1. Steelers Bounce Back In Cincinnati– This was the first of two meetings between Pittsburgh and Cincinnati in a three-week span. Roethlisberger has always dominated the Bengals. The Bengals were back home after winning three straight games on the road which is very impressive. This was a must win game for the Steelers. With a win, they’d still be alive for the division title. The Bengals dominated the first half. Andy Dalton took care of the football and A.J. Green had a career day. the Steelers made their adjustments. Lots of Bell who dominated the line of scrimmage and Ben had a nice day in the air. This was a huge win on the road in the division.
2. Patriots Beat San Diego– The Patriots simply don’t lose two games in a row. No team bounces back quite like New England. The Chargers always play the elite teams well so would Sunday night be the night Philip Rivers gets his first win against the Patriots. The Chargers dominated the first half. Stopping the run and pressuring Brady along with limiting Rob Gronkowski. Never count the Patriots out the game. They always make key adjustments in the second half. The Chargers defense held its own, it was the offense that couldn’t take advantage of any opportunities.
3. Raiders Stun 49ers– Just when you thought it’d get better for the 49ers, it didn’t. They entered the day clinging onto their playoff chances. It’s the battle of the bay. The one thing I took away from this one was Derek Carr simply outplayed Colin Kaepernick. No questions about it. The 49ers offense has been extremely inconsistent all year-long. Colin has to play better for them to even make the playoffs but I just don’t see it happening this year. Great way for the Raiders to be a spoiler.
4. Seahawks Beat Eagles– The Seahawks are hot at the right time and the Eagles are coming off one of their most complete performances as a football team on Thanksgiving in Dallas. The Seahawks have the confidence that they can compete with anybody, anywhere and their defense has been on a roll. They can play tight man coverage across the board and prevent any big play going over their heads. The Eagles suffered their first home loss of the season. They have another big one with Dallas on Sunday night.
5. Colts Come Back In Cleveland– Coming into this game, the big question was if Mike Pettine was making the right choice by starting Brian Hoyer and not going with Johnny Manziel. I liked the choice because Hoyer has them in a position to get to the playoffs. They’ve won seven games with him under center. They gave the Colts all they could. They shut down the Colts attempt at running the ball and sacked Luck multiple times. Luck struggled early on but made plays when he had too and led them to a big victory on the road.
6. Ohio State Shuts Down Wisconsin– The Buckeyes came into this one with a third string quarterback in Cardale Jones and with a heavy heart after the passing of their teammate Kosta Karageorge who took his life unfortunately. Wisconsin earned their right to be in the Big Ten Title game. They have the best back in the country in Melvin Gordon. It was all Buckeyes on Saturday night. They held Melvin under 100 yards rushing and shut down the Badgers.