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2021 NFL Week 14 Recap

By Hank Blaine

NFL Week 13 provided plenty of surprises. One of the biggest was how Cincinnati flopped in a key game versus the Chargers. Also, the WFT continued to rise while Las Vegas continued to fall. Four Super Bowl contenders won and the new number one seed in the AFC is a familiar name. Read our recap to find out the key stories to emerge from a competitive NFL Week 13.

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2021 NFL Week 14 Recap

Kansas City, Tampa Bay, Green Bay win, Zona falls to the Rams

Super Bowl favorite Tampa Bay, second choice Kansas City, and third choice Green Bay all notched impressive victories. Let’s start with the Buccaneers, which blew a 17-point lead but still rallied to beat the Bills.

Tom Brady showed that given an inch, the Terrific One will take a yard. Josh Allen rallied the Bills from 17 points down to force overtime. All Brady did was use Tampa’s first possession to throw a game winning TD. Kansas City didn’t require overtime to trounce the Raiders. Heck, the Chiefs didn’t require a second half.

KC blasted their most hated rivals 48-9. For the third game in a row, KC’s often maligned defense held a team with a strong offense to just 9 points. Green Bay spotted the Chicago Bears a 6-point halftime lead. Then, the Packers dominated the Bears 24-3 in the second half for a 45-30 victory.

Green Bay’s win was the most important. On Monday night, the Los Angeles Rams upset the Arizona Cardinals 30-23. The loss sent Zona from the NFC’s 1-seed to the 3-seed. Green Bay leapt from the 2 to the 1. The Packers own the head-to-head against Arizona. Based on their remaining schedule, Aaron Rodgers and Co. should win out, which means the road to Super Bowl 56 for NFC teams will go through Lambeau.

Dallas puts distance between themselves and the WFT

The Dallas Cowboys hadn’t been playing great even losing back-to-back games to Denver and Las Vegas before beating the Saints, which is why the victory over the rival Washington Football Team in Week 14 is a big deal.

The Boys extended their NFC East lead to 3 games. With just 4 games remaining, Dallas has a 99% chance of winning their division. Dallas wants a bye. They require help to get it because Tampa Bay, Green Bay, and Arizona, the other division leaders are all at 10-3. If the Cowboys don’t get a bye, winning could be an issue. The Boys are likely to face much better teams than the WFT in the playoffs.

The AFC North is shaping up a 4-way shake, Bills and Colts fighting for a wildcard

The Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Baltimore Ravens lost, which is why the AFC North is a conundrum. Baltimore is the division leader with an 8-5 record. Both the Browns and Bengals are at 7-6. The Steelers are at 6-6-1. Whichever team wins the division could be the lone playoff participant from the AFC North.

The Indianapolis Colts and Buffalo Bills are both at 7-6. The Bills and Colts look like playoff teams. So whichever squad ends up taking the AFC North could be the division’s only representative come the NFL’s postseason.

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