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8 Grueling Truth’s we learned during week 16 of the 2021 NFL Season

What did we learn?
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow 9 celebrates after picking up the first down against the Baltimore Ravens defense during the second half of play at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio, Sunday, December 26, 2021. PUBLICATIONxINxGERxSUIxAUTxHUNxONLY JPS20211226013 JohnxSommersxII

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1) Nick Foles should have been given a chance weeks ago

Nick Foles has won a Super Bowl, and I know that things have not been great for Foles since, but come on, Matt Nagy, why do you wait until the end of the season to see what you got with him? On Sunday, Foles was 24-35, 250 yards and one touchdown in a road win at Seattle. Justin Fields will not be the franchise quarterback in Chicago(my opinion), so why not find out a few weeks ago what you have in Foles. Either way, it won’t matter for head coach Matt Nagy who should be out of Chicago in two weeks.

2) The Bengals are the most dangerous team in the AFC

In reality, the Bengals are probably a year away, but if you watched the Bengals on Sunday, you know that a more dangerous team doesn’t exist in the AFC. The offense has weapons all over the place, and Tee Higgins, Ja’Marr Chase, and Tyler Boyd are deadly. Throw in the running back like Joe Mixon and the future face of the NFL at quarterback Joe Burrow, and you have a team that can test the Chiefs defense. On the other hand, the Bengals defence can get after the quarterback, and the defensive backs are solid. The AFC has a ton of questions right now, but one thing you can’t question is the Bengals talent on the offensive side of the ball. If Logan Wilson can return by the playoffs, the Bengals can be scary for anybody, including the Chiefs. And for all you Justin Herbert fans, he will never be as good as Burrow.

3) The Browns got screwed by the officials

The Cleveland Browns are a very talented team, but this season has been a series of one injury after another, and it has been tough to overcome for the Browns. On Sunday, they had to overcome the officials, and they couldn’t. They had the ball with a chance to win the game, and on fourth down, particular pass interference was not called, and the Browns lost yet another close game. The Browns are not dead yet in the AFC North, and a win next week and a Bengals lose against the Chiefs would set up a showdown with the Bengals for the AFC North crown. In all honesty, though, the obstacles this team has faced this year makes it hard to believe that they will end up in the playoffs.

4) The Bills are back

The Bills still have many questions to answer, but a Sunday win in New England puts them in control of the division; now the question becomes, can they find some consistency to finish it out? The Bills have the roster to make a super bowl run.

5) Cooper Kupp, at this moment, is the best receiver in the NFL

If Jonathan Taylor has a shot at the MVP award, why does nobody mention Kupp? On Sunday, Kupp caught ten balls for over 100 yards, which happens every week this season. Kupp has now had over 100 yards receiving in nine games this season and has only been under 90yds receiving in a game this season.

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6) Lamar Jackson in the Pro Bowl over Joe Burrow is a joke

Joe Burrow has had a much better season than Jackson, and in all reality, he is just the better quarterback. If you don’t believe me ask Ravens defensive coordinator Wink Martindale as in two games against  Burrow this year, the Ravens have allowed almost 1,000 yards passing to the Bengals Golden Boy. Luckily the Pro Bowl is a joke anyway, but Lamar over Burrow shows what a joke the game is.

Next-Gen stat of the game: Joe Burrow racked up 314 passing yards targeting receivers aligned wide, the most by any quarterback in a game since the 2018 season.

NFL Research: Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins have each broken 1,000 receiving yards in 2021, making the Bengals the first team in NFL history to have multiple players with 1,000 receiving yards before turning 23 years old.

7) The Philadelphia Eagles are going to make the playoffs

I never saw this one coming, but it looks possible, if not probable, as of right now! The Eagles can flat outrun the ball.  Sunday’s game pushed the Eagles team rushing total to 2,448 yards and 22 touchdowns in 2021, the first Eagles team to do so since the 1949 Eagles, led by Pro Football Hall Fame running back Steve Van Buren. Now I also believe they will get bounced in the first round, but this team should be two years away from a playoff run. I still don’t think Jalen Hurts is a long term answer at quarterback, but the Eagles look solid now.

8) The Patriots are in trouble

The Patriots are a great defensive team, but they are constrained with a young developing quarterback. They will make the playoffs, but dreams from some of a Belichick/Brady Super Bowl look almost impossible at this moment. The Patriots will make the playoffs, but I don’t expect much more than that for this year.

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