Every weekend in the NFL, elements regarding the forces present, the records that are within reach or in relation to certain historical notes draw our attention. Here for the 18thmy Week of activities, 5 elements to take into account.
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1. An exciting ending
There are still 20 teams out of 32 that can dream of participating in the Super Bowl, the highest number since 2006. It should be noted that with one week left to play, the record is 22, in 1982. There are still five playoff spots left. available, which is the highest total since 2020. Better yet, there are still four division champions left to be crowned, which is the highest number in the final week of the regular schedule since 2014. In total, 13 of the 16 games in Week 18 They have an impact on the playoff race.
2. Nacua close to record
Rams catcher Puka Nacua will be among the starters in uniform even though the team has nothing left to prove. Head coach Sean McVay indicated this week that he wanted to help his young receiver break the rookie passing yards record before pulling him from the game against the 49ers. Nacua is just 29 yards shy of the record set by Bill Groman, with 1,473 yards, in 1960. It should be noted, however, that at that time, Groman had set the mark for himself during a 14-game schedule.
3. The NFL as king and master
In the year 2023 that just ended, the NFL has dominated the television airwaves more than ever. According to SportsMediaWatch.com, the 56 most-watched sporting events of the year in the United States have all been NFL games. Still incredible! Super Bowl 57 between the Chiefs and Eagles obviously won the award with 112.17 million viewers. During this regular season, the Cowboys’ Thanksgiving matchup against the Commanders was the most viewed (41.76 million). For a normal Sunday, the most watched game was the one in week 16 between the same Cowboys and Dolphins (31.52 million). The most watched sporting event outside of the NFL remains football, the rivalry between Ohio State and Michigan, in the NCAA, which attracted 19.07 million viewers.
4. Goodbye, King Henry?
The Titans have nothing left to win or lose against the Jaguars, but they know this could be running back Derrick Henry’s last game in a Titans uniform. King Henry just turned 30 this week, became a free agent in March, and the Titans drafted Tyjae Spears in the third round last April. With 1,014 rushing yards this season, Henry has shown that he can still be useful, but his 3.9 yards per carry average is the lowest of his career behind the Titans’ rebuilding offensive line. Logically, Henry might want to join forces with a suitor. Henry ranks second in Titans history with 9,349 rushing yards, behind Eddie George (10,009 yards). In the league, Henry is 38 years old.my scale over time.
5. Blue in Miami…
The clash between the Dolphins and the Bills in Miami will crown the champion of the Eastern division of the American conference. This would be a chance for the Dolphins to win their first title since 2008 while also finishing a 12-win season for the first time since 1990. For the Bills, a win would mean a fourth division title in a row, a feat that they have not achieved since the 1988 to 1991 seasons. Note that Bills fans are expected to be very numerous in Miami. Ticket resale site VividSeats.com estimates that 52% of the seats will be filled by people from Buffalo and the surrounding area.