Now that college football’s regular season is over, the NFL is able to play a few games on Saturdays. Week 15 sees a pair of pro games taking place on Saturday, as a foursome of AFC teams are in action today.
Only one appears headed for the playoffs, as the Houston Texans appear to be in solid command of the AFC South. They are traveling to the East Coast this week, however, taking on the 4-9 Jets in the Meadowlands in today’s early game.
Then in the evening we have the Browns and Broncos, two teams sitting below .500. The Browns still have something to play for, however; because of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ recent collapses, there is still a pathway for Cleveland to win the division by winning out and finishing 8-7-1.
The Cleveland Browns have looked like a real NFL team since Gregg Williams took over the head coaching position.
How much of that is a result of Williams’ acumen as a coach, the elevation of Freddie Kitchens to offensive coordinator, or simply the fact that the Browns are no longer being mismanaged by Hue Jackson is open to debate.
The other aspect that remains unclear is just who will be running the sidelines come next season, as general manager John Dorsey is currently working on the search for the team’s next full-time head coach.
While Dorsey is keeping the search quiet, one name that continues to surface is that of former Arizona Cardinals head coach, and longtime NFL offensive coordinator, Bruce Arians.
The Green Bay Packers went through a substantial brain drain in the front office this offseason. The transition from Ted Thompson to Brian Gutskunst as the team’s general manager was hardly seamless, as two critical members of the personnel department departed for jobs with the Cleveland Browns.
Eliot Wolf and Alonzo Highsmith took their substantial scouting abilities to Lake Erie, leaving Gutekunst with little time to rebuild a department that was suddenly his responsibility. The Packers did not add any outsiders to the front office in significant roles prior to the 2018 NFL Draft, instead promoting from within to maintain some level of continuity.
However, we know that Gutekunst did try to bring in at least one outsider shortly after the draft.
The Indianapolis Colts have released their injury report for Friday, the third and final of the week as they get ready to host the NFC East-leading Dallas Cowboys.
Three Colts — guard Mark Glowinski (ankle), safety Mike Mitchell (calf) and rookie linebacker Skai Moore (neck) — have all been ruled out, while wide receiver T.Y. Hilton (ankle) and safety Clayton Geathers (knee) are questionable. Glowinski went down against Houston, Mitchell will miss his second week in a row and Moore popped up on the injury report Thursday after appearing in nine games this season.
Hilton has missed practices here and there throughout the week before playing Sunday while nursing his ankle injury, but never missed the full week of practice and still played.