NFL Week 15 takeaway, statistical leaders


NFL Week 15 marked the return of Saturday football, with a pair of games featuring two of the league’s top teams. The Green Bay Packers, despite struggling in the second half, and the Buffalo Bills faltered in front of a domestic crowd who could also see them make their way into the playoffs next month. This follows a wild Thursday night game between the Los Angeles Chargers and the Las Vegas Raiders.

It’s just the start as we head into the heart of Week 15, but here are NFL Nation’s biggest takeaways across three games.

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Outstanding performer: Aaron Jones: 20 courses, 145 verges, 1 TD

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers came out of Saturday’s win over the Panthers with this assessment: “This kind of second-half football is not going to be in the playoffs. A good thing for the Packers (11-3) – who still hold the advantage for the NFC No.1 seed – that the struggling Panthers are not a playoff team. Otherwise, they might have lost their grip on home advantage throughout the playoffs. After scoring on their first three possessions, the Packers kicked five in a row and only managed a field goal in the second half. They will have a much more difficult test next Sunday when the Titans come to Lambeau. – Rob Demovsky

Next game: vs Titans (8:20 p.m. ET Sunday, December 27)

When coach Matt Rhule looks back on this season, one-scoring games will drop off the scorecard. The Panthers (4-10) are 0-8 in games with one possession after Saturday’s loss. It’s an indictment against young players who haven’t fully figured out how to end games. It’s an indictment against quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. It’s also an indictment against a young coaching staff who haven’t fully understood how to get players in position to overcome the hump. The good news? Carolina could be heading for a top-five draft pick. – David Newton

Next game: in Washington (1 p.m. ET Sunday, December 27)

Outstanding performer: Josh Allen, 359 passing yards, 33 rushing yards, 4 total TDs

There is no team that currently plays better football than the Bills. Over the past month, they’ve been talking at length about the peak at the right time – with three straight prime time wins, the Bills appear to be doing just that. Their last three games have been their most comprehensive efforts of the season, and they look like a tough outing heading into the playoffs. If both sides of the ball continue this level of play, they can take on the Chiefs and even win. – Marcel Louis-Jacques

Next game: at Patriots (8:15 p.m. ET Monday, December 28)

In a season where they didn’t have former Super Bowl MVP Von Miller for a single moment, played a game without a quarterback, and only faced three cornerbacks on Saturday, all of the Broncos’ bills are eventually matured when the invoices arrived. city. A dismal third quarterback turned a one-half-time game into what Broncos coach Vic Fangio called “a disappointing performance by the total team.” The Broncos simply have too many starters on the injured reserve and not enough talent on the depths board. The biggest sign of the team’s broken spirit was Devin Singletary’s 51-yard touchdown with 1 minute and 40 seconds to go amid a shocked Broncos defense. The Broncos say there is potential to squeeze some good out of this season, but they only have two games left to show it. – Jeff Legwold

Next game: at Chargers (4:05 p.m. ET Sunday, December 27)

Outstanding performer: Justin Herbert, 22 of 32 for 314 yards, 2 touchdowns, 0 INT

Kicker Michael Badgley became the NFL leader in missed goals with nine goals in a row, the Chargers claiming their second straight win and first division win since 2018. Quarterback Justin Herbert tied the record. rookie for most passing touchdowns with 27. – Shelley Smith

Next game: vs Broncos (4:05 p.m. ET Sunday, December 27)

So that’s why the Raiders signed quarterback Marcus Mariota, who showed not only a willingness to extend plays with his legs and take off and run, but also an unearthly knack for doing so against the Chargers. No, there is no quarterback controversy in Las Vegas. Not even with Mariota rushing for a top 88 yards and passing for 226 more in just her third active game for the Raiders. He showed a flavor that Derek Carr, who left with a groin injury in the first quarter, could miss. But with the Raiders nearly eliminated from the playoff race, why not give Mariota the last two games with his own playcalls just to see what he has going into the offseason since you already know what you are doing. have in Carr? – Paul Gutierrez

Next game: vs Dolphins (20 h 15 HE samedi)

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