2022 NFL Week 14 Recap

A Purdy pummeling, more Mahomes magic and a debut worthy of the Goonies makes for a great NFL Week 14 Recap.

Patriots 27
Cardinals 13

In the Monday nighter no one asked for, New England’s predictable offense was bailed out by a Patriots defense facing Colt “Why Is He Still On An NFL Roster” McCoy instead of Kyler Murray.

Here’s two fearless predictions: The Pats make the playoffs and get the brakes beat off them by the Bills in the wild card round and the Cardinals will be the NFL’s worst team in 2023 with Murray sidelined with a near-certain ACL tear.

Dolphins 17
Chargers 23

Now it’s ok to hype up Justin Herbert.

Throwing for 367 yards to carry the injury-depleted Chargers to victory over the red-hot Dolphins is the stuff that lifts a team to the playoffs. And this win puts L.A. in position to do exactly that.

Panthers 30
Seahawks 24

Am I the only one who feels like this result hurts Washington as much as it helps? Seattle’s loss pushed the Commanders into control of the 6-seed in the NFC but the Burgundy and Gold historically do their best work with their backs against the wall. Does this change the mojo moving forward?

Bucs 7
49ers 35

For all the talk of Tom Brady’s return home to the Bay Area, Brock Purdy stole the show by outplaying the GOAT to become the first QB to beat Brady in his NFL start. It’s always sad to see a sports legend who just doesn’t know when to quit.

Chiefs 34
Broncos 28

Patrick Mahomes is just filthy.

And so is Kansas City: Eight straight seasons with double-digit wins. A whopping 15 straight wins over Denver, who is now mired in a third straight 10-loss season to be eliminated from playoff contention. It’s as good to be the Chiefs as much as it sucks to be the Broncos — a team that still can’t win even when Russell Wilson actually looked like Russell Wilson for the first time all year.

Ravens 16
Steelers 14

Baltimore snapped the string of four straight losses to the hated Steelers, but the win in Pittsburgh comes at a cost. I trust Tyler Huntley to keep the Ravens flying straight while Lamar Jackson is sidelined, but I have no such confidence in undrafted rookie Anthony Brown. Baltimore might have to run a triple option offense and stay stout on defense (the Ravens have held four of their last five opponents to 14 points or fewer) to win in Cleveland on Saturday.

Eagles 48
Giants 22

Philly clinched its fifth playoff berth in six years thanks to A.J. Brown becoming the Eagles’ first 1,000-yard receiver since 2014 and Haason Reddick being the ultimate journeyman pass rusher … but Jalen Hurts needs to get more love.

Hurts has 32 total touchdowns to only five turnovers and is the first QB to have back-to-back seasons with double-digit rushing touchdowns. This man isn’t high enough in the MVP conversation.

Jets 12
Bills 20

I know Robert Saleh was trying to speak truth to power by saying his Jets will see the Bills again … but given Mike White nearly died in this one, maybe be careful what you wish for?

Browns 10
Bengals 23

For what Cleveland gave up for Deshaun Watson — including, but not limited to, its collective soul — it’s damning that the Browns have to top 150 rushing yards to win (they are 5-3 this season when they do, 0-5 when they don’t). More Chubb, less Watson. This is the way.

Texans 23
Cowboys 27

Hey, Dallas fans … ease up on the celebration. The Cowboys were nearly on the wrong end of the biggest upset of the season despite hosting a team that now has its third straight 11-loss season and 11th straight loss to the NFC East. Mike McCarthy should be fired on the spot if he treats this game as anything more than a loss.

Vikings 23
Lions 34

Now you see why Detroit was a surprise favorite.

While Minnesota is making some undesirable history, the Lions have won five of their last six after a 1-6 start to the season. And a bad Dan Campbell decision probably would have won them the first meeting between these two teams. Don’t sleep on Detroit down the stretch.

Jaguars 36
Titans 22

I know I keep saying this … but Tennessee ain’t for real. The Titans committed four turnovers (that led to 20 Jacksonville points) against a team that hadn’t won in their building since 2013 — their first loss to a sub-.500 team this season. With Trevor Lawrence catching fire (10 TDs and no picks in his last five games), don’t be surprised if the Jaguars end up making this division more interesting down the stretch.

Raiders 16
Rams 17

Even though Baker Mayfield has more in common with Sloth than Peyton Manning, he led LA to a most improbable comeback victory to stun the Raiders in their old stomping grounds.

Well, maybe not stunned … seven of Vegas’s eight losses were by one possession and were denied their fourth straight win by becoming the fourth team to lose four games in a season after leading by 13 or more points. This is who the Raiders are — and Josh McDaniels should be held accountable.

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