The Chargers have been absolutely dominant this season. They have made easy work of their division and blown contending teams out of the water. No one has been able to hang with them, and this team is going to make some noise in their Head Coach’s final season with the team. They have been built into a powerhouse with a sound financial situation and speed all over the field. Their coach took it upon himself to build this team up with speed, speed, speed. Their closest victory has been 11 points. No one has been in a position to make a game-winning drive against the Chargers all season. Could this dominance hurt them come playoff time? Has their lack of adversity been a weakness, or will they continue to dominate the competition in a few short weeks? There are a few questions about this team moving forward, but one thing is for sure: they are going to make this final season count.
Playing two of the other top three teams in the AFC this season, the Chargers blew both the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens out. Maybe those teams were keeping some things in their back pocket, but Los Angeles’ dominance cannot be questioned. Justin Herbert and Derwin James have led this team to the brink of an undefeated season and will look to finish the job in the postseason. Austin Ekeler has been playing at an MVP level and Derwin will also likely win Defensive Player of the Year. This team is loaded with homegrown talent, and they are going to be difficult to compete with. The Chargers are going to be favored in every single game they play until their coach retires.
Week 14: W 36-22 Arizona Cardinals (8-5)
Week 15: W 40-10 Seattle Seahawks (7-7)
Week 16: Houston Texans (7-7)
Week 17: Los Angeles Rams (1-13)
Team Name: Raiders
Offensive Stat Leaders:
QB D. Carr; D. Carr; 278-426, 3916 yards, 26 TDs, 34 INT, 81.9 Rating
1. TE D. Waller; 64 rec, 1135 yards, 395 yac, 10 TDs
2. WR H. Ruggs III, 54 Rec, 1002 yards, 297 yac, 5 TDs
3. RB D. Swift; 62 rec, 582 yards, 376 yac, 0 TDs
Defensive Stat Leaders
1. CB T. Mullen; 38 tackles
2. FS M. Fitzpatrick; 32 tackles
1. DE M. Crosby; 5 sacks
2. DE K. Thibodeaux; 4 sacks
1. LB T. Muse; 7 interceptions
2. FS M. Fitzpatrick; 5 interceptions
1. DE M. Crosby; 3 forced fumbles
2. SS J. Abram; 2 forced fumbles
Passing offense rank: 3rd (3621 yards)
Rushing offense rank: 32nd (888 yards)
Passing defense rank: 14th (2945 yards)
Rushing defense rank: 32nd (2144 yards)
Points scored per game: 20th (28 ppg)
Points allowed per game: 28th (37 ppg)
The Raiders are once again hanging out with the bottom pack of the AFC. It’s not really the fault of the coach, I heard he is actually Canadian so he is probably a really nice dude. However, he hasn’t addressed the QB situation in Las Vegas yet, and Carr just can’t get the job done even with the tremendous amount of weapons that he has at his disposal. The Raiders defense can be very good though, but they don’t play up to their potential. They have good edge rushers and speed at LB along with some young defensive backs, but they can’t seem to put it all together in the same game to create meaningful defensive stops. The Raiders are playing the rest of this season for pride and content points.
Despite a very weak showing from the AFC this season, the Raiders are still not in the race for the playoffs. They have some big time weapons on offense and put up a lot of great passing statistics, but their defense has been too awful and they turn the ball over too much to win consistently. That doesn’t mean this team isn’t very dangerous though, because anytime you are up against Ruggs and Waller, you are liable to get shit on for big plays.
The Kansas City Chiefs have been one of if not THE most disappointing team in PML this entire season. You hate to see a team with all those weapons not being utilized properly but that’s the sad truth in KC. The Chiefs can’t put up many points and they can’t stop anybody so obviously if that continues nothing will change anytime soon. The chiefs showed some signs of improvement over the course of the season with close games vs the Chargers and Steelers but can’t seem to put anything together consistently which is one of the many reasons they’re 3-10.
The Chiefs were eliminated from the playoffs many weeks ago and hopefully they can use this time to do some deep soul searching. This roster has been ready to compete since the game came out so it’s up to the coach to implement the proper gameplan to set his guys up for success. I wish this coach the best but if he hasn’t been able to get it done 3 seasons in I don’t know if a playoff appearance is ever in the future.
This has been a surprising season for Denver as they’re in prime position to earn a wild card seed. Nobody predicted the broncos to be serious playoff contenders going into the season, but with disappointing performances from the AFC North and South, it has left the door wide open for a potential 8-8 wildcard team from the AFC West. If the Broncos can continue to minimize their turnovers and play smart football, they’ll be in the dance.
The Broncos were a young and talented roster 3 seasons ago when M21 started, and now they’ve really developed into a team ready to compete for the playoffs. With 2 teams left on their schedule with losing records, it looks like they’ll be able to finish at least 9-7 and lock up a wild card birth.