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NFL Week Fourteen: Week In Review 

As we enter the fourteenth week of the NFL season we saw the Kansas City Chiefs become the first team to clinch a playoff berth by winning the AFC West. Also, the Packers win over the Lions clinched the NFC North for them. As we enter the final three weeks, some key divisional races will be coming to an end as teams jostle for one of the seven playoff spots in each conference.

Without further ado, here are some of my takeaways from week 14 in the NFL.

 

Chiefs defeat Dolphins 33-27: Clinch AFC West title

The Kansas City Chiefs returned to the site where they won last year’s super bowl as they headed to Hard Rock Stadium in Miami for a matchup with the Dolphins.

The Chiefs became the first team to clinch their division with a 33-27 win over the Dolphins on Sunday. With a 12-1 record, the Chiefs have clinched the AFC West for the fifth consecutive season. As usual, Kansas City was led by MVP favorite Patrick Mahomes who threw for 393 yards and two touchdown passes. Star tight end, Travis Kelce, contributed 136 receiving yards and a touchdown as well.

The Chiefs started slowly in this game, allowing Miami to jump out to a 10-0 lead in the second quarter. The fast-paced offense led by Mahomes captured the lead by halftime and they were in control of the game thereafter.

Rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, had the best game of his career on Sunday. Throwing for 316 yards and two touchdown passes. The Dolphins should be happy with how the rookie has developed over the past few weeks.

Miami’s defense was able to intercept Mahomes three times in this game including one by defensive player of the year candidate Xavien Howard. Howard recorded his NFL leading ninth interception, keeping the dolphins within striking distance.

The comeback came up short for the Dolphins as they were unable to recover an onside kick at the end of the game, which could have set them up for a game-winning drive. The dolphins fell to 8-5 with this home loss but remain in the AFC playoff picture.

 

Week 15 Preview

The Kansas City Chiefs go on the road for a great matchup with the New Orleans Saints (10-3). Both teams are two of the best teams in their respective conferences. As for the Dolphins, they head to New England for a divisional game with the Patriots (6-7).

 

Packers outlast Lions 31-24: Clinch NFC North title

The Green Bay Packers clinched the NFC North division after a 31-24 victory over the Detroit Lions on Sunday. This is the second consecutive season that the Packers have won the north. Also, thanks to a Saints loss the Packers took over first place in the NFC playoff picture.

Aaron Rodgers led the way for Green Bay throwing for 290 yards and three touchdown passes. Likewise, we saw Rodgers connect with star wide receiver Davante Adams, seven times for 115 yards and a TD.

Adams has set a new career-high with 14 receiving touchdowns this season, which also leads the NFL. Likewise, Adams set a Packers franchise-record with a touchdown catch in eight straight games.

As always, the Lions played tough against the Packers but they were unable to secure the win. This was the fourth straight win by Green Bay in this series. With three of the previous four wins being by seven points or less. Matthew Stafford kept the Lions close, throwing for 244 yards and one touchdown pass before leaving the game in the 4th quarter due to a rib injury.

 

Week 15 Preview

The NFC leading Green Bay Packers look set to hold onto the number one seed in the NFC with a home matchup against the Carolina Panthers (4-9). As for the Lions, they look to get their sixth win of the season on the road in Tennessee against the Titans (9-4).

 

Seahawks Stomp Jets 40-3: Jets Continue to Tank

The Seattle Seahawks destroyed the 0-13 New York Jets on Sunday with a lopsided 40-3 win. Russell Wilson carried the Seahawks offensively throwing for 206 yards and four touchdown passes. This was Wilson’s 5th game this season with at least four touchdown passes.

Stud wide receiver, DK Metcalf, had six receptions for 61 yards and a touchdown. Metcalf is currently second in the NFL in receiving yards with 1,180 yards, trailing only Travis Kelce (1,250).

The Jets fell to 0-13 with this loss but that gets them one step closer to clinching the first overall pick in the NFL draft. The Jets are in serious danger of becoming the 3rd team ever to finish the season 0-16.

But, that wouldn’t be the worse thing as the Jets need a quarterback and Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence seems to be one of the best prospects in the past ten years. Landing Lawrence could potentially save the Jets franchise in one offseason.

 

Week 15 Preview

The Seattle Seahawks head to Washington to take on the NFC East-leading Washington Football Team (6-7). The Jets look to get their first win of the season, in Los Angeles against the Rams (9-4).

 

Bills beat Steelers 26-15: Inch closer to AFC East title

The Buffalo Bills are one win away from winning the AFC East title. The 26-15 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday Night Football improved the Bills to 10-3 on the season. The Bills have not won the AFC East title since 1995, and a win next week will clinch the division title. 

The Josh Allen to Stefon Diggs connection thrived in primetime as they connected 10 times for 130 yards and a touchdown. Diggs leads the NFL in receptions with 100. Also, he is third in yards with 1,167.

After an 11-0 start to the season, the Steelers have dropped two straight games. Likewise, they have fallen to 2nd in the AFC conference. The main reason for the Steelers’ struggles is due to their lack of offensive explosiveness. They have not run the ball effectively at all since week 7. Only having one 100+ yard rushing game since then.

Also, Ben Roethlisberger ranks 31st in the NFL with 6.3 yards per attempt. The short-pass offense is not working and they need to find a way to create some explosive plays (20+ yard run plays/30+ yard pass plays) if they want to get back on track.

 

Week 15 Preview

The Buffalo Bills have a Saturday matchup with the Denver Broncos (5-8) as they look to clinch the AFC East for the first time since 1995. For the Steelers, they have a get-right game against the lowly Cincinnati Bengals (2-10-1) on Monday Night Football.

 

Ravens stun Browns 47-42: Thanks to Jackson’s late-game heroics

Week fourteen provided us with what could be considered the game of the year, the Baltimore Ravens (8-5) beat the Cleveland Browns (9-4) in a high scoring affair 47-42.

This was a back-and-forth game for all four quarters, due to great quarterback play from both the Ravens’ Lamar Jackson and the Browns’ Baker Mayfield. The key moment of the game was in the fourth quarter when Jackson left the game due to cramping.

While he was out the Ravens did not score and lost the lead. Trailing 35-34, with two minutes left in the game. Jackson appears out of the locker room for a 4th and 5 play with the game on the line.

The reigning MVP Jackson hit Marquise Brown for a 44-yard touchdown pass to give the Ravens the lead. The Browns got the ball back trailing by 7, and they went right down the field to tie the game on a 22-yard touchdown pass from Mayfield to Kareem Hunt.

The only problem was, the Browns scored too fast. Jackson and the Ravens got the ball back with one minute left. Marched down the field in four plays and set Justin Tucker up with the game-winning 55-yard field goal.

Jacksons’ awesome performance was highlighted by his rushing ability, where he rushed for 124-yards and two touchdowns. Likewise, Jackson broke the record for most rushing yards by a QB on Monday Night Football. He played like an MVP on Monday night in what was a must-win game for the Ravens.

 

Week 15 Preview

The Baltimore Ravens have a home matchup against the awful Jacksonville Jaguars (1-12), in a game where they can inch closer to a playoff berth. As for the Browns, they take on the New York Giants (5-8) on Sunday Night Football.

 

Fantasy Football

The man they call King Henry dominated again on Sunday. Tennessee Titans running back, Derrick Henry, was the key cog in the Titans offense. Carrying the ball 26 times for 215 yards and two touchdowns. Speaking of carrying, he carried many fantasy teams in what was the first round of the playoffs in most leagues.

Fantasy Player of the Week: Derrick Henry- 26 carries, 215 yards, 2 touchdowns, 36.2 Fantasy Points (ESPN Standard Scoring).

This was Henry’s 3rd game this season with 36+ fantasy points. Also, his 2nd game of at least 200 rushing yards. With Henry on your team, you have a great shot at competing for a fantasy championship.

 

We hope you enjoyed the article ‘NFL Week Fourteen: Week In Review.’ Which team impressed you the most in NFL week Fourteen? Let us know!

 

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