Another wild week in the NFL sent some teams to the brink of the playoffs while other teams have fallen out of first place in their division. Both the Arizona Cardinals and the New England Patriots have become wildcards when just a few weeks ago each both were in line for the top seed in their respective conference. See below for more info on the Pats and Cards as well as what else happened in an eye-opening NFL Week 16.
2021 NFL Week 16 Recap
The Giants have been eliminated from playoff contention for the fifth-straight season. pic.twitter.com/qZcaUzrTjp— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) December 26, 2021
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Bills beat Patriots, sending New England to the 6-Seed, KC remains 1, Bengals remain the 3, Titans remain 2
Josh Allen led the Buffalo Bills to an impressive 33-21 victory over the rival New England Patriots. The win had major AFC East repercussions. The Patriots went from the 2-seed to the 6-seed.
The Bills went from the 6-seed to the 4-seed. New England must now play hard to ensure a playoff berth. The Bills are in a good position to keep their 4-seed status. The chances of Buffalo overtaking the Bengals for the 3-seed is close to nonexistent after Cincinnati routed the Baltimore Ravens 41-21.
Joe Burrow broke a Bengals’ record for most pass yards in a game with 525. Burrow and Cincinnati have become a legit AFC contender. The Bengals host KC next week before finishing up on the road versus the 7-8 Cleveland Browns.
Kansas City dusted the Steelers to keep the top seed. But the Chiefs will find it difficult to beat the Bengals on the road, which means the Titans, who upset San Francisco this past Thursday night, could grab the top seed with a victory over the Miami Dolphins.
Green Bay solidify top seed status and Dallas routs the rival WFT to keep the 2-seed
Green Bay ended Cleveland’s playoff dreams. Mathematically, the Browns remain alive. But a lot must happen for Baker and his buddies to make the NFL’s postseason. Mayfield has nobody to blame but himself. He threw 4 picks in the close 24-22 loss. The Packers should win out, but that’s 2 games in a row where Green Bay has won a close game versus a team they should have blown out. In NFL Week 15, the Pack struggled to beat the Ravens missing Lamar Jackson and most of their secondary.
Even if the Packers secure the NFC’s 1-seed, they’ll be a play against to win the conference. The reason is because Dallas should be favored to take the NFC crown. The Cowboys blasted the rival WFT 56-14 on NFL Sunday Night Football. The offense played great while the defense humbled Washington’s offense. Granted, D.C. had to sit numerous starters. But the Boys are undefeated against the spread versus the NFC. Right now, they’re the best team in the conference.
Tampa Bay and the Rams have strong hands heading into final two weeks, Zona is in trouble
Tampa Bay secured the NFC South division with a nice victory over the Division II Carolina Pantehrs. We’re making fun, of course, but if there were such thing as a Division II in the NFL the Panthers would be the first team to qualify. Can you think of a worse implosion than Carolina’s? The team started 3-0. Since then, they’ve gone 2-10. In any case, the Bucs blasted Carolina 32-9.
The Los Angeles Rams beat the Minnesota Vikings 30-23 in a game that may have ended Minnesota’s playoff hopes. The Rams are in charge in the AFC West because the Arizona Cardinals, again, lost a home game. This time, an Indianapolis Colts squad missing their entire starting offensive line beat Zona 22-16. The Colts were also without 3 starters in the secondary and their best defender, linebacker Darius Leonard.
The Cardinals have already made the playoffs. Right now, you’re hoping to draw AZ in the first round because they appear to be pulling a Carolina after suffering their third straight loss.
Chargers and Ravens might be toast
Based on how the Bolts played in their 29-41 loss to the Houston Texans as a -10 road favorite, and because Baltimore can’t get healthy enough to beat anybody, neither team figures to make the playoffs. The Chargers played like Samford against Alabama. That’s how bad it was. Houston scored 24 points in the fourth quarter to blow out LAC. But it was over before the fourth. The Bolts aren’t mentally strong enough to recover from the loss.
Baltimore won’t get healthy enough to beat the Rams or Steelers in their next couple of games. So as crazy as it sounds, the Raiders, Steelers, even though KC dominated Pittsburgh, and Dolphins will fight for the AFC’s final two wildcard spots.
49ers, Colts, and Eagles look like playoff teams heading into the final two weeks
Even though the San Francisco 49ers lost, they remain the top wildcard in the NFC. The Philadelphia Eagles blasted the rival Giants to keep their wildcard hopes alive.
Expect the Niners and Eagles to win out, which means the NFC wildcards should end up Arizona, San Francisco, and Philadelphia. The Indianapolis Colts must hope the Titans lose their next couple of games to win the AFC South. That’s a possibility because Tennessee plays the KC Chiefs and then take on the hot Texans in Week 18.
But even if the Colts don’t win the AFC South over the Titans, they should have no trouble winning their next couple of games versus the Raiders at home and at the Jaguars on the road. After beating Arizona, the Colts’ odds dropped around +200 to win the Super Bowl. Indianapolis is now the eighth choice to take the Lombardi Trophy. They’re playing like a favorite. So if you believe, don’t wait any longer.
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