As I mentioned in the Awards Watch, Karlsson has the Nicklas Lidstrom effect, in which even an average season is exponentially better than 99 percent of other defensemen’s great seasons. Karlsson’s season has been dragged down by his injury rehab and the general putridity of his team, but I don’t view it as a decline. And, again, what’s a decline for Erik Karlsson? God to demigod?
The drama spilled over into the offseason, when Pittsburgh’s DeAngelo Williams told ESPN that Vontaze Burfict spoiled the Steelers’ Super Bowl chances by injuring Antonio Brown. Burfict responded on Twitter the following day, and Williams fired back. And on and on 鈥?
The desert was a trap for the other AFC South power, the Jaguars, just two weeks ago. Marcus Mariota’s slumping season has made the Titans inconsistent, and the Cardinals can contain him and his limited healthy weapons. Blaine Gabbert isn’t good, but he can deliver the ball where needed downfield against a weak pass defense. Arizona’s aggressiveness pays off for the team to rebound at home.
Craig Anderson Authentic Jersey The Steelers could have clinched a playoff berth earlier in the day with a Bills loss, but the Bills outlasted the Colts in a Buffalo blizzard for a 13-7 overtime win.
The Steelers and Eagles were two of seven teams that could have clinched a playoff berth in Week 14, but the only two that did. The Vikings (10-3) were denied the NFC North for at least a week with a 31-24 loss to the Panthers (9-4). Minnesota also could have clinched the division with losses by the Packers and Lions, but they both won on the road.
The longest run the Vikings defense had allowed all season was 37 yards. Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart broke off a 60-yard scamper to get Carolina on the board first in Sunday’s 31-24 win at Bank of America Stadium.
The Jets can smirk at all the predictions about tanking and going winless, but they’ll also have to live with the chances they let get away, and the bad breaks they got, that might have them in playoff contention. This is a good break, though; the Broncos are hopeless at quarterback, and as long as that continues, they have almost no chance Authentic Jarred Tinordi Jersey of beating anybody.
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