There may still be one game left in week 14, a big one in fact that takes place tonight between New England and Houston, but there was a slew of big finishes and notable performances that transpired Sunday that need some attention right now. So, here’s a quick look back at the highlights from yesterday’s action in the NFL in case you missed anything.
Seahawks Smash Cardinals 58-0
As weekly NFL viewers, we’ve become accustom to the Cardinals losing and they continued that trend this week, dropping their ninth in a row, but they did in such pathetic fashion Sunday, that it deserves noting.
The Cardinals fell 58-0 in Seattle this week in what has been the most lopsided game in the NFL this season. Arizona turned the ball over eight times, twice on special teams en route to the most embarrassing loss in team history.
Of course, on the other sideline, it was nothing short of a party atmosphere. If you were at the game yesterday and were wearing blue and green, there was not a dull moment and no apparent lull in the cheering section, as everything went right for the Seahawks, which saw two of its running backs eclipse 100 yards on the day.
The win puts Seattle in the driver’s seat for an NFC wild card spot and still holds them in contention for the NFC West title. Circle the week 16 meeting with the 49ers on your calendar, as it could decide the division.
Redskins Top Ravens in OT
The Redskins earned their biggest win of the season this week in comeback fashion, upsetting the Ravens 31-28 in overtime. Washington scored a touchdown in the final minutes and converted the two-point play that sent the game into an extra frame, where it sealed the deal with the winning field goal.
The win helps the Skins keep pace with the Giants and Cowboys, which also both earned victories this week. The NFC East race will certainly come down to the wire. Look for the week 17 game between Dallas and Washington to be a deciding game in the wild card race for each team, not to mention a possible deciding game as to who wins the East.
Robert Griffin III was hurt late in the win and did not return. He was further evaluated and determined to not have ACL damage, but it’s unclear if he will start next week or not. Be sure to keep an eye on his status, which will greatly affect future odds for his squad.
Vikings Beat Bears 21-14
Although it wasn’t the most exciting game of the day, the win for the Vikings means a lot in terms of the NFC playoff race. The Vikings are now just a game back of the Bears and the Seahawks in the wild card after improving to 7-4.
Minnesota only had to throw for 77 yards in the win and instead focused its efforts on the ground game, which produced 171 yards, 154 belonged to Adrian Peterson.
The playoffs don’t look like so much of a sure thing anymore for the Bears, which have dropped two in a row and are now 8-5 on the season. Three teams including Minnesota are chomping at the bit to take them down, lurking just one game behind.
Both teams play NFC North leader Green Bay one more time. Minnesota plays the Pack week 17, while the Bears have to contend with them next week.