It's that time of the week again. That time where we start to look back on what happened in the previous NFL week and designate who of those wearing the headset got it right, and who got it wrong.
In the spirit of the holidays, let's focus on the positives. For your viewing pleasure, the smartest NFL coaching moves from Week 15.
Saints Defensive Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo.
Coaching Move: Executing an incredible defensive game plan.
Result: The Saints held the Muscle Hampster to only 16 yards on the ground. In addition, they intercepted Josh Freeman four times. Both were huge contributing factors in the Saints' 41-0 beatdown of the Buccaneers.
Redskins Head Coach Mike Shanahan.
Coaching Move: Starting Kirk Cousins.
Result: Whether RGIII could have played or not, Cousins threw for 329 yards and two touchdowns and led the Redskins to a very important 38-21 win over the Browns. Best of all, RGIII was able to spend more time recovering.
Falcons Offensive Coordinator Dirk Koetter.
Coaching Move: Sticking with Michael Turner after the interception on the Giants' opening drive.
Result: The Falcons took a 7-0 lead on the legs of Turner following Eli Manning's interception. Instead of risking giving the ball right back, Koetter showed faith in his running game and imposed the Falcons' will over the Giants early en route to a 34-0 victory.
49ers Defensive Coordinator Vic Fangio.
Coaching Move: Calling on Ricky Jean Francois to take over when Justin Smith went down with an injury.
Result: Ray McDonald and Ricky Jean Francois had back-to-back sacks on Tom Brady, stalling the Patriots at a pivotal point in the game. The 49ers went on to win 41-34.
49ers Head Coach Jim Harbaugh.
Coaching Move: Letting Colin Kaepernick be a quarterback.
Result: Rather than just handing the ball off 100 times, Kaepernick threw for 216 yards and four touchdowns to lead his team to a 41-34 win against the Patriots.
Broncos Offensive Coordinator Mike McCoy.
Coaching Move: Putting the ball in Knowshon Moreno's hands.
Result: Moreno finished the game with 22 Carries, 118 yards and one touchdown. He was a workhorse for Denver and a big part of their 34-17 victory in Baltimore.
Texans Offensive Coordinator Rick Dennison.
Coaching Move: Utilizing their offensive stars.
Result: The Texans put down the Colts 29-17. Arian Foster had 27 carries for 165 yards, and Andre Johnson had 11 catches for 151 yards and a touchdown.
Cardinals Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt.
Coaching Move: Limiting Ryan Lindley's impact on the game.
Result: With his defense playing so well, Whisenhunt knew there was only one way his team could blow this game, so he only had Lindley throw the ball 21 times. Lets face it, when you ask a reporter if they play quarterback it's no secret that you don't trust the ones on your roster. The Cardinals beat the Lions 38-10.
Seahawks Offensive Coordinator Darrell Bevell.
Coaching Move: Utilizing Russell Wilson's strengths.
Result: The Seahawks continue their impressive season with another game where they scored over 50 points. Wilson accounted for four touchdowns; one through the air and three on the ground. Like their divisional foe the 49ers do with Kaepernick, letting Wilson use his legs to scorch the defense was a great decision. We knew this team could play defense, but the offense has been pretty impressive this season as well. Seattle won in another blowout 51-17.
Raiders Offensive Coordinator Greg Knapp.
Coaching Move: Running the ball 45 times.
Result: The Raiders backfield amassed 203 yards on 45 carries and wore the Chiefs down for a 15-0 victory.