Saints blow out the Vikings on Christmas Day
It was a record-breaking day for the Saints running back Alvin Kamara. He rushed for 155 yards and a whopping SIX touchdowns throughout the game, he should have gotten seven if it wasn’t for their head coach Sean Payton pulling him from the game at the one-yard line. But nevertheless, the Saints cruised to a 52-33 victory despite Kirk Cousins throwing for 291 yards and three touchdowns. Minnesota officially falls out of the playoff picture while the Saints hold onto the number two seed in the NFC.
Brady leads Tampa Bay to a blowout win over Detroit
Tom Brady was able to throw for 348 yards and four touchdowns in just the first half against this depleted Lions team en route to their 47-7 victory. The Buccaneers were dominating the game by so much that most of their starters were pulled from the game after the second half started. Tampa Bay is now locked into the NFC playoffs but is still battling for seeding while the Lions are still eliminated at 5-10.
The 49ers severely hurt the Cardinals playoff hopes with big victory on Saturday
The San Francisco 49ers have been killed with injuries all season long, but they were able to put their best foot forward this weekend in order to dominate their division rivals. They won the game 20-12 but the score doesn’t paint the whole picture as the Cardinals only put up one touchdown on the game while the 49ers put up three along with multiple missed field goals that would have ended the game sooner. To make matters even worse for Arizona, they may have lost Kyler Murray for the final game of the season after he got injured on the last play of the game. San Francisco remains out of the playoffs at 6-9 while the Cardinals enter a must-win game at 8-7.
Ryan Fitzpatrick comes in and wins the game for the Dolphins
In one of the best games of the week, the Dolphins were able to walk away with a 26-25 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders after the team put in Fitzpatrick for the last few offensive drives. Head coach Brian Flores said that he felt the switch to Fitzpatrick was similar to using a closing pitcher in baseball and that Tua Tagovailoa will remain the starting quarterback. It was a much-needed win for the Dolphins as they improve to 10-5 with a shot at a playoff spot while the Raiders are officially out of contention at 7-8.
Steelers beat Colts to end their losing streak
After multiple losses in a row, the Steelers were finally able to pick up a much-needed victory. They were able to get the victory behind Ben Roethlisberger’s 342 yards and three touchdowns, but it wasn’t all clear skies for Pittsburgh as they were down 24-7 at halftime before storming back for a 28-24 win. The victory keeps the Steelers at the number three seed in the AFC while the Colts face steep hill for a playoff spot and will have to win their next game to lock themselves into the postseason.
Chiefs beat Falcons after a missed field goal
Atlanta was able to put up a terrific fight against the now 14-1 Kansas City Chiefs, but they weren’t able to bring the game to overtime as their fantastic kicker Younghoe Koo missed a field goal in the closing seconds which cause them to lose the game 17-14. It was a very rare miss for the young superstar kicker who has burst onto the scene this year. Atlanta was already eliminated from the playoffs heading into this game and won’t be playing for anything besides draft position in their next game while the Chiefs were able to clinch the number one seed in the AFC.
Chicago stomps on Jacksonville
The Jacksonville Jaguars confirm their place as the number one overall selection for next years draft with a dismal display. Jacksonville was missing their best offensive player in James Robinson for this contest with Mike Glennon struggling to produce anything through the air. Meanwhile, the Bears were able to continue their offensive success in recent week and score 30 plus point for the fourth consecutive game now, the first time they have accomplished that since 1965. Chicago stays alive in the playoff race but will have to win their next game to confirm their postseason position.
Bengals defeat Texans in an offensive showcase
It was an all-time low for the Houston Texans as Brandon Allen was able to throw for 371 yards and two touchdowns while Samaje Perine picked up 95 yards on the ground and two touchdowns himself. The 37-31 loss sparked a huge speech from veteran leader J.J. Watt in a press conference where he called out the entire time for not putting in the effort that they need to on a weekly basis. It was another nail in the coffin for a Houston team that doesn’t have anything going for them right now at 4-11 while the Bengals still await Joe Burrows return next year at 4-10-1.
Ravens walk past the Giants
This game wasn’t as close as the score makes it look as the Ravens picked up a much needed 27-13 win. Lamar Jackson had thrown for 183 yards and two touchdowns while adding 80 yards rushing while leading his team to the win over the struggling Giants. It was another disappointing day on offence for a Giants team that has badly missed superstar running back Saquon Barkley this year. However, the Giants still have a shot at the postseason, but they have to win their next game to have a chance. The same goes for the Ravens as a win would lock them into the playoffs themselves.
New York Jets pick up back-to-back wins
After starting the season out 0-13 the Jets have somehow managed to win back-to-back games against the Los Angeles Rams and now the Cleveland Browns. Although, this win might have an asterisk next to it as the Browns were missing their top four receivers in this contest as well as a tight end due to being in close contact with a COVID-19 positive. This allowed the Jets to focus solely on their rushing attack and forced a key turnover during the last drive of the game to seal a 23-16 win. New York now dropped to the number two overall pick in the draft while the Browns need a win next week in order to make the postseason.
Haskins gets released after loss to Panthers
Washington needed a win this weekend in order to lock up the division title but they were unable to do so as Dwayne Haskins threw for 154 yards and two interceptions, forcing the team to bench him in the first half of their 20-13 loss to Carolina. After the game, Haskins left without going to his mandatory press conference and it led to the staff moving on from his services as a quarterback. Washington needs a win next week in order to clinch the division title while the Panthers are already out of contention at 5-10.
Chargers squeak away with a narrow victory over Broncos
It was a very slow game that didn’t involve much offence throughout, but it did see rookie quarterback Justin Herbert break the rookie passing touchdowns record. His performance was enough to lead his team to a 19-16 victory over their division rivals despite neither team being in contention for a playoff spot. Los Angeles moves up to 6-9 on the year while the Broncos fall to 5-10.
Cowboys crush the Eagles behind Dalton
This was one of the most shocking games of the week as Andy Dalton led his team to a 37-17 win over the Eagles due to his 377 passing yards and three touchdowns. It gets even more shocking when you realize that the Eagles were up 14-3 at the end of the first quarter and were only able to put up three more points for the remainder of the game against a below-average Dallas defence. Somehow, each of these teams are still alive in the playoff race but will need a Washington loss for either team to make it.
Seahawks get their revenge on the Rams
Led by Russell Wilson’s 225 passing yards and one touchdown, the Seahawks were able to clinch the division title after their 20-9 win over the Rams. Los Angeles simply didn’t look good throughout the game on either side of the ball and their playoff outlook looks even worse after Jared Goff suffered a broken thumb on his throwing hand in this matchup. Seattle is now fighting for the number two seed in the NFC while the Rams need a win in order to stay in the NFC playoff picture.
Packers obliterate the Titans at Lambeau field
This game proved once again how dominant the combination of Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams truly is. Adams was able to haul in three touchdowns throughout the Packers huge 40-14 win over the Titans. They had also held superstar running back Derrick Henry to only 98 yards and no touchdowns as they were in full control of this entire ball game. Green Bay now moves one step closer to the number one seed in the NFC while the Titans playoff hopes take a hit but will need to win their next game to solidify their spot.
Josh Allen helps Buffalo blow out the Patriots
In what ended up being another blowout this weekend, Josh Allen was able to throw for 320 yards and four touchdowns against a Patriots team that had no defensive answer for this explosive offence. Cam Newton played the entire first half of this game but only put together 34 passing yards. The team then switched over to Jarrett Stidham in the second half, but he only put up 44 yards. New England was already eliminated from playoff contention, but they have a lot of questions to solve heading into the offseason while the Bills hold onto the number two seed in the AFC.