NFL Week 15 Review is here! There were some huge wins, some mind-blowing losses, and a team finally clinched a playoff berth. Here are a few takes from NFL Week 15 that stick out.
NFL Week 15 Review
Colts Take Patriots
The Colts may not have their QB of the future on their roster like the Patriots but they know how to play December football and explained that to New England all day long but especially in the 4th quarter where AFC East games are won and lost. Colts RB Jonathan Taylor got 170 yards and a TD on the ground taking away job-1 for any Bill Belichick defense. A 17-27 win over Bill Belichick in December is impressive.
Chiefs Peaking at the right time
The Chiefs beat the Chargers 34-28 and the Justin Herber-led team proved themselves a handful in all phases of the game. But the “off-his-game” Patrick Mahomes from the early season is long gone and the “gun-slinger” is back. The Chargers are a very good team who will be making noise in the playoffs for years to come. It’s just their bad luck to be in the same league as Mahomes and company.
Packers Clinch first playoff birth of 2021
After 14 weeks with no one holding a golden ticket, the Green Bay Packers got theirs punched with a 4th quarter win over the Jacksonless Ravens. Week 16 should see quite a few of the pieces fall in place as the dominoes have begun to fall.
Trevon Diggs gets his 10th
New York Giants QB Glennon underthrew a deep ball to Kenny Golladay in the endzone in one-on-one coverage. The only problem for the G-Men is Diggs was the one and once the ball was in the air Diggs reacted to it much better than Golladay, high-pointing the ball for the pick. Golladay played some pretty good D eventually knocking the ball loose. Too little, too late.
The Dallas Cowboys Trevon Diggs now has 10 interceptions on the season firmly eyeing the NFL record of 14.
Arizona gets blown out by Detroit
Let that headline sink in. Can you be considered a Super Bowl favorite after losing to the Lions 30-12? No, you can not. Exactly what the Cardinals are in 2021 has yet to be determined. Getting blown out in December is never a good sign. Getting blown out by the Lions is a freaking 4-Alarm fire.
Jags Have the 1st Pick of the NFL Draft
If the season ended today the Jacksonville Jaguars would have the first pick of the 2022 NFL Draft. They need it. They got some talent last season but they need a ton more. For the next coach coming onboard at least there are solutions in hand to be had.
Chris Godwin injury a huge blow to Buccaneers
Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin is out for the season with a torn ACL, MCL. OUCH. Horrible news for Godwin who is looking to get his big contract this offseason, but just as bad for the Brady bunch as they try and repeat for another Lombardi. The Buccs will almost assuredly be welcoming back Anthony Brown now so talent will be there but no matter how you spin it losing a talent like Godwin is huge.
Titans dug their own hole
Tennessee is (perhaps) getting Derrick Henry back, They may be getting healthy at WR. Even with these talent infusions, the club would not be good enough to disrespect the Steelers by grouping on their logo before the game. Those players are not back yet, the team did gather on the Steelers logo before the game then lost 13-19.
Giants QB Daniel Jones – Season and perhaps Giants career over
The New York Giants have reported that QB Daniel Jones has been placed on the injured reserve list, ending his 2021 NFL season. The question that remains does it also signal the end of his career in New York?
Saquon Barkley Makes Insane Catch
Are you kidding me? You literally have to see this play to believe it (click on the image above) as Barkley gets a blitz pickup then backs into the flat where he uses 2 fingers to bring a ball throw behind him while he is running his pattern under his control. He then somehow manages to get enough yardage to move the sticks. Insane.
51 Players on COVID-19 List
Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network has reported that on Monday 51 players were added to the reserve/COVID-19 list with ALL of those players testing positive for the virus. He further points out that no players “opted out” for the remainder of the 2021 NFL season by Monday’s 2 PM deadline. That means it’s one big happy NFL ship and the next few weeks, leading up to the playoffs, are going to be critical.
Two-Game-Tuesday for the NFL
Due to COVID-19, the NFL played two games Monday night and two on Tuesday as well in an effort to give all of the teams involved time to structure a roster of competitive players as so many of them were on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. Seahawks vs the Rams and the WFT vs the Eagles will both be played at 7 PM EST.
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