5 things we learned from Week 16 in the NFL

By on December 31, 2020

Mitch Trubisky. (Photo credit: chicagobears.com)

By Aaron Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

Is Trubisky the man if the Bears make the playoffs? Once left for dead, the Bears hammered the Jags last week 41-17 and have been hot recently, winning 3 straight games and scoring over 30 points every game. But this win streak also brings up a huge question for the Bears this offseason. Are they convinced Mitch Trubisky is the franchise quarterback? Well, there is a good chance they’ll give him the franchise tag.

(Photos courtesy of Amanda Bowen/NFL, Emilee Fails/Washington Football Team and Elijah Griffin Sr./Washington-Football)

NFC Least comes down to week 17: The Washington Football team is still in first place in the NFC East, but the Cowboys and Giants still have a chance to win the worst division in football. The Football Team plays the Eagles in Week 17. If the Eagles win, then the winner of the Giants Cowboys game will make the playoffs. If Washington wins, they make the playoffs. Look for The Football Team to back into the playoffs with a narrow win against the Eagles.

(Photo by Evan Siegle/packers.com)

Packers are the best in the NFC: The Packers dominated the Titans in the frozen tundra last week, 40-14, with Aaron Rodgers throwing as many touchdown passes as incompletions — 4. Perhaps the most impressive thing about the Green Bay performance is how they shut down the Titans’ Derrick Henry (23 carries for 98 yards) about as much as is possible.

Alvin Kamara. (photo credit: Michael C. Hebert/neworleanssaints.com)

Can Kamara carry the Saints? In the Saints 52-33 win over the Vikings, Alvin Kamara had 155 rushing yards and 6 rushing touchdowns, tying the TD record with Ernie Nevers (who set it back in 1929). Kamara is the key to this offense, with 932 rushing yards, 756 receiving yards and 21 combined touchdowns. With concerns about Drew Brees’ health, the Saints will need performances like this one in the playoffs.

(Photo credit: Steve Sanders/Kansas City Chiefs)

Should the Chiefs be worried?  In their last seven games, the Kansas City Chiefs have won by less than 7 points in every game. And they are coming off a seriously unimpressive 17-14 win over the Atlanta Falcons. How concerning is this?  I still need to see a team actually beat them in the playoffs to change my current view that they are still the NFL’s best.

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