Monday, December 28, 2015

NFL - Week Sixteen Review

Ten Down, Two To Go - The NFC playoffs are set with all six teams in and four of six spots are also set in the AFC as Kansas City, Washington and Minnesota won this weekend to clinch playoff berths.

The Minnesota Vikings blasted the New York Giants, 49-17 on Sunday Night Football as they rushed for 218 yards while kicker Blair Walsh made five field goals. Vikings running backs Adrian Peterson (104 yards and one TD) and Jerick McKinnon (89 yards and two TD) paced the offense and the defense intercepted three passes, including a "pick six" return for score by Harrison Smith . . .  The Kansas City Chiefs beat the stubborn Cleveland Browns 17-13 to wrap up at least a wild card spot and can still win the AFC West. It was the ninth straight win for the Chiefs as quarterback Alex Smith threw two TD passes . . .  The Washington Redskins wrapped up the NFC East division with a 38-24 win at Philadelphia on Saturday night behind four TD passes by QB Kirk Cousins (365 passing yards), including two to tight end Jordan Reed.

TOP PASSERS FOR WEEK SIXTEENKirk Cousins (Washington)  365 yards and four touchdowns;  Drew Brees (New Orleans)  412 yards and three touchdowns;  Blake Bortles (Jacksonville) 368 yards and four touchdowns.

TOP RUSHERS FOR WEEK SIXTEEN - Tim Hightower (New Orleans) 122 yards and two touchdowns;  Adrian Peterson (Minnesota) 104 yards and one touchdown;  DeAngelo Williams (Pittsburgh) 100 yards and two touchdowns;  Johnny Manziel (Cleveland) 108 yards;  Darren McFadden (Dallas) 99 yards.

Heftyinfo NFL Player of the Week  -  Kirk Cousins (Washington Redskins - Quarterback) led the way for the Redskins first playoff appearance in three years with 365 passing yards and four touchdown passes as they won the NFC East division by beating the Philadelphia Eagles, 38-24 on Saturday night.

Game Highlights -  The Atlanta Falcons handed the Carolina Panthers their first loss of the season in a 20-13 victory as wide receiver Julio Jones hauled in a 70-yard TD pass from Matt Ryan and the defense stopped the Panthers offense twice in the final two minutes to preserve the win . . .  The Pittsburgh Steelers saw their playoff hopes take a big hit as they lost at Baltimore, 20-17 as the Ravens defense intercepted Ben Roethlisberger twice . . .  The New York Jets beat the New England Patriots, 26-20 in overtime behind three TD passes by QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, including the game winner to WR Eric Decker in the OT period . . .  St. Louis surprised the Seattle Seahawks with a 23-17 road win as linebacker Akeem Ayers ran 45 yards for a score off a fumble recovery. The Rams defense forced three turnovers and sacked Seahawks QB Russell Wilson four times, ending Seattle's five game winning streak . . .  The Arizona Cardinals dominated the visiting Green Bay Packers, 38-8 as their defense scored twice on fumble returns and registered nine QB sacks to go with a pair of TD passes by QB Carson Palmer . . .  The Houston Texans routed the host Tennessee Titans, 34-6 as backup QB Brandon Weeden threw for two touchdowns and also ran for a score to help the Texans (8-7) inch closer to wrapping up the AFC South division title, which they can do with a win next week at home vs. Jacksonville . . .  The Indianapolis Colts kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a 18-12 road win against the Miami Dolphins as RB Frank Gore scored two running touchdowns . . .  The New Orleans Saints won a home shootout, 38-27 to eliminate the Jacksonville Jaguars (5-10) from playoff contention as QB Drew Brees played through a severe foot injury by passing for 412 yards and three scores.  Jags QB Blake Bortles had four TD passes in the loss . . .  The Chicago Bears held off the host Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 26-21 behind a pair of touchdowns by reserve running back Ka'Deem Carey and four field goals by kicker Robbie Gould . . .  The Detroit Lions won at home, 32-17 against the San Francisco 49ers as QB Matthew Stafford had a pair of TD strikes and kicker Matt Prater made four field goals to lead the way . . .  Buffalo won a 16-6 yawner at home against the Dallas Cowboys as they rushed for 236 yards in the game . . .  The Oakland Raiders rallied for a 23-20 OT victory against the San Diego Chargers on Christmas Eve in defensive back Charles Woodson's final home game in Oakland as he is retiring following an 18-year NFL career . . .  The Denver Broncos clinched a playoff spot by coming behind from a 14-point deficit to beat the visiting Cincinnati Bengals, 20-17 on Monday Night Football. Kicker Brandon McManus made a 37-yard field goal in the overtime to provide the difference as the Denver defense recovered a fumble to end the game.

Oakland 23, San Diego 20 (OT)
Washington 38, Philadelphia 24
Atlanta 20, Carolina 13
Chicago 26, Tampa Bay 21
Detroit 32, San Francisco 17
Buffalo 16, Dallas 6
Kansas City 17, Cleveland 13
NY Jets 26, New England 20 (OT)
Houston 34, Tennessee 6
Indianapolis 18, Miami 12
Baltimore 20, Pittsburgh 17
Arizona 38, Green Bay 8
St. Louis 23, Seattle 17
New Orleans 38, Jacksonville 27
Minnesota 49, NY Giants 17
Denver 20, Cincinnati 17 (OT) 

                                                          NFL FANS PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Arizona fans enjoyed a laugher on Sunday in the desert.

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