NFL Insider: A Look Back at Week 15
Falcons 41, Jaguars 14
Atlanta- The Falcons are peaking right now as they did what they’re supposed to do against an inferior team- beat ‘em down.
Jacksonville- They can’t compete with solid passing teams as there have been too many injuries in the secondary. In other news, Blaine Gabbert is still bad.
Cowboys 31, Buccaneers 15
Dallas- Dallas could clinch the division with a win over Philadelphia next week coupled with a Giants loss. This just in, Tony Romo is really good.
Tampa Bay- They certainly look like a team that has quit. There needs to be wholesale changes in the offseason.
Dolphins 30, Bills 23
Miami- Reggie Bush is a between the tackles runner? Anthony Fasano is a touchdown maker? Who are these guys?
Buffalo- The Bills may never win again…ever. Ryan Fitzpatrick era may be short-lived as the Bills have an out at the end of the season.
Seahawks 38, Bears 14
Seattle- The Seahawks are red hot and Marshawn Lynch should get some Pro Bowl consideration. If Seattle can win out they could steal a Wild Card spot.
Chicago- Caleb Hanie doesn’t look like an NFL quarterback most of the time. It’s tough for the Bears to waste what could have been a contending season with an old core on defense because of an injury at quarterback.
Colts 27, Titans13
Indianapolis- Now that they’ve avoided embarrassment it’s time to get back to business with one more loss to clinch the Andrew Luck sweepstakes.
Tennessee- Seriously, it’s time to play Jake Locker. He may be better than Matt Hasselbeck right now.
Chiefs 19, Packers 14
Kansas City- Kyle Orton is a better quarterback than many give him credit for and this win could give Romeo Crennel a real shot at keeping the head coaching job.
Green Bay- The swagger being gone isn’t nearly as big of a concern as their missing offensive tackles.
Bengals 20, Rams 13
Cincinnati- They can’t beat anyone good, but that might not be necessary to earn a Wild Card spot.
St. Louis- The Steve Spagnuolo era will be finished in about two weeks.
Saints 42, Vikings 20
New Orleans-- Drew Brees may be having the best contract year in the history of the NFL. The Saints will be more than a tough out in the playoffs.
Minnesota- The Vikings have an outside shot at Andrew Luck. Would they select him?
Redskins 23, Giants 10
Washington- If they could play the Giants every week people may forget about the Packers.
New York- The Giants simply can’t handle prosperity. This time it may cost them their season unless they can rally the next two weeks.
Panthers 28, Texans 13
Carolina- It looks like the Panthers are starting to put things together and they could take another step forward next year if they can stay healthy.
Houston- T.J. Yates’ carriage has seemingly turned back into a pumpkin. The Texans will be as limited as Tebow’s Broncos until Matt Schaub returns next year.
Lions 28, Raiders 27
Detroit- The comeback was great, but they’re going to have to play much better to beat San Diego next week and Green Bay on New Years Day.
Oakland- They finally get a good game from Carson Palmer and they blow a 13-point lead with less than five minutes remaining. This game was probably the final nail in the Raiders playoff coffin.
Patriots 41, Broncos 23
New England- The Pats defense made stops when they needed to, but they will struggle against a playoff team with a legitimate quarterback.
Denver- If Tebow gets the credit when they win, he must take the criticism when they lose. Especially when his fumble opened the floodgates.
Eagles 45, Jets 19
Philadelphia- The Eagles have a real shot at winning the NFC East again. If they can get in, nobody will want to play them.
New York- Sunday’s game was an aberration, not a trend. Just some bad matchups. All will be forgiven with a win over the Giants this Saturday.
Cardinals 20, Browns 17 (OT)
Arizona- All John Skelton does is win football games. I wonder how Kevin Kolb feels about that?
Cleveland- The Browns offense looked much better with Seneca Wallace. He should get another shot to start next week.
Chargers 34, Ravens 14
San Diego- It they only decided to show up a week or two earlier they would be the most dangerous team in the postseason.
Baltimore- Sometimes Joe Flacco looks like a legitimate championship caliber quarterback and then there are games like Sunday. This loss probably costs the Ravens home field advantage in a potential matchup with New England.
49ers 20, Steelers 3
San Francisco- The 49ers defense carried the day again but the outcome may have been different if Ben Roethlisberger was healthy.
Pittsburgh- The Steelers rolled the dice with a gimpy Big Ben and it didn’t turn out the way they had hoped. With the division title likely gone they should rest Roethlisberger the rest of the regular season.
Charlie Bernstein is the NFL Insider for ESPNFlorida.com and ESPN 1080 and 1040 in Orlando/Tampa and Editor-in-Chief of Sports Media Interactive, covering the National Football League, NCAA, and National Basketball Association. Charlie covers the Jacksonville Jaguars for FoxSports and has been featured on the NFL Network and Sirius NFL Radio. Charlie is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. You can follow Charlie on Twitter @nflcharlie