Week 15 is already underway in the NFL after an electric finale to Thursday Night Football and two Saturday games mixed in between that saw the Bills wax the Broncos and the Packers fend off the Panthers.
In the NFL Saturday nightcap, the Packers beat the Panthers 24-16 as they continue their quest for the one-seed in the NFC, which would be MASSIVE for the Cheeseheads to have all the southern NFC teams have to come up to the Frozen Tundra to get to the Super Bowl. Za’Darius Smith finished the contest with three tackles and a sack.
#Packers: Za'Darius Smith with his 25th sack in his 2 years in Green Bay.
11.5 this season. pic.twitter.com/5Selg7N6En
— Lawrence Owen NFL (@Colts_Law) December 20, 2020
The defense in Green Bay is trending in the right direction for a legitimate Super Bowl run; match that up with the number one ranked offense in the NFL and it’s looking like the Packers are a problem. That makes me happy. Go Pack.
Here’s the preview for the rest of the week:
Lynn Bowden will try to follow up a career-high performance with another high-volume day against New England. On a team that has become thin at WR this season, Lynn Bowden appears to be a reliable option for Tua Tangolviloa in his rookie season. As I pointed out last week, the folks in Miami are really warming up to Bowden and his versatility and explosiveness will go a long way in aiding the Dolphins in their route to the playoffs. On a team that lacks playmakers, Lynn Bowden is quickly showing why he’s a reliable starter for the Dolphins.
Mike Gesicki and Davante Parker are inactive for Miami. Lynn Bowden might just have a big day against Bill Belicheck
It’s a loser leaves town game in Minnesota when Danny Trevathan and the Bears take on the Vikings this afternoon. To be honest with you, it’s hard to expect what will come in this game. Both teams have been Jekyll & Hyde all year and I don’t think either team really has business being in the playoff hunt. Nevertheless, here we are. I think the Bears probably walk away with a victory in this one just because it doesn’t make sense, but you’ll hear Trevathan’s name a lot today as he and the rest of the Chicago linebackers try to corral Dalvin Cook.
Finally, we’re going to highlight Mike Edwards once again. The Buccaneers will be facing a vertical-pass heavy offense which means we should see some Mike Edwards today. But on a larger scale, this game is massive for the Bucs heading into the playoffs. They had one really solid performance against the Packers this season, but aside from that, they’ve been kind of flat. If they want to be taken as serious contenders down the stretch, this has to be a statement game for Tampa Bay.
Happy NFL Sunday, folks. Only two more full slates left– enjoy it!