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Bump N’ Run w/ KT: Giants Eliminated, Jets Hold Fate In Own Hands And Johnny Football Still Partying

Giants Eliminated From Playoff Contention, Questions Begin

Before Sunday’s game even kicked-off, the Giants knew that their season would have no continuation after this coming Sunday’s finale against the Philadelphia Eagles. Once Washington finished off the Eagles on Saturday night, the questions began concerning the New York Giants future and while those questions began, the Minnesota Vikings were waiting on Sunday Night Football. The outcome was an uninspired, outclassed 49-17 loss where the Vikings beat the G-Men on every side of the ball.

Sunday’s game will probably not be attended by many fans as it means nothing and we are all just irritated. I will talk more about the Giants off-season next week in my Giants postmortem article but you cannot put this season on Tom Coughlin. Bad last minute losses and sheer crappy luck is the culprit this season. Add in players who have no business starting a game in this league getting substantial playing time and a lack of skilled defensive playmakers is the thing that many will look at it. Before you look at Coughlin, look at everything else first.

Jets Continue Playoff Destiny After Big Win Over New England

The Jets beat the Patriots but before we talk about Gang Green, what the hell was Bill Belichick thinking. You win the overtime coin toss and you kick-off? Unless you have Kent Graham or Dave Brown as the opposing quarterback, you always receive the ball in OT. Especially with the ease that Tom Brady and Patriot offense moved the ball late in the 4th quarter, you CAN’T do that.

Regarding the Jets, they outplayed New England for 54 of 60 regulation minutes on Sunday. Ryan Fitzpatrick continued his fine play and Brandon Marshall became the 1st NFL player to catch 100 passes in six seasons. The win also moved the Jets to the final playoff spot in the AFC after the Pittsburgh Steelers were upset by Baltimore. If the Jets win, they are in…it is as simply as that. The final game of the season…of course it’s against their former coach Rex Ryan and the Buffalo Bills in Buffalo. The silver lining: Fitzpatrick is going back to the place that made him a starter in the league but also the team that dumped him. He will be motivated.

Around The Country

  • I was watching the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl (yes, seriously) and Mack Brown was one of the color analysts for the game on ESPN. The former Texas Longhorn coach is great as an analyst as his coaching experience adds a lot to the booth, other than Mark May and his Debbie Downer commentary. Brown is a keeper.
  • This whole Peyton Manning/HGH story is hard to keep up with. The fact is that he denied the allegations and so has the original person who dropped his name in the first place. But no one has officially denied the claim that Manning’s wife received the HGH. I’m so interested in this story and how it ends. At this point Manning’s football career could very well be over anyway so it may not matter at all.
  • And we have yet another story about Johnny Manziel and his partying. Maybe he’s not the problem. I’m starting to think his friends are the real issue. Who are they letting into their parties? Are they taking the pictures of Johnny themselves? Time to get new boys Johnny.

Finally this is the last Bump N’ Run of 2015 so I want to take this time to wish everyone a Happy New Year. Thanks to everyone who has read this article and who has enjoyed or hated what I have written. Here’s to another great year of football in 2016!!

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Kahlil Thomas

Kahlil is the College Sports Editor for as well as a columnist, hosting the Bump 'N Run column once per week. He also co-hosts a weekly basketball podcast, The Box Out, every Thursday evening with fellow writer Jason Cordner.
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