Takeaways From Week Fifteen of the NFL Season

A gutsy call gone wrong... again? Here's what else went down in the fifteenth week of the NFL season.

  • John Harbaugh's Gamble Failed... Again. It was the same story as the previous play. A pass to Mark Andrews fell short for a two-point conversion, causing Baltimore to lose to the Green Bay Packers, 31-30. It's similar to what happened against the Pittsburgh Steelers, which caused the Ravens to fall out of the playoff picture. It could hurt their chances of moving on in January, too.

  • The Buc Stops Here: It was a nightmarish Sunday night for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The New Orleans Saints shut out the defending Super Bowl champions, 9-0. Not only that, but Chris Godwin (MCL sprain), Mike Evans (hamstring), and Leonard Fournette (hamstring) were all lost for the game. Both Godwin and Fournette were lost for the season, hurting the Bucs down the stretch. On top of that, New Orleans moved to 4-1 against Brady during his Bucs tenure (including the postseason), causing more problems for the legendary quarterback and company.

  • Red Alert? A startling trend has emerged from the desert. The Arizona Cardinals lost to the Detroit Lions on Sunday, 30-12, causing them to fall out of the NFC's top spot. The Cards failed to clinch a wild-card spot once again, leaving the Rams to move closer to taking the NFC West lead. While Arizona is still in a good position to clinch a playoff spot, it is concerning that their recent play is hurting their Super Bowl chances. How will the Cardinals right the ship before their playoff push?

Top Five Power Rankings:

  1. Green Bay Packers

  2. Los Angeles Rams

  3. Dallas Cowboys

  4. Kansas City Chiefs

  5. New England Patriots