Buffalo Got Their Mojo Back
Folks began writing off the Buffalo Bills after their Monday night loss to the New England Patriots on Week 13. Mainly from the standpoint that the Bills were thoroughly outplayed and couldn’t muster enough on offense when the Patriots only threw the ball 3 times the entire game. Fast forward to Week 16 and Buffalo had a better offensive gameplan and the defense forced the Patriots hand with rookie QB Mac Jones looking like a rookie for most of the game. This victory for the Bills puts them back atop the division with the tie breaker going to them based on their division record. Buffalo hosts Atlanta and the New York Jets while New England hosts Jacksonville and plays at Miami to finish the season. The advantage goes to Buffalo here as they just need to win out to clinch the division crown for the second consecutive season.
Protect Burrow And Good Things Will Come
Memo to any defensive coordinator; do not say anything to the media that will piss off Bengals QB Joe Burrow. Sing his praises from here on out. He torched the Baltimore Ravens for 525 yards and 4 touchdown passes. Yes, the Ravens defense has been awful for most of the season, but defensive coordinator Don Martindale didn’t do them any favors saying, “I don’t think we’re ready to buy a gold jacket for Joe”. For context it was in regards to how Baltimore was defending the Green Bay Packers the previous game. A rather harmless comment, but considering that Burrow torched the Ravens in their first meeting this season for 416 yards and 3 touchdown passes, you still shouldn’t have said it. Cincinnati is now in control of their destiny in the AFC North. However, they have a home game against Kansas City who is trying to clinch home field advantage and a season finale on the road against Cleveland who is fighting for their playoff lives.
Stop Throwing The Ball
The Browns had a clear advantage in their Christmas Day affair in Green Bay. RB Nick Chubb was the best player on the field for Cleveland and yet for some reason QB Baker Mayfield threw the ball 36 times and had 4 interceptions. The largest deficit the Browns had was 12 points with over 9 minutes left in the 3rd quarter. This wasn’t a blowout by any stretch. Anyone who was watching this game could see that Chubb was damn near unstoppable. He only touched the ball 20 times (17 rush, 3 catches). That can’t be happening anymore now that Cleveland needs to win out to have a chance at the playoffs. They play at Pittsburgh next and finish at home against Cincinnati. Of course they will need help along the way with other teams needing to lose. Good luck, but chances are you will be watching others play in your stead.