Game Youth Tony Sanchez Jersey Atlanta Falcons: It was a tough choice here between the Falcons and Packers, if only because Atlanta¡¯s probably the better all-around team. But the Giants, with a pesky defense that doesn¡¯t allow a lot of points, matches up better with the Falcons.
Atlanta likes to run — which the Giants defend well — and doesn¡¯t have a tight end who can give them fits deep down the middle of the field. The Falcons also have a sub-par defense that allows yards (364.4) and points (24.9 ppg), which would give the Giants a chance to avoid that full quarter of three-and-outs that seems inevitable in every game against a quality defense.
Green Bay Packers: The Packers have Aaron Rodgers. He¡¯s scary. He¡¯s the only quarterback in NFL history whom people have talked about being on the decline with a better than 5:1 touchdown-to-interception ratio.
Rodgers has thrown 36 touchdown passes and 7 interceptions with one game remaining in the regular season. He has 14 touchdowns and no interceptions in his last six games. That¡¯s downright petrifying.
Oh no. Oh no, no, no. Derek Carr’s broken fibula comes in his 12th win of the season. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, no quarterback who won 12 games failed to start a playoff game that season. It will be on Matt McGloin to clinch a first-round bye in Week 17 against the Broncos.
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Among Week 16’s lessons: Don’t overlook the significance of Cleveland’s first — and potentially only — win of the season; and there’s no foolproof way to protect a quarterback from injury.