Monday Around The NFL; December 14th, 2020

The contenders are starting to separate themselves from the pretenders as the NFL season enters the final turn:

  • The Tampa Bay Buccaneers 26-14 win over the Minnesota Vikings knocked the Vikings out of a playoff spot. The Vikings are now behind Arizona and on the outside looking in. Minnesota kicker Dan Bailey could be looking for work soon after missing three field goals and one extra point in Tampa’s loss. It was not an impressive win by any means, but the Buccaneers did just enough to beat the Vikings and hang on to the sixth seed in the NFC.
  • Would anyone lay money that the Pittsburgh Steelers will play in the Super Bowl, let alone win a playoff game? The Steelers have been awful in their last two games, and Big Ben is starting to show his age. The Steelers’ lack of a consistent running game and mediocre play from the offensive line is starting to hurt them with Roethlisberger having to carry more of the load.
  • If Daniel Jones can’t use his legs to make plays, the Giants are lost on offense. The Giants would have been better starting Colt McCoy again against the Cardinals instead of rushing Jones back.
  • My DPOW– Haason Reddick of the Arizona Cardinals had a franchise-record five sacks of Giants quarterbacks in their 26-7 win. The late Derrick Thomas of Kansas City holds the individual sack record in a game with seven sacks against the Seahawks on November 11, 1990.
  • Are defenses starting to figure out Patrick Mahomes? Mahomes has thrown four interceptions in his last three games after throwing two interceptions in the season’s first 11 games.
  • The Raider’s playoff hopes are hanging on by a thread. The Raiders have lost three out of their last four and got blown out at home by the Colts 44-27. Jon Gruden was not happy after the game, “We got to play better in all phases, we got to coach better there is a lot of chips on the table.” The Raiders will need some help to make the playoffs. The Raiders did parts ways with defensive coordinator Paul Guenther after the loss to the Colts. The Raiders have allowed 35,28,41, and 44 points in the last four weeks.
  • The Kansas City Chiefs and the Green Bay Packers wrapped up division titles yesterday and put themselves in the driver’s seat for home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
  • Jalen Hurts led the Eagles to their first win in six weeks as the Eagles held off the Saints 23-17. Has anyone changed their mind about Taysom Hill being the quarterback of the future in New Orleans after the loss in Philadelphia?
  • Seahawks defense back Jamaal Adams set a new sack record for defensive backs with a sack of Sam Darnold. Adams has 8.5 sacks on the season, a new record for sacks by a defensive back.
  • Washington defeats San Francisco 23-15 and has their first four-game winning streak in four years.
  • Denver quarterback Drew Lock has his best game as a pro completing 21/27 passes for 280 yards and four touchdowns.
  • Titans running back Derrick Henry continued to make his case for MVP consideration. Henry torched the Jaguars for 215 yards and averaged eight yards a carry. Henry needs 468 yards in three games to break the 2,000-yard mark.
  • Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce leads all receivers with 1,250 yards receiving. Kelce could become the first tight end in history to lead the league in receiving.

Best tweet of the day:

“Roethlisberger looks and plays like he just ate a full thanksgiving dinner, but all the kids begged him to come outside and throw them some passes.” Rohan Nadkarni