It’s time for our NFL Week 14 analysis 2021. In the following paragraphs, we’re going to take a look at the five biggest takeaways from a week that brought plenty of excitement and games with dire playoff implications, even with some of the biggest contenders resting up this week.
NFL Week 14 analysis 2021
For the first time in ages, it seems like both the AFC and NFC are wide open. Even those teams sitting at the top of the conference don’t look like clear-cut favorites, and there’s just too much talent league-wide to think of a Super Bowl lock.
So, if you didn’t have the chance to watch the games and only had a glimpse at the NFL scores this week, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered. Sit down, grab a drink, and enjoy as we walk you through the five things we learned in Week 14.
5. Micah Parsons is the best defender in the league
Move over, Aaron Donald, there’s a new superstar in town. Micah Parsons has turned a lot of heads this season and he only continues to get better as the weeks go by. He’d league the league in tackles or sacks if he only played one position but his versatility is what makes him even more special.
The Dallas Cowboys needed a generational talent to turn around their awful defense and they found one in Parsons. He’s already the best player in the team and the main reason why they’re going to run away with the NFC East division.
4. Even with Lamar Jackson, the Ravens aren’t contenders
We’re sorry to say this but the Baltimore Ravens aren’t true contenders, even if Lamar Jackson is ready to play next week. This was one of the most misleading NFL scores this week, as the game was pretty much over after the first half.
Coach Harbaugh on the decision to go for two: pic.twitter.com/KWJPoAhldW
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) December 12, 2021
If it wasn’t for Baker Mayfield‘s constant mistakes and the Cleveland Browns being… well, the Browns; the Ravens would’ve never gotten back into this game. The Ravens lack offensive weapons and they just can’t seem to beat good teams.
3. Maybe the 49ers are… kind of good?
You never know what version of the San Francisco 49ers you’ll get. But even when they’re scrappy and leave the door open for their opponents to come back, Kyle Shanahan’s team still finds ways to win games, as he proved against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Even without Elijah Mitchell and with a limited Deebo Samuel, the 49ers got the job done on the road. George Kittle proved to be a superstar again, and the 49ers are sitting at a 7-6 record. They don’t pass the eye test by any means, but maybe they’re better than we thought.
2. Aaron Rodgers still owns the Bears
Even on a rare off-night where the Green Bay Packers allowed plenty of points and big plays, Aaron Rodgers was always in control of the game. He once again proved to be the majority owner of the Chicago Bears and had one of the best performances of the season.
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) December 13, 2021
The reigning MVP completed 29 of 37 passes for 341 yards, 4 touchdowns, and no interceptions. Justin Fields looked solid in his first game back from injury, throwing for 224 yards and 2 scores and adding 74 yards on 9 carries. But the Bears are far from a good team right now.
1. The Chiefs are back
One of the best free NFL tips someone could’ve given you two months ago was: Don’t count Andy Reid out. If you trusted the Kansas City Chiefs to bounce back and win the division after their slow start to the year, then you might as well cash in a big payout at the end of the season.
The Chiefs’ revamped defense has been unstoppable over the past month or so. They completely shut down the Las Vegas Raiders and more importantly, Patrick Mahomes is back to being Patrick Mahomes. The Chiefs are peaking at the right time, and that’s terrible news for the rest of the league.