Week 16 in review

5-0 is a good way to cope with not making the fantasy football championship for the first time in six years.

Counting the Saints game as my upset of the week as well, I went 5-0 this week, bringing my season record to 30-20. The funny thing is, I almost forgot to pick the NYG/GB game. Turns out I made the right decision, as Green Bay rolled the N.Y. Giants.

Speaking of Green Bay, how good is Aaron Rodgers? In week 15, the Packers lost to the Patriots in a fairly close game.

In week 16, needing a win, the Packers blow out the Giants, as Aaron Rodgers returned from a concussion.

Rodgers makes you forget he lost his star running back (Ryan Grant) after the first 21 minutes of this season (@PHI).

With one more win (vs. CHI) next week, the Packers will earn a spot in the playoffs, likely traveling to Philadelphia (the site of their week one match-up with the Eagles, won by Green Bay, 27-20).

On Monday night football, the Saints came back to beat the Falcons in Atlanta, 17-14, giving Matt Ryan only his second home loss in 22 games.

In case you haven’t been following the putrid NFC West division this year, the Seattle Seahawks will win that division if they beat the Rams at home on Sunday. Yes, with a 7-9 record, the Seahawks will win the NFC West and host a first round playoff game.

In the AFC, the playoff picture got much clearer.

New England accomplished the inevitable, as they locked up home field advantage (and a first round bye) throughout the playoffs. Other teams to clinch playoff berths were: Baltimore (20-10, @ Cleveland), Kansas City (34-14, vs. Tennessee) and the N.Y. Jets (34-38, @ Chicago).

That’s right. The Jets lost, but still got into the playoffs.

Here are the current teams in the playoffs:

NFC:

  • Atlanta
  • Chicago
  • New Orleans
  • Philadelphia
  • likely to get in after week 17: Green Bay, St. Louis
  • also eligible: Tampa Bay, N.Y. Giants

AFC:

  • New England
  • Pittsburgh
  • Baltimore
  • Kansas City
  • N.Y. Jets
  • likely to get in after week 17: Indianapolis
  • also eligible: Jacksonville

Offensive Player of the Week: Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers

  • 25/37 (67.6 %), 404 yards, 4 TD, 0 INT (139.9 rating); 2 carries, 26 yards

Defensive Player of the Week: Ed Reed, FS, Baltimore Ravens

  • 3 tackles (2 solo), 2 pd, 2 INT (52 yards)

Highlight of the Week: McGee gets flagged…literally

Make sure to check back tomorrow, as the MVP honors will be awarded. As always, let me know what you think.

Thanks for reading.

-Mike

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