1. Cowboys win streak is snapped– 11 games in a row. That was the number of games the Cowboys had won coming into this game and three months ago on Sunday, the Giants handed the Cowboys their one and only loss this season. Could the Cowboys make it 12 in a row and potentially clinch the NFC East? They got off to a nice start as Prescott found Terrence Williams for a touchdown. My big concern was how the Giants would play defensively without Jason Pierre-Paul. No JPP, no problem and last night, the Giants showed just how improved this defense really is. A winning streak came to an end.
2. Bell has a big day for the Steelers– The Steelers are rolling right now but they are still on the outside looking in of the AFC Playoff Picture. With the weather as bad as it was in Buffalo, this could only mean one thing and that’s the running game coming alive. Le’Veon Bell has put together a nice season and it’s good to see him healthy and moving forward, he’s the Steelers x-factor. Yesterday, he had the best game of his career as he carried the ball 38 times and ran for 236 yards and three touchdowns. Another win for the Steelers as they continue their winning streak in the month of December.
3. Chiefs hold off Oakland– This rivalry is back and it was also great to see this in the primetime slot. When these two last met, the Raiders didn’t have Murray to lean on and Kansas City ran the ball with ease to a victory. The Chiefs started fast in the first half and Oakland looked flat all around and maybe the cold temperatures had something to do with it too. The Raiders did shut down the Chiefs in the second half but they couldn’t move the ball down the field themselves which hurt them. Both teams now are 10-3 with the Chiefs in first place because of the head to head tiebreakers with the Raiders.
4. Packers intercept Wilson five times– These two will always be linked to one another and they truly are in more ways than one if you think about it. Seattle at times has always had the advantage over them. This Sunday, not so much. For the third straight week, the Packers looked really impressive and continue to win. This is now three straight victories after snapping that four-game losing streak. The Packers defense was what really caught my eye as they picked off Russell Wilson a total of five times and held a good Seattle offense to ten points. What a difference being 7-6 makes than being under .500.
5. Buccaneers win fifth straight– Tampa is clicking right now and I’ve been very impressed. Jameis is a quarterback that can stretch the field, Mike Evans is a nightmare to defend all over and their defense is athletic and fast. They held Drew Brees and the Saints to 11 points and when you can do that, you have my attention.