NFL Week 15 Recaps 2017 NFL Week 15 Game Recaps: Denver Broncos 4-9-0 14 VS Indianapolis Colts 3-10-0 13, Chicago Bears 4-10-0 10 VS Detroit Lions 8-6-0 20 Final, Los Angeles Chargers 7-7-0 13 VS Kansas City Chiefs 8-6-0 30 Final, Houston Texans 4-10-0 7 VS Jacksonville Jaguars 10-4-0 45 Final, Baltimore Ravens 8-6-0 27 VS Cleveland Browns 0-14-0 10 Final, Green Bay Packers 7-7-0 24 VS Carolina Panthers 10-4-0 31 Final, Miami Dolphins 6-8-0 16 VS Buffalo Bills 8-6-0 24 Final, Cincinnati Bengals 5-9-0 7 VS Minnesota Vikings 11-3-0 34 Final, Arizona Cardinals 6-8-0 15 VS Washington Redskins 6-8-0 20 Final, Philadelphia Eagles 12-2-0 34 VS New York Giants 2-12-0 29 Final, New York Jets 5-9-0 19 VS New Orleans Saints 10-4-0 31 Final, Los Angeles Rams 10-4-0 42 VS Seattle Seahawks 8-6-0 7 Final, Tennessee Titans 8-6-0 23 VS San Francisco 49ers 4-10-0 25 Final, New England Patriots 11-3-0 27 VS Pittsburgh Steelers 11-3-0 24 Final, Dallas Cowboys 8-6-0 20 VS Oakland Raiders 6-8-0 17 Final, Atlanta Falcons 8-5-0 VS Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4-9-0

2017 NFL Week 15 Game Recaps



Find out which one of the top two seeds in the AFC controls their own destiny now.





Chris Ransom Last Updated: December 18, 2017.




Denver Broncos 5-9-0
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Indianapolis Colts 3-11-0


Game Recap: INDIANAPOLIS-Both of these teams were eliminated from the payoff picture. Denver wore orange uniforms in Indianapolis for NFL Color Rush while Indianapolis wore classic blue.


Denver got the ball first. Trevor Siemian threw an interception. Indianapolis got the ball. Jacoby Brissett capitalized off of the turnover with a 7-yard scramble for a rushing touchdown.


Denver had a chance to rebound. Siemian got Denver into field goal range. Barkevious Mingo sacked Trevor Siemian on third down. Denver went for a field goal and missed it. Indianapolis led 7-0 after one quarter of play.


Indianapolis got a field goal. Indianapolis led 10-0. Trevor Siemian got hit on that sack and left the game. Brock Osweiler came in.


Brock Osweiler scrambled for a touchdown. Indianapolis led 10-7 at halftime. Both quarterbacks were 7/11 in the first half.


Indianapolis got the ball to start the second half. Indianapolis got a field goal on their first drive. Indianapolis led 13-7.


Brock Osweiler threw a touchdown pass to Cody Lattimer. Denver took a 14-13 lead.


Brock Osweiler threw another touchdown to Jeff Heuerman. Cody Lattimer caught a two point conversion. Denver took a 22-13 lead over Indianapolis. Indianapolis punted back to Denver. Denver led 22-13 after three quarters of play.


Denver got a field goal on a nine minute drive. Denver won 25-13. Brock Osweiler was the player of the game. Osweiler went 12/17 with 194 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, 1 rushing touchdown, 3 total touchdowns, and no interceptions.




Chicago Bears 4-10-0
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Detroit Lions 8-6-0


Game Recap: DETROIT-Detroit needs to win this game to remain in contention in the NFC North. Chicago has a chance to play spoiler today.


Detroit got a field goal in the first quarter. Detroit led 3-0 after one quarter of play.


Detroit got another field goal and made it 6-0. Matthew Stafford threw a touchdown to give Detroit a 13-0 lead. Matthew Stafford went 13/18 with 136 passing yards, 1 passing touchdown, and no interceptions in the first half. Theo Riddick fumbled it allowing Chicago to get a field goal at the end of the first half. Detroit led 13-3 at halftime.


Matthew Stafford threw another touchdown pass. Detroit led 20-3. Matthew Stafford was 22/29 with 193 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, and no interceptions. Stafford was 8/9 on third down conversions with 113 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, and no interceptions. Detroit led 20-3 after three quarters of play.


Detroit won 20-10. Matthew Stafford went 23/30 with 204 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, and no interceptions. Stafford was a huge reason why Detroit prevailed. Stafford is only 29-years-old, but he already has more career passing yards than Tony Romo now putting him at 31st all time in career passing yards.




Los Angeles Chargers 7-7-0
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Kansas City Chiefs 8-6-0


Game Recap: KANSAS CITY-Both of these teams were playing for first place in the AFC West. The winner of this game would most likely control their own destiny in the AFC West.


Kansas City got a field goal. That was the only score in the first quarter.


Alex Smith threw a touchdown pass to Tyreek Hill. Kansas City took a 10-0 lead.


Melvin Gordon made some big plays. He finally got a rushing touchdown, but the Chargers missed the extra point. Butker missed a field goal. Kansas City led 10-6 at halftime.


Philip Rivers threw a touchdown pass to Antonio Gates. Los Angeles took the lead.


Alex Smith threw a passing touchdown to Kareem Hunt. Kansas City retook the lead 17-13 and never looked back. They got a field goal to lead 20-13 after three quarters of play before winning 30-13.


Three players stood out in this game. Quarterback Alex Smith went 23/30 with 231 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, and no interceptions. Cornerback Marcus Peters limited Keenan Allen to 5 receptions for 54 receiving yards. He also had 2 interceptions as Kansas City's field cornerback. Running back Kareem Hunt had 24 carries, 7 receptions, 31 touches, 155 rushing yards, 51 receiving yards, 1 rushing touchdown, 1 receiving touchdown, 206 total yarrds, and 2 total touchdowns. Kansas City can win the AFC West next week with a win over Miami.




Houston Texans 4-10-0
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Jacksonville Jaguars 10-4-0


Game Recap: JACKSONVILLE-Leonard Fournette is out for Jacksonville today. Blake Bortles has to step up if Jacksonville wants to clinch a playoff berth today. Blake Borltes also didn't have Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns, and Marqise Lee in addition to not having Fournette.


Jacksonville got a touchdown. Jacksonville led 7-0.


Bortles threw a completion to Cole. Jacksonville led 7-0 after one quarter, but had the football in the red zone to begin the second quarter.


Blake Bortles threw another touchdown. Jacksonville led 14-0.


Blake Bortles threw a second passing touchdown. Then Jacksonville kicked a field goal. Jacksonville led 24-0. Jacksonville got one more touchdown before the end of the first half to lead 31-0 at halftime.


Jalen Ramsey got frustrated when he gave up a touchdown to Houston in the third quarter. It didn't matter Jacksonville got another touchdown to lead 38-7. Jacksonville led 38-7 after three quarters.


Jacksonville won 45-7. This win allowed the Jacksonville Jaguars to clinch a spot in the 2018 NFL Playoffs. Quarterback Blake Bortles went 21/29 with 326 passing yards, 3 passing touchdowns, and no interceptions. The most impressive thing about this win is how Bortles led Jacksonville to this win without RObinson, without Hurns, without Lee, without Fournette in the backfield. Tremendous leadership by Bortles and if he can play like this in January with how good the defense is then Jacksonville may have a say in the AFC.





Baltimore Ravens 8-6-0
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Cleveland Browns 0-14-0


Game Recap: CLEVELAND-Baltimore heads to Cleveland. Baltimore and Buffalo are both 7-6 with Buffalo owning the tiebreaker. This is also the Browns home finale so because of that I expect both teams to play with a lot of intensity.


Justin Tucker got a field goal. Baltimore led 3-0.


DeShone Kizer threw an interception to Eric Weddle and had -12 passing yards in the first quarter. Baltimore led 3-0 after one quarter of play.


Cleveland with a huge stop on fourth and goal. They kept Baltimore from expanding their 3-0 lead on a first and goal opportunity.


Suggs and Mosley tripped on a run. Duke Johnson puts Cleveland ahead 7-3.


Joe Flacco ran it in for a touchdown. Baltimore led 10-3. Mosley recovered a fumble. Flacco threw a touchdown to Ben Watson. Baltimore led 17-7. Cleveland got a field goal. Baltimore led 17-10 at halftime.


Baltimore got a strip sack for a fumble. They led 27-10 after three quarters of play and won 27-10. Joe Flacco was my player of the game. Flacco went 26/42 with 288 passing yards, 1 passing touchdown, and no interceptions.




Green Bay Packers 7-7-0
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Carolina Panthers 10-4-0


Game Recap: CAROLINA-Aaron Rodgers is back this week at quarterback for the Green Bay Packers. Greg Olsen is also back. He goes up against a very stout Carolina Panthers defense.


Aaron Rodgers began with a 12-yard completion to DaVante Adams. Adams limped off after the play.


Cam Newton played well with Christian McCaffrey and Greg Olsen back. Carolina led 7-0.


Aaron Rodgers went back to DaVante Adams. That tied the game at 7-7. It was still 7-7 after one quarter of play.


Carolina got a field goal. Carolina took a 10-7 lead. Aaron Rodgers threw an interception.


Aaron Rodgers threw a completion to DaVante Adams. That set up a touchdown pass to Randall Cobb. Green Bay led 14-10.


Carolina had the ball for 10 minutes and 5 seconds in the second quarter and they could only get a field goal out of the drive. Green Bay led 14-10 at halftime.


Cam Newton led Carolina downfield for a touchdown on his first drive in the second half. He threw a touchdown to Greg Olsen. Carolina led 17-14.


Aaron Rodgers threw an interception. Carolina got a touchdown on their next drive after Cam Newton threw a touchdown following a challenge. Carolina led 24-14.


Aaron Rodgers threw a deep pass. It was intercepted by James Bradberry. It was Rodgers first three interception game since 2009. Green Bay got a field goal later in the third quarter. Carolina led 24-17 after three quarters of play. Carolina had the ball for 10 minutes and 4 seconds in the third quarter.


Cam Newton threw a fourth touchdown pass. Carolina led 31-17.


Aaron Rodgers threw a touchdown pass to Richard Rodgers. Carolina led 31-24. Green Bay kicked an onside kick and recovered the football.


Aaron Rodgers drove Green Bay down to the Carolina 38-yard line. James Bradberry forced a fumble that was recovered by Mike Adams. Carolina won 31-24. Quarterback Cam Newton went 20/31 with 242 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, and no interceptions. Greg Olsen also did awesome in his return at tight end with 9 receptions, 116 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdown. Christian McCaffrey had 12 carries, 63 rushing yards, 6 receptions, 73 receiving yards, 18 touches, 116 total yards, and 1 receiving touchdown having a good game as well for Carolina.




Miami Dolphins 6-8-0
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Buffalo Bills 8-6-0


Game Recap: BUFFALO-Both Miami and Buffalo are still in the wild card hunt. This is a win or go home game for both teams.


LeSean McCoy got a rushing touchdown. Buffalo led 7-0. Miami got a field goal. Buffalo led 7-3 after one quarter of play.


Jay Cutler helped Miami orchestrate a drive that lasted 7 minutes and 4 seconds. The drive took 5 minutes and 45 seconds off the clock. Miami had to settle for a field goal. Buffalo led 7-6.


Tyrod Taylor threw a touchdown pass to LeSean McCoy. Buffalo led 14-6.


Cutler helped Miami execute a third down conversion. Ultimately, Miami had to punt it as Buffalo made a third round stop last time.


Buffalo got the ball back. Tyrod Taylor scrambled for a first down on a third down conversion. Taylor then took it to the house. Buffalo led 21-6 at halftime. Miami had the ball for 10 minutes in the second quarter while Buffalo had the ball for 5 minutes in the second quarter.


Miami began the third quarter with the ball. Jay Cutler threw an interception to Jordan Poyer. Buffalo got the ball to the Miami 36-yard line and chose to go for it on fourth and seven. Miami made the stop and got the ball back. I was a little puzzled by why Buffalo didn't kick the field goal in this situation.


Jay Cutler threw a second interception to Shareece Wright. Buffalo got a field goal. Buffalo led 24-6 after three quarters of play.


Jay Cutler had a solid drive going. He fumbled it and recovered it on third down though so Miami had to punt. Buffalo then went three and out so Miami got the ball back.


A 26-yard punt return by Miami put the Dolphins in nice field position. An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Adolphus Washington on third and goal made it first and goal. Miami got a touchdown and made it a 24-13 game.


Miami got a field goal to make it 24-16 after that. Miami had to kick an onside kick with under a minute left. Miami recovered the football. Jay Cutler threw a deep pass to DeVante Parker, but it was intercepted by Tre'Davious White in his first game back from an injury. Buffalo wins 24-16 to improve to 8-6 while knocking Miami out of the playoffs.


LeSean McCoy stepped up on offense as he had 20 carries, 50 rushing yards, 4 receptions, 46 receiving yards, 24 touches, 96 total yards, 1 rushing touchdown, 1 receiving touchdown, and 2 total touchdowns. Tyrod Taylor went 17/29 with 224 passing yards, 1 passing touchdown, and no interceptions in his first game back from an injury.


On defense two players stepped up for Buffalo. Middle linebacker Preston Brown had 7 solo tackles, 3 assisted tackles, 10 total tackles, and 1 tackle for a loss. Brown limited Kenyan Drake to 78 rushing yards so give him some credit there. The other defensive player that stepped up was Tre'Davious White. Tre'Davious White had 3 solo tackles, 4 assisted tackles, 7 total tackles, 3 deflections from pass breakups, and 1 game-winning interception. Jarvis Landry had 10 receptions for 99 receiving yards, but White kept him to under 100 receiving yards and kept him out of the end zone.




Cincinnati Bengals 5-9-0
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Minnesota Vikings 11-3-0


Game Recap: MINNESOTA-Marvin Lewis announced he won't be back after the season. Mike Zimmer can clinch the NFC North by defeating his old boss today. Riley Reiff was also inactive at left tackle for Minnesota. Cincinnati didn't have Joe Mixon at running back either.


Case Keenum threw a screen pass to Latavius Murray. Murray also had 28 rushing yards on a big run. Murray caps off the drive with a rushing touchdown. Minnesota led 7-0.


Eric Kendricks picked off Andy Dalton for a pick six. Minnesota led 14-0.


Minnesota got a field goal and led 17-0 after one quarter. Case Keenum threw a touchdown pass to Stefon Diggs and Minnesota led 24-0 at halftime. Minnesota got a field goal in the third quarter and led 27-0 after three quarters of play.


Case Keenum threw another touchdown to make it 34-0. This game got so ugly that Minnesota let Teddy Bridgewater play. Bridgewater threw a pick on his first pass attempt though. It didn't matter as Minnesota won this game 34-7.


Case Keenum was the player of this game. Keenum went 20/23 with 236 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, and no interceptions. Excellent job by Minnesota to lock upp the NFC North before their rematch with Green Bay.





Arizona Cardinals 6-8-0
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Washington Redskins 6-8-0


Game Recap: WASHINGTON-Arizona is still in the playoff hunt despite having Blaine Gabbert at quarterback. Washington is eliminated despite having Kirk Cousins.


Washington turned over Arizona. Kirk Cousins threw the ball to Jameson Crowder for a touchdown. Washington took a 7-0 lead.


Larry Fitzgerald with another hurdle. He didn't make the defender miss. He got the first down. Arizona got a field goal. Washington led 7-3 after one quarter of play.


Cousins threw a touchdown pass to Bibbs. Washington led 14-3. Arizona settled for two field goals by kicker Phil Dawson. Washington led 14-9 at halftime. Both teams traded field goals in the third quarter to make it 17-12 after three quarters and then traded field goals again to make it 20-15. Washington won 20-15 thanks to quarterback Kirk Cousins who went 18/26 with 196 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, and no interceptions. Preston Smith stepped up as well with 3 solo tackles, 1 sack, 1 interception, and 1 fumble recovery. Preston Smith was my player of the game since his turnovers helped Washington win.




Philadelphia Eagles 12-2-0
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New York Giants 2-12-0


Game Recap: NEW YORK-Philadelphia has Nick Foles filling in for Carson Wentz. Eli Manning has an outside chance to pull off an upset. Philadelphia can clinch a first round bye with a win.


Orleans Darkwa gets into the end zone. That's a touchdown. New York led 6-0 after missing the extra point.


Nick Foles threw a touchdown to Alshon Jeffrey. Philadelphia took a 7-6 lead after that play.


Eli Manning threw a touchdown to Tavares King. New York reclaimed the lead ahead 13-7. New York led 13-7 after one quarter of play.


New York got another touchdown and took a 20-7 lead. New York doing a superb job executing today.


It looked like New York would put this away. The Ronald Darby interception by Philadelphia got them back in this. Nick Foles threw back-to-back passing touchdowns to put Philadelphia ahead 21-20. New York kicked a field goal at halftime. New York led 23-21 at halftime.


Philadelphia got a field goal in the third quarter to make it a 24-23 game. Foles threw another touchdown and that made it 31-23. New York got a touchdown and went for the two point conversion, but did not get it. Philadelphia got a field goal though and won 34-29. Nick Foles went 24/38 with 237 passing yards, 4 passing touchdowns, and no interceptions.




New York Jets 5-9-0
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New Orleans Saints 10-4-0


Game Recap: NEW ORLEANS-New York heads to New Orleans. This is a win or go home game for the New York Jets. New Orleans is poised to rebound after their letdown game on Thursday Night Football in Atlanta.


New Orleans got a field goal. Michael Thomas got a fourth down conversion. Mark Ingram ran it in. New Orleans led 10-0 after one quarter of play.


Bilal Powell ran it in. New Orleans led 10-7 following that New York touchdown.


New Orleans led 17-7 after Alvin Kamara took off on the next drive. Kamara was quick to recover from his injury. New York got a field goal and New Orleans led 17-10 at halftime.


New York got a field goal in the third quarter. New Orleans led 17-13 after three quarters of play.


Brees threw a touchdown to Michael Thomas which made it 24-13. New York got a touchdown and went for a two point conversion. It was 24-19 until Mark Ingram sealed New York's chances of winning with a 50-yard rushing touchdown. New Orleans won 31-19. Marshon Lattimore was my player of the game. Lattimore had 5 solo tackles, 2 assisted tackles, 7 total tackles, 3 deflections from pass breakups, 1 interception, and held Roby Anderson to 5 receptions for 40 receiving yards.




Los Angeles Rams 10-4-0
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Seattle Seahawks 8-6-0


Game Recap: SEATTLE-Seattle won the first meeting in Los Angeles. They don't have Richard Sherman or Kam Chancellor, but they do have the 12th man at CenturyLink Field. Winner of this game controls their own destiny in the NFC West Division.


Lamarcus Joyner forced a fumble that Alec Ogletree recovered. Los Angeles got the ball and capitalized with a field goal on their opening drive. Los Angeles led 3-0 after Goff failed to execute on his first third down conversion attempt.


Los Angeles made a defensive stop. Goff failed to get a third down conversion on his second attempt. Los Angeles got another field goal. Los Angeles led 6-0.


Pharoh Cooper returned a punt to Seattle's 1-yard line. Todd Gurley ran it in. Los Angeles led 13-0 after one quarter of play.


Jared Goff threw an interception. Los Angeles made a great defensive stop. Todd Gurley ran for another rushing touchdown. Los Angeles led 20-0 following Gurley's second rushing touchdown in the first half.


Jared Goff finally threw a passing touchdown. Gurley got his third touchdown near the end of the first half. Los Agneles led 34-0 at halftime. Los Angeles won this game 42-7. Running back Todd Gurley was my player of the game. Gurley had 21 carries, 152 rushing yards, 3 receptions, 28 receiving yards, 24 touches, 180 total yards, 3 rushing touchdowns, 1 receiving touchdown, and 4 total touchdowns. Todd Gurley had a huge game for the Rams to put them 1 win or 1 Seattle loss away from clinching the NFC West.





Tennessee Titans 8-6-0
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San Francisco 49ers 4-10-0


Game Recap: SAN FRANCISCO-Marcus Mariota needs to win today to keep up in the AFC South division. Jimmy Garoppolo is 2-0 as Francisco's starting quarterback and was 2-0 when filling in for Tom Brady in 2016 making him 4-0 in his career as a starter.


San Francisco did an awesome job controlling the clock on their opening drive. San Francisco took 6 minutes and 9 seconds off the clock before settling for a field goal. Garoppolo went 5/6 on San Francisco's opening drive with 49 passing yards.


Marcus Mariota struggled to get his first third down conversion. Garoppolo got the ball at San Francisco's 33-yard line. After a five yard run, Garoppolo threw a 16-yard pass from San Francisco's 38 to Tennessee's 46-yard line. Garoppolo threw another 11-yard pass to get San Francisco into field goal range. Thanks to kicker Phil Dawson, San Francisco led 6-0 after one quarter of play. San Francisco had the ball for 8 minutes 6 seconds in the first quarter.


Tennessee got a field goal on their opening drive in the second quarter. San Francisco still led 6-3. A defensive holding penalty and illegal use of hands penalty by the Titans gave San Francisco great field position. Garoppolo threw a passing touchdown to cap off a drive that lasted 8 minutes and 36 seconds in the second quarter. Basically San Francisco had the ball for 8 minutes and 6 seconds in the entire first quarter and the one drive where Garoppolo threw a passing touchdown in the second quarter lasted 30 seconds longer meaning San Francisco really dominated with time of possession in the first half.


San Francisco got a field goal to lead 16-3 before Marcus Mariota threw a quick strike to Delanie Walker for a touchdown which made it 16-10 at halftime. San Francisco had the ball for 11 minutes and 55 seconds in the second quarter. San Francisco had the ball for 20 minutes and 1 second if you add up the 8 minutes and 6 seconds from the first quarter with the 11 minutes and 55 seconds in the second quarter. Tennessee was also 0/1 on third down conversions in the second quarter with the incompletion that set up their field goal attempt being the only third down conversion attempt in the entire second quarter. San Francisco on the other hand went 5/6 on third down conversions as Jimmy Garoppolo did a great job in those critical situations.


Tennessee got the ball to start the second half. Marcus Mariota got a third down conversion in the third quarter with a 12-yard completion to Eric Decker. Mariota got sacked on third down, but a defensive penalty by San Francisco kept this drive alive. Tennessee got a field goal and took 6 minutes and 31 seconds off the clock to start the third quarter allowing their defense additional time to rest.


San Francisco got held to a three and out in their only possession of the third quarter. Tennessee on the other hand was 3/4 on third down conversions in the third quarter. San Francisco led 16-13 after three quarters of play. Tennessee had the football for 12 minutes and 3 seconds in the third quarter doing an excellent job controlling time of possession after struggling to win the time of possession battle in the first half.


Marcus Mariota threw his second passing touchdown to give the Titans a 20-16 lead. San Francisco got a field goal on thier first drive of the fourth quarter. Tennessee led 20-19.


San Francsico stopped Tennessee on their next drive. Then San Francisco got a field goal to take a 22-20 lead. Tennessee got a field goal on their next drive to make it 23-22. In the end Phil Dawson would have the last field goal and the last laugh. San Francisco won 25-23.


Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was my player of the game. Garoppolo went 31/43 with 383 passing yards, 1 passing touchdown, and no interceptions. Phil Dawson had six field goals including three in the fourth quarter at kicker so he deserves some credit too.




New England Patriots 11-3-0
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Pittsburgh Steelers 11-3-0


Game Recap: PITTSBURGH-New England is heading to Pittsburgh coming off a loss. Chris Hogan will be inactive despite practicing all week. Neither team will have their starting right tackle. New England won't have Marcus Cannon and Pittsburgh won't have Marcus Gilbert. New England doesn't have Hightower and Pittsburgh doesn't have Shazier. New England also doesn't have Van Noy or Alan Branch.


Pittsburgh had a sloppy opening drive. One could argue the David DeCastro holding penalty by Pittsburgh's right guard killed their momentum on their opening drive.


Tom Brady began this game with a first down to Dion Lewis on a passing play before throwing a short pass to Philip Dorsett. Lewis ran it for 5 yards to make it third and one. An offsides penalty by Cameron Heyward on New England's first possession kept the Patriots drive alive. Tom Brady threw a 43-yard deep pass to Brandin Cooks before running backs Dion Lewis and Rex Burkhead finished the drive with Burkhead getting a rushing touchdown that put New England ahead 7-0 on their opening drive. New England's opening drive took 3 minutes and 11 seconds.


Le'Veon Bell broke free with a 13-yard run on Pittsburgh's opening drive. Ben Roethlisberger completed passes to Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster for first downs before throwing a touchdown pass to Eli Rogers. Ben recognized the linebackers were bringing shitty coverage. That tied the game at 7. It was 7-7 after one quarter of play.


Stephon Gilmore continued to get burned in coverage during the second quarter. Martavis Bryant made a superb catch to put Pittsburgh into field goal range. Pittsburgh had a chance to get a touchdown, but Antonio Brown got injured on the play with a partially torn calf. Chris Boswell kicked the field goal.


Tom Brady fired three first downs on New England's next drive. Two were to Danny Amendola and one involved Rob Gronkowski creating separation. New England got a field goal. That tied it at 10-10.


Ben Roethlisberger followed Brady's play up with a long 15-play drive that took 8 minutes and 39 seconds off the clock as Pittsburgh drove 75-yards downfield for a touchdown. The drive included Pittsburgh getting four different third down conversions on this drive. JuJu Smith-Schuster and Le'Veon Bell had the first two third down conversions, but it was Martavis Bryant who finished the drive with two third down conversiosn including a touchdown which gave Pittsburgh a 17-10 lead at halftime. Pittsburgh had the ball for 11 minutes and 24 seconds in the second quarter.


New England deferred for a reason. They knew Steelers fans would go to the bathroom or grab a beer so they saw that opening drive as a huge window of opportunity. Tom Brady threw first downs to tight ends Dwayne Allen and Rob Gronkowski on this drive. One of those first downs invovled a fourth down conversion by Rob Gronkowski which was a gutsy call that paid off. Those first downs opened things up for Brandin Cooks. New England's opening drive in the third quarter took 6 minutes and 10 seconds off the clock. Stephen Gostkowski missed the extra point. Pittsburgh led by a point ahead 17-16.


From this point, both defenses took over. New England held Pittsburgh to a three and out. Pittsburgh responded with Vincent Williams intercepting Tom Brady. That set up a rushing touchdown for Le'Veon Bell. Pittsburgh made a defensive stop and New England pinned Pittsburgh at their own three yard line with Pittsburgh leading New England by 8 24-16 after three quarters of play.


Le'Veon Bell gave Pittsburgh two first downs both through the air and on the ground. Alejandro Villanueva had two penalties at left tackle including an offensive holding and false start penalties that absolutely kept Pittsburgh from finishing the game on this drive.


Pittsburgh made a good defensive stop. A defensive pass interference penalty on Artie Burns put New England into field goal position. New England made the field goal. Pittsburgh led 24-19.


New England held Pittsburgh to a three and out. New England got the ball back. Tom Brady called four consecutive passing plays to Rob Gronkowski. After an incompletion on first down Gronkowski balled out on New England's final drive with three consecutive first downs. Those big plays set up a rushing touchdown for Dion Lewis. Gronkowski also caught the two point conversion. New England led 27-24.


Pittsburgh got the ball back. JuJu Smith-Schuster made an excellent play to put Pittsburgh in scoring position. It looked like Jesse James would give Pittsburgh the lead. James did not have full control of the ball. The ball hit the ground and while he may have crossed the goal line, the NFL rules state that play was not a catch. Todd Haley wanted to go no huddle and Ben wanted to spike it. Duron Harmon picked off Ben Roethlisberger on the next play. I think if they handed it off to Bell, Pittsburgh would have won and left almost no time left. The way the Steelers lost feels exactly like Super Bowl 49 yet nobody is talking about how Bell should have gotten the ball at the end. They are talking about the controversial Jesse James play leading up to Harmon's interception.


Tom Brady had another clutch fourth quarter comeback. Tom Brady went 22/35 with 298 passing yards, 1 passing touchdown, and 1 interceptions. Ben Roethlisberger went 22/30 with 283 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, and 1 interception. Brady did more to win when it mattered and Ben made better decisions for most of the game until that interception which you can argue was due to poor coaching. Brady was my player of the game, but Rob Gronkowski would have been my player of the game if he caught a touchdown. His 9 receptions for 168 receiving yards along with the two point conversion were big plays.


New England's defense struggled for most of the game. Lawrence Guy was the most effective player on New England's defense had 4 solo tackles, 3 assisted tackles, 7 total tackles, 1 sack, and 1 tackle for a loss. Stephon Gilmore led New England with 8 solo tackles, but he gave up so many big plays in the first half despite adjusting in the second half and really limiting what Pittsburgh did with a strong fourth quarter. Harmon wasn't used that often and came in and had a Malcolm Butler moment with that game-winning interception. It didn't have the same luster as the Butler pick in Super Bowl 49, but it was still a fairly paramount play that propelled the Patriots to a narrow win.




Dallas Cowboys 8-6-0
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Oakland Raiders 6-8-0


Game Recap: OAKLAND-This was the final game in Ezekiel Elliott's suspension. This is a win or go home game for both teams.


Dallas got a field goal and led 3-0 after one quarter of play. Dallas had the ball for 12 minutes and 17 seconds in the first quarter and was only able to get a field goal. Dallas ended the first quarter 1/3 on third down conversions with their only third down conversion being the difference. Oakland went 0/2 on third down conversions without Amari Cooper.


Dallas got a touchdown to make it 10-0. Oakland did much better with third down conversions going 3/4 on third down conversions. They missed a field goal at the end of the first half. Dallas led 10-0 at halftime. Oakland had the ball for 9 minutes in the second quarter while Dallas only had the ball for 6 minutes.


Oakland got the ball to start the third quarter. Derek Carr threw a touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree on a drive that took 6 minutes and 57 seconds to execute. Oakland also got a field goal to tie it. Dak Prescott made some bad throws in this game, but his rushing touchdown gave Dallas a 17-10 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Dallas was 0/2 on third down conversions in the third quarter, but still led by a touchdown after three quarters of play.


Derek Carr went back to Michael Crabtree. That tied the game at 17. Dallas won thanks to a controversial call at the end where it was short of a first down, but Gene Steratore got out an official index card in his pocket and used it to give Dallas a first down on another play where Dak Prescott ran it for a first down. Dallas won 20-17 mainly due to that fourth and one play which was a huge play in the game. Dak Prescott struggled as a passer in this game, but he had two big plays where he had the rushing touchdown and the run on fourth and one for the controversial first down.



Atlanta Falcons 8-5-0
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4-9-0


Game Recap: TAMPA BAY-








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