Week 14 of the 2021 NFL season is officially in the books. The Browns upset the Ravens to muddy up the AFC North. The Chiefs destroyed the Raiders to confirm their place atop the AFC West. The 49ers survived the Bengals in an overtime thriller … and that was just a fraction of the action from this week.
But what did we learn about each of the 32 teams in the process? We’re so glad you asked. As Week 15 draws near, we take a look below at one thing we took away from each team:
They aren’t NFC favorites. For a while, they were. And they’re still dangerous! Kyler Murray is an undying highlight reel. But we’d bet on the Packers or Bucs over them right now, fresh off their prime-time home loss to the Rams.
Arthur Smith is setting a decent foundation. The Falcons have not been lethal or even steadily good this year, but with an under-equipped lineup, they’ve hung around. How about three turnovers for a ridiculed defense against Carolina?
They are the AFC’s most mercurial contender. Outside of Buffalo, that is. One week, their defense stands tall. The next, it can’t even sniff Baker Mayfield. Hopefully Lamar Jackson gets and stays healthy.
Coaching is becoming a concern. Not to the point anyone would seriously think differently about Sean McDermott big-picture. But the Bills’ aversion to the run was just one of several issues that put them in a big hole Sunday.
They might as well start P.J. Walker. If Cam Newton can’t master the red-zone game plan by now (and has already been benched twice), why is he even under center? His legs obviously still work, but Carolina needs steadiness, not more gimmicks.
Jakeem Grant can be special. Even if just on special teams. That man was lightning quick on two huge plays that, for a moment, had Chicago threatening to stun the Packers in prime time.
They’re losing steam. Yes, Joe Burrow nearly played hero by leading a comeback effort against the…