Just one week remains in the 2020 NFL regular season. For the Cowboys and Colts, it’s one that will define the year following their Week 16 results.

Haskins Dumped

Shannon Sharpe called it…

A week after a maskless Dwayne Haskins copped his second COVID-19 breach, the 23-year-old was benched and soon released by Ron Rivera and the Washington Football Team.

Haskins threw two picks and was vastly outplayed by backup quarterback Taylor Heinicke win Washington’s 20-13 loss to the Carolina Panthers in Week 16. The Ohio State product needed to justify his place in the team with a strong on-field performance and failed to live up to the standards.

Can the Cowboys do it?

It’s a sad indictment on the NFC that the Dallas Cowboys can still make the playoffs heading into Week 17 with a 6-9 record, but that’s the case in 2020.

If the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Washington Football Team and the Cowboys beat the New York Giants, Dallas will host a wild-card playoff game. If not, Washington will win the NFC East with a 7-9 record.

What makes this Cowboys effort incredible is their turn around from 3-9. Mike McCarty has gone a long way to saving his debut season in charge. He’s at least added some respectability to a team playing without their first-choice quarterback and will offer a glimmer of hope heading into next season.

The Cowboys are $3.10 outsiders to win the NFC East and advance to the playoffs with Washington still $1.83 favourites.

Colts Crisis

As genuinely bad NFL teams in Dallas and Washington fight for a playoff berth in the NFC, the Indianapolis Colts could well miss the playoffs in the AFC despite finishing with an 11-5 record.

The Colts need to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 17 to be a chance. Given Jacksonville’s 14-game losing streak, the expectation is for the Colts to tick that box. However, one of three other boxes needs ticking first.

Indy either needs Baltimore ($1.14/-11/5) to lose to Cincinnati, Miami lose to Buffalo, or Cleveland ($1.30/-6.5) to lose to Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh Steelers: They’re Back?

Indy’s crisis comes as a result of a 17-point comeback by the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 16. Up 24-7 halfway through the 3rd quarter, the Colts fell to pieces. Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers, meanwhile, stormed home to score three touchdowns and make it look relatively easy on their way to a much-needed 28-24 win.

Losers of three on the bounce and facing a significant deficit, the Steelers looked dead and buried. Once among the Super Bowl LV favourites, all hope of winning it all were lost. Now it looks a little different.

The defence showed up and Big Ben threw three touchdowns and 342 yards. There was no need for the usual excuses this week. Rather than looking every bit 38-years old and using that to explain away a poor performance, Roethlisberger came out in the second half as the top tier quarterback he can still be at times.

He gave life to the Steelers offence in Week 16.

He gave life to their 2020 NFL season.

While still out at $20 to win Super Bowl LV, there is hope in Pittsburgh.

Chiefs keep winning

It’s not always pretty, but the Kansas City Chiefs just keep winning.

Their 17-14 win over the Atlanta Falcons as locked up the number one seed to keep them on the first line of betting in the Super Bowl LV market at $2.80.

NFL Against the Spread Standings

After Week 16

Top 16
Bottom 16
Dolphins (11-4)Raiders (8-7)
Bills (10-5)Colts (8-7)
Panthers (9-6)Cardinals (7-8)
Washington (9-6)Falcons (7-8)
Packers (9-6)Chiefs (7-8)
Bengals (9-6)Titans (7-8)
Ravens (9-6)Patriots (6-9)
Steelers (9-6)49ers (6-9)
Rams (8-7)Lions (6-9)
Seahawks (8-7)Vikings (6-9)
Buccaneers (8-7)Jaguars (6-9)
Saints (8-7)Browns (6-9)
Bears (8-7)Jets (6-9)
Giants (8-7)Eagles (5-10)
Broncos (8-7)Cowboys (5-10)
Chargers (8-7)Texans (5-10)

 

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