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A Recap of all the Games from Week 16 of the 2019-2020 NFL Season

Introduction

Now that we are 16 weeks into the 2019 – 2020 NFL schedule the majority of the playoff spots have been locked down. The NFC East will be decided after week seventeen as well as the wild card teams and overall playoff seedings for the 2019 – 2020 NFL postseason. It will be great to see how everything shakes out after the final week of the regular season of the National Football League.

FINAL

Texans (10-5, 5-3 Away) 23

Buccaneers (7-8, 2-5 Home) 20

TOP PERFORMERS

PASS

Jameis Winston - TB

25-48, 335 YDS, 1 TD

RUSH

Ronald Jones II - TB

14 CAR, 77 YDS, 1 TD

REC

Breshad Perriman - TB

7 REC, 102 YDS

The Houston Texans have clinched the AFC South division, and they will play a decisive contest in the wild card round of the playoffs against an opponent that is yet to be determined. The Houston Texans relentless defense came to play pulling five turnovers from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and just when they need him J.J. Watt is expected to make his return from injury just in time for the NFL postseason. Tampa Bay will need to figure out how to slow down the turnover machine in their quarterback Jameis Winston next year as he consistently forces the ball downfield most often in the arms of the opposing defense.

Week 17 Games

Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans

Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

FINAL

Bills (10-5, 6-2 Away) 17

Patriots (12-3, 6-1 Home) 24

TOP PERFORMERS

PASS

Tom Brady - NE

26-33, 271 YDS, 1 TD

RUSH

Sony Michel - NE

21 CAR, 96 YDS

REC

Cole Beasley - BUF

7 REC, 108 YDS

Don’t count Tom Brady and those cheating Patriots out of any playoff bracket. They are not satisfied and are far from having their best team out on the field compared to what we are used to, but they still won 12 and possible 13 regular season games this year. It is possible New England will face the Buffalo Bills this NFL postseason so this close game that could have went either way may favor the Bills the next time they do match up. In my opinion the Patriot’s chances of success lay on the shoulders of Julian Edelman as well as their reliable defense.

Week 17 Games

New York Jets at Buffalo Bills

Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots

FINAL

Rams (8-7, 4-4 Away) 31

49ers (12-3, 6-2 Home) 34

TOP PERFORMERS

PASS

Jared Goff - LAR

27-46, 323 YDS, 2 TD

RUSH

Raheem Mostert - SF

11 CAR, 53 YDS, 1 TD

REC

Robert Woods - LAR

8 REC, 117 YDS

With San Francisco winning this game they single handedly eliminated their divisional rival in the Los Angeles Rams. Jared Goff’s 323 yards and 2 passing touchdowns were not enough to get the job done for the Rams last Sunday. Emmanuel Sanders has really turned it on since he joined the 49ers mid season. He came up big in this match up when he was targeted and hit by Jimmy Garoppolo for a key 46 yard pass reception. George Kittle continues to perform at an All Pro level as San Francisco looks to make a presence in the NFL’s playoff landscape. The Niners have cemented themselves as one of the elite front runners in the top heavy NFC.

Week 17 Games

San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks (SNF)

Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Rams

FINAL

Jaguars (5-10, 3-5 Away) 12

Falcons (6-9, 3-5 Home) 24

TOP PERFORMERS

PASS

Matt Ryan - ATL

32-45, 384 YDS, 1 TD

RUSH

Leonard Fournette - JAX

15 CAR, 71 YDS

REC

Julio Jones - ATL

10 REC, 166 YDS

The Atlanta Falcons scored two touchdowns early on in this one giving them a lead that the Jacksonville Jaguars could not overcome. Matt Ryan and Julio Jones shined for the Falcons connecting on 10 occasions for over 160 yards. The Jags will have a busy offseason of picking up the broken pieces of this troubled franchise. They dumped Tom Coughlin, but it will not be as easy to dump Nick Foles huge deal he signed less than a year ago. Atlanta has to decide whether to keep rolling with their veteran old timers or start to move their focus on some new age younger talent. Both of these organizations have some thinking to do prior to the 2020 – 2021 NFL season.

Week 17 Games

Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars

FINAL

Ravens (13-2, 7-1 Away) 31

Browns (6-9, 4-4 Home) 15

TOP PERFORMERS

PASS

Lamar Jackson - BAL

20-31, 238 YDS, 3 TD

RUSH

Lamar Jackson - BAL

17 CAR, 103 YDS

REC

Mark Andrews - BAL

6 REC, 93 YDS, 2 TD

Lamar Jackson does it once again as he connects on three touchdowns two of which were to his tight end Mark Andrews who had his best game of the year last Sunday. The Baltimore Ravens look dangerous as they head into the playoffs with about as much momentum as possible. The Cleveland Browns continue to shake their heads and hold their arms in air as they don’t know what happened to this season. They heavily underperformed in 2019, and they better regroup as this group can’t afford to play this poorly again next year. The Baltimore Ravens have clinched home field advantage throughout the AFC postseason so look for them to rest some of their key players this week against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Week 17 Games

Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals

Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens

FINAL

Saints (12-3, 6-1 Away) 38

Titans (8-7, 4-4 Home) 28

TOP PERFORMERS

PASS

Drew Brees - NO

27-38, 279 YDS, 3 TD

RUSH

Alvin Kamara - NO

11 CAR, 80 YDS, 2 TD

REC

Michael Thomas - NO

12 REC, 136 YDS, 1 TD

As Drew Brees and Michael Thomas make their way into the NFL’s record books the New Orleans Saints strive to achieve bigger goals. After last year ending in major disappointment against the Los Angeles Rams on a controversial call in the NFC championship game the boys from the bayou look to capitalize this year. The Saints look to lock in that number one spot in the NFC postseason while the Tennessee Titans believe it or not are still fighting for their playoff possibilities. It seems like the Titans or the Pittsburgh Steelers will somehow gain a birth in the AFC bracket. It is highly unlikely either one of these teams will do any damage in the NFL Postseason this January.

Week 17 Games

Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans

New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers

FINAL

Panthers (5-10, 3-5 Away) 6

Colts (7-8, 5-3 Home) 38

TOP PERFORMERS

PASS

Will Grier - CAR

27-44, 224 YDS, 3 INT

RUSH

Marlon Mack - IND

16 CAR, 95 YDS, 1 TD

REC

Christian McCaffrey - CAR

15 REC, 119 YDS

This game was over before it started as the Indianapolis Colts steam rolled the Carolina Panthers without much of a fight from the discouraged Panthers that are in total turmoil since the halfway point of the 2019 – 2020 season. The Colts will not be making the postseason either so not much else to say here.

Week 17 Games

New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers

Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars

FINAL/OT

Bengals (1-14, 0-8 Away) 35

Dolphins (4-11, 3-5 Home) 38

TOP PERFORMERS

PASS

Ryan Fitzpatrick - MIA

31-52, 419 YDS, 4 TD

RUSH

Myles Gaskin - MIA

16 CAR, 55 YDS, 1 TD

REC

Tyler Boyd - CIN

9 REC, 128 YDS, 2 TD

The Miami Dolphins squeaked out a close one in overtime against the worthless Cincinnati Bengals last weekend. Both of these two teams were never in the playoff hunt from the beginning of this NFL regular season, and in fact they were both tanking to try and acquire a high draft pick come April of 2020.

Week 17 Games

Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals

Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots

FINAL

Steelers (8-7, 3-4 Away) 10

Jets (6-9, 5-3 Home) 16

TOP PERFORMERS

PASS

Sam Darnold - NYJ

16-26, 183 YDS, 1 TD

RUSH

Le'Veon Bell - NYJ

25 CAR, 72 YDS

REC

Diontae Johnson - PIT

8 REC, 81 YDS, 1 TD

The New York Jets played the part of the spoiler as they defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, but Pittsburgh still has a fighting chance to make the playoffs as a wild card team depending on what occurs the final week of the regular season (week 17). The Steelers play the mighty tough Baltimore Ravens this week, although the Ravens have clinched everything possible at this point and may be laying down and taking a dirt nap. That would keep the door wide open for the Steelers to keep their playoffs dreams alive.

Week 17 Games

Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens

New York Jets at Buffalo Bills

FINAL/OT

Giants (4-11, 2-6 Away) 41

Redskins (3-12, 1-7 Home) 35

TOP PERFORMERS

PASS

Daniel Jones - NYG

28-42, 352 YDS, 5 TD

RUSH

Saquon Barkley - NYG

22 CAR, 189 YDS, 1 TD

REC

Golden Tate - NYG

6 REC, 96 YDS

Daniel Jones had a nice welcoming back party for the New York Giants as the rookie quarterback slanged 5 touchdowns in this game. The only problem is that it came against the worst team in the worst division in the NFL at the moment. The struggling Washington Redskins are far from a playoff team, and hopefully they can help themselves out with a solid selection early on in this April’s upcoming draft. Both the Giants and Skins do play big part in deciding how the NFC East is won as the Cowboys and Eagles are fighting for that crown come Sunday.

Week 17 Games

Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys

Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants

FINAL

Lions (3-11-1, 1-6-1 Away) 17

Broncos (6-9, 4-3 Home) 27

TOP PERFORMERS

PASS

Drew Lock - DEN

25-33, 192 YDS, 1 TD

RUSH

Phillip Lindsay - DEN

19 CAR, 109 YDS, 1 TD

REC

Kenny Golladay - DET

6 REC, 66 YDS, 1 TD

The Denver Broncos beat the Detroit Lions 27 to 17, but this game carries no implications for either side. The Lions will play their last game this season against the Green Bay Packers who have already clinched the NFC North Division, but the Pack are looking to lock up homefield advantage in the NFL playoffs making that game somewhat valuable.

Week 17 Games

Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions

Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos

FINAL

Raiders (7-8, 2-5 Away) 24

Chargers (5-10, 2-6 Home) 17

TOP PERFORMERS

PASS

Derek Carr - OAK

26-30, 291 YDS, 1 TD

RUSH

DeAndre Washington - OAK

23 CAR, 85 YDS, 1 TD

REC

Hunter Renfrow - OAK

7 REC, 107 YDS, 1 TD

Another meaningless game between the LA Chargers and the Oakland Raiders. Once the Raiders play Denver next year that will mark the last game that they represent the city of Oakland as the Raiders will be playing home to Las Vegas come the 2020 – 2021 NFL season. The Chargers are looking to spoil Kansas City’s hopes to gain home field advantage in the playoffs come January.

Week 17 Games

Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos

Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs

FINAL

Cowboys (7-8, 3-5 Away) 9

Eagles (8-7, 5-3 Home) 17

TOP PERFORMERS

PASS

Carson Wentz - PHI

31-40, 319 YDS, 1 TD

RUSH

Miles Sanders - PHI

20 CAR, 79 YDS, 1 TD

REC

Michael Gallup - DAL

5 REC, 98 YDS

All the Dallas Cowboys needed to do was beat the Eagles of Philadelphia to earn the division championship in the weak NFC East. The Eagles took care of business with a victory keeping their postseason ambitions alive. Now the games for both the Cowboys and Eagles this week have big weight. Someone has to win that lousy division. Both of them face bottom of the barrel NFC opponents this Sunday.

Week 17 Games

Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys

Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants

FINAL

Cardinals (5-9-1, 3-4 Away) 27

Seahawks (11-4, 4-3 Home) 13

TOP PERFORMERS

PASS

Russell Wilson - SEA

16-31, 169 YDS, 1 TD

RUSH

Kenyan Drake - ARI

24 CAR, 166 YDS, 2 TD

REC

Jacob Hollister - SEA

5 REC, 64 YDS

The Seattle Seahawks have seemingly taken their foot off the gas towards the end of the 2019 – 2020 NFL regular season. Now in their last effort they got smoked by the 5 and 9 Arizona Cardinals. Although Seattle has clinched a playoff berth, the NFC West is still up for grabs currently. The San Francisco 49ers are just one game up with one game to go. Good watch as they face each other on Sunday Night Football!

Week 17 Games

San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks (SNF)

Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Rams

FINAL

Chiefs (11-4, 7-1 Away) 26

Bears (7-8, 4-4 Home) 3

TOP PERFORMERS

PASS

Patrick Mahomes - KC

23-33, 251 YDS, 2 TD

RUSH

Damien Williams - KC

16 CAR, 65 YDS

REC

Travis Kelce - KC

8 REC, 74 YDS, 1 TD

Kansas City rolled the underperforming and eliminated Chicago Bears. They look great heading into the postseason. They should be a top AFC contender along with the Baltimore Ravens. Patrick Mahomes seemed to be at full strength throwing for 251 yards and a couple of nice touchdown passes. This may be the Chiefs year! Chicago wake up and smell the coffee!

Week 17 Games

Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs

Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings

FINAL

Packers (12-3, 5-2 Away) 23

Vikings (10-5, 6-1 Home) 10

TOP PERFORMERS

PASS

Aaron Rodgers - GB

26-40, 216 YDS, 1 INT

RUSH

Aaron Jones - GB

23 CAR, 154 YDS, 2 TD

REC

Davante Adams - GB

13 REC, 116 YDS

The Green Bay Packers beat the Minnesota Vikings on the last Monday Night Football game of this season which locked up the NFC North division for GB. The Vikings are still going to make the playoffs as a wild card team that is mildly dangerous. Green Bay may have to play Minnesota three times this year!

Week 17 Games

Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings

Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions

Sources:

“NFL Scoreboard”, espn.com, December 24, 2019.

“NFL Scoreboard”, espn.com, December 24, 2019.


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