Another week of great NFL action has concluded. Here are some takeaways from Week 14 and how they could potentially affect the rest of the season.
Are The Eagles In Trouble?
The Philadelphia Eagles’ road to the Super Bowl hit a major speed bump Sunday, as MVP candidate QB Carson Wentz tore his ACL in his left knee and will miss the rest of the season. Nick Foles will take over for the current 1 seed in the NFC. Foles is certainly capable of playing good football, and the Eagles are still equipped to make a deep playoff run because they have a strong rushing attack led by RB’s LeGarrette Blount and Jay Ajayi, as well as a top 5 defense.
Exciting Running Back Duel In Buffalo
On a snowy day in New York, two potential Hall of Fame running backs had a great duel, as the Buffalo Bills battled past the Indianapolis Colts in overtime. Colts RB Frank Gore rushed for 130 yards, as he is now fifth on the NFL’s career rushing yardage list. Gore may finish just short of a 1,000 yard rushing season, but regardless of that, Gore will be inducted in Canton in the future. On the other side, Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy rushed for 156 yards, as he went over a 1,000 yards rushing in a season for the 6th time in his career. It seems like McCoy has been around for a long time, but amazingly, he does not turn 30 until next summer. McCoy should have at least two more strong seasons ahead of him, which should strengthen his Hall of Fame candidacy.
Close Divisional Races
With so many divisions still up for grabs, there is going to be a lot of great football down the stretch. Let’s start in the AFC South, where the Jacksonville Jaguars picked up a huge win over the Seattle Seahawks, while the Tennessee Titans laid an egg in a loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Clearly, the Jaguars have the momentum right now, and they appear to be the favorite to win the division. The Titans need a healthy and consistent Marcus Mariota down the stretch. The AFC West, which at one point the Kansas City Chiefs seemed like they were going to run away with, is likely to come down to the Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers. The two teams play each other in Kansas City on Saturday night. The NFC West is up for grabs, as the Los Angeles Rams and Seattle Seahawks meet Sunday in Seattle to determine first place. The Rams have been in control for much of the season, while Seattle has been inconsistent. Despite that, a win on Sunday would give Seattle the season sweep over the Rams, and put them in a strong position to win the division. The NFC South has 3 teams battling to make the playoffs in the New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers, and Atlanta Falcons.
Marvin Lewis On The Way Out
It’s been a great journey for Cincinnati Bengals Coach Marvin Lewis, but after a 33-7 loss at home to the Chicago Bears, its clear that a change needs to be made. Lewis does not have a contract in place for next season, and likely won’t be retained. It will be interesting to see if the Bengals try to upgrade from OB Andy Dalton in the offseason.
New England Stumbles
The New England Patriots’ loss to the Miami Dolphins on Monday night opens the door for the Pittsburgh Steelers to potentially get home field advantage through the AFC playoffs. The two teams play Sunday in Pittsburgh.