Lackluster performances can happen any given week in the NFL, and those generally lead to dips in the weekly ESPN.com NFL Power Rankings. What was surprising about Week 16, however, was how many teams in the playoff hunt were in the giving spirit.
Several teams and key players performed at their worst when they needed it the most, leaving little decided heading into Week 17.
Ryan Tannehill posted a 3.2 Total QBR in the Miami Dolphins shutout loss versus the Buffalo Bills in Week 16. The only game in which Tannehill performed worse according to QBR was his first career start (2.3).
Tannehill completed only 37 percent of his passes on the game, including an 0-for-10 effort on passes thrown more than 10 yards downfield. The last quarterback to attempt that many passes of that distance without a completion was Matthew Stafford in 2009.
The Dolphins’ loss wasn’t all on Tannehill though. He was sacked or put under duress on 44 percent of his dropbacks Sunday (15 of 34), the most he’s been under pressure in a game this season.
Dolphins Clinching Scenarios for Week 17
1)Dolphins win + Ravens loss or tie
2)Dolphins win + Chargers win
3)Dolphins tie + Ravens loss + Chargers loss or tie
4)Dolphins tie + Ravens tie + Chargers tie
The 34-point loss was not only the worst of the season for the Ravens, but the worst of the entire John Harbaugh-Joe Flacco era.
Not much went right for Baltimore in the game. Flacco posted a season-low 10.8 Total QBR in the loss and the Ravens defense allowed multiple rushing touchdowns for the first time all season.
Ravens Clinching Scenarios for Week 17
1)Ravens win + Chargers loss or tie
2)Ravens win + Dolphins loss or tie
3)Ravens tie + Dolphins loss + Chargers loss or tie
4)Ravens tie + Dolphins tie + Chargers loss
5)Dolphins loss + Chargers loss + Steelers loss or tie
The Chicago Bears defense has struggled all season, and reached a new low in a loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. The Bears could have clinched the NFC North following the Green Bay Packers loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers but now must win in Week 17 to get in.
Knowing this heading into the game, the Bears allowed 54 points, one shy of their franchise worst (1997 at Lions).
It was the fourth time all season the Bears had allowed 40 points. The Bears allowed 40 points four times in the previous nine seasons combined.
Stafford in 4th Quarter/OT
The Detroit Lions have been in a giving spirit ever since taking sole possession of the NFC North lead following a Week 10 victory, as they've gone 1-5 since then. They were officially eliminated after their loss to the New York Giants.
The Lions have committed an NFL-high 21 turnovers during that stretch, six more than the next highest team.
Although not everything falls on Stafford’s shoulders, the Lions have held fourth-quarter leads in each of their last five losses. Only Mike Glennon has a worse fourth quarter/overtime QBR the last six weeks.