Paxton Lynch will take over as Denverā€™s starting quarterback with pressure building against the Broncos:

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The Denver Broncos are on a six game losing streak and now it appears Head Coach Vance Joseph is making a change at QB. Second year Quarterback Paxton Lynch will take over the reins for this team and the Broncos are hoping Lynch can provide a spark for their offense. For those who arenā€™t familiar Denver is ranked 24th in the league in scoring with only 183 points for the season. The move to Lynch is an attempt to change the identity of the team and thereā€™s certainly some things the young passer does well. First and foremost Paxton Lynch is 6 foot 7 inches so he has the ability to see over the offensive line and can scan the field with ease. If the pass protection starts to fall apart Lynch can also buy time with his legs and is unusually mobile for his size. The real underlining factor whether Lynch can be a full time starter is how well his arm holds up though? Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas are desperate to make some big plays in the passing game and they just havenā€™t been able to do with Brock Osweiler and Trevor Siemian calling the shots. The idea is that Lynch can use his youthfulness and playmaking ability to give this offense another gear and itā€™s worth a shot considering how bad Denver has been when it comes to putting points on the board. Vance Joseph needs to get things turned around so or he will find himself on the hot seat before he knows it. John Elway also has a lot of pressure mounting against him so everyoneā€™s job is up for grabs at the moment. Thatā€™s part of working / playing in the National Football League and now it will be up to Lynch to go out there and keep his head coach and general manager employed.

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The Atlanta Falcons keep their postseason hopes alive with a 34-31 win over the Seattle Seahawks:

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The Atlanta Falcons went to the Super Bowl a season ago but if they lost to the Seattle Seahawks making the playoffs would have been much tougher. While there is six games left in the season and plenty of time for Atlanta to get hot the NFC playoff picture is really heating up. You have teams like Seattle and Detroit who are trying to snatch up the final wildcard spot and Atlanta couldnā€™t afford to fall behind. Luckily for the Falcons they were playing a banged up Seahawks team and Matt Ryan made enough magic happen to pull off a win. Ryan finished the contest with 195 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions looking poised throughout the game. While Tevin Coleman did all he could do in Devonta Freemanā€™s absence, Coleman racked up 1 touchdown and 43 rushing yards on the ground. Mohamed Sanu and Levine Toilolo both caught a touchdown pass from Ryan through the air. If Atlanta can continue to find a way to put 30 points on the board good things are certainly coming for this football team. Adrian Clayborn also continued his remarkable hot streak for the Dirty Birds. After posting a 6 sack game last week Clayborn managed to scoop and score a fumble for a 10 yard defensive touchdown. By getting big plays on both sides of the ball Dan Quinn was able to turn the tide against Pete Carroll. Thatā€™s not to say the Seahawks didnā€™t have some big plays. Russell Wilson threw for 258 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception. Wilson was also impressive on the ground rushing for 86 yards and 1 touchdown. Jimmy Graham and Doug Baldwin both hauled in touchdown receptions but there wasnā€™t enough defense from Carrollā€™s team. Bobby Wagner gave all he had in a losing effort for Seattle he had 8 tackles. Sheldon Richardson was pretty tough upfront too he went for 6 tackles and 1 sack. The Falcons were led by Robert Alford who recorded 9 tackles. Desmond Trufant added 4 tackles and 1 interception in the victory as well.Ā 

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Mark Ingram is a big reason the Saints are 8-2 this year, he is playing some of his best football ever right now:

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New Orleans Saints Running Back Mark Ingram is in his 7th season of NFL action and believe it or not the former University of Alabama alum is playing better than ever. Ingram is on pace to shatter his career highs in rushing yards, rushing touchdowns, and yards per carry average. Those stat lines let you know Ingram is in peak form and this guy has really been the lifeblood of the Saints this year. With Mark Ingram wearing down opposing defenses early on and Alvin Kamara taking advantage of a tired defense after. That one two punch has been so vital for Sean Paytonā€™s offense and when you can run the football effectively anything is possible. Time of possession is so important in this sport because it keeps your defense on the sideline resting while the other teamā€™s defense is on the field expending their energy. When the fourth quarter rolls around suddenly an exhausted defense will start to miss tackles and make mental errors. We seen that late in the Redskins game when Jay Grudenā€™s team completely unraveled against New Orleans. Ingram put up 134 yards and 1 touchdown against Washington and he did that off only 11 carries. Imagine if the Saints handed this guy the ball 20 or 30 times like the Steelers do with Leā€™Veon Bell? The truth is the Saints will never do that because they like the aerial attack with Drew Brees. The dual running back approach with Kamara and Ingram also lightens the load for both players and it keeps them fresh throughout the season. Ingram has 806 yards for the year and 8 rushing touchdowns so he is certainly having a big impact and expect Coach Peyton to ride Ingramā€™s legs as this team heads into the final six games. Thereā€™s no doubt this team will end up in the playoffs too itā€™s just too hard to imagine them collapsing.

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Vikings make a statement by beating up on the Rams 24-7, Thielen goes over 100 yards receiving:

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Everything seems to be clicking for the Minnesota Vikings after they picked up their sixth straight win against the Los Angeles Rams. What made this win so compelling for the Vikings is the fact that the Rams were one of the hottest teams in football entering this contest with a 7-2 record. Both of these teams are jockeying for position in the NFC and a victory will go a long way for Minnesotaā€™s confidence. Maybe the most key factor for Mike Zimmerā€™s football team is their ability to play lights out defense week in and week out. The Rams are one of the highest scoring offenses in football but Eric Kendricks, Harrison Smith, and the rest of that group came to play like they always do. The result was Los Angeles failing to produce a 100 yard rusher or receiver and Jared Goff didnā€™t throw a single touchdown pass. On the other hand Case Keenum finished the day with 280 yards, 1 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions. So Keenum continues to play above expectations and the former University of Houston quarterback has been so crucial in this teamā€™s winning streak. The other player who has really starred for Minnesotaā€™s offense is Adam Thielen. Thielenā€™s talents were on full display against the Rams defense and the 4th year receiver finished the day with 123 receiving yards plus 1 touchdown. Latavius Murray helped the Vikings establish a ground game as well he put up 95 yards and 2 touchdowns. When you look at these stats it become apparent the Minnesota Vikings are the real deal and they certainly could represent the NFC in the Super Bowl if the keep playing like this. The NFL is a physical sport and Mike Zimmerā€™s ball club plays a tough brand of football. They can just wear you down with their big hits and suffocating presence.

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Matthew Stafford throws for 299 yards and 2 touchdowns to lead the Detroit Lions to a 27-24 win against the Bears at Soldier Field:

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Things didn’t start well for the Detroit Lions who were in the Windy City taking on the Chicago Bears but in the end Jim Caldwellā€™s team was able to pull out a victory. Detroit trailed after the first quarter 10-0 but thatā€™s when Matthew Stafford started to heat up. Stafford led Detroit to a 21 point second quarter which would wind up being instrumental in the Lionā€™s win. Stafford put up 299 passing yards, 2 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions for the day and itā€™s clear he is the x-factor when it comes to Detroitā€™s playoff hopes. Even beyond Matthew Staffordā€™s outstanding ability to throw the football he has shown amazing grit when he continuously plays through pain and thatā€™s the reason why this franchise is a contender. Marvin Jones was up to his same old tricks as well hauling in 85 yards and 1 touchdown reception, thatā€™s Jones 5th touchdown catch of the year. Ameer Abdullah was also able to haul in a Stafford pass for a score and it was definitely the passing game that helped Detroit climb back into this contest. Mitchell Trubisky showed glimpses of greatness for the Bears but you can tell the rookie is still a little green. Trubisky threw for 179 yards, 1 touchdown, and 0 interceptions. The first year QB also showed the ability to make some big plays with his legs too. Jordan Howard is hands down the Bears best player he recorded 125 yards and 1 touchdown. As far as defense goes, the Lions were led by Tahir Whitehead who had a team high 9 tackles. Tavon Wilson was all over the field as well he finished with 7 tackles. The Bears on the other hand were led by Christian Jones who contributed 8 tackles and 1 sack. Nick Kwiatkoski had a big day also he added 3 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 forced fumble for Chicagoā€™s defense. John Foxā€™s team actually had a chance to tie the game with 8 second left on a field goal attempt but that kicked was shanked and Detroit heads back to Motown with a big road win.

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