NFL Week 15 Overreactions & Reality Check: Bengals No. 1 Seed? Cowboy single and done? Jaguar Southern Champions?


The 2022 NFL season has been full of exciting finishes and unexpected results, but nothing can top the list of Week 15 games. It was the first week in NFL history that three teams completed 17-plus point comeback wins, all of which changed playoff races.


The Cincinnati Bengals went from 17 down to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, capturing the AFC North’s No. 1 spot in the process. The Jacksonville Jaguars moved into the AFC South’s first-place game with a win over the Dallas Cowboys, helping the Philadelphia Eagles move three games ahead in the NFC East with three games to spare. Of course, the Minnesota Vikings clinched the NFC north on Saturday with a 33-point win — the largest deficit they’ve ever overcome. in the history of the NFL.

With comeback wins and thrilling finishes across the league, there was plenty of takeaway to go around the fixture list on Sunday afternoon. What is the truth and what are the overreactions? Here’s a look.

the Cowboys He won’t win a playoff

Overreaction or reality? exaggeration

Dallas hasn’t looked anywhere close to a Super Bowl caliber team in the past few weeks, needing a drive late in the fourth quarter to win by one. Houston Tx last week. In Week 15, the Cowboys blew a 17-point lead against Jacksonville Jaguars to lose it in overtime.

Forget the NFC East, the Cowboys are three behind Philadelphia Eagles In the division with three games remaining and the Eagles owning the head-to-head tiebreaker. All the Eagles have to do is win one game to clinch the division (it doesn’t have to be in Week 16 in Dallas).

Can this team win a playoff game in a month the way they play? Certainly this is not the formula for doing so – substandard play against under . 500 South Asian teams. But the Cowboys will get the NFC South winner in the first round of the playoffs barring an epic meltdown, and despite their appearance in the past two weeks, they should beat any team.

Jaguars will win the AFC South title

Overreaction or reality? reality

Jacksonville is only one game behind Tennessee Titans The division leads by three games – with a head-to-head tiebreaker in hand. Giants 7-6 after losing to chargers And the Jaguars improved to 6-7 by defeating the Cowboys.

The Titans and Jaguars will face off in Week 18, with Tennessee facing off against Houston and Dallas prior to that game. Jacksonville faces New York Jets In a short week, Houston followed suit before the end of the regular season.

The Jaguars still need some help, but their path to the playoffs is there. With the way the Titans play, this division could lose to Jacksonville.

the Bengals She will be the top seed in the Asian Football Confederation

Overreaction or reality? exaggeration

This is a bit of a skip, though, because Cincinnati is one of the hottest teams in the NFL right now. The Bengals are in first place in the AFC North, one game behind the Bengals Buffalo bills And the Kansas City Chiefs For the first seed in the conference. There is a path for the Bengals to get a top seed in the AFC, which comes in Week 17 against the Bills.

If Cincinnati wins that game, the Bengals will have a head-to-head tiebreaker over the Bills and the Chiefs. Cincinnati still has to finish the job against Baltimore, which sits one game out of the division with a head-to-head tiebreaker.

The Bengals need to make a lot of it to get the top seed, and they need some help in the process (Kansas City has lost one of its last three games). This can be done, but it is not the most likely outcome.

Patrick Mahomes would break the NFL record for passing yards in a single season

Overreaction or reality? reality

Mahomes sat for 4,496 yards passing through 14 games, averaging 321.1 yards per game. Peyton Manning holds the single-season record for passing yards with 5,477 yards, so Mahomes would need 982 yards in his last three games to break the mark (325.7 yards per game).

This is more than achievable for a quarterback which is why his team is one of the best in the NFL. The Chiefs need Mahomes to play at the MVP level every week and he delivers. Mahomes needs just 754 yards in his last three games to set the league record for passing and rushing in a single season (Drew Brees owns that mark with 5,562).

Both records are in play. Mahomes will get the hardest thing to do.

Jalen Hurts would set the single-season rushing record by a QB

Overreaction or reality? reality

Hurts already has 13 rushing touchdowns this season, his sole possession for second most rushing touchdown in a season by a quarterback in NFL history. The Philadelphia Eagles quarterback only needs one touchdown to tie Cam Newton’s record of 14 – two passing touchdowns.

Hurts has three games to get two rushing touchdowns and the Eagles always seem to let him run the ball inside the 2-yard line. Newton’s sign will be restricted – at least.

the black will make the playoffs

Overreaction or reality? reality

Yes, this was mentioned last week. This one is worth revisiting after Detroit beat the New York Jets, besides Seattle Seahawksloss this week. The Lions are still the No. 9 seed in the conference thanks to Seattle owning a head-to-head tiebreaker, but Detroit should be – at worst – half a game behind the leader and the Giants going into the final game in the conference. .

black close with leopardsAnd the bore And the Packers – All teams with losing records. No matter who wins between Washington or New York, Detroit getting at least nine wins is now a reality. The Lions might even finish 10-7 the way they play.

Whoever wins between Washington and New York looks set to get one of the NFC’s wild card playoff spots. Looks like Detroit is on its way to getting the other one.

Mike Tomlin would end up with a lossless season

Overreaction or reality? exaggeration

the Steelers They avoided having a losing season that included a win over the Panthers, and improved to 6-8 with three games to play. Pittsburgh needs a win for Tomlin to keep his streak alive for the next 17 years — a task that won’t be easy.

Pittsburgh ends its season with Las Vegas (6-8), Baltimore (9-5), and Cleveland (6-8)—with its only road game in Baltimore. The margin for error is slim, but the Steelers are still in the playoff race, too (even if their chances of making the playoffs are slim).

It’s hard to see the Steelers win, but Pittsburgh can make it fun.


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