Another wild NFL Week is in the books. By wild, we mean the playoff race got crazy competitive. A couple of early season juggernauts have fallen by the wayside while a few teams have surged to playoff prominence. Check out a recap of a Covid affected NFL Week 15.
2021 NFL Week 15 Recap
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WFT versus Philadelphia and Seahawks versus Rams moved to Tuesday
Because of Covid concerns, the NFL moved the Washington Football Team versus Philadelphia Eagles and Seattle Seahawks against the Los Angeles Rams to Tuesday. This recap doesn’t include either one of those games. Make sure to check what happened in both.
Washington and the Eagles were tied at 6-7 heading into the game. The winner remains alive for the playoffs. The loser ends up out of the playoff picture. The Seahawks’ slim playoff chances depend on a victory over the hot Rams. Los Angeles could move into a tie in first place in the NFC West with a victory over the Arizona Cardinals. So Rams versus Seahawks is also a game with playoff implications.
Saints beat Buccaneers and Colts beat the Patriots
Last week, the Buccaneers and Patriots were scrambling for home field advantage. After NFL Week 15, both are in danger of falling to the third or possibly even fourth seeds. Tom Brady and Tampa faced their regular season Achilles Heel, the New Orleans Saints.
The Saints dominated Brady and the Bucs’ offense on their way to an incredible 9-0 victory. New Orleans’ offense wasn’t effective, but it was effective enough for the win.
Tampa not only lost the game, but Brady lost his top target, wide receiver Chris Godwin, who suffered a torn ACL off a legal hit from P.J. Williams.
Over in the AFC, Indianapolis running back Jonathan Taylor blasted the best defense in the NFL for 170 yards and a TD in the Colts’ fantastic 27-17 win against New England. Indianapolis has a wildcard in their grasp. The Colts could win the AFC South if Tennessee continues to lose.
Kansas City leaps to the 1-seed after victory over the Chargers
Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs are the new 1-seed in the AFC. Mahomes rallied the Chiefs to a 34-28 overtime victory over the Los Angeles Chargers in NFL Week 15’s Thursday night game.
While the Chiefs took a step closer to a division title, and home field, the Bolts fell to 8-6. The Chargers must keep their mind on business to make the playoffs. The Chargers should beat the Texans, Broncos, and Raiders in their next three. If the Bolts falter just once, though, their playoff dreams could end.
Pittsburgh keeps their playoff hopes alive with a fantastic win against the Titans
The Steelers kept their playoff hopes alive with a win over the Tennessee Titans. The Titans looked like they had Pittsburgh in dire straits after another slow Steelers’ start to the game. But Big Ben and the Steelers wouldn’t be denied in the impressive 19-13 win.
Heading into Week 16, the AFC North is a crapshoot. The Bengals and Ravens are at 8-6. The Steelers are 7-6-1 and the Cleveland Browns, losers to the Las Vegas Raiders on Monday night, are at 7-7.
Green Bay and Dallas win, Arizona falls again, now a possible wildcard
The Packers struggled against a Baltimore Ravens team missing Lamar Jackson in a 31-30 victory. The win ensured Green Bay the NFC North. With 3 games left, the Packers have home field advantage. Green Bay shouldn’t falter against the Browns, Vikings, or Lions. So expect the Packers to go 14-3 this season.
Dallas beat the Giants 21-6. Although the Boys have yet to win the NFC East. No doubt, they’re on their way. Neither the WFT nor the Philadelphia Eagles should challenge the Boys in the East
One team in trouble of losing their division crown are the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals are suffering a late season meltdown. In Week 15, the Detroit Lions blasted Arizona 30-12. Zona could lose their next 3 games. The Colts are in town on Christmas Day, Zona must travel to Dallas on Jan. 2, and on Jan. 9, Arizona hosts the Seahawks.
Zona has a great conference record. So they’re almost guaranteed a wildcard spot even if they finish at 10-7. However, Kyler Murray and his mates aren’t looking nearly as formidable. So whichever team draws the Cards in the playoffs will be licking their chops.
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