Last night during Monday Night Football, Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier made a tackle with his head down and was immediately injured, grabbing his lower back and unable to move. I’m not going to post the video because it’s very difficult to watch. Shazier was immobilized and carted off the field and taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. We haven’t had much of an update on what’s wrong just yet but it looks to be better than how it originally looked.
Ryan Shazier "better than what it could have been," per team source. Looking better
— Gerry Dulac (@gerrydulac) December 5, 2017
Our thoughts and prayers are with Shazier at this time, this is bigger than football. That being said, let’s talk about more football.
With the college football season coming to a close, all of the focus will be on the NFL. With 13 weeks already passing us by, the playoffs are getting closer and closer. Let’s take a look at the current standings, with plenty of football left to play. Special shout out to the Chargers for climbing back into a tie for first place in the AFC West.
Standings After Week 13
Winners and Losers
The Seattle Seahawks are the biggest winner in my books this week. They pretty much dominated the Philadelphia Eagles who came into this week as the best team in football. The Seahawks are one game out of NFC West lead, and match-up with the division-leading Rams in two weeks.
The New Orleans Saints got a big win over their division rival Carolina Panthers yesterday, putting them in sole possession of the division lead. The New York Jets put up 38 points on the Kansas City Chiefs and got a big win. The Jets were poised for an 0-16 season according to the experts at the beginning of the season, and now are sitting at 5-7.
In terms of losers, the Washington Redskins kicked things off for us last Thursday. The Redskins were playing the Dallas Cowboys who were coming off of three straight games scoring less than 10 points. Washington turned the ball over 4 times and former Redskin Alfred Morris ran all over them.
The Chicago Bears lost to the San Francisco 49ers, giving them their second victory of the year. San Francisco kicked five field goals on their way to a 15-14 win. The Denver Broncos are in free fall as well, they’ve now lost 8 in a row after falling to the Dolphins on Sunday by a 35-9 margin.
Plays and Players of the Week
The combination of Chiefs QB Alex Smith and WR Tyreek Hill were almost unstoppable on Sunday. Smith threw for 366 yards and 4 touchdowns, along with one carry for 70(!!) yards. Hill caught 6 passes from Smith that went for 185 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Two of the best running backs in the league were showing out this weekend. Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell had 76 rushing yards to go along with his 5 catches for 106 yards and a touchdown. Saints rookie RB Alvin Kamara continues to lock up the Rookie of the Year honors. He ended his day with 122 total yards and 2 touchdowns.
One of the best displays of athleticism came from Seahawks’ RB Mike Davis against the Eagles
— NFL (@NFL) December 4, 2017
In the same game, Eagles QB Carson Wentz escapes pressure and somehow throws a dime to his WR Nelson Agholor
Finally, Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell had himself a night against the Bengals, mostly thanks to his skill and power. This one was a mixture of athleticism and poor tackling by Cincinnati
Top Games of Week 14
Week 14 gets kicked off with a big time match-up on Thursday evening. The 9-3 Saints will face off against division rival and 7-5 Falcons. The 10-2 Vikings are in Carolina to face the 8-4 Panthers in the 1:00pm hour on Sunday. Some of the 4:00pm games should be great. The 8-4 Seahawks are at the 8-4 Jaguars, and the 10-2 Eagles are at the 9-3 Rams. The prime-time games are divisional match-ups between the Ravens and Steelers on Sunday, and the Patriots at the Dolphins on Monday night. Enjoy!