NFL | Dec 11, 2023

2023/24 NFL Week 14 Recap

By Harry Bazley

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The Steelers slide continues, the Jets finally win and the Vikings make history in Week 14 of the 2023/24 NFL season.

Patriots 21 - 18 Steelers

A few weeks ago I would have given major props to Bailey Zappe for outplaying the Steelers, but it’s now clear that Tomlin's defense has completely fallen apart…

In all fairness, the Steelers look brand new on the other side of the ball, now that Matt Canada’s gone. I mean, even Micth Trubisky was finding the end zone this week.

But let’s put all that to the side, because neither of these teams are making the postseason.

Texans 6 - 30 Jets

What universe am I living in?

Zach Wilson just threw for 300 yards, 2 touchdowns and zero interceptions in a blowout win

Not only that, but the rookie sensation, C.J. Stroud, who has been averaging over 300 yards a game, put up just 91 on 10 completions.

Sure, the Jets have been touted as one of the best defenses all season, but after a five game losing streak that included the likes of Vegas and Atlanta, this was a shock to say the least.

Maybe the lack of Tank Dell had a bigger impact than we all thought...

Rams 31 - 37 Ravens

The Rams have been rolling the last few weeks, but their 3-game win streak was massively discounted due to the teams they faced - the Seahawks, Cardinals and Browns.

I can’t say that’s not fair, but now that they’ve given the No.1 seed a serious run for their money, it’s clear that this is a playoff worthy side…

That being said, the Ravens still look scary good. From Jackson and OBJ, to Queen and Hamilton, there’s tons of talent on the roster.

But despite all that, the one name that hits the headlines is Tylan Wallace. When it came down to the wire, it was the young returner who made the play of the day.

Colts 14 - 34 Bengals

Jake Browning could be earning a top spot elsewhere in the league with this level of play.

The Bengals back-up QB has found his rhythm and is looking comfortable as ever in this offense but I guess it helps when your rookie running back can do this…

Lions 13 - 28 Bears

The Lions might be 9-4, but take that with a grain of salt. Not only does Jared Goff love to throw interceptions, but the Bears just man handled them for four quarters.

Detroit will stumble into the playoffs only to be knocked out in the first round. And Chicago will find their way there next season, so long as Justin Fields can stay healthy.

Vikings 3 - 0 Raiders

No, it’s not a typo. The Vikings really just won an NFL game with a single field goal, and it came with 1:57 left on the clock.

So as far as highlights go, this is pretty much it…

Sure, we haven’t seen this scoreline since 2007, but the bigger news for Minnesota is that Justin Jefferson is injured once again. With serious concerns in the quarterback room, I’m not sure what to make of this team. Somehow, they’re in the playoff picture, but I doubt it’ll stay that way.

Bills 20 - 17 Chiefs

One thing we can always rely on is some Mahomes Magic when it matters most, but there’s only so much he can do…

With the game on the line and a touchdown needed to effectively win it, Mahomes & Kelce pulled this out of their bag of tricks.

But Kadarius Toney was called for offsides - taking his own TD off the board, pushing them out of field goal range and negating one of the best TE plays of all time.

If this game taught me anything, it’s - 1. Mahomes & Kelce deserve more. And 2. Josh Allen will always throw an interception.

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