Week 15 is now done and dusted and the playoff race is hotter than ever. This week we have seen a few teams drop out of the running and a few teams seperating themselves from the pack. We will also preview Week 16 action which is sure to have many games of interest.
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Week 15 Results
(aje) 28-34 (Cherries)
These two are both locked in the playoff hunt, the Broncos have all but sealed the AFC West and the #4 seed with this win due to events elsewhere, wheras the Vikings are tied with two other teams at 9-5 in the hunt for what will be the NFC #6 seed due to the dominace of the Rams and Cardinals. Since the retirement of Peyton Manning, Denver has become more of a balaned attack, and found more success with the run in this game, second year pro Montee Ball going over 100 yards and rookie Lennon playing his usual role for low carries but important yards (5 for 30 yards). Adrian Peterson had a typical day with 132 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns and so the place where the Vikings lost this game is with rookie QB Bolanji Olamfortone who threw 3 interceptions and one of which on the final drive ended the game. He has been impressive this season, but will those picks cost his team a playoff place?
(Jabe) 21-20 (Buncey)
Buncey has already won the NFC East and so had no worries about his playoff place here, but is still battling hard to try and make the #2 seed. Jabe will not win his division due to Ultra's brilliance but is in the playoff hunt, and locked in a battle with the Chiefs for the #5 seed and a favourable wildcard matchup. Jabe produced a stunning comeback in this one, having been 17-7 down going into the fourth quarter he managed two touchdowns while keeping the Cowboys to just a field goal to take the game. Ryan Tannehill was outstanding against the Chiefs, and was perfect here with 18/21 passes for 284 yards and 3 touchdowns to 0 interceptions. Neither team had over 100 rushing yards but Daniel Thomas still had a good game with 79 yards from 11 carries. Now then, a Cowboys choke in the fourth quarter late in the season. Surely a late Romo pick on an audibled play was at fault? Nope. He was excellent himself with 17/22 passes for 2 touchdowns and 0 picks. A shoutout must go out to rookie WR Preston Ulm with 128 yards receiving including an 81 yard touchdown, contributing to giving the Dolphins the advantage over the Chiefs in the #5 seed race.
(BTG) 23-21 (Trimmer)
This one was always going to be huge for Trimmer as he looks to get his playoff seeding as high as possible as the winner of the NFC South. He is currently ranked at the #3 seed but is tied with the Lions for #2 and hopes for a good run in from here to get himself there. Cam being away for the first part of the season scuppered his chances of the playoffs but bagged himself a good divisional victory here in the look ahead to next season with bragging rights over Tampa Bay. With the injury to star rookie QB Korie Tucker, second year pro Mike Glennon took signal calling duties for the Bucs and had a good game with 328 yards and 3 touchdowns (135 of these yards and one of the touchdowns went to Kevin Ogletree). Two interceptions plagued him however and may well have cost his team the game. Doug Martin only had one carry in the game before going out and so Mike James was tasked with the Bucs running, getting 103 yards from 11 carries. Drew Bress had over 300 yards himself, with a touchdown and interception. Lance Moore was the over 100 yards for the Saints, getting a touchdown alongside his 109 yards. Trimmer will not be too disheartened by the loss, as Sovoth's Lions also lost meaning the L is not as crucial as it could have been.
- Dan's Rams beat down on Joe's Panthers, 3 Carolina fumbles proving to be a catalyst for St Louis' victory in Charlotte. 352 yards and 4 touchdowns from Rams rookie QB Charles Hough-Jenkins were also impressive.
- Ultra continues his perfect season with CJ Spiller at the helm, however the Chiefs held him to his lowest rushing yards in a while (144) and scored 42 points themselves in this expected loss. While Charles went over 100 yards on the ground, the Kansas City cheese this week came from TE Travis Kelce, who had 7 catches for 178 yards and two touchdowns. Robert Woods went crazy himself for the Bills in this one, 9 catches for 289 yards and 3 touchdowns. Interestingly no one else had over 25 yards receiving in this game!
- Oirish scored himself an excellent victory over Red's Texans, his Jags prevailing 27-24 in an AFC South win.
- Evo all but ended Kev's playoff challenge, his Titans beating the Colts 35-14, Shonn Greene making a superb 231 yards and 3 touchdowns for Tennessee.
- Atlanta scored a win over Detroit that has brought the NFC seeding a lot tighter, and this promises to be great to watch in the run in. 127 yards and 4 touchdowns for Jacquizz Rodgers were the key here.
- A crazy 130 points were scored in the Raiders - Patriots game with Oakland winning 79-51. Crazily two Pats QB's had over 300 yards each here! Mallet had 347 yards, Tebow 301. Terrelle Pryor fell just short of a perfect rating, making 370 yards and 4 touchdowns himself to 0 picks. He also had 142 yards and 5 touchdowns on the ground! #cheese Gio Bernard went over 200 rushing yards (204), Kenbrell Thompkins and Brent Celek over 200 receiving (290 and 202 respectively) and Aaron Dobson went for 188 yards through the air. This one just about beats the games we get between Phil and Steff for sheer ridicoulusness!
- Not even 174 yards from Shady McCoy could save the Eagles from a loss as they fell 41-28 to Mackem's Jets, another mistake free game from Geno handing the Jets the win here.
- And finally, the all-Ohio game between Cincinatti and Cleveland featured two 100 yard receivers, TE Tyler Eifert getting 138 for the Bengals and Josh Gordon 159 for the Browns, both had a touchdown each.
Players Of The Week
AFC Offensive Player Of The Week – Terrelle Pryor QB, Raiders, 19/25 370 YDS 4 TD and 8 CAR 142 YDS 5 TD
AFC Defensive Player Of The Week – Alterraun Verner CB, Broncos, 5 TKL, 2 INT, TD
NFC Offensive Player Of The Week – Charles Hough-Jenkins QB, Rams, 18/23 352 YDS 4 TD 1 INT and 2 CAR 2 YDS TD
NFC Defensive Player Of The Week – Curtis Marsh CB, Cardinals, 1 TKL, 3 INT
Two teams that are seemingly incredibly similar. Wins would be huge for both in wildcard hunts, could also help in divisional races and both love to run the ball. This looks like being another run based game for Matt as well as aje facing a second AFC West rival in as many weeks. The winner could easily come down to who passes the ball better, as it would take a brave man to bet against either HB going over 100 yards on the day.
(CherriesFan, 11-3) @ (JA15, 9-5)
Another game between the AFC West and NFC North, with very similar ramifactions as the above. Denver has an excellent offense that proves very hard to stop with the balance on show as well as a defense containing record breaking sack-artist Von Miller. Chicago also has quite a balanced offense with Matt Forte potentially the key in this crunch tie for Chicago. He will be hoping for a repeat performance of his one against the Chiefs in which he had over 100 yards rushing, as well as a high number of catching yards. It seems a tall order for JA to win this one, but Cherries has recently branded his team 'donkeys' so it will be interesting to see how they respond.
(Buncey, 9-5) @ (Sovoth, 10-4)
This one is huge for both. The Cowboys have their division but are looking to get as good a seed as possible, and a win here could propel them into the #2 seed going into week 17. Sovoth may need a win here to get that #2 seed, as his week 17 game is a tough one against the Saints. Neither team can afford to lose if they want a first round bye, and with Tony Romo on one side of the ball in a December fixture, the game promises nothing but excitement! I see Buncey as sneaking a victory with Romo leading a game winning drive in the final two minutes #boldpredictions
Thanks for reading and sorry about the delay, roll on week 16!
Week 15 is in the bag and we are speeding towards the Playoffs! Pretty much every game has something on the line now as playoff places begin to get clinched and teams try to stay in the race, while others are coasting towards the off-season and a chance to rebuild their teams! So who came out of week 15 on a high, who came out on a low and who just doesn't matter?!