If the playoffs started today. The Kansas City Chiefs and the New England Patriots would have a 1st round bye in the AFC.
The New Orleans Saints and LA Rams would have a 1st round bye in the NFC.
5 Things We Learned About Week 14:
5) Are the Dallas Cowboys Good or Lucky?
The Cowboys beat the Eagles 29-23 in overtime on Sunday. The Cowboys didn’t play particularly well, they had a few missed assignments on defense and quarterback Dak Prescott had 2 interceptions and 1 lost fumble. Eagles kicker, Jake Elliott missed an extra point that helped the Cowboys take the game into overtime. Dallas has won 5 in a row and the acquisition of wide receiver Amari Cooper has given life to an otherwise predictable offense. Cooper had 10 catches for 217 yards and 3 touchdowns on Sunday. The Cowboys should win their division.
4) Is it over for Jameis Winston in Tampa Bay?
Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston and Center, Ryan Jensen got into a heated exchange on the sidelines during the Bucs 28-14 lost at home to the New Orleans Saints.
Winston was 18 for 38, threw for 213 yards, had 2 touchdown passes, and 1 interception. Winston has 14 touchdowns, 12 interceptions and 1 fumble on the season. If I am the Bucs organization, I part ways with the former number 1 draft pick.
3) The LA Chargers and Pittsburgh Steelers play to their competition:
The Steelers lost to the (2-10) Oakland Raiders, 24-21 and the Chargers beat a bad Cincinnati Bengals team, 26-21. For the first time this season, LA quarterback, Phillip Rivers didn’t throw for 2 touchdown passes. Rivers was 19 for 29 for 220 yards and 1 touchdown. These two teams continue to play down to the competition. The Steelers will play the New England Patriots and New Orleans Saints over the next few weeks. The Chargers end at the Kansas City Chiefs, at home against the Baltimore Ravens and their last game of the season will be in LA, hosting the Denver Broncos. The Chargers have lost 12 out of their last 15 games to Denver.
2) Who Wins Coach of the Year?
The Chicago Bears are 9-4 and the Seattle Seahawks are 8-5. Both of these teams are in prime position to make the playoffs. No one saw this coming in pre-season. Matt Nagy and Pete Carroll deserve serious consideration for coach of the year.
1) The Miami Dolphins Miracle:
The New England Patriots lost to the Miami Dolphins 34-33 on a miraculous play. Tom Brady is now 1-6 in his last 7 games in Miami. The Patriots scored 33 points but literally gave this game away before the final seconds. With time running out in the 2nd quarter Brady took a sack inside the Dolphins 10 yard line. New England didn’t have any timeouts left and had to let the clock expire instead of kicking a field goal. Stephen Gostkowski missed a field goal and an extra point. This was the worst end of a game loss I have ever seen.
- The Minnesota Vikings haven’t beaten a team that has a winning record all season long.
- Something needs to be done about on-side kicks. Only 4 of 46 have been recovered. They need to change the rule. What I propose is give the offense the ball and make it like a 4th and 20. If they complete the pass and get the first down, they get the ball back. Enough with these kicks that never work.
- The Browns have won 2 consecutive home games for the first time since 2014. Baker Mayfield won’t win rookie of the year, but he is changing the mentality in Cleveland.
- Bills quarterback Josh Allen has rushed for 90 or more yards in 3 straight games.
- Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has the most receptions with a single team in NFL history.
- Derek Carr of the Oakland Raiders has gone 8 straight games without throwing an interception.
- Kirk Cousins is now 0-7 on Monday night games.
- TE George Kittles had 210 receiving yards in the San Francisco 49ers victory of the Denver Broncos. It is the 2nd most receiving yards by a Tight End since 1970
- Based on their schedule, the Tennessee Titans have the best chance to win the 2nd wild card in the AFC.
- Aaron Rodgers broke the NFL record on Sunday for most consecutive passes without an interception. Tom Brady held the record with 358 consecutive completion. Rodgers broke that in the 2nd half against the Atlanta Falcons.
The Sports Whisperer’s Top 5 Power Rankings:
5. Chicago Bears.
4. LA Chargers.
3. LA Rams.
2. Kansas City Chiefs.
1. New Orleans Saints.
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