NFL Week 16 surprises

12/24/13 in NFL   |   jakeryanbrown   |   28 respect

1.  Bills hurt Dolphins playoff chances with shutout
 
Dec 22, 2013; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills outside linebacker Jerry Hughes (55) hits Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) after he throws the ball during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Buffalo beats Miami 19-0.  Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY SportsThe Dolphins found themselves in great shape to get to the playoffs. All they had to do was beat the Bills and Jets. Sounds easy enough, right? That would mean their offense would have to show up in Buffalo. They left their bags in South Beach. The Bills shutout the Dolphins with ease in Orchard Park, 19-0. Ryan Tannehill was abysmal, going just 10 of 27 for 82 yards, and was replaced by Matt Moore, who threw two picks. It was a rough loss for the Dolphins, but they still control their own destiny thanks to the Ravens loss to the Patriots. All the Dolphins need is a win at home against the Jets, who will be looking to play spoiler. The fact that Miami still can win and get in is incredible after all the adversity they faced with the Incognito/Martin saga. Joe Philbin has to be a candidate for Coach of the Year with the job he has done with this team. They will need a much better performance from Tannehill against a pretty good Jets defense to play in January. 
 
2. Cardinals end Seahawks 14-game home win streak
 
Dec 22, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd (15) celebrates his touchdown reception against the Seattle Seahawks during the fourth quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY SportsThe Cardinals may go 11-5 this season and somehow not make the playoffs. The NFC playoff race is crowded this season with some good teams, while the sixth seed in the AFC could end up being 8-8. Sunday, the Cardinals made a statement, going to Seattle and topping the previously 12-2 Seahawks, 17-10. The win ended the Seahawks 14-game win streak at home, and it was Russell Wilson’s first home loss since he played at NC State. It’s amazing the Cardinals were even in this game with Carson Palmer's four interceptions in one of the worst games of his career. Arizona’s defense was tremendous, only allowing 192 total yards and forcing two turnovers. The only way the Cardinals can get into the playoffs is if they beat the 49ers next week and the Saints lose to the Bucs. Both are very unlikely, but Bruce Arians deserves a ton of credit for the job he has done with this Cardinals team this season. 
 
3. Steelers win wild game to keep playoff hopes alive
 
Dec 22, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Cortez Allen (28) returns an interception for a touchdown during the third quarter against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.  Pittsburgh won 38-31.  Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY SportsThe Steelers season has been a roller coaster ride. They started 0-4, then won two, lost two, won three, lost two, and won two.  They are 7-8 and remain alive in the playoff race thanks to a wild 38-31 win over the Packers at a snowy Lambeau Field. Le’Veon Bell carried the load for the Steelers with 124 yards rushing and a touchdown. Matt Flynn had a rough day for Green Bay and likely will start again in week 17 with Aaron Rodgers likely unable to play. The Packers can still clinch the NFC North with a win over the Bears next week after Chicago was demolished by the Eagles, 54-11. The Steelers will get the 4-11 Browns next week in Pittsburgh. They need a win, a Dolphins loss to the Jets, a Ravens loss to the Bengals, and a Chargers loss to the Chiefs. All these scenarios are possible, but it would take a miracle.
 
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