Instead, I want to go to a game where there are no stakes. I can just ride the chillwaves and watch football in a pure way, with fans who love their teams so much that they’d pay way too much money even when they know the product will only disappoint.
Bonus No. 1: This is likely to be a switched at birth rookie quarterback matchup. No one will be surprised if Ohio native Mitchell Trubisky, who once said he wanted to play for the Browns, is the starter for the Bears at that point. The Browns will probably have cycled through enough quarterbacks by Week 16 that DeShone Kizer is under center. At Notre Dame’s pro day, Kizer not-so-subtly campaigned for Chicago to draft him.
Bonus No. 2: I’m not sure if it even snows anymore in Chicago, but at least a quick trip to the suburbs would let me ogle streets lined with Home Alone-looking colonial houses all decorated for the yuletide.
Now, there’s no way I’d actually pay to attend this game. But if someone gave me a ticket or if I ended up with one in a white elephant gift exchange? I’m there with a Merry Christmas, ya filthy animal smile. Sarah Hardy
Injuries have dogged Shazier over the years he has yet to play a full 16-game season but when on the field, he’s one of the Steelers’ best defensive playmakers. 2016 was Shazier’s best year yet when he set career highs with three interceptions and nine passes defended to go along with 3.5 sacks and a Pro Bowl appearance.
But if they hope to get back to Super Bowl contention, they need more contribution from the offensive side of the ball specifically, their franchise quarterback, Eli Manning.
Manning thrived with McAdoo as the offensive coordinator in 2015, setting a career high with 35 touchdowns. However, things weren’t as good in 2016. Manning still threw for 4,027 yards, but it was his lowest total since 2013 and his TD-to-interception ratio fell from 35-14 to 26-16. His yards-per-attempt average (6.7) was the lowest since 2007.