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Week 15 – Winners and Losers


The Fans

The biggest winners of Week 15 were the fans. Regardless of which team you cheer for, anyone can admit that it was one of the more entertaining weeks of football in recent memory. On Saturday, the Vikings came back from a 33-point deficit and broke an NFL record in an overtime win. Hours later, Tyler Bass kicked a game-winning field goal in the snow as time expired. On Sunday, two more games went to overtime and nine of eleven matchups finished as one score games. We also saw maybe the craziest finish to a football game ever in Las Vegas as the Raiders beat the Patriots. It’s easier to just watch than have me explain it: 

What a week! 

Joe Burrow

Despite a slow start, Joe Burrow and the Bengals were able to grab yet another win in convincing fashion to move to 10-4 on the year. Burrow threw four touchdown passes in the second half alone as the Bengals’ offence continually took advantage of Tampa Bay turnovers. Cincy has now won eight of their last nine games and with Burrow hitting his stride at quarterback, they may once again be peaking at just the right time.  

Jacksonville Jaguars

Are the Jaguars good? After beating the Titans by 14 last week, Jacksonville carried their momentum back home into a Week 15 matchup with the Dallas Cowboys. The team was down 27-10 with less than five minutes to play in the third quarter before the offence scored two touchdowns in two and a half minutes to get within three points. The game ultimately went to overtime where Rayshawn Jenkins took an interception 52 yards to the house and sent Dallas home with a loss. Although the team is 6-8, a division title is still very possible as Tennessee is now just one game ahead of them for the lead in the AFC South. 


Indianapolis Colts / Matt Ryan / Jeff Saturday

33-0. That was the Colts’ lead more than halfway through the game in Minnesota before they ultimately fell 39-36 in overtime. As if the 28-3 Super Bowl wasn’t bad enough for Matt Ryan, he’s now on the losing side of the biggest regular season collapse in NFL history as well. With the loss, the Colts fell one game closer to being eliminated from the playoffs and may have guaranteed Jeff Saturday’s coaching career ends before next season begins. Brutal doesn’t even begin to describe Week 15 for Indy. 

New England Patriots / Jakobi Meyers

If it was any other week maybe in NFL history, New England’s loss would easily have been the worst of the bunch. They did, however, undoubtedly produce the worst PLAY of Week 15. I know you’ve already seen it, so we won’t go over it again. Unfortunately for New England, not only did that play cost them the game, it may have also cost them the season as well. The Patriots are now 7-7 and on the outside looking in with tough matchups against the Bengals, Dolphins and Bills coming up.  

Dallas Cowboys

Of course, last on this list of Week 15 Losers would be the Dallas Cowboys. As we talked about above, the Cowboys lost a 17- point lead in under ten minutes of play before going out in one of the worst ways possible. Although the last interception was not on Dak Prescott at all, the QB has now thrown seven interceptions in the last four games. The Cowboys also dropped to 10-4 on the year and have all but locked up the top wild card spot, which would most likely mean a first round matchup with the Bucs in Tampa Bay. 

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