The Cowboys are coming off another primetime blowout win after steamrolling the Lions 42-21 last night. Dallas is clicking on all cylinders and look like they’ll be a tough out in the playoffs, but Cris thinks they’re beatable. One team he thinks can knock them off is Atlanta.
The Falcons are putting up offensive numbers that rival Cris’ ’98 Vikings team, but have largely flown under the radar because most people don’t watch their games. Matt Ryan is an MVP candidate and Julio Jones is a matchup problem for everyone in the NFL, including the Cowboys. The Atlanta defense has also improved under head coach Dan Quinn, and Vic Beasley, Jr. leads the NFL in sacks. Don’t sleep on the Falcons.
Today, the Bills announced that they have fired Rex Ryan after less than two full seasons as head coach. Neither Nick nor Cris are surprised by the move. Ryan is a holdover from a smash mouth era of football that has been replaced by strategy and preparation. Ryan has always talked a big game, which makes it even harder to explain when the results don’t match his blustery promises.
It was only a matter of time before Ryan got canned, and both Cris and Nick agree that it’s the last NFL head coaching gig for Ryan.
As it currently stands, division winners not only make the playoffs regardless of record, they get a home game. Nick thinks it’s time for the NFL to look at changing the system, or at least contemplate reshuffling the deck during the playoffs to award home games based on record.
Cris likes the current system and thinks division winners should rewarded with a home game. Example 1A for this debate this year is the Houston Texans, who could finish 9-7, and still be rewarded with a playoff home game for winning the AFC South.
Peter King – Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the MMQB joins the show to discuss Rex Ryan’s firing in Buffalo, whether he’s finished as an NFL head coach, how the Raiders move forward without Derek Carr, and his leading candidates for MVP.
Eric Mangini – Former NFL head coach for the Jets and Browns is in-studio to explain why Tom Brady is his MVP, why the Lions shouldn’t be downgraded for comeback wins against bad teams, if he thinks division winners should automatically get a playoff home game, and his take on the Dolphins chances with Matt Moore.