5 Takeaways From Week 15

December 22, 2019

            Source: Chuck Cook/USA TODAY Sports

 

Week 15 of the NFL saw both Drew Brees and Lamar Jackson break impressive records. Texans and Titans battled in a crucial divisional matchup. Plus, the Raiders are done in Oakland. 


1. NFC East Still Up For Grabs

 

Both the Cowboys and Eagles got big wins in week 15. The Eagles were playing a dreadful Redskins teams. Though for the most part of the game Washington competed against the Eagles. Divisional games sometimes can be unpredictable. The Eagles were actually trailing at halftime with a score of 14-10. Wentz would get going in the second half, where he would throw all of his three touchdowns. The Eagles offence took awhile to get going but at the end of the day walked out with the win.

 

The Cowboys on paper would have a tougher task. A coin toss gaffe at the beginning of the game didn't harp on Prescott as the Cowboys offense exploded in the first half with 28 points.  Now heading into week 16, the Eagles and Cowboys will be taking the field for the NFC East division lead or a clinching if the Cowboys win. The Cowboys already have a victory against the Eagles this season.

 

2. Drew Brees Stands Alone

 

Drew Brees broke Peyton Manning's record Monday night, and ironically, he did it against Manning's former team the Indianapolis Colts. The future Hall of Fame QB put on a clinic, in the third quarter Brees threw to Tight End Josh Hill for the record breaking score. 

 

Drew Brees has been known to be undersized at his position, but has never let it stop him from becoming one of the greatest QB's in the game. Brees has been the face of the Saints organization for over a decade, winning a Superbowl and being a key piece to the city’s recovery after Hurricane Katrina. 

 

At the age of 40 and 41 by next season, Brees still looks like he can play in the league for awhile. Which means he’ll add on his already impressive resume. Maybe 600 touchdowns isn't a far stretch? 

 

3.  Drake All but Kills Browns Playoff Hopes

 

Kenyan Drake has had a bumpy 2019. Playing for the Dolphins, a team that wasn't showing much this season, but Arizona has been utilizing Drake more and been handing off the ball more times.

 

Drake's ran for a season-high 137 yards with a career-high 4 rushing touchdowns in the game. It was the second time since going to Arizona, that Drake hit the century point in yards rushing. His performance basically buried Cleveland's chances of playoff football.

 

Cleveland has a less than 1 percent chance at a playoff appearance and it's all thanks to Drake and the Arizona Cardinals.

 

4. So Long Oakland

 

The Raiders looked good weeks ago, at one point they looked to be fighting for a playoff spot at 6-4, but the Raiders have lost three in a row, heading to face Jacksonville for one last final game at the Coliseum.

 

It wasn't the ending Raider nation had in mind as many Raider Greats were on hand. After the game fans threw debris on the field and booed Derek Carr off the field. It was a sour exit from Oakland.

 

5. Ravens Tie Pro Bowl Record

 

I know Pro Bowl rosters don't mean much considering the game is a throw away, but you have to tip your hat to greatness as the Baltimore Ravens have 12 players announced for the pro bowl this week, tying an NFL record with the 1973 Dolphins.

 

The Pro Bowlers include: Lamar Jackson, Mark Andrews, Marcus Peters and Marlon Humphrey, Mark Ingram, Matthew Judon, Patrick Ricard, Ronnie Stanley, Earl Thomas, Justin Tucker, Marshal Yanda and Morgan Cox. Even their long snapper got a pro bowl selection! 

 

The Ravens continue to be the team that have people excited. The end goal is the Lombardi trophy for the Ravens, but if you were to sum up the 2019 NFL regular season, the Baltimore Ravens are the cream of the crop in the NFL right now.

 

 

 

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