4. Jets 22, Dolphins 21
MIA – There would be no Fitzmagic this week as the gunslinger could not get it to DaVante Parker more than two times in the entire game. He ran for 65 yards to lead the team in rushing, but again, it was just not enough. Patrick Laird had 86 total yards as he led the team with 19 touches, but there would be no scoring opportunities as this became a war of field goals, which led to Jason Sanders converting 7-of-8 field goals for one of the few 20-point performances by a kicker this season.
NYJ – Le’Veon Bell was a late scratch and Bilal Powell was dusted off for his annual buzz game. He ran for 74 yards but had just two touches in the red zone. Ficken was 3-for-3 in field goals but missed an extra point. Robbie Anderson produced once again but Jamison Crowder disappointed for the third straight week in a matchup where he should’ve thrived.
5. Lions 7, Vikings 20
DET – If not for a late touchdown strike from David Blough to Kenny Golladay, the Lions would’ve been shut out. With no run game, the Vikings sat back and waited for Blough to throw to Golladay, Marvin Jones and Danny Amendola who combined to convert 14-of-23 targets for just 130 yards and the lone score. Without Matthew Stafford and Kerryon Johnson, this offense is officially a dumpster fire.
MIN – Given how well the Vikings had been playing, we expected them to run up the score more, as Cousins threw just 242 yards and one score. It seemed like Stefon Diggs kept missing the big play by just a hair; even his big 44-yard catch could have been a touchdown if not for his momentum carrying him out of bounds a few yards shy of the pylon. Dalvin Cook toughed out a decent effort although Alexander Mattison could’ve carried the load if they wanted to rest Cook for the playoffs. Should the Vikings secure their playoff seed at some point soon, Mattison could see more action by Week 17.
6. Browns 27, Bengals 19
CLE – Truthfully, the Bengals outplayed the Browns as it took until the second half to get the league’s leading rusher over 10 carries. Odell Beckham continues starve for ample targets given his lethal talent, even with a sports hernia. Baker Mayfield again had an opportunity to post big numbers, but barely did enough to win. One has to keep wondering, how many points are the Browns leaving off the board each week.
CIN – It seems like it’s taken all season for the Bengals to realize what they have in Joe Mixon, but better late than never as the running back had 186 total yards. Andy Dalton was serviceable and kept his team close, but is still missing A.J. Green badly.