After everything that went down during this past weekend of NFL games, the playoff picture for both the AFC and NFC is getting closer to being finalized. Two spots remain in the AFC’s postseason bracket while there is just room for one more team in the NFC bracket.
Outside of all the playoff-related action, upsets, and non-Kelvin Benjamin catches, what happened in some of the lesser-known matchups around the league in Week 16 of the 2017 season?
Larry Fitzgerald looks like he could probably play another 10 years
Despite his age (34 years old) basically qualifying him as a senior citizen in the NFL, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has showed no signs of slowing down in 2017. His never-ending youth was on display once again during the Cardinals’ 23-0 win over the New York Giants on Sunday.
Fitzgerald finished the afternoon with a team-leading nine catches for 119 yards and one touchdown. The Arizona receiver even found time to toss a 21-yard pass and cause the team’s staff to wonder for a minute what the Cardinals’ season would have been like with Fitzgerald as the team’s starting quarterback.
With his performance on Sunday, the veteran receiver increased his 2017 totals to 101 catches, 1,101 receiving yards, and six touchdowns. This is the third straight season that Fitzgerald has caught at least 100 passes for 1,000 yards or more and found the end zone at least six times.
It looks like it is going to be a while before Father Time catches up to Mr. Fitzgerald.
The Bears go unbeaten against the AFC North in 2017
On a snowy Christmas Eve afternoon, the fans of the Chicago Bears got an early gift as they watched their team put a 20-3 beatdown on the Cleveland Browns.
The score was only 6-3 at the half, but the Bears came out and score 14 unanswered points in the third quarter and put the game out of reach for the Browns. With Sunday’s results, Chicago captured their fourth win in as many matchups against AFC North opponents this season.
The Bears have more wins against AFC North teams in 2017 than Cleveland, the Baltimore Ravens, and Cincinnati Bengals, who all play in the division.
Bad Brock Osweiler re-emerges for the Broncos
After looking pretty impressive in the Denver Broncos’ Week 15 win over the Indianapolis Colts, quarterback Brock Osweiler came back down to earth during the team’s matchup with the Washington Redskins on Sunday.
Osweiler completed just 57 percent of his passes for 193 yards, no touchdowns, and one interception while also fumbling once and getting sacked four times in the Broncos’ 27-11 Week 16 loss to the Redskins.
It seems like a safe bet that the 27-year-old is not the quarterback of the future for Denver. The guy cannot even get his teammates to listen when screaming at the top of his lungs.
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) December 24, 2017
Chargers keep playoff hopes alive with win over Jets
Some felt the Los Angeles Chargers’ postseason chances vanished after the team’s loss last week to the Kansas City Chiefs. But thanks the Chargers getting a win in Week 16 and other AFC playoff hopefuls losing, the team still has a pretty decent chance of playing extra football this year.
Thanks to their defense generating three turnovers and three sacks, Los Angeles was able to hold off the pesky New York Jets and get a much needed victory on Sunday.
With their win, the Chargers are currently seventh in the AFC playoff standings. In order for Los Angeles to clinch a postseason berth next week, they need to win their matchup with the Oakland Raiders and then hope the Tennessee Titans lose their game to the Jacksonville Jaguars.