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#StanfordNFL Week 15: Playoff Push

Dec 22, 2021


Playoff Picture

With just three weeks left in the regular season, the playoff picture is starting to come into focus. Currently 24 of 32 teams are within one game of a playoff spot, so there's still plenty to play for in the final weeks. 

Okayyyyy, Okereke

Linebacker Bobby Okereke started and made three solo tackles, two QB hurries and an impressive interception in the Colts' 27-17 win over New England.

Schultz Scores Again

Tight end Dalton Schultz had eight receptions (on eight targets) for 67 yards and a touchdown in the Cowboys' 21-6 win over the Giants. Schultz's 61 receptions ranks fifth among NFL tight ends this season while he ranks fourth in targets caught.

Mills On A Mission

Quarterback Davis Mills finished 19-of-30 passing for 209 yards and two touchdowns (one interception) in a 30-16 Texans' win at Jacksonville.

Phillips The Leader

Harrison Phillips started and made three tackles, two QB hurries and a pass defensed in the Bills' 31-14 win over Carolina. The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle recently highlighted how Phillips is a pillar both in the community and on the Bills defense. You can read that feature by CLICKING HERE.

Quick Hitters

  • Cornerback Paulson Adebo made three tackles and had a pass defensed in a 9-0 shutout win over Tom Brady and the Buccaneers on Sunday Night Football. Adebo did not allow a reception and had a 39.6 passer rating against.
  • Wide receiver J.J. Arcega-Whiteside played 28 total snaps (11 offense, 17 special teams) in the Eagles' 27-17 win on Tuesday over Washington.
  • Punter Jake Bailey had two punts with a 40-yard average in the Patriots 27-17 loss to Indianapolis.
  • Rookie offensive lineman Drew Dalman played four snaps in the Falcons' loss to the 49ers as Dalman made his return to the Bay Area.
  • Tight end Zach Ertz started and made six receptions for 74 yards in a 30-12 loss at Detroit.
  • Nate Herbig made his third start of the season in a 27-17 Eagles' win over Washington, grading above 70 on offense, pass blocking and run blocking by Pro Football Focus.
  • Walker Little played 38 offensive snaps (37 at left tackle) in a 30-16 loss at Houston.
  • Ty Montgomery made two special teams tackles in a 9-0 win over the Bucs, playing 33% of offensive snaps and 56% of special teams snaps. Montgomery earned an 82.2 special teams grade this week, his fourth grade above 80 this season for the Saints.
  • Tight end Colby Parkinson played 12 snaps on Tuesday night in a 20-10 loss to the Rams.
  • Michael Thomas played 77% of special teams snaps in the Bengals' 15-10 win over Denver.
  • Defensive tackle Solomon Thomas had one tackle, playing 29 total snaps in the Raiders' 16-14 win on Monday at Cleveland.
  • Casey Toohill returned from COVID reserve and started for Washington, making five tackles and a QB hurry in a 27-17 loss to the Eagles.
  • James Vaughters played 21% of defensive snaps and 42% of special teams snaps in the Falcons' 31-13 loss at San Francisco.
  • Simi Fehoko (Cowboys), Trenton Irwin (Bengals), Justin Reid (Texans, concussion) and Richard Sherman (Bucs, achilles) were all inactive in week 15. Cameron Fleming (Broncos) did not play.
  • Austin Hooper (Browns) missed Monday's game while on the COVID reserve list.