Week 15: Divisions down to the wire

Posted: December 20, 2010 in AFC East, AFC South, AFC West, NFL

(AP Photo/Tom Gannam)

The Chiefs gave themselves some breathing room in the AFC West by defeating the Rams in the battle of the Show Me State.  Matt Cassel came back 11 days after appendix surgery to lead the Chiefs to a W.  He hit Bowe on a nice strike where Bowe tip toed the sideline.

It took about a half a quarter for the defense (read: Romeo Cronnell) to get a handle on what the Rams offense was doing.  After that, the defense clamped down.

KC now finishes the season with 2 home games.   They face the Titans and finish the season against the Raiders.

(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

The Raiders were the first team to face the Broncos moving into the Tebow era.  He ran and threw a TD.

On the other side, MacFadden did his thing.  He has over 1100 yards at this point in the season.  He has a realistic shot at 1500+ for the season.

The only team in the entire league that has clinched a playoff spot is the Patriots.  They have homefield throughout the playoffs.  The 2nd seed is still up for grabs.

The AFC North is still up for grabs at this point.  The Ravens made a case for that seed after their win over the Saints.  It was the Ray Rice show for the Ravens.

(AP Photo/Nick Wass)

The Steelers lost so they and the Ravens are now 10-4.  They split the season series 1-1.  It will come down to the final 2 games for each team.  The Jets finally broke their 11 quarter scoring drought and eventually won the game.

The AFC South is still in limbo as well, with the Colts winning over the Jags.  Now they both stand at 8-6.

Moving over to the other conference, it looks like no one wants to win the NFC West.  The Rams and Seahawks are both 6-8 and the 49ers at 5-9 still have a shot at the division.

The NFC South is the Falcons with the Saints falling to the Ravens.  The Falcons will probably secure homefield advantage in the NFC.  The 2nd seed?

No other than the Eagles after a spectacular comeback (28 points in the final 7:28 in the 4Q) capped by DeSean Jackson’s punt return for a TD with 7 seconds left in the game.

The NFC East is basically theirs to lose at this point.  They also split the season series with the Giants, but it probably won’t matter much anymore.

Finally the NFC North has been handed to the Bears after the Packers fell to the red hot Patriots.  Matt Flynn certainly has a future in the NFL.  For 59 and a half minutes, he didn’t play like it was his first NFL start.

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