2018 NFL Week 15 Scores: Every Game in 100 Words or Less
This was a big week, and the 2018 NFL Week 15 scores tell the tales of the teams who clinched and those who were eliminated.
Or, in some cases, the teams who failed to clinch and why.
Dallas blew its shot, some stragglers in the AFC and NFC got the “E” in the standings, and others, like the Los Angeles Chargers, made themselves a serious case. Here is each game played in the NFL this week in condensed form.
2018 NFL Week 15 Scores: Los Angeles Chargers 29, Kansas City 28
The Kansas City Chiefs’ division clinching party was cancelled, to be replaced by a Los Angeles Chargers playoff berth clinching party. KC had it ripped out from their hands, blowing a 28-14 lead in the fourth quarter to lose 29-28. LA held the Chiefs thereafter and went on two good drives to take the lead. Oh, and going for two after scoring the touchdown with four seconds left was Major League freakin’ onions. Great comeback for the Bolts, but this one is going to sting for Kansas City. Not how you want to lose to another playoff team.
2018 NFL Week 15 Scores: Houston 29, New York Jets 22
Just like the Chargers, Houston came from behind to win their road game. They’re now Indianapolis and Tennessee losses away from winning the AFC South. Deshaun Watson and Sam Darnold, the Clemson-USC matchup we never got in college, went toe-to-toe. The Jets did not let the Texans walk out of there with an easy win as it was tight most of the way. You could say the Jets were bothersome to Houston, but the better team prevailed to get their tenth win. JJ Watt was again a beast for the Texans with six tackles and two sacks.
2018 NFL Week 15 Scores: Cleveland 17, Denver 16
Baker Mayfield has the people in Cleveland believing in a way that, oh, about 15 prior quarterbacks did not. We may have miscounted; anyway, it’s a lot. The Browns went into Denver and nipped the Broncos by one point, keeping their playoff hopes alive. Are they slim at this point, yes, because Baltimore won, but this season is a huge step forward. Case Keenum accomplished little for Denver, who were held to just 270 yards. Both teams were penalized generously. Give Cleveland credit for holding the Broncos in the fourth quarter when it mattered.
2018 NFL Week 15 Scores: Atlanta 40, Arizona 14
Arizona, if nothing else, improved their draft pick. Atlanta, also if nothing else, won a meaningless football game (and harmed their draft pick). It was the Falcons in a blowout, with Matt Ryan throwing two touchdowns and Josh Rosen, still the future, tossing two picks. (Link: Cards Wire) This game got ugly by the second quarter, in which the Falcons jumped out to a 26-7 lead. Go figure, Arizona scored the first touchdown and then allowed 40 straight points. The Cardinals were minus-three in turnovers and this game was a rout in every sense of the word.
2018 NFL Week 15 Scores: Buffalo 14, Detroit 13
Credit where credit is due: we thought Buffalo was going to be a dreadful football team. Okay, they are, but they are not as bad as we expected, improving to 5-9 with the win over Detroit. Josh Allen did not have much of a game throwing the ball, but he made one big play: the 42-yard touchdown pass to Robert Foster to win the game in the fourth quarter. His other big play was Buffalo’s first touchdown on a run. As for Detroit, well, you tried. The Lions scored all their points in the second quarter.
2018 NFL Week 15 Scores: Chicago 24, Green Bay 17
Da Bears are da NFC North champs, getting back to the playoffs for the first time since 2010. (Link: Pro Football Weekly) In this parity-bent NFL with a 12-team postseason field, eight years is a long drought. They got there in beating the Packers, also picking off Aaron Rodgers for the first time in about a century. It will officially be another losing season for Green Bay, who fought back for the tie but could not hold the Bears off in the fourth quarter. Chicago remains an interesting contender in the NFC at 10-4 and with both offense and defense at the ready.
2018 NFL Week 15 Scores: Cincinnati 30, Oakland 16
A little late now for the Bengals to start a win streak, but the five-game skid for Cincy is snapped thanks to a visit from the awful Oakland Raiders. Soak it up, Vegas; this is your new team. Cincinnati never trailed in the contest, in which Jeff Driskel threw a touchdown pass and Joe Mixon ran for 129 yards and two scores. The season cannot end fast enough for the Raiders, who are looking towards the draft. Meanwhile, the Bengals left with a ho-hum victory, which is a welcome change.
2018 NFL Week 15 Scores: Indianapolis 23, Dallas 0
With a chance to clinch the NFC East on the line, Dallas got shut out for the first time in well over a decade. One of these teams looked like they were vying for a playoff spot and the other did not, but they both are, supposedly. Indy made a couple mistakes here and there on offense but the game ball belongs to the defense as a whole. Dallas only got into the red zone twice, anyway, but came away with nothing but a serious headache. The Cowboys are the clear number four team in the NFC.
2018 NFL Week 15 Scores: Minnesota 41, Miami 17
The Vikings fired their offensive coordinator in the midst of a slump, and then, they throw 41 on the board to slap Miami. Those Dolphins came in at 7-6 and hoping to keep pace for the AFC wild card, but Minnesota ended that right quick. The Vikings went up 21-0 in the first quarter and that was all she wrote. Minnesota resorted mostly to running the ball right down Miami’s throats, and it worked as Dalvin Cook scored twice on 136 yards rushing. With the playoffs looming, Minnesota restored some order and are holding in the sixth spot.
2018 NFL Week 15 Scores: Tennessee 17, New York Giants 0
New York is known for its bagels. They just didn’t expect to see one on the scoreboard. The Giants’ longshot playoff hopes are over as Tennessee shut them out, 17-0. As for the Titans, they are still very much alive in the AFC at 8-6. The quarterback play in the contest was forgettable, but the day had by Derrick Henry was not. He rushed for two touchdowns on 170 yards, carrying the rock 33 times. Saquon Barkley was limited to just 31 yards rushing and Evan Engram was the best Giants’ receiver in the midst of a bad day.
2018 NFL Week 15 Scores: Washington 16, Jacksonville 13
The Redskins with Josh Johnson are still alive, coming back to beat Jacksonville on the road by three. Offense was scarce in the Mark Brunell Bowl, with neither team playing the starting quarterback with which they came into the 2018 season. Get well soon wishes are still of course in order for Alex Smith. Today, they did not need him as the Redskins found a way despite Jacksonville getting a punt return touchdown to take the lead. Long-term prospects are not good for the Redskins, but their journey did not end today. Jacksonville’s did a while ago.
2018 NFL Week 15 Scores: Baltimore 20, Tampa Bay 12
Florida State Heisman winner vs. Louisville Heisman winner went to the latter in Week 15, as Baltimore stayed in the playoff mix with a 20-12 win. Tampa Bay was eliminated from contention. Lamar Jackson threw a touchdown pass while Jameis Winston threw a pick. Baltimore ran all over Tampa Bay to the tune of 242 net yards; Jackson himself had 95 while Gus Edwards ran for 104. Mike Evans was the only performer of note on the Bucs offense, taking down four catches for 121 yards. Lavonte David sacked Jackson twice, but it did not make a difference.
2018 NFL Week 15 Scores: San Francisco 26, Seattle 23 (OT)
Seattle had a playoff berth within their hands and they gagged it up. San Francisco had the Seahawks on the ropes the whole game. Specifically, Nick Mullens had a solid game for the 49ers, going punch for punch with Russell Wilson. What turned out to be a critical play was a Richie James 97-yard kickoff return touchdown to open the scoring for the Niners. It set the tone for the rest of the game. Seattle forced overtime, but the San Francisco defense got a stop and kicked the field goal to win it.
2018 NFL Week 15 Scores: Pittsburgh 17, New England 10
Neither Tom Brady nor Ben Roethlisberger was sharp, but the Pats did not have the Steelers number at the end of the day. New England managed just ten points against the Steelers defense in a game Pittsburgh had to have. The Pats had more penalties called against them (14) than points scored, totaling 106 yards. If this game was an ugly defensive struggle, and it was, then the Steelers got it done and the Patriots looked out of sorts. Even the Brady drive at the end was not convincing to us that they’d tie it up.
2018 NFL Week 15 Scores: Philadelphia 30, Los Angeles 23
The Rams continue to struggle late in the season as they followed their loss to Chicago with a home loss to the Eagles. Los Angeles is safely into the playoff field, but their loss made it possible for New Orleans to take a chokehold on the number one seed in the NFC. Todd Gurley got injured mid-game, but still ended up with two touchdowns. Jared Goff did not have a great day, and the Rams committed three turnovers. Philly kept their playoff hopes alive, but the story will be the Rams failing to get out of their own way.
2018 NFL Week 15 Scores: MNF