Ebs’ Hot Takes: Russell Westbrook, Pittsburgh Penguins and Green Bay Packers

WILKES-BARRE, PA – I know a lot of you want me to go off on Rex Ryan, Tyrod Taylor and my beloved Buffalo Bills, but it’s not happening. Yet.

At least this guy’s still not in charge.

To be honest, I’m still processing what happened Sunday. And with reports that Ryan could be out the door before some of you even read this, and Taylor could be benched in favor of Cardale Jones for Buffalo’s Week 15 game against the Cleveland Browns.

So I’m going to let all of this play out before I give my hawt taek. But I reassure you, it is coming. I just can’t settle on one side of the debate right now.

So instead of a Buffalo Bills rant, I have a brand new set of Ebs’ Hot Takes for you.


Russ Westbrook is the second-best player in the NBA. Next to LeBron James, Russell Westbrook reigns supreme.

Westbrook is on his way to an MVP award, and has the Oklahoma City Thunder playing like Kevin Durant never left. In fact, the Thunder rank first in their division.

NBA pundits are always quick to rank Steph Curry second behind James, but I’m telling you it should be Westbrook.

The man is averaging a triple-double and can do things with the basketball that no other point guard is doing in this league right now. He amazes me every time he’s on TV.

The Pittsburgh Penguins have to find a way to get Jake Guentzel up with the NHL club. I’m not sure how much of a Pittsburgh Penguins following is on this site, but I have to point out an observation I made while covering the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins this past week. And 2013 third-round pick Jake Guentzel shouldn’t be in the AHL.

New York Rangers fans might remember Guentzel from his two-goal effort on Nov. 21, in his NHL debut. He returned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Wednesday, and in the Penguins’ three games since, he has registered six points on three goals and three assists. Every time he touches the puck magic happens.

Pittsburgh has to find a way to keep him in the NHL.

Aaron Rodgers is going to lead the Green Bay Packers to an NFC North crown. The Green Bay Packers looked dead in the water three weeks ago, but with a resurgence from Aaron Rodgers, there’s a path to home playoff game for the Packers.

With three games left, two games separate the Packers and first-place Detroit Lions and the two teams square off Week 17.

Matt Stanford has a dislocation and torn ligaments in the middle figure of his throwing hand, and the Lions face the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys before Week 17. That’s some tough sledding.

Green Bay, on the other hand, has the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings on tap before its game against the Lions. Both are very winnable.

Buckle up, because we’re in for a fun few weeks.

Come back Tuesday for Bangin’ Ben Whitney and please follow us on Twitter at @ByDJEberle & @MeetTheMatts and like our Facebook page, Meet The Matts.

For those of you who missed it, John Cena was on Saturday Night Live over the weekend. It was alright overall, but this sketch was pretty great.

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DJ Eberle: The youngest of our team, DJ is also the largest. Offensive Tackle Large. In fact, this Albany native used OT for Western New England University - until he graduated in May of 2014. Like Junoir Blaber, he's a regular on Rugby Wrap Up - his dad played rugby with The Matts. His cross to bear, however, is his love for the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres. As for baseball and basketball, it's the Yanks and Atlanta Hawks. Follow him on Twitter: @ByDJEberle.