The teams with the hardest and easiest remaining schedules

Posted on December 4, 2016

Some can R-E-L-A-X, some can’t

With five weeks left in the regular season, the playoff picture is starting to take shape. And while most teams still can make it, some teams’ chances are better than others. FOX Sports’ Chris Chase predicts the Packers will win their division, despite sitting at 5-6, in part because of their easy remaining schedule.

Here are the six hardest and six easiest remaining schedules:

HARDEST: Baltimore Ravens

Record: 6-5 (tied 1st in AFC North)

Schedule: Sunday vs. Dolphins; Dec. 12 @ Patriots; Dec. 18 vs. Eagles; Dec. 25 @ Steelers; Jan. 1 @ Bengals

Comment: The silver lining in this tough final stretch, which starts with a Miami team that’s won six straight, is Baltimore already beat both Pittsburgh and Cincinnati — though Big Ben was three weeks removed from knee surgery, and the Bengals didn’t have A.J. Green. The Ravens can only hope Green isn’t back (or back to normal) by January; they can take comfort in knowing they won’t get Gronk in New England.
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9 NFL coaches who could be fired this season

Posted on November 30, 2016

Jeff Fisher’s spat with Eric Dickerson has him climbing our hot seat rankings

Exactly zero head coaches have been fired this season, which is somewhat surprising considering the number of bad teams at the bottom of the NFL standings. Part of that is because the head coaches on those teams are relatively new and it might be too soon to sever ties. That will change relatively soon, however.

In this week’s edition of hot seat rankings, one coach is rising due to an off-field situation with a Hall of Famer that is putting a negative spotlight on his team.

Mike McCoy, San Diego Chargers (Last week: 5)

The Chargers somehow keep winning games despite being thin at several positions due to injury. Philip Rivers is a bigger reason for that than McCoy, but the quarterback’s play might just save his coach’s job. The wrench thrown into all of this, of course, is the Chargers’ potential move from San Diego, which might lead the team to start fresh at head coach.

Chuck Pagano, Indianapolis Colts (Last Week: 9)

Pagano’s lack of coaching savvy is often masked by the play of Andrew Luck. Yes, the Colts won six games without Luck last season, but that doesn’t mean they’re better without him. Pagano’s Colts are still in the playoff hunt thanks only to the terrible division they play in. The Colts are wasting Luck’s talent with disappointing seasons, and a fresh start may be needed. That (probably) won’t happen this year as long as Indianapolis is still in it, but Luck needs a better offensive mind orchestrating the team. Read more

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