Week 17 of the NFL season is one that garners a lot of emotion out of sports fans. For those whose teams performed as well as a 17 year old High Schooler getting some trim for the first time the end of the season is a welcomed respite. Fantasy football is now over and those of you who drafted Ryan Mathews and Darren McFadden over Adrian Peterson can close this chapter in their lives and look forward to next season when they draft Doug Martin over LeSean McCoy (I’m warning you now, don’t sleep on Shady next season). For the resident gamblers out there the amount of action to bet on is running on fumes as there are only 11 games left until the season is officially over. Therefore it is was your last chance to load up on those three team teasers that seem like locks but end up going down in flames when the Falcons lay an egg. It is also the week when many teams have little to nothing to play for and trot out a lineup that could potentially lose to Alabama. This was no more evident than looking at some of the quarterbacks who attempted a pass this week. Take a look at who got some action:
Trent Edwards, David Carr, Derrick Anderson, Brady Quinn, Tyrod Taylor, Terrell Pryor, Thaddeus Lewis, Brian Hoyer, Bruce Gradkowski.
By a show of hands how many of you knew that Trent Edwards and Derrick Anderson were still in the league? I for one did not. Outside of Cleveland Browns fans can you tell me which school Thaddeus Lewis went to? He went to the football powerhouse, Duke. As for Brian Hoyer he was actually a welcomed sight by Arizona Cardinals fans as he only threw one interception, which is about three less than the regular quarterbacks throw. David Carr threw his third pass of the year and first since September and showed that he’s still got plenty left in the tank as he went 1 for 1 for 15 yards. Last but not least is our boy “Now I’m Done”. Brady Quinn went 7 for 16 for 49 yards and was sacked four times. That’s so Brady Quinn of him.
Week 17. You are gone but like Tony Romo’s brilliant interception late in the fourth quarter you won’t be forgotten.
-Photo Credit: John Kuntz, The Plain Dealer