NFL Week 14 Recap: Biggest Winners, Losers and Standouts
The teams, players and coaches that had notable results in Week 14 of the 2021-22 NFL season.
By Stone Lexington
Updated: Dec. 14, 2021 • 8:55 PM ET
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Week 14 of the NFL season has concluded, and several teams shined over the weekend. Others didn’t fare so well. Below are the biggest winners, biggest losers and standouts from Week 14 of the 2021-22 NFL season.
Kansas City Chiefs
With their 48-9 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs are still in the hunt to secure a first round bye in the playoffs. The 39-point win was the largest margin of victory over the Raiders since 1964, and the contest was never close. The Chiefs will have to finish with a better record than the Tennessee Titans to have a chance for the No. 1 seed, while the New England Patriots also sit ahead of them in playoff seeding. Kansas City will play the Chargers in Los Angeles on Thursday.
With their 38-10 victory over the woeful Detroit Lions on Sunday, the Denver Broncos kept their playoff hopes alive. Defeating a Lions team that has only won one game this season is nothing to celebrate, but the Broncos took care of business against an inferior team. The storyline for this game, however, was the Broncos and their fans celebrating the life of former Bronco Demaryius Thomas, who suddenly passed away last week.
San Francisco 49ers
The San Francisco 49ers have won four of their last five games, the latest being an overtime victory over the Bengals in Cincinnati. San Francisco quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has done just enough to keep the starting job away from Trey Lance, and San Francisco is in a good position to reach the playoffs after missing the postseason last year. The 49ers will look for a fifth win in six games when they host the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
With their overtime victory over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers kept their hopes of securing the No. 1 seed in the NFC alive. The loaded NFC also has the Packers and Cardinals at the top of the conference, and the final four games in the regular season should have no shortage of fireworks. The remaining four games on the Bucs’ schedule doesn’t look very daunting, as they’ll face the Carolina Panthers twice, the New York Jets and New Orleans Saints.
Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said he owned the Chicago Bears last week, and he wasn’t exactly lying. With the Packers’ 45-30 victory over the Bears on Sunday, Rodgers moved to 22-5 in his career against Chicago. With Arizona’s loss on Monday night, the Packers also moved into the top seed in the NFC, a position they’ll hope to hold until the regular season ends. The Packers will travel to Baltimore for a matchup with the Ravens this week.
Los Angeles Rams
The Los Angles Rams picked up one of their biggest wins of the season with their 30-23 victory over the Cardinals in Arizona on Monday night. With the win, the Rams are in a good position to make the playoffs this season, and they did it without three of their key players (Jalen Ramsey, Darrell Henderson Jr., Tyler Higbee). Another divisional matchup with the Seattle Seahawks awaits the Rams in Week 15.
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With their 36-28 loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ playoff hopes took a severe hit. In the playoff standings, the Steelers currently sit 11th and it will take plenty of favorable outcomes for them to make it to the postseason. Pittsburgh certainly isn’t devoid of talent, but when that talent decides to celebrate a first down instead of lining up during a two-minute drill, mistakes overtake ability. It’s safe to say that the Steelers’ matchup against the Tennessee Titans this week is a must-win.
After winning just one game and having the worst record in the NFL a season ago, the Jacksonville Jaguars are competing to have the worst record in the league again this season. The Jaguars were shutout by the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, and No. 1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence is having a very subpar rookie campaign with four more interceptions thrown against Tennessee. Considering the Jaguars’ disfunction this season, there are real questions as to whether Urban Meyer will be back for a second season as head coach.
Las Vegas Raiders
The Las Vegas Raiders were blown out by the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, and there’s a good chance they’ll miss the playoffs for a fifth straight season. You never want to give the opposing team added motivation, especially a team that has reached the last two Super Bowls, but that’s exactly what the Raiders did on Sunday when they congregated at the Chiefs’ midfield logo prior to the game. After a season that may soon be over for Las Vegas, there could be major changes coming in the offseason.
The Cincinnati Bengals lost a tough game at home against the San Francisco 49ers over the weekend, which dropped them from the top seven teams in the playoff standings. Making matters worse for Cincinnati, it was the Bengals’ fourth loss in their last six games, and it won’t be easy for them next week as they face a solid Broncos team in Denver on Sunday.
Before the season started, there were plenty of Bills backers who picked the team to reach the Super Bowl. Now that they’ve lost five of their last eight games, many of those supporters are jumping ship. Buffalo absolutely refuses to hand the ball to their running backs much, as Devin Singletary leads the team in carries this season with 112. That also ranks 31st in the league behind players like Vikings backup running back Alexander Mattison, Falcons specialist Cordarrelle Patterson, Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts, not to mention other backup running backs and quarterbacks around the league. Unless the Bills find a real rushing attack, it’s difficult to see them reaching their ultimate goal.
Hoping to hold on to the top seed in the NFC, the Arizona Cardinals lost 30-23 to the Los Angeles Rams on Monday night. With the loss, Arizona dropped to third in the playoff standings behind Tampa Bay and Green Bay. On the bright side, if they defeat the Detroit Lions on Sunday, the Cardinals can clinch their first playoff berth since 2015. That game will take place on the road, where Arizona is 7-0.
(note: These are players or units from teams that won over the weekend.)
Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook - 27 carries, 205 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns in the Vikings’ 36-28 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver K.J. Osborn - 3 receptions, 83 receiving yards, 1 touchdown in the Vikings’ 36-28 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson - 7 receptions, 79 receiving yards, 1 touchdown in the Vikings’ 36-28 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes - 258 passing yards, 2 touchdowns, 0 interceptions; 4 carries, 20 rushing yards in the Chiefs’ 48-9 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders
Kansas City Chiefs defense - 64 total tackles, 4 sacks, 3 pass deflections, 1 interception, 1 defensive touchdown in the Chiefs’ 48-9 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders
New Orleans Saints quarterback Taysom Hill - 175 passing yards, 0 interceptions; 11 carries, 73 rushing yards; 2 rushing touchdowns in the Saints’ 30-9 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders
New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara - 27 carries, 120 rushing yards, 1 touchdown; 4 receptions, 25 receiving yards in the Saints’ 30-9 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson - 260 passing yards, 2 touchdowns, 0 interceptions in the Seahawks’ 33-13 victory over the Houston Texans
Seattle Seahawks running back Rashaad Penny - 16 carries, 137 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns in the Seahawks’ 33-13 victory over the Houston Texans
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett - 5 receptions, 142 receiving yards, 1 touchdown in the Seahawks’ 33-13 victory over the Houston Texans
Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon III - 24 carries, 111 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns in the Broncos’ 38-10 victory over the Detroit Lions
Denver Broncos running back Javonte Williams - 15 carries, 73 rushing yards, 1 rushing touchdown; 1 reception, 10 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown in the Broncos’ 38-10 victory over the Detroit Lions
Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert - 275 passing yards, 3 touchdowns, 0 interceptions; 4 carries, 19 rushing yards in the Chargers’ 37-21 victory over the New York Giants
Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Jalen Guyton - 3 receptions, 87 receiving yards, 1 touchdown in the Chargers’ 37-21 victory over the New York Giants
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo - 296 passing yards, 2 touchdowns, 0 interceptions in the 49ers’ 26-23 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle - 13, receptions, 151 receiving yards, 1 touchdown in the 49ers’ 26-23 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady - 363 passing yards, 2 passing touchdowns, 0 interceptions; 7 carries, 16 rushing yards; 1 rushing touchdown in the Buccaneers’ 33-27 victory over the Buffalo Bills
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette - 19 carries, 113 rushing yards, 1 touchdown in the Buccaneers’ 33-27 victory over the Buffalo Bills
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin - 10 receptions, 105 receiving yards in the Buccaneers’ 33-27 victory over the Buffalo Bills
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans - 6 receptions, 91 receiving yards, 1 touchdown in the Buccaneers’ 33-27 victory over the Buffalo Bills
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers - 341 passing yards, 4 touchdowns, 0 interceptions in the Packers’ 45-30 victory over the Chicago Bears
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams - 10 receptions, 121 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns in the Packers’ 45-30 victory over the Chicago Bears
Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford - 287 passing yards, 3 touchdowns, 0 interceptions in the Rams’ 30-23 victory over the Arizona Cardinals
Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp - 13 receptions, 123 receiving yards, 1 touchdown in the Rams’ 30-23 victory over the Arizona Cardinals