That Week 15 has started to truly divide the NFL into 3 groups. The first group are the 5 teams who’ve clinched their postseason ticket, and if you’re the Philadelphia Eagles a first round bye. Start plotting your postseason run now, and maybe you’ll find your way in Super Bowl LII. The second group of teams are 13 teams mathematically eliminated from postseason contention. To these unlucky 13, get ready for a long offseason and draft process to right this wrong in 2018, you sad sorry sons of female dogs. Finally, we a left with 14 teams vying for the 7 remaining spots in the postseason. Whether you’re odds are long or short, the goal now is to make into Week 17 with a path in. Anything can happen on any given week, so make sure you have a way in come New Years Eve. Lets break down how we got here in our relevant games to NFL Week 15.
Los Angeles Chargers 13 vs. Kansas City Chiefs 30
Welcome to the obligatory Saturday Night Football late season match that we go through to confuse Football Fans down the stretch. The AFC West is on the line between two teams that started so very differently. The Kansas City (should’ve locked this division by now) Chiefs was the last remaining team with a undefeated record and even in Week 15 are unable to lock down their postseason return ticket yet. Their opponent for the division crown are the unlucky yet plucky Los Angeles Chargers who started the year 0-4 have somehow stayed in reaching distance of a team that started 5-0. This is like Rocky, if Apollo Creed was on the decline going into the match, and if Apollo Creed won the match, and if boxing was football. Technically the Chiefs could still miss the postseason if they lose out and the Chargers win out, but that’s a lot to ask for. Although it was a lot to ask for this game to be relevant going into Week 5, so…
Miami Dolphins 16 vs. Buffalo Bills 24
The Buffalo Bills won this all important game that gives them a postseason scenario in Week 17 for the first time since:
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban debuted in theaters
- Lost started to confuse the Hell out of us with Season 1
- Jimmy Fallon left SNL to onto his failed movie career (See Fever Pitch, although if you did his movie career wouldn’t have flopped).
- Our Friends left us, but at least we still have Joey
- LeBron was starting his second season (not stint) with the Cavs
If that seems long ago to you, just wait until you see the list of things that were relevant the last time the Bills made the postseason. If the second half echoes anything though, we might have to.
Houston Texans 7 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars 45
Was the result obvious, yes. Sad, yes. Boring if not a Jaguars fan, so everyone except 12 people worldwide, yes. But this game did clinch the Jaguars spot in the postseason for the first time since 2007, so that’s something. Are the Jaguars a decent football team, yes. Are they Super Bowl contenders yet, don’t push your luck. Remember, Blake Bortles is still the quarterback.
Cincinnati Bengals 7 vs. Minnesota Vikings 34
Its like the Jaguars game, except this clinched the NFC North, involved a better overall winner, and somehow mathematically was a closer result. Also, Teddy Bridgewater is back, to kneel down and not risk the injury of their “star” quarterback…Case Keenum. The Vikings better realize soon that Case Keenum cannot win a Super Bowl soon or they’ll be done faster than you can say 1999 NFC Championship Game (“Damn” while slamming fist on countertop).
New York Jets 19 vs. New Orleans Saints 31
This game was a lot closer than it should’ve been. New Orleans, you should be ashamed of yourselves for dragging the game out the way you did. Although we all should be ashamed that it took until Week 15 to mathematically eliminated the mostly Josh McCown led New York Jets team. Apparently, the Jets also don’t know what a tank is. A tank is when you lose so many games that your draft position gets high enough where you can draft a Franchise player with easy. Enjoy potentially missing the top 10 you sad pathetic franchise for years to come.
Philadelphia Eagles 34 vs. New York Giants 29
What is with these lopsided talent matchups leading to close results. Although I probably shouldn’t say Nick Foles is “lopsided” compared to 2X Super Bowl Winner Eli Manning. The Giants almost pulled the upset off, as they led 21-7 at the beginning of the second quarter. It was all downhill from there. I would say that was the Giants season in a nutshell, but that would require a high point in the beginning, or at all. Anyways the non-Carson Wentz led Eagles squad will now get a first round bye and it puts Philadelphia in realistic position to host the NFC Championship game when all is said and done.
Arizona Cardinals 15 vs. Washington Redskins 20
A team that was already eliminated from postseason contention eliminated a different team from postseason contention but to be honest was already on the verge of being eliminated from postseason contention and both teams wore red. Got That?
Los Angeles Rams 42 vs. Seattle Seahawks 7
Seriously, this is the third game I covered that the losing team only managed to score a measly 7 points while being blown out by a probable if not definitive playoff team. I feel that the football gods got lazy and decided to cut-copy-paste the Bengals-Vikings game to the Jets-Saints and Rams-Seahawks matchups. Anyways, Rams can clinch the division with another win and the Seahawks are now in a sudden death game against the Cowboys.
New England Patriots 27 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers 24
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Tennessee Titans 23 vs. San Francisco 49ers 25
All hail your new savior, Jimmy Garoppolo. Seriously, what were the Patriots thinking when getting rid of this guy. Move Over Steph Curry, as Jimmy G solves all. He hasn’t been in the Bay Area for half a season and it looks like making this trade sooner might’ve put the 49ers in the postseason after all. The Titans matchup against the Jaguars in Week 17 looks important in the wrong way now, as a loss here might end their promising season.
Dallas Cowboys 20 vs. Oakland Raiders 17
So apparently you can lose a football game by fumbling in your opponents end zone, letting it go out of bounds and its called a touchback for the other team, ending your drive. That seems like it rewards the other team for almost allowing their opponents to dominate them for 70+ yards and if at any other point in the field when the ball goes out of bounds, its marked for the driving team but when it gets to that crucial point, the game decided to basically say “screw it” and give it to the underserving team. This rule basically but not mathematically ends the Raiders postseason hopes and makes the Cowboys game against the Seahawks a sudden death game. Well, at least were guaranteed one game with relatively high stakes next weeks. TWO GO IN, ONE COMES OUT ONLY TO GO IN AGAIN AND PROBABLY NOT COME OUT. It’s the way things go sometimes.
Atlanta Falcons 24 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 21
Congratulations Atlanta. Before you say anything, you’ve not officially cinched the postseason, but you prevent an Aaron Rodgers postseason run and that can only help you odds come January in the likely event you make it. By the way Packers fans who are upset with this news, you’ve shouldn’t have gotten your hopes up relying on a Tampa Bay kicker to send the game to OT in any situation. I don’t even completely trust TB kickers to make extra points, so every time that happens its a little bit of a surprise. Maybe next year cheese-heads, but until then you can watch the Falcons likely make the postseason, only to lose at some point in humiliating fashion. That won’t be completely satisfying, Welcome to the life of being an (insert reoccurringly disappointing franchise here) fan.