Takeaways From Week 17 of the NFL Season

No, it's not the last week of the regular season. However, it does have some serious implications for the playoff race. Here's what went down in the second-to-last week of the season.

  • Cowboy Down? Should the Dallas Cowboys be worried? The NFC East champs looked flat against a reeling Arizona Cardinals team, only committing one sack the entire game. Only managing 301 total yards of offense and allowing the Cards to control the ball for 34:42 didn't help, either. The Cowboys may be headed to the playoffs. But other teams have a blueprint on how to stop Dallas in their tracks.

  • Who Dey! Keep an eye on the Cincinnati Bengals, who are blowing up the stat sheets. First, it's Joe Burrow, who's thrown for nearly 1,000 yards in his past two games (971 passing yards). Then, it's Ja'Marr Chase, who caught 11 passes for 266 yards and three touchdowns in a 34-31 victory over Kansas City. If Tennesse loses and Cincinnati wins next week, the Bengals will be the No. 1 seed. Now that's a scary thought with the Bengals' prolific offense.

  • Antonio Brown's Hissyfit: The melodramatic wide receiver stormed off the field on Sunday, pumping up the Jets crowd while taking off his shoulder pads. After the Bucs won, head coach Bruce Arians said that Brown was "no longer a Buccaneer," ending his beleaguered tenure with the Super Bowl champs. It seems that Brown's career altogether is over, for any team would be foolish to sign him and his over-the-top antics.

Top Five Power Rankings:

  1. Green Bay Packers

  2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  3. Los Angeles Rams

  4. Arizona Cardinals

  5. Dallas Cowboys