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 Minnesota’s confidence. Maybe the most key factor for Mike Zimmer’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 didn’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 team’s winning streak. The other player who has really starred for Minnesota’s offense is Adam Thielen. Thielen’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 Zimmer’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 Caldwell’s team was able to pull out a victory. Detroit trailed after the first quarter 10-0 but that’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 Lion’s win. Stafford put up 299 passing yards, 2 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions for the day and it’s clear he is the x-factor when it comes to Detroit’s playoff hopes. Even beyond Matthew Stafford’s outstanding ability to throw the football he has shown amazing grit when he continuously plays through pain and that’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, that’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 Chicago’s defense. John Fox’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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The Seahawks will have to find a way to win without Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor for the rest of the year:

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The Seattle Seahawks secondary is in rough shape after Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor were both lost for the entire season. Sherman is suffering from an achilles injury while Chancellor has a banged up neck, which is going to really hurt the back end of Seattle’s defense. Chancellor is a big loss because not only is he a field general for this team he is also a freak of nature athletically. Chancellor is an oversized safety that can deliver bone crunching hits and he has developed a knack for making big plays in clutch situations. Without Kam Chancellor someone else on this team has to be the vocal leader as far as alignments and coverages go. To make matters even worse the Seahawks will be without their heart and soul motivation wise in Richard Sherman. Sherman was always the guy that this team looked to on the sidelines to set the tone for what needs to be done. Richard Sherman also blanketed one half of the field and was usually a match up nightmare for opposing quarterbacks. Rookie Shaquill Griffin will have to elevate his play in order to reduce the loss of Sherman. Griffin has shown glimpses of greatness in his first year of action now he has to put it all together and create some turnovers for Pete Carroll’s ball club. The other key factor will be Earl Thomas who is returning from a pulled hamstring. If Thomas can get back to top form he can be a guy that forces a bunch of takeaways and significantly increases Seattle’s chances of victory. It’s going to take a collective effort from a number of different players to make up for the absence of Sherman and Chancellor though. You can’t say enough good things about those two players and it’s sad to see them sidelined right when the Seahawks need them the most.

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Jerry Jones’ accomplishments are leaps and bounds superior than Roger Goodell’s, the commissioner is running the NFL into the ground:

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There’s been a lot of media hype lately between Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Most of the controversy surrounding both individuals is due to the fact that Goodell suspended Ezekiel Elliott after telling Jones he wouldn’t. That has set the Cowboys owner into a frenzy and now the only thing on Jerry Jones’ mind is getting revenge. Now to be fair if you compare both individual’s accomplishments it’s pretty obvious that Jones has the edge. The first example is the fact that Jerry Jones took over a Cowboys team that was losing $1 million dollars per month and now Dallas is the highest valued sports franchise in the world. On top of that Jones has won 3 Super Bowls and was recently inducted into the Hall of Fame. On the other hand Roger Goodell inherited the National Football League in 2006 after Paul Tagliabue retired. It’s safe to say pro football already had a lot of momentum under their belt at the time and that’s why it’s absurd the league (NFL) is considering extending Goodell’s contract. It’s no secret that the ratings and fan base has been diminishing recently and any other leader would be held accountable for that regression. Instead the owners seem adamant about keeping Goodell around which is certainly a bad omen for things to come. If you ask any casual football fan what’s wrong with the NFL they will usually respond with an answer like “they don’t get anything right anymore.” Which is a statement usually made about how poorly discipline has been handled recently. Nobody wants to hear Ezekiel Elliott has been suspended and then reinstated thirty different times throughout the season. Not only did that happen with Elliott and Tom Brady the league seems to be heading down that path with Jameis Winston now too. It’s not the games that are destroying the National Football League, game day is as exciting as ever and the action is unrivaled. Instead it’s the off the field antics by the league office which has lowered the NFL’s value and finally Jerry Jones has had enough. Every football fan should be on Jerry Jones’ side because if not one man (Goodell) could single-handedly destroy the most powerful sports league in the world. New leadership is needed more than ever and hopefully Jerry Jones is the man that causes that change.

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Ben Roethlisberger was in top form against the Titans he threw for 4 touchdowns and led the Steelers to a 40-17 win:

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Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was outstanding last night against the Tennessee Titans throwing for 299 yards, 4 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions. It’s performances like that which could help the Steelers win the AFC side of the playoff bracket because when Roethlisberger plays so well this squad is on another level. Antonio Brown had a big day at the office as well, the Steelers receiver recorded 144 receiving yards and 3 touchdown receptions. Pittsburgh Tight End Jesse James got in on the scoring action too he hauled in 21 yards and 1 TD reception. As you can probably see from the stats this was mostly an aerial assault by Pittsburgh and Steelers fans have to be more confident after the struggles Roethlisberger had earlier in the season. Marcus Mariota had a very poor performance against the stout Steelers defense. Mariota threw for 306 passing yards, 1 touchdown, and 4 interceptions which ultimately doomed Tennessee. Rishard Matthews was the Titans most notable player he hauled in 113 receiving yards and 1 touchdown. Delanie Walker also chipped in 92 receiving yards but overall there just wasn’t enough offense or defense from Tennessee to get it done. Artie Burns had a big day for Pittsburgh’s secondary he had a team high 8 solo tackles. Sean Davis was pretty good in this contest too he finished with 3 tackles and 1 interception. Adoree Jackson played extremely well in the Titans losing effort, Jackson registered 11 tackles and 1 forced fumble. Jonathan Cyprien contributed 10 tackles for Mike Mularkey’s defense as well. Overall the Steelers were completely dominant in this match up it was their most impressive win of the year. Pittsburgh had yet to score 40 points in a single game but it’s safe to say this team is hitting their stride heading into the final stretch of the regular season.

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