Arizona Cardinals

10 Things We Learned from Week 15

So much for a quarterback controversy in Dallas.

Against a good Tampa Bay defense, Dak Prescott threw for 279 yards and scored on a rushing touchdown in the win. After a disappointing performance against the Giants in week 14, rumors started to swirl about whether or not Jerry Jones would turn to Tony Romo to lead the Cowboys the rest of the way. But Prescott powered a comeback victory for the Cowboys helping to score 9 unanswered points in the fourth quarter.

 

The AFC North champion will be crowned on Christmas Day.

A comeback victory by the Pittsburgh Steelers has allowed them to maintain their spot on top of the division. However, a one point win by the Ravens has put Baltimore in position to control their own destiny. These two rivals will face off Sunday, Christmas afternoon, at 4:30. The winner will control their destiny in the North, and the loser will need a win and some help to earn a playoff bid.

 

Aaron Rodgers is still Aaron Rodgers.

If you look at the box score after Green Bay’s game on Sunday, the 252 yards produced by Rodgers doesn’t seem too overwhelming. However, the 60 yard pass he threw to Jordy Nelson in the final seconds to beat the Bears, was vintage Aaron Rodgers. The victory set the Packers up perfectly in the NFC North. They remain one game back from the Detroit Lions, and the division foes will face off in week 17.

 

The AFC South is still up for grabs.

The three relevant teams in the AFC South all pulled out wins in week 15. The Colts had a dominating win over the Vikings by a score of 34-6. Marcus Mariota led the Titans to a come from behind win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. With a minute remaining in the game, the young quarterback threw for 40 yards to set up a Ryan Succop 53-yard field goal. The Texans won in a nail biting, 21-20, victory over the Jaguars. The Texans and Titans are both 8-6, and the Colts are just one game behind at 7-7. Week 17 features a crucial match between Houston and Tennessee.

 

Arizona’s franchise is plummeting, fast.

It was not a secret that Arizona’s offense featured two key players on the verge of retirement (Palmer and Fitzgerald). The Cardinals put together a fantastic season last year, mostly led by their dominating defense. This season, their defense has not been able to produce at all. In week 15, they gave up a whopping 48 points to the Saints. The Cardinals will need to start rebuilding their offense soon after their two captains retire. If their defense can’t hold up during these hard times, then Arizona will be in serious trouble.

 

New England is dominating the AFC.

Denver’s defense is phenomenal, and was able to hold Tom Brady to only 188 yards in Sunday’s contest. Even with this lack of production from their elite quarterback, the Patriots were still able to win by double digits, holding the Broncos to 3 measly points. New England is the front runner to win the AFC, and right now it doesn’t appear anyone will be able to stop them.

 

There is a legitimate team in New York.

After a huge win in week 14 against the Cowboys, the Giants pulled out another victory against an NFC playoff contender. They handed the Lions a loss on Sunday with a score of 17-6. Eli Manning finished with a rating of 115, winning the duel over the talented Matthew Stafford. New York’s defense has held up strong against some very tough offenses, and the dynamic duo of Manning and Beckham Jr. create a powerful juggernaut in the NFC.

 

The Texans may have solved their quarterback problem… for the time being.

Tom Savage, a name that most NFL fans may not know much about, led the division leading Houston Texans to a win over Jacksonville in week 15. After 5 terrible drives, and two interceptions, Brock Osweiler was removed from the game. Tom Savage entered, and paved the way for a huge comeback win. Savage threw for 260 yards, and finished with a rating of 85. Head coach Bill O’Brien announced today that Tom Savage will remain as the starting quarterback in week 16.

 

The Falcons have taken control of the NFC South.

With a win over the 49ers, and a Buccaneer loss, the Falcons gained a one game advantage in the NFC South. With two weeks remaining both of these teams share the same schedule, facing off against the Panthers and Saints. The Falcons seem to be the stronger team, and with two wins will march into the playoffs with a shot to make a run at the NFC title.

 

The Cleveland Browns will never win a game.

Two games left, and the Browns still have yet to win a game. This week lost to a struggling Bills team by a 20 point margin. The Browns will face the Chargers in week 16, and the Steelers in week 17. Both of these teams are talented, and should be able to destroy Cleveland leading to a final record of 0-16.

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