Thoughts From NFL Week 16: Chicago Bears and beyond

NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 26: Quarterback Drew Brees #9 and the offensive line of the New Orleans Saints pose after the game for a photo after Brees threw a nine-yard touchdown pass to running back Darren Sproles #43 and broke the single-season passing record in the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 26, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints defeated the Falcons 45-16. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Sixteen weeks up, and sixteen weeks down in the NFL, and there are still three division champs yet to be determined. The Giants and Cowboys will actually play on Sunday Night Football to determine who becomes the NFC East Champ and who snags the final NFC playoff birth. The AFC has the final wildcard spot still in play for a few teams, and the West and North titles are up in the air as well. The Broncos and Bengals hold destiny in their own hands, if they win their respective games they're in. I do have some additional Thoughts on the weekend games, so jump like Cincinnati's Jerome Simpson. And if you didn't see his TD you need to.

1) To all those that are grumbling about the Saints running up the score on the Falcons so that Drew Brees could get the passing record I say, who cares. If the Falcons have a problem with getting scored on, they should play better defense.

2) I wonder if the 49ers are distraught they finally gave up a rushing TD this season? That would have been a cool record had they went all 16 games without allowing one.

3) The injury to Adrian Peterson is exactly why teams are hesitant to dole out huge money to running backs. In this day and age, many teams view a good running back as a dime a dozen.

4) OK, be honest, raise your hand if you thought Reggie Bush would be a 1,000 yard rusher in the NFL.

5) Sticking with the Dolphins for one more (pun intended), is Matt Moore their long term answer at QB? In 12 games he has 15 TD to 7 INT and a QB rating just shy of 90.

6) Various reports have Jon Gruden returning to coaching next year, with the hottest rumor placing him in St. Louis. If your favorite team had a head coach vacancy, would Gruden be a guy you'd like to see hired?

7) When will Rex Ryan just shut his mouth and coach the Jets? Trash talking from the players is one thing, but from the coaches it comes off as classless. I can't believe I'm going to type this next sentence but... It was good to see the Giants win this weekend.

8) I wonder how the crow is tasting for all those that doubted Cam Newton? The Panther QB has thrown for more yards than any rookie ever.

9) Kyle Orton may be playing his way to another starting gig next year, 599 yards in two games with an offense he's still learning.

10) I'll say this about Chicago's Josh McCown... He played better then Caleb Hanie. I'm not about to get overly excited for 1 game, but that TD Dunk was splendid.

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