Peyton Manning had one of those good-game/disappointing-game performances in Week 14 against the Raiders, passing for over 300 yards (the seventh time he's accomplished the feat this year) but only scoring 16 Fantasy points. It was the first time in five games that Manning failed to throw multiple touchdowns and only the third time this season that he's scored fewer than 20 Fantasy points.
Manning is fourth among quarterbacks in Fantasy points and he should hit the 4,000-yard mark in Week 15, making this the 11th time he's accomplished the feat in his career. While the Ravens have allowed just 12 passing touchdowns -- tied for fewest in the NFL -- they have also allowed the 10th-most passing yards. This could point to a repeat of Manning's big-yard/little-score game from Week 14. No matter what the matchup numbers might point to, however, Manning is one of the best Fantasy quarterbacks in the league, and should be started in all formats. The Ravens gave up two passing touchdowns last week, including one to Kirk Cousins, so they are far from invulnerable when it comes to the end zone.
The sham that has become the New York Jets must come to an end. It is not only embarrassing for the NFL, it is costing the league a lot of money. Last night’s 49-19 thrashing at the hands of the New England Patriots and the utter pathetic way the Jets played at home in MetLife Stadium should be the last straw.
Disappointing television ratings, unsold PSLs and empty seats (revenue that is shared with the visiting teams) are just part of this debacle. The worst part, the part that calls for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to intervene, is that it is only going to get worse because the three culprits in this Greek tragedy–owner Woody Johnson, GM Mike Tannenbaum and coach Rex Ryan–are incapable of working together and moving the organization ahead cohesively. The Jets are the exact opposite of the Giants, the team they share their stadium with, or even the small-market Indianapolis Colts whose owner, Jim Irsay, sent his Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning and front office staff packing after last season and has immediately given his fans and the league a better product.
I recommended the other day that the Jets bring in Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly to run the show at the Meadowlands. I must have been delusional. Johnson will never do that because I think he really believes his team is just inches away from being a playoff team. They are not.They are the Giants of the late 1960s-late 1970s–filled with overpaid, indifferent, squabbling players. Neither Mark Sanchez or Tim Tebow are good quarterbacks, at least not now after their confidence has been destroyed. You think good players want to come to the Jets these days?
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, for the betterment of the Jets and the NFL and NBC, which charges more than any other show for its football games and the rich Thanksgiving advertising rates the networks demanded (how long can the league’s biggest market offer such a shoddy product to its advertisers?) needs to do what Pete Rozelle did 32 years ago when the animosity between the co-owners of the Giants had brought about the collapse of the organization and ticket-burning by their fans–convince Johnson that he needs to bring in someone to run the place.
Rozelle convinced the Giants to bring in George Young to run the football operations, and Young turned the team around. Goodell needs to to that with the Jets. The economics of the team and the league demand it.