Ravens Take Lead in AFC – NFL Week 14 Recap
The hottest team in the NFL now find themselves rolling with the best record as well. The Baltimore Ravens won their ninth straight game on Sunday, moving to 11-2 to become the top team in the league. This after the New England Patriots fell to the Kansas City Chiefs, moving into second in the AFC. This was a wild weekend that muddled the playoff picture, setting up for an exciting final three weeks for the season.
Ravens Continue to Roll
The Baltimore Ravens continued their winning ways, downing the Buffalo Bills, 24-17. Quarterback Lamar Jackson is helping to solidify his MVP run, throwing for three touchdowns. While the win was big for Baltimore in their quest to host the AFC playoffs, the loss was a disappointing one for Buffalo. A win would have tied them with the struggling Patriots atop the AFC East, and now they face Pittsburgh and New England before closing at home against the Jets. They will make the playoffs, but they may have doused their division title hopes.
Packers, Vikings Win
The NFC North may come down to a Week 16 game between the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings. Both won this last Sunday, although the Vikings victory was much more decisive. Minnesota crushed the Detroit Lions, scoring 20 unanswered points to start the contest on their way to a 20-7 victory. The Packers jumped out to a 14-0 lead over the Washington Redskins, then saw their offense go into hibernation before holding onto a 20-15 win. Green Bay holds a one game lead over Minnesota, but the Packers have the superior division record. If Green Bay loses at Minnesota yet still wins their other two games, they are the division winner.
Texas Stumble Against Denver
After dominating the Patriots last Sunday night, the Houston Texans laid an egg against the Denver Broncos, falling 38-24. Houston was never really in this game, falling behind 38-10 before adding 14 meaningless points in the fourth quarter. Deshaun Watson completed just half of his 50 passes in the loss. The Tennessee Titans also won their game, moving them into a tie with the Texans for first place in the AFC South. Amazingly, these two teams will play each other twice in the final three weeks. It should be an exciting conclusion to the season for both teams.
Cowboys Tied with Eagles
After being crushed by the Chicago Bears on Thursday night, the Dallas Cowboys were likely feeling the football gods were smiling on them on Monday night. Dallas lost their third game in a row, but the Philadelphia Eagles were trailing the New York Giants 17-3 entering the half, and things were looking tolerable for the Cowboys. Philadelphia rallied with 20 unanswered points in the second half and now the Eagles and Cowboys are tied atop the NFC East standings at 6-7. These two will square off in Philadelphia in Week 16 and the winner of that game will likely make the playoffs.
49ers Back on Top
The San Francisco 49ers defeated the New Orleans Saints in the most exciting game of the season to this point, 48-46. The lead changed hands three times in the final three minutes of the game as Jimmy Garoppolo continues to make a bid for the MVP with 349 yards passing and four TDs. That was a huge victory, as the Seattle Seahawks fell to the Los Angeles Rams, moving San Francisco back in front in the NFC West. The final weekend of the season sees the 49ers travel to Seattle in what will likely be a winner wins the division contest.
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