NFL | Dec 19, 2022

2022 NFL Week 15: Weekend Recap

By Harry Bazley

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The all-time greatest comeback, some all-time terrible calls and the single worst play in NFL history highlight Week 15's matchups.

Colts 36 - 39 Vikings (OT)

For all the Minnesota trash talk this season, one thing you can't deny is that the Vikings offense will find a way to get things done.

Kirk Cousins & Co. managed to wipe out a 33-0 deficit midway through the 3rd quarter, to mount the largest comeback in NFL history. Dalvin cook led the charge on the ground to outscore the Colts 36-3 in the second half.

Sure, beating Indy usually isn't something to brag about, but doing it like this might be...

Not to mention that the Vikings had 2 defensive touchdowns wiped off the board by some truly awful officiating.

Chandon Sullivan is Defensive Player of The Week with 2 scoop-and-scores in my books...

This is criminal.

Now, I don't want to jump the gun here (after all, Minnesota are probably the worst 10-3 team in history), so I'll safely say this - Vikings fans can now order their NFC North champion T-shirts, but it might be all you get this year...

Ravens 3 - 13 Browns

From an edge-of-your-seat thriller to this...

The Ravens must be the most boring team in the league without Lamar Jackson.

Now, we can talk about Mr. Automatic missing 2 field goals, but this 10-point loss comes more from an offense that looks seriously lost without their star QB.

With the Wild Card race still on in the AFC, this really needs to be their last defeat of the year.

Dolphins 29 - 32 Bills

Well, this one was dialled up to be a gun-slinging showdown, and we got exactly that.

Tua Tagovailoa delivered his usual performance - hitting Jaylen Waddle and Tyreek Hill for 183 yards and 2 touchdowns - but it was Josh Allen who stole the spotlight in this matchup.

Allen threw for 300 yards and 4 touchdowns while also leading the Bills running game with 77 rushing yards.

Both of these offenses are scary good, but my money's on Josh Allen 9/10 times. Just look at what he can do...

Eagles 25 - 20 Bears

Justin Fields may have officially taken over as the scariest dual-threat QB in the league right now.

The Bears No.1 hit 1,000 rushing yards on the season with the 95 he put up last night, and he's just the 3rd quarterback in history to do so. Put this man anywhere but Chicago and he'll take you to the playoffs.

Meanwhile, the Birds are still flying high.

The Jalen Hurts-AJ Brown connection has made one thing certain: the road to the Super Bowl in the NFC is coming through Philadelphia.

Although it's not too difficult to win when your opponent is making calls like this...

Lions 20 - 17 Jets

Of all the teams in the Wild Card race, my money's on Detroit.

The Lions started the season 1-6 to end up 7-7 with 3 games left. They face Carolina, Chicago and Green Bay in the next three weeks and I'm betting they go 3-0.

As much as I love to hate Jared Goff, he's somehow convinced me to root for him.

In other news, the Jets struggled with Zach Wilson for most of the game, but there was one glimmer of hope in the final few seconds... Maybe Wilson is capable of leading a team in this league, but inconsistency is killing him.

Steelers 24 - 16 Panthers

The Panthers could have seized their playoff spot by winning this matchup, but Najee Harris had other ideas.

Pittsburgh used their favourite RB to out-rush Carolina 156-21, and there's not much any team can do with just 21 yards on the ground… Plus, all 3 of the Steelers' trips to the end zone were found through the run game.

It's clear what the difference-maker was in this matchup.

Chiefs 30 - 24 Texans (OT)

The Chiefs may have done their best to keep this one interesting, but they still cruised to their seventh straight division title and fifth straight 11-win season.

So long as No.15 is at the helm, nobody's getting between KC and playoff football. Especially if Jerick Mckinnon continues to lead the ground game.

Meanwhile, a Texans team without Dameon Pierce somehow took the Chiefs to overtime, and they may have actually won if not for this Davis Mills fumble.

Houston managed to force a punt after losing the coin toss, but gave it straight back on their first OT play...

Falcons 18 - 21 Saints

Is the NFC South the worst division in the NFL?

Well, even with this loss taking them to 1-4 in division games, the Atlanta Falcons still have a chance to win it...

Meanwhile, the Saints finally hear what I've been screaming for the past month - give the ball to Alvin Kamara and Taysom Hill.

Dennis Allen has finally realised that when you use one of the most talented running backs in the league to establish a ground game, throwing the ball gets a little easier.

Especially when you give it to Hill instead of Andy Dalton...

Cowboys 34 - 40 Jaguars (OT)

Trevor Lawrence is catching fire and I'm all for it.

I've been desperate for someone to dethrone the Titans, and the Jacksonville Jaguars might just be the team to do it.

Meanwhile, Dallas may have lost their last chance to steal the division from Philly (which wasn't going to happen anyway), but they'll still see post-season football either way.

Expect Ezekiel Elliott to have a much tougher time when he faces the Bucs run defense in the Wild Card round.

Cardinals 15 - 24 Broncos

Denver's best performance of the season comes while Russell Wilson sits on the bench. All you can do is laugh... This is officially the worst trade in the history of the NFL.

Latavius Murray could have saved this team from the depths of the AFC West, if they hadn't put so much faith in Wilson.

Meanwhile, the Cardinals were as lost as the Ravens without their star QB and they're now down to their 3rd string - Trace McSorley.

Colt McCoy left the game with a concussion after throwing 78 yards and an interception. McSorley took his place to throw just 95 yards and 2 interceptions... It's not looking good for Arizona.

Patriots 24 - 30 Raiders

Could we see a Tom Brady and Bill Belichick retirement at the same time?

Well, maybe we should.

This is one of the worst plays in the history of the NFL and I'm leaving it at that.

Titans 14 - 17 Chargers

Could the Titans actually throw the easiest division in the NFL?

A few weeks ago I said they'd win the AFC South by default, but with the Jags just one game behind, I'm no longer convinced. A head-to-head matchup is billed for Week 18 and it might just decide Tennessee's fate.

Meanwhile, the Bolts have an easy run to see out the year and look set to make the postseason, though a 3-point win over the Titans is nothing to write home about. Especially with Herbert throwing 0 TDs and 2 interceptions.

Fingers crossed Ekeler can continue to do all the heavy lifting...

Bengals 34 - 23 Buccaneers

Cincy delivered the third 17-point comeback of the week to set an NFL record and take a one game-lead over the struggling Ravens - the AFC North is theirs to lose.

Joe Burrow threw four touchdowns in the second half to deliver back-to-back bruising defeats for Tom Brady. Could the young bucks be showing the old bull the door this year?

Giants 20 - 12 Commanders

Washington can try and blame this on some awful calls and no-calls, but the truth of the matter is, they lost this game turning the ball over in scoring positions.

So, it may be a moot point, but the Commanders were robbed of a touchdown to bring them within 2 points of the draw...

Either way Saquon Barkley completely took over when he most needed to - logging 120 yards and a touchdown on the night.