We are getting closer to the NFL playoffs and things are starting to heat up. While some things this week were despicable, some were absolutely amazing to see. Here are the Winners and losers of the Week.
Best team of the Week
I like teams who win when it matters most, and that is exactly what the Pittsburgh Steelers did. Facing a very good Denver Broncos squadron, the Steelers edged out a 34-27 victory. Granted, it was not all perfect but this I thought it was a good win for two reasons: the Steelers needed a victory to keep their playoff hopes alive and the Steelers' offensive unit have officially sold me.
The Broncos defense was approaching legendary status, but Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant torched them. Those three were a big reason why Pittsburgh scored 34 points.
Worst Team of the Week
One team who did not pull up their Big Boy pants were the Cowboys.The New York Jets are one of big Surprises this season, but this is a game the Cowboys needed and the defense's inability to stop the Jets when it mattered the most, cost the Cowboys the game. The Jets walked away with a 19-16 victory and the Cowboys are now eliminated from playoff contention.
Best Player of the Week
Can Newton this week may have just solidified his case for MVP. Not only was his stat sheet ridiculous, he the Reason the Panthers won against the Giants. 340 yards passing, 5 touchdowns passes, and 100 yards rushing. Can was a one man offensive weapon and his legs set up the game winning field goal.
Worst Player of the Week
Odell Beckham Jr. has had a monster year, and statistically his game against Carolina was okay; 6 catches 76 yards and a touchdown.
The problem is he allowed Josh Norman to get in his head, committing 3 unnecessary roughness penalties, and a one game suspension --- meanwhile, the Giants are fighting for their playoff lives.
If the best player of the field is screwing the team over it's a problem. A good player has talent, a great player have talent and are leaders of men. Odell Beckham Jr. did not show his leadership qualities there. The only silver lining in Beckham Jr's display is that he is young and there is a chance he will learn.
Game of the Week
With all of Odell Beckham Jr's antics, including headhunting, I can't deny that I was thoroughly entertained with the rest of the Panthers vs. Giants game. First, it was all Carolina, then the Giants came roaring back. In the end, it was Cam Newton making MVP plays that won the game for the Panthers.
Let me just say as a side, although Josh Norman was in the right, he was not wearing a white hat by any stretch of the imagination.
Surprise of the Week
The AFC wild card race is tighter than a *insert metaphor here*. With that said, that is not the Surprise. The surprise is the New York Jets are legitimately fighting for a wild card spot. It goes to show that Ryan Fitzpatrick is not bad at quarterback and Todd Bowles is a solid coach.
Game to Watch next week
I have two. Either watch Washington vs the Philadelphia Eagles or The New England vs. The New York Jets. Washington vs. Philadelphia has more meaning but the New England Patriots vs. the New York Jets is probably going to a better quality game. Take your pick.