The vacation season for 2020 has ended and for some NFL groups so have playoff hopes. The subsequent to final weekend in soccer was accomplished final Monday Night time with some groups conserving their playoff lives alive and for others with only one recreation to go simply ending the season is nothing greater than a formality.
As I look again on what was in week 16, there have been some upsets, anticipated outcomes, shut video games, and a few gut-check contests. Let the roundup start.
New Orleans Saints 52, Minnesota Vikings 33. What a day for Saints working again Alvin Kamara. Six dashing touchdowns later, he ties the document for touchdowns in-game one thing carried out solely as soon as earlier than by Corridor of Famer Ernie Nevers manner again in 1929. The Vikes tried to make a recreation of it however had been merely outgunned.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 47, Detroit Lions 7. I assumed the sport may be nearer if Tom Brady had a “Brady-like” day with 348 yards passing and 4 touchdowns, lacking in simply 5 passes. Bear in mind although, this was the Detroit Lions not a playoff workforce just like the Saints or Packers.
San Francisco 49ers 20, Arizona Cardinals 12. Arizona is a type of groups that had management of their playoff future and now their backs are to the wall with one recreation left. The 49ers proceed to attempt to make one thing of a misplaced season.
Miami Dolphins 26, Las Vegas Raiders 25. Three in a row for the Raiders on the shedding aspect so from 7-5 they’ve seen their playoff hopes wash away now at 7-Eight they may want a ultimate regular-season win to keep away from a shedding season once more. The Dolphins could also be one of many largest surprises in 2020.
Kansas Metropolis Chiefs 17, Atlanta Falcons 14. Whereas the. Hives have misplaced only one recreation, latest video games have been nearer and they also look susceptible heading into the post-season.
New York Jets 23, Cleveland Browns 16. Similar to in Cleveland Browns style, a chance to make one thing huge occur like a long-awaited playoff look might have been thwarted by their undoing by shedding to the one win Jets. Now they need to defeat the rejuvenated Steelers to earn a wild card spot. The Jets with two wins in a row have eliminated themselves from the NFL basement changed by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Pittsburgh Steelers 28, Indianapolis Colts 24. Down 21-7 at halftime, it appeared the Steelers had been headed for a fourth straight loss to the playoff-bound Colts. Within the locker room, Ben Roethlisberger who had been taking part in like he regressed within the final 4 video games informed his offense to exit and “have enjoyable” within the second half. Not solely did they appear looser from that time ahead, however in addition they performed as that they had in The 11-Zero run to begin the season.
Chicago Bears 41, Jacksonville Jaguars 17. Nothing good you’ll be able to say about this Jacksonville workforce. That’s maybe besides that they now personal the general #1 draft choose for 2021. It appears like they’ve gained the Trevor Lawrence sweepstakes. The Bears most likely want they might play the center of the season over once more after their 5-1 begin as a result of their path to the playoffs would have been a lot simpler.
Baltimore Ravens 27, New York Giants 13. Baltimore may be the scariest workforce that could possibly be within the AFC dance. However they want the Steelers to beat the Browns In week 17. How ironic that two years in the past the Steelers wanted the Browns to beat the Ravens for Pittsburgh to sneak into the postseason. Cleveland got here nearer however misplaced now the Ravens are in the identical boat.
Cincinnati Bengals 37, Houston Texans 31. The Bengals turned out to be an honest workforce in 2020 and their future is far brighter than say the Jaguars are. It makes Cincinnati followers marvel “what if?” What if Joe Burrow was not misplaced for the season? For Houston, they’ve a number of points of their home and a whole clear up is so as.
Los Angeles Chargers 19, Denver Broncos 16. This was a recreation to seek out out who takes sole possession of the cellar within the AFC West. That now belongs to Denver. How proud John Elway have to be. This was additionally a exhibiting of expertise between two younger quarterbacks. Likelihood is Justin Herbert will win Rookie of the Yr with Joe Burrow sidelined.
Carolina Panthers 20, The Washington Soccer Workforce 13. Yet one more workforce that had an opportunity to take management of their future and blew it. Later is. The week, Washington launched troubled Dwayne Haskins. Week 17 within the NFL goes to be entertaining at finest for the NFC East. The Panthers are one other workforce with many query marks.
Dallas Cowboys 37, Philadelphia Eagles 17. Maybe too little too late for Dallas with three wins in a row. Shedding Dak Prescott for the season might have confirmed to be their Achilles heel however they nonetheless have a shot at persevering with their season after week 17 relying on the outcomes of the ultimate week. The Eagles will spend the offseason determining what to do about rookie Jalen Hurts and veteran Carson Wentz. As a Pittsburgh Steelers fan, I might like to see a commerce made with Philadelphia to deliver Wentz to the Steelers as Ben Roethlisberger winds down his profession.
Seattle Seahawks 20, Los Angeles Rams 9. This primary-place NFC West recreation goes to Seattle. The Rams are nonetheless alive for the playoffs however must go into the ultimate weekend to seek out out if they’re in or out.
Inexperienced Bay Packers 40, Tennessee Titans 14. The Packers are closing in on the #1 seed within the NFC and look each little bit of the workforce to beat on that aspect. The Titans can appear to be world-beaters one week and simply one other workforce the following.
Buffalo Payments 38, New England Patriots 9. How far the Patriots have fallen in a single season involves the delight of many Patriot haters and angst to diehard Patriots followers. Was all of it due to the departure of Tom Brady or gamers that opted out of the season due to Covid-19? Both manner, it’s the Buffalo time within the AFC East and the Payments may be the second most frightful workforce subsequent to Baltimore heading into the large dance in January.