Like every Monday, we go with the conclusions after the sixteenth day of NFL American Football: #NFLxESPN
one. Despite not having nine starters available, the Colts won again against a team with a positive road record. The division is almost out of reach, but the playoffs practically one win away from being sealed. Physicals and clear identity. Black horse of the AFC.
two. Matt Prater had a night to forget, Kyler Murray’s body language continues to leave much to be desired and the Cardinals once again prove to be an undisciplined team that collapses at the end of the season. They went from comfortable divisional leader to wild card.
3. The Packers became the first team in the past two seasons to record 5 sacks and 4 interceptions. However, stopping the running attack is still a pending account. It wasn’t Green Bay’s best game, but Davante Adams is still unstoppable.
Four. Nick Chubb averaged 7.4 yards per carry, and even then the Browns couldn’t win. There were a couple of questionable calls, but Cleveland needs to look in the mirror. Why not run at the end of the match? Baker Mayfield must take better care of the ball and they are not going to win with 4 INTs.
5. The return of AJ Brown made all the difference in the world for the Titans, who practically sealed their division. Ryan Tannehill surpassed 200 yards passing for the first time in five games. The defense long ago raised its level and had 2 INTs. Don’t forget Tennessee.
6. When San Francisco can’t impose his physical will and dominate on the ground, Jimmy Garoppolo is prone to making mistakes. The 49ers should have won the game, but wasted opportunities early in the game. Elijah Mitchell is back next week.
7. Maybe it was the short break after playing Tuesday, but the Eagles looked bad in the first half. Jalen Hurts’ ankle isn’t 100 percent looking, but the defense continues to play at a high level and recorded two interceptions. The Eagles are wild and potentially dangerous.
8. Jake Fromm didn’t look good in his first starting appearance and once again, the Giants’ offense was inoperative. General manager Dave Gettleman has his days numbered, although New York appears to insist on Daniel Jones and Joe Judge. Dangerous strategy.
9. Joe Burrow had a dream afternoon and broke the franchise record with 525 yards passing; accompanied them with four touchdowns. The Bengals have a rough finish to the schedule, but they control their own destiny in the AFC North and look like the best team in the division.
10. The Ravens’ chances were slim with Josh Johnson as the starting quarterback. The casualty-plagued defense was a strainer, allowing points in the first eight series. Lamar Jackson would be back, but I’m afraid it might be too late for the Ravens.
eleven. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers won their first division title since 2007. The problem for them, as they fight for a bye week in the playoffs, is that the injured keep piling up; Shaq Barrett must have left with a knee problem and he’s worried.
12. I don’t get the idea of Sam Darnold and Cam Newton sharing quarterback snaps in Carolina. Beyond Matt Rhule’s gesture towards Newton, the reality is that the answer in the position seems not to be in the squad. Carolina has lost 10 of its last 12 games.
13. Victory to stand out from the Rams. After playing on a Tuesday, on the road against an opponent with aspirations and several important losses, Los Angeles won and controls its destiny in the NFC West. Matthew Stafford is still too fickle; Sony Michel shone.
14. Despite decorating his numbers in the end, the reality is that Kirk Cousins had another game below expectations. The Minnesota defense did its job and was opportunistic, but the offense didn’t burn out all afternoon. The Vikings don’t control their destiny heading into the playoffs.
fifteen. Zach Wilson avoided throwing INTs for the third straight game and displayed his athleticism with a 52-yard rushing touchdown. Michael Carter impresses me more and more. With the victory despite numerous casualties from COVID-19, it is most likely that the Jets will not have a Top 2 pick.
16. Of the two rookie quarterbacks, Trevor Lawrence looked better than Wilson. He had a costly fumble, but looked more decisively in his pocket. Running back James Robinson tore his Achilles tendon, increasing Travis Etienne’s chances for next year.
17. When it mattered most, Josh Allen and the Bills offense appeared in all its glory to settle the lawsuit; great match of Isaiah McKenzie. Still worrying is the fact that they couldn’t stop the running attack, but now they control their fate in the division.
18. I reiterate that these Patriots are not built to come from behind, and that I would like to see a Mac Jones more protagonist at the beginning of the game. The defense showed weaknesses in consecutive weeks and the road game in Miami on the last day could define a playoffs.
19. It took facing the Chargers to finally establish the running game; great match for Rex Burkhead. Davis Mills has shown interesting things and may give Houston a thought for the future. The surprise of the day, and it shows that nothing is easy in the NFL.
twenty. Despite not having Austin Ekeler, Joey Bosa or Mike Williams, it is inexcusable to be dominated by a Houston team with 16 COVID-19 absences. Justin Jackson had a great game, but with the unexpected loss, now even a playoff presence is in doubt for Chargers.
twenty-one. Kyle Pitts surpassed 100 yards passing for the third time this season, already breaking the record for passing yards for a rookie tight end in Atlanta; happened to Tony Gonzalez. The Falcons are still alive heading into the playoffs, but the reality is that their chances are slim.
22. Without their starting quarterback Jared Goff, the Lions were a competitive team once again. After being picked in the fourth round of the draft, Amon Ra St. Brown has become Detroit’s most consistent weapon; he has 35 catches in the last four games.
23. Nick Foles didn’t necessarily have a great game in his starting debut this season for Chicago, but he led his team to the winning series in the finale and Damiere Byrd had a fabulous two-point conversion. Likewise, if I’m a team, I don’t want Foles to start.
24. Seattle suffered the most inexplicable loss of the season and was officially eliminated from the playoffs. Russel Wilson never looked as usual after the finger operation. Carlos Dunlap has six sacks in the last four games and could be part of the future plan.
25. Chiefs won their sixth consecutive divisional title. They’ve won eight games in a row, and despite the lack of Travis Kelce and the fact that Tyreek Hill didn’t have a great day in the office, the offense played well and the defense dominated. The best team in the AFC.
26. The Steelers haven’t scored TDs in the first halves of 5 straight games. They suffer from the chances of qualifying for the playoffs from Pittsburgh and you have to get used to the idea that we will see the last two games of Ben Roethlsiberger’s career.
27. For the second week in a row, the Raiders didn’t look too good, but no one apologizes for winning in the NFL. Even less so when he keeps the Raiders’ playoff chances alive. They close out the year against the Colts and Chargers, but at least they would get Darren Waller back.
28. Regardless of who the quarterback is, which definitely has to be the No. 1 priority heading into next season, Denver’s offensive woes are a reality. They totaled 158 yards and all indications are that they will miss the playoffs for the sixth straight year.
29. All the worries about Dallas’ offense are going to have to be put aside this week, after Dak Prescott’s great display; 19 different players have scored TDs this season. The defense is still a loss-making machine.
30. Total humiliation in Washington. Taylor Heinicke was running for his life from the first snap, and he even looked scared. Daron Payne and Jonathan Allen fought on the wings and despite the heavy casualties, there is no excuse for not even reaching out. Defeat that costs work.