“This is what I’ve always wanted. This is what I’ve dreamed of,” he said.

Judge and Stanton will become just the second pair of teammates to have each hit 50 homers in the previous season. The only other teammates to do so were Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle of the 1962 Yankees.

Which picks in the previous two years should have been made differently so that the Browns, for example, would have beaten the Packers? Or the other four teams that won by exactly three points? Wentz or Watson, it seems obvious. But realistically, that might make Jackson (and Brown) maybe 5-24, or 6-23.

They were high-risk, high-reward deals, for a boatload of picks. If the picks pan out under Dorsey … well, good for him, and good choice of jobs.

The Browns have players, and they have a few chances to win. They’ll get more. Dorsey’s time to show how good he is at getting more is coming fast.

But considering he’s taking over a winless team, he still has a decent head start.

Unless the Saints finish 1-2 to drop to 10-6, they won’t need to sweat out whether they will need to fall back on a wild-card berth. That’s because it’s impossible for the Panthers to finish 12-4 and the Falcons to end up 11-5 because they play each other in Week 17. The Saints’ worst nightmare is losing again to the Falcons, the Panthers fading hard to 9-7 or worse and the Seahawks surging to the NFC West title ahead of the Rams. In that case, should the Saints, Falcons and Rams all go 11-5, the Saints would lose the head-to-head tiebreakers and be the odd team out.

The Falcons’ win was a bad development for the Panthers (8-4), despite the fact the result allows them to move back into a virtual tie for first place with the Saints with a home win over the Vikings on Sunday. Having already lost twice to the Saints, the Panthers need to finish a full game ahead to win the South, and that likely means 12-4, and that means winning out. lakers_017

Leave a Reply