NFL Week Seventeen: Week In Review
Many questioned whether or not the NFL would be able to complete a full season due to Covid-19. Well, the 17-week NFL regular season came to a close on Sunday, and it was nothing short of chaotic. We saw the AFC South and NFC East claim division winners, along with seeding changes in the upcoming playoffs.
Without further ado, here are my takeaways from week seventeen in the NFL.
Titans pull off late comeback over Texans- Clinch AFC South title
The Tennessee Titans relied on the legs of star running back Derrick Henry to carry them to a 41-38 victory over the Houston Texans on Sunday. Henry rushed for an incredible, 250 yards on 34 carries. He also added two rushing touchdowns. Due to this spectacular performance, Henry reached 2,000 yards rushing for the season. He became the eighth player in NFL history to have 2,000+ yards rushing in a season. His 2,027 yards rushing made him the first player since LaDainian Tomlinson in ’06-’07 to win back to back rushing titles.
Henry dominated the whole game, but a late 52-yard reception from Ryan Tannehill to A.J. Brown set the Titans up for a game-winning field goal as time expired. This win for the Titans clinched them the fourth seed in the AFC playoffs. The Titans defense gave up 38 points in this game and they are giving up 27 points per game for the season. That continues to be the main problem for the Titans as they enter Wild-Card weekend.
Wild-Card Weekend Preview
The Tennessee Titans host the Baltimore Ravens in the first round of the AFC playoffs. These two teams met earlier in the season, in a game the Titans won 30-24. We should expect another ground and pound game as two of the top rushing offenses square off.
— NFL (@NFL) January 4, 2021
Bills demolish Dolphins 56-26- Clinch #2 seed in AFC
In one of the most impressive performances of the season, the Buffalo Bills scored a touchdown on offense, defense, and special teams in a blowout 56-26 victory over the Miami Dolphins. The 56 points scored was the most by any team in the NFL this season. Quarterback, Josh Allen continues to impress, throwing for 224 yards and three touchdowns. The Bills looked prime to make a deep run in the playoffs as they enter the postseason on a six-game winning streak.
For the Miami Dolphins, this was a win-and-in game. So, to play this poorly with a chance at the playoffs on the line was disappointing. Miami’s defense was the #1 scoring defense in the NFL. only giving up 18.8 points per game. Rookie QB, Tua Tagovailoa struggled in this game throwing three interceptions. Lastly, Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard became the first player since 2007 to record 10 interceptions in a season.
Wild-Card Weekend Preview
The Buffalo Bills host the Indianapolis Colts in what should be a great game. Both teams ranked in the top 10 in the NFL in points per game. But, the Colts also supply a top 10 defense.
We have 56 points.
— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) January 3, 2021
Rodgers Shines in 35-16 win over Bears-Packers clinch NFC’s #1 Seed
Green Bay needed to go into Chicago and beat the Bears on Sunday to clinch the number one seed throughout the NFC playoffs. They were able to do just that behind the arm of Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers completed 19 of 24 passes for 240 yards and four touchdowns. This performance should seal the deal on the MVP race and make Rodgers one of four players to ever win the award three times. Wide receiver, Davante Adams caught another touchdown in this game giving him a league-leading 18 for the season.
For the Bears, even with this loss they still clinched a playoff berth due to the Arizona Cardinals losing. Chicago got the seventh and final wild-card spot and now has to go to New Orleans in the first round. Running back, David Montgomery has been a bright spot for the Bears offense of late. Averaging 106 rushing yards per game over the last four games.
Wild-Card Weekend Preview
The Green Bay Packers have the aforementioned bye week in the first round. But, the Chicago Bears travel to New Orleans to take on the Saints. The Saints have recently been battling some injury and Covid-19 issues, so it will be interesting to see who is available to play.
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) January 4, 2021
Washington defeats Philadelphia 20-14- Clinches NFC East title
The Washington Football Team has won the NFC East title for the first time since 2015. With a record of 7-9, Washington became one of five teams to win their division with a .500 or worse record since 2002. Alex Smith and Ron Rivera have been two of the biggest storylines of the season. Smith coming back from a devastating leg injury to return his team to the playoffs, and Rivera battling cancer throughout the season while still managing to coach his team to the postseason. Smith should be the favorite for Comeback Player of the Year and Rivera should be considered for Coach of the Year.
The strongest unit on Washington is their defensive line and they are led by Defensive Rookie of the Year candidate, Chase Young. Young led all rookies this season with 7.5 sacks and lived up to the expectations that made him the 2nd overall pick in last year’s NFL Draft. Montez Sweat also had a great season leading the Football Team in sacks with nine.
Wild-Card Weekend Preview
Washington hosts Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round of the playoffs. This will be an interesting matchup, as the key to the game will be whether or not Washington can pressure Brady enough and make him feel uncomfortable in the pocket. Washington comes into the game as a 7.5-point underdog.
THE FOOTBALL TEAM HAS DONE IT!
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) January 4, 2021
Now that the regular season is over, I think it is only right that we choose a Fantasy Football MVP. There have been so many great performances this season from Derrick Henry to Davante Adams to Dalvin Cook. But, the Fantasy Football MVP award goes to Saints running back Alvin Kamara.
Fantasy Football MVP- Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints, 377.8 fantasy points
Kamara finished #1 in fantasy points for running backs with 377.8 points (ESPN Standard Scoring), he also averaged 25.2 points per game. Kamara scored double-digit points in every week except one, including a six-touchdown game in week 16. In which he scored 56.2 points.
Honorable Mention: Davante Adams (358.4 points), Derrick Henry (333.1 points) both of these players along with Kamara were well worth their pre-season first-round pick draft position.
Enshrine Alvin Kamara into the fantasy football hall of fame 🏆 pic.twitter.com/tVTXpiInuL
— PFF Fantasy Football (@PFF_Fantasy) December 28, 2020
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