. I'm not sure Cam has many games, if at all, left in his career.
Winner: Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jaguars did it! They clinched the worst record in the league! The real winner here should be Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who has now avoided playing for the Jets in his rookie season. Lawrence will have a few weapons to work with next season in DJ Chark and star running back James Robinson. Robinson has had a breakout season and now sits 3rd in the entire league in rushing. It will be fun to see how Lawrence and the Jaguars build for the future.
Loser: Cleveland Browns
The Browns are the latest team to be decimated from Covid-19. Baker Mayfield and the Browns were missing just about every receiving target on Sunday, and fell to the 1 win Jets. The scary part for Cleveland fans should be the lack of a run game in the loss. At one point in the 3rd quarter, the Browns had 4 total rushing yards for the entire game. This team needs to run the ball to be successful in the playoffs. Baker Mayfield turns into a turnover machine when his team relies on him to win games alone.
Winner: Justin Herbert
Similarly to Aaron Rodgers, Justin Herbert locked up an end of season award on Sunday. Herbert will be the offensive rookie of the year and its not really even close. The former Oregon Duck became the 3rd Charger ever to throw for over 4,000 yards in a season, joining Charger greats Philip Rivers and Dan Fouts. The future for Herbert looks very bright in Los Angeles.
Biggest Loser of the Week: Dwayne Haskins
We have found the NFL's next Jamarcus Russel or Johnny Manziel. Another first round pick who wasn't mature enough to be a professional and make millions of dollars. A lot of people are to blame for Haskins' disastrous time in Washington, but none more that the quarterback himself. It seemed that every other week, Dwayne was doing something to cause a huge distraction for his team. Will he get another chance? Probably. Does he deserve another chance? Probably not. The issue sometimes with the NFL is, as long as you have talent, someone will give you another shot. In a league where an awful person like Antonio Brown gets another chance(more like 4 chances), Haskins will be able to work his way back into the league somewhere.
Side Note- Dan Snyder please sell the team. Every decision you make turns into a disaster.
2nd Side Note- Pick a freakin' team name already!