Till the end: If you’re in one of those die-hard leagues where teams start players through Week 17, give Browns RB Edwin Baker a try. He was in the game on almost every offensive snap during Sunday’s loss to the Jets, and he finished with 17 carries for 64 yards and a TD. Cleveland finishes the season with a road trip to Pittsburgh, whose defense has been leaking yards and points in recent weeks. With so many starters disappointing in Week 16, maybe Baker can give you an unexpected boost to close out the year.
Loyalty program: Bears head coach Marc Trestman confirmed Jay Cutler will remain the starter in Week 17. Count me in the crowd that says the Bears never should have disrupted the offensive mojo they had going on with Josh McCown. In a game where the Bears found themselves down big early and needing to throw the ball a lot to catch up, Cutler registered just 222 passing yards with one touchdown and one pick. Yes, his offensive line was abysmal, but quite frankly, he didn’t appear to have a great deal of interest in spending the energy that would have been required for a comeback. The Bears will host the Packers in Week 17 — the winner takes the NFC North crown and goes to the playoffs while the loser starts reserving offseason tee-times in tropical climates. The good news is another shootout seems likely, but the bad news is there isn’t much to like about Cutler’s disposition heading into the finale.
Bad D.J.: Some of you took a chance on Texans RB Dennis Johnson as a flyer, and interim coach Wade Phillips kind of hinted that injury was the reason Johnson barely played in the second half (getting just three touches after having had nine in the first). Johnson finnished with 12 carries for just 29 yards and two catches for a combined one yard. He had a big game in late November against the Jags, but has been pretty horrendous outside of that. Lesson learned for 2014: let others in your league overreact to one good game and storm to the waiver wire to claim the one-hit wonders.