This week’s installment of the notebook will be a bit different. I was only able to watch one game this week, as I was away from home all day Sunday. So this week’s installment will feature some quick hits from what I’ve observed from the highlights, scores and standings.
Merry Christmas from me to all of you. Enjoy the time with family and loved ones and remember the reason we celebrate. Spread some holiday cheer and be kind to others.
Now, on to Week 15 of the NFL season.
- The Steelers and Ravens both win to set up huge Christmas Day matchup with AFC North implications on the line
- If the Ravens win out, they will win the division and if the Steelers win this weekend at home against Baltimore, they will win the division
- Pittsburgh has benefitted greatly from a weak schedule down the stretch
- Titans remain alive in AFC South race, stay tied with the Texans
- Tennessee is playing some good football and fought for a come from behind win against the Chiefs
- Houston had a change of quarterbacks and that worked out well for them with Tom Savage playing better than Brock Osweiler
- The Titans and Texans will play in the final regular season game, in what could be a game that decides the division
- With the loss to the Titans, the Chiefs now are looking up at the Raiders in the AFC West standings – Kansas City needs to win out and have Oakland lose one of the final two games to win the division
- Oakland is in the playoffs for the first time since 2002
- New England is still the class of the AFC after clinching a first round bye by defeating the Broncos 16-3
- A week of rest and added scouting does not bode well for whoever they face in the divisional round
- Denver’s loss puts them in the ninth spot in the AFC standings
- Washington blew a tremendous opportunity with a lifeless game on Monday Night Football and could not take advantage of the Tampa Bay loss
- Speaking of the Tampa Bay loss, the Dallas rookies continue to shine
- Dak Prescott finished the game going 32-36 for 279 yards and Ezekiel Elliott rushed 23 times for 159 yards in the win over the Bucs
- Lions loss and Packers win heats up the battle for the NFC North division title
- Detroit was flat against the Giants and Green Bay continued the winning streak (not at four)
- Aaron Rodgers said they would have to win out to make the playoffs and they could do just that
- A matchup of the two teams on the final day of the regular season could will likely decide the division
- The punishments for celebrations in the NFL are absolutely ridiculous. Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell got fined for a handshake while Zeke only got a fine for jumping in the giant Salvation Army bucket – Let the players who score celebrate any way they so choose, it’s what makes watching the games that more fun