The interception ended a Browns’ drive that had started at the Giants’ 39-yard line after Cleveland got a huge punt return from rookie return man Jabrill Peppers. Osweiler might end up winning the starting job, but it’s unlikely that he clinched it on Monday night.
The fact that the Ravens are back in the AFC wild-card race speaks more to the mediocrity of the conference’s middle-class teams than it does of any great resolve by the Ravens. Shutting out the Packers with Brett Hundley at QB was not exactly an accomplishment of historic proportions. But it might have been a good warm-up for facing Tom Savage and the Texans on Monday night.
That was evident during Thursday night’s ugly loss at Pittsburgh, in which QB Marcus Mariota threw four interceptions. But the Titans remain very much in the playoff mix, and they must take full advantage of an upcoming four-game stretch against the Colts, Texans, Cardinals and 49ers.
When kicker Blair Walsh’s would-be game-tying FG fell agonizingly short in Monday night’s home loss to the Falcons, the Seahawks were left looking an awful lot like a non-playoff team. No one fears the injury-decimated secondary. Russell Wilson was a pretty good one-man show Monday, but he simply doesn’t have enough help these days. Coach Pete Carroll’s misguided fake-FG-gone-bad at the end of the first half certainly didn’t help. Perhaps his only defense was: Did you really trust Walsh to make the kick, anyway?
Pittsburgh came back once more, with Roethlisberger tossing a lateral to Bell for a touchdown with just over two-minutes remaining, making the score 42-35. However a questionable decision to use an onside kick gave the Jaguars the ball well inside field goal range after the Steelers failed to recover. A Josh Lambo field goal put the Jaguars up 10 with 1:45 to play, but a touchdown pass by Roethlisberger to JuJu Smith-Schuster closed the final margin to three.