Well, what a disappointment for people who enjoy seeing heads rolling. More action happened leading up to Black Monday than actually occurred on Black Monday, severely impacting the length of this article and making yesterday’s article look a little foolish. Welp, you live and learn people. You live and learn.
Black Monday Recap: Tom Coughlin resigned, as I fully expected (Retire/resign is pretty much the same in my books). I think that this was the best case scenario for both parties. He gets to leave on his terms and the team can move on without feeling guilty. He should definitely have a bust in the Hall of Fame by 2025.
And that’s it. Nobody was actually fired today. The Chargers stated that McCoy was safe, someone I thought was a dead man walking, but other than that it’s been a slow news day on the coaching front.
NFC Playoffs Preview: For those of you who are more interested in the playoffs than the coaching guillotine, consider yourselves spared. With the relative silence of Black Monday, it means you got to this part much faster than you would’ve if heads went a rollin’.
Seattle Seahawks at Minnesota Vikings: The good news for Seattle is that it won’t be raining or snowing when they go to Minnesota to take on the Vikings. The bad news is that it’s going to be 6 degrees Fahrenheit (that’s -14 Celsius). And for those of you who’ve been living under a rock, 6 degrees Fahrenheit is really, really cold. Both of these teams are good, but I’m going to be curious to see if the bitter cold has any major impact on the Seahawks. If it doesn’t then the Minnesota Vikings should start booking their tickets to someplace warm so they can practice their golf. If it does impact the Seahawks, then the Vikings should start booking their tickets to someplace warm, Arizona, so they can play the Cardinals. I think it’s going to end up somewhere in the middle, but in the case of the Vikings that’s not good news.
Seahawks 17, Vikings 13
Green Bay Packers at Washington Redskins: Let’s play who’s the worst team in the NFC Playoffs? The Green Bay Packers are the worse team, but not by much. Here’s an interesting stat: after starting 6-0, the Pack have gone 4-6 to finish 10-6, including 3-3 in their last 6 games. This team is one Hail Mary from finishing 9-7 instead of 10-6. That being said the Redskins haven’t beaten any team currently in the playoffs this season and don’t exactly inspire a ton of trust themselves. They lost horribly to the Panthers and didn’t exactly do well against the Patriots. That being said that was a healthy Patriots team and the Carolina Panthers, which is no cakewalk. The Packers offensive line has been leaky, the last two weeks especially, and a leaky offensive line with virtually no amazing options at wide receiver spells doom for any team in the playoffs. Even if the Pack wins this there’s no way they can win against the Panthers or Cardinals. Fortunately for them they won’t have to play the Panthers or Cardinals. They’ll be golfing.
Redskins 21, Packers 20.
Tomorrow: Why The Patriots Will Be One And Done