Patrick Mahomes has returned to being the player we’ve watched shred defenses since his first start in 2018. In Sunday’s performance against the Steelers, Mahomes was clean and efficient, even without tight end Travis Kelce, and with the defense taking speedy wide receiver Tyreek Hill away to the tune of two catches for 19 yards.
Mahomes went 23-30 for 258 yards and three touchdowns in the Chiefs’ dominant 36-10 win at home that wrapped up the AFC West division title for the sixth consecutive season. Another trip to the Super Bowl for KC is looking quite likely.
Record setters 😎
We've become the first team in AFC West history to win the division 6 times in a row. pic.twitter.com/0XugZlM01C
— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) December 27, 2021
"Excuse me! Excuse me!!" –@pringle_byron, probably
— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) December 26, 2021
Dak Prescott was nearly perfect in the first half of a blowout win over the Washington Football Team on Sunday. He went 27-35 for 320 yards and four touchdowns returning to vintage Dak form.
The Cowboys seemed to get the team’s stagnant offense back in swing against a porous and disinterested WFT defense that came to blows on the sideline from the frustration.
Jon Allen and Daron Payne getting into a fight on the sideline pic.twitter.com/DmTLHlkihF
— Mark Bullock (@MarkBullockNFL) December 27, 2021
Jalen Hurts has gradually gotten better for the Eagles and may have played them into a playoff spot in the NFC East. Sunday he was also very clean in his performance in a 34-10 blowout win over the listless Giants. The Pro Bowl alternate went 17-29 for 199 yards and two touchdowns. With Hurts’ development as a passer and the strong run game the Eagles possess, they could be a tough out if they can secure a playoff berth. Hurts is as cerebral and even-keeled as you’ll find for an NFL starting QB.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) December 26, 2021
As for the Dallas Cowboys, if Dak is going to play this well and the Cowboys defense continues to make plays, this team could make a nice playoff run.
— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) December 27, 2021
Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray has struggled since returning from his nagging ankle injury and on Saturday’s Christmas Day game, without DeAndre Hopkins, James Conner and Rondale Moore, he was understandably unable to find any synchronization with the rest of the offense. In the Cardinals’ 22-16 home loss to the Colts, Murray went 27-43 for 245 yards, one touchdown.
He consistently missed open receivers in the game’s biggest moments and his errant throws halted some real quality scoring opportunities. He and head coach Kliff Kingsbury need to figure out how to get their mojo back soon (or at least their best players) as they’ve gone from the No. 1 seed to a wildcard and sinking.
There’s a silver lining.
Even with Saturday’s defeat, the team did clinch a playoff spot on Sunday for the first time since 2015, via some favorable tiebreakers.
We have clinched a playoff berth for the first time since 2015. pic.twitter.com/114WNetqKO
— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) December 26, 2021
The end is near for Russell Wilson in the Pacific Northwest. Last week’s loss to the Rams assured the Seahawks of the team’s first losing season in Wilson’s 10 years at the helm. Sunday’s loss to the hapless Bears at home in a mini blizzard mathematically eliminated them from the playoff contention.
— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) December 26, 2021
At 5-10 and no hope of getting better without a Seahawks rebuild, Wilson is probably going to be heading out of town when the season ends. His stats were pretty solid on Sunday given the conditions as he passed for 181 yards and two touchdowns.
Two more regular season weeks to go and the performance of the Black quarterback is essential to the playoff hopes of several teams.
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