AFC Week 14 in review
AFC Week 14 Review
By Grant Poarch:
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Tennessee Titans
As expected, this one was a snoozer. The Titans coasted to their ninth win of the season, improving their record to 9-4. The Tennessee defense was the star of the show as they made easy work of the number 1 overall pick from the last draft, Trevor Lawrence. Lawrence was intercepted four times and was sacked three times. Without Derrick Henry, the Titans are going to need defensive performances like this if they are going to get a good seed come playoff time. As for the Jaguars, this ugly season just got worse. Their record dropped to 2-11, and more negative reports are coming out about Coach Urban Meyer. He allegedly kicked Jaguars kicker Josh Lambo during a practice and said some very inappropriate things to Lambo. Now, it seems like the only good thing going on in Jacksonville is their path to a top five draft choice.
Las Vegas Raiders @ Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs are now the Chiefs that we have known for the past few years. Not only was this a big win for the Chiefs, extending their win streak to seven, but this was against a hated division rival in the Raiders. Prior to kickoff, the Raiders gathered at midfield on the Chiefs’ logo. As you would expect, the Chiefs went out and kicked the Raiders’ asses by a score of 48-9. Mahomes had an efficient game for the Chiefs, but it was a true team effort as Clyde Edwards-Helaire scored twice on the ground and the defense put on a shut down performance. Kansas City improved to 9-4 and are looking like a real threat to represent the AFC in the Superbowl. Vegas dropped to 6-7 and has fallen behind in the playoff picture. They are likely to miss the
playoffs due to the depth of good teams ahead of them in the AFC wild card race, but the future looks bright for Vegas.
Baltimore Ravens @ Cleveland Browns
Not only did the Ravens lose on the scoreboard, they also lost their superstar Quarterback, Lamar Jackson. The 24-22 win for the Browns was not enough to cover the two and a half point spread, but I’m sure no one in Cleveland cares as this was a much needed win over a division rival. Baltimore showed some fight when things looked rough as they were once down 24-3 in this contest and almost came all the way back to win. Both of these teams are in the thick of the playoff race and are teams you wouldn’t want your favorite team to play come playoff time.
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Minnesota Vikings (TNF)
After last week’s loss to Detroit, it seemed as if the Vikings were all but done. However, they played a team who also could not defeat the Lions. The Steelers played a game a few weeks ago with the Lions that ended in a tie. After jumping out to a 29-0 lead with the help of star running back Dalvin Cook, the Steelers did not give up. Big Ben looked like his vintage self in the last 21 minutes of the game and lead a comeback effort that came up just short as the game tying touchdown pass was broken up as time expired. The Steelers dropped to 6-6-1, and are set to face the 9-4 Tennessee Titans in Pittsburgh.
If you were watching the 1PM games on Sunday, you probably fell asleep like I did. The 1PM games were highlighted with several blowouts, a few surprisingly close games, and an unfortunate injury to a superstar.
Detroit Lions @ Denver Broncos
Sorry, Lions fans. There will be no two game winning streak here. This was a solid win for Denver over a much inferior opponent. The 38-10 win over Detroit just might be the launchpad that the now 7-6 Broncos needed to get into the playoffs. The rushing attack for Denver was solid highlighting Melvin Gordon who found paydirt twice with just over 100 yards total on the ground and Javonte Williams who found paydirt once and had 73 yards on the ground. Running the ball and playing good defense is the dna of this Broncos team, and will have to continue to be good if Denver has a chance to make the postseason.