This week, several teams’ playoff hopes were thrown out of the window while others kept them alive. Let’s see how things turned out in Week 14 of the NFL Season.
Week 14 kicked off with the Rams hosting the New England Patriots. Rams rookie RB Cam Akers had a big night, running for 171 yards. The Rams defense made the Pats’ offense struggle. All-Pro DT Aaron Donald spearheaded the Rams attack as he picked up 1.5 sacks. The Rams dominated and left with a 24-3 win.
The Dallas Cowboys corraled the Cinncinati Bengals in week 14 with a dominant performance. Andy Dalton threw for two touchdowns, and the defense showed out. Dallas recovered three fumbles, including a 78-yard fumble return from Aldon Smith. This win for the Cowboys keeps them in contention to win the NFC East.
Mitch Trubisky and the bears dominated the Houston Texans. Trubisky threw for 267 yards and three touchdowns, and WR Allen Robinson made nine receptions for 123 yards and a touchdown to lead Chicago to a 36-7 victory.
Kyler Murray and the Cardinals shook out their slump against the Giants in week 14. Murray threw for 244 yards and a touchdown, and he also ran for 47 more yards. Hassan Reddick was unstoppable, leading Arizona with five sacks. You read that right, FIVE Sacks. The Cardinals won 26-7.
The Miami Dolphins hosted the Super Bowl favorite Kansas City Chiefs. The Dolphins gave Patrick Mahomes a tough time in the first half, forcing two interceptions and a couple of big sacks. Kansas City seized the game’s momentum in the second half, but Miami still managed to climb back and make it a one-possession game before the Chiefs finally put it out of arms reach. Mahomes finished with 393 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Travis Kelce kept up his historic season with eight receptions for 136 yards and a touchdown.
The Tampa Bay Bucs played host to the Minnesota Vikings. Dalvin Cook ran for 102 yards and a touchdown for Minnesota, but it wasn’t enough. The Bucs defense sacked Kirk Cousins six times, and Shaq Barrett led them with two. Tom Brady led Tampa Bay with 196 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The final score was 26-14, as Tampa Bay improves to 8-5 on the season.
Drew Lock had a phenomenal game this week vs. Teddy Bridgewater and the Panthers. Lock threw for 280 yards with a 77% completion percentage and four touchdowns. Rookie WR KJ Hamler led the passing attack with two catches for 86 yards. Both catches were touchdowns. Denver won 32-27 over the Panthers.
The Tennessee Titans handled business against the Jacksonville Jaguars this week. Derrick Henry was a man amongst boys, as he rushed for 215 yards and two touchdowns. A.J. Brown made seven receptions for 112 yards and a touchdown as Tennesee defeated the Jaguars 31-10.
The Las Vegas Raiders and Indianapolis Colts matched up this week. The Colts offense delivered a balanced attack. Phillip Rivers threw for 244 yards and two touchdowns, and Johnathan Taylor rushed for 150 yards and two touchdowns. Khari Willis also got a pick-6 for the Colts defense. Indianapolis took the victory 44-27, improving their record to 9-4.
Seattle bounced back against the New York Jets. And like the previous 12 weeks, the Jets ended up with the same result. Russell Wilson threw for 206 yards and four touchdowns as Seattle cruised past the Jets by a score of 40-3.
Aaron Rodgers continues to make a case for his MVP Campaign as the Packers took on the Detroit Lions. Rodgers threw for 290 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. This makes the third week in a row Rodgers has thrown for at least three touchdowns with no interceptions and the sixth overall game with that stat line. Green Bay held off Detroit to win 31-24 and improve to 10-3.
The Eagles made a QB change against the New Orleans Saints by starting rookie Jalen Hurtz in place of Carson Wentz. Hurts had a great game, as he threw for 167 yards and one touchdown. Hurts also ran for 106 yards. Miles Sanders led the rushing attack for Philly as he tallied 115 yards and two touchdowns his self. The Eagles won 24-21 to keep their playoff hopes alive.
The Chargers and Falcons matched up in a close week 14 game. Justin Herbert continues to make his Offensive Rookie of the Year case more common by throwing 243 yards and two touchdowns. The Chargers forced three interceptions, which helped them take the win over Atlanta, 20-17.
The Josh Allen-Stefon Diggs combo was potent against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Allen and Diggs connected ten times for 130 yards and a touchdown. The lack of rushing attack hurt Pittsburgh, as they only rushed for 47 yards between three running backs. Buffalo’s defense forced two interceptions, and CB Levi Wallace returned one 51 yards for a touchdown. The Bills give the Steelers their second loss of the season after starting 11-0. The final score was 26-15. This game will have some major playoff implications.
The Washington Football Team keeps finding ways to win. After Alex Smith went out with an injury, Dwayne Haskins stepped in. The Football Team’s offense wasn’t that potent, but it did enough. Kamren Curl caught an interception and returned it for 76 yards to score. They also forced two fumbles; one was recovered and returned for 47 yards by rookie Chase Young. The Football Team defeated the San Francisco 49ers 23-15 behind a tremendous defensive performance.
To conclude week 14, the Ravens faced the red hot Cleveland Browns in a must-win Monday Night game for Baltimore’s playoff aspirations. Lamar Jackson was unstoppable running the ball as he collected 124 yards and two touchdowns on just nine carries. The Browns and Ravens both had amazing rushing games. The Ravens ran for 231 total yards with five touchdowns, and the Browns ran for 138 yards and four touchdowns total Baker Mayfield was terrific as well, throwing for 343 yards, two passing touchdowns, and a rushing touchdown. The game came down to the last possession. Lamar Jackson came back onto the field on a pivotal fourth down after leaving earlier because of cramps. Jackson rolled right and delivered a strike to Hollywood Brown for a 44-yard touchdown. The Browns answered with there own touchdown, but the Ravens marched down and Justin Tucker made the game-winning field goal. The final score was 47-42, and the Ravens keep their playoff hopes alive.