The 2020 NFL Regular Season came to a close on Sunday. This week, all remaining playoff spots were claimed, and as a result, a 10-6 team missed the playoffs, and a team may have been caught intentionally tanking. Here are the results from Week 17 of the NFL season.
32. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-15) (Eliminated) Prev: 32
Trevor Lawrence, here we come! The Jaguars finished their season the same way their last 14 games have gone; with a loss. Jacksonville had a unique season, winning their first game, and then losing out. Undrafted rookie runningback James Robinson was a highlight, however, lighting opposing defenses all season. If Lawrence and DJ Chark mesh well when Lawrence comes to the pros, the Jaguars could become a threat in the next few years.
Team MVP: Laviska Shenault Jr. (6 rec, 68 yds, 2 TDs)
31. New York Jets (2-14) (Eliminated) Prev: 31
The Jets’ two-game winning streak came to an end in Foxboro, along with their season. The Adam Gase era is officially over in New York, and not a moment too soon. The Jets will be looking for a new head coach to either develop Justin Fields or try to revive the career of Sam Darnold.
Team MVP: Chris Herndon (7 rec, 63 yds, TD)
30. Atlanta Falcons (4-12) (Eliminated) Prev: 30
The Falcons were torched by a Bucs team looking to claim the fifth seed in the NFC. The defense is the area that needs the most improvement, and Atlanta will have a top-five pick to try and land an impact player. Atlanta is another team that will be looking for a head coach, and they may look very different next season depending on what the front office wants to do going forward.
Team MVP: Russell Gage (9 rec, 91 yds, TD)
29. Houston Texans (4-12) (Eliminated) Prev: 29
Houston was bulldozed by Derrick Henry for the second time this year to end the season. It is very rare for a team that has the league leader in passing yards to miss the playoffs, and by such a large margin, but the Texans managed to pull it off, with Deshaun Watson leading the league in passing yards this season. Now, they will watch the Dolphins use their pick in the draft, which they traded to Miami in return for Laremy Tunsil. JJ Watt may not be on this team next year, either.
Team MVP: Brandin Cooks (11 rec, 166 yds, 2 TDs)
28. Cincinnati Bengals (4-11-1) (Eliminated) Prev: 28
The Bengals were walked over by a Ravens team that needed to win to make the playoffs. The Bengals will be getting Joe Burrow back next season, but they need to build an offensive line so that they will not lose him again next season. They have the fifth overall pick as a starting point.
Team MVP: Akeem Davis-Gaither (9 tackles, INT)
27. Philadelphia Eagles (4-11-1) (Eliminated) Prev: 27
The Eagles had the chance to play spoiler for the Washington Football Team Sunday night, but Doug Pederson may have been caught intentionally tanking. The Eagles’ head coach pulled Jalen Hurts late into the game and brought in Nate Sudfeld, who then proceeded to turn the ball over two times in five plays. If it was an intentional tank, Pederson should be ashamed of himself for sacrificing the integrity of the game in the way that he did.
Team MVP: Alex Singleton (14 tackles, sack)
26. Detroit Lions (5-11) (Eliminated) Prev: 26
The Lions’ season finished with a very entertaining game with the Vikings, where the Lions came up short. The Lions are another team that could look very different next year, as they will look to hire a new head coach and GM, as well as the possible departure of Matthew Stafford. If Stafford does leave, expect Detroit to draft a quarterback.
Team MVP: Marvin Jones Jr. (8 rec, 180 yds, 2 TDs)
25. Denver Broncos (5-11) (Eliminated) Prev: 25
Denver’s injury-riddled season came to an end with a loss to the Raiders. They will be getting back two high caliber players next year in edge rusher Von Miller and wide receiver Courtland Sutton. Next year will also likely be a prove-it year for quarterback Drew Lock, as he was very inconsistent this year, and it held Denver back at points.
Team MVP: Drew Lock (25/41, 339 yds, 2 TDs)
24. Carolina Panthers (5-11) (Eliminated) Prev: 24
The first year of the Matt Rhule-led Carolina Panthers had a lot of ups and a lot of downs. Teddy Bridgewater was very inconsistent this year, as he played well at points, but did not look like a franchise quarterback. The lengthy absence of Christian McCaffrey did not help matters either. The Panthers should be back at full strength next year.
Team MVP: Tre Boston (10 tackles, sack)
23. Dallas Cowboys (6-10) (Eliminated) Prev: 16
Dallas had so much momentum coming into the regular-season finale, but Andy Dalton’s inconsistent play wound up costing the Cowboys against the Giants. Dallas will have a high draft pick to fix their atrocious defense, and should be getting Dak Prescott back, as long as they can agree on an extension. Letting Dak hit the market would be an awful idea for the Cowboys, as there are several teams with cap space who need a quarterback.
Team MVP: Donovan Wilson (4 tackles, sack, INT)
22. Los Angeles Chargers (7-9) (Eliminated) Prev: 23
Anthony Lynn successfully defeated the Cheifs’ second team in his final game as head coach of the Chargers. The Chargers may be the most intriguing head coaching job available, as they have a promising young quarterback in Justin Herbert, and a plethora of Pro Bowl-caliber players such as Keenan Allen, Casey Hayward, and Derwin James.
Team MVP: Justin Herbert (22/31, 302 yds, 4 TDs)
21. San Francisco 49ers (6-10) (Eliminated) Prev: 21
The Niners ended their season with a devastating loss to the Seahawks, as they blew a lead late. The 49ers will be looking forward to getting their many injured players back, such as Nick Bosa and Raheem Mostert. Several key players could depart the team in the offseason, including Richard Sherman and Jimmy Garopollo.
Team MVP: Jeff Wilson Jr. (76 rush yds, 3 rec, 12 yds, 2 TDs)
20. New England Patriots (7-9) (Eliminated) Prev: 22
The first season without Tom Brady in twenty years did not go as Patriots fans had hoped. They will miss the postseason for the first time since 2008, and their offense looked dreadful. The passing game looked revitalized in this game, but unfortunately for the Patriots, you do not get to play the Jets for 16 games. New England will likely look very different next season, with loads of cap space, as well as their opt-outs from this season, coming back next season.
Team MVP: Cam Newton (21/30, 242 yds, 79 rush yds, 4 TDs)
19. New York Giants (6-10) (Eliminated) Prev: 20
The Giants did their part, beating the Cowboys on Sunday. Unfortunately, they did not count on an intentional tank from the Eagles ending their season. It would not be surprising if the Giants are in the mix for the NFC East again next season, with their defense playing better as the season went along, and Saquon Barkley returning next season.
Team MVP: Leonard Williams (7 tackles, 3 sacks)
18. Minnesota Vikings (7-9) (Eliminated) Prev: 19
The Vikings ended their year with a win over the Lions. Justin Jefferson set a record for receiving yards in a rookie season, only adding to Minnesota’s offensive firepower. The Vikings are set on the offensive side of the ball, but several improvements need to be made on defense on all levels.
Team MVP: Kirk Cousins (28/40, 405 yds, 3 TDs)
17. Arizona Cardinals (8-8) (Eliminated) Prev: 15
Arizona had a chance to make the playoffs with the Bears’ loss to the Packers. Unfortunately, an early injury to Kyler Murray knocked him out of the game for a while. As a result, the backup threw a pick-six, and the Cardinals never recovered. Arizona will be well-equipped to remain in the playoff hunt for a long time as Deandre Hopkins was recently extended, Kyler Murray is still on his rookie contract, and Budda Baker can be a centerpiece for the defense for years to come.
Team MVP: Tanner Vallejo (12 tackles, sack)
16. Las Vegas Raiders (8-8) (Eliminated) Prev: 18
The Raiders were able to finish right at .500 on the season with a victory over the Broncos. Las Vegas needs to make improvements to their defense immediately, as they already have offensive weapons in Darren Waller and Josh Jacobs. An immediate need for them would be a number one cornerback.
Team MVP: Darren Waller (9 rec, 117 yds, TD)
15. Miami Dolphins (10-6) (Eliminated) Prev: 11
Coming into this week, one team with at least ten wins was going to have to miss the playoffs. Unfortunately for Miami, they were that team. Their great defense was shredded by a Bills team playing for the number two seed in the AFC, as they put up over 50 points. Miami controlled their fate and was not even able to make it a game. They will pick third in the draft thanks to Bill O’Brien and need to work on getting Tua some weapons, as most of their defense is already locked down.
Team MVP: Devante Parker (7 rec, 116 yds)
14. Chicago Bears (8-8) Prev: 13
The Bears lost to the Packers, but the Rams had their back and beat the Cardinals to let Chicago in the playoffs. Mitch Trubisky has not been playing bad football by any means, and David Montgomery has come into his own late in the season. And with their defense, do not count the Bears out on Wild Card weekend.
Team MVP: David Montgomery (69 rush yds, 9 rec, 63 yds, TD)
Next: at Saints
13. Washington Football Team (7-9) Prev: 17
Well, somebody had to win the NFC East, and Washington was the team that deserved it the most. The Bucs’ offensive line has been prone to good pass rushers this season, and Washington is one of the best teams in the league at getting to the quarterback. Chase Young and co. could make life very hard for Tom Brady.
Team MVP: Jeremy Reaves (4 tackles, INT)
Next: vs Buccaneers
12. Indianapolis Colts (11-5) Prev: 14
All Indy needed was for one of Miami, Cleveland, or Baltimore to lose to make it, and the Bills did the Colts a huge favor in dismantling the Dolphins. Then the Colts took care of business and made the playoffs. Now, they will have to take down the same team that let them in the playoffs, and possibly the hottest team in the NFL.
Team MVP: Jonathan Taylor (253 yds, 2 TDs)
Next: at Bills
11. Baltimore Ravens (11-5) Prev: 12
After a mid-season collapse, the Ravens were able to save their season and make the playoffs. Lamar Jackson has heated up, and Baltimore has been red hot. Now, they get the same team that eliminated them last year in the Tennessee Titans.
Team MVP: J.K. Dobbins (160 rush yds, 2 TDs)
Next: at Titans
10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (11-5) Prev: 10
The Bucs locked down the fifth seed in the NFC, destroying the Falcons. Tom Brady looked good in his first season without Bill Belichick, although the roster that the Bucs put around him helps matters. They get Washington in the Wild Card round and could be in trouble if they let Washington’s pass rushers ran rampant, which they have let some teams do throughout the season.
Team MVP: Antonio Brown (11 rec, 138 yds, 2 TDs)
Next: at Washington
9. Cleveland Browns (11-5) Prev: 9
Cleveland finally got the playoff monkey off their backs, as they have made it for the first time since 2002. Led by Baker Mayfield and a potent rushing attack, the Browns will face the same team that rested starters in their game this week so that the Browns could make it; the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Team MVP: Nick Chubb (108 rush yds, TD)
Next: at Steelers
8. Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4) Prev: 7
The Steelers rested a lot of their starters and lost to the Browns, the same team that they will now have to face in the first round. The Steelers and Browns are 1-1 in their regular-season matchups this season, so this can be considered the rubber match. Ben Roethlisberger and their better players on defense will be back for this one.
Team MVP: Chase Claypool (5 rec, 101 yds, TD)
Next: vs Browns
7. Tennessee Titans (11-5) Prev: 8
Derrick Henry officially reached 2,000 rushing yards on the season, becoming only the eighth player to do so in NFL history. On top of that, the Titans won the AFC South. The question is, can Derrick Henry carry the Titans to another deep postseason run like he did last year?
Team MVP: Derrick Henry (250 rush yds, 2 TDs)
Next: vs Ravens
6. Los Angeles Rams (10-6) Prev: 6
The Rams were forced to start their backup quarterback in a potential win or go home game, and the defense was able to carry them to a victory. They should be getting Jared Goff back next week, along with Cooper Kupp. The Rams have drawn the Seahawks for their first-round matchup, who they lost to two weeks ago.
Team MVP: Troy Hill (5 tackles, INT, TD)
Next: at Seahawks
5. Seattle Seahawks (12-4) Prev: 5
The Seahawks got a bit more of a game than they were expecting from the 49ers but were still able to win. The Seahawks will match up with the Rams again, who they have beaten recently, but also lost to earlier in the season.
Team MVP: Tyler Lockett (12 rec, 90 yds, 2 TDs)
Next: vs Rams
4. New Orleans Saints (12-4) Prev: 4
In what could have been the final regular-season game of Drew Brees’ career, the Saints were winners. If this truly is the last ride for Drew Brees, he leaves an incredible mark on the game and is a first-ballot Hall of Famer. The Saints will get the second seed in the NFC and will face the Bears in the first round of the playoffs.
Team MVP: Grant Haley (6 tackles, INT)
Next: vs Bears
3. Buffalo Bills (13-3) Prev: 3
Buffalo is scorching hot, and look like a legitimate threat to knock off the Chiefs, should they make it to the point where they can face them. Josh Allen can do no wrong and Stefon Diggs cannot be covered. The defense is playing well, and Buffalo is firing on all cylinders. They get the Colts in the first round.
Team MVP: Gabriel Davis (2 rec, 107 yds, TD)
Next: vs Colts
2. Green Bay Packers (13-3)
Green Bay was able to secure the top seed in the NFC with a win over the Bears. Aaron Rodgers will likely be named the MVP, and Davante Adams has a legitimate case for the offensive player of the year. The Packers will get the lowest seed that comes out of the first round in the NFC.
Team MVP: Aaron Rodgers (19/24, 240 yds, 4 TDs)
1. Kansas City Chiefs (14-2) Prev: 1
Kansas City had the top seed in the AFC locked up, so they rested their starters this week in a loss to the Chargers. Kansas City looks to be the favorite to repeat as Super Bowl champions, but the Bills may not even let them out of the AFC. Kansas City will play the lowest remaining seed in the AFC in the divisional round.
Team MVP: Darwin Thompson (7 rec, 65 yds, TD)