As we enter the pointy end of the NFL season, it’s make or break time for some teams. The Bears are happy following Week 15. The Packers, not so much. With the good separating themselves from the bad, it’s time to take a serious look at potential Super Bowl Champions.
Here’s how the week looked for punters:
Bears Clinch NFC North
The Chicago Bears clinched the NFC North title with their 24-17 win over the Packers in Week 15. It’s the first time they’ll taste the NFL playoffs since 2010.
The much-maligned Mitch Trubisky looked every bit like 2017’s second overall pick connecting on 20 of his 28 throws for 238 yards and two touchdowns.
Now 10-4 for 3rd in the NFC, the Bears are also on the third line of betting to win the conference at $6. As impressive as they’ve been, it’s difficult to see them getting past either the Saints ($2.40) or the Rams ($2.60).
Aaron Rodgers Ends Completion Streak
It won’t register for Aaron Rodgers after the Packers were eliminated from playoff contention, but he also blew his consecutive passes without an interception streak in the same game.
With the game, their season, and the streak on the line, Aaron Rodgers’ throw took a deflection straight into the hands of Eddie Jackson.
— BamaHammer (@Bama_Hammer) December 16, 2018
Just like that, the streak is gone and the season is all but over for Rodgers and the Packers.
Rams Battling Without Kupp
We knew Cooper Kupp was an important part of the Rams offence, but we didn’t know he was this important.
Hopes were still high when he went down with an ACL injury in Week 10. Sitting at 9-1 at the time, expectations were that the Rams would still be able to produce enough of an offence to remain in Super Bowl contention.
Instead, it’s fallen off a cliff.
#Rams w/ Cooper Kupp:
3rd in explosive pass rate
11th in passing success rate
11th in explosive rush rate
1st in rushing success rate
Since Kupp went out in Week 10:
18th in explosive pass rate
26th in passing success rate
19th in explosive rush rate
18th in rushing success rate
— Ryan Noonan (@RyNoonan) December 17, 2018
The Rams averaged 33.5 points per game throughout the first 10 weeks. That number has dropped to 28.2 since Kupp went down and that includes Week 11’s outrageous 54-51 win over the Chiefs. Take that away and the Rams have scored 30, 6 and 23 points in Kupp’s absence.
Saints At The Top
With their nail-biting 12-9 win over the Panthers, the Saints moved to 12-2 to be the number one team in the NFL. They require just one more win to secure the number one seed in the NFC.
The number one scoring defense in the NFL since Week 10: the Saints at 12.3 points/game.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) December 18, 2018
At $3.30 to win the Super Bowl and looking like the best team in the league, getting on the Saints now is a very appealing option.
NFL Against The Spread Trends
Once the best team in the NFL to punt on, the Chiefs have dropped to 8-5-1 after failing to cover the spread in any of their last five games. Meanwhile, the Falcons finally ended their five-game losing streak against the spread in thrashing the Cardinals 40-10.
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