Sunday against Denver was the first game of the season in which quarterback Derek Carr and running back Marshawn Lynch both were playing their best at the same time. Carr (18-of-24, 253 yards passing, 2 TDs, 136.3 rating) hung in there against a still-tough Denver pass defense to make throws downfield. Lynch had his most effective overall game (29 touches, 111 yards, TD), grinding for every yard he could get.
Miami outplayed New England in nearly every aspect of the game. That said, the Patriots will still win the AFC East and the Dolphins will likely miss the playoffs. The Patriots might be the only team from the AFC East to make the playoffs. The Bills are currently the six seed and will play the Dolphins twice over the next three weeks with a Christmas Eve game against the Patriots sandwiched between.
The Patriots were soundly beaten on Monday, but they are still the best team in the AFC East and it’s not really close. Patriots coach Bill Belichick and his staff have done a spectacular job of having his team respond well to losses. The Patriots are 40-11 after a loss since 2001 under Belichick.
Ohtani choosing the Angels had ripple effects in Las Vegas.
Both teams sit at 6-5, hovering on the edge of postseason contention. A loss would critically wound either team’s chances at a playoff berth, but the Lions especially need a win due to the ultra-competitive nature of the NFC this season.
The Ravens have won three of their four all-time games against the Lions, including Cheap NFL Jerseys Nike both in Baltimore. They’ve also won two straight on the strength of a punishing defense and Basketball Jerseys For Sale Alex Collins’ emergence in the backfield.