Chiefs remain unstoppable, Colts achieve vital success and Mac Jones needs free reins

Like every Monday, we are going with the conclusions after Sunday of action in the fifteenth day of NFL American football: #nflxespn

one) The Chiefs won their 7th game in a row and led two games in the division. The defense felt the absence of Chris Jones, but Patrick Mahomes woke up in the fourth quarter, and Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill are almost impossible to cover. Without playing well, KC is dangerous.

two) The Chargers looked like the best team for the bulk of the night against the Chiefs. The problem is that winning games is an art, one that Los Angeles has not yet mastered. BrandonS taley insists on gambling it on fourth down attempts, and to be honest, two of those risks must have been TDs.

3) The Colts had a vital win for their playoff aspirations and their schedule is favorable. Jonathan Taylor has to be seriously considered for the MVP. Indianapolis has arguably the best offensive line and the best group of linebackers in the NFL. They are dangerous.

4) I understand that the identity of the Patriots is on the ground, but you have to unleash more of Mac Jones if you intend to be a contender. Otherwise, you have no margin for error, and it showed in a bad special teams game. They are not built to come from behind.

5) The OL of the Lions is the strength of the team. They dominated the trenches and handed the Cardinals their 1st loss of the year on the road. Amani Oruwariye had a fantastic interception and Charles Harris had his best game as a professional. They lost control of the first pick.

6) The Cardinals are 3-4 after starting 7-0. Like last year, they are falling when most important. The offensive line is lacking and Kyler Murray is lacking in confidence and with bad body language. They cannot stop the running attack.

7) Cowboys are almost in the playoffs and now they are looking for bye. The defense continues to play at a great level and forced four more losses. DeMarcus Lawrence came back better than many expected and Trevon Diggs posted his 10th interception of the year. They must improve in the red zone.

8) The Giants’ idea is to retain coach Joe Judge for one more season, but if the offense doesn’t at least show some improvement, it seems hard to justify it. I wouldn’t force Daniel Jones back at this point. The problem is that I still do not know if it is the answer for the future. I lean towards the no.

9) The Dolphins didn’t shine, but they overcame a ten-point deficit and won their sixth straight game. Tua Tagovailoa made a couple of ugly mistakes, though he led a good series when it mattered most. Duke Johnson asks for a clue to be RB1. Miami has no margin for error.

10) Without George Fant, the Jets’ offensive line was a sieve and they allowed six sacks. Zach Wilson has not evolved as expected and at times he seems lost; they only had three first attempts in the second half. The defense was dominated by the ground.

eleven) TJ Watt broke the record for sacks (17) in a season in Steelers history. The defense posted three pivotal losses and the return of Joe Haden was vital. Pittsburgh always starts badly, it doesn’t have offensive punch, but they manage to win.

12) Without Derrick Henry, Ryan Tannehill is asked to do more. And the upshot is that the Tennessee quarterback already has five multi-loss games this season. Julio Jones was injured again although AJ Brown could return on Thursday. The injuries altered the Titans’ course.

13) Davis Mills has more touchdown passes than Trevor Lawrence despite having played four fewer games this year. Is it the answer to the future? Considering the quarterback class is poor, other areas may be worth rebuilding while Houston finds out in 2022.

14) If the season ended today, the Jaguars would have the top draft pick for the second year in a row. Jacksonville was swept by Houston in nine of the last 11 seasons. Jim Caldwell would make me a more than interesting option to develop Trevor Lawrence.

fifteen) Gabriel Davis is one of the most underrated wide receivers in the NFL and he seized his opportunity with the injury of Emmanuel Sanders. Against all odds, the Bills had 27 carries and balanced. Buffalo controls his destiny to try to win the division.

16) Cam Newton has now lost 12 straight games as Carolina’s starting quarterback. In other words, it is very possible that a now healthy Sam Danorld will be behind center next week. Zane Gonzalez’s injury complicated them but Carolina is a bad team today.

17) The Bengals scored a vital win to keep dreaming of the playoffs. Cincinnati’s offense had another busy day in the office, finishing with just 250 total yards. They close out the season against the Ravens, Chiefs and Browns, and two of those games will define the division.

18) Speaking of offenses that have trouble scoring points, the Broncos are in that lot, too. As if that weren’t enough, Teddy Bridgewater suffered a head injury, and if you’re wasting time, Drew Lock can’t be trusted. They close the year against all divisional rivals. Complicated.

19) In silence, the 49ers have won five of the last six games and have practically sealed their playoff berth. The defense limited the Falcons to less than three yards a carry, and Jimmy Garoppolo remains an efficient quarterback in recent weeks.

twenty) I have always held that the Falcons’ record indicates that they are better than they really are. They have six losses to potential playoff teams, and they were all by double digits. The offensive line must be renewed and the defense on the ground is weak.

twenty-one) Third division title in three seasons for Matt Lafleur with the Packers. Green Bay didn’t play a good game, but the chances of the playoffs going through Lambeau Field are increasing by the second. Of course, the special teams have been a disaster and if they don’t improve …

22) The Ravens are out of the playoffs and it is not a guarantee that they will qualify. Again, John Harbaugh decided to try to win the match with a two-point conversion. I applaud the decision, but I didn’t like the call. Tyler Huntley played well, Mark Andrews is elite.

23) There is no Sean Payton, no problem. The Saints defense had a masterful performance and became only the 3rd team in history to shut out Tom Brady. Without the OTs, any quarterback is going to have problems, but that offense needs to improve a lot if they want the playoffs.

24) Tom Brady and Bruce Arians with the Buccaneers, now 0-4 against the Saints in the regular season. Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Leonard Fournette were injured, which could complicate the near-term outlook in the search for a bye week.