Thursday games are done, and we now have Saturday games. The push for the playoffs are tight, and there will be a teams with winning records sitting at home come January. Who those teams will be are still being decided.
(9-4) Houston Texans v (4-9) New York Jets
The Texans were able to get back right and snag a much needed victory over the Jets. Final score 29-22.
(5-7-1) Cleveland Browns v (6-7) Denver Broncos
Them Dogs got another one (17-16). They have caught fire late, and they are giving the fans a lot to look forward to next season. This team should be a playoff team next season, especially if they get the right pieces around them.
(3-10) Arizona Cardinals v (4-9) Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons just dominated the Cards 40-14. They showed the league how dominant they could be, unfortunate for them things did not go they way they would have liked this season.
(5-8) Tampa Bay Buccaneers v (7-6) Baltimore Ravens
Lamar Jackson led this team to another victory (20-12), and continuing to put pressure on the Steelers. It will be interesting to see how the next two games play out. Will this team manage to steal the division from the Steelers?
(5-8) Detroit Lions v (4-9) Buffalo Bills
This was a pretty tight game, one which the Bills managed to squeeze out the victory 14-13. This game was for the fantasy players, as no playoff implications were up for grab.
(5-7-1) Green Bay Packers v (9-4) Chicago Bears
I saw the halftime score and thought the Bears might end up squandering this one away. But they managed to get things right and grab the victory (24-17). That defense continued the punishment they had put on Aaron Rodgers from Week 1.
And with the victory, the Bears are now the Kings of the North.
(3-10) Oakland Raiders v (5-8) Cincinnati Bengals
The Raiders were unable to continue that momentum from their win last week. The Bengals were able to put this one away pretty easily. Bengals take this one 30-16.
(8-5) Dallas Cowboys v (7-6) Indianapolis Colts
Wow, the Cowboys got shut out by the Colts. This was a beat down, one that the (Cowboy) players were grateful for. The Cowboys will get a chance to regroup and snag the next two. But this defeat will allow them to get things right before the playoffs, where a loss there would be the end of their season.
Congrats to the Colts in getting the 23-0 victory over the Cowboys. They are right there in the mix of those 8-6 teams trying to get that final wild card slot.
(6-7) Washington Redskins v (4-9) Jacksonville Jaguars
Despite all the adversities, the Redskins managed to get a win with a bunch of players no one heard about. Who is Josh Johnson you say, well he is the quarterback that led the Redskins to victory. With the 16-13 win over the Jaguars, the Redskins are still in the hunt.
(7-6) Miami Dolphins v (6-6-1) Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings knew they needed to get it done if they wanted to still hold on to that 6 spot. With the number of teams needing them to lose so they could leap frog them, losing this game could have been the end of their season. The Vikings won this game 41-17.
(7-6) Tennessee Titans v (5-8) New York Giants
The Titans continue to make it an interesting season with their win over the Giants. With their win they join the Ravens and the Colts sitting at 8-6, and fighting for that final spot. The Titans danced off the field to the “Remember the Titans” routine, as they celebrate their 17-0 victory over the Giants.
(8-5) Seattle Seahawks v (3-10) San Francisco 49ers
My boys pulled off the upset victory over the Seahawks, doing so in overtime. This was the first time they beat the Seahawks since 2013. Though they played spoiler this week, the Seahawks will likely clinch next week.
Congrats to my boys in getting that W, 26-23.
Game of the Week: (9-4) New England Patriots v (7-5-1) Pittsburg Steelers
The Steelers had to have it, and they pulled off the victory in Foxborough. With all the teams waiting for the Steelers to fall, Big Ben had to lead his team to victory over Tom Brady and the Patriots.
With this 17-10 victory, the Steelers live to fight another day.
Sunday Night Game: (6-7) Philadelphia Eagles v (11-2) Los Angeles Rams
The Eagles had an uphill battle, and were needing to rely on their backup, Nick Foles, yet again. They were going to Los Angeles to play the Rams in a game they had to win. The odds were stacked against them. Yet they got it done.
Nick Foles led his team to an upset victory 30-23.
Monday Night Game: 11-2 New Orleans Saints v (6-7) Carolina Panthers
Cam is not right, and it finally came to a head Monday Night. Him being injured put that team in a tough situation as it was clear he could not throw the ball like he needed to. I know this may be a disappointing year for Panthers’ fans, but this may be a blessing in disguise. They need to pull Cam now, since they are basically eliminated. Get him some extra time to heal and get ready for the net season. They should also look at bringing another quarterback that can be a solid #2, and may even take over the #1, in the event Cam never gets right again.
The Saints are looking vulnerable right now, and they need to get things right, and now. The found a way to win, but it wasn’t pretty. But at the end of the day, some times you have to win the ugly ones. Final score 12-9.
Two more weeks remaining. Who will get those final slots to get a chance to hoist the Lombardi trophy in Atlanta?