NFL Scores Week 16: Most Surprising Results from Sunday's Action
Unexpected results add to the excitement of the NFL this time of year, and Week 16 didn't disappoint.
Sunday's games produced a handful of results that should have professional football fans raising their eyebrows. Even if the score didn't have a favored team losing, a close finish can be surprising in the same way.
These last two regular-season games set the tone for postseason runs, or give other teams a bigger idea of what they must address in the draft. These results will shape things either way.
Let's take a look at three surprising scores from Sunday's action.
Green Bay Packers 55, Tennessee Titans 7
OK, so it's the Tennessee Titans, but still. Any time a team wins 55-7, it has to be surprising in the NFL.
Green Bay made a statement with this win. It's one thing to beat a team handily, but the Packers absolutely obliterated Tennessee in this one.
That's not easy to do. Aaron Rodgers was flawless. The defense was close to perfect, and Green Bay looked like a team that's ready to make a deep playoff run.
It will be interesting to see how this translates to this team's game versus the Minnesota Vikings, but it at least sets the tone. Both teams will have something to play for, and Green Bay showed that it's focused this time of year.
New England Patriots 23, Jacksonville Jaguars 16
This should have been a blowout, but New England struggled much more than expected.
I expected the Patriots to bounce back in a big way after last week's loss to San Francisco, but New England still looked soft. The offensive line couldn't protect Tom Brady, and the defense gave up far too many big plays.
This should concern the Patriots to a point. Allowing Brady to be pressured is one thing, but Jacksonville doesn't attack the backfield very well. This shouldn't have been a problem.
With the playoffs approaching, New England should have its team in full swing, but it's not there yet. Outside of Brady's masterful precision of the passing attack, this team still has more flaws than Bill Belichick should be comfortable with.
Most people should have expected a blowout here.
Minnesota Vikings 23, Houston Texans 6
Both teams had something to play for in this one, but it's surprising that Houston didn't step up here. Instead of showing some consistency, the Vikings handed the Texans their second loss in three games.
Houston's strengths are still there. Arian Foster is dynamic, and the run defense is still nearly impossible to penetrate, but there are problems through the air on both sides of the ball.
The Texans are giving up too many big plays defensively, and Matt Schaub struggles to make enough big plays of his own. Neither one of these things are consistent problems, but they could be magnified come playoff time.
Minnesota made Houston look flat in this one, and that's surprising with the AFC's No. 1 seed still up for grabs.
The Vikings' win shouldn't completely shock you, but Houston's effort should.
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