The wild 15th week in the NFL that lasted until Tuesday night has finally come to an end, and we’ve seen some big shambles in the process.
Both the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Arizona Cardinals disappointed in Week 15, leaving Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers at the top of the NFC. Meanwhile, the Kansas City captain officially defeated the No. 1 seed in the AFC from the New England Patriots with their 7th consecutive win.
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Aaron Rodgers was on fire in the late hours, turning himself into a deadly rush with Tom Brady to win the MVP award. The Packers needed a late stop to beat Tyler Huntley and the Baltimore Raven, but they’ve officially locked down the NFC North.
Seven. Straight. Win. I can’t believe some of us doubt this captain, and now with both Patrick Mahomes and the defense gone, Kansas City looks like an overwhelming favourite in the AFC.
The Saints have eliminated Tom Brady and the Bucs for the second year in a row, keeping him out of Sunday Night Football for the first time in 15 years. Sorry. The biggest concern with the Bucs is that they lost Leonard Fournette, Mike Evans and Chris Godwin to injuries in the loss.
Cooper Kupp and the Rams got themselves into the NFC West game by beating the Seattle Seahawks on Tuesday night. The Rams have recovered from a tough mid-year run to look like a Super Bowl contender.
Dallas’ attack is still falling, but the Cowboys continuously win. They can become the No. 2 seed in the NFC tournament if the Buccaneers and Cardinals continue to falter in the race.
Bill Belichick’s team couldn’t slow Jonathan Taylor on Saturday night, racking up a seven-game winning streak. However, the Patriots remain in control of their fate in the AFC East, as a win over Buffalo in Week 16 will help lock the division down a long way.
You can’t lose to the Detroit Lions and not expect to fall down the leaderboard, can you? The Arizona attack looks a bit off-kilter without DeAndre Hopkins, and it risks losing NFC West.
The Colts scored a big win over the Patriots in Week 15 and now have a shot to get past the reeling Titans in the AFC South. Jonathan Taylor won’t win MVP, but he’s been fantastic this season.
The Chargers may have lost to the Chiefs in stoppage time, but they still tried for what was a tough game. Looking back at 20/20’s success with positive calls from Brandon Staley, the Chargers’ bigger concern is whether their defense can hold up for the rest of the season.
Buffalo, you have a chance. With the Patriots’ loss to Indy, the Bills can regain control of the AFC East with a win in Week 16. The question is which Bills team will appear?
The Bengals came back with a tough win over the Denver Broncos, taking them to first place in the AFC North. Cincy still has Captain on the schedule, but with the rest of the division already blown up, Joe Burrow has a chance to go from worst to first this season.
Kyle Shanahan’s team has quietly won five of their last six games to cement themselves in the NFC playoff picture. Elijah Mitchell’s potential return will fuel this offense in the long run.
Baltimore is on the outside looking at the playoff picture, and all the injuries the team have had in defence make it extremely difficult for them to believe. Maybe Lamar Jackson could come back and save them, but I don’t believe in that anymore.
The Titans are being exposed without Derrick Henry, with a 1-3 in their last four games. The Colts seem to be the strongest team in the AFC South at the moment, but Tennessee can still hold out for the championship.
Joe Haden’s Nick Westbrook-Ikhine save helped the Steelers win over the Titans and gave them some hope in the AFC North. The draw with the Lions could come back to bite Pittsburgh, but somehow Mike Tomlin’s team overcame the .500 despite averaging fourth few yards per game in the NFL.
A COVID-19 outbreak hurt the Browns in their Week 15 loss to the Raiders, but now in last place in the AFC North, Cleveland faces Green Bay in a short week. This could be the end of the Browns’ playoff hit.
New Orleans has Tom Brady’s number, clear and simple. The Saints’ margin of victory on Sunday Night Football has kept their knockout hopes alive, but can we count on Taysom Hill to get them there?
The Eagles took care of the business in Week 15, but they will need to win a few more games in an easy schedule to finish this season to qualify for the knockout stages.
Yes, the Dolphins beat the Jets at Week 15, but they struggled to do so. Miami has racked up six straight wins, but the only quality win came with the Ravens on Thursday Night Football. I didn’t buy them as a playoff team in the AFC.
Denver needed to beat Cincinnati before facing three consecutive AFC West rivals to close the season, but Drew Lock was unable to lead the comeback after replacing the injured Teddy Bridgewater. Denver’s ceiling is severely limited with Lock, who is lining up to start fighting the Raiders.
The Chicago Bears missed out on their entire high school start, but Kirk Cousins and company only scored 17 points on Monday Night Football. Minnesota is .500, but it doesn’t look like a playoff team this season.
The Raiders needed a final second goal to beat the Browns’ third quarterback, but victory keeps them alive in the AFC playoff race for the moment.
Washington was decimated by COVID-19 and without a first or second quarterback, essentially ending their chances of reaching the knockout stages in NFC. Unless winning and getting some help, Ron Rivera’s team has pretty much done.
Losing to the Rams on Tuesday could be the last straw for the Seahawks. Whether Russell Wilson or Pete Carroll returns next season will be interesting.
The Falcons might have needed to tough the 49ers to get any shots in the knockout stages, but they were destroyed by Jeff Wilson Jr., Deebo Samuel, and company. However, Arthur Smith deserves credit for this team that is competitive this season.
Cam Newton was not the answer for Carolina, as he struggled to throw the ball (18/38, 156 yards, one touchdown, one pick) against the Bills on Sunday. Time to see what PJ Walker can do?
Few teams are in a worse position than the Giants. Daniel Jones is out of action this year (and is not yet a franchise defender) and the team needs to switch from both Dave Gettleman and Joe Judge. Oh, and they don’t have a hat room! Sorry, Giants fans…
The Bears went back to another crucial time game on Monday, losing to the Minnesota Vikings. This team just needs to reset to give Justin Fields a better chance to play.
I guess the Texans can move up a spot after beating the Jaguars in Week 15. Davis Mills isn’t the long-term answer (I hope) in quarterback, but he did show some luster. light this season.
The Jets squandered an early lead losing to the Dolphins in Week 15. Zach Wilson looked a little better at the weekend, but most of the Jets’ top skill players were hurt. Maybe next year they will start to turn this around.
I know they’ve only got two wins, but Dan Campbell’s side have been working all year and it was rewarded with a devastating win over the Cardinals in Week 15. The Lions lacked talent, but they clearly bought. be what Campbell is preaching this season.
Urban Meyer was gone, which was a good sign for Jacksonville going through, but Jaguar still lost to the Texans. While firing Meyer was the right move, those who made the decision to hire him still have the power to decide the team’s next head coach. That is a scary thought.
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