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What We Learned From Week 16 In The NFL

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What We Learned From Week 16 In The NFL

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Rams 30, Vikings 23: A 61-yard punt return for a Rams touchdown in the third quarter essentially made the difference in an afternoon of competition. Los Angeles struggled early on to part ways with the Vikings, who were starved of running back Dalvin Cook star due to the coronavirus. The Rams nabbed a playoff berth with the win, but if Matthew Stafford throws three interceptions like he did on Sunday, the team’s path to the playoffs will be short. For Minnesota, the next two games are inescapable, and they’ll need the help of others to earn a wild card spot.

Texans 41, Chargers 29: An upset victory for the Texans complicated the playoff equation for the Chargers, who were starved of Austin Ekeler and Mike Williams, two of their best offensive players, due to the coronavirus. Los Angeles’ defense, which has been one of the worst units against the run all season, got Rex Burkhead rushing for 149 yards and two touchdowns. The Chargers are now in a race for the final AFC wildcard and will be forced to watch the Ravens’ scores for the remainder of the season.

Kansas City 36, Steelers 10: Kansas City effortlessly won the AFC West by crushing the Steelers and did so without Travis Kelce, who was on the Covid-19 roster. Its struggles at the start of the season seem like a distant memory, as Kansas City hasn’t lost a game since October and has a legitimate chance of winning the conference title for a third straight season. For Pittsburgh, with the playoffs largely out of reach, maybe it’s time to give the other quarterbacks on the roster more playing time to get a head start on a succession plan for the era after Ben Roethlisberger. .

Raiders 17, Broncos 13: The Raiders kept their playoff hopes alive in a botched victory over the Broncos. The Raiders’ victory would set up an important game with the Chargers in the regular season finale if Las Vegas could beat the Colts in Week 17. For Denver, their unbearably average season is coming to an end.

Bear 25, Seahawks 24: A late 2-point conversion allowed the Bears, who threw third-string quarterback Nick Foles, to beat the Seahawks in snowy conditions. It was a meaningless game as both teams are already eliminated from the playoffs, but it could give Russell Wilson more ammo to force his departure from Seattle this offseason.

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