Best of the NFL: Week 16

The two losers of the AFC East, the Bills and the Dolphins played on Sunday and answered that age old question of Does Anybody Care if the Dolphins Beat the Bills? The answer is a NO since it had no bearing on playoffs or anything. The Dolphins beat the Bills 24-10 as Reggie Bush scored 3 TDs. Safety Reshad Jones had a stellar game after recovering 2 fumbles and made an interception at the Miami 1 yard line with 71 seconds left in the game. The Dolphins play the Patriots at Gillette Stadium in the last game of the season and the Bills play a struggling NY Jets team at home.

 

The Raiders had another game when they couldn’t get in the end zone and surprise surprise they were beat by the Panthers 17-6. Carson Palmer was hurt late in the 1st and Matt Leinert just couldn’t get Oakland’s offense going. Cam Newton made a stupid move after he chest bumped an official; he was flagged but not ejected. If Newton wants to be a true leader and an exceptional QB then he needs to play smart and unselfishly. Neither the Raiders nor the Panthers are in playoff contention. The Raiders play the Chargers and the Panthers play the Saints next Sunday.

 

The Bengals had a big day. They beat the Steelers 13-10, secured a wild card spot, and dashed the playoff hopes of both the Dolphins and Steelers. Roethlisberger threw a costly interception while the score was tied at 10 with 18 seconds to go. Andy Dalton completed a 21-yard pass to get the Bengals in excellent field goal position and Josh Brown kicked and made a 43-yard field goal with 4 seconds left. The Bengals play the Ravens who just clinched the AFC North and the Steelers play the Browns who haven’t clinched anything.

 

The Saints beat the Cowboys in OT 34-31. It was an exciting game as Tony Romo who is finally doing something right the past couple of weeks tied the game up with 15 seconds left. He actually scored 2 TDs in the final 3:35 of the game. The Saints got lucky when Jimmy Graham recovered a costly fumble on the Dallas 1 yard line made by Marques Colston. Garrett Hartley kicked and made the winning 20-yard field goal, which snapped the Cowboys’ 3 game winning streak. The Saints’ playoff hopes were dashed when the Vikings beat the Texans. The Cowboys still have a chance at the playoffs as they travel to play the Redskins. The Saints will play the Panthers, which doesn’t have any bearing on anything at all except maybe the draft order.

 

The Packers absolutely destroyed the Titans Sunday with a final score of 55-7. The win helped the Packers secure the #3 seed in the NFC. Jake Locker had a pretty horrible day as he was sacked 7 times and picked off twice. The Titans narrowly avoided ending up being shutout when they scored a TD with 1:39 left in the game. The Titans play the Jags in what will ultimately end up being a contest of which team will have to fire their QB, I think both of them will win that contest. The Packers travel to Minnesota to try and eliminate the Vikings from playoff contention.

 

The Vikings upset the Texans on Sunday, beating them 23-6. The only time the Texans were in the end zone was when they were kneeling a kick. The win kept the Vikings’ playoff hopes alive and the Texans’ loss made the contest for the 1st and 2nd seed in the AFC a lot tighter. It seems as if the Texans peaked way too early, but we’ll have to watch and see. Adrian Petersen only rushed for 86 yards on Sunday, but only needs 102 to reach 2,000 yards on the season and 208 yards to break Eric Dickerson’s single season record of 2,105 rushing yards. He has 1 last game to do it and he’s rushing against the 14th best rushing defense in the league, I hope he does it. The Vikings host the Packers at home in week 17 which will prove to be a pretty difficult game as the Packers are on a 4 game win streak. The Texans play a crucial game in Indianapolis where they need a win in order to clinch a first-round bye and/or home field advantage.

 

Andrew Luck broke the single-season rookie passing record on Sunday with the Colts’ win against the Chiefs with a final score of 20-13. The win clinched a wild card playoff spot for the Colts. I’m happy to report that Chuck Pagano is in remission from leukemia and has resumed his head coaching duties this week to help the Colts get ready to play the Texans this Sunday. What an amazing thing for Chuck, his family, and the team. The poor Chiefs are 2-13 and one of the worst teams in the NFL, at least they can be assured they’ll have their pick of anybody they want in the draft. The Chiefs go to Denver on Sunday where I think their hoping not to be completely embarrassed. I’m rooting for you Chiefs!

 

If you haven’t been able to tell as of yet then I’ll let the cat completely out of the bag, I’m a ginormous Patriots fan. Like completely, ridiculously I-scream-profanities-and-can’t-watch-the-game-with-other-people fan. But the game against the Jags was ridiculous! After being embarrassed by the 49ers at home the week before, this should have been an easy game where they could get their swagger back. The #1 offense in the league was facing one of the worst defenses. The Pats however squeaked by with a 23-16 win. Patrick Chung ended a scary heart -in -my- throat drive as the last seconds of the game ticked down and Chad Henne threw an interception in the end zone from the 17-yard line. The Pats are hosting the Dolphins at home and hoping that the Texans and/or the Broncos lose so they could secure the 1st or 2nd seed in the AFC. The Jags are going to Tennessee to play a game that doesn’t matter much except for, again, draft order.

 

The Jets started Greg McElroy in the hope that he could jump start their failing offense. Their 27-17 loss to the Chargers proved that, surprise surprise, it isn’t jut a QB problem over there. McElroy was sacked 11 times. Yep you read that right, 11 times! How do you expect a QB to do his job if he is on the ground half of the time? Get it together Jets! Both the Chargers and the Jets have been eliminated from playoff contention. The Jets travel to Buffalo for the final game of the season and the Chargers are hosting the Raiders at home. Everybody’s attention is centered on the continuing drama unfolding in New York and I for one can’t wait to see Rex Ryan fired!

 

The Redskins beat the Eagles 27-20. The Redskins can clinch the NFC East with a win over the Cowboys on Sunday. This was probably Andy Reid’s last home game as the Eagles’ head coach, as they are likely to part ways after the Eagles are probably going to end up 4-12. The Eagles will play the New York Giants on Sunday where they hope to win against the defending Super Bowl Champions. Here’s hoping you do it Eagles! Starting Eagles safety and Butte native Colt Anderson, had the Eagles’ first interception since October. Way to go Colt!

 

The Rams beat the Buccaneers 28-13 keeping the Rams’ hopes of a winning record alive (pretty sad when that’s what your hoping for at the end of the season). Josh Freeman had an astounding 4 interceptions in this game, it is my recommendation to Josh Freeman that he look before he throws to make sure the player is wearing the right jersey. In other news Danny Amendola didn’t smash anybody in the face with the ball this week. The Rams travel to Seattle and are hoping to dash Seattle’s hopes of clinching the NFC West while the Buccaneers travel to Atlanta to play the best team in the NFC.

 

The Broncos had their 10th consecutive win when they beat the Browns 34-12. Peyton Manning threw 3 TD passes for the 72nd time in his career. The Broncos are tied for 1st place in the AFC when the Texans lost to the Vikings. The Broncos will host the Chiefs at home as they try to clinch home field advantage and/or a first round bye. The Browns travel to Pittsburgh to play a recently playoff eliminated Steelers team.

 

The Ravens clinched the AFC North when they beat the NY Giants 33-14. The Ravens defense held Eli Manning to 150 yards and 1 TD. The win ended the Raven’s 3 game losing streak. The Giants are now on a 2 game losing streak. The Ravens will travel to Cincinnati to play the Bengals in the last game of the season while the Giants will host the Eagles at home and try to clinch a playoff berth.

 

The Bears beat a struggling Cardinals team 28-13. The Bears’ defense scored 2 TDs, Charles Tillman returned an interception 10 yards, his 3rd this season. Amazingly, Jay Cutler didn’t have an interception (GASP!). The QB situation in Arizona is a pretty big mess, hopefully they can pick someone up in the draft. The Cardinals travel to San Fran to play a 49er team that is trying to clinch their division. The Bears are in the playoff hunt and will travel to Detroit to play the Lions who are probably hunting for a new coach.

 

An on fire Seattle Seahawks team pulverized the 49ers 42-13. After last week’s game against the Pats, everybody thought the 49ers would roll right over the Seahawks. Not so fast Harbaugh the Horrible! Russel Wilson strengthened his Rookie of the Year campaign as he threw 4 TD passes. Marshawn Lynch rushed for 2 TDs, all of which helped the Seahawks secure a playoff spot. Richard Sherman returned a block field goal 90 yards for another Seattle TD. Russel Wilson has 25 TD passes on the year, 1 shy of Peyton Manning’s NFL record of 26 in his rookie season. The Seahawks will host a nothing-to-lose Rams team as they try to clinch the NFC West. The 49ers will host a Cardinals team, who also has nothing to lose. It will be exciting to watch how it plays out in the NFC West.

 

The Falcons claimed the NFC’s top seed when they beat the Lions 31-18. Matt Ryan had a career high 4 TD passes and Detroit lost its 7th straight game. It’ll be a miracle if Schwartz doesn’t lose his job. Calvin Johnson broke Jerry Rice’s NFL single season receiving yard record of 1, 848. The Falcons will play the Bucs at home in a game that doesn’t matter much for either team since the Falcons have already clinched 1st seed and the Bucs are kinda horrible. The Lions will host the Bears at home as the Bears are in the hunt for a playoff spot. At this point I think the Lions are just trying to get through the season without the firing of their coach, Jim Schwartz.

 

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