The Bengals are gonna win in Week 16. If we simply step aside for them in Week 15, then Joe Burrow is ours. It’s that simple.
Due to ridiculous, convoluted, and ultimately unfair tiebreaker rules, the Dolphins still remain 4th for the draft. (NOTE: This is now THIRD, due to a series of detailed tiebreakers). This despite losses to both the Redskins and to the Giants.
In all playoff scenarios, head-to-head play is the first tiebreaker. But for the draft tiebreakers, in the bizarre world of Roger Goodell, that scenario is tossed out the window in favor of the antiquated notion of losing percentage among common league opponents. I’m not smart enough to do the math, but trust me, somehow the Giants and Skins are worse than Miami, even though BOTH teams beat us.
No use crying over this, but it’s indeed frustrating to have BOTH of these teams beat us, but the league still does the math to say we are better.
So, where are we now? Losing to the Bengals next week is now 100 times more important than it was 4 hours ago before the Giant game. The future of the next decade depends on it. Even a loss to the Bengals requires us to get some help, but it’s a good first step. Today, it was like the Dolphins were down 5 runs, and just got an RBI single. It’s nice, but NOW we need the grand slam. Again, Brian Flores can deliver not only that grand slam, but he can actually hit a 9-run homer! All he has to do is take his foot off the gas again, and I suspect he did some of that today vs. the Giants.
Flores went for it on 4th down early, and called a conservative play to Patrick Laird. No razzle dazzle. Nothing tricky. In other words, nothing like the plays he’s called during the year. Later, when we were at our own 2-yardline, he called the identical play, and Laird got stuffed again for a game-changing safety. THAT is what we need more of. Don’t throw games on purpose, but just keep the playbook simple. I think a lot of that was on purpose today, almost like Flores was doing a wink-wink up to Grier and Ross. And good for him!
The defense had 3 interceptions and played well. But they were selling out against the pass, and the G-men were able to get Barkley going. Need more of that next week, and hope the Bengals run Mixon at us all day long.
There will be no shame in losing to the Bengals. On the contrary, it will be beneficial. We can still get this #1 overall pick. Because after us, the Bengals have their finale, at home, against a lethargic Browns team. We can all but guarantee that Andy Dalton will go out the same exact way Eli did. The Bengals are gonna win in Week 16.
So, I say again, If we simply step aside for them in Week 15, then Joe Burrow is ours. It’s that simple.