This is the Morning Win, by Andy Nesbitt.
I don't know about you but it's only Wednesday and I already can't wait for Week 17 of the NFL to get underway.
I also just realized it doesn't start until Sunday (not on Thursday or even Saturday) this week, which totally stinks but it is set up to make sure all playoff teams go into the postseason with the same amount of rest, so I do get it… but I don't have to like it.
While we wait for Sunday to finally get here, let's take a look at three things we know are true heading into the final day of what has been a regular season unlike any other that we have seen before.
1. The Dolphins are big winners no matter what happens.
The Dolphins are 10-5 and control their own playoff destiny Sunday when they travel to Buffalo to face the 12-3 Bills. A win, and Miami is in. While that won't be the easiest thing to do since the Bills are one of the top teams in the league, they have a bunch of other scenarios that can help them punch their playoff ticket. Even if they don't make it this year, the Dolphins are currently set to have the No. 3 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft thanks to a trade they made with the Houston Texans last year, which is pretty darn good for a team that has quickly become legit under head coach Brian Flores.
2. The Patriots are non-factors for once.
If you asked Patriots fans, I'm guessing most would prefer that this Week 17 game with the Jets didn't have to be played. It will be played, of course, and wouldn't it just be so fitting for the Patriots to end their worst season in years by losing to the terrible Jets? Bill Belichick's team has serious issues moving forward but this season needs to come to an end, and quick.
3. Tom Brady's first season in Tampa has been a smashing success.
The 43-year-old GOAT will be looking to wrap up his first regular season in Tampa in style this weekend when his Bucs host the Falcons. Tampa is already in the playoffs but a win would give Brady an another 11-win season, which is pretty darn impressive considering all that has gone into the season, the lack of prep all teams had leading up to this season, and how Brady is playing for a new team for just the first time in his legendary career. Next up will be playoff run, which is something Brady has been waiting for since that pick-six at the end of his last playoff game.
Quick hits: Barkley's classic reaction… Vonn-Subban split up… Terrifying robots… And more.
– Charles Barkley had a classic reaction when he found out he once lost a NBA game by 52 points.
– Lindsey Vonn and Patrick Subban are no longer engaged, as they announced their split on Tuesday.
– Mike Sykes looks at some new Boston Dynamics robots that can dance and correctly calls them terrifying.
– Steven Ruiz looks at a no-name QB who could make the Rams' offense a lot more interesting.
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