5 Headlines From Week 16 Of The 2023 NFL Regular Season

MOBILE, ALABAMA/USA - JANUARY 25, 2020: NFL Detroit Lions Cheerleaders pose for a photo during the 2020 Reese's Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.

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Week 16 of the NFL season was a whole platter of must-see games.

Playoff positioning is starting to get tight while claiming the crown of regular season conference champion is still up for grabs. Quarterbacks that were once considered past their prime are reliving glory days, and one team claimed a division title for the first time in three decades.

Here are the five biggest headlines from Week 16.


5. Fins Up, Laces Out

The Miami Dolphins woke up on Christmas morning with visions of a playoff run dancing in their head.

The Dolphins clinched a playoff berth on Sunday after kicker Jason Sanders delivered the fatal blow to the Cowboys in a 22-20 victory for the Fins.

Miami is in the driver’s seat to take home the AFC East, while the Cowboys need a strong finish to earn a division title of their own.


4. What Happens In KC, Is Shared By Everyone

How ’bout those Las Vegas Raiders? The biggest stunner of the week belonged to the black and silver as they took down the Kansas City Chiefs on Christmas Day.

The defending Super Bowl champs have looked like a shell of themselves for the last few weeks, and yesterday was no different. The Raiders should go ahead and take the interim tag off of coach Antonio Pierce.

He has earned the right to be the head coach of this franchise.


3. Flacco + Cooper = Greatness

It seems that no team has dealt with injuries quite like the Cleveland Browns. The quarterback position has been a revolving door since the season-ending injury of Deshaun Watson.

However, the team has found their answer for stability at the position.

Former Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco is looking like the guy who led the Baltimore Ravens to the big game over a decade ago. With the help of a franchise-best 265 yards receiving from Amari Cooper, the Browns cruised past Houston on Sunday.

Avoiding the Brownies in the postseason sounds like a good idea for the rest of the AFC.


2. Fear The Flock

The Baltimore Ravens capped off the Christmas weekend with an absolute beatdown to the NFC’s number one overall seed, the San Francisco 49ers.

Everything was clicking for the Ravens, including a defense that forced Brock Purdy to toss four interceptions. When the clock struck zero, the MVP conversation shifted from Purdy to Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson.

However, one could say the real MVP isn’t a QB this season. But that’s for another discussion.


1. Feels Like The First Time

Nobody had a more significant weekend than the Detroit Lions.

The Lions erased 30 years of frustrations as the team won a division crown for the first time since 1993. A 30-24 victory over the Minnesota Vikings is still being celebrated by the Lions faithful, who have long waited to see their team as a division champ.

But this could be just the start of an exciting time for the franchise.

Detroit still has a chance to be the number one overall seed in the NFC playoff picture. Important football in December is the cherry on top of what has been a memorable season for the Detroit faithful.

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