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Need to know what it takes for a home to fit your budget and your family? Well, Rocket can. A lot of big games this weekend. They only get bigger and bigger from here, as we're already into week 15. And last night, you did see the San Francisco 49ers clinch the NFC West and take down the Seattle Seahawks, as the Brock Purdy show continues to look pretty awesome. And now coming up this weekend, we do have Titans and the Chargers, the man that will be on the call for CBS. In the 4 o'clock window at 4.25 p.m. Eastern is Andrew Catalon. Andrew, appreciate the time. How you been?

Of course, Zach. I'm good. How are you?

Well, I'm doing fantastic. So, I know you had Tennessee last week. Just what was the vibe around them in what was an awkward week, because they're coming off that blow-off loss to Philadelphia, then they get rid of their GM in surprising fashion in John Robinson. Yeah, I don't think anybody really saw that one coming.

At least we didn't. That was a big surprise. You know, I think it caught the team off guard. Now, I wouldn't consider it a distraction for their game and their performance against Jacksonville this past Sunday.

I mean, they had to probably answer a few more questions during the week than they normally would have. I just think this is a Tennessee team that's really banged up right now. And based on their injury report that came out this afternoon, it's not getting any better. They're going to be without key players again for this game against the Chargers. And, you know, this is unchartered territory for Mike Rabel and the Titans.

It's the first time since Rabel's first year that they've lost three games in a row. They're the underdog here against the Chargers. And they only have a two-game lead in the division. I mean, I think things still look good for them. But this Jacksonville team has a lot of confidence based on what we saw last week. And, you know, I don't think it's a foregone conclusion that the Titans are going to win the AFC South.

They've got some work to do here down the stretch. On the other side with the Chargers, I thought it was their best performance of the season against the Dolphins last week on Sunday Night Football. But whenever you want to start to buy into the Chargers, they usually have a letdown. This is a team that I just don't know what Charger team you're going to get up against Tennessee on Sunday.

No, it's a fair point. And look, I just met with Brandon Staley, the head coach, about an hour ago. And, you know, in a sense in that building right now is that, this is my words, but they kind of weathered the storm for the first couple months of the year. Some really key injuries, Joey Bosa, J.C. Jackson, their left tackle, Rashawn Slater, Mike Williams and Keenan Allen in and out of the lineup. Now they're finally whole, not with Bosa, not with Slater, not with Jackson, but those Williams and Allen back. This is almost like a different Chargers team that they have, that they've played with for the first couple months of the year. Also, part of that time, Justin Herbert was nursing that rip injury from Week 2 against the Chiefs. They kind of feel like this is their time now, and I think that performance against Miami last Sunday night illustrates what they're capable of.

To your point, Zach, you want to see the Chargers do it week in, week out, but I did get a really good vibe from them from being in their building about an hour ago. And the other thing is, too, I kind of like how the players last week, and we all know Justin Herbert is a great quarterback, but he was taking a little bit of a beating in the media because it looked like they were trending into maybe missing the postseason once again. And Drew Trenkle was on this show, he said they were aware of the Emmanuel Acho comments that Justin Herbert is a social media quarterback. I thought that win, it was big for many reasons, but it was kind of nice for Herbert to show, yeah guys, all I've done is played well in this league so far, so stop criticizing me. Yeah, you know, I thought Staley made a great point to us. He said, we knew that Justin was special, but what he's done this year to Staley is more impressive than what he did his first two years, because of the parts around him with all these injuries and guys in and out of the lineup.

And that's why I don't think the criticism on Herbert was fair. By the way, playing without that rib injury for a month. But also, I do think that there was some extra emotion that we saw. Maybe it was just because it was a big game in December, maybe it was because Tua was on the other side of the field, but you saw him with that first down sign late after the third down run in the fourth quarter. You could tell that it meant a lot to him this game, and I think the Chargers can feed off that emotion because he doesn't show it that often.

When he does show it, it seems to fire them up. I also wonder, Andrew Catalon, how they're going to navigate. And there have been rumors there all throughout the year about Sean Payton maybe coaching that team next year. I wonder how they'll handle that now since we are in the final month of the season, and we don't know if they're going to make the playoffs yet. Yeah, look, the last four games of last season, they went 1-3. We know what happened week 18 against the Raiders.

That's going to keep coming up until they change the script. Now, you look at their schedule down the stretch. Tennessee is the only team that has a winning record the rest of the way. Then they're at Indianapolis, they play the Rams on New Year's Day, and then at Denver to close out the season. They have the second easiest remaining strength of schedule in the NFL. Only the Chiefs will play an easier schedule. So it's all there for the Chargers. They've got four games left.

They don't have a lot of gangbusters. They've got a banged-up Tennessee team. Let's go see them go out and prove it, and I think they're capable of doing that. And this is the game, because if they win this game, and I know you've still got three more games to play, and Chargers fans will be sitting on pins and needles. And don't get me wrong, the Jets have had a good season this year.

The Patriots, I think it's been a good coaching job by Belichick, other than from the offensive coordinating standpoint, with the lack of talent that they have. But if the Chargers win this game, I don't see how they're going to find the way to mess this one up with those three opponents down the stretch. Yeah, I mean, look, the schedule is in their favor.

They're getting healthier. Bosa's not coming back for this game, but maybe next week or the week after, they might get Slater their left tackle back. Williams and Allen, as I said before, are back. I mean, this is the best I think they've felt about their team probably since week one. So it's time now for them to get the job done down the stretch, something we know they've struggled with in the past. Would you agree Eagles and 49ers and the NFC are the only two teams that you feel good about being in the Super Bowl this year?

I'd say so. I mean, I thought San Francisco last night watching that game, they really impressed me on a short week. I know Seattle is a fringe playoff team, but San Francisco is going to be tough to stop even without Garoppolo back there.

I mean, I think that their run defense and what McCaffrey brings is really impressive. And what more can you say about the Eagles? I mean, looks like you're going to have to go to Philly to knock them off this year.

Jalen Hurts is arguably the MVP. To me, it's those two teams in the NFC. You want to tell me Dallas gets hot and they could be scary? I might buy that, but right now I just put Philly and San Fran in there. When you get to Dolphins and Bills, that comes your way tomorrow night. This is a pivotal moment for the Dolphins to a tongue of eye low. Andrew Catalon has not looked good the last two games. I know there's going to be, what, like a foot and a half of snow.

You know that area better than anybody. I got a tough time seeing Miami going up to Buffalo in the snow and winning that game. Yeah, and Zach, it's a tough spot for them based on their week and I know nobody wants to hear excuses, but as you know and we talked about, they played last Sunday night in Los Angeles, flew home, got back to Miami at 7 a.m. Monday, and now a short week up to Buffalo to play a Bills team that thrives in that weather, that doesn't want to lose to the Dolphins, that is going to have a healthy Matt Milano, it appears. There's a lot stacked against Miami. Now, can they go out, you know, I saw them Halloween weekend against Detroit.

I think that Miami, when their offense is firing, is one of the most dangerous offenses in the NFL, but we haven't seen that the last couple weeks and now if you throw in a foot of snow, you know, I really, you know, I got to see it to believe it on Saturday night against Buffalo. Zach Wilson going to be reinserted back into the starting lineup. Mike White not going to be cleared to play. Lions and Jets, big game, just like how we all drew it up before the start of the season.

What do you think Zach Wilson's going to show on Sunday? I think it's actually a good spot for him to come back, but I'll say this. I think Detroit's legit. I mean, I watched their entire game against Jacksonville a couple of weeks ago, and I know Jacksonville's not the 85 Bears, but I think they just tore Jacksonville apart.

I mean, Jacksonville was not in that game, and then Jacksonville came back last week and won at Tennessee. I think Dan Campbell's done a great job. I think he's going to have him primed to play. I think that's a sneaky, really good game this weekend, and I'm fascinated to see what Wilson does. I mean, I think it could go one of two ways.

I mean, I think if he gets hot early, those fans in New York will be riding him and cheering him on, and if it's ugly early, then it could be ugly the whole day. So I think the beginning of that game and just getting off to a good start is a key in that ball game. The coach of the year conversation, Andrew, this year is fascinating to me. Usually with four weeks left in the season, you can have an idea of, okay, I'll tell you at least one of the five guys that are going to win it if I give you five guys, but there's like 10, 11, or 12 maybe candidates this year. It's a wild conversation.

It's so true. I mean, I think everyone for the first six, seven weeks thought, oh, there's no way Brian Dable can't get that, but I wouldn't put him in there right now, and I love Dable. I think Kyle Shanahan with those injuries, I mean, you've got to put him in that conversation.

I really do. I mean, McDaniel in Miami is going to, I mean, you said it, there's like 10 guys. You can go down and make a case for so many different guys. Sirianni, O'Connell, the two coaches that we were just talking about, Campbell and Salah, there's so many guys that, and we'll see who eventually have to get into the playoffs or not to win the award, but there's a few of those guys that are just on fringe playoff teams right now.

No, I totally agree. I think if you had asked me tonight, I'd say Kyle Shanahan. He lost his first two quarterbacks. I know they traded for McCaffrey, but at the same time, you know, they didn't look like they were going to be able to turn this around, at least in my eyes, in the middle of October. But that could change down the stretch. I mean, if Dan Campbell gets the Lions in the playoffs, how do you not give it to him?

It's going to be wild. Now, I don't think he'll win the award even if they win the division just because the record won't be good enough. But Steve Wilks, to get that team in playoff position, I know the division is dreadful, but he's been 4-4 ever since replacing Matt Ruhle. You look at that NFC South, do you still go with Tampa?

I know they're probably a lose to the Bengals this weekend, but is it still, you're thinking Brady until you see someone else get in? I guess. I mean, that's a mess down there. I've seen Atlanta a couple times. Now they're turning to Ritter. I mean, Atlanta's not bad.

I don't know what Ritter's going to give them. Carolina winning in Seattle, I mean, that was really impressive. I guess you give it to Tampa, but as you said... You don't feel good about it.

Yeah, I don't feel good about it. I don't feel good about any team coming out of that division, to be honest. What about Patriots and Raiders this weekend? Even though McDaniels couldn't find the way to beat Jeff Saturday and then lose to Baker Mayfield with 48 hours of preparation time for Baker Mayfield, is this one of those wacky games where McDaniels gets the best of Belichick?

That's a good question. I mean, I think that the Patriots stayed out west after they beat the Cardinals. Maybe that helps them a little bit. You know, New England's right there. I mean, they're in the seventh spot as we speak, and it's a huge game for them.

And you know Belichick's going to want to show McDaniels a thing or two. It's very hard to figure out the Raiders. I mean, I saw them firsthand when they lost in Jacksonville, and then they come back and they beat the Chargers. I mean, they've been all over the map this year. Kind of hard to figure them out.

Josh Jacobs obviously a huge key if he gets going. They become tough to stop. Are you leaning commanders over Giants? Because I just think the commanders are a better team right now.

I am. I mean, I think that they are, not by much. I think the Giants are still kind of banged up too, but on the road.

I guess I would lean that way. But Seattle losing kind of diminishes that game, if you will, a little bit. The loser of that Giants commanders game is still going to be in position there.

So that's going to be a good one on Sunday night too. Anytime those two teams get together, it takes me back to the Madden and Summerall days. I don't know where you stand on this one, Andrew Catalon, because I hate ties when it comes to football. We invest so much, I want to win or I want a loss. I don't want to walk away with no one winning or losing. But really, that tie, like you just said, could determine maybe both those teams getting in. Because whoever wins this game, I would be shocked if they don't find the way to make the playoffs. Yeah, no, I mean, and that's why that tie actually, when you walk away from it, you're like, yeah, this actually might not be the worst thing.

So that's proven huge. Now, if Detroit beats the Jets, they're going to be right there too. So it's not over, but I think that a lot of people thought that Seattle would be in position and the loser of this Giants-Commanders game would be in trouble, but it's not the case.

Last thing I'll ask you, Andrew Catalon, does a great job. NFL and CBS will be on the call for Tennessee going up against the Los Angeles Chargers this weekend on CBS at 4.25 p.m. Eastern. How have you been handling and how will you continue to handle roughing the passer? Because I feel like each and every week we say that's the worst roughing the passer call of all time, and now you have the added element of maybe it getting reviewed next year.

Yeah, no, certainly that's in our crosshairs now. Gene Steratore does a good job with us on CBS each and every Sunday. I think he's fantastic, and he doesn't sugarcoat it. I think he's pretty honest in his opinion. I think you've got to call it like you see it. I mean, when we're in the booth, we're fans in a way. So if a fan is seeing it one way, we need to address it. And I think that it does sound like there is some momentum to have some serious conversations in the offseason about it too. So it's something we're keeping a close eye on, and you just hope it doesn't decide a game one way or the other.

That's what nobody wants to see. Yeah, and I would be in favor of them making it reviewable, but then I go back to when we made pass interference reviewable. It was good to have it in case if it's something egregious, but there seemed like a lot of times it should have got overturned, and then they never did overturn it to kind of protect the officials.

Yeah, it's funny to think about how that would play out, but it sounds like the momentum is there to have it, at least experiment with it, which the NFL has done a good job with that the last few years, trying out different rules if it's just one year or something they keep, and maybe this is the next in line for that. Well, have a great call coming up on Sunday. I appreciate when you join us. Andrew Catalon from CBS, thank you so much.

You got it, Zach. Have a good weekend. You too.

Enjoy the games as well. Andrew Catalon, NFL on CBS. Let's take a time out.

We'll come on back, and we got ten questions that CBS put together, and we'll give you ten answers on those NFL questions next. Throughout the 60s and 70s, cops hunted down key figures of the Dixie Mafia, including its enigmatic ringleader, Kirksey Nix. I'm interested in making money.

I'm not interested in hurting people. Fifteen years into Kirksey's life sentence, the Dixie Mafia was practically folklore, but that would soon change. I'm Jed Lipinski. This is Gone South, a documentary podcast from C-13 Originals, a Cadence 13 studio.

Season two, The Dixie Mafia, available now on the Odyssey app or wherever you get your podcasts. What makes your skin crawl? No matter how absurd, I want to know.

Tales without fur on them, such as rats or opossums? I'm Larry Mullins, the host of a new podcast called Your Weirdest Fears. You send me your fear.

I'm just so weirded out about the texture and how they can just move around and flop. And then I go to the experts to learn how to overcome them. Listen and subscribe to Your Weirdest Fears on the Odyssey app or wherever you get your podcasts from. Throughout the 60s and 70s, cops hunted down key figures of the Dixie Mafia, including its enigmatic ringleader, Kirksey Nix. I'm in a rush to making money.

I'm not in a rush to hurting people. Fifteen years into Kirksey's life sentence, the Dixie Mafia was practically folklore, but that would soon change. I'm Jed Lipinski. This is Gone South, a documentary podcast from C-13 Originals, a Cadence 13 studio.

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You can think of O'Reilly Auto Parts, where your car care needs get guaranteed low prices at excellent customer service from the professional parts people at O'Reilly Auto Parts. So CBS Sports, with four weeks remaining in the season, put together 10 questions. Hickey's going to read me those questions right now and I will give you my answers on them.

All right, Z-man, let's start. In Green Bay, will this be the last we see of Aaron Rodgers? I'm going to say no.

I do think retirement is on the table and I do think him maybe requesting a trade is on the table. But I'm going to say that Aaron Rodgers, I'm going to go back to back ears on this. I said it last year, many people have said it last year. I'm going to go back to back ears on this. I said it last year, many people said I was an idiot, a moron, and a dope. Now I'm working with a contract extension already figured out.

The T's have already been crossed, the I's have already been dotted, and the ink has been dried now for pretty much a year. I'm going to say that Rodgers is back in Green Bay next year. With one month left, four games, which coaches are coaching for their jobs?

So, this is a good one. If I take it division by division, AFC East, no one's coaching for their job. AFC West, hold on, you're about to say something, go ahead AFC East.

There are some reports that Bill Belichick is coaching for his job. From Greg Bedard and Ty Law danced on the grave of Greg Bedard after the Cardinals game. Stop. That's very funny. It's tongue in cheek.

It's funny, but I think you've got to bring it up. When it comes to the Patriots, you're always malicious, okay? You don't need that in a tongue in cheek way. I'm just reminding you of a report from a reporter that covers the team.

I don't have to see you for two days, remember? So, if we get a little kerfuffle here, I won't feel bad about it once we leave the studio. AFC West, Staley's coaching for his job. I think McDaniel's, in a weird way, is safe because of the franchise's financial situation. Is Nathaniel Hackett, I can't say he's coaching for his job.

His job's already done so. There's no way. They have the wealthiest owners now in the NFL. There is no way that guy is back next year. I'm asking, if they go 4-0 down the stretch, does that change their opinions?

And if Russell Wilson plays, let's say, three of the games he's not playing this week, so he plays the final three and he looks good. No. So there's no saving. No.

He does though. I'm with you, but. 4-0 down the stretch. I'm asking.

He almost won last week, giving out almost awards. You're going to like my Christmas gift to you, by the way. I have not ordered it yet.

I'm going to do so tonight. I really wanted to do something, but the thing I wanted to do was an extra $200. So, no offense as much as I love you. I'm not spending the extra $200 on you. Okay. Well, can you tell me what you, I guess, later on, what you tried to do? Yeah, yeah, yeah. I will give you your gift and I'll say, here's my good gift to you, but this is what I wanted to do to make it even better.

So I apologize in advance. So AFC West, Staley's coaching for his job. If you want to say Hackett, sure, but Hackett's already done so. AFC North, I do think Stefanski's coaching for his job. I think everyone else is safe. AFC South, I think Lovey Smith is already done. Jeff Saturday's not coming back and the other two coaches are safe. NFC East, everyone's safe there. NFC West, I don't think a decision has been made yet on Cliff Kingsbury and he may be saved because of finances.

So let's see what happens the final four weeks of the season, but no Kyler Murray. If Sean McVay wants to come back, he'll be back. And in the NFC North, all the coaches are safe there barring Aaron Rodgers saying, I want Matt Lafleur gone. NFC South, I think Dennis Allen is back as long as Sean Payton does not want in. And Steve Wilks, I could say Steve Wilks is coaching for his job. And I'll even go Todd Bowles is coaching for his job.

Now he may have the insurance of Brady if Brady stays there, but if Brady leaves and you just missed the playoffs with Tom Brady, that's not a ringing endorsement for Todd Bowles. So that's the way we look at it as we go through each and every division. Who is your leader right now for Rookie of the Year? Defensively, I would say it's Sauce Gardner. I for the entirety of the last two months went with Kenneth Walker. If the Seahawks now miss the playoffs, do you think that takes Kenneth Walker? You don't need to be in the playoffs, but he's been hurt too.

That's more of it. Is it Olave? Him or Garrett Wilson?

Yeah, that's fair. Now, Olave was my pick before the season started. So I'm kind of rooting for Olave and he's, barring injury here, is going to be a 1,000-yard receiver. He's at 887. And let's just see what Garrett Wilson's numbers currently do stack up at. Garrett Wilson's at 868. Okay.

You know what? Those two guys down the stretch, they're production because you have Olave at 887 in three touchdowns, Garrett Wilson, 868 in four touchdowns. It's a tight race.

I'll lean Olave right now. Tom Brady holds an NFL record 13 straight playoff appearances. Will that streak come to an end this year? I'm going to be honest with you here. I'm not feeling good about the Bucks.

I'm not. I think they lose this weekend by Cincinnati to Cincinnati. But then they play the Cardinals who stink. The Panthers, that could decide the division. And then you do have the Falcons. I'm still going to say it's the Bucks because of Brady.

But if you asked me to put a lot of money on it, I would not feel good about it. Might have to flex that Panthers-Bucks game into Sunday night next week. That could be the division right there. January 1st, that game could be flexed.

Holy cow. Can you imagine? You know what?

I know this can't be possible. But can we get that flexed in week 17 backwards to Thursday night football? With how much Al Michaels has just been disgusted by these Thursday night games, can we get Panthers and Bucks kind of who's going to find a way to just back their way into the postseason, Panthers and Bucks style on Thursday night football, with Herb Street and then also Al Michaels on the call on Amazon Prime.

You may curse with how bad that game could be. You know what? Kurt Herb Street will be calling that game, not Kirk Herb Street. Jack Stern will finally get his wish.

Oh boy. Question number five out of ten here. Will Tom Brady be back in 2023?

Yes. I think Brady will be back. If you would have asked me two months ago, I would have said he would have been in Tampa and now I'm starting to think he's going to be elsewhere.

Question number six from CBS Sports. Is Daniel Jones playing his final four games as a giant? I don't know if Daniel Jones is going to be back because what stands out to me at their bye week, we had Joe Shane on this show, and I said, has he done enough to give him a contract extension for next year? And he goes, well, we're always evaluating those things. And I said, well, how do you evaluate Daniel Jones? And he said, yeah, he's had like a lot of you got to have the moments, but I don't know how much of a belief there is with Brian Daybal and Joe Shane and Daniel Jones, but he may be back next year.

I don't think it's option one, two or three. Maybe they look to trade up in the draft. Maybe they look to sign someone to trade for someone, whether it's free agency or just in the offseason. But if there is not a guy that you go, okay, we have to have, if you're a Giants fan, then I don't know how active the market's going to be for Daniel Jones. Maybe you bring him back on a year or two deal. Question seven, will the Dolphins get back on track before the playoffs? In terms of what? Me thinking that they could be a Super Bowl contender?

Is that what you're saying? Even if we just win a playoff game, be frisky in the playoffs, push the Bengals or the Chiefs or the Bills if they play them in, let's say, round two. So they have a shot to be competitive against anyone just because of how quickly they could score points with Tyreek Hill being their most valuable player. But I think they're losing this week. They're going to eight and six. And then you got to see what they do their final three games, Green Bay, New England and the Jets. You would think they should be able to win two out of three, but who knows with the way that they're playing. I'm just personally not going to put my trust and my faith in the Dolphins because that defense has taken a step back this year.

And two of the last two weeks just has not shown me enough. So I'm not going to feel really confident about them heading into the playoffs, I would think. Question eight, will the Chargers make the playoffs? I think so.

I thought Catalan. First off, they're getting healthy. They also have the most talent. When you look at the complete full roster against the Patriots and the Jets, the two teams, they're battling out for a wildcard spot because I think it's clear the Bills will get in, the Dolphins will get in. You know, when it comes to the north, the Bengals and Ravens are going to be in. In the south, Tennessee's going to get in. The AFC West, the Chiefs are already in.

So you have six right there. You're playing for one spot. When you look at one spot, it's the Chargers, it's the Jets, it's the Patriots. The Chargers clearly have the best quarterback. They have the better roster and their schedule. This weekend, even if they lose, which I think that game could go either way, but even if they lose and they're seven and seven, they play Indy, they play the Rams, and then they play the Broncos down the stretch. If we're feeling like this is a race to ten, because I'm not going to think any of those teams, I wouldn't expect any, like could one of those teams win out?

Yeah. But I wouldn't expect it just with how up and down those teams have been. But when you look at the schedule, when after this week it's Indy, the Rams and the Broncos, if the Chargers don't make the playoffs, Brandon Staley, I'm not even going to drive you to the airport and you'll have all the money from the contract you made.

You could afford an Uber, a Lyft, a taxi, whatever. You get to the airport yourself, just have Sean Payton already figuring out how he wants to arrange his office. But I'm thinking the Chargers are going to make the playoffs. All right, so Patrick Holmes right now has 4,100 passing yards. The NFL record is held by Peyton Manning at 5,477, so let's just round it out. He needs 1,300 yards. And 17.

1,317. I did the math exactly. And no, that was not mental math.

I used a calculator. There you go. So that's 1,317 yards. Patrick Holmes needs, in four games, to tie Peyton Manning through 1,318 yards to surpass him. Will Patrick Holmes, in the final four games of the year, surpass Peyton Manning and be the all-time single-season passing record holder? So that's about like 330 yards a game with four games left in order to break it.

Roughly, yeah. I trust your math. Yeah, my math was on a calculator.

329.25 exactly. He plays the Texans, the Seahawks, the Broncos, and the Raiders. And who knows if that last game of the season may even mean anything. I'm going to say he comes up just short. Makes a really good push, but comes up just short. And finally, tenth and final question. Will the Eagles lose again this season?

Yes. Now, that's not me saying they're going to lose in the playoffs. I do think they're going to the Super Bowl.

I've not said they're going to win the Super Bowl, but I do think they're going to the Super Bowl. But I do think they'll drop one more in the regular season. Now, the teams they play, the Bears, the Saints, but you look, they do play the Cowboys. That game may mean a whole lot more for the Giants. Remember, the Eagles, they could have the number one seed clinched very shortly. You don't even know how they're going to approach that final week of the season if they're going to play anyone. And I think because of the fact that they may not play anyone or if they lose to the Cowboys, I do think they'll lose two games total in the regular season, so one more down the stretch.

And then, even if they don't, we'll see if they'll find a way to run the table the rest of the way and not only get to the Super Bowl, but win the Super Bowl. So those are ten questions right there. Marco Belleti is here, El Capitan. Real quickly, Marco, because I think this is your last update of the evening before Marco goes home and goes back to being a regular human being and hopefully gets a lot of sleep tonight. Correct.

And incorrect. Yeah, well, I said hope. I'm hoping you get some sleep. I know you won't get any sleep. I am too. How long has your professional life been?

Doing this? A little over 20 years, I guess, now. Yeah, I think we've been hoping Marco would get sleep for the better part of 20 years. You are a Giants fan, I know that.

Correct. Sunday, 8-20, will you be home watching the game, right? I'll be home. It'll be interrupted to watch the game, unfortunately.

What happened? No, it's not a bad thing. No, my son hates school with a passion, so Sunday nights are a little bit of an excursion to be able to get him to go to sleep.

So there's probably three or four stories. I'll probably have to lay in the bed with him for a little bit. He struggles.

He hates school. So I'll probably be a lot of pause and then go back and watch it in full. Is this one of those things where Daddy has to read the story, or could it be Mommy? Yeah, it's kind of me. Yeah, he asks for me.

So if you put, let's say, the two deep in on the depth chart. And even if he did, he might be able to get away with that. But would still be expecting eventually Dad to walk in the room. No, but even still on top of that, but then I got my daughter then. It's not like I, you know, there's another one right behind.

You kind of wish this game was like one o'clock on Sunday. And she's smaller, so three years old, two years, two and a half. I'd probably be better off with the eight-year-old reading him stories. Because eventually he's going to fall asleep, and then I can get up and walk away. So it's fine, it's fine. I'll probably watch. It's like when you bring a dog on an airplane.

No Benadryl given to the kids or anything? Yeah, no. I've been trying to convince my wife of that for years. Sunday at 1, Sunday at 1 is much better than Sunday night football. But because it's the Giants, I'll be able to watch 10 or 15 minutes. I'll pause it. Hopefully at that point I don't have Ajita through my eyeballs.

Do what I got to do to get my son to go to sleep. I'll resume probably in the 10 o'clock Eastern hour. Eventually I'll catch up.

I've got some extra NyQuil wine around here. I'm just saying. Yeah, I don't know. Where's your confidence in this game, Giants, Commanders? When you eventually get to watch the game, what type of game do you think you'll be seeing?

Oh, ugly. It'll be exactly like it was two weeks ago. One team is going to look like they're a ball of fire for a two series. And then it's going to flip. It's going to be down to the wire. It's going to be a three point game one way or the other. Both teams are going to make a mistake. Both teams are going to capitalize. It's going to be exactly what it always is when these two teams. They're basically mirror images.

They do some things a little bit differently, but they do it exactly the same, if that makes sense. So who wins? I don't have a great feel for it, but I would say the Giants. Oh, really? Yeah, I feel better about the Giants on the road than I do at home. And you will have a lot of fans at FedEx?

It's not even that. They seem to play better on the road, and it's been a long time now. And I think it's simply because it's been so long since they've been a quality team that the crowd flips on them fast. First three and out, and it flips, and they feel the pressure.

And I think at home, it mounts on them. It weighs on them. They're looking around all the time.

They feel the booze. On the road, I think they play a little looser. I think they play a little bit better. The biggest thing that I don't like about this, and this is kind of ridiculous because while history should have nothing to do with it, they've been awful in primetime games.

Just awful. They find ways to lose. Even in the Washington game a couple years ago, offsides, on the field goal, there was no good. They invent ways every time they play in a primetime game.

Evan Ingram dropping a ball against the Eagles. It's hard to fathom. It's 11 straight. It's hard to do.

It's 11 straight primetime games. Wow. It's hard to do. Yikes.

Not good. Again, you'd fall into one. You do.

At least you do. You'd fall into one here or there. If I had to take a shot on this one, I would say that this is finally their time. I don't feel very confident about it, I'll be honest. A lot to listen to.

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So I appreciate those guys. And Kyle Shanahan gives some high praise for his young quarterback, Mr. Relevant Brock Purdy. He's definitely the most poised rookie I've ever had. He's been like that since he's gotten here. From what I hear about him in college, I think he was very similar, just starting as a freshman. And he's been great.

The most poised rookie he's ever had, Hickey. He was there when Trey Lance was a rookie. It's an interesting comment by Kyle Shanahan. Very interesting.

And if you're someone like me who believes he was talked into drafting Trey Lance, it's even more interesting. Kyle Shanahan says winning the division, which the 49ers did last night, is just the start for this team. This isn't our final goal by any means. I'm very proud of our team and what we accomplished throughout the year to get to this.

Our goal is to get in the tournament and we accomplished that today. But now it's all trying to set that up to be the best situation we can and hopefully get some of our guys back too in the process. So last night I thought I saw one of the worst roughing the passer calls ever. But that's just the norm now for the NFL.

Hickey, I'm reading this line right. This is Nick Bosa says he agrees with the roughing the passer call on him. I guess he just didn't want to get fined.

Listen up. I landed on him. I just kind of, I don't know, I thought he still had the ball. So I was kind of thinking about while I was going to the ground whether he had the ball or not and I forgot to roll off. I'm usually better at doing that. So it was a good call I guess. I'll translate that for you.

I'm just here so I don't get fined. There is no way he actually believes that. And you hear that at the end where he says, I guess. What else is he supposed to do? It was a textbook tackle.

Stop at this nonsense with body weight. I get it. You're protecting the quarterback. But anyone watches that play, they know it was a good tackle and it should not be called for roughing the passer. And Hickey, it seems like these always happen when there's like a big play. When it negates an interception or it negates a catch that's fumbled. A third down stop.

Yeah, something like that. It always pops up on what is the result of a big play that does get washed away. Robert Sala on why Mike White wasn't cleared to play on Sunday. Sunday after the game, obviously it's well documented, he was taken to the hospital to get x-rays and all that stuff. And all that stuff cleared. He got on the plane. Everything was checked out fine. Monday, Tuesday, same thing, get more evaluation. He was cleared for practice, which he has been doing.

He feels fine. But our doctors, and rightfully so, would not clear him for contact. Mike White, who is an absolute warrior and has been doing everything he could this week to try to find another opinion to get him onto the football field, to find somebody who will clear him for contact, has exhausted every measure he possibly can because he wants to be out there for his teammates.

That opinion will not change. And it's gotten to the point where we could drag this out to Sunday, guys. But this is one of those deals where we got to do what's best for the player and protect the player from the player. Yeah, when Mike White is going to 11 different doctors for opinions, and no one's clearing you, Hickey, I think it's safe to say you just tell him, we appreciate the effort, but we're not letting you play.

If 11 people tell you no and then one person says yes, that should not even be a green light to give you the thumbs up that you should be good to go. Robert Salas says the mechanical adjustments Zach Wilson needed to make were simple. It's really just making the easy easy with regards to just getting your feet in the direction they need to go, get your body set, and deliver the football the way he knows how. I mean, he's the same quarterback that once went 18 for 18 in a bowl game, so he's very capable.

It's just a matter of just being conscientious and tying everything together. Robert Salas has done a really good job with this football team this year, but that's laughable. He's the same quarterback that went 18 for 18 in a bowl game. We've seen a lot of quarterbacks play well in college and then be bust in the NFL. Hickey, that's embarrassing coming from a guy that's been so good this year in Robert Salas the way that he just said that about his quarterback. Especially if you have no NFL success to point to in the year and a half he's been.

He has to go back to a bowl game, which I think was the UCF bowl, which they smoked, or the Boca Ratamo, which they smoked UCF. That's not good. Not good at all. Yeah, that's embarrassing.

I'm sorry. If you're bringing up college plays and what he did in the bowl game, you're exactly right. Yeah, I have nothing to reference in the NFL so far.

So he's the same guy that went 18 for 18 in a bowl game. Oh, makes me feel great if I'm a Jets fan. We'll see how he does this weekend.

Big spot for Zach Wilson as the Jets do go up against the Lions. And actually the game, Hickey, that I'm most excited for this weekend. Because I really don't know who's going to win that game. Like you look at Bucks and Bengals. Should be a good game, but I'm leaning Bengals.

You look at Dolphins and Bills. I think the Bills are going to win. Are you thinking that's the best game of the weekend? That's the game I'm most excited for.

Jets and Lions. I think so, yeah. I think in both cases I think it's the best game. I think it's the one I'm most excited for for sure. It's crazy, but that's where we are.

Yeah, Commander's Giants also should be a good one as well. Who would have ever thought we would have been saying those two games as the best games of the weekend when the season did start. I love that. Zach Gelb shows CBS Sports Radio. When we come on back we give you one thought on every game for this upcoming weekend of games in the National Football League for week 15. That's three Saturday games and then a big slate coming up on Sunday. We give you those one thought next.

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