Week 14 didn’t settle too many play off places however it did practically ensure that the route to the Superbowl in the NFc will go through Lambeau, as the Packers swept to 13-0 with an impressive win over Oakland. With nearest rivals San Francisco losing to the strongly finishing Cardinals only a colapse of unprecedented proportion can stop them from clinching home field advantage.
Several teams kept their slim chances alive with good wins and the Wild Card places are pretty much still up for grabs in the NFC at least. Here wins for Seattle, and Arizona mean that the final places could go down to the wire and any one of 6 teams could realisticaly grab an NFC Play off place by winning out.
In the AFC Houston made a little bit of history as 3rd string QB T.J Yeates rallied them to a last gasp win against the Bengals. This gave Houston both their 1st divisional title and their 1st play off place ever. A well deserved double celebration for a team who have ben plagued with injuries.
The Bengals remain in the hunt despite losing 4 of their last 5 games. Mind you it was a pretty tough run of games and things dont get a whole lot easier as they have the fast improving Cardinals and the Ravens to play.
In Denver the Teebow band agon rolled on as he rallied them to an impressive late comeback OT win. Thet were trailing 10-0 in a defensive slugfest with just over 2 minutes laft, however a TD pass and then 2 field goals put them into pole position in the AFC West, while simultaneously putting a big dent in the Bears post season hopes. We will reserve judgement on the Broncos until they have played the Pats, however they have surprised us.
One team which is catcjing our attention is the Seahawks who beat the Rams easy enough thanks in no small part to the somewhat revitalised Marshawn Lynch who has been excellent in his last 6 games. They have the Cutler-less Bears this week and a win at Soldier field would not only avenge last seasons playoff loss, but would give them the head to head over them. Seattle sort of sneaked into the post season last year, and although its a long shot we are strating to think that lightening could strike twice for them.
We couldn’t manage another 15-1 in our picks last week however we did manage a respectable 12-4.
The weeks results
Pittsburgh 14, Cleveland 3
NY Jets 37, Kansas City 10
Jacksonville 41, Tampa Bay 14
New England 34, Washington 27
Atlanta 31, Carolina 23
Baltimore 24, Indianapolis 10
Philadelphia 26, Miami 10
Detroit 34, Minnesota 28
New Orleans 22, Tennessee 17
Houston 20, Cincinnati 19 Yates 300
Denver 13, Chicago 10 (OT) Tebow 236
Arizona 21, San Francisco 19
San Diego 37, Buffalo 10
Green Bay 46, Oakland 16
NY Giants 37, Dallas 34
Seattle 30, St. Louis 13