New England looks to stay in the AFC’s No. 1 seed as Indianapolis struggles to reach the playoffs
Never in the history of the league has the NFL had reached the Week 15 with 21 teams that had at least six wins. And, for the first time since 1990, there are no playoff teams at this point in the season.
There are things, however, that seem to never change. Like the fact that New england patriots are at the top of the Eastern Division of the American Conference, hand in hand with a streak of seven victories.
Now, head coach Bill Belichick will put his good time on the line in a new edition of the rivalry that marked much of the last two decades. On Saturday, Pats visit the Indianapolis Colts (7-6).
Equipped with a new weapon after 20 years of dominance in the AFC with Tom Brady at the controls, he is the rookie passer Mac Jones the one who is at the forefront of the offensive of New england before some Colts that boast a highly balanced team.
IndianapolisThe winner of four of his last five games to enter the playoff scene after a 1-4 start, he has his best weapon in running back Jonathan Taylor (1,348 yards and 16 touchdowns).
But the success of the Colts it goes beyond a powerful running attack. Quarterback Carson Wentz has 22 touchdown passes for just five interceptions, the defense has conceded fewer than 20 points in three of their last four games, and his 29 steals – including at least one in every game this season – represent the most in the whole NFL.
Maybe they need more of that before some Patriots who catapulted to the top of the AFC hand in hand with the best defense of the entire NFL, a unit that concedes just 15.4 points per game and less than 14 in each of its last five games.
This has made the task easier for the young Jones, whose main job has been to stay clear of mistakes, convert when necessary (seventh place in ERA at third down) and rely on a versatile running game.
The Patriots have won the last six series games against Indianapolis, but they all went with Brady.
“No matter how we get into the dance, we just want to get in, and the way to do it is to win every week,” said cornerback Kenny Moore II.
Many things have changed since the Saints of New orleans they handed Brady the worst loss of his career, 38-3 in Week 9 of last season.
To begin with, Buccaneers they eliminated the Saints in the Divisional Round of last postseason that marked the end of Drew Brees’ career and led to Tampa bay towards the Super Bowl title.
Now the Saints have a chance to stop a four-game win streak from the Buccaneers and incidentally prevent the current champions of the NFL secure your ticket to the postseason. Of course that is much easier said than done.
The Saints They come from snapping a five-game losing streak thanks to a 30-9 win over the New York Jets the Sunday before. But these Bucs are far from the Jets. Suffice it to note that Brady and Tampa bay enjoy the most productive attack in the NFL to the are of 31.5 points per game.
Brady, who again has MVP credentials, also leads in passing yards (4,134) and touchdown passes (36) this season. And in front he will have some Saints They have conceded at least 27 points in five of their last seven games.
But since Brady joined Tampa bay at the start of the previous season, he is 0-3 in the regular season against the Saints, including a 36-27 loss in Week 8. But this is not the same team from New orleans.
On that occasion Jameis Winston threw a touchdown pass against his former team before injuring his knee in the second quarter and missing the rest of the season. Now the responsibility for the attack rests in the hands of the versatile, and equally insecure, Taysom Hill.
The Week 15 began on Thursday with the triumph of the Kansas city chiefs 34-28 in overtime on Los Angeles Chargers.
Travis Kelce caught a short pass from Patrick Mahones and caused several opponents to miss for a 34-yard drive to the end zone, which gave the Chiefs (10-4) their seventh consecutive victory.
The Chargers they were 8-5, also in the AL West.
The action continues on Saturday with Las vegas raiders (6-7), who have lost five of their last six games, on a visit to the Cleveland browns (7-6), which has 18 players on the COVID-19 list.
The day continues on Sunday with the following meetings: Carolina Panthers (5-8) in Buffalo bills (7-6); Arizona cardinals (10-3) in Detroit Lions (1-11-1); Houston Texans (2-11) in Jacksonville Jaguars (2-11); New York Jets (3-10) in Miami dolphins (6-7); Dallas cowboys (9-4) in New York Giants (4-9); Washington (6-7) in Philadelphia Eagles (6-7); Tennessee Titans (9-4) in Pittsburgh steelers (6-6-1); Cincinnati Bengals (7-6) in Denver Broncos (7-6); Atlanta Falcons (6-7) in San Francisco 49ers (7-6); Green bay packers (10-3) in Baltimore Ravens (8-5); Seattle Seahawks (5-8) in Los Angeles Rams (9-4).
The Week 15 concludes on Monday with the visit of the Minnesota Vikings (6-7) a Chicago Chicago (4-9) in a duel between North AFC rivals desperate to stay in the postseason landscape.
Race to the playoffs
This week Arizona, Green bay Y Tampa bay may seal your playoff ticket with a triumph.
Patriots, Titans, Cowboys Y Rams they could also secure their place in postseason this same week, although require a victory and a combination of results.